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20th Century Café’s Russian Honey Cake, in Animated GIFs!

After I tasted the Russian honey cake at this little café in San Francisco last year, I tweeted “This is the best cake I have ever eaten.” Its creator, Michelle Polzine, is a pastry chef whose exquisite sense of vintage style is only slightly less remarkable than her baking skills. READ MORE

Pizza with a Pedigree in Brooklyn

The news just gets better in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, whose fast-improving dining choices now include promising pizza with deep New York roots. At five-week-old Fina Pizza Bar, the wood-fired oven's from Naples and the house style's a cross between Neapolitan and New York—"refined old school," as brooklynsabra writes on Chowhound. READ MORE

California’s Oldest Farmers’ Market Is Diverse and a Tad Funky

California’s first modern farmers’ market launched in 1943 in San Francisco. It was a victory garden of sorts, “a way,” writes Miriam Morgan in the San Francisco Chronicle, “for farmers to sell their excess harvests at a time when transportation and distribution systems were being used for wartime needs.” That market is still going strong, though in a different location. In 1947, what’s now called the Alemany Certified Farmers' Market opened on the southern edge of San Francisco. READ MORE

Sqirl’s Jessica Koslow: 4 Great Dishes in Los Angeles

No question that Jessica Koslow’s Sqirl in Silver Lake is LA’s quintessential neighborhood café, and more. LA Weekly’s Besha Rodell called the food “stunning.” She's right—Koslow’s refined versions of rice bowls, quiches, pastries, brioche toast, and house-made jam are all perfect. READ MORE

French Recipes for a Bastille Day Picnic

Now that the Fourth of July is behind us, it’s time to gear up for France’s Independence Day celebration: Bastille Day. Also known as Le Quatorze Juillet (the 14th of July) and La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) in francophone countries, this day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution, and is a great excuse to pack up a French-inspired picnic. READ MORE

Ping An Mien, a Chinese Family Noodle Story

Some families have legacy recipes for Sunday meatballs, sugar-dusted Christmas cookies, or extra-flaky biscuits. My family has something even more special: ping an mien. READ MORE

Tisha Cherry’s Instagram Food Portraits Are Amazing

Tisha Cherry has given all of us a reason to play with food again, thanks to her hashtag #ArtintheEats. On her Instagram you'll find sly pop-culture references and puns made from different foods. The attention to detail is remarkable. READ MORE

Slow Cooker Party Mix

This one is easy but takes some minding to keep the mix from burning and to get it all to dry out evenly. Remember to keep stirring every 30 minutes! READ MORE

Peaches! 7 Things to Make with Summer’s Perfect Fruit

A perfectly ripe peach is the apotheosis of summer. After the seasonal first thrill of eating peaches out of hand (preferably over the sink, to catch the juices), consider one of these seven delicious ways to capture their essence, culled from discussions on our Home Cooking board. READ MORE

Thai Boat Noodles: New York’s Next Ramen?

"This could certainly become a trend to compete with ramen," BTaylor suggests on Chowhound. "This" would be boat noodles, a Thai street-food staple that suddenly has New Yorkers buzzing, after making its first stateside splash on the West Coast. READ MORE