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Let's Have Some Fungus! Hanging With Mushroom Fanatics In Santa Cruz

A report from the recent 40th Annual Fungus Fair
Jan 21, 2014 11:00 am

Mushrooms bloom in mystery, their mycelial organism and its secret whims hidden underground. From the caked earth, nary a sprout; and yet at the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair in early January, the mushroom hunter was on full, majestic display. Here's a special report from our California correspondent William Bostwick.

At Last, A Vending Machine That Makes You A Delicious Burrito (Every Time!)

The best food we've ever ordered with one button
Jan 8, 2014 11:00 am

Ladies and gentlemen, I have seen the future. And it comes wrapped in a tortilla. What is Burritobox? It's a Redbox-esque kiosk that prepares burritos in sixty seconds. The very first location happens to be inside of a gas station close to my house, so I went to check it out for lunch. I say this with utmost sincerity: I was blown away. Here are many reasons why.

7 Flintstones-Sized Steaks In Los Angeles

Who ordered that massive hunk of beef? You did.
Jul 9, 2013 1:01 pm

When it comes to eating beef, why settle for a measly 12-ounce snack when you can crank your meat stereo all the way to 30 and beyond? Here are seven steaks in Los Angeles that push past the two-pound mark. Fred Flintstone is certainly smiling down on us from that pre-historic bowling alley in the sky.

Grilling God: Jeff Fitzgerald

Cali chef runs Michelin-starred Greek restaurant
May 21, 2013 2:05 pm

Bay Area native Jeff Fitzgerald landed the job of his dreams in February when he was named Executive Chef of Dio Deka, a famed restaurant in Los Gatos, California that holds the distinction of being the only Greek restaurant in the U.S. to have been awarded a coveted Michelin star (It has received one each of the past three years). He reached out to us to share some of his finest grilling tips.

Grilling God: Pascal Godé

Meet the man who runs California's BBQ country
May 13, 2013 9:01 am

I’m gonna admit it: some of our Grilling Gods are merely really great chefs who happen to know much more than us mere mortals about how to work with fire. Then there’s actual Grilling Gods, and we’re starting the week with an über-GG, Pascal Godé, Food Director and Executive Chef of Alisal Guest Ranch, an actual cattle ranch in Solvang, CA, in Santa Maria BBQ country.

You Should Really Think About Making Something With Avocados This Weekend

Avocados: not just in a bowl of guac!
Mar 29, 2013 11:01 am

Earlier this week we told you about how there are 900 varieties of avocado and how, basically, all anybody cares about is one called the Haas. According to sources, avocado consumption has jumped 200% over the past decade, which surpasses any other fruit. This made us realize something. We’ve published a lot of recipes starring avocados!

There Are 900 Varieties Of Avocado, But All Anybody Cares About Is The Haas

Some call avocado nature’s bacon. Hmmm.
Mar 27, 2013 10:05 am

Are we coming to a point where chefs and home cooks will start to seek out the Reed — an oversized variety with a golden flesh and buttery finish?

10 Things You Should Know About Dungeness Crab, Currently In Season

West Coast delicacy popping up on menus everywhere
Feb 27, 2013 10:01 am

The Dungeness crab is the undisputed king of the West Coast. The six-legged crustacean is a popular delicacy while in season, a period that begins in early December and generally runs through the spring. Here are 10 things to know about Dungeness crabs.

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