Six Pizza Trends That You’ll Want a Slice Of
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Lobster pizza. Photo by muyyum

Over 90% of Americans eat pizza at least once a month, and pizzerias make up 20% of all restaurants in America. It is small wonder, then, that the humble Italian pizza pie is now a $38 billion industry in its adopted country of America.

New trends in the way pizza is made have only made it more popular. No longer mere fast food, pizza has gone gourmet. Here are six interesting, sometimes excessive, and often delectable pizza trends: Read the rest of this entry »

Fast Food’s Soda Wars Latest Attempt to Gain Business

Coca-Cola Fountain Drink

Recently, I was running some errands when I saw a sign at Carl’s Jr. advertising any size soft drink for $1.

And even though I wasn’t far from home and had cold soda waiting for me in my fridge, I went through the Carl’s Jr. drive-thru and purchased a large Diet Dr. Pepper (and a spicy chicken sandwich to boot!). Read the rest of this entry »

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Santa Fe Food Trucks Worth Chasing After
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All photos by Juliet White

All photos by Juliet White

Charles Goodnight originally invented the chuck wagon to feed cowboys during a cattle drive between Texas and New Mexico, so it is only fitting that the chuck wagon’s modern-day descendants have rolled into Santa Fe dispensing gourmet food. These are six of Santa Fe’s best food trucks: Read the rest of this entry »

No Chinatown? No Problem! Part III: Houston

House Meatballs

The first three subjects in our series, Atlanta, Dallas, and Miami were all cities without historic Chinese communities or a downtown Chinatown. Technically, Houston does not fit either part of this definition since Houston once had a historic Chinese community as one of the stops on the Southern Pacific railroad, and it still has a downtown Chinatown of sorts. Furthermore, it now has a suburban area widely referred to as Chinatown. However, Houston fits more into the Atlanta/Dallas/Miami model as compared to cities with historic Chinese communities and core center Chinatowns like New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. For one, Houston’s Chinese community lacks historic continuity as the original Chinese community disappeared, to be replaced by a newer one starting in the 1940s. In this regard, Houston may be unique among Chinese American communities as its current Chinese community developed while the laws prohibiting the immigration of Chinese to the United States were still in effect. Many of these Chinese relocated to Houston from the Mississippi Delta area, though my own family moved from Los Angeles to Houston in the mid-1930s. Read the rest of this entry »

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Iced or Spiced, Vegan Doughnuts Are All the Rage
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Ronald's Donuts. All photos by PETA

Ronald’s Donuts. All photos by PETA

Americans have had a love affair with doughnuts since the early 19th century. The first written celebration of these “balls of sweetened dough … called doughnuts” came from Washington Irving in his History of New York, back in 1809. And not much has changed. Now, there are not one but two “holidays” called National Doughnut Day.

Well, some things have changed. You can find a doughnut in pretty much any flavor that suits your fancy, and shops have started creating confections for those of us in the cruelty-free set, too. Here are some of the best vegan doughnuts in these United States, all thoroughly taste-tested by PETA employees (whose arms had to be twisted to get help in the research, of course). Read the rest of this entry »