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The most depressing hot dog stand in America

salon.com — Here is what you can expect in a good Chicago hot dog: an absurdly juicy frank (most likely from the excellently logoed Vienna Beef), a luxuriously smushy bun, and a cavalcade of condiments: yellow mustard, chopped onions, a wedge of pickle, tomato slices, hot sport peppers, a few dashes of celery salt, and an otherworldly neon green relish, so bright you can read by it.

The Best of Southern Food Writing (Friends Fund Publication): Francis Lam, John T. Edge: 9780820346663: Amazon.com: Books

amazon.com — Praise for earlier editions of Cornbread Nation:"Could ultimately be the best ongoing collection of food writing in America today."-Edible Memphis"Like taking a road trip to deliciously obscure spots all over the region, filling up on barbecue, chicken mull and honeysuckle sorbet along the way."-Charleston Magazine"An annual feast of food writing."-New Orleans Times-Picayune"Rich with food lore."-Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The greatest snack in the sky: Delta’s cookies

salon.com — I am a terrible frequent flier. I have eight mileage accounts, which is really confusing because I just realized there are only like three airlines left anyway. But, lately, I find my online-shopping trigger finger itching to buy tickets on Delta, because someone there finally found the key to my brand loyalty: serve a good snack.

10 more tragic moments in food names

salon.com — Spotted Dick, Nun's Farts, Priest Stranglers, and Virgin's Breasts were just the beginning, it seems. When we presented the original 10 Tragic Moments in Food Names, readers flooded the comments and our inbox with some of their favorite unspeakable comestibles - from Mule's Testicles to Negro's Kisses. Ah, the wisdom of the crowd!

Cutty’s amazing roast beef and crispy shallot sandwich

salon.com — It wasn't meant to be the star of this shop's menu, but its charms will not be denied. A recipe, of sorts Topics: Eyewitness Cook, Chefs and Cooks, Cooking techniques, Eating and Talking, Food, Life News My friend Chuck didn't set out to make the World's Greatest Roast Beef Sandwich, but it's not for lack of ambition.

Cuisines Mastered as Acquired Tastes

nytimes.com — A THAI-cooking superstar was getting ready to land in New York this spring, and in food-fanatic quarters, it felt more like the Beatles were about to touch down at Kennedy. Only this time, the screams and tears were for harmonies of fish sauce and lime and the pulsing heat of chiles.

How many bugs are allowed in your pasta? Reading the FDA’s Food Defect Action Levels

salon.com — After a congressman sues over an olive pit, we find the FDA's limits for junk in our own food. Brace yourself

Portland Matters

feastportland.com — Portland Matters Portland, Oregon: Food media crush of the moment, or a city with serious culinary cred? Eavesdrop on the experts and hear their side. From the talented chefs changing the conversations locally and nationally, to the booming multi-billion dollar beverage and artisan products industries, to an agricultural bounty and natural beauty rivaled by few places on Earth, to the homegrown heroes-from David Lett to James Beard-learn why the Portland story is far from over.

How to Make Ramen

foodandwine.com — It's a steam bath by the kitchen at the Luckyrice SlurpFest, a multicourse dinner in New York City prepared by four ramen masters. Five burners boil water; servers scoot around one another, sweating as they stack fancy three-star-restaurant bowls with wide, flat rims, meant for exotic garnishes or creating dramatic white space.
Oct 21, 2014

A truly Odyssian, 70 minute, 5-train trip over six miles, courtesy of the G train. Thanks for making my night special, MTA.

Oct 18, 2014

RT @MotoBlkKnight: @Francis_Lam both can have devastating results voting and owning a gun are inalienable rights yet we require ID for one and not the other...

Oct 18, 2014

@MotoBlkKnight No, your point is that I happened to have parents who kept documents for me.

Oct 18, 2014

@MotoBlkKnight It was so crazy, how that one guy voted and the other dude just died on the spot because of it.

Oct 18, 2014

@anildash Certainly no armed person could reasonably fear for their own safety in the presence of these people.

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