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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.

The World's 8 Most Gourmet Vending Machines

Caviar, champagne, pies and more from machines
Jun 3, 2014 9:00 am

The newest breed of vending machines marries farm-fresh ingredients and haute cuisine with coin-operated convenience. The automated future is now. From an Australian banana farmer singlehandedly stocking downtown Brisbane to three Los Angeles caviar kiosks, these are the world’s most gourmet vending machines.

Is This The End Of New York City's Irish Pubs As We Know Them?

Irish watering holes are shutting down. Why?
May 19, 2014 1:00 pm

New York City has long been a friend to the Irish pub. Dedicated fans, a mix of office works, college kids and happy hour hounds, have enjoyed pints of Guinness and drams of Jameson for decades — just about as far back as anyone can remember. But is a new generation of barfly, coupled with rising rent costs and a shift in drinking preferences, putting these bars in jeopardy?

Kickstart This: HopBox Handcrafted Brewing Kits

A simple way to brew beer at home
May 16, 2014 11:00 am

An afternoon spent brewing homemade beer? Sounds like an ideal weekend plan to us. HopBox Brewing Kits are perfect for brewing cider, mead and beer – whether you’re a veteran brewer or brewing your first ever batch. It appears our excitement is shared — the project's Kickstarter campaign had received almost three times the necessary funding amount of $45,000. But there are more reasons to donate, and to check it out. Read on.

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