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Surge Is Back! Will It Lead To The Return Of Vintage Sodas Josta Or Crystal Pepsi?

Citrus soft drink was discontinued 12 years ago
Sep 16, 2014 9:00 am

Power to the (soda) people! Fans of the soft drink Surge have reason to celebrate, following a lengthy and passionate effort to bring back the citrus-flavored soda. Coca-Cola Co. announced today that the iconic drink from the ‘90s will reappear in limited supply. The return of the sugary soft drink is a testament to the power of social media.

Gird Your Bacon: Meatless Monday = Evil Brainwashing Propaganda?

Oh wait no, it's just Fox News doing Fox News
Sep 15, 2014 4:35 pm

You'll need to see this clip of Mr. Texas Agriculture Commissioner accosting the most friendly and inoffensive step man has taken towards becoming healthier and more environmentally responsible: Meatless Monday. Now we've seen tantrums thrown over tofu before...usually from picky kids.

Colorado Murderers Make Great Goat Farmers, Winemakers. Neat!

Cheeses made in prison get sold at Whole Foods
Sep 9, 2014 1:00 pm

Prison budget shortfalls mean putting the incarcerated to work. But instead of damning them to the license plate-making machines, Colorado Correctional Industries instructs the outlaws it employs in productive skills. Not that "getting away with it" isn't a productive skill, but let's master the art of goat-milking and sauvignon grape cultivation first, then talk about what went wrong. These guys probably make awesome pruno. 

10 Very Good Reasons To Start Eating Bugs

Hoppers, crickets, ants and other tasty critters
Jul 30, 2014 12:00 pm

In case you've been living under a rock (bug joke!), you've heard that insects are slowly but surely crawling onto menus all over the country. They're low in fat, high in protein, vitamins and minerals and eating them is better for the environment than farmed meat. But before you reach for the fly-swatter, hear us out: they're also delicious. Discover 10 ways we like getting our grub on, not limited to brownies, tacos and burgers.

Is The Hot Dog A Sandwich? Experts Debate.

John Hodgman and others weigh in
Jul 29, 2014 4:00 pm

Every so often here at Food Republic, we take a look at an unnecessary – yet captivating – debate in the culinary world. We asked our readers if it’s okay to dip pizza in ranch dressing. Things got heated. The current discussion revolves around hot dogs and if they can be classified as "sandwiches". Read on.

How 'Bitch Pudding' Sweetly Symbolizes The Plight Of Female Chefs In America

Who doesn't want some gender politics for dessert?
Jul 14, 2014 10:00 am

In many ways, the story of Callie Speer's "Bitch Pudding" sums up so much about the current saga of women working in the male-dominated restaurant world. Though it was all in good fun, it’s telling that Speer conflates food and self, revealing an underlying conflict: how can female chefs — and women, in general — be both bitch and pudding? Join the discussion here.

Kickstart This: Pasta Flyer, A World-Class Gluten-Free Italian Joint

Let's make chef Mark Ladner's dream come true
Jun 12, 2014 1:00 pm

At this stage in the gluten-free game, plenty of restaurants offer wheat-free pasta and noodle options. You can get gummy brown rice penne to ruin your nice puttanesca or substitute rice noodles in your ramen because it's just as satisfying. Right? Wrong, says NYC chef Mark Ladner, a longtime master of the fine-dining Italian scene. Let's cheer on his fresh new concept, Pasta Flyer, hurtling towards a pop-up near you.

Kickstarted: Dutch Bacon Sprinkles. Don't Call Them Bacon Bits.

Bacon hagelslag is poised to hit the market hard
Jun 6, 2014 9:00 am

Bacon Hagelslag ends its Kickstarter campaign today well over the €9k they were shooting for, but there's still a few hours to go if you want to say you contributed to what could easily be the next totally acceptable way to incorporate bacon into your ice cream. Yup, bacon sprinkles.

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