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The Food Chain

Want a coffee? a burger? a pizza? There are as many options as there are variety of foodstuffs. However, more and more of the choices seem to be limited to franchised chains. In Manhattan, it’s as if there’s a Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts on every other block — how much coffee or pastry goods can a person consume?

The chain mentality is not limited to cities in the United States. Many of the major brands have expanded into the global market so KFC in Eden Prairie, Minnesota should taste the same as the KFC in Beijing, China. Some expansions are more

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Meat and Potatoes

Every country and culture has its favorite staples when it comes to food: rice in Asia, corn in Mexico and South America, pasta in Italy, potatoes in Europe and America. Until fairly recently, meat was not considered a staple. Meat was a luxury (and still is in many parts of the world) and only for special occasions, hence lamb and ham for Easter, goose or turkey for Christmas. Meat and potatoes is an Americanism that came out of the prosperity of the post-war era when it became common to have meat with most

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Calories Count

It’s a simple equation, calories in, energy out. If one exceeds the other then weight is either gained or lost. Throughout history (and in many parts of the world today), humans worked physically to get those calories and have often come up short. “Eat everything on your plate” is not just something your mother said, but something that generations of mothers all over the world said as they prepared — consciously or subconsciously — for times of

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The Tastes of Montreal

The essence of a city or a region can sometimes be distilled into a few food items. While other cities may copy or have their own versions of the food, the original association is the evocative one. For cheese steaks, it’s Philly; gumbo is N’awlins; chowder is New England. So, how far are you willing to go to get that

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