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'Engine Block Burritos' — And Other Road Trip Tips From Touring Musicians

'Engine Block Burritos' — And Other Road Trip Tips From Touring Musicians | WGBH | Craving Boston

For most of us, a road trip is a fun summer adventure — a time away from work, gorging yourself on gas station junk food, listening to audiobooks and your favorite songs.

But the situation is different when being on the road isn't your vacation, but actually part of your livelihood. Subsisting on fast food and sleeping at hotels isn't healthy or economical when you're doing it more often than not.

Many musicians spend their lives on the road. And the ones who want to stay healthy and keep their wallets intact have developed some tricks of the trade.

  • August 7, 2016

75 Percent of Americans Say They Eat Healthy — Despite Evidence To The Contrary

Are we choosing foods that could be healthy in moderation, but eating too much of them?

We're living at a time when more than 80 percent of Americans fail to eat the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. At the same time, many Americans overeat refined grains and sugar.

This may help explain why the obesity rate seems stuck. The most recent estimate is that 36 percent of adults in the U.S. are obese.

  • August 3, 2016

Weekly News Bites (July 21-28): Something Fishy, Political Palates and the Freedom to Fry

Berkowitz did bad by Hillary fans, what's on the president's plate and the one issue everyone agrees on — fried chicken forever!

RNCs, DNCs, email hacks and Putin baiting. The country has been more focused on politics than food as of late (and we'd like to hear a bit more about food policy, thanks), but there are some things everyone can agree on: 1) Legal Seafoods caused some controversy with their mock political ads. 2) Online quizzes are an amazing way to waste a few minute at work on a Friday — if they're about presidents and food, all the better.  3) America isn't made up of blue states, or red states, but a collection of states that all adore fried chicken.  

Dig into your weekly news bites!

 

  • July 28, 2016

QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Presidents And Food?

QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Presidents And Food? | WGBH | Craving Boston

It's convention season, which means the presidential election is in full swing.

There has always been a lot to divide politicians, but we at The Salt are interested in what brings them together: They all have to eat.

So we paged through our archives for stories about U.S. presidents and their predilections for — and embarrassing mishaps with — certain foods. How much do you know about presidents and food? Take our quiz to test your credentials.
 

  • July 27, 2016

#FoodPorn, Circa 1600s: Then And Now, It Was More About Status Than Appetite

#FoodPorn, Circa 1600s: Then And Now, It Was More About Status Than Appetite | WGBH | Craving Boston

The table is set for dinner. Small cooked crabs and shrimp are laid out on the thick wooden tabletop next to succulent figs, grapes, pears and types of produce you can't even name. There's a citrus with a long coiling peel draped around it, and an entire roast of some animal's leg that's been cut down the middle — so you can see the thick layer of fat running around the edge. Just for good measure, a red lobster and ornate goblet of wine stand on a pedestal above it.

  • July 25, 2016

Wal-Mart, America's Largest Grocer, Is Now Selling Ugly Fruit and Vegetables

Wal-Mart, America's Largest Grocer, Is Now Selling Ugly Fruit And Vegetables | WGBH | Craving Boston

Over the past few years, so-called ugly fruit and vegetables have been gaining a host of admirers.

Now, Wal-Mart has officially joined the bandwagon. Starting this week, America's largest grocer says it is piloting sales of weather-dented apples at a discount in 300 of its stores in Florida. If this were one of those Hollywood movies where the mousy girl gets a dramatic makeover, this would probably be the scene where she gets asked to the prom (minus the sexist subtext).

  • July 20, 2016

Sidestep Newport in Favor of This Quaint RI Destination

There's more to a Rhode Island day trip than mansions and cliff walks. For classic New England views and homemade jam, stop at Sakonnet Farm in Tiverton Four Corners. 

Sidestep Newport In Favor Of This Quaint RI Destination | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON

There’s nothing like a trip to change how I see my everyday life. If circumstances permitted, I would travel far, wide and often. It’s great to journey away and experience different sights, smells, tastes and experiences. I return feeling relaxed, renewed, refreshed and with a new appreciation for home.

  • July 19, 2016

3 Must-Stop MA Ice Cream Shops For Your Summer Road Trips

The Commonwealth’s love affair with ice cream has global roots, but you don't have to travel that far to taste today's imaginative flavors.

3 Must-Stop MA Ice Cream Shops For Your Summer Road Trips | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON

If, by some miracle, you can't feel the heat and humidity of a ninety-degree day in Boston, here’s a surefire way to tell how hot it is outside: simply park yourself near a local J.P. Licks and watch the incessant flow of traffic. Few things scream “summer” like sweet, cold, creamy ice cream. Whether you prefer a cup and spoon, or enjoy the maddening race to lick before it melts down your waffle cone, you’re in good company.

  • July 15, 2016

Weekly News Bites (July 8-15): Not Your Basic Breakfast, New Ames is Already Gone and Holy Happy Hour?!

On Ames St., it was over before it began. Could cereal once again become breakfast of champions? And could Boston be getting it's drink specials back?

Weekly News Bites (June 14-21): Not Your Basic Breakfast, New Ames is Already Gone and Holy Happy Hour?! | WGBH | Craving Boston

Let's start with the bad news: It was a sad week for Kendall Square scientists and techies, who can no longer get their creative cocktails and marvelous macaron on Ames Street.

It was a good week for grownups who have never forgotten the thrill of picking out their favorite box from an endless cereal aisle — just in case Pokémon GO didn't have you feeling nostalgic enough.

And depending on your stance on the avalability of cheap drinks, it was either a week of foreboding, or keeping the faith — that happy hour might once again exist in Boston.

  • July 13, 2016

WGBH Food and Wine Fest Feature: Porto Opens in Back Bay

Until the festival begins on September 15th, we'll be introducing you to the chefs, restaurants, wineries and brewers that will bring local flavor to the big event. 

WGBH Food and Wine Fest Feature: Porto Opens in Back Bay | WGBH| Craving Boston

Jody Adams has had a heck of a month— a few weeks ago she said goodbye to Rialto, the Harvard Square staple that she opened more than 20 years ago. And this week, she and her partners at Trade — Eric Papachristos and Sean Griffing — opened Porto, in Back Bay, which will focus on less well-known Mediterranean cusine. “People tend to think of Mediterranean food as lots of vegetables and olive oil. W

  • July 12, 2016

Eat Well In The Berkshires: 6 Affordable Spots To Try

Look beyond pricey fine dining restaurants to get to the really delicious, and more affordable, goodies made by locals in western Massachusetts.

Eat Well In The Berkshires: 6 Affordable Spots to Try | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON

One of the things I love most about living in Boston is how centrally located it is. All it takes is a two-hour ride north, south or west to end up on a scenic byway or in a city with a totally different vibe. Of course, the best part about it is discovering so many tasty new treats!

  • July 8, 2016

Weekly News Bites (June 30-July 7): Indonesian Break-Fasting, Ribelle's Retreat and a Comic Cookbook

Retno Pratiwi shares her recipe for the end of Ramadan, Tim Maslow says ta-ta for now to his own restaurant and sometimes, a picture is worth a thousand tasty words.

Weekly News Bites (June 30-July 7): Indonesian Break-Fasting, Ribelle's Retreat and A Comic Cookbook  | WGBH | Craving Boston

It’s time to say goodbye. To Ramadan, to Ribelle and to a world where comic books don’t teach you how to cook tasty food.

And say hello to Indonesian feasting at the end of the Islamic calendar, Tim Maslow’s talented hands stirring the rice pot at Tiger Mama and adorbs illustrations that will have you lacto-fermenting cabbage in next-to-no-time.

And we say to the weekend — Hello, lover.

Here’s your week in food:

  • July 6, 2016

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