How the Past Year Changed Restaurant Criticism

Ryan Sutton/Eater NY

Between calls for racial justice and an industry-devastating pandemic, the traditional role of critic is adapting to the times

The image of the traditional restaurant critic — an older white man, surreptitious in appearance yet hearty in appetite, issuing snobbish judgments from behind a white tablecloth— was out of date long before the pandemic hit. White men aren’t the only ones who have worthwhile opinions on restaurants; upscale iterations of French or Italian cuisine aren’t the only foods worth talking about; and anonymity, the sacred shield of the restaurant critic, doesn’t necessarily work the way it used to. (As the San Francisco Chronicle’s restaurant critic Soleil Ho put it, “I am a millennial and I’ve been on the internet for 15 years — it’s really hard to cover up my tracks at this point.”)

Such shifts in the world of criticism and food writing broadly … Read more

Better than Takeout Shrimp Fried Rice

Shrimp Fried Rice is better than any restaurant that you have had! Made with fresh shrimp, peas, carrots, egg, rice and topped with green onions, you will never have takeout again!

Fried rice is a staple in our house, and there are so many ways you can make it amazing. Try Original, Bacon or even Cauliflower fried rice!

Shrimp fried rice in a bowl.

Easy Shrimp Fried Rice

After I perfected the better than takeout fried rice… (seriously it is so much better than takeout!)   I knew that a shrimp version had to make the debut. The hubby loves shrimp and I have to admit it is starting to grow on me. But when you add it to some fried rice I am in love with it! There is nothing better than rice, peas, carrots, eggs, with shrimp hidden inside!

There are a few secrets to getting that restaurant quality taste. My sister in … Read more

X-rays for food safety: Two common misconceptions about X-ray inspections


X-ray inspection of food products is becoming increasingly popular worldwide. This is likely due to two factors. First and foremost are the high costs associated with a food recall caused by foreign body contamination. Second, studies performed by the FDA and other organizations have concluded scanning food with X-ray scanners does not pose a health risk – putting to rest any lingering concerns on that front. 

During this uptick, recognition is building that this sophisticated approach to inspection can detect more than just metal. This distinction is important, because food suppliers and end users typically identify glass, ceramics and even dense plastics as frequent foreign substance culprits. 

X-ray scanners also can perform quality control functions above and beyond foreign substance detection. For example, in yogurt cups or ketchup bottles, X-ray systems can be utilized to verify accurate fill levels. In other food segments, pizzas can be checked to assure … Read more

As Cities Mandate Hazard Pay for Grocery Workers, Groceries Sue

A grocery employee wipes down a protective plastic screen that surrounds her cash register during the early days of the pandemic | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

One year into the pandemic, grocery store workers still face major resistance to getting the hazard pay they deserve

This story was originally published on Civil Eats.

Nearly a year into the pandemic, a new battle is brewing over grocery workers’ right to hazard pay.

Earlier this week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to give grocery workers a short-term $5 per hour pay increase, following the city of Long Beach’s approval in January of an ordinance that would require grocery stores with at least 300 employees nationally to provide their employees with an extra $4 an hour on top of their established hourly wages for a minimum of 120 days.

The same day Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia signed … Read more

Glazed Lemon Brownies

Quick and easy Lemon Brownies that are perfectly moist and chewy! The Lemon Glaze on top is the perfect finishing touch, it will be hard to stop at one!

Lemon is a favorite flavor that makes winning favorites divine! You have to try this Chicken, Scallops and Shortbread Cookies.

Rich and zippy Lemon Brownies cut and stacked.

Lemony Lemon Brownies

These lemon brownies are AMAZING!!! Like I can’t stop thinking about them, I want to make another pan right now amazing. Even my family members that do not appreciate lemon like I do, loved these brownies. They are tart and sweet. Thick and chewy these lemon brownies can really satisfy your sweet lemon cravings.

My favorite part about these brownies is that they are so easy! Grab some lemons from the store and you probably have all of the ingredients on hand. They mix in no time at all and are ready to throw into the … Read more