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Introducing The Newest Superfood...Ramen?

Japanese noodles may be world's most diverse food
Aug 22, 2013 3:00 pm
Photo: James Kim

McDonald’s loves to brag about having served over one billion individuals. But did you know that a single food item sold over 100 billion servings worldwide – yes, that’s around 14 servings per person on Earth – in one calendar year? That would be instant ramen. We take a closer look at this "virtually unstoppable phenomenon."

Caught A Case Of Brokeness? It's Omelet Sandwich Time.

Yay for eggs being cheap, omelets being delicious!
Jul 18, 2013 11:31 am

I kind of blew out my bank account this month having an awesome summer (I stand by it) and have succumbed to, no, not naptime, but Omelet Week. I used to celebrate this sad holiday while interning in the city. It's not like Shark Week. And the silver lining, because with lunch there is always a silver lining, is that I've rediscovered the greatest cheap-o breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack ever, and have re-mastered my omeletry. Here are my findings.

Pho Porn Is Making Us Warm

Vietnamese pho is soup with heart. And bones.
Dec 14, 2011 12:31 pm

Are you prepared to enter the house of pho? Behold: bowls of steaming love, yours to garnish with bean sprouts, lime juice, basil, cilantro, Sriracha, hoisin and scallions as you wish. Is that flank steak rare? Are the meatballs bouncy? You betcha.

When In Europe, The First Stop Is Doner

The rest of the world does halal carts, too
Dec 7, 2011 12:31 pm
doner kebab

You may have heard that I'm in Germany this week. Don't you worry your hungry face, a sausage, many sausage posts are on their way. But first things first. I'm abroad, and that means doner and their kin are just steps away from wherever I find myself. Doner is the "everywhere else" equivalent of New York's beloved halal carts.

What To Do About Ramen?

Come lunchtime, what can ramen noodles do for you?
Dec 6, 2011 12:31 pm
ramen noodles

I realize I may have snubbed ramen in my recent ode to soba, those nutty Japanese buckwheat noodles I adore so much. That was not my intention. I love ramen, and admire how many college students, interns and picky children it's kept alive throughout its 50-year reign as the cheapest and most instant food around. See? I'm doing it again. How to remedy this situation?

Not A Turkey Burger. Turkey's Wet Burger!

Istanbul street vendors sure get burgers right
Oct 26, 2011 12:16 pm
Photo: acaaron816 on Flickr

This is like no other burger you’ve ever seen. A more suitable description for the wet burger, or islak hamburger in Turkish, might be: fluffy patties from heaven, the best buck-fifty you’ll ever spend or the drunk man's comrade.

A Cheap Eater in Paradise

Go native: Vacation eating doesn't have to be pricy
Sep 30, 2011 1:01 pm

I write this from my cubicle.

Yesterday, I woke up to the gentle sounds of breakfast being set up on my balcony. You know, the one overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Today, I woke up to the soothing notes of my upstairs neighbor stomping around. You know, the one who gives electric guitar lessons six times a week directly above my bedroom. In other words, I’ve...

Eat Like An Intern

Ashley’s Quick & Easy Gringo Chili
Sep 23, 2011 2:01 pm
Intern kitchen

With the recent temperature dip in the East and the related depletion of my summertime energy levels, I’ve found myself spending a lot of time on the couch, dying for something to get excited about. Or, in lieu of that, a great steaming bowl of something awesome to eat, requiring minimal effort and minimal investment, of course. As I so often do in times of need,...


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