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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

USDA Organics Head Won't Say Organic Is Healthier

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 12:39 PM

Organic food is one of America's great growth industries: sales are skyrocketing, increasing by double-digit percentage terms year after year as consumers embrace healthier, more environmentally conscious lifestyles. Nearly $40 billion's worth of organic food was sold across the country last year.

One key factor...

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A McDonald's Location Is Now Breathalyzing Customers To Deter Drunkards

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 11:44 AM

Bad things can happen when you walk into a McDonald's while you're drunk. If you're lucky, you might get away with just ordering way more food than you meant to. If you're not, you might find yourself arrested, or even punched out cold by one of...

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10 Ways Legal Marijuana Could Change The Food World In The Next 10 Years

(4) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 1:30 PM

Over the past decade, the culinary world has started to pick up a faint whiff of marijuana smoke. Famous, reputable chefs across the country have copped to their love of marijuana, and its utility in their creative processes. Because weed makes food taste better! Even

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Pennsylvania McDonald's Bans Unaccompanied Minors After Assault

(12) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 12:28 PM

The teens of Altoona, Pennsylvania, can now add McDonald's to the list of places -- like R-rated movies and liquor stores -- at which they're not allowed to hang out.

A McDonald's franchisee in the central Pennsylvania town announced this week that no one under the age...

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Scientists Finally Figure Out Why Lobsters Turn Red When Cooked

(16) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 12:13 PM

Cooking lobster always feels a little magical: You drop a blue shellfish into a pot of boiling water, and a few minutes later, you take out a bright red shellfish.

Even scientists have long been at a loss to explain the chemistry underpinning this alchemy. One team of chemists...

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Ohio Might Be The Next State To Allow Public Drinking In Major Cities

(21) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 7:05 PM

Ohio bargoers may soon be able to experience a marvelous staple of New Orleans drinking culture: the go-cup.

On Wednesday, the state's legislature approved a bill that would legalize public drinking of alcoholic beverages in specially designated "outdoor consumption areas" in cities with more than...

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Alain Ducasse, Michelin Starred Chef, Cooks Food For Astronauts To Eat In Space

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 11:48 AM

French chef Alain Ducasse knows a lot about stars. He's become famous around the world for opening restaurants from Monaco to Hong Kong that have been showered with three-star ratings by the Michelin Red Guide. But Ducasse has also been serving food to a group of people who...

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McDonald's Employee Knocks Rowdy Customer Unconscious On Camera

(51) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 8:00 PM

Police were called to a McDonald's in East Lansing, Michigan, at 2 a.m. Thursday after an employee punched a rowdy Michigan State University student in the restaurant, knocking him unconscious.

Another Michigan State student, Kevin Lange, filmed the end of the interaction, including the crucial...

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Study Finds Frozen Shrimp Are Totally Disgusting

(125) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 3:09 PM

Back away from the shrimp cocktail. We repeat, back away from the shrimp cocktail. That is, if it was made with frozen shrimp.

Why? Consumer Reports just published a comprehensive study of the safety of frozen shrimp that uncovered some appalling results. It turns out that all those...

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4 People Have Died Hunting A Precious Shellfish This Month Alone

(28) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 11:27 AM

Many gourmands consider abalone one of the finest-tasting shellfish on the earth. They prize its firm, almost crunchy texture and mild flavor, and are willing to pay upwards of $125 a pound for a taste of its flesh.

But every year, a few of the thousands of...

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Guacamole Is Coming To Subway

(17) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Ordering a sandwich at Subway can be a dizzying experience: Do you want mustard on that? Mayo? Vinegar? Salt and pepper? Lettuce? Do you want a Footlong? Toasted bread?

But it's about to become even more difficult. Because on May 1, the Milford, Connecticut-based sandwich chain will add guacamole...

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French's Hits Back In Its War With Heinz By Introducing New Ketchup

(11) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 8:54 PM

Heinz started a mustard war last week when it announced that it would begin selling mustard in grocery stores, encroaching on a market long dominated by French's. And now French's is hitting back by introducing its own ketchup -- escalating a conflict that can only be described as...

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Northern Ireland Is Promoting Westeros Tourism With These 'Game Of Thrones' Stunts

(2) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 4:36 PM

At some point, every fan of HBO's "Game of Thrones" or George R.R. Martin's series "A Song of Ice and Fire" has fantasized about visiting Westeros, the fantastical continent on which most of the action in the series takes place. The scenery and architecture seems so much more beautiful, and...

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Watch This Chef Demonstrate The Right Way To Eat Ramen

(47) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 4:35 PM

Ramen is one of those foods that, like hummus and pad thai, went from obscure ethnic food to totally ubiquitous staple in America with astonishing speed. We are all ramen lovers now.

But our enthusiasm for the taste and comforting richness of ramen grew faster than our knowledge about...

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The United Church Of Bacon Accuses Wells Fargo Of Religious Discrimination

(26) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 2:23 PM

Plenty of people of all stripes have been known to greet bacon with a firm "hallelujah," especially on hungover Sundays. But one group in particular means their praise quite literally: adherents of The United Church of Bacon.

That's right: There's actually an organization dedicated to the worship of...

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Mountain Dew's New Drink DEWShine Looks Like Moonshine, Tastes Like Soda

(3) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 1:08 PM

In the grand quilt that is the heritage of America, Mountain Dew certainly has a patch of fabric. But surely it's a wild, tawdry, neon-green-colored square of nylon, stitched very far from the hand-sewn patches of flannel and wool that stand in for the traditional moonshine distilled high in the...

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Taco Bell Returns To Japan After Decades-Long Absence, People Go Nuts

(5) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 2:50 PM

Taco Bell opened its first Japanese location in decades on Tuesday -- and the area's residents ate it up.

Hundreds of people lined up at the entrance of the restaurant, in Tokyo's hip Shibuya neighborhood, before the opening. Some of them reportedly got there the night before...

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Chipotle Will Now Deliver Burritos To Your Front Door -- For A Price

(15) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 2:40 PM

Do you love Chipotle's huge, environmentally conscious burritos, but hate walking along the counter to order? Do you often find yourself craving barbacoa soft tacos, but shuddering at the thought of getting off your couch? Do you smoke a lot of weed?

You're in luck. This week, Chipotle announced (deep...

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Shake Shack Is Coming To LA

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 3:22 PM

Shake Shack announced plans on Tuesday to open its first Los Angeles-area location in 2016. The location will be the first on the West Coast for the burgeoning upscale fast food chain, which was started by famed New York restaurateur Danny Meyer.

The LA Shake Shack will be...

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Whole Foods Faces Criminal Charges For Opening On Good Friday

(64) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 2:52 PM

A Whole Foods location in Ottawa, Canada is facing four criminal charges for defying an Ontario law that prohibits the majority of stores from opening on nine specific holidays each year -- in this case, Good Friday.

The Whole Foods outpost signaled its...

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