Hot Dog of the Week: Dat Dog

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Dish: Spicy Chipotle Veggie Dog with ketchup, sweet relish, and guacamole
Restaurant: Dat Dog, 5030 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
Price Tag: $7.50

There are few things more satisfying than a fully loaded hot dog when you’re hungry: the heat of the dog, the slightly crisp, doughy bun. The delightful blend of toppings. The way it just fills your gut when you need it most.

Then again, a hot dog can be a sad affair. Imagine a slimy tube of mystery meat inside a gummy white bun, topped with high-fructose corn syrup-laced ketchup. You’ll get your …


Sweet of the Week: Get Your Kicks at 10,000 Licks


Treat: Cantaloupe Ginger, Sweet Corn popsicles
Price: $3 a pop
Vendor: 10,000 Licks

What best captures the flavors of summer in Minnesota? There’s a strong argument for the State Fair, with its bacon, butter, cheese, and Twinkies. Perhaps it’s the hot, spicy street food from the numerous trucks that line city streets during lunch time. A cold pint of Summit? Fresh berry jam? The list goes on and on. How about another option for tasting a seasonal variety of local flavors: the popsicle. Specifically, a popsicle at 10,000 Licks.

10,000 Licks is the brainchild of Andi McDaniel and Sarah Newberry, …


Sandwich of the Week: Roasted Beet Sandwich


Dish: Roasted Beet Sandwich
Venue: Butcher & Bee
Price Tag: $9.00

Butcher & Bee is about as trendy as they come. Its menu changes daily, it focuses on locally-sourced produce and meat, and it’s open at odd hours. It is one of those restaurants where the hipsters feel at home and us regular folk feel uber hip. In addition to its shabby-chic decor, the food is pretty outstanding.

Charleston has had a bit of a renaissance where food is concerned over the past decade. Everyone from Bon Appetit to Vogue has featured a little slice of the …


Best of Seattle’s Pike Place Market


Yes, Seattle is a beautiful place. The unrelenting gloomy drizzle is more than made up for by the picturesque scenery, complete with lush forests, snow-capped mountains, and vast bodies of water dotted with skittering ferry boats (Grey’s Anatomy, anyone?). But the setting is only a bonus for me, because the main reason I’ve always dreamed of visiting this city is for the food. Seattle has built a vibrant food culture with a strong support network for local producers, resulting in some of the freshest, most full-of-character grub I’ve ever seen. When I found out that I’d be living here for …


Bagel Brunch of the Week: Pumpernickel with Tofu Cream Cheese


Dish: Pumpernickel Bagel with Tofu Cream Cheese
Restaurant: Tal Bagels
Price: $3.45

Brunch is fun, truly it is! Of course fun generally comes with a price- it’s amazing how easily those mimosas slide down after the first few rounds! Luckily the recent spike in perfect weather makes for a inviting incentive to dine on the cheap, picnic in the park style. And in this great city of New York (or really anywhere) a bagel is always on short order! Some are better than others and if there is anything I’ve developed during my past four years of …


The Great Googa Mooga: An Amusement Park of Food and Drink


I’ve never been one to jump on the hype bandwagon. I’ve yet to see Avatar, haven’t read a word of the Hunger Games (though I have watched my friends’ beanie baby version), and it took ages to get me on twitter. But it’s different when it comes to food. I’ll hunt down the best chocolate chip cookies, banh mi sandwich, or pork bun until the cows come home.

o when I read about the “amusement park of food and drink” coming to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park in May, I literally jumped for the opportunity. There was no escaping the …


Vegan Treats of the Week: Lavender Lemon Cupcake

Lavender Lemon Cupcake

Dish: Lavender Lemon Cupcake
Venue: Wildflour Bakery
Price: $2.95

Vegan treats…what?

You might wonder: how do you bake dessert if it doesn’t include eggs and butter? Well, there are many different substitutions in the vegan world. Some people use apple sauce as a binding agent and there are many vegan butter options, such as olive oil and earth balance. Check out these vegan cupcakes! And guess what? Vegan treats can taste just as good as normal baked goods!

Wildflour Vegan Bakery Cafe ensures that all the vegans in and around Providence, RI, can …


Beyond the Hot Dog: The Best of Baseball Park Dining


Whether during an early break in the action or in the midst of the seventh inning stretch, belting out the tune of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is a baseball tradition. Spurring the crowd to “root, root, root for the home team,” the song sums up well the baseball experience. Yet while it sings of the classic snacks of peanuts and cracker jacks, ballpark dining has undergone a revolution of sorts. Although these snacks remain staples, today’s parks offer the more adventurous and epicurean palates a diverse array of culinary options.

Even if hots dogs are the stereotypical …


Cheese of the Week: Grilled Cheese

La Laiterie Grilled Cheese

Dish: Fresh Chevre Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Restaurant: La Laiterie Bistro
Price: $12 (Optional $3 side field greens)

Over the weekend, my friend invited me to celebrate my belated birthday over drinks, and we decided what better way to do this than to have wine and cheese. The best place to go for delicious decadent cheese and aromatic wine in Providence, RI is La Laitarie.

My friend and I decided to order the grilled cheese sandwich to share because it is quite large and very filling. Even before the dish was placed on the table, my mouth was watering with …


A Guide to Farmers Market Shopping in 5 Easy Steps


As American farmer and social critic Wendell Berry once said, “Eating is an agricultural act.” In today’s society, where fast food restaurants sit on every corner and advertisements for microwaveable meals penetrate the airwaves, Barry’s words seem to have lost their luster. Identifying the true agricultural components of the food we consume each day has become an almost impossible feat.

Many remain ignorant of the behind-the-scenes life of the farms, factories and manufacturers that produce the items on their dinner plates. However, for those in search of greater consciousness about their food, consumers have turned to farmers markets, a niche …