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The Good Bagel Manifesto

For the past couple months I've been on a quest to find the best bagel in San Francisco. This led me to a shocking realization: there are really, really bad bagels everywhere, and I'm not just talking in the convenience stores or supermarkets—places you'd expect bad bagels. I'm talking at honest to goodness bagel specialty shops. I wanted to share with you guys my thoughts on what makes a great bagel great. Word of warning: I'm about to get as opinionated as I ever get. You will most likely be offended by at least one or two things I say. Your concept of what is good and bad in the world of bagels will be challenged. You may even feel like I'm personally attacking you for your preferences. That's because I am. This is far too important an issue for live and let live to apply. We're talking significance of a which-side-of-the-bread-do-you-butter level here, so I I'm not holding back any punches. Feel free to come right back at me. I will defend myself to the bitter, un-toasted end. More

5 Tea Myths That Need to Disappear

Whatever the reason you started drinking tea, chances are you have some questions about it. Fortunately there are many, many sources out there that simplify the vast world of tea into digestible nuggets of knowledge. Unfortunately, a lot of those sources—often the very companies selling you their tea—get some basic points pretty wrong. More

American Booze Hall Of Fame: The Best Spirits of the Northeast

If you're looking for a cool new gin or whiskey to try, you've come to the right place. To get a sense of the best spirits coming out of the Northeast today, I tasted my way through over 40 thoroughly unique bottlings, not a single one like another and each with its own story to tell. These spirits are the cream of the crop: well worth your attention and hard-earned do-re-mi. More

How to Make Easy Pan-Roasted Chicken Breasts With Morel Mushroom Pan Sauce

I've always maintained that good technique is the key to creativity and freedom in the kitchen—once you learn the basics, you have the tools to start cooking the way you want, whether that guiding principle is history, family, tradition, Pastafarianism, or in the case of this simple pan-roasted chicken with morel mushrooms, seasonality. This recipe combines two simple techniques into one brand new dish. More

Essential Shanghai Street Food: 14 Must-Eat Dishes

Shanghai is a magnificent, pulsing magnet for migrants from all over China, and that diversity has made it the country's street food epicenter. Let's just say it's enough to overwhelm the senses, albeit in the best possible way. These are 14 of the city's most popular, not-to-be-missed dishes, from local specialties to dishes born elsewhere in China but no less beloved by the city's locals. More

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