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Mar 27, 2014

You thought this was a Mexican restaurant? April Fool's!

Across the Street restaurant turns itself into a pop-up on April Fool's Day, and they say it’s not as hard as it looks....More
Feb 21, 2014

What’s wrong with “Farmed and Dangerous”

Farmed and Dangerous is another move by Chipotle that obscures issues rather than clarifying them....More
Feb 13, 2014

A life story in chocolate

Raised on a chocolate plantation, Ivorian chef François Kwak-Dongo now has his own chocolate company....More
Feb 10, 2014

Say hello to Bocuse d'Or Team USA

This year's competition to represent the U.S. in Lyon was decidedly low-key....More
Feb 04, 2014

What do you mean, “gay food”?

The author moderates a panel on the odd notion of “gay food.”....More
Jan 02, 2014

What legal marijuana could mean for you

You can now buy marijuana in Colorado about as easily as you can buy beer. What will that mean for the state’s restaurants?....More
Dec 13, 2013

A brief open letter about tea

Complaints about hot tea service are pretty common. Why do you think that is?....More
Dec 06, 2013

Eating things with Faces

The author is surprised by the results of a debate over whether to accept the motion: Don't eat anything with a face....More
Nov 22, 2013

Play at the Museum of Sex

The food and drink at the Museum of Sex's new restaurant could be lewd, but mostly it’s not....More
Nov 14, 2013

Too much of a good thing

The author groans under the weight of freebies, to unsympathetic ears....More
Oct 31, 2013

Bad cocktails at the New York City Wine & Food Festival

The organizers of this year’s New York City Wine & Food Festival estimate that some 55,000 people attended the couple dozen events....More
Oct 17, 2013

Restaurant to dress up as a different restaurant for Halloween

Halloween has become a big deal in the United States — a really big deal. A $6.9 billion deal, according to the National Retail Federation....More
Oct 14, 2013

Pork Crawl 2013

I ate pork and took pictures. This is their story....More
Espresso in the author's demitasse.
Sep 26, 2013

Coffee, more arousing than sex?

Le Méridien hotels commission a coffee survey before launching a systemwide master barista program....More
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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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