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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.

Entries by Joe Satran

Here's How Chefs Make Their Burger Patties Perfectly Flat

(12) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 6:30 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 | 6:42 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 | 11:56 AM

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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'Fed Up' Movie Producers Deliver Sugary Warning To Congress Before School Lunch Vote

(2) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 5:35 PM

The producers of hit food documentary "Fed Up" delivered "Fed Up"-themed M&M's to 29 members of the House of Representatives today, to encourage them to vote against an agriculture appropriations bill that the producers said could make school lunches across the country less healthy than they already are.

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How Chef Kuniko Yagi Ditched A Prestigious Bank Job And Found Happiness In The Kitchen

(1) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 5:53 PM

LOS ANGELES -- Where do up-and-comers congregate for lunch in LA? The Ivy's a little traditional. The Polo Lounge has become un-PC. Hinoki & the Bird is now the place to be.

The restaurant's 155 seats, in the heart of LA's Century City neighborhood, are always packed with...

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Trendy $300 Wine Tool Is Accidentally Making Bottles Explode

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 4:19 PM

Coravin announced Monday that it has halted sales of its futuristic $300 wine-pouring system, after receiving reports of wine bottles exploding into dangerous glass shards when attached to the device.

In a statement, the company said that it is working with the Consumer Safety Product Commission...

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Actress Rose McGowan Hosts 'Gay-In' Cocktail Party At Boycotted Beverly Hills Hotel

(51) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 7:46 AM

As the sky dimmed to periwinkle on Wednesday evening, the bright pink Beverly Hills Hotel, normally resplendent around sunset, looked deeply melancholy. The American flag out front still flew at half-mast two days after Memorial Day. The earth in front of the entrance sign was torn up for spring landscaping...

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New Cheerios Protein Are Made With Lentils, But Do They Taste Like It?

(22) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 11:08 AM

Like a scrawny man with a romantic life as puny as his biceps, General Mills is hoping that protein can lead the way out of adversity and toward success.

This month, the food manufacturer launched Cheerios Protein in an effort to lure health-conscious breakfast eaters back from...

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Hummus Giant Sabra Wants The Government To Ban Black Bean Hummus Because Of Etymology

(134) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 5:19 PM

Sabra Dipping, by far the country's leading producer of hummus, made headlines this week when it announced it is petitioning the Food and Drug Administration to officially define "hummus" as a "semisolid food prepared from mixing cooked, dehydrated or dried chickpeas and tahini." Such a "hummus law" would...

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Throwing A Derby Party? Learn How To Make Mint Juleps With These 7 GIFs

(3) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 3:01 PM

This weekend's the Kentucky Derby. That means there's one thing you should be drinking all weekend: mint juleps. Frosty, refreshing, strong mint juleps.

But unless you're going down to Kentucky in person, you have to be careful. There are many ways for mint juleps to go wrong: they can...

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The Coffee Industry Is Worse Than Ever For The Environment

(178) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 7:36 AM

Every day, coffee fans in cities from San Diego to Stockholm get a dose of self-satisfaction along with their morning caffeine jolt when they order fancy coffee that tastes great and that they assume is helping the environment.

But the recent uptick in coffee connoisseurship hasn't yet translated into a...

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Yotam Ottolenghi Thinks You're Skipping A Key Step When You Cook Vegetables

(13) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 12:28 PM

When Yotam Ottolenghi opened his first high-end delicatessen in London's Notting Hill neighborhood in 2002, he had a problem with his vegetables.

If you're familiar with his work, you know how shocking this is. Because today, the Israeli-born chef's reputation rests largely on his deft hand with vegetables. He...

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Whole Foods Is About To Start Brewing Its Own Beer

(29) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 6:56 PM

North America's 360-some Whole Foods Markets already sell beer made by more than 500 different breweries. But one location set to open on Houston's Post Oak Boulevard this summer plans to pour beer under a label never before sold at Whole Foods, or anywhere else: its own.

Last week,...

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Stephanie Izard's Shortcut To A Jaw-Dropping Dinner Party Entree

(2) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 2:00 PM

To reality TV fans, Stephanie Izard is the frizzy-haired winner of "Top Chef" season four. But to Chicago food lovers, she's owner of some of the city's best restaurants, including the universally acclaimed Girl and the Goat, which won her the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef...

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27 Reasons I Could Never Go Gluten-Free

(461) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 12:25 PM

I lost my patience for the gluten-free trend in a bar. I was with my dad. He ordered a martini. As usual, he asked for vodka rather than gin -- a trespass of good taste that I accept only because he's allergic to juniper. But this time, he asked specifically...

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The 21 New York Restaurants I'll Miss The Most When I Move To LA

(2) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 9:07 AM

Last summer, I wrote an essay arguing that LA's restaurant scene is more exciting than New York's. During a heated HuffPost Live discussion about my thesis a few days later, my colleague Rebecca Orchant asked me whether I would ever move to a different city --...

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Manhattan Taste Test: Does Expensive Rye & Vermouth Improve This Classic Cocktail?

(4) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 6:00 AM

New York has had an absolutely brutal winter, with more snowstorms and bitingly cold air than just about any other in recent memory. It's almost enough to make you want to move to a warmer climate.

But no amount of bad weather could dampen my enthusiasm for...

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Kimchi wird erwachsen - dank der Olympischen Spiele

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 7:34 AM

Jetzt, da die Abschlussfeierlichkeiten in Sochi vorbei sind, wenden leidenschaftliche Fans der Olympischen Winterspiele ihren Blick bereits auf den südkoreanischen Skiort Pyeongchang, der die nächsten Spiele im Jahr 2018 ausrichten wird. Das bereitet Offiziellen des Nationalen Olympischen Komitees bereits jetzt Sorgen.

„Abgesehen von einem kleinen technischen Ausrutscher in der Eröffnungszeremonie,...

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Il Kimchi alla conquista del mondo con l'aiuto delle Olimpiadi

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 4:51 AM

Dopo la cerimonia di chiusura a Sochi, gli amanti delle Olimpiadi Invernali hanno iniziato a occhieggiare verso Pyeongchang, la località sciistica che ospiterà i prossimi giochi olimpici nel 2018.

Per questo motivo, l'ansia dei responsabili delle Olimpiadi nel paese è alle stelle.

"Ad eccezione di un piccolo errore...

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Cómo los Juegos Olímpicos afectan al kimchi (y a Corea)

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 4:11 AM

Ahora que la ceremonia de clausura de Sochi ha sucedido, los fans de los Juegos Olímpicos de Invierno han derivado su atención a Pyeongchang, la estación de esquí de Corea del Sur que será la sede de los próximos Juegos en el año 2018, algo que preocupa a los funcionarios...

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