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Food Riot is dedicated to the idea that writing about food and eating should be just as diverse as foods and food-lovers are. So sometimes we are serious and sometimes silly. Some of our writers are pros. Many of them aren’t. We like a good essay or a fun list just as much as we like a recipe. We think you can like both Twinkies and tarragon and there’s room to have fun with both.

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That Time I Was a Raw Vegan for, Like, Three Weeks

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 9:32 AM

First appeared on Food Riot, by Susie Rodarme

You know that thing where, like, you know, you need a change in your eating life and you're watching YouTube and then, like, a week later you decide you're going to be a raw vegan so you do that?

I...

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Kombucha: A Love Story

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 9:14 AM

First appeared on Food Riot by Naomi Bishop

Certainly, I did not fall in love with kombucha because it is cute and cuddly. Mention of the fermented tea often garners the same looks as when I tell people about the time I ate uncleaned pig intestine in Laos....

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On Grief and Eating

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 10:07 AM

First appeared on Food Riot by Susie Rodarme

The first funeral I ever went to was my maternal grandfather's. I was ten, maybe eleven, probably ten; I had been shielded from funerals until this point. My grandfather and I were not terribly close; my parents' divorce still had...

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I Was a Weight Watchers Dropout

(100) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 10:30 AM

First appeared on Food Riot, from Brenna Clarke Gray

For a brief period of my life, I was on Weight Watchers.

And I mean, I was on Weight Watchers. From 2006-2009, I could identify with perfect accuracy the points value of any food you could name. I could...

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Chasing Numbers, Escaping Food: Why I Stopped Using MyFitnessPal

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 9:37 AM

First appeared on Food Riot, by Dana Staves

It's fair to say that one of the best ways to ensure healthy eating is to eat consciously. Much like the scene in Never Been Kissed, where a stoned Drew Barrymore wakes up, lifts her head from a (now) empty...

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I'm Not Eating it Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 7:06 PM

First appeared on Food Riot by Naomi Bishop

"If the food goes in your mouth, you're doing it right," the waitress told us, in direct contrast to the instructions given by the ramen restaurant's PR rep. It was refreshing to hear -- especially after having just watched a...

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If Normcore Took Over the Food World

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 7:02 PM

First appeared on Food Riot, by Danguole Lekaviciute

No, not Nomcore. That actually doesn't sound so bad.

If you're not up to speed yet, Normcore is the name... of a thing. The thing being fashion-conscious types -- the ones who rocked handlebar mustaches and flower crowns yesterday, dressing...

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Gather Ye Ramps While Ye May

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 3:41 PM

First appeared on Food Riot, by Sara Bir

Like nearly all highly coveted foods, ramps have a crevice of calendar days when they appear in titillating abundance. Their delicate green fronds rise from the leafy detritus of primeval forest floors, signaling spring. And thus the mania begins. Every...

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How To: A Nifty Way To Guarantee Hypertension

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 2:50 PM

First appeared on Food Riot by Autumn Barker

"Hey, my parents owned a snow cone stand! They make good money!"

That was quite possibly the last rational statement my girlfriend ever made, including that time she proposed.

So, we bought an established business that was dearly loved by...

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How to Use a Coffee Shop As an Office and Not Be THAT Person

(3) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 10:08 AM

First appeared on Food Riot by Susie Rodarme

Confession: I used to be that person who got super annoyed at people who work in coffee shops. I hated how they would spread their laptops all over the place, hog up space because they had to be near an...

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Five Tips For Cooking For One

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 9:07 AM

First appeared on Food Riot, by Jesse Doogan

I often hear people describe cooking for one as depressing, and, while I usually nod sympathetically, I have almost never found that to be the case. (I do admit to finding it to be sometimes exhausting. Did you know that...

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When Julia Child Gives You Advice, Take It

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 12:55 PM

First appeared on Food Riot, by Sara Bir

We all have our "if only's."

If only I hadn't used the word "ass" during that job interview with the editor at the giant publishing house.

If only I remembered to wear a padded bra when I was on that...

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8 Foods That Are Totally Worth the Hype

(4) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 11:20 AM

First appeared on Food Riot, by Susie Rodarme

Food buzz seems to go in cycles, and sometimes, I sit back and watch the food media circling around something like, say, kale, and I have to scratch my head. I mean, if you like, kale, rad. I personally prefer...

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Why I Only Eat in Fancy Restaurants

(32) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 2:28 PM

First appeared on Food Riot, by John Donohue

With one broad exception, I don't eat out unless the meal is expensive. White tablecloths aren't necessary, but there better be aged steak served by seasoned waiters. Wallet-crushing, geometrically confusing and gastronomically rewarding grid-like menus are...

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On $4 "Artisanal" Toast

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 1:39 PM

First appeared on Food Riot, by Dana Staves

Toast is the new hip thing that we've always had all along, going the way of doughnuts and cupcakes, becoming artisanal and innovated. Except with toast, it seems there's not so much innovation as an attention to the art form...

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Is Chipotle the Future of Fast Food?

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 1:48 PM

First appeared on Food Riot, by Susie Rodarme

The first time someone told me about Piada Italian Street Food, a local Columbus chain (potentially ripped off inspired by NYC's Piada, which had opened the previous year), they described it as "Italian Chipotle." The "piada," the signature...

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I'm "Old World Matriarch," What Are You?

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 1:03 PM

First appeared on Food Riot, by Meryl Kimble

As I'm sure many of you have noticed, whether you wanted to or not, there is a current trend flying around the interwebs in the form of All The Quizzes. In the last couple of weeks alone I have discovered...

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My Food Police Freakout

(2) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 1:35 PM

First appeared on Food Riot, by Sara Bir

I got a jar of extra-virgin coconut oil because it's supposed to be the healthiest kind of fat out there. A friend of mine, who's not supposed to have animal products of any kind, eats a tablespoon straight from the...

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How to Go Wine Tasting Without Being Annoying

(8) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 1:27 PM

First appeared on Food Riot, by Amanda Feifer

When I was in grad school, I worked weekends at a small and wonderful California wine-tasting room. Dream job, right? I tasted excellent wines during every shift, learned about the industry from the vintner himself and worked super cool events,...

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A Beginner's Guide to Seasonal Eating

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 11:38 AM

First appeared on Food Riot, by Dana Staves

I was twenty-four years old before I really became aware that growing seasons existed. And for awhile, I felt ashamed of that. How could I not be aware of such things? How silly is that?

But over the years, I...

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