Anna Brones

Anna Brones is a food + travel writer with a love for coffee and bikes. Catch her weekly column, Foodie Underground.

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7 Essential Swedish Recipes for Christmas: Foodie Underground


ColumnAnyone with a love of Scandinavia will want to make these classic Swedish recipes.

Why is it that we “need” certain foods at certain times of the year?

I have been traveling for the last couple of months, and because of it have been far far away from my kitchen and usual Northern Hemisphere winter climate. The result has been warm weather and completely different food than I would usually eat this time of year.

The funny thing is, because of it, I practically forgot that it was December. My usual reminders just aren’t …

Are Superfoods Actually Bad for Us?

Are Superfoods Actually Bad for Us?

Acai berries! Kale! Spirulina! Quinoa!

Oh the world of superfoods, where some foods just get a better reputation than others. But when it comes to healthy eating, are superfoods actually doing us more harm than good?

The first problem with superfoods is that there is actually no definition of what a superfood is. In fact, if anything, the term “superfood” is used more for marketing purposes than health. Be honest: if you see “superfood” on the label of something at the market, you consider buying it now don’t you?

Don’t …

5 Dead Etiquette Rules That Will Give You a Good Laugh


Etiquette rules used to be the guiding light for hosting. Today they’re just outdated.

A knife should go to the right of your plate, and a fork should go the the left. You should set a table with wine and water glasses. That’s all well and good, but when it comes to etiquette rules, there are plenty of them that we could certainly live without.

Outdated etiquette rules are often sexist in nature – this was after all the time when the hostess did all the work, and the man of the house would …

Is Doing a Detox Diet Pointless? Foodie Underground

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ColumnIs that detox diet you’re considering for after the holidays all it’s cracked up to be?

I gauge people’s interest in food based upon what articles the Internet shares. Ok, kidding, but there are times when I see the same article shared again and again and again.

Earlier this month The Guardian published an article that made the internet rounds. It wasn’t so surprising that people clicked and shared, it was titled You Can’t Detox Your Body. It’s a Myth. I saw one person make a funny comment about how with …

So You Want to Live in a Tiny House and Be a Farmer? Our Obsession with Lifestyles Most of Us Will Never Commit To


A tiny house, a farm and the good life. But are you really willing to commit?

Back to the land. Off the grid. Minimalism. Tiny living. Intrigued by any of those words and phrases?

Of course you are. In our modern, fast-paced world of consumerism, we have come to crave respite from our everyday routines, and in the bright age of all-you-could-ever-want media, lifestyle magazines and blogs give it to us.

Who hasn’t flipped through an issue of a magazine on green living with tips on urban farming and thought to themselves, “I want to grow …

The Fight for 15, Poverty and Our Broken Food and Economic Systems: Foodie Underground


ColumnThe Fight for 15 is a reminder that the question of food is also a question of economics.

Cheap burgers and fries produced in mass quantities can only mean one thing: cheap wages. While American society continues to suffer the health consequences of our fast food nation, its workers continue to struggle with the fact that they can barely make ends meet. The average American fast food worker earns around $8.90 an hour. That’s $356 per week, and around $1400 per month.

Wages are so low, that according to one study, half of America’s …

How to Eat Healthy, Not Freak Out and Still Have Fun During the Holidays: Foodie Underground


ColumnHow to eat healthy during the holidays? First, let’s rethink what “healthy” means.

At the beginning of the year, we talked about how the No-Diet Diet was your best bet, and as we come to the end of the year I deem it important to talk about eating healthy around the holidays, because just like January is the start of I Have to Find A Way to Eat Healthy Now, December is the start of Oh God How Will I Survive All This Eating and Temptation? season.

Of course, I could give you a 100 Holiday

With Thanksgiving Food Traditions, It’s Not the Food That Counts: Foodie Underground


Column Don’t want to serve classic Thanksgiving food? That’s just fine.

Since it’s Thanksgiving week, I figured we’d tackle the topic of Thanksgiving food.

For the latter part of November, all food media, be it print, web, radio or television, turns into a “Hey You, Don’t Forget It’s Thanksgiving” feeding frenzy. Feature articles and episodes are devoted to recipes, tips and tricks that will help you ensure that this Thanksgiving is the Official Best Thanksgiving Ever.

Feel that pressure rising?

This will be the second year in a row that I’m not in the US …