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See More, Eat More: The Geography Of Fast Food

See More, Eat More: The Geography Of Fast Food

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

The more fast food you encounter where you live and work, the likelier you are to be obese, research shows. That suggests policies limiting fast-food outlets in neighborhoods may be onto something.

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What is Munchery: The Food Delivery Service Raises Funding, Looks to Expand

What is Munchery: The Food Delivery Service Raises Funding, Looks to Expand

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Chef-prepared meals delivered to your door? Munchery is hoping to expand its service with new funding and new chefs.

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Our Supercomputer Overlord is Now Running a Food Truck

Our Supercomputer Overlord is Now Running a Food Truck

| March 4, 2014 | 2 Comments

IBM’s Watson, known for crushing the human competition on Jeopardy!, is now a sous-chef. It’s spitting out novel ingredient combos for human chefs to cook, and hitting the road with sample dishes.

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From Aztecs to Oscars: Popcorn’s Beautiful, Explosive Journey

From Aztecs to Oscars: Popcorn’s Beautiful, Explosive Journey

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Long before it fueled moviegoers, popcorn helped lay the foundation for the Aztec empire. In our video, we look at popcorn under a microscope, where the rock-hard kernel’s fluffy secret is revealed.

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A Conversation with the Top Dog Guy

A Conversation with the Top Dog Guy

| February 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

Max Gibson talks to “The Top Dog Guy” about working there for 23 years, watching college kids come and go, and how to deal with jerks.

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What Sbarro’s Downfall Says About Where We Get Our Fast Food Now

What Sbarro’s Downfall Says About Where We Get Our Fast Food Now

| February 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

The pizza chain is closing 155 stores. Sure, malls have been hit hard, but Sbarro’s problems are bigger: These days, diners are more likely to opt for “fast casual” options like Chipotle.

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Kitchener to Open a Rotating Take-Out Window in Oakland

Kitchener to Open a Rotating Take-Out Window in Oakland

| February 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

A take-out window with rotating foods? That’s what Kitchener, a community kitchen in Oakland, hopes to open later this spring with Kickstarter funding.

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Order Up! Food Businesses Find an Appetite for Bitcoin

Order Up! Food Businesses Find an Appetite for Bitcoin

| February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

From a Subway sandwich shop to a Peruvian chicken food truck, customers have a growing number of options for satisfying their hunger with Bitcoin. For food vendors, accepting the virtual currency offers substantial financial benefits – and risks, too.

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Food Trends that Fed and Fueled the Bay Area in 2013

Food Trends that Fed and Fueled the Bay Area in 2013

| January 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

Here are some of the Bay Area’s tastiest and trendiest foods and drinks of 2013.

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KQED’s Forum: Should Food Stamp Users be Blocked from Buying Junk Food?

KQED’s Forum: Should Food Stamp Users be Blocked from Buying Junk Food?

| December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

The federal food stamp program, known as SNAP, supports one in seven Americans at a cost of around $80 billion each year. With almost 70 percent of adult Americans overweight, some nutrition advocates want to prohibit SNAP recipients from using food stamps to purchase junk food such as soda and chips. Opponents say that such restrictions would unfairly target the poor and limit their food options. KQED’s Forum discusses the issue.

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Fast-Food Workers Cry Poverty Wages As McDonald’s Buys Luxury Jet

Fast-Food Workers Cry Poverty Wages As McDonald’s Buys Luxury Jet

| December 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Thousands of restaurant workers protested Thursday in cities around the country, calling for an increase in wages to $15 an hour. Many fast-food workers make so little that they rely on public assistance to get by, even as profits at many franchises have nearly doubled in recent years. But not everyone agrees that raising the minimum wage will fix the problem.

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Food Mash-Ups: The Most Popular Combos of the (Dying?) Craze

Food Mash-Ups: The Most Popular Combos of the (Dying?) Craze

| October 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

The food mash-up craze — combining two (or more) items into one — has very nearly run its course. Here are some of the most popular food mash-ups.

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San Francisco Kitchen Lends Low-Income Food Entrepreneurs A Hand

San Francisco Kitchen Lends Low-Income Food Entrepreneurs A Hand

| October 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Tech startups aren’t the only businesses incubated in Northern California. Since 2005, the nonprofit group La Cocina, Spanish for “kitchen,” has been providing equipment, mentoring and access to capital to promising small food businesses in the Bay Area.

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Why U.S. Taxpayers Pay $7 Billion A Year To Help Fast-Food Workers

Why U.S. Taxpayers Pay $7 Billion A Year To Help Fast-Food Workers

| October 16, 2013 | 2 Comments

Fifty-two percent of low-wage fast-food workers rely on public assistance programs like food stamps and Medicaid just to make ends meet, a fresh analysis finds. Many are adults supporting families. But some conservative economists say raising the minimum wage to $15 – as protesters are demanding – wouldn’t help matters.

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