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Everybody's A Critic (And Now, Everybody Can Be Treated Like One)

Restaurants are sharing intel on regular diners
Jun 4, 2014 2:01 pm

An Australian report this week highlights the various ways in which restaurants are using modern technology to spy—er, collect and share intelligence—on their customers. It’s a kind of surveillance formerly reserved for professional dining critics. Yelpers, beware.

The Rooster Crows Again: Sriracha Standoff Ends In Time For Chile-Grinding Season

Future of the hip hot sauce looks bright again
May 29, 2014 12:14 pm
Twitter: @huyfongfoods

California officials unanimously dismissed a lawsuit and public nuisance declaration against the manufacturer, following negotiations over how the company planned to address residents' complaints about noxious fumes at the factory.

Good Margaritas! Tacos Without Lemon! Rejoice, The Limepocalypse Is Over!

Prices are finally dropping on Mexican citrus
May 21, 2014 9:00 am

Good news for fans of iconic Mexican drinks, guacamole and spicy laap salads: the end of the “limepocalypse” — as we know it — appears to be upon us. Yes! Now, to celebrate, it's time to make some food with limes!


Comedian To Jet Ski The Length Of The Mississippi River To Fight Hunger In Africa

Kurt Braunohler, Heifer International and goats
May 20, 2014 4:00 pm

Heifer International lays it out pretty clearly: Give them $1 and they will provide precisely one goat and two chickens to a needy family in Africa. Provide $2 and…do the math. If it isn’t obvious, the aid is naturally renewable, which is a great thing. Comedian Kurt Braunohler supports Heifer, but not simply by stuffing a few Benjamins into an envelope and throwing a stamp on it. He’s hitting the high seas with a high-concept fundraising campaign that will have him jet ski the length of the Mississippi River.

Somebody Is Listening! Pho, Poutine And Turducken Added To The Dictionary.

Hey Cronut, better luck next year
May 20, 2014 10:00 am

We love pho here at Food Republic. We’re now proud to say that it’s an officially recognized word in the English language. So is poutine, the common Canadian dish that consists of French fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. Pass the turducken and there you have this year’s trio of food-related additions. Read on.

Are The James Beard Awards Moving To Chicago?

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel may announce this today
May 20, 2014 9:13 am

Chicago journalist Steve Dolinksy breaks some shocking news this morning, suggesting that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's press conference today will announce that the James Beard Awards are moving to Chicago in 2015. 

Video: Is This The Reason LaCroix Dropped Joe Mande As Fake Spokesperson?

A comedian, a water brand, a controversy
May 15, 2014 2:30 pm
Photo: Jo Ann Santangelo

A few weeks ago, I interviewed comedian Joe Mande at the Food Republic Interview Lounge at the W Austin in Texas, mainly discussing his tour with Aziz Ansari, his dining adventures and his new comedy mixtape. (We'll have that video and interview on the site soon.) But we also discussed Mande's unofficial role as spokesperson for LaCroix mineral water, a role that in the past week has turned controversial. To start, watch what Mande has to say about how the sponsorship began.

FR Investigates: What's Up With This $6 Million Coal-Fired Pizza Oven?

Grimaldi's lawsuit spotlights a hot topic in pizza
May 15, 2014 8:30 am
Photo: Creative Commons

Grimaldi’s, the famed Brooklyn pizzeria and tourist magnet, built its reputation on whole pies baked in an old coal-brick oven — a distinctive style of cooking that the restaurant proudly advertises in its signage and online. That same oven is now the subject of a legal fight between the current owner and former landlord of the illustrious pizza joint.


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