Illustration of a hands holding a fork and knife next to an empty plate sitting on an American dollar

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Most Illinois SNAP funds can be used only for cold food, which excludes restaurants and things like a hot rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.

  • But those rules got tweaked for some users last spring.

What’s happening: Illinois joined six other states trying out a program allowing elderly and disabled users of the federal food assistance program to use their credits at participating restaurants.

  • WBEZ reported last month that one JJ Fish & Chicken location on the South Side was seeing about 1,000 customers a week using LINK — the Illinois name for the federal program, previously
Read more

International Meatless Day is celebrated on November 25. It is also known as International Vegetarian Day.

The special day was proposed on 25 November 1986, the birthday of Sadhu Vaswani, the educationist who initiated a mission to adopt vegetarian living.

It is estimated there are 50 to 68 million vegetarians in China, and the number is growing every year. In Shanghai alone, there are 298 registered vegetarian restaurants on the, a restaurant review app.

There is a long history of vegetarian diets in China. Prior to the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC) when meat sources were scarce, the majority of

Read more

Just when we thought we couldn’t be any more excited for Christmas, Lidl goes and unveils its brand new range of festive desserts. And let me tell you, they look delicious.

‘Tis the season to bag a bargain, too, as for under £10, customers can pick up the delightfully decadent Deluxe Dark Chocolate & Salted Caramel Cottage for just £8.99. This show-stopping centrepiece is dusted with sugar snow and satisfies all our salty-sweet cravings, with a cookie base, smooth salted caramel and a hot chocolate pouring sauce – need we say more?


Also joining the tempting line-up are

Read more

CAMBRIDGE − Beef with peppercorns, star anise, chilis, garlic, ginger and vegetables on Thanksgiving?

“My mom couldn’t imagine it,” Carlie Ni, 28, said.  

“But that’s what Taiwan beef noodle soup is for Thanksgiving dinner,” added her husband, Li-Kuan Ni.

For many multicultural families, Thanksgiving is a time of blended tradition and an excuse to gather and eat foods from around the world with family and friends.

For the Nis, who live in Cambridge with their two children, it’s been a give and take. Carlie is originally from Utah and Li-Kuan was born in Hsinchu, Taiwan. They got married in May

Read more