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For the Epic’s copycat recipe project, I decided to replicate the Chick-Fil-A sandwich at home.

Copycat recipe review: Deluxe Chick-Fil-A sandwich with Chick-Fil-A sauce

Allison Hsieh February 3, 2021

Ever since I was young, I have always gravitated toward chicken as my choice of meat. Fried, grilled, sauteed, you name it — I have tried and loved them all. As a result, when Chick-Fil-A, a fast food...

Mochi donut ingredients and the signature lion mascot of Mister Donut.

Copycat recipe review: Mister Donut’s “Pon de Ring” Mochi Donuts

Claire Chiu January 25, 2021

As a child, summer visits back home to Taiwan always meant a trip to Mister Donut, a popular donut chain in Asia, for a mochi donut. A mochi donut is made of tapioca rice flour, giving it its unique and...

First up of the Epic’s adventures in copycat cooking is a classic: IHOP’s Original Buttermilk Pancakes.

Copycat recipe review: IHOP’s Original Buttermilk Pancakes

Emma Constable January 24, 2021

International House Of Pancakes (IHOP), an iconic American restaurant chain with nearly two thousand locations across the U.S., is popular among both families and solitary brunch-goers looking to enjoy...

New Food? Always say yes

Josh Miller May 25, 2020

Stinky tofu, octopus balls, convenience store sushi, caviar. The thing that ties all of these unique foods together is that I said yes to all of them, and I’m glad I did.  While I may not be rushing...

Preserving more than just instant ramen

Ashley Song April 14, 2020

I have a problem. Don’t be alarmed, it’s nothing life-altering or severe, and if you know me, it is probably old news. I really like instant ramen. And while I do admit it neither boasts any health...

Writer Aileen Xue holds up a bag from Trader Joes.

An ode to Trader Joe’s

Aileen Xue February 26, 2020

I’m going to be blunt here: I love Trader Joe’s. From strolling along the aisles searching for coconut aminos or receiving amused chuckles from workers as my friends and I conducted part two of our...

Writer Diana Kohr holds a Hot Cheeto sadly.

Breaking up with my food

Diana Xu January 29, 2020

In middle school, I was one of those annoying kids who stood by the classroom door every day, ready to sprint to the lunch line for my bag of Hot Cheetos and fight anyone who stood in my way. Looking back...

Writer Elena Williams shares her thoughs on her dietary choices.

I can’t believe I’m not vegan!

Elena Williams December 11, 2019

Ah, vegetarianism. The easy middle ground for those of us who aren’t quite comfortable with eating meat, but are a bit too attached to our grilled cheeses and milk chocolate to go full vegan.  I...

Writer Enzo Cabalitica uses junk food to keep himself healthy

Why junk food keeps me healthy

Enzo Cabaltica November 6, 2019

I can’t spend more than two hours without eating. I don’t like feeling hungry. While I eat my fair share of fruits and vegetables, I prefer eating junk food (who doesn’t?). My backpack is always...

Writer Nicole Ong poses with her signature Pearl Milk Tea.

Pearl milk tea and all it means to me

Nicole Ong October 2, 2019

Boba: the quintessential drink of the Asian Baby Girl, a common topic in the widely popular Facebook group Subtle Asian Traits, and my primary source of calories. It is impossible to characterize Bay Area...

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