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Good Taste and Bad Food: In Search of Comfort in the 1980s

Good Taste and Bad Food: In Search of Comfort in the 1980s

by Leslie Pietrzyk While I was coming of age in the 80s, Tab was comfort food. The pink can of diet soda was practically an accessory for the girls on my Midwestern university campus. Even if you weren’t in a sorority, you wanted to give the impression that you could be, that you were the one who sniffed, no thanks, not them. It was comforting that one pink can allowed a girl like me to appear to fit in. I…

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Raw, Vegan Valentine’s Day Treats That Prove Chia Seeds Are For More than Growing Pets

Raw, Vegan Valentine’s Day Treats That Prove Chia Seeds Are For More than Growing Pets

by Carmen Ng and Evelyn Li of Ocka Treats Healthy eating doesn’t have to mean denial. For two friends, Carmen Ng and Evelyn Li, the desire to indulge in sweet desserts while maintaining healthy eating habits led to the creation of their own line of raw, vegan treats. They share with us how their company, Ocka Treats, came into being—and offer a few delicious, chia-based recipes just in time for Valentine’s Day! Carmen Ng: Ever since I was young, I…

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Global Flavors: Mexico, My Mexico

Global Flavors: Mexico, My Mexico

by Gretchen Hanson The San Diego of my childhood was not the glossy high rises of the center city or the quaint architecture of the Gas Lamp District. It was a gritty border town of often unpaved roads, homes that were little more than adobe covered cement and mangy coyotes who ate your unwatched cats. In huge tracts of brush, immigrants without the protection of documentation were living hard. Bars were on every main street corner and often smelled of…

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Chocolate snobs don’t eat milk chocolate (and other myths, debunked)

Chocolate snobs don’t eat milk chocolate (and other myths, debunked)

by Megan Giller I have a confession: I love milk chocolate. It was my first love, and it’s often my treat of choice—but as a writer specializing in chocolate, it’s a fact I only whisper to close friends after making sure the room isn’t bugged. That’s because for years milk chocolate has gotten the shaft. In fact, for years you weren’t considered a serious chocoholic if you ate anything with milk in it. I can’t tell you how many times…

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Global Flavors: A Love Letter to Athens

Global Flavors: A Love Letter to Athens

by Gretchen Hanson “Business or pleasure?” My customs agent eyes me up and down and perfunctorily questions the purpose of my journey as he must do a thousand times a day. He is young and could easily be one of the carved marble sculptures on the frieze above the Parthenon. You can tell his interest in my answer is only relevant to his job. I smile sadly, and tell him nothing even close to the truth. “Pleasure.” I smile to…

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