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Nov 20, 2015

The Pink Tea Cup settles into its new home

I don't normally review restaurants, but I'm doing this one as a favor. Ask me about it sometime....More
Oct 27, 2015

How will WHO's findings on meat and cancer affect restaurants?

Blog: Could bacon and sausage now feel more decadent than ever?....More
Oct 15, 2015

Danny Meyer’s bold tipping decision6

Blog: Two cultural shifts are needed to remove tipping from restaurants....More
Oct 09, 2015

Mixologists consider baijiu

Blog: Polite people would call baijiu polarizing, others might say it smells like diseased feet....More
Oct 08, 2015

Paul Prudhomme: A remembrance3

The chef who introduced Cajun cuisine to the world was really looking for the perfect potato....More
Sep 25, 2015

If in doubt, put a burger on your menu

No matter how popular you think hamburgers are, they’re even more popular than that, but that doesn’t mean they belong everywhere....More
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Aug 06, 2015

Beyond Millennials: What to expect from the next generation3

Blog: Generation Z, iGen or whatever you want to call them are the children of Generation X, and they’re practically cyborgs....More
Jun 30, 2015

Healthwashing: 'Clean' labels don’t mean the food’s any better for you

Blog: Consumers embrace food that they think is wholesome, but wholesome doesn't mean healthful....More
Jun 22, 2015

Menus of Change gives kudos to restaurants

Blog: At an annual conference on food, health and sustainability, restaurants earn top scores for their initiative....More
May 20, 2015

GMOs and other distractions4

GMO-free items are one of many distractions that keep us from looking at the real problems with what we eat....More
May 14, 2015

The challenge for Irish beef

Irish beef is wholesome and tasty, but it doesn’t fit neatly into the American psyche....More
Apr 23, 2015

Growth-promoting ‘medically important’ antibiotics to be phased out of livestock production1

Bringing light to aspects of chicken production you probably didn’t know about....More
Apr 16, 2015

All quiet as the Beard Awards stay in Chicago

The restaurant world seems fine with the Beard Awards gala’s prolonged sojourn in Chicago....More
Apr 13, 2015

Crawling for sandwiches

Checking out New York City sandwiches with the team from Which Wich....More
Mar 05, 2015

25 trends in two days in Oakland

A food crawl in Oakland indicates what's cooking in the wild East Bay....More

Bret Thorn

Bret Thorn is responsible for reporting on culinary trends in foodservice for Nation's Restaurant News. He joined NRN in 1999, after spending about five years as a journalist in Thailand, where...
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Food Writer's Diary is a blog written by Bret Thorn, senior food editor of Nation’s Restaurant News, which covers culinary trends and his adventures.

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