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Dan Pashman
Dan Pashman hosts The Sporkful podcast -- It's not for foodies, it's for eaters. In addition to HuffPost he's written for The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Slate, The Big Money, and NPR's Planet Money. His radio and video production have been featured by NPR, Slate, and Sirius, among others. See more of his work here.

Entries by Dan Pashman

The Man Who Made 5 Million Burritos

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 3:42 PM

Is the perfect burrito a feat of engineering or a work of art? And do you find better ones in Los Angeles or San Francisco?

For this week's Sporkful podcast, I ate my way from the cradle of burrito culture in southern California to the Bay Area's innovation...

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Are Burritos and Buttered Rolls Sandwiches?

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 10:59 AM

I am a lover of words. And eating. The only thing I love as much as words and eating is debating eating words.

For instance, a friend may offer you a "sandwich", but how can you be sure it's really a sandwich? Using the right words to describe foods is...

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Comic Ron Funches' Autistic Son Loves Oreos With Bacon

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 4:41 PM

If you're a parent, you know how hard it can be to get your kids to eat. But comedian Ron Funches faces a special challenge with his autistic son Malcolm.

"A lot of times when your kids are picky eaters, if they...

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Andrew Zimmern and IBM Want to Put Meat in Your Cocktail

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 11:43 AM


When IBM's Watson dominated on Jeopardy a few years ago, the question most people asked was, "What does IBM want to do with this thing?"

Now Watson is turning its attention to food, using its powers to identify surprising new flavors and foods.

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What's the Difference Between a Good Donut and a Great One?

(3) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 1:48 PM

This week on The Sporkful a cross-country donut quest takes us from wacky Voodoo Doughnut and artisanal Blue Star Donuts in Portland to old school Peter Pan Donuts in Brooklyn. Along the way, I talk to donut eaters and bakers in hopes of answering one question: What's the...

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Veggieducken: Why I Invented This Vegetarian Thanksgiving Centerpiece Masterpiece

(21) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 8:57 AM

I love Thanksgiving. And I love turkey. So while my vegetarian friends insist that they aren't missing out, I have a hard time believing them. It's not that you have to eat meat to enjoy the holiday. I understand the sides are delicious...
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WATCH: Ice Cream Cones With a Crazy Twist

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2011 | 6:37 PM

What's better than ice cream cones? How about ice cream cones with ice cream sandwiches with Magic Shell? If that sounds delicious/insane, then watch this video to see that and more, compliments of your friends at The Sporkful.

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WATCH: Building a Twice-Baked Potato Sundae

(2) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 2:18 PM

The latest installment in The Sporkful's GastroLab series is this video, in which we take the humble russet potato and experiment with ways to turn it into a dessert. We prepare Fully Loaded Baked Potato Cookies, engineer sweet French fries for milkshake dipping, and then blow...

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Marc Maron Talks Coffee on The Sporkful

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 11:33 AM

The great Marc Maron guested on The Sporkful recently for a hilarious discussion of all things coffee. Maron describes his dream cup of joe, Mark Garrison extols the virtues of coffee ice cubes in iced coffee and I explain why Maron's take on coffee makes him...

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Girl Scout Cookies Gone Wild

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2011 | 2:58 PM

In the latest GastroLab video from us folks at The Sporkful, we come up with some novel ways to eat your Girl Scout Cookies, by taking inspiration from the Girl Scout credo: Courage, Confidence, and Character. We combine Girl Scout Cookies with ham, potato chips, and much more.

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Obama Could Do Better: Birth Certificate Is a Poor Effort at Forgery

(18) Comments | Posted April 27, 2011 | 1:19 PM

You'd think he'd be smarter than this.

After years of controversy, "President" Obama attempted to quiet critics today by releasing his full "birth certificate," and I've never felt so insulted. I thought the most powerful man in the greatest country on earth would know somebody who could properly forge...

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Sucker Punch: Why You Were Unprepared To See the Film

(6) Comments | Posted March 28, 2011 | 3:07 PM

I didn't see Sucker Punch, and chances are, neither did you.

The heavily-hyped special effects film opened Friday, but it lost the weekend box office battle to Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, a kids' film that cost a quarter as much to make.

Some people...

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Where Do Middle Eastern Protestors Get All Those Stones?

(9) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 9:04 AM

Whenever unrest breaks out in the Middle East, the first thing protesters do is start throwing stones. From the pictures and video, you'd think they have a never-ending supply of stones that fit perfectly into the palm of one's hand. It seems amid all the chaos and uncertainty in Egypt...

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Wikileaks: Leak Me Something I Didn't Know

(6) Comments | Posted December 1, 2010 | 12:25 PM

Washington is abuzz with the news that a quarter-million confidential cables from American diplomats around the world have been leaked to the press through a group called Wikileaks. The documents provide insider accounts of high level wheeling and dealing, candid threat assessments, and -- gasp! -- diplomats' honest...

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Bacon Salt Thanksgiving Turkey Brine Recipe

(1) Comments | Posted November 23, 2010 | 3:49 PM

I'm a big proponent of brining your turkey, as I make clear in this week's Thanksgiving episode of my food podcast, The Sporkful. (Here's a quick primer if you want to learn more about the basics of brining.) The most important thing about brining...

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Rachel Maddow's New and Improved Pina Colada Recipe

(1) Comments | Posted November 23, 2010 | 8:07 AM

Rachel Maddow joined me recently on my food podcast The Sporkful, where our motto is "It's not for foodies, it's for eaters," and she proved herself a worthy guest.

During our discussion on Cocktail Philosophy, Rachel showed that, like Sporkful fans everywhere, she's always pursuing...

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North Korea: A Nice Place to Visit?

(3) Comments | Posted January 20, 2010 | 3:06 PM

North Korea announced recently that it will allow more American tourists to travel to the isolated nation. But lifting restrictions alone may not be enough to woo visitors. If North Korea is serious about attracting Americans, they need a cohesive marketing strategy. That's why I've prepared the following...

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The Mike Bloomberg Diet

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2009 | 4:18 PM

Move over Dr. Atkins, there's a new diet guru on the scene. You may recall that a few years ago he called you "fat," and suggested your death was more a result of your eating habits than a bad fall. But while this new guru's approach affects millions, he...

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Why Liberals May Be More to Blame for the Birthers

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2009 | 5:13 PM

President Obama could not have asked for a better birthday gift this week than the full-fledged arrival of The Birthers, best embodied by a raving, bleached-blonde, Soviet Jewish expat lawyer/realtor/dentist named Orly Taitz. (She's a lot like Don King, but without all that credibility.) Her meltdown Monday on MSNBC...

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Explaining The Nation's Non-Reaction To Gay Marriage

(46) Comments | Posted May 21, 2009 | 4:58 PM

If a state legalizes gay marriage and nobody notices, can gay people still get married? What if four states do it in six weeks?

As more states legalize same-sex marriage, the lack of outrage is striking. Forget the Armageddon we were promised. There's hardly even been a press conference. It...

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