Smart Mouth Newsletter: Maybe Not Delicious, Definitely Important

2023-09-08T18:49:33-08:00September 8th, 2023|

By Carol Pope "I don’t have a double boiler, so I improvise with a large saucepan and metal mixing bowl. According to my copy of “Better Meals with Gel-Cookery,” (published in 1952), the mixture of scalded milk, egg yolks and gelatine should be thickening by now. I’m concerned. [...]

Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: Is Super Mario Wonder’s Prince Florian a Nod to the Mario Anime?

2023-09-08T18:22:39-08:00September 5th, 2023|

One of the big questions I had about Nintendo’s offerings before and after the Super Mario Bros. movie was why there wasn’t an obvious tie-in video game — if not an adaptation of the movie specifically, then a release Nintendo could point fans to, essentially saying, “If you like [...]

Smart Mouth Newsletter: The Dishes to Eat in Barcelona

2023-09-08T16:07:49-08:00August 31st, 2023|

By Aina de Lapparent Alvarez Barcelona’s multiculturalism can make it hard to find food that feels unique to the city. However, Barcelona’s homegrown food culture, much like that in the rest of the surrounding Catalan countryside, is thriving if you know where to look. For your next visit, here [...]

Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: Secrets of the Super Mario RPG Shaman

2023-09-08T18:14:52-08:00August 29th, 2023|

Count me among the people feeling both excited and surprised that Nintendo is remaking Super Mario RPG, because doing so means the return of many elements introduced in this title that have never appeared in subsequent Mario games. That said, there’s one specific, easy-to-overlook way that Super Mario RPG [...]

Smart Mouth Newsletter: Peanut Butter — Comparable to Wine

2023-08-25T12:24:24-08:00August 24th, 2023|

By Jake Safane When it comes to some plant-derived products like wine, coffee, and chocolate, untold lines have been written describing the flavor nuances of each mouthful. For others, such as peanut butter, hardly anyone seems to think twice about variations, beyond maybe whether there’s additives like sugar. [...]

Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: Nintendo’s First Playable Female Protagonist Isn’t Female in Japan

2023-09-08T18:10:31-08:00August 21st, 2023|

Technically speaking, the first Nintendo game to feature a female protagonist is Clu Clu Land, but she’s only specified as being female in localizations outside Japan. Released for the Famicom on November 28, 1984, Clu Clu Land can be broadly described as a response to Pac-Man, though a good [...]

Smart Mouth Newsletter: Excellent Breakfast Burritos

2023-08-17T11:53:13-08:00August 17th, 2023|

By Carly Weaver I am forever on the hunt for THE breakfast burrito. Luckily, I live in one of the best possible cities to find it. In Los Angeles, breakfast burritos are aplenty. From Pasadena to Redondo Beach, this city doesn’t just have options — it’s got good [...]

Smart Mouth Newsletter: Sheffield’s Secret Sauce

2023-08-10T18:36:41-08:00August 3rd, 2023|

By Ellen Beardmore Every time Petty Officer Christopher Hastings of Great Britain prepares for his next spell at sea, he packs one item first. That precious cargo is his 12-week supply of Henderson’s Relish, a dark, peppery table sauce synonymous with Sheffield, in northern England. At first, one [...]

Smart Mouth Newsletter: Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips

2023-08-10T18:28:23-08:00July 27th, 2023|

By Brittany Moseley Ohio is the birthplace of a number of restaurant chains, from Wendy’s and Arby’s to Buffalo Wild Wings and White Castle. But none have the cultish following of Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips. Much of the allure around Arthur Treacher’s is that today, only two [...]


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