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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

Professional Chefs Play Our 'Four Foods Of The Apocalypse' Game

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 5:12 PM

A while back, we unleashed our favorite food-based hypothetical question on the world: the Four Foods Game. My best friend, Chloe Searcy, and I invented this game in college, and now we're bringing it back. The basic idea is that you have to choose the four...

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What Chefs Don't Understand About Technology

(3) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 9:11 AM

Chefs are Luddites. They hate technology. Can't stand it.

Or at least that was the impression I got after attending several panels at the Interactive portion of this year's SXSW Festival in Austin under the rubric of "Food and Experiential Dining." Every chef I saw speak had harsh words...

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The Forgotten History Of The World's First Taco Bell, And Today's Attempt To Save It

(63) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 11:39 AM

For Glen Bell, the eighth time was the charm.

As Debra Lee Baldwin recounts in her 1999 biography Taco Titan, Bell started no fewer than seven businesses in Southern California between 1948 and 1957: four separate hamburger stands, two different chains of taquerias and a miniature golf course. Bell left...

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This Is Where America Gets Almost All Its Winter Lettuce

(45) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 6:29 PM

Unless you're a homesteader, a Sunbelt resident who eats only food from your local farmers market, or an extremely devout carnivore, you've almost certainly eaten lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, a city of 93,000 at the nexus of Arizona, California and Mexico. The Yuma area, including the Imperial Valley across the...

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Taste Test: The Best (And Worst) Brandy To Use In A Sidecar

(1) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 11:46 AM

Few cocktails are as versatile as the Sidecar. It's refreshing in summer and comforting in winter; it's sophisticated to order at a bar and fun to serve at a party; it's sweet enough to be accessible to cocktail novices and strong enough to be appealing to cocktail diehards. If it's...

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No, My Entire Party Hasn't Arrived Yet. Yes, I Still Think You Should Seat Me.

(290) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 11:11 AM

I don't think of myself as a punctual person -- I'm constantly pulling into movie theater parking garages just as they start to roll the trailers. So when I meet people at a restaurant for dinner, I'm rarely the first to arrive.

But a couple months ago, I was...

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This Map Shows The Most Lucrative Animal Product In Each State

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 2:43 PM

About a month ago, I published two maps that illustrated some broad trends in American agriculture: Above all, that while states on the coasts tend to produce fruits and vegetables, interior states tend to grow crops that are fed to animals. Some readers thought I was telegraphing an...

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17 Of The Most Sought-After Craft Beers In America, And How To Find Them

(68) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 2:37 PM

For a certain type of craft beer geek (hop-loving, competitive and possibly residing in California), this time of year means one thing: Pliny the Younger. The legendary Russian River Brewing Co. releases its most acclaimed beer -- a more intense version of its flagship Pliny the Elder -- at the...

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The Definitive Guide To Bacon Labels, From 'Applewood-Smoked' To 'Uncured'

(16) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 6:30 AM

Shopping for bacon should be a joyous experience. But all too often these days, it's just confusing.

Some supermarkets sell dozens of varieties. As bacon has gained in popularity, labels such as "applewood-smoked" and "dry rubbed" have proliferated to the point where the bacon section can be completely bewildering...

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How Fairfax Became The Coolest Street In Los Angeles

(6) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 11:27 AM

You could think of Fairfax as Manhattan's Lower East Side, but with palm trees. You could call it "the Rodeo Drive of streetwear," as habitués of the street's many sneaker and T-shirt shops are wont to do. You could posit that Fairfax is today what Abbot Kinney, 9 miles...

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How An Obsession With Finding Pappy Van Winkle Took Over My Life

(26) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 8:55 AM

It's hard to say when, exactly, I became obsessed with Pappy Van Winkle. I remember the first time I heard about it -- Jan. 11, 2012, when I watched a clip from "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" in which my culinary idol David Chang called it his favorite...

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It's Washington Beer vs. Massachusetts Beer In The Super Bowl Of Taste Tests

(18) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 5:26 PM

Beer and the Super Bowl go together better than Bill Belichick and controversy. Americans reportedly drink 50 million cases of beer the day of the big game -- which translates into about six cans of beer per drinking-age adult.

Most people surely plan to drink cheap, drinkable...

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2 Simple Maps That Reveal How American Agriculture Actually Works

(114) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 4:05 PM

Driving through the farmlands of Iowa looking for fresh food to eat is a lot like sailing through the ocean looking for fresh water to drink. In the ocean, you're surrounded by water that you can't drink; in Iowa, you're surrounded by food you can't eat. Even though Iowa generates...

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13 Weird Moments In The History Of Water Fountains

(12) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 6:33 AM


When was the last time you gave serious thought to a drinking fountain? Maybe it was in elementary school, when they were the only way to wet your whistle. Or maybe never. That would be perfectly understandable. They seem boring!

But they're...

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California's Ban On Foie Gras Sales Overturned By Federal Judge

(148) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 10:01 PM

LOS ANGELES -- Sorry, uni. Your reign as California's supreme culinary luxury is over. Foie gras has reclaimed its rightful throne after 2 1/2 years of exile.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson of the Central District of California on Wednesday afternoon struck down the state's ban on the sale...

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

(3) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 11:20 AM

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

(19) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 1:01 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 | 2:18 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 | 3:19 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?

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