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Be a smart soup buyer

Buying soup. How hard can it be? Hopefully easier with a little help from us.


The scoop on buying tea

Tea, in one form or another, is a high-margin restaurant mainstay. Only about 15 percent of it is sold hot, the rest iced. Black tea is the most widely consumed type of tea in the Western world.

Rice might be the carb that most people associate with Asian cuisine, but noodles play an equally important role in the culinary culture.

There are two main species of coffee: robusta and arabica.

Over the past five years, well over 100 flavored vodkas have been introduced, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

Often it takes just an ingredient twist or two to make bar drinks your own. But finding that something special can be a purchasing puzzle.

The radish—from the Latin word radix or root—is not exactly the youngest vegetable on the chopping block.

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