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Week 4: My Designer Life by Gretchen Jones of Project Runway

Take off the blind fold will you. I mean, will I, can I? Tunnel vision, oh god, I have had such a serious case! After hours spent alone in the house, after sewing non stop for days (insert Project Runway flashbacks) and after vision skewed physically and mentally, the arduous process […]

The 10 Biggest Issues With the Global Food System

If you ask food experts like Michael Pollan, Marian Nestle, Gary Nabhan, Vandana Shiva, and numerous other writers and scholars what the biggest problems in our global, industrialized food system are, you’ll end up with a lot to chew on. It’s difficult to separate the problems into discrete categories because […]

California Water Issues Divide Farmers, Fishers, and Urban Dwellers

If you’ve ever seen the movie Chinatown, in which private investigator Jake Gittes (played by Jack Nicholson) stumbles upon a gigantic water scandal in the course of investigating an adultery case in Los Angeles, then you know that California’s water issues go way back. Water is contentious here because we […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: Lower Your Birds

ColumnWhen trolls invade real life. Last week, I answered my cell phone while pulling up to a stop sign in my car. I will be the second or third to admit using your cell phone while driving is irresponsible; that’s why I don’t do it. I use a hands-free set. […]

Overcooked: Lavender – Good for the Bathtub, Good for the Brisket

I don’t enjoy licking a soap dish, and frankly, that’s what lavender sometimes tastes like when it’s used in culinary applications. After all, lavender’s Latin root is lavare, which means to wash. I know, lots of people like it and I also know that it’s an essential ingredient in the […]

Straight Talk About Curly Hair

As is the case with most of my deeply held insecurities, I blame my hair obsession on Marcia Brady. The oldest daughter and resident femme fatale of The Brady Bunch, Marcia was the personification of mid-1970s grooviness; she was also a constant reminder of my own physical shortcomings. Marcia was graceful […]

Foodie Underground: Dealing With Our Packaged Food Addiction

ColumnWant to change the world? Stop eating packaged food. A block and a half from my apartment there is a Safeway. For the last few years it has been a dingy place with dark aisles and dusty shelves, the kind of grocery store where you might just see an unmentionable […]

Can a Vegan Woman Love a Meat-Eating Man?

ColumnHe’s smart and strong, beautiful and brave, kind-hearted and…carnivorous. At the dawn of a relationship, any faux pas is sufficient grounds for termination – far better to wield a blunt axe than be blinded by short-lived charms. Certain obvious criteria warrant immediate demotion from maybe-boyfriend to totally-not-lustable such as: ignorant […]

heARTbeat: 21 Balançoires = 21 Musical Chairs

Column“We believe in participation – empowering people to have a place in the stories that are told around them. We research new ways to interact and tell stories.” – Daily tous les jours The senses are tricky. One whiff of an ingredient in our favorite meal, or the sound of […]

Sex by Numbers: Taking You for Granted

ColumnStop wasting time being self-conscious and celebrate you at every age. Sara’s wearing a sliver of a bikini. Her short, brown hair gleams in the midday light and is shellacked in an elaborate bouffant. People describe her eyes as electric-blue, around which she applies heavy kohl eyeliner. Her lips are […]

Foodie Underground: Celebrate Food Day, Every Day

ColumnToday is Food Day so get your forks and knives out and start partying. Despite the fact that I often roll my eyes at days, weeks and months that are dedicated to celebrating or building awareness for specific things – did you know it was recently National Chocolate Cupcake Day? […]

The Green Plate: Road Tripping Regional Eats

Column Unique foods from state to state. Last week, The Green Plate took us on a street food tour around the world. This week, we’re going to survey regional delicacies across the U.S. that rarely leave their regions. It’s not easy to find these culinary outposts because we (and our […]

Pimp My Wildlife Vehicle

I was sitting in traffic recently, when I noticed that the license plate in front of me featured a majestic bald eagle, its wings spread in flight above a caption that instructed me to “Conserve Wildlife.” Clearly this is a worthwhile sentiment, although I was surprised to see it on […]

It’s the Last Eco Decision You’ll Ever Make

I know this sounds lame, but getting a Valpak in the mail is a special occasion at my house. I have a deep and inexplicable fondness for the packets that arrive at my door filled with coupons and promotional materials for a variety of sad-sack local businesses. A recent mailing offered […]

Foodie Underground: Quick Fixes to Pretend You’re a Foodie

ColumnA step-by-step guide to faking it in the food world. The scene is starting to feel familiar. You’re eating a dessert out of a mason jar and you have spent the last 15 minutes listening to a conversation about the merits of mezcal in cocktails. “I just really can’t stand […]

Foodie Underground: The Bike-Thru

The drive-thru: an iconic institution fueled by the American spirit to hit the open road. But in this day and age, drive-thrus have become synonymous with unhealthy lifestyle habits, both because of the food they serve and the mode of transportation used to get there. But what if the food […]

The Green Plate: In Praise of the Fava Bean

ColumnFava beans are a seasonal superfood you should make time to enjoy. People who don’t like to spend time in the kitchen tend to think that fava beans were surely invented by some sort of cooking sadist. I have a farmer friend who grows them and she won’t even prep […]

Foodie Underground: Give ‘Em Something to Tweet About

The fact that Twitter changed the food cart movement is no news; foodies consume deals and specials from dining entrepreneurs like they’re candy. But the micro-blogging site hasn’t just become a guerrilla marketing tool to get the word out about tacos and tempeh, it’s becoming a source of foodie inspiration. […]

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Sugar Addiction and Nutrition Labels: Foodie Underground

Would a revamped nutrition label help us deal with our sugar addiction? When you grab a food product off the shelf, do you look at the nutrition label? Chances are you do, but statistically more people look at the general nutrition facts than they do the ingredients. Our misunderstanding of […]

4 Years of a Column About Good Food: Foodie Underground

Four years of Foodie Underground means a lot of column writing. Here’s a look back. Something last week made me go and search for the first Foodie Underground ever written. I remembered that it was around springtime, but couldn’t remembered the month. As it turned out, my first column devoted […]

Foodie Underground: Is Technology Killing Our Relationship to Real Food?

ColumnIn our modern, technology filled world, we’re busy, and so we cut corners, but food shouldn’t be one of them. Checking your iPhone during dinner is rude (well, unless you’re food porning it up… and even then, there are limits). But what’s worse? Making your iPhone your dinner partner. That’s right […]

Foodie Underground: Everything in Moderation

ColumnHow does a foodie decide what to eat and what not to eat? It was early in the morning, NPR was on, and my mother and I were sitting at my kitchen table drinking tea. An interview came on the radio with an executive of a certain well known specialty […]

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