Chili

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Chili. There are few foods in America more personal, more divisive, and more heavily imbued with regional pride. And in two U.S. locales — Texas and Ohio (Cincinnati, to be exact) — it’s practically a religion.

Watermelon

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Today, August 3, we celebrate National Watermelon Day, so it's the perfect time to take a closer look at this summer mainstay — a healthy, refreshing treat that belongs to the Cucubitaceae family (good luck pronouncing that!).

The Automat

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                            A man standing at an automat

An automat in Manhattan in 1936

You want your food instantaneously, in a clean, respectable place where it’s socially acceptable to dine alone and nobody minds if you linger. And it’s an era before fast food chains existed as we know them today. Where do you go? The Automat!

Junk Food

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                            Waffle with syrup and chocolate chips

Gaufre waffle

Sometimes, it’s important to have something easy, mindless, and delicious to snack on during televised sporting events, at the Cineplex, and…just because.

Middle Eastern

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                            Golden-brown falafel

Falafel

There’s a reason why Chicagoans have embraced Middle Eastern cuisine in increasingly impressive numbers these days: because it’s delicious, and generally reasonably priced!

Berries

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                            Blueberries

Blueberries

If you ventured outdoors at all last weekend here in Chicago, you know that summer is most definitely upon us. From a culinary perspective, that means you will find a colorful cornucopia of fresh seasonal fruits at the grocery or your local farmers market. Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated?

Berries.

Canada

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Bannock bread

As in many other large countries, Canadian cuisine varies widely according to region and the accessibility of local ingredients. But Canada is also more multicultural than many.

Chicago Candies

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Did you know Chicago was once known as "The Candy Capital of the World?" This moniker was an apt one, as many of today's most popular candies had their beginnings here.

Bourbon

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Mint julep

This week, we celebrate National Bourbon Day, in honor of a corn-based libation that has enjoyed a long and fascinating history. How long and how fascinating?

State Fairs

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Funnel cakes being made

Say the word “summer,” and in certain areas of the country, the word conjures up images of carnival rides, livestock competitions, and (needless to say) fattening cuisine.

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