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Vaya Con Diego: A Deep Dive into the Mexican cuisines of San Diego

Vaya Con Diego: A Deep Dive into the Mexican cuisines of San Diego

by Zach Mann January 10, 2016

Cocina Roulette — Feb 11, 2010 The praises of San Diego’s Mexican food, when shared with me, have always fallen on deaf ears. I’m from LA, after all. Taco trucks saturated the mise en scène of my childhood, family restaurantes set the scene for most […]

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1 Minute Meal: "Arepas Del Viaje"

1 Minute Meal: “Arepas Del Viaje”

by James Boo July 30, 2013

Episode 06: The Arepa Lady, Still Sainted The footage from my interview with Maria Piedad Cano (better known as “The Arepa Lady”) is now officially the most valuable piece of media that I possess. While almost every minute of the interview naturally did not make […]

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There Are Cheese Breads I Remember

There Are Cheese Breads I Remember

by James Boo May 28, 2013

Much of the tourism economy depends on the notion that places can be consumed, simply by putting two feet on the ground and paying attention. The “bucket list,” a double metaphor of experience as acquisition, expresses little in the way of context but captures everything […]

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1 Minute Meal: "Blessed by Brisket"

1 Minute Meal: “Blessed by Brisket”

by James Boo May 9, 2013

My new web series is live, and you can see the first episode on Serious Eats New York! The goal of this series, “1 Minute Meal,” is to produce a gallery of video snapshots that represent the true heart and soul of New York food: […]

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Real Cheap Eats Rides the L Train

Real Cheap Eats Rides the L Train

by James Boo May 1, 2013

The seasons are turning in New York, and in celebration of being outdoors the Real Cheap Eats food writers’ collective has armed lower Manhattan and North Brooklyn with a guide to 50 cheap eats winners along the L Train. 22 of the dishes, including a […]

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Real Cheap Eats Greets the Mayan Apocalypse

Real Cheap Eats Greets the Mayan Apocalypse

by James Boo December 20, 2012

The Real Cheap Eats food writers’ collective is helping New York ring in the end of the world (and the end of the year) with with 22 new additions to its $10-or-less digest. Highlights from our selection include an enormous Yemeni lamb “omelete,” a fried […]

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Live and Let Dine: Revisiting Chieu Kien Buddhist Temple in the Bronx

Live and Let Dine: Revisiting Chieu Kien Buddhist Temple in the Bronx

by James Boo December 14, 2012

Two years ago, I paid a visit to the Chieu Kien Buddhist Temple for a free vegetarian lunch. This week, I’ve been given a chance by New York’s brightest upstart storytelling publication, Narratively, to return to the temple for a deeper conversation with Thich Thien […]

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Real Cheap Eats: From East Village to West Village

Real Cheap Eats: From East Village to West Village

by James Boo October 23, 2012

The newest from Real Cheap Eats NYC dives into the heartland of Manhattan dining. We’ve added over 30 new dishes to the guide, focusing on the East Village, West Village, everything between, and a few things on right on the edge. The spotlight skews towards […]

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Single Serving: Breakfast Tacos at Güeros in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Single Serving: Breakfast Tacos at Güeros in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

by James Boo October 2, 2012

It’s been over five years since I first tasted Texan breakfast tacos in Austin. I’m sad to say that in those five years New York hasn’t even begun to catch onto the idea of eating eggs, bacon and beans in taco form. There are exceptions, […]

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Single Serving: Michigan Hot Dog and Hand-Cut Fries at Beansie's Bus in Burlington

Single Serving: Michigan Hot Dog and Hand-Cut Fries at Beansie’s Bus in Burlington

by James Boo September 20, 2012

In Burlington, Vermont, a school bus claims a perch over the frosty expanse of Lake Champlain. When temperatures drop below freezing, its yellow chasse nowhere to be seen. But when winter ends, this wide-load relic from the 1970s parks at the side of Battery Park […]

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