Leftovers: 100 Best Bites, Endangered Foods, Christmas in Thailand, and More!
What happens when you open an American-style Chinese restaurant in Shanghai? "It took months to find a maker of fortune cookies; they are so uncommon in China most locals have no idea how to consume them without getting a mouthful of paper." —Max Falkowitz, NY Editor
Time Out Chicago's annual 100 Best Things We Ate and Drank This Year is going to keep me occupied, and salivating, for the foreseeable future. —Nick Kindelsperger, Chicago Editor
Alice Gao was once a Serious Eats photo intern, but now she shoots for big-deal magazines, cookbooks, and ad campaigns. Her instagram feed is a lovely selection of travel, design, food, and coffee shots. This limited-edition wall calendar includes a few of the best. —Maggie Hoffman, Drinks and Senior Editor
Researchers have found out that in terms of lighting up the pleasure sensors in your brain, sugar totally trumps fat. I know this is a serious issue linked to obesity, and the article is serving as a health-warning, but I couldn't help but think "PLUS TEN FOR TEAM SUGAR." Just for a minute. —Carrie Vasios, Sweets Editor
I'm loving this New York magazine roundup of New York's endangered foods. A few of their picks veer toward the scaremonger-y (bagels? Really?), but most are squarely in the vulnerable camp (pike quenelle), and a few I've never even heard of (vastedda?). —Jamie Feldmar, Managing Editor
File under "depressing, disturbing, and important:" "In the Belly of the Beast," Rolling Stone's in-depth look at factory farming in the US—the horrific conditions animals live in, the consequences of factory farming, and more. The interactive article features photos, video, and sound. —Robyn Lee, AHT Editor/Art Director
I'm a sucker for "holiday spirit," and as a Jew, I've always had a voyeuristic fascination with Christmas. While I've participated in my fair share here in the US, I have pretty much no sense of how the holiday is celebrated abroad. So I've been enjoying theKitchn's guest series, Christmas Around the World, which offers a glimpse into the festivities and meals traditional to countries overseas. So far, they've done Thailand and Rwanda, and I'm looking forward to reading more. —Niki Achitoff-Gray, Associate Editor