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Single Federal File

Single Federal File

by James Boo June 1, 2012

Restaurants crowd-source annoyance. Long waits and stuffy spaces are why I hesitate to have dinner in Manhattan or check out anything that smacks remotely of a new attraction. If I’m going to spend more than half an hour just getting to the meal, I prefer […]

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Soup Dumplings

What We Talk About When We Talk About Soup Dumplings

by James Boo February 2, 2012

My first conversation on xiaolongbao was one-way. As I recall, it consisted of Boykji explaining to me: “You’ve never had xiaolongbao? They’re the bomb.” Typically, when “the bomb” is used is a predicate, I expect disproportionate amounts of irony or gravity. Not so in this […]

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This Little Piggy Was Deep Fried

This Little Piggy Was Deep Fried

by James Boo October 20, 2011

It is possible to eat too much pork. One might not believe it, given the state of popular food today – especially in New York, where “pork belly” has become its own dining demographic. Enunciating one’s love for the pig was hardly a declarative act […]

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The Search for Little Burma

The Search for Little Burma

by Zach Mann July 27, 2011

This story is third in a series on Burmese food in San Francisco. When tourists come to San Francisco, they eat Chinese food in Chinatown. There’s nothing wrong with that. Chinatown is a cool place, and there’s good food there. However, it isn’t too bold […]

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Real Cheap Eats NYC: The Real Deal

Real Cheap Eats NYC: The Real Deal

by James Boo July 19, 2011

There’s an entire world of restaurants within the borders of New York City. Frankly, I find it hard to give a shit about the newest opening, ambitious concept, or chef’s achievement when virtually the entire world also exists within the borders of New York City. […]

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Food Touring the Tourist’s Way in Boston

Food Touring the Tourist’s Way in Boston

by James Boo May 3, 2011

I don’t often play the role of “tourist,” but when Girlfriend and I spent a long weekend in Boston, I tried to put aside the hunt for local gems and regional food history that normally dominates my meals on the road. That’s how I ended […]

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D'ough!

D’ough!

by James Boo April 26, 2011

I grew up in a doughnut town. As soon as I was capable of grasping a tiger tail, I relished trips to our local doughnut shop. Not just because the mixed aroma of weak coffee, fried dough and sugar was the next best thing to […]

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Pork Chop Price Discrimination

Pork Chop Price Discrimination

by James Boo April 12, 2011

Is $8.00 too much for this meal? The answer might depend on whether you’re the type of person to fork over $6 for bánh mì. After walking away from Bian Dang‘s stall at the still fresh Food Gallery 32, I proclaimed that their chicken leg […]

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Chicken A La Prince

Chicken A La Prince

by James Boo November 23, 2010

“You eat with your eyes first.” Fair enough. Here’s another one: “What game was the ref watching?” I’ll accept pride in plating, but when I order a tray of carne asada fries, a fistful of fried dumplings, or a Jack-in-the-Box taco, I calibrate my visual […]

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