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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

What The Hell Is Celtuce? All About The Cool Obscure Veggie Of The Moment

(2) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 12:20 PM

The first time I saw celtuce listed on a restaurant menu -- last winter, at modern Chinese restaurant Fung Tu in New York's Lower East Side -- I thought I knew what it was. Maybe because the name sounded like a portmanteau of "celery" and "lettuce," two of the most...

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Eggnog Taste Test: The Best Liquors For Spiking Your Holiday Drink

(16) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 2:01 PM

Eggnog, like the holiday parties at which it is so often served, can be unbearable without alcohol. Even a sip of virgin eggnog can smother your mouth and throat with treacly sweetness for hours. But the spicy flavor and airy texture of distilled spirits cut straight through even the gummiest...

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'The Great British Bake Off,' Wildly Popular In The U.K., Is Finally Coming To The U.S.

(2) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 3:18 PM

"The Great British Bake Off," the most popular TV show in the U.K. and one of the most successful cooking competitions of all time, is finally coming to the U.S.

PBS will premiere the fifth season of the show, its most recent, on Sunday, Dec. 28, at...

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LA's Mom & Pop Donut Shops Have Harsh Words For Dunkin' Donuts

(21) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 4:19 PM

Greater Los Angeles is home to the most diverse ecosystem of independent donut shops of anywhere in the country. Over 700 shops, many of them owned by Asian immigrants or their children, call SoCal home. And despite Angelenos' reputation for health obsession, many natives hold their...

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The UK's Most Popular TV Show Is ... A Baking Competition?

(3) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 4:27 PM

Over the past few years, British television has produced a bumper crop of terrific shows, many of which have found large audiences around the world: "Downtown Abbey," "Sherlock," "Broadchurch," "Call The Midwife," "Happy Valley" and the "Doctor Who" revival. American TV fans might assume that one of them -- maybe...

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Chef Daniel Patterson Reveals How To Cook A Feast In Your Sleep

(8) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 7:00 AM

Over the past few years, the twin ascents of sous vide cookery and serious barbecue have sent restaurants into an arms race of cooking times. Menus now routinely boast of lamb's necks roasted for 19 hours, short ribs braised for 36 hours and whole pigs smoked for three whole days.

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Taste Test: The Best (And Worst) Kinds Of Bourbon To Use In An Old-Fashioned Cocktail

(90) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 1:26 PM

Old-fashioned cocktails, from sidecars to negronis, have been popular for over a decade. But until recently, the Old-Fashioned Cocktail proper was an all-but-forgotten artifact outside a few excellent bars in New York and San Francisco.

Its major obstacle to success was that many bartenders -- both professional and amateur...

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TV Chef Curtis Stone Wants To Prove He's More Than Just A Pretty Face

(11) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 8:38 AM

If you search Google Images for "celebrity chef," the first three results -- Wolfgang Puck, Eric Ripert and Gordon Ramsay -- are certified masters in the kitchen. Together, they own more than 100 restaurants and have won a galaxy's worth of Michelin stars.

The fourth Google Image...

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Paula Deen Aims For Comeback With 'Uncensored' New Digital Network

(32) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 6:43 PM

A year ago, Paula Deen's career was in free fall.

After the Southern chef revealed her history of racially insensitive comments in a 2013 deposition, her sponsors abandoned her en masse, her publisher refused to publish her latest book and the Food Network

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Here's How A Six-Pack Of Craft Beer Ends Up Costing $12

(65) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 12:39 PM

I've said it before and I'll say it again: There's never been a better time to be a beer drinker in America. The skillful innovation of American craft brewers over the past decade has pushed beer in delicious new directions. It wouldn't be hard to argue that the craft beer...

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Thousands March Through Downtown LA To Protest LAPD Slaying Of Ezell Ford

(112) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 9:36 AM

LOS ANGELES -- Thousands of protesters marched through downtown LA on Sunday afternoon to demand justice for Ezell Ford, the 25-year-old black man who was shot and killed by two police officers while walking down the street near his home on Aug. 11.

Although the protest had...

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Ezell Ford's Parents And Friends Mourn 'Free-Spirited' 25-Year-Old Shot By LAPD

(26) Comments | Posted August 17, 2014 | 3:02 PM

For the world outside the South LA neighborhood of Florence, Ezell Ford is a symbol. The 25-year-old's fatal shooting by two LAPD officers Monday night, mere days after the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, made him into an emblem of police brutality and...

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South LA Demands Justice After Shooting Of Ezell Ford By LAPD Officers

(24) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 1:58 AM

LOS ANGELES -- Civil rights leaders met with Los Angeles Police Department officials Thursday to press the department to swiftly and openly investigate the fatal shooting of mentally challenged 25-year-old South LA resident Ezell Ford by two LAPD officers on Monday night.

At a press conference immediately afterward,...

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The Truth About Those Fictitious Beer Brands On TV

(9) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 9:00 AM

TV characters, like people in real life, can be picky about the beer they drink.

"The Good Wife"'s Alicia Florrick drinks FG -- at least when she's not drinking red wine or tequila. Dexter drank Skull Island, while the titular Earl Hickey of "My Name is Earl" drank Heisler....

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GoPro Video Reveals Lobster's Journey From Ocean To Plate

(10) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 5:45 PM

For years, diners have demanded that restaurants be more transparent with the sourcing of their ingredients. And restaurants have responded by giving them more and more information. But if you thought that the famous Portlandia sketch about the provenance of a chicken was the furthest this trend could...

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One Man's Exhaustive Search For The Best Fish Taco In San Diego

(144) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 10:03 AM

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Acclaimed food critic Jonathan Gold has written that "Entire religions have been founded on miracles less profound than the Ensenada fish taco."

If anyone ever heeds his call and founds a religion dedicated to the worship of the...

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Bacon Prices Just Hit Another All-Time High

(170) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 7:48 PM

The price of bacon keeps getting heftier.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average price of a pound of bacon in American cities rose another 6 cents in June, to an all-time high of $6.11. That's a 14 percent increase since June 2013 and a whopping 41 percent...

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Here's How Chefs Make Their Burger Patties Perfectly Flat

(12) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Of all the calamities that can befall a hamburger, few are as subtly devastating as a convex patty. Though a bulbous burger won't taste as awful as one that's cooked or seasoned badly, it will ruin the structural integrity of the whole sandwich. A misshapen patty will make it impossible...

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Starbucks' New La Boulange Isn't Fast-Casual, But 'Slow-Chic'

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 7:42 PM

On the surface, there's nothing connecting the new La Boulange in Los Angeles to Starbucks, the country's largest coffee chain. With its soaring ceilings, artsy wall decorations and sophisticated bar counter, it looks perfectly at home on its rapidly-gentrifying strip of La Brea Avenue.

You won't find...

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4 Easy Hacks To Upgrade Trader Joe's Frozen Mac N' Cheese Into Culinary Wizardry

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 12:56 PM

Haters gonna hate, but Trader Joe's frozen mac n' cheese is pretty great.

It's been the official frozen mac n' cheese of HuffPost Taste ever since it cleaned up at a Taste Test back in March of 2013. It's simply the closest you can get to restaurant-quality mac...

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