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Am I Getting Old or is Supermarket Music Getting Better?

August 7, 2014

  The standard easy listening mix of Kenny Rogers and vintage Doobie Brothers always felt like I was [...]


Dining on Mars: The Reviews are In

August 5, 2014

A NASA crew of simulated Mars-dwellers returned to Earth last week and they were pretty [...]


Show Me the Labels!

August 1, 2014

  It’s been four years since the passage of the national menu labeling law. Where [...]


Celebrity Chefs Storm the Pet Food Aisle

July 29, 2014

    Those new Fancy Feast Broths don’t look half bad.Then again, they come from [...]

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How to Survive the Imminent Global Kale Shortage

July 24, 2014

  This time the threat of a kale famine is real.Back in April we heard [...]



July 22, 2014

              There are three prices every true New Yorker tracks: [...]


When Food is the Vacation

July 18, 2014

  Let’s cut to the chase. Sure, you can sit on a beach or breathe [...]


Great Moments in Bottled Water History

July 16, 2014

Some of us are old enough to think of bottled water as a recent phenomenon. We [...]

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Lard Ass? Why, Thank You!

July 14, 2014

Saturated fat is back. 2014 will be the third consecutive year that Americans purchased more butter [...]


Man Crowdfunds $65,000 Bowl of Potato Salad

July 8, 2014

  No, you weren’t redirected to The Onion. A few days ago, a Columbus, Ohio man [...]


Instant Coffee is Still Big Business. Just not here.

July 7, 2014

  [Nescafé ads of the world  l-r:  India, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Russia, China, Turkey] [...]

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You Had Me At Goodbye: Candy at the Cash Register

July 1, 2014



Everyone Wants to Walk to the Coffee Shop

June 26, 2014

Urbanologists call it The Great Inversion. The last half century was spent fleeing the blight [...]

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From Dot-Com to Dot-Whatever

June 24, 2014

  The internet is too big to be contained by .com, .net, .org, and .gov.The organization in charge of [...]


What’s The Pig Idea?

June 19, 2014

  Before garbage disposals and Hefty trash bags; before street cleaners, incinerators, sanitation departments, and [...]

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