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The Best Beer In The U.S. Is Now On...Drought?

Extreme dryness in California poses threat to beer
Aug 20, 2014 10:00 am

While it may have been a wet summer on the East Coast (recently drenched with more than a foot of rain) much of the West Coast has been going through severe drought, affecting breweries' production, pricing and most importantly, their beers' taste. This reality is staring down some of the best breweries in California, like Lagunitas and Bear Republic, both of which source water from the Russian River.

Mike Solomonov Rewards Philadelphia With Some Serious Hummus Game. These Photos!

Rotating roster of hummus. Plus, pickles and pita.
Aug 12, 2014 10:00 am

Dizengoff, the new hummusiya from Philadelphia chef Michael Solomonov, is named after a famous food street in Tel Aviv and will be open seven days a week and offer a rotating  menu. Keep an eye on Instagram for changes in the lineup. And, some serious hummus porn. Here are the critical details.

The Guy Behind ‘Chinese Food’ Is The Guy Behind This Terrible Song About Cupcakes

It's been a tough couple weeks for cupcakes
Aug 11, 2014 10:00 am

It’s been a tough couple of weeks for cupcakes. First, Crumbs Bake Shop went out of business, shuttering all if its 50 locations in 10 states and the District of Columbia. Fischer Enterprises (the company behind mall chain Dippin' Dots) was said to have revived the company, but things are progressing slowly. But here’s how things have gotten worse. Patrice Wilson is the producer behind "Chinese Food" — which some have called The Most Racist Music Video Involving Chinese Food You Will Watch On The Internet (us). His latest topic is cupcakes. Here's the video.

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.

Learn How To Spot Fake Wine, And Other Handy Info For Oenophiles

Panel includes judge from infamous wine-fraud case
Jul 28, 2014 4:00 pm

On Aug. 6, a panel of experts notably including Richard M. Berman, the federal judge currently presiding over the high-profile trial of convicted counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan — will convene in New York City to lay out the facts on wine fraud and other legal issues of interest to oenophiles. Find out how crooks fool you with phony labels and other tricks. More intel this way.

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.

Tickets Now On Sale For Northern Chefs Alliance 'Play With Fire' Benefit Dinner

10 star chefs cook a feast in scenic Hudson Valley
Jul 18, 2014 9:00 am

An impressive group of irrepressible chefs — including Sean Brock, Jamie Bissonette and April Bloomfield — are sharpening their knives in preparation for the Northern Chefs Alliance's upcoming "Play With Fire" benefit dinner on Aug. 17. Ten chefs from the U.S. and Canada will prepare a bountiful feast at Fish & Game Farm in Claverack, NY, featuring five open fire pits and whole spit-roasted meats from local family farms. Get your tickets here.

Cupcake Chain Crumbs Is NOT Going The Way Of The Fondue Pot

Being brought back from the dead
Jul 14, 2014 1:00 pm

You may have heard the news that national cupcake chain Crumbs Bake Shop went out of business, last week shuttering all if its 50 locations in 10 states and the District of Columbia. Many wrote about the bursting of the “cupcake bubble” — something our friend Allison Robicelli has written about beautifully in the past. Others simply danced on the grave of an institution that may have simply aged out of the zeitgeist. But this weekend it appears that cupcake chains are still very much viable.

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