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Why you should always molest your fruit (and other squishy things).

sesame paste ddukYou don’t expect little old ladies to have their hands all over the fruit display in supermarkets. But there they are, squeezing the stone fruit so vigorously, you know the pretty purple plums are going to bruise. So why doesn’t the store manager say something? What’s going on in the power dynamics over there? Get the scoop! Continue reading


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Exploding chestnuts, Japanese belly wrappers, and a “fiery restorative.”

winter chillHow to keep warm when Jack Frost hates you.


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May I have the “Choice Aromatic Lion Butt” translated, please?

Lost in translationWe’ve all done it. Laughed hysterically at half-baked English translations on menus, street signs, packaging, and the like. The seafood special of “fried rice with crap” doesn’t sound terribly appetizing, and you and your buds can’t wait to patronize the Gentlemen’s Club that boasts “special cocktail for ladies with nuts.” Yet, would you rather there be no translation? Continue reading


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