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Don't be afraid of that bitter taste in your mouth!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sweet, sour and salty — those flavors get a lot of press when it comes to food writing. But bitter? Not so much. Jennifer McLagan wants to change all that, and she's written a new book extolling the virtues of bitter foods.

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A Greek ferry is home to members of Libya's parliament and, more importantly, the best frappuccinos in town

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The hottest drink in Tobruk, a town in eastern Libya, isn't at a bar or even a coffeehouse. It's aboard the Greek ferry that's the temporary home of Libya's parliament, where the baristas are slinging high-quality frappuccinos to lawmakers, their families and even curious locals.

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Thousands of young Christian Iraqis have joined the fight against ISIS — but few have faith it will help

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

In recent months, Iraqi Christians have been displaced by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Christian leaders in northern Iraq are calling upon young Christian men fight alongside the Peshmerga and Iraqi army against ISIS. While thousands are heeding the call, most remain skeptical.

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A mixed-race German confronts white supremacists face-to-face, including the Klan

Monday, September 15, 2014

As one of the first black women to ever appear on German television, Mo Asumang has faced her share of hate — mainly from the neo-Nazis of Germany. And she decided to confront the haters, including American KKK members, in a documentary exploring how the Nazi's appropriated the Aryan identity from Iran.

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A shy 19-year-old woman disappeared in Minnesota — and resurfaced in Syria

Monday, September 15, 2014

At least one young man from Minnesota has died fighting with ISIS militants in Syria. But who would expect a shy, 19-year-old woman with no job and no passport to attempt the journey there? But that's exactly what happened to one Minneapolis family.

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A book of recipes connects brothers to their Austrian heritage

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Ben and Ed Robson didn't know much about their cultural background until they discovered a family recipe book. That inspired the brothers to start their own restaurant.

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Immigration fuels a hot Asian fusion food scene in Lima

Friday, September 05, 2014

Ever heard of "nikkei" and "chifa" cuisine? Neither had food writer Steve Dolinsky, until he went to Lima, Peru. They're a mashup of Asian and Peruvian tastes, created by immigrants.

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Ever wonder what the black-and-white ISIS flag means?

Thursday, September 04, 2014

It's reminiscent of a black-and-white pirate flag and, for some, it conjures up similar feelings of death, destruction, outlaws and violence. Here is our quick explanation of the symbolism of the flag and the meaning of its Arabic phrases.

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A tidier, more polite lobster roll ... courtesy of Canada

Friday, August 29, 2014

The lobster roll is a summertime favorite in New England. Fresh lobster, a little mayo, some dill and a splash of lemon juice. All mixed together, and then slapped on a hot dog bun. But up north in New Brunswick, you can find some delicious Canadian variations on the lobster roll. Leave it to Chicago-based food writer Steve Dolinsky to try them all.

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This architect says the most important feature of a mosque is its sustainability

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mosques have huge variations in their designs and decorations. But when it comes to designing new mosques in the US, one architect wants to focus on sustainability instead of ornate designs and big chandeliers.

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The US has a wide variety of mosques, and these two guys have seen a lot of them

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Aman Ali and his friend Bassam Tariq know how diverse the Muslim community is- a couple years ago, they criss-crossed the US and visited a different mosque every day for a month. Aman says the Muslim communities he met with are as diverse as America itself- and the mosques are just as unique.

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This English chef is bringing working-class 'bread and dripping' to his finest patrons

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

You could call Tom Sellers a "culinary wunderkind." At 26, he already has his own award-winning restaurant in London. Now, he's trying to bring "bread and dripping" — a traditional dish for many working-class Britons — to the plates of England's most refined foodies.

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Alaska's first mosque prepares to open its doors

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Muslim community in Alaska is larger than you might think. And now, after years of fundraising, they have a place of worship.

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Mormon women are flocking to the mission, but inequalities remain

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Mormon Church is well-known for its worldwide proselytizing force. Now large numbers of young women are joining up thanks a change in policy that lowered the minimum age for female missionaries to 19. But gender gaps remain between men and women.

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Remembering Indian yoga guru BKS Iyengar — the man who brought yoga to the US

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BKS Iyengar was known as the man who introduced the ancient Indian practice of yoga to the world. He died on Wednesday, age 95.

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On this Scottish island, you have no choice but to unplug

Monday, August 18, 2014

Summer is the busiest time of year for the islands off the west coast of Scotland. People say each island is unique and, for some, there's nowhere more beautiful. But some residents of the Isle of Coll fear they may soon lose what makes their home so special — its near-total lack of cell phone coverage.

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Yazidis in America are consumed by the fate of their relatives in Iraq

Friday, August 15, 2014

Gulie Khalaf lives in Lincoln, Neb., home to America's largest Yazidi community. Community members are consumed by news about fellow Yazidis in danger in Iraq, so much so that some people have quit their jobs to grieve — and work to help people escape.

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Who wants a caliphate, anyway?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The idea of a caliphate has a powerful history for Muslims, who enjoyed their greatest political and military successes under ancient caliphs. But Muslims are divided over whether the caliphate proclaimed by ISIS militants is worthy of that proud mantle.

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Russians flock to their 'little bit of paradise' in Crimea — and back its annexation

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fighting in eastern Ukraine is putting a serious dent in tourism in Crimea — unless you're Russian. While Ukrainians and Europeans are staying away from the newly-annexed peninsula, Russians are making their usual beach trips there, and say the region is rightfully theirs.

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Want to tour a toxic beach? 'Anti-tourism' explores the darker, dirtier corners of the world

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The latest trend in tourism doesn't look like tourism at all. With the help of some adventurous tour guides, young urbanites are seeking out the world's most unusual, gross and often dangerous locales.

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