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Drink Wed May 16 2007

Arabic Coffee in the Loop

My good friend John and I sat sipping Arabic coffee at Petra Café in the Loop. "This is so good: the cardamom in the coffee," he told me. The green shells of the cardamom pods floated at the top of our rich, slightly sweet and very fragrant coffee. Arabic coffee is not strained. "It's a little thick at the end," John pointed out. It's ironic seeing this falafel spot serve it in tall disposable cups. It's traditionally served in a small one that you wouldn't be taking out. But perhaps it's in our future to see this type of coffee surrender to our to-go culture, too. Still, we loved the taste. Peta Café opens weekdays at 8 a.m. Allow a little time for them to make you a cup. You can dream about where this place is named after as you wait. Giddy up.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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