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Mark Strausman

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Kosher Coke Is Almost the Real Thing

(10) Comments | Posted April 19, 2011 | 1:58 PM

To borrow a phrase, things certainly do go better with Coca Cola... at least if it's kosher Coca Cola!

I noticed a new item in my NYC supermarket today while I was browsing in the drink aisle. It was a floor stand for Coke that is kosher...

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What You Don't Know About Your Tongue Might Be Making You Fat

(3) Comments | Posted September 22, 2008 | 6:29 PM

I learned a new word the other day: umami. It's something I have on my tongue, even though I didn't know it. You have it, too. Common knowledge has it that our tongues have receptors for sensing four things: bitter, salty, sour, and sweet. But it turns out that we...

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Trade Fossil Fuel for Human Fuel

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2008 | 11:17 AM

I've spent a lot of time this summer in beautiful, historic, depressed Sullivan County, New York, an area about 2 hours outside of New York City that's better known as The Catskills. Except for the iconic 1969 cultural event that was Woodstock (actually held in Bethel, NY) the last heyday...

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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

(8) Comments | Posted June 26, 2008 | 5:34 PM

It looks like the killer tomatoes got off easy. McDonald's reinstated tomatoes on their menu over a week ago. Our cultural short attention span has kicked into gear; how quickly we forgive and forget. At my restaurants I actually do still have customers asking me why I have tomatoes on...

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The Death of the American Chef

(7) Comments | Posted June 10, 2008 | 2:29 PM

Two weeks ago I attended the 89th Annual National Restaurant Association trade show in Chicago, my industry's main yearly event. The first thing I saw as I walked into McCormick Place was a huge sign advertising the two celebrated keynote speakers of the event: McDonald's Corporation CEO Jim Skinner...

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A Chef's-Eye View of Starbucks

(2) Comments | Posted May 27, 2008 | 3:39 PM

It's the Food Skinny here; reporting from my local Starbucks, drinking my usual, and watching current trends come alive. Moms are ordering lattes and Horizon organic chocolate milk for their little tykes. The view sure has changed since the late 50's, when I was in the stroller. So has the...

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Where's The Beef (From)?

(6) Comments | Posted May 8, 2008 | 8:38 PM

The most famous question in the beef industry comes from genius ad-man Cliff Friedman's legendary campaign for Wendy's: "Where's the beef?" That iconic commercial of the three old ladies peering at Wendy's competitor's fluffy hamburger bun and not being able to find the meat changed the landscape of the fast-food...

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Whole Food vs. Whole Foods

(16) Comments | Posted April 27, 2008 | 8:56 PM

Just out of curiosity, I typed "whole food" into my search engine the other day. I was careful to use lower case, no caps. I'm dyslexic, and I've depended on the fact that the postal system is always somehow able to deliver my mail, even when I've misspelled names, left...

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O Beautiful for Amber Waves of...Genetically Modified Corn?

(2) Comments | Posted April 21, 2008 | 1:13 PM

The Food Skinny is a blog written by a chef who, as they say, also happens to be a consumer. I've owned restaurants for 25 years, and when I'm not in the kitchen, I'm in the dining room talking to my customers. My restaurants happen to be on the Upper...

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