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Joe Satran
Joe reports on food and culture as a staff writer for The Huffington Post. He was an English major at Yale and has worked at DETAILS magazine, for the Huffington Post Blog Team and at the Yale Sustainable Food Project. In college, he started Yale's biggest campus blog, The Bullblog. He lives in Los Angeles.

Entries by Joe Satran

Arby's Launches Support Line For Vegetarians Tempted By Its New Bacon

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 5:05 PM



On June 28, Arby's restaurants across the country began selling three sandwiches featuring bacon baked with brown sugar. 

The brown sugar bacon will only be available until the end of July, but in the months leading up to its launch, Arby's executives became concerned...

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Bourbon Production Climbs To Historic High

(12) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 8:33 PM

At no point in recent memory have consumers been as excited about bourbon as they are today.

"We are in the middle of a global whiskey renaissance," Lisa Hawkins, vice president of the Distilled Spirits Council, said. "There is a fascination with bourbon in the U.S. and abroad, with...

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The Fast Food Chains Americans Love And Hate The Most

(151) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 6:14 PM

Perhaps the key narrative in the world of fast food today is the rise of Chick fil-A and Chipotle and the fall of McDonald's. Industry analysts could build an entire career on an explanation of this phenomenon, but it's really not so complicated: American consumers love Chick fil-A and Chipotle,...

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17 Foods That Aren't Worth Making At Home

(82) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 2:27 PM

Once upon a time, if there were a food you wanted to eat, you had to make it yourself. In some parts of America, this wasn't so long ago -- if you lived in the Texas Hill Country in the 1920s, for example, you probably baked all your own bread...

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Whole Foods Co-CEOs Admit To Overcharging Customers

(182) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 8:08 PM

Consumer trust in Whole Foods Market was shattered last week when a New York City government investigation revealed that the supermarket had been systematically overcharging customers for packaged foods since at least 2010. At first, Whole Foods representatives stridently denied the claims -- but today, company executives admitted...

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Dunkin' Donuts Is Phasing Out Styrofoam Cups

(6) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 10:49 AM

Millions of Americans rely on Dunkin' Donuts for their morning coffee -- and part of what they love about the chain is that they know they can get the exact same cup of coffee every time. But customers at Dunkin' Donuts locations in New York City will now find that...

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What India Taught Burger King About Vegetarian Fast Food

(17) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 5:46 PM

India is a puzzle for America's fast food chains. Nearly 1.3 billion people live in the country, almost as many as live in China. Yet the market for U.S. chain restaurants in India, though growing rapidly, is still dwarfed by the market in China. Part of that disparity...

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McDonald's Quarter Pounders Will Soon Weigh More Than A Quarter Pound

(14) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 5:37 PM

When does the beef in a Quarter Pounder weigh more than a quarter pound?

Right now, only when you take it to a planet with more powerful gravity than Earth. (The ground beef weighs 2.3 pounds on Jupiter and one pound on Saturn.) But pretty soon, the patties...

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Holographic Ads Are Now On Display In Grocery Stores, And They're Freaky

(10) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 10:33 AM

It's official. We live in the future.

This week, Mondelez -- the former snacks division of Kraft that manufactures brands such as Chips Ahoy, Trident and Cadbury -- unveiled the first-ever holographic display ads in a grocery store. That's right: holograms are no longer the sole province...

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London Supermarket Tries To Sell Smokey Bacon Pringles To Muslims For Ramadan

(6) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 6:23 PM

A London outpost of U.K. grocery chain Tesco came under fire this week for an extraordinarily insensitive display pegged to Ramadan, which began on June 17.

Employees at a Tesco on London's Liverpool Road set up a red cardboard box in one of the supermarket's aisles. It...

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Whole Foods Busted For Overcharging On Packaged Foods -- Again

(7) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 10:42 AM

Consumers have long referred to Whole Foods as "Whole Paycheck" for its high prices, but it isn't just sticker shock: Many locations of the Austin-based grocery chain are illegally overcharging customers.

New York Daily News reporters broke the story, finding that Whole Foods locations in New York City have...

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'Lust Vodka' Purports To Boost Libido In Female Drinkers

(4) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 5:02 PM

One of the key selling points for vodka is that it's less likely to give you a hangover than brown liquors such as aged whiskey and rum, likely because vodka has lower levels of chemicals called "congeners" that contribute to headaches and nausea the next day. Rare indeed,...

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Most Restaurants 'Saved' By Gordon Ramsay's 'Kitchen Nightmares' Are Now Closed

(335) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 2:45 PM

Most episodes of reality shows about rescuing troubled businesses -- "Kitchen Nightmares," "Bar Rescue," "Tabatha Takes Over" -- follow a story arc as reassuringly predictable as those in "Law & Order." In the first act, the ornery expert comes into the business and finds a plethora of problems. In the...

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Pappy Van Winkle Is Collaborating On A New Maple Syrup

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 5:59 PM

For a brief window at the end of June, you're going to be able to buy bottles of a sweet brown liquid sealed with red wax and with the words "Pappy Van Winkle 23-Year" emblazoned across the front.

Is your mouth watering? Perhaps you're one of the many people...

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An Intimate Look At 'Family Meal,' The Staff-Only Food Customers Will Never Get To Eat At A Restaurant

(11) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 2:18 PM

Since it opened in the Arts District in the fall of 2012, Bestia has been one of the toughest reservations in Los Angeles. Every night, the Italian restaurant is packed with Angelenos and tourists grateful for the chance to eat the restaurant's homemade pastas, pizzas and charcuterie, widely considered some...

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Americans Are Spending More Money And Drinking Less Coffee, Thanks To Keurig

(19) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 10:26 AM

Few products illustrate the high price of convenience like K-Cups. There's no easier or faster way to get a hot cup of coffee than popping one into a Keurig machine, pressing a button and having a few ounces drip out into a mug. But the coffee beans within them end...

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This Video Explains How So Much Food Gets Wasted In America

(11) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 6:11 PM

There's a certain school of thought about sustainability that argues that the worst problem in the food system today is waste. The idea is that we expend a tremendous amount of resources -- water, gasoline, fertilizer, pesticides, labor -- growing food that never actually feeds anyone. Food waste advocates also...

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'Americans Are Just Simply Not Dieting Anymore,' Nestle Exec Says

(108) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 10:32 AM

Do calories count for anything these days?

Not according to Jeff Hamilton, the president of prepared foods at Nestle USA, who has seen sales of Lean Cuisine meals plunge 20 percent in the last two years alone. In a fascinating interview with FoodDive's David Oliver, Hamilton...

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This Map Of Westeros Shows The European Equivalents Of The Seven Kingdoms

(354) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 9:58 AM

Caution: This post contains minor spoilers from "Game of Thrones" and "A Song of Ice and Fire."

Still reeling from Sunday's season 5 finale of "Game Of Thrones"? Understandable. It was brutal!

One mental exercise useful during every traumatic episode of the show or moment in George R.R. Martin's book...

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Carrot Beer Debuts In Australia. Yes, Carrot Beer.

(10) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 7:54 PM

Even in the wildly innovative world of craft beer today, it's still possible to invent something new.

Case in point: The new Wabbit Season beer from 4Hearts Brewing Company in Ipswich, Australia. It's made from a wort that was 16 percent carrot juice.

The Australian Broadcasting...

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