The Californication of America’s Restaurants

Creating a clean, bright, supposedly “Californian” interior can create a transportive dining experience, but the aesthetic many restaurants are offering lacks the complexity and depth that now define California cuisine.

Source: Eater
Published: Aug 15, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,416 words)

Ivar’s the Great

A Pacific Northwest resident revisits the chowder and fried fish of her youth to tell the story of Ivar’s, the enduring Washington state seafood chain, and the inextricable link between it, her life, and her family.

Source: Eater
Published: Jun 5, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,358 words)

Inside the Exceptionally Shady World of Truffle Fraud

White truffles (also known as Piedmont or Alba truffles) are one of the world’s most prized culinary delicacies: When shaved atop a dish, they add a pleasantly earthy layer along with their unexpectedly fresh texture. Often, their presence—thanks to their famously high price tag—is more a status symbol, a signal of the procurer’s appreciation of the finer things in life, regardless of the cost. And perhaps not surprisingly, as with many other luxury symbols, thieves, saboteurs, and fraudsters operate an underground market that looks to cut corners wherever possible.

Source: Eater
Published: May 28, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,300 words)

Christ on the Comal

“In the midst of all of this, the family was on the brink of losing all hope. To my mother, the tortilla was a sign from God that He would make things better.”

Source: Eater
Published: Apr 24, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,002 words)

The Lost City of Aguachile

“Aguachile” literally means “chile water.” Where did the shrimp in this ever-more-popular dish from Mexico’s Sinaloa state come from, and what happened to the original Sinaloan aguachile?

Source: Eater
Published: Mar 14, 2019
Length: 22 minutes (5,641 words)

The Late-Night Burrito Joint That Saved Me From Suburbia

One Tucsonan’s love letter to the 24-hour restaurant that expanded his world.

Source: Eater
Published: Jan 23, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,053 words)

H-E-B Forever

“Why Texas’s favorite store is the cultiest cult grocer in America.”

Source: Eater
Published: Dec 11, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,935 words)

Do You Even Bake, Bro?

Bread-making wasn’t really in need of disruption, but that’s never stopped Silicon Valley before.

Source: Eater
Published: Nov 19, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,300 words)

American Pie

On a decade-old family ritual, in which a Chinese woman and her visiting Chinese-American granddaughter make a pilgrimage to Pizza Hut to share a Hawaiian pizza.

Source: Eater
Published: Aug 27, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,133 words)

The Gulp War

An insider look at the “Academy Awards of Water” — held in West Virginia, a state where many lack clean tap water — where judges rank the taste of a substance whose main characteristic is tastelessness.

Source: Eater
Published: Jul 24, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,532 words)