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“It rose out of nowhere,” says Junya Watanabe. The thrill of things is amplified by their unlikeliness. It is always likely that great restaurants will dot the drop-dead gorgeous coastlines, that Michelin-star kitchens will bloom in the shadows of skyscrapers. But when mom-and-pops create a bustling dining culture in the city’s unsexy middle, behind some car dealerships and paint stores, in a part of town not designed for restaurants, where parking is so scarce it’s nearly a mythological construct, turning entire strip malls into food courts of nuanced and authentic cuisines of various Asian cultures—That’s a thrill.

That’s Convoy District,

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To celebrate 30 years of serving food with a view of La Jolla Cove, Brockton Villa awarded a local couple a gift basket with more than $2,000 worth of prizes.

Carmel Valley residents Kelsey Halvorsen and Michael Sinha walked away with the grand prize after having brunch Sept. 2. The summer-long contest that Brockton Villa sponsored was called “Toast to the Coast: Add Your History to Ours,” in which entrants were asked to submit their favorite memory of the restaurant to help commemorate its anniversary.

The basket contained certificates for two nights at La Jolla’s La Valencia Hotel, breakfast, lunch

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In the 1930s, wholesale grocer Mason, Ehrman & Co. built a distribution hub in a concrete building between Marine Drive and what was then an active railroad spur running along the Columbia River waterfront. The building later became a storage center and then a Sears Hometown franchise until closing a year ago.

Now advocates are laying the roots of the Astoria Food Hub, a nexus for producers and consumers they hope to open in the fall.

Mason, Ehrman mural

The partners behind the Astoria Food Hub plan to restore the murals painted by artist Jo Lumpkin Brown on the back of the former

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Proving Grounds

Living a nomadic lifestyle as businesses go, pop-ups are culinary testing grounds and a growing force on the Richmond food scene. This week we visit a handful on recently debuted mini food adventures, from street fare that channels island vibes to Italian dishes rooted in tradition and a journey in Japanese cuisine. These roving concepts are looking for a spot on your dining agenda. (Richmond magazine)

Something to Stalk About

A sure sign of spring, asparagus is currently appearing at farm stands and supermarkets and having its moment. While the tender stalks are great for grilling, Blue

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Chick-fil-A is spicing up menus this spring by testing two hot new items in select markets.

Starting April 26, the chicken chain will expand an ongoing trial of two new spicy chicken dishes to Chicago, Tampa, Fla. and Central Texas, Chick-fil-A Inc. confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday. The Spicy Chick-n-Strips will come seasoned with a spicy blend of peppers, offered as a three or four-strip entrée as well as a catering choice. The Spicy Chick-n-Strips Biscuit will be feature two spicy, seasoned strips on a buttered biscuit and grace breakfast menus, the restaurant said.

The Spicy Chick-n-Strips will come seasoned with a spicy blend of peppers, offered as a three or four-strip entrée as well as a catering choice.

The Spicy Chick-n-Strips will come

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  • Last two Christmases dented by pandemic restrictions
  • But households still looking to spend less this year
  • Retailers also facing higher costs of doing business

LONDON/BERLIN Nov 11 (Reuters) – European retailers fear this Christmas could be the worst in at least a decade as shoppers cut spending while the costs of doing business show no sign of abating, squeezing profit margins.

Despite enduring two Christmases under social restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, households are looking to spend less this festive season, both on gifts and socialising, as double-digit inflation dents their purchasing power.

Consumer confidence is also at or

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