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I Will Find a City, Find Myself a City to Eat Chinese Food In

I Will Find a City, Find Myself a City to Eat Chinese Food In

by James Boo September 26, 2012

I don’t understand Toronto. Having spent a week in the city, hosted warmly by friends and given ample room to explore, I can’t give Toronto a just summary in writing. I won’t say the same for New York, where I’ve lived for four years, or […]

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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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Real Cheap Eats: Summer Beats

Real Cheap Eats: Summer Beats

by James Boo August 16, 2012

Another season, another collection of pro tips from the Real Cheap Eats crew! In the final stretch of summer, we’re mostly focused on New York’s warm-weather eats, with 23 highlights across the boroughs. The highlights include no less than 6 desserts in the iced genre […]

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Single Serving: 1/2 Chicken With Fries at Rotisserie Ramados

Single Serving: 1/2 Chicken With Fries at Rotisserie Ramados

by James Boo July 18, 2012

In recalling the meals I enjoyed and didn’t enjoy over the course of two days in Montreal, two stretches of time struck me as most memorable: a late weeknight session in a charming, perfectly paced, technically-a-restaurant bar called Else’s, and a gut-checked devouring of chicken […]

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Foie Gras for Lifers

Foie Gras for Lifers

by James Boo July 16, 2012

This is a lifer. In the 1978 documentary film Scared Straight!, this angry, one-eyed man – sentenced to “life and now on” for murder – shouted down a group of teenagers as part of a program aiming to prevent at-risk juveniles from becoming eternal inmates, […]

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Gronlandic Edit (or Three Meals in Montreal)

Gronlandic Edit (or Three Meals in Montreal)

by James Boo June 18, 2012

The moment our car rolled out of customs and onto U.S. soil, I turned on my phone and punched “craigslist” into the browser. Rifling through listings for summer sublets, I tucked our stay into a corner of memory where hindsight and foresight are blind spots. […]

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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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Single Serving: Spicy Seafood Salad at Koo Zee Doo in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia

Single Serving: Spicy Seafood Salad at Koo Zee Doo in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia

by James Boo April 11, 2012

What exactly makes a meal memorable? The New York restaurant scene is full of concepts, plates and experiences that are mostly devoid of personality. Going on my fourth year in the city, I still have the gnawing feeling that New York restaurants are often more […]

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