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Foodie Friday: Convenient, Portable Protein for Healthy Snacking

 

The days of justifying grabbing a candy bar or bag of chips are over: The golden age of healthy, convenient snacking has arrived. Today, we’ll look at the innovative ways food companies offer up quick and easy protein-rich alternatives to fill the on-the-go junk-food void.

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Foodie Friday: Words and Eats–Exploring Food Language and Menu-Speak

Cheerful couple with menu in a restaurant

 

It should come as no surprise that the way we talk about food and drink impacts the way we consume it. But just how much does our food-centric language affect our life—and in what ways? Food writers and cultural scholars seek to answer these kinds of questions for the linguistically and culinary curious alike.

Today’s Foodie Friday takes a closer look at the words that come out of our mouths and how they affect what types of food and drink go into our mouths.

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Foodie Friday: The Wake-Up Cup–7 Reasons We’re Buzzing About Coffee

Strange but true: Not everyone likes coffee. But if you’re among the roughly 83% of Americans who drink coffee, you understand the appeal of this warm, evocative, friendly-bitter drink. Whether you drink it to accompany your breakfast and start your day, sip it during a well-deserved break from work, or savor it with a dessert course, the beloved cup of joe is a favorite of foodies the world over. (more…)

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Foodie Friday: Gimme Some More! It’s National S’Mores Day

It’s National S’Mores Day! Whether you enjoy the classic campfire-side preparation or get creative with a tasty recipe variation, there’s a gooey-sweet snack inspiration for every foodie to enjoy. Today, we’ll look closer at s’mores and their strange-but-true product spin-offs.

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Foodie Friday: Eat Fat for Fitness on the Ketogenic Diet

While many folks have been jumping onto the protein trend bandwagon for quite a while now, lately there’s been another noteworthy nutrient many are championing for optimal health: fat.

The ketogenic diet—or simply “Keto” for short—claims body fat loss, cardiovascular health, and even improved mental function from its enthusiastic ranks of fat-chewing fans. Today, we’ll take a look at the Keto diet and how to follow it in hopes of achieving optimal results.**

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Foodie Friday: BBQ Nation–3 Regional Styles of Meat Worth Squealing About

Soooie! It’s summertime, and that means it’s prime time for pit masters, chefs, and backyard picnickers alike to slow-cook some pork, ribs, beef, and other mouth-watering proteins to a perfect falling-apart texture and toss on some flavorful sauce. Today, we’re looking at 3 classic regional-specialty preparations of BBQ from across America.

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Foodie Friday: Pass the Ketchup! It’s National French Fries Day

It’s a very special Foodie FRY-Day today: National French Fries Day! We celebrate these crispy, salty, irresistible snacks with some fun trivia and historical facts. Yes, we DO want fries with that!

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Foodie Friday: Southern Food as a Cultural Lens in The Potlikker Papers

What does the food we eat teach us about who we are? Many people develop fierce loyalty to their regional cuisine—and much more when there is a rich history of personal stories in the surrounding community. Those foods—and those stories—were the focus of this year’s Nashville Reads selection at our award-winning public library and the insightful events related to John T. Edge’s The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South.

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Foodie Friday: Hot Diggety! It’s the Great American Hot Dog

Whether at a ballpark, fresh off the grill, or from an umbrella-covered stand in a bustling city, Americans love hot dogs.

Today, we’ll look at unique regional styles of hot dogs and discover some top-of-the-game restaurants to enjoy this favorite summer staple.

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Foodie Friday: Blame It on the Name

What’s in a name? The rhetorical question first posed by Juliet Capulet in the classic Shakespearean tragedy is on our minds again. An Asian-fusion restaurant in California that recently joined forces with Whole Foods has ignited a firestorm of criticism—especially on Twitter. Vocal critics accuse the provocatively named “Yellow Fever” restaurant of being inarguably racist at worst, and maybe more than a little tacky at best.

Founder and chef Kelly Kim claims that she chose the name because she wanted something catchy—and perhaps, as a Korean American herself, manage to re-appropriate the name to something less stereotyping of Asians. But that raises the question: Is it possible to put a positive spin on a phrase that’s almost exclusively pejorative?

Los Angeles-based civil rights advocate Karin Wang doesn’t seem to think so. As she explained in this New York Times article:

“As an Asian-American woman, I look at the term, and it’s either a terrible disease you get in tropical countries or it’s an offensive concept of white men pursuing Asian women based purely on their race. I don’t know what’s worth reclaiming about that.”

Of course, regardless of the inherent connotations, naming a restaurant is really hard.

Kelly Kim (center), Yellow Fever’s executive chef and owner

Back in 2010, restaurateur Bruce Buschel chronicled the arduous task of coming up with the right name for his seafood place in a New York Times business blog titled, Stick a Fork in the Name Game:

“A name should not turn off a potential diner. I liked Tarragon until two people at the same dinner said they hated the smell and taste of the herb.

Judge the real thing, not the name, for names, in the end, matter little. Once you have experienced a restaurant, that is what remains in your memory bank, and draws you back or keeps you away.”

I experienced this bit of wisdom firsthand just now when trying—and failing—to recall the name of a local restaurant without the help of a Google search (remembering it simply and viscerally as “that bad ramen place”).

Should a restaurant be less successful if it has an unappealing name? Is a bad name forgivable if it’s memorable?

What are your thoughts on the bad-name phenomenon?

Even if you get your foodie fix from a poorly named establishment, have a great weekend full of good taste and great company!

Happy Foodie Friday!

 

And, of course, for something a little weird…

For more examples of groan-worthy monikers, check out this list of pun-based restaurant names. Who wouldn’t want to dine at a place that’s “Juan in a Million”?

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