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All world problems solved. Time for CripsyCones and Season Shots

The CrispyCone website commands us to introspect: Isn’t it time to reinvent the way we eat our favorite foods? Errr… Is it? Where does that pesky favorite food issue resides on the queue of the world’s problems? I can’t deny … Continue reading

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Caffé italiano

It wasn’t until the fifth or sixth day in Italy when I noticed something… Since leaving LAX we hadn’t encountered a single Starbucks. No stores, no hotels “proud to exclusively serve Starbucks,” nothing in the airports or train stations. Apparently, … Continue reading

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Domo arigato, Mr. Ando

Millions of students around the world raise their bowls in respect. Momofuku Ando, the Japanese inventor of instant noodles, has died, according to Nissin Food Products Co, the company he founded. He was 96. Ando died of a heart attack … Continue reading

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Billy’s Deli, Glendale

In an utterly synchronistic event, both me and The New Diner independently visited Billy’s Deli in Glendale. I first ran across Billy’s in the mid-80s when I was busy filling going through the Thomas Guide pages and figuring out where … Continue reading

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Diedrich coffee gives up

Holy cow! Irvine-based Diedrich Coffee, conceding defeat in the coffee shop duel with Starbucks, agreed to sell 40 stores it owns to its Seattle rival for $13.5 million. The local company will remain in business as a roaster and wholesaler … Continue reading

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The Official Beer Of Global Warming

When you’re in Sisimiut and you’ve finished up your lovely Chinese dinner, don’t forget to pick up some Greenlandic beer on the way home. A brewery in Greenland is producing beer using water melted from the ice cap of the … Continue reading

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El Bambi Cafe – Beaver, Utah

I took this photo on a family road trip in November 1976 when I was about 10 or 11 years old. Not surprisingly, even then I was obsessed with roadside culture. Who says you outgrow your childhood interests? Nice to … Continue reading

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Casita Taco

Ladies and gentlemen I give you the greatest pork quesadilla in the greater Los Angeles area. Yes it’s that good. Get it at: Casita Taco 405 N. Victory Blvd. Burbank, CA 91401 (818) 848-3242 That is all…

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Cable Airport cafe

The tour of airport cafes continues… I actually have a past with the Cable Airport cafe. I went to a private high school in Claremont in the very early 80s and when I could get off campus on the weekends, … Continue reading

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Aero Market

There are two different kinds of bar-be-que in the world. I’m not talking about regional differences, dry rub versus vinegar, or ribs versus chop, but gourmet versus gritty – the difference between a champion bar-be-que that’s been worked over with … Continue reading

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