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These shrimp "Peking ravioli" (aka dumplings) were featured at the third annual Festival of Dumplings in 2014 — honoring Bostonian and celebrity chef Joyce Chen. Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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Boba 7, the speakeasy at the back of downtown Los Angeles restaurant Soi 7, serves boba cocktails made with beer or the Korean alcohol soju, in addition to an inventive nonalcoholic menu. Courtesy of Boba 7 hide caption

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The tortillas at one of Gold's favorite restaurants — El Parian — are handmade, and heavenly. Arezou Rezvani/NPR hide caption

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'City Of Gold,' Patchwork Of Cultures: A Tour Of LA's Food Scene

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'There Are Raisins In My Toast' by Danny Jones © 1996 Waffle Music

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Girl Scout Cookie Unity Cheesecake: the mashup dessert you never knew you needed. Courtesy of Emily Vonn/Vail Custom Cakes hide caption

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Thin Mint Mashup: Grind Those Girl Scout Cookies Into Cheesecake

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Bottles for sale at Passage de la Fleur, a natural wine shop in Brooklyn, N.Y. For some, natural wines must be completely unadulterated — without the use of sugar, clarifiers or other additives common in modern winemaking. Other natural winemakers, however, will use a little sulfur dioxide or added yeast to correct problems, according to Stephen Meuse, a wine buyer in Massachusetts. Andrea Shea for NPR hide caption

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A recent supper club in Josh Haynes' apartment in Birmingham, Ala. Ashley Cleek for NPR hide caption

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Birmingham Chefs Test Appetite For New Flavors With Supper Clubs

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Chef Eric Ziebold (center left) works with his kitchen staff at CityZen in Washington, D.C., in 2012. CityZen closed in 2014 when Ziebold left to open his own restaurant. The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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'Chasing An Ideal,' World-Class Chefs Find Themselves Under Extreme Pressure

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Epic, founded in Austin, Texas, makes organic meat bars filled with nuts and dried fruit. It's a rising star in the beef jerky market and was recently acquired by General Mills. Courtesy of Epic hide caption

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Crazy For Jerky: An Ancient Trail Food Finds New Fans

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Project Nourished's virtual eating gizmos. From left: An atomizer that releases the scents of a food; a virtual reality headset; a a device that mimics the chewing sounds transmitted from a diner's mouth to their ear drums; a cocktail glass with built-in sensors; a utensil that picks up on the diner's movements and integrates them into the virtual reality experience; and a 3-D printed food cube. Courtesy of Project Nourished hide caption

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We Sampled The Gastronomic Frontier Of Virtual Reality

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The Big Bite Burger from Guy's American Kitchen and Bar in New York's Times Square. In 2012, New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells penned an infamous takedown of the restaurant. Krista/Flickr hide caption

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'Times' Restaurant Critic Dishes On Guy Fieri And The Art Of Reviewing

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