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Save the Escargot! Snail-Devouring Predator Rears Its Head In France

Save the Escargot! Snail-Devouring Predator Rears Its Head In France

| March 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

The New Guinea flatworm is a vicious little thing with an appetite for snails. Its discovery in Normandy has raised concerns about the fate of Europe’s snails — and France’s famed mollusk appetizer.

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For a Faster-Aged Bourbon, You Need the Motion of the Ocean

For a Faster-Aged Bourbon, You Need the Motion of the Ocean

| March 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

The longer bourbon ages, the richer its flavor and color. Now, an artisan Kentucky distiller is speeding up nature by sending barrels on boat journeys on the high seas. How does it work? Chemistry.

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What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power in Russia

What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power in Russia

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

The soft drink giant is one of the few big U.S. firms with major investments in Russia. And the reasons why say a lot about why the U.S. has less leverage in Russia than it might like.

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A Theme Park for Foodies? Italians Say Bologna

A Theme Park for Foodies? Italians Say Bologna

| March 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Eataly food emporium plans to open a $55 million theme park in Italy, devoted to the nation’s culinary pleasures. Some have dubbed it the “Disneyland of food,” but Italians aren’t impressed.

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How Yosemite Keeps Its Bears’ Paws Off Campers’ Hamburgers

How Yosemite Keeps Its Bears’ Paws Off Campers’ Hamburgers

| March 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

The park’s bears have developed a taste for human food, and that’s gotten them in big trouble. But efforts to teach campers to lock up food are helping solve the problem, a bear hair analysis shows.

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Drink Vodka, Eat Pickles, Repeat: Mastering the Zakuski Spread

Drink Vodka, Eat Pickles, Repeat: Mastering the Zakuski Spread

| February 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Zakuski are like Russian tapas. More than a delicious snack, these dishes also tell the story of Russia. From “Herring Under a Fur Coat” to pickled everything, zakuski teach us about harsh winters and state-sponsored products in the Soviet era.

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Get in the Sochi Spirit Like an Olympian

Get in the Sochi Spirit Like an Olympian

| February 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Athletes in Sochi are eating Russian-inspired foods at the cafeteria, but scrounging for snacks from home. And, they’re celebrating with free beer, Coke and Olympic-themed treats.

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When Not in Sochi, Order the Khatchapuri and Eat Like You Are

When Not in Sochi, Order the Khatchapuri and Eat Like You Are

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Athletes and spectators are giving the food in Sochi rave reviews. But what are they eating, exactly? It’s a mashup of Soviet-era Russian faves, punctuated with foods of the Caucasus that have long been special treats for people visiting the Russian Riviera.

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Sexually Transmitted Food Poisoning? A Fish Toxin Could Be To Blame

Sexually Transmitted Food Poisoning? A Fish Toxin Could Be To Blame

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tropical fish, like red snapper and grouper, can accumulate one of the most poisonous toxins on Earth, known as ciguatera. A few bites of an infected filet can trigger strange neurological effects: painful intercourse, reversal of how you feel temperature and the sensation of your teeth falling out. And doctors say there’s a chance it spreads through sex.

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A Floating City: Cooking on a Celebrity Cruise Ship

A Floating City: Cooking on a Celebrity Cruise Ship

| January 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cooking for guests aboard a giant cruise ship has its own challenges: 24-hour service, rolling-and-rocking motion from the sea, and making many menu items from scratch. Mary Ladd found out why the Top Chef TV show hit the seas this season and she gets a behind-the-scenes view of the kitchens, buffets and restaurants aboard the Celebrity Millennium.

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Icy or Spicy?  Cooling Foods Across Cultures

Icy or Spicy? Cooling Foods Across Cultures

| October 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

While the Bay Area doesn’t get the swoon-inducing heat and humidity of Japan, Peru, India or the Philippines, we can still partake of their edible solutions for cooling relief. Some like it cold and icy with mounds of shaved ice doused with syrups, while others turn to peppers and spice to induce a natural cooling response.

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Watch An Episode of PBS’s New Video Food Series “Original Fare”: Bodega Bay Campside Clams with Hank Shaw

Watch An Episode of PBS’s New Video Food Series “Original Fare”: Bodega Bay Campside Clams with Hank Shaw

| September 5, 2013 | 1 Comment

PBS Food recently launched a new web series called Original Fare: a travel video series for eating, drinking, and discovering local craft fare. Watch “Bodega Bay Campside Clams” where host/storyteller Kelly Cox joins hunter, angler, gardener, cook and forager Hank Shaw in Bodega Bay California on the hunt for gaper clams.

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International Cuisine: 5 Favorite Bay Area Specialty Food Shops

International Cuisine: 5 Favorite Bay Area Specialty Food Shops

| August 30, 2013 | 1 Comment

Here are five favorite specialty shops selling food and culinary goods imported from Spain, Japan, Russia, Germany and Italy. If you are curious to explore products from these countries or are nostalgic for the food and culture from any of these regions be sure to visit these shops. And, of course, there are so many more of these specialty stores in the Bay Area so please share your favorites.

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Tortellini, The Dumpling Inspired By Venus’ Navel

Tortellini, The Dumpling Inspired By Venus’ Navel

| August 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Legend has it that an innkeeper caught a glimpse of the goddess of love in her bedroom and then rushed to his kitchen to create an egg pasta inspired by Venus’ belly button. Today the art of making tortellini is endangered, but several groups are devising creative ways to preserve the tradition.

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