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California’s Upcoming Fast-Food Ballot Measure, Explained

McDonald’s employees walk out during a Fight for $15 protest. | David McNew/Getty Images

The FAST Recovery Act, which sets much-needed workplace standards for fast-food workers, will be in the hands of California voters in 2024

This story was originally published on Civil Eats.

When Ingrid Vilorio tested positive for COVID-19 in March 2021, she wasn’t worried about her symptoms or even ending up in the hospital. She was worried she wouldn’t be able to make rent.

Vilorio works at a Jack in the Box near her home in Hayward, California. When she told her manager she was sick, her manager told Vilorio that she wouldn’t be paid for any of the days she missed. So, eight days later, Vilorio went back to work. “They needed me to come back, and I needed to pay my bills,” Vilorio said in Spanish during a recent interview.

Until one of her … Read more

Classic Chocolate Eclairs

Skip the bakery and make your own delicious eclairs at home! These cream-filled delights are a labor of love and are sure to become one of your new favorite dessert recipes.

I know, I know. Making pastries at home can definitely be intimidating! Especially if you’re new to baking. Trust me though, once you start, you won’t want to stop! Once you have these eclairs under your belt, you’ll have to give cream puffs or almond croissants a try! Now, let’s get in to all of the ins and outs of making the perfect eclairs.

4 eclairs on a plate. One is cut in half.

Foolproof Chocolate Dipped Eclairs

Making homemade eclairs may seem intimidating at first, with their perfectly piped shells and creamy filling. But don’t worry! With just a little bit of patience and practice, you’ll soon be whipping up eclairs like a pro. Just remember to take it one step at a time, and don’t be too … Read more

Oysters linked to 170 illnesses in Finland; people sick in other countries

Contaminated shellfish are continuing to cause illnesses in several European countries and Hong Kong.

At least 170 people have fallen ill in Helsinki, Finland, after eating oysters in various restaurants in February and March. Cases have also been reported in other Finnish cities.

Norovirus has been found in nine different oyster batches with two from the Netherlands, six from France, and one from Ireland. Importers have withdrawn affected batches from the market.

Officials have tested food from restaurants and taken patient samples, finding norovirus. Some of those sick reported eating oysters.

A report on the outbreak is being prepared for the Finnish Food Authority (Ruokavirasto) and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

Norovirus is the most commonly identified cause of foodborne outbreaks in Finland. Between 2017 and 2021, oysters caused 11 norovirus outbreaks in which more than 110 people fell ill.

Finland has published four Rapid Alert System … Read more

My Tart-a-Day Plan in Paris

An apple tart from Des Gateaux et du Pain. | Monica Burton/Eater

Stick to this meal plan to get the most out of the city’s pastry scene

This post originally appeared in the March 18, 2023, edition of Eater Travel, a biweekly dispatch from Eater’s staff about navigating places where food is the main attraction. Subscribe now.

If you have ever, for even a moment, considered going to Paris, you know that bakeries are the thing. There are enough boulangeries and patisseries to really slow you down if you’re the kind of person who insists on peering into every prettily appointed bakery window (hello). Unfortunately, there is not enough time in a vacation for most of us to take full advantage of the abundance of baked goods available for purchase. But what you can do is this: Get yourself one tart per day.

It wasn’t until two or three … Read more


Borscht: the perfect soup for when you want to feel healthy but need something packed with flavor. It’s like a hug in a bowl, if that hug was made of beets and potatoes. This tasty Ukrainian soup will become a new family favorite!

I love recreating eastern European recipes at home! After you make this hearty and delicious Borscht, you’ll have to try my homemade pierogi recipe as well as this Hungarian stew. They’re both so satisfying and delicious!

Beet soup served in a gray bowl with a dollop of sour cream and some fresh dill on top.

What is Borscht?

If you’ve never tried it, borscht is a traditional soup that originated in Eastern Europe. It’s made with beets, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and sometimes meat. (Yum!) It’s usually served with a dollop of sour cream and a slice of bread (usually rye). Borscht is a popular dish in many countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania. The soup is known for its bright purple color and sweet … Read more