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Baked, then boiled: Why one Maine restaurant is sedating lobsters with marijuana smoke

Part of the “In the Kitchen” series
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“Lobsters in one Maine restaurant go out in a blaze of glory once they hit the pot. The owner of a lobster joint is sedating her crustaceans with marijuana...”

Have we reached a fork in the road for food criticism?

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“SAN FRANCISCO — Belmar Meat Market sits at the corner of Harrison and 24th streets in the Mission District, a historically Latino neighborhood that is...”

Dragon’s Breath snacks make you exhale ‘smoke’ — and they’re sending teens to the hospital

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“Teens! They’re so great at finding innovative ways to cause bodily harm. First they were eating Tide Pods, then they were jumping out of moving vehicles...”

Food, Fast: Feeding The Tour De France In 'Eat. Race. Win.'

The 2017 Tour de France through the eyes of Orica-Scott team chef Hannah Grant.
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“Among the small delights corollary to a long bicycle ride is eating, with minimized guilt, a lot of food. Stoke your internal furnace hot enough, and it'll...”

Yelp adds health inspection scores for restaurants, and restaurateurs are not happy

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“Starting Tuesday, Yelp is expanding across the nation a controversial program that pulls health-inspection data from government databases and places it...”

Why the pot-infused ‘Cooking on High’ is the worst food show on Netflix

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“It is easy to get lost in the absolute mishmash of content that is the Netflix Originals library. The streaming platform now churns out food-centric television...”

Milan Jordan Wants a Broader Audience to Drink Kombucha

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She plans to sell six Cultured Kombucha flavors at farmers markets that accept SNAP and EBT.
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“For Milan Jordan, it all started with a question: "Why aren't other people who look like me drinking this?" The entrepreneur who works in architecture...”

HRC Staffer Says She Faced Discriminatory ID Check to Use Cuba Libre Restroom

"I don't want this to happen again to any LGBTQ person in this city."
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“Human Rights Campaign staffer Charlotte Clymer says she was discriminated against while at Cuba Libre in the District last night. A worker at the restaurant...”

Don't Fall for Fake Reviews: I-Team Uncovers Them on Yelp, Facebook, Google

Yelp told the I-Team that as many as 25 percent of reviews submitted to the website are fake
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“If you rely on online reviews to pick restaurants, businesses and services, beware: the reviewers you're depending on may be fake. Follow-Up: Yelp...”

AI trained on Yelp data writes fake restaurant reviews ‘indistinguishable’ from real deal

‘Omgggg! Very flavorful! It was so delicious that I didn’t spell it!!’
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“How much do you trust the reviews you read online? Probably not a lot, right? You know, like most people, that glowing write-ups and five-star ratings...”

The latest sign of political divide: shaming and shunning public officials

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“Anger and division in American politics are creating a rising phenomenon: the public shaming and shunning of political figures while they are going about...”

Cookie Monster’s crumbs of wisdom: ‘Me always make time to follow me passion’

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“Like another classic figure in history whose name begins with C: He came, he saw, he conquered. Cookie Monster, at The Washington Post. Then again...”

11 new restaurants and bars to check out around Washington

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“A new Israeli restaurant, the return of one of the area's most venerable dive bars and a vegetable-focused concept from lauded Philadelphia chefs lead...”

No, bacon does not make everything better

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“It’s no secret that Stoney’s super grilled cheese sandwich is a thing of beauty, starting with its fat slices of rustic white bread, as crackly as...”

Mike Isabella is no longer eligible for a top industry award in the wake of a sexual harassment lawsuit

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“The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington has decided to disqualify Mike Isabella’s restaurants from its annual award ceremony, the RAMMYs...”

How chef José Andrés ended up on the Oscars stage with Common, Andra Day and a group of activists

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“There he was, house left, sharing the stage with Andra Day and Common as the artists performed “Stand Up for Something” from the film “Marshall.”...”

An American bakery won an award for a pineapple-filled pasty. The British media were not amused.

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“A traditional Cornish pasty is miners’ food — a hand pie filled with beef, potatoes and onions, with a crust that could be used as a handle. (Most...”

A British chef said she ‘spiked’ a vegan’s meal. Then she lost her job.

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“Vegans have a hard time dining out. Their menu choices are often limited to a mélange of sides and salads, or they have to risk looking fussy by asking...”

8 new restaurants to try around Washington

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“With so many restaurant options in the Washington area, it's good to gather intel: Here are eight spots, recently vetted by Washington Post food critic...”

Clean the restrooms, turn up the lights — and 8 other things restaurants should do better

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“As a food critic, I typically eat almost all my meals away from home and with particular intensity in fall, winter and spring, when dining guides and special...”

‘The Shed at Dulwich’ was London’s top-rated restaurant. Just one problem: It didn’t exist.

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“It was a unique restaurant in London and certainly the hardest to get into. And it beat out thousands of upscale restaurants in the city to earn the top...”

5 falafel shops you’ve been overlooking in D.C.

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“Filling and inexpensive, falafel sandwiches are satisfying without weighing you down. The vegetarian-friendly, Middle Eastern staple is traditionally made...”

The ultimate guide to your first stress-free Thanksgiving

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“Maybe it’s your first time cooking for Thanksgiving. Or maybe you’re just hoping this is the first time you’ll prepare it without inviting stress...”

Fill up your poke bowl

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“The iconic Hawaiian dish “plate lunch” might include Kalua Pork or hamburger steak smothered in gravy and macaroni salad, but you might also find a...”

A guide to Hyattsville

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D.C.’s newest suburban dining and arts destination
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“It sounds like an urban planner’s grand experiment: Artists and young creatives are drawn to a community with cheap rents and studios. Cool restaurants...”

Is this Tunisian chile paste the new sriracha?

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Not yet, but it sure should be.
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“In 2014, Food & Wine called it the “new sriracha” sauce. Time named it one of 2015’s food trends. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has been using it in...”

Kitchen Gadgets Review

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Fermenting Starter Kit – zero maintenance and no daily burping
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“What? ReCap Fermenting Starter Kit (£24.99, 2tech.co.uk). Bung-mounted, waterless airlock and glass jar, within which wild yeasts anaerobically convert...”

Mexico considers importing avocados as staple priced out of consumers' reach

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Country that produces almost half the world’s avocados contemplates the unthinkable as dietary staple becomes too costly for ordinary Mexicans
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“The growing global appetite for avocados has been blamed for a litany of sorrows, from self-inflicted stab wounds to stopping young people from buying...”

The restaurant industry overindulged — and now it’s paying the price

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“Last year was a disastrous one for Chipotle, as the burrito behemoth grappled with the fallout from a food contamination scare and problems such as slow...”

Trump Organization settles restaurant suit with chef José Andrés

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“President Trump’s company and D.C. chef José Andrés have settled a nearly two-year-old legal dispute stemming from the chef’s decision to shelve...”

This $26 sandwich — literally ham, butter and bread — says everything about D.C. dining

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“There is a ham sandwich served at Mirabelle, a new restaurant near the White House, and it costs $26. The sandwich, more precisely, is a “jambon beurre,”...”

Find a CSA in the Washington area

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“There are 62 farms around the region offering community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs highlighted here. In a CSA, members stake a claim on part...”

The world’s best places to buy Italian wine: Italy, and one tiny store in D.C.

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“It’s official: One of the world’s best wine stores — especially if you are a fan of Italian wines — is right here in Washington. And you may have...”

John Oliver wants to directly appeal to Trump on health care. So he’s buying airtime on Fox News.

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“HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” has taken some unusual steps to drive home the point of its segments, like the time it established an actual church to...”

Why Chipotle’s Southeast Asian chain couldn’t make it work

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“All 15 locations of ShopHouse, the Southeast Asian fast-casual restaurant owned by Chipotle, will close on March 17. The closings, first reported by Nation's...”

These 13 Oscar party nibbles and drinks get our vote

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“People will gather ’round their flat-screen TVs to watch the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, and we’ve got ideas about how to feed them...”

Restaurants depend on immigrants. Trump’s orders could hit them particularly hard.

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By Tim Carman and Maura Judkis
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“At Kabob Bazaar, the hands that saute eggplant and skewer cubes of lamb belong to immigrants from Latin America, the Philippines and owner Bruce Sarvghadi’s...”

Restaurant News: Openings, closings, events and honors

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Check out what's happening in the Sarasota-Manatee culinary scene
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“Cafe Longet opens in Venice Steve and Jessica Longet are bringing a bit of France to Venice with their new eponymous venture, Cafe Longet (239 Miami...”

Edna Lewis’ classic cookbook zooms up the charts after ‘Top Chef’ tribute

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“A black female chef from an era when those words were rarely seen together is finally getting her due among a broader audience. An iconic cookbook by Edna...”

The $20 Diner’s favorite cheap eats of 2016

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“Is it just me, or did 2016 feel like we went 12 rounds with Floyd Mayweather Jr. — and the champ propped us up for the last six just to see how much...”

Have you been drinking wines before their time?

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“Staring at the vintage chart in the February issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine, my eyes began to blur. Red, purple, green, orange and blue squares merged...”

How one company eliminated food waste: The ‘landfill can no longer be an option.’

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“Those carrot tops you’ve lopped off are not garbage. Your snapped-off green-bean stems are not scraps. They are what Thomas McQuillan, sustainability...”

Six of the wackiest foods from the State Fair of Virginia, ranked

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“I've spent almost three decades living in Virginia and never once visited the state fair. This year, I decided to rectify that appalling record. I had...”

The line is crossed, and it’s crossed daily:The struggles of female bartenders

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“Back in the ’90s, Allegra Lucier had an exhausting bartending gig at a rock bar in the East Village. Night after night, she got hit on. “So this...”

The African American Museum cafe gets off to a solid start feeding a tough crowd

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“The lesson gleaned from opening day at the National Museum of African American History and Culture: People are willing to wait for fried chicken and shrimp...”

Judge denies Jose Andres’s request to throw out Trump lawsuit

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“Like an under-cooked souffle, the legal battle between Washington-based celebrity chef Jose Andres and real estate mogul Donald Trump isn’t done yet. A...”

What Are You Drinking?

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“Let the author and bartender Rosie Schaap make you a custom summer cocktail.”

How José Andrés turns Brussels sprouts into a vibrant, light salad

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“For years, one of the most popular dishes at Jaleo in downtown Washington has been something that José Andrés came up with on the fly after a tour of...”

The 40 most essential D.C. restaurant dishes of 2016

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“What was the single most memorable dish you ate in the past year? That’s the question we put to a broad survey of the Washington area’s chefs, restaurateurs...”

Linguine With Lobster and Avocado

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“The summer season was beginning, whetting the appetite for a copious seafood salad or a tangy ceviche. But instead, I tore a page from ceviche’s playbook...”

Peter Chang’s Arlington restaurant to fire the master chef’s daughter, 3 others after servers insult diners

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“The Arlington outlet of the growing Peter Chang restaurant empire was supposed to be a family affair. The Chinese master chef would be the majority owner...”

Servers trash customers in private note on check

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— then forget to delete it
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“Four diners, three of them wearing plaid, were ready to enjoy a meal Saturday night at Peter Chang in Arlington, the authentic Sichuan outpost opened by...”

The food lineup for Desert Trip may be even more impressive than Coachella's

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“The Desert Trip, the new Indio music festival at the Empire Polo Club that's being headlined by the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney, aims to be a destination...”

The mole you can make in less time than it takes to gather its ingredients

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“The accompanying recipe might raise the eyebrow of anyone who has spent hours making the deeply flavored sauce that’s ubiquitous and beloved in its native...”

The Brilliant Red Salmon That’s Worth the Splurge

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“At the Pike Place Market in Seattle, it’s the glistening, freshly caught salmon piled high that you’ll notice first. The fishmongers are jolly, and...”

Would you pay to make a reservation at a hot new restaurant? You might have to.

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“Do you have a reservation?” used to be the standard brush-off line at a busy restaurant’s host stand. Now, in a growing number of places, it’s “Do...”

iOS V 1.5 RELEASED & AVAILABLE IN THE iTUNES STORE

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“Proof of Dining iOS V 1.5 has been released and is now available in the iTunes Store It's all about the food! It been a long month here at Proof...”

In defense of tipping

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“Danny Meyer, the New York restaurateur, may have started something. Last week, he announced he would eliminate tipping at his 13 restaurants and raise...”

iOS V 1.4 RELEASED & AVAILABLE IN THE iTUNES STORE

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“Proof of Dining iOS V 1.4 has been released and is now available in the iTunes Store It's all about the food! It been a long month here at Proof...”

iOS V 1.3 RELEASED & AVAILABLE IN THE iTUNES STORE

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“Proof of Dining iOS V 1.3 has been released and is now available in the iTunes Store In this latest version we have added new features, such as being...”

The crippling problem restaurant-goers haven’t noticed but chefs are freaking out about

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“Behind the swinging doors of restaurant kitchens around the country, things are getting a bit more chaotic. It's not the sort of thing diners would have...”

June Update

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iOS Version 1.1.1 is Now Available at the iTunes Store!
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“Last Updated: June 20, 2015 After an almost unbearable amount of pain, suffering and testing, Apple released the iOS Version 1.0 to the iTunes Store...”

Why some restaurants are doing away with tipping

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“On a busy Friday night in New York's East Village, the friendly and efficient servers at Dirt Candy took home zero dollars in tips, but they considered...”

FoodE Advances to Virginia Culinary Challenge Finals

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“FoodE has made it into the finals of the 2015 Virginia Tourism Board’s Culinary Madness Challenge. The restaurant's Chicken & Waffles faces an Apple...”

How technology is making us tip more than ever

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Digital payment systems could be pushing us to a new tipping point.
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“By now, you’ve probably experienced it: After grabbing a cup of espresso, buying some ice cream or taking a cab, you swipe your credit card and prepare...”

March Update

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PoD iOS App has been submitted to the App Store
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“After months of patiently waiting, we are no longer weeks away from the launch of our iOS app for the iPhone, we are only days away now that we have submitted...”

A Brewing Problem

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What's the healthiest way to keep everyone caffeinated?
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“I don't have one. They're kind of expensive to use, John Sylvan told me frankly, of Keurig K-Cups, the single-serve brewing pods that have fundamentally...”

Peter Chang will join the fast-casual revolution with Arlington restaurant

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“To those Northern Virginia Changians who have been anxiously awaiting master chef Peter Chang's return to the land where he first became a cult figure...”

2015 Coffee Fest Atlanta

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GeneralJym discovers Coffee Fest
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“Entering Coffee Fest Atlanta Latte Art World Championship Open Breakout Sessions, Lectures and Demonstrations There are over 75+ breakout...”

February Update

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“It's been an exciting month so far and it's only half over. Coffee Fest Atlanta was incredible. We will be loading more photos soon. We hope to send...”

Noodles:101

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A Noodles Primer
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“Long, short, thick, thin, minute, spirals, shells, bowties… Whatever their size or shape, noodles are the foundation for many of the world's favorite...”

French Onion Soup

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When too much cheese is too much cheese.
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“Whether it's the start of a big meal or a simple supper on its own, a bowl of French onion soup always gives me a little thrill when it arrives at the...”

New York A.G. Schneiderman Cracks Down on Fake Reviews

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Operation Clean Turf
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“New York A.G. Schneiderman's office released this Press Release on September 23, 2013 announcing an agreement with 19 companies to stop writing fake online...”

Michelin Reveals New York City's 2014 Bib Gourmands

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“Michelin's 2014 New York City guide is coming out soon. A head of this, they released their annual list of "Bib Gourmands." To qualify, establishment...”

August Update

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“It has been a great month here at Proof of Dining. We have added several new features for our users, including our first series of Badges and not to brag...”

Beta Launch

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“The Beta Launch is the second version of Proof of Dining. In this Beta Launch we are taking our new system out for a test drive and have invited a select...”