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7 Fall Recipes from Food Bloggers You Should Have Bookmarked

Fall is here, and you know the drill: The leaves start to change colors, the weather gets a little colder, and our appetites change from grilled burgers and ice cream to foods that warm and comfort us. Feed that urge with seven fall recipes from your favorite food bloggers. READ MORE

9 of the Most Underrated Dishes at Japanese Restaurants

There’s a lot more depth to sushi establishments than the usual hits: albacore tuna, salmon, or yellowtail. Here's some visual inspiration to try something new on the menu. READ MORE

NYC’s Best Burgers from the Top Burger Lists

Think you’ve had the best burger in New York already? Think again! With so many new restaurants—and so many opinions—there’s always a new list featuring the top burgers in every borough. It's a lot to sift through, so we’ve simplified the burger search process. Now you can spend less time reading, and more time eating. READ MORE

Hot Sauce Time!

Chile peppers are everywhere. My parents’ garden in the warm air smells like vaporized salsa. My mom and dad usually bypass needing to can or preserve any of the garden's overproduction simply by making huge batches of salsa ... every day. READ MORE

7 College-Student-Friendly Recipes

Just because you’re in college doesn’t mean you have to eat like it. Thanks to a few hacks on basic dorm-room essentials like a microwave, an electric kettle, and even an iron, you can turn out delicious meals without setting your room on fire. Here are seven dorm-room-friendly recipes. READ MORE

Is Action Bronson the Next Anthony Bourdain?

Is there a more potent pop culture force in the food world right now than Action Bronson, the 300-pound Albanian Jewish rapper with the swagger of Ghostface Killah and the refined palate of Ruth Reichl? Not since Anthony Bourdain has the general public taken so much interest in watching a single man devour food. READ MORE

Under the Temple, the Oldest Way to Eat

Senior Editor John Birdsall is on a two-and-a-half-week eating tour through Thailand. Here’s the first of three reports he’ll file from the road.

James turns to me; he’s walking ahead. “Is there anything you wanted to try?”

We’re in an enormous parking lot, transformed into a night market: unbroken long rows of food stalls, a few CD sellers at the margins, filling up with people. We’re in Nakhom Pathom, a city northwest of Bangkok in central Thailand. It’s still daylight—the sun is dipping low over the trees but the brightness hasn’t vanished, not at all. It’s warm and sticky. READ MORE

6 Ways to Get More Chocolate Into Your Life

Put down that kale salad and listen up: You need more chocolate in your life. Studies have shown that dark chocolate can lower blood pressure, it can reduce stress, and most importantly, it tastes better than kale. Like a million times better. So check out these six ways to get more chocolate into your life: READ MORE

Sotto’s Steve Samson: 5 Great Bites in Los Angeles

There’s an impressive new crop of Italian restaurants in LA: Bucato, The Factory Kitchen, Maccheroni Republic, Bestia—they’re the leading edge of a pastakrieg. But through it all, Sotto has remained one of the better options for Southern Italian rustic, serving hearty ragus and Neapolitan pizzas and securing its hold on best lists by LA Weekly and Jonathan Gold. Chef Steve Samson of LA's Sotto recently gave us the scoop on his favorite local comfort food destinations (not counting those summertime family meals with Mom and Grandma on trips to Italy). READ MORE

8 Restaurant Brands That Rose From the Dead

In early July, Crumbs Bakeshop filed for Chapter 11, only to announce less than two months later that it would be reopening 28 of its 49 locations. If such a sudden turnaround seems shocking, consider how many other prominent chains have been through the ringer and back. Here are eight restaurant brands that have returned from the dead. READ MORE