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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
Sep 17, 2013

Tasting the Mighty Wings

This time the McDonald’s athlete tie-in isn’t about health....More
Sep 13, 2013

Searching for a breast cancer cure, one milkshake at a time

Hard Rock International enlists the help of rock stars and its own network of hotels and restaurants to raise money for breast cancer awareness and....More
Aug 29, 2013

Johnny Rockets, spreading Americana one restaurant at a time

Johnny Rockets staff around the world dance....More
Aug 23, 2013

Implicit lessons from Richard Blais

Richard Blais knows how to be likeable....More
Jul 26, 2013

Ben & Jerry’s tries to put New York City in a cup

If New York were an ice cream, what would it taste like?....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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