Brent Crane


How a K-Pop Star Became a Barbecue Sensation

Jiyeon Lee produced four number-one albums in the 1980s, but she gave up the limelight to focus on cooking. Now, she and her husband fuse Korean cuisine and Texas-style barbecue to droves of fans.
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How One Chef Brought Gourmet Cooking to Small-Town Appalachia

James Beard Award nominee Nate Allen is helping to boost tourism in the tiny mining town of Spruce Pine with his local produce-driven restaurant Knife & Fork.
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A Tech Company Hopes These Edible Drones Will Help End World Hunger

Some organizations are speaking out against the drones, with the chief executive of Save the Children calling them a "crackpot idea."
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This Former Gang-Banger Is Banging Out Delicious Cubans in Cambodia

“In America I never would have owned my own business,” says Ry Mam, a Cambodian-American who was deported from the US due to his criminal record. In Cambodia, deportees like him are often stigmatized by locals, but Mam has found success in his small...
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Climb a Palm Tree If You Want to Get Drunk in Myanmar

Toddy is the drink of choice for the Burmese farmer, made from the sap of palm trees. I went to the Burmese boonies to see how the sweet spirit is made and down a few rounds in toddy bars with the locals.
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Stinky tofu

Hairy, Stinky Tofu Is the Stuff of Smelly Dreams

I went to Kunming, in China’s southwestern Yunnan province, to find the city's famous version of stinky tofu, which turns deliciously sour and moldy after a few days' rest. But don't believe the haters, because stinky tofu doesn’t taste like farts.
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Chinese food

My Visit to 'The World's Greatest Chinese Restaurant'

During a layover in Kuala Lumpur, I found myself hungry and with plenty of time to kill. So I decided to check out Restoran Sek Yuen, which one blog had recently deemed the world’s greatest Chinese restaurant.
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It's All About the Tuna at this Fish Market in the Maldives

The fish market in Male, the uber-congested capital city of the Maldives, is full of groupers, sea bass, red snappers, dolphin fish, and barracuda—but the real draw is the fresh skipjack and yellowfin tuna.
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Bangkok's Rollerblade Restaurant Was a Wheel of Misfortune

Having once claimed the title of the world's largest restaurant, Bangkok's Royal Dragon and its army of rollerblade-clad, zipline-riding waiters are in need of a pick-me-up.
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California Abalone Are as Delicious as They Are Creepy

Abalone have a long and checkered history in California, having gone from a population surge in the 18th century to near-decimation in recent decades. But one Monterey Bay-based farm is producing these sweet, weird-looking mollusks sustainably.
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This Malaysian City Is the Food Cart Mecca You've Never Heard Of

In George Town—where Indian, Hokkien Chinese, Hakka, Cantonese, Malay, and everything in between clash in a beautiful culinary supernova—it is hard to find a bad meal.
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I Ate Dinner at Cambodia's Infamous Snake House

I traveled to Sihanoukville, a shady coastal city near the Vietnamese border with a reputation for abundant meth and persistent prostitutes, to eat in a restaurant full of deadly snakes owned by a Russian oligarch.
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