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Smart Mouth Newsletter: The 20 Billion Cold War Survival Biscuits that Were Never Baked

2024-01-24T18:51:12-08:00January 20th, 2024|

by Alicia Bones " In 2017, a Massachusetts city hall was overrun with millions of drugstore beetles. When a pest control company was called to the building, they discovered the source: rotting civil defense crackers. Since the early 1960s, the crackers had been stored in aluminum cans in an [...]

Smart Mouth Newsletter: The ‘Devilishly Good’ Drink that Mixed Orange Juice and Milk

2023-12-07T16:51:25-08:00December 7th, 2023|

by Grace Jidoun "Three decades of smoothie and juice cleanse madness pushed Orange Julius to the margins of the food world, and today, it has all but vanished. But for those who remember the wonders of the archetypal ‘70s drink (that was invented way earlier), Orange Julius represents [...]

Smart Mouth Newsletter: Inspired by an Empress, or Is It Just Good?

2023-11-16T14:50:41-08:00November 16th, 2023|

by Yaren Fadiloglulari "One of the most mysterious dishes in Turkish cuisine is of Ottoman origin, and it is called hünkar beğendi, which means “the Sultan liked it.” It consists of lamb served on top of crushed eggplant with butter, milk, and flour, similar to the French béchamel [...]

Smart Mouth Newsletter: Give Us Every Single Madeleine

2023-11-24T18:41:06-08:00November 14th, 2023|

by Caroline Saunders"It could be their flavor — which stuns, but fades fast — or their echoes of Proust, but it could also be their whiff of mystery. I first heard the contradictory myths of the madeleine from the pastry chefs at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, who gave a [...]

Smart Mouth Newsletter: Tupperware Top Chef: Cooking Your Own Food in Prison

2023-11-15T15:17:41-08:00November 14th, 2023|

by Olethus Hill Jr."Before prison, I was a cook at my family's restaurant. I wasn't a Michelin-starred chef, but I've cooked for a wide range of notable people at different venues. It's safe to say I know my way around a kitchen, especially the one in the cotton-candy-blue and [...]

Smart Mouth Newsletter: A Stroll Down Personal Pan Pizza Lane

2023-10-19T10:20:30-08:00October 19th, 2023|

by Kate Oczypok "What comes into your mind when you hear the words “personal pan pizza?” If you were born in the U.S. between 1980 and 1995, chances are you remember visiting a Pizza Hut after reading a certain number of books in elementary school. Since 1984, the [...]

Smart Mouth Newsletter: Places to Eat in Tbilisi Nobody’s Told You About

2023-10-17T08:16:03-08:00October 6th, 2023|

by Tamar Lortkipanidze Anthony Bourdain covered my hometown Tbilisi in season seven of “Parts Unknown.” Back in 2016, it was the highest-profile coverage Georgia’s capital had gotten among international epicures, and I waited for the episode with bated breath. Finally, someone would be unearthing the hidden gems of [...]

Smart Mouth Newsletter: A ‘Spice Bag’ Is More Specific Than What You’re Imagining

2023-10-06T13:31:49-08:00September 28th, 2023|

by Louise Slyth When asked to guess Ireland’s favorite takeaway (takeout) option, I’m guessing not many people would picture a spice bag. But this Asian-inspired dish is now an Irish institution of some renown. Devilishly moreish, a spice bag consists of deep fried salt and chili chips (fries), [...]

Smart Mouth Newsletter: Have the Best Food Day of Your Life

2023-10-06T13:22:38-08:00September 22nd, 2023|

by Annie Cheng "They don't call it "the world's borough" for no reason: over 130 languages are spoken in Queens, New York City. One of my favorite pastimes is taking long, hundred-block walks under the above-ground tracks of the beloved 7 train that bridges Manhattan and Queens, running [...]


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