Plant-Based Chicken Will Now Be Available at KFC—Wait, What?

Since I was a little kid, my family has always celebrated the Kentucky Derby with—what else—Kentucky Fried Chicken. We’d crowd around the television, sit down on a picnic blanket on the floor, and devour a bucket of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, maca…

Since I was a little kid, my family has always celebrated the Kentucky Derby with—what else—Kentucky Fried Chicken. We’d crowd around the television, sit down on a picnic blanket on the floor, and devour a bucket of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, flaky buttermilk biscuits, and our own version of a “mint julep” (which I realize now was just a mint chocolate chip milkshake). Eventually, we turned to a vegan diet, ditched the KFC, and then, years later, ditched the veganism. If only KFC had come out with plant-based chicken…

But now they have! The fast-food chain just announced that its more than 4,000 locations across the country will now offer vegan fried chicken. In an exclusive collaboration between KFC and Beyond Meat, the plant-based option will be available for a limited time beginning on Monday, January 10. Fans of the fast-food chain can buy KFC’s Beyond Fried Chicken in six- or 12-piece orders, with dipping sauces included, of course. Prices start at $6.99, excluding tax.

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Vegetarians Rejoice—Chipotle Now Has Plant-Based Chorizo

Chipotle Mexican Grill has kicked off the new year in a delicious way—customers can now add plant-based chorizo to their bean burritos, rice bowls topped with shredded romaine lettuce and guacamole (yes, we know it costs extra), and salads. entirely fr…

Chipotle Mexican Grill has kicked off the new year in a delicious way—customers can now add plant-based chorizo to their bean burritos, rice bowls topped with shredded romaine lettuce and guacamole (yes, we know it costs extra), and salads. entirely from plant-based protein, chipotle peppers, ripe tomato paste, crushed garlic, Spanish smoked paprika, and extra virgin olive oil. Oh, and it’s made entirely without artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, grains, gluten, or soy.

In addition to the plant-based chorizo, Chipotle has also launched three new lifestyle bowls that each adheres to a Whole30, vegetarian, or vegan diet. All of the bowls are topped with Chipotle’s new plant-based meat and are available to order through the Chipotle app or through the brand’s website.

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How my family is celebrating Christmas in Paris this year

Hello, Emily here. When David asked me to share how my family will celebrate during the festive season this year I was impressed he was so organized in advance… before realizing that there’s less than 5 weeks until Christmas Day! So without further ado here are all the fun things we’ll be enjoying over the next few weeks (you can find my 2019 and 2020…

Hello, Emily here. When David asked me to share how my family will celebrate during the festive season this year I was impressed he was so organized in advance… before realizing that there’s less than 5 weeks until Christmas Day! So without further ado here are all the fun things we’ll be enjoying over the next few weeks (you can find my 2019 and 2020 versions here).

Wherever you are in the world, I wish you a happy holiday season and hope that you have the chance to connect with family and friends, whether in person or from afar.

Emily

How my family is celebrating Christmas in Paris this year

As Christmas decorations appear all over town, and I take the last of the pumpkins off our mantlepiece, I’m finally making a start on holiday preparations. I’d put off planning this year as we strongly considered spending Christmas in Australia (where I’m from) but as travel is still restricted in my home state we’ll have to wait a little longer to see Santa in shorts again. So we’re getting cozy, hoping for snow and I’ve decided this is the year I’ll finally learn some French Christmas carols. Joyeux Noël!

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Chanceux

The other day, for some reason, the subject about the “decline of French cuisine” which had been much-discussed and debated about subject a decade ago, came up. At the time, books were written about it, a Time magazine cover featured a sad mime bemoaning the end of French culture, newspapers wrote articles bemoaning faltering bistros and wondering ‘‘Who could save French cuisine?’, and French television…

The other day, for some reason, the subject about the “decline of French cuisine” which had been much-discussed and debated about subject a decade ago, came up. At the time, books were written about it, a Time magazine cover featured a sad mime bemoaning the end of French culture, newspapers wrote articles bemoaning faltering bistros and wondering ‘‘Who could save French cuisine?’, and French television reporters rifled through the garbage of esteemed bistros and restaurants to show empty packages of pre-prepared and frozen foods that likely had been served to customers. The future of French cuisine was a subject of international interest.

People asked me to chime in on it, too. It was a rather loaded subject because there were a lot of issues surrounding any “decline,” but it was also hard to define – “What is French cuisine?” Yes, it’s Duck confit, Hachis Parmentier, œufs mayonnaise, éclairs, and Paris-Brest, but the new generation of cooks began recasting the focus of food in France, putting the quality and diversity of the ingredients first, and supporting local producers while taking cues from the various regions and cultures in France (which has always been the foundation of French cooking), rather than sticking to a codified script.

So I was excited when Chanceux opened in my neighborhood recently. I’d met Thomas Lehoux a few years ago, and featured him in Drinking French because he decided to improve the reputation of French coffee (another hotly-contested issue) and opened Belleville Brûlerie, a small-scale coffee roasting company that he founded in Paris with his business partners.

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I Chopped 75 Pounds of Onions a Day—Here’s How I Learned to Stop Crying

For some people, working in a restaurant means the chance to put their hard-earned culinary degree to use. For me, it meant lots and lots of crying. After I graduated from a fancy liberal arts college and failed to get a salaried office job with a busi…

For some people, working in a restaurant means the chance to put their hard-earned culinary degree to use. For me, it meant lots and lots of crying. After I graduated from a fancy liberal arts college and failed to get a salaried office job with a business casual dress code and summer Fridays, I decided to take a different path in order to get my dream job working as a food writer. I met with the chef at a French restaurant in suburban Connecticut and said I loved the Barefoot Contessa and cooking and wanted a job. He looked me up and down and didn’t think I had what it took to work in a restaurant but felt I deserved a chance (I only know this because months later, I asked him point-blank “why in the world did you ever hire someone like me?”).

On my first day as a stage (aka an unpaid cooking intern), I arrived 15 minutes early, sat in the maroon and cream French bistro chairs on the sidewalk patio in front of the restaurant for 25 minutes, waiting for someone to walk by and open the front door, because I didn’t realize there was a back entrance. It took lots of wandering and several embarrassing stares from dog walkers and young mothers walking their babies in overpriced strollers for me to discover the “employee entrance.” After I found my way in, I was promptly yelled at by the sous chef for not tying my apron properly, not bringing my own set of knives (why would I spend money on knives? Shouldn’t they be provided?), and not putting a wet towel under my cutting board to prevent it from slipping and sliding on the metal table (this is a genius trick and one that everyone should try).

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Best Restaurants in Salt Lake City

We live in Salt Lake City, Utah and often get asked for restaurant recommendations. Today, we are sharing the BEST restaurants in SLC. These are our personal favorite restaurants in the city, all of the best spots for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dess…

We live in Salt Lake City, Utah and often get asked for restaurant recommendations. Today, we are sharing the BEST restaurants in SLC. These are our personal favorite restaurants in the city, all of the best spots for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert! These restaurants are our tried and true places to go when we…

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A Local’s Guide to the Best Food in Rhode Island

When it comes to summer in New England, there’s really no place better than my home state of Rhode Island. I may be an extremely biased travel guide, but it’s true:

With over 400 miles of shoreline, the smallest state in the nation has no shortage of …

When it comes to summer in New England, there’s really no place better than my home state of Rhode Island. I may be an extremely biased travel guide, but it’s true:

With over 400 miles of shoreline, the smallest state in the nation has no shortage of beaches. You can swing by the Tennis Hall of Fame for a match or plan an idyllic tailgate picnic at Newport Polo. Stroll down winding paths, wander under footbridges, or catch a gondola down three rivers to immerse yourself in Barnaby Evans' sculpture of 80 bonfires that light downtown Providence at Waterfire. None of that sounds appealing? You can always take a ferry to Block Island for a cocktail by the sea or venture to Watch Hill to scope out Taylor Swift’s mansion.

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Our Editors’ Favorite Places to Eat in Seattle

Seattle has some of the best restaurants in the country. A few summers ago, as I worked in New York and my partner worked in the Emerald City, I flew out to stay with him. We didn’t so much plan an itinerary as we planned meals—breakfast, lunch, and di…

Seattle has some of the best restaurants in the country. A few summers ago, as I worked in New York and my partner worked in the Emerald City, I flew out to stay with him. We didn’t so much plan an itinerary as we planned meals—breakfast, lunch, and dinner; snacks between breakfast, lunch, and dinner—many of which were at Renee Erickson's great restaurants. After cooking her recipes for years, one of my trip goals was to finally enjoy her food in person. And did we ever. But we also stumbled upon a lot of other wonderful eats. I spoke with my Food52 colleagues to get their takes on the best restaurants in Seattle, and here are our top 13 spots in no particular order.

So, We’re Going to Bars Again—How Do We Act?

Welcome to How to Be Social Again: The No-Stress Guide to Returning to Society. In this mini-series, you’ll get a brush-up on everything from invitation etiquette to navigating bars again—plus, a drinks menu-planner for any party size and an ode the mo…

Welcome to How to Be Social Again: The No-Stress Guide to Returning to Society. In this mini-series, you'll get a brush-up on everything from invitation etiquette to navigating bars again—plus, a drinks menu-planner for any party size and an ode the most underrated of gatherings, the coffee date.


I knew I wanted to go to Sharlene’s for my first drink inside a bar in over a year. The Flatbush Avenue mainstay has been my local spot for nearly a decade—a place where I’d spent a lot of good times, a few bad ones, and a handful of very odd moments. So when I walked in, I felt a mix of joy and trepidation. I was happy to be back, but I was also maskless. I’d received my second dose of Moderna three weeks earlier, but still, it felt strange. It also felt off since the bartender was wearing a mask and I’d taken mine off. I made sure to ask him if it was cool with me not wearing a mask. “Of course,” he said. “I got my vaccine. I’m just still wearing this for now.”

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Our Final 2 Restaurant-Inspired Dishes Are Here—Pick Us a Winner

In our latest recipe contest, we asked our community to help us shine a spotlight on their favorite restaurant-inspired dishes, and they answered our call, rolling up their sleeves and creating restaurant-quality food in their home kitchens. This contest also provided us with the opportunity to share some love with an industry that brings us joy, and forms a critical part of our economy. Check out delicious recipes from our two finalists below.

It was incredibly challenging (as always) to narrow down to two finalists from a long, exciting list of appetizers, main courses, and desserts pulled from restaurant recipes across the country, but we’ve finally found them!

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In our latest recipe contest, we asked our community to help us shine a spotlight on their favorite restaurant-inspired dishes, and they answered our call, rolling up their sleeves and creating restaurant-quality food in their home kitchens. This contest also provided us with the opportunity to share some love with an industry that brings us joy, and forms a critical part of our economy. Check out delicious recipes from our two finalists below.

It was incredibly challenging (as always) to narrow down to two finalists from a long, exciting list of appetizers, main courses, and desserts pulled from restaurant recipes across the country, but we've finally found them!

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