Zeitgeist

The where, what, and why of food that’s being discussed around the country. We talk about the dishes that are part of the national dialogue right now and unpack where they came from, what led them to take off, and why they’re having a cultural moment.

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America: Bowled Over by Açaí

Chances are you’ve seen them on the Internet: magenta-hued fruit purées, piled to the brim in bowls and attractively garnished with sliced strawberries and bananas that are splayed out like playing cards. Meet açaí bowls: smoothies blended with açaí and garnished in a bowl with toppings.
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Chicken Rice — America’s New Comfort Food

“Somewhere in the world, a chicken is simmering. Nearby is a bag of rice. The mixture of the two is comfort food in every climate,” David Tanis once declared. Whether it’s referred to as arroz caldo, khao mun gai, or something else, the notion of chicken and rice as the consummate meal is universal...
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Pimento Cheese Breaks Out From the South

There are few foods in this world that could claim to be a spread, a dip, a sandwich filling, and a condiment all at the same time, but pimento cheese checks all those boxes. A mixture of grated cheddar, diced pimento peppers, and mayonnaise, the “pâte of the South,” as it’s sometimes called, has long been a staple of the Southern table.
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Impossible Meets Its Moment

Wes Rowe used to spend hours upon hours each week handcrafting his own veggie burgers for his customers at WesBurger, his popular restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District.
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How Fried Chicken Sandwiches Became America’s Favorite Food

Unless you’ve been living off the grid, chances are that you’ve heard about the fried chicken sandwich’s sudden ascent, but here’s a quick primer just in case.