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It's Alive and Growing

Bellying up at the kombucha bar

(April 10, 2014) The row of jewel-colored shots lined up on the bar in front of me reminds me of sour candies when I first see and smell them. My array of...

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Going online for ingredients

(April 3, 2014) Living in Humboldt County is a culinary bacchanal in many ways. The quality of produce available here is easy to forget until you visit almost anywhere else in the...

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Live and eat in the now

(March 27, 2014) The cherry blossoms drifting around town are seen in Japan as a symbol of life's impermanence, all the more beautiful for their brevity. Just like crab sandwiches and specialty doughnuts....

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Sausage Party

Hand cranking, stuffing and sizzling

(March 20, 2014) Fat-free sausages are hideous, unnatural creations. They should be corralled and thrown on a pyre. I suspect that if burned, they would give off an eerie blue glow. They...

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Bittersweet

Irish stout and chocolate cake

(March 13, 2014) Sure, everybody's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, but that doesn't mean everyone loves the food. Corned beef and cabbage is fine comfort food, briny and piping hot with soft...

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Don't Get All Mushy

Serving up cabbage in the raw

(March 6, 2014) Haven't you had enough mixed spring salad from a tub? You need to see other vegetables. Winter cabbage is so sweet and crisp raw, but come St. Patrick's Day...

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The pleasure of eating like a grown-up

(February 27, 2014) In a youth-obsessed society, it's important to remember the many perks of being an adult. Here are a few meals worth putting away childish things for. Happy Hour Revival Pessimists...

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Haggis Hankerings

Brave hearts and other innards

(February 20, 2014) Mourn now, ye true lovers of all things Scottish, for you cannot get an authentic haggis in the U.S. of A. This centuries old peasant's dish, elevated to the fare...

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Valentine Boozing

Plaza's passion and from Russia with love

(February 13, 2014) Valentine's Day is underrated as a drinking holiday, particularly if you're single. It's no New Year's or St. Patrick's, but everybody is either toasting or drowning their sorrows. Sometimes...

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Chorizo: A Love Story

(February 6, 2014) To set the record straight, I wasn't trying to murder my ex per se. But he deserved it for cracking a joke with his Poblano buddies that American women only...

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Living a little at lunch

(January 30, 2014) A brown bag lunch is a great idea. Very healthy, economical — but life is short. When you need to treat yourself (just once in a while, OK?), don't...

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Raise Your Glass

(April 3, 2014) The National Brewers Association, having finally sobered up from trying all the craft beer in the land, has released its top 50 craft breweries in the country. Lost Coast...

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