Why Are We “As American As Apple Pie”?
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When we reflect on our American heritage, images of baseball, the Statue of Liberty, bald eagles, and perhaps most often, apple pie, immediately come to mind. But apples aren’t indigenous to America, so why is our identity so inextricably tied to this flaky dessert? Read the rest of this entry »

Intrepid Vegetarian: 5 Great Meatless Dishes in Queens
Photo by Anne Noyes Saini, courtesy of Real Cheap Eats

Photo by Anne Noyes Saini, courtesy of Real Cheap Eats

Buss-Up-Shut with Pumpkin Curry and Tomato Choka

Sandy’s Deli & Roti, 12110 Liberty Avenue, South Richmond Hill, Queens

Photo by Anne Noyes Saini, courtesy of Real Cheap Eats

Photo by Anne Noyes Saini, courtesy of Real Cheap Eats

Buss-up-shut, a Trinidadian flatbread, resembles a tattered, busted-up shirt (or shut in West Indian parlance) — thus the name. Try pairing it with the Pumpkin Curry, seasoned lightly with onion and garlic, and a side of Tomato Choka (roasted tomatoes tossed with raw onion). It’s a soothing, filling meal.
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Vegans Can Now Run on Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Drinks


Vegans are nuts about Dunkin’ Donuts now that the chain — which has more than 7,500 restaurants across the country — has started offering Almond Breeze‘s vanilla-flavored almond milk at most of its U.S. locations. I’m hoping it will start offering vegan chocolate donuts soon too, but hey, almond milk is a great start, especially for people who can’t start their day without a latte.

According to John Costello, Dunkin’ Brands’ president of global marketing and innovation, almond milk was introduced to Dunkin’s menu in response to growing consumer demand. The sweet, nutty beverage becomes more and more popular each year, with consumption growing at an average annual rate of 66 percent since 2010. Dunkin’ says that it chose almond milk (over soy or coconut milk) because it’s one of the country’s most popular dairy-free beverages and a good source of calcium and vitamins D, E, and A. And it tastes great, too. Read the rest of this entry »

Fast Food Goes on a Barbecue Bender
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When it came to major fast food chains and barbecue, it used to be pretty simple:

The McDonald’s McRib sandwich. That was it. Period. End of sentence.

But in the past several months, McDonald’s cult-classic sandwich has a lot of company. Wendy’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut and Carl’s Jr. are just some of the chains that have offered barbecue-based products on their menus, sometimes also launching major ad campaigns to promote the product. Read the rest of this entry »

Speakeasy Does It: Manhattan’s Best Speakeasies
What the Duke's Having. All photos by Mary Martin

What the Duke’s Having. All photos by Mary Martin

Are you up for a night of dimly-lit merrymaking and great drinks to boot? Adventure across every drinking scene imaginable with me as I explore the underbelly of the New York City nightlife, checking in and drinking up all the best speakeasy bars Manhattan has to offer. Read the rest of this entry »