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The Legality Of This Restaurant's Special Pot-Smoking Section Is A Little Hazy

Owner cites 'grey areas' in state law
Jul 30, 2014 1:00 pm

A restaurant in Washington State is catching some buzz for its designated marijuana-smoking section, described as the "first of its kind." Is it legal? Well, man, that just depends on your perspective. Mint Tea chef Josh Simpson believes to be operating in "a lot of grey areas," amid the thickening fog of America's sweeping decriminalization movement. Step into the hazy issue right this way.

10 Things I Hate: Chris Hastings

Chef dislikes pretense, food festivals and flies
Jul 30, 2014 11:00 am

Life is filled with wonderful things and terrible things. During interviews, however, we pretty much only get to hear about the wonderful things. Ten Things I Hate is a chance for people in the food world to get things off their chest. We ask them what they hate, they give us a list. Next up: Birmingham chef Chris Hastings.

Your Cell Phone Is Ruining Dinner Again

Restaurateurs wish you'd quit your Instagram habit
Jul 24, 2014 2:00 pm

Some restaurateurs couldn't be happier with all the amateur shutterbugs who are eating in their establishments these days. It's free publicity! Many others, though, would prefer that you left the delicate art of food photography to the pros. Even with the benefit of auto-enhancements, your images don't always make their dishes look so appetizing. Dial-in to the controversy right here.

Lamb Meatballs With Foie Gras Sauce, Mint And Pecorino Recipe

Ultra-luxurious meatballs too good for spaghetti
Jul 15, 2014 1:00 pm
lamb meatballs with foie gras sauce
Photo: Andre Baranowski

New York City may be a renowned global food hub. But just north of the Tri-State Area lies the rich, verdant Hudson Valley — home to wonderful farms, cheese producers and craft distilleries (plus restaurants that use the local products to their full potential). A new cookbook, Hudson Valley Chef's Table, is a compilation of recipes from beloved restaurants from Westchester to Columbia counties. This ultra-rich lamb meatball comes from chef Mike Abruzese at Polpettina in Eastchester, NY.

Chef's Files: How To Work (Or Not Work) With Old-School Vendors

Call those guys "dinosaurs," but don't call often
Jul 10, 2014 1:00 pm

It takes some creativity to be able to work around the existing system of huge minimums for delivery that these old-school, big food distributors charge, but go ahead and feel free to stick it to the man while keeping your restaurant doors open. Here’s a detailed guide on how to do it. 

20 Most Iconic Tomato Dishes In America

The best of the best, from spaghetti to shakshuka
Jul 9, 2014 9:00 am

Tomatoes know no bounds. While certain American ingredients are inextricably linked to their geography (here’s looking at you, Florida citrus), the versatile tomato inspires cooks and enlivens plates from coast to coast. Served fresh, roasted to perfection, or pickled to a T, tomatoes star in some of the country’s most iconic dishes. Here’s where to take a bite (or a sip) out of the top 20 living legends.

Chef David Posey Flies The Blackbird Coop

Get excited, Chicago, for very good things to come
Jun 30, 2014 2:30 pm

We sat down with the chef a year ago to discuss intensive meat-sourcing, culinary school and why Chicago is the best food town in America. And clearly, it's about to get better as Posey goes off on his next journey: a yet-unnamed and totally undetailed solo venture. We love it already. A frustrating lack of details after the jump. Patience, friends.

6 New And Exciting Places To Eat In Honolulu

From regional cuisine to killer shave ice
Jun 30, 2014 10:00 am

If your Honolulu trip revolves around hanging out at your Waikiki resort, you’re going to spend your days feasting on uninspired poke and Kalua pig. Abandon the beach for a few hours and venture to one of these six new-ish joints. They won’t be filled with guests donning plastic leis, but there will be an abundance of quirky ambiance to complement fine food and drink.

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