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Take Five, Japanese-Style

There are thousands of shrines all over Japan, from the middle of a bustling Tokyo street, to the farthest outlying corners of the country. In an island nation where humanity is tightly packed into urban spaces, the shrine is a…

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Fast Food Gets Boozy

Want a rich bottle of Pinot with that burger? A smooth Sauvignon Blanc with that Protein Bistro Box? Just like that, fast food and fast coffee joints are crossing traditional barriers and tapping our growing thirst for wine and beer….

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Summer’s Siren Call

Mary Margaret Stewart skipped math and history for art classes, and upon graduation from high school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, couldn’t get to Europe fast enough. She fell hard for Paris, and for her first love, and that summer abroad became…

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Parking Lot of Dreams (Part Two)

Carlos Muela feared no one would come. The quick opening he’d anticipated for SoMa StrEat Food Park had dragged into months, then a year. No income but massive bills for rent, architecture, infrastructure, and improvements piling up. “It was a…

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