Fast Food’s Latest Competition: Supermarkets
Pizza at Whole Foods Market. Photo by Bart Heird

Pizza at Whole Foods Market. Photo by Bart Heird

Recently, I had some buddies over at my house to watch boxing and play poker. My plan for food was typical “guys’ night” fare: pizza, chicken wings, chips and dip, soda, beer. The day of the party, I was at the market buying the chips when I saw huge pre-cooked pizzas and boxes of wings, all on sale and for cheaper than if I ordered food from Pizza Hut or Domino’s. It occurred to me simply to buy everything there.

That’s a microcosm of a growing trend in fast food: While the industry has long been battling strong competition from the fast-casual sector, it’s now having to fight on a second front: supermarkets. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10s for Chinese Restaurants Are Bogus. (I Know, I Wrote One)

You see them in all media outlets, in newspapers and magazines, on the television, and especially on the internet: Top 10 restaurant features or other best restaurant listings. The listicles are crowd-pleasers and contain interesting and useful information, though they have their limitations, reflecting the author’s subjective opinion and the breadth of his or her dining experience. Nevertheless, such listings are eagerly anticipated and are widely shared. However, when it comes to ten-bests for Chinese restaurants, a number of factors make such lists dubious, if not downright dangerous. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Hating Cilantro Genetic?


You often hear people say “you either love it, or you hate it,” about certain things, and with cilantro that certainly seems to be the case. Even self-professed culinary adventurers sometimes find themselves at a roadblock with the herb, complaining of a soapy or bitter flavor. Julia Childs hated cilantro so much that she told Larry king in 2002 that if it made its way into a dish she was eating, she would just pick it out and throw it on the floor.
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Cheap Eats in Santa Fe
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Wow Dawgs. All photos by Juliet White.

Wow Dawgs. All photos by Juliet White.

If you relish the idea of scoring a great deal, here are five Santa Fe restaurants that consistently offer excellent value for money.

Talin Market

505 Cerrillos Road, Suite B-101, Santa Fe


Talin Market is a grocery store that specializes in international products. To the right of the entrance, behind a bright orange bar, a chef produces noodle bowls at fast food speeds, and prices are only marginally higher. Bowls of curly ramen (rather than whole wheat ramen or rice noodles) start at $4.95. Much like create-your-own pizzas, you can choose your broth, then add as many or as few ingredients as you desire for between $0.75-$2.00 each. The selection includes bok choy, duck eggs, fish cakes, various types of mushrooms, and even meatballs! The steaming noodles bowls are both warming and hearty, and offer a good bang for your buck. Read the rest of this entry »

The Not-So-New Customization Trend in Fast Food


Customization is one of the big trends these days in fast food. Whether it’s McDonald’s promoting a “create your taste” option that lets you choose what kind of meat, bread, and toppings you want for your sandwich, or Taco Bell updating its website and mobile app to enable you to mix and match toppings on any menu item easily, customization is so ubiquitous that you’d be forgiven for thinking it was actually something new. Read the rest of this entry »