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Kate Williams

Kate Williams grew up outside of Atlanta amongst exuberant eaters where family reunions were organized around low-country boils and twenty-pound baskets of peaches were an end-of-summer tradition. After flirting with the idea of becoming a New Englander, she now lives in Berkeley, California, where she writes about cookbooks, reviews restaurants, and eats as many tacos as she can find.

 

Articles by Kate Williams

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FRIED GREEN DIASPORA: Tomales Bay Oyster Company

Once you reach the Tomales Bay, you’ll be mere minutes from one of the most pristine shellfish-eating spots in—dare I say it?—the country. You’ll want to keep in mind those windy roads as you slurp down raw oysters, grilled clams, and bottles of BYO wine and beer. It’s a long road back, and you don’t want to get sick
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FRIED GREEN DIASPORA: Chick-fil-A

When I was a senior in high school, a Chick-fil-A opened up in the dilapidated old Hardee’s building across the street from the gym. For anyone who hasn’t witnessed a Chick-fil-A grand opening, the fanfare may come as a bit of a shock—there are giveaways, midnight ice cream sundae parties, and infinite chicken nuggets on the evening preceding opening day.
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FRIED GREEN DIASPORA: Pecan Pie

The top layer of pecans are richly toasted, almost caramelized, and set into the top in a careful (and easy to slice) pattern. Below these slices is a delicate layer of tiny pecan pieces, adding texture and nuttiness to the usually unfortunate bites where the whole nuts have fallen off. (Pecan pie enthusiasts—you know what I’m talking about!)
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FRIED GREEN DIASPORA: Vegan Soul Food

Perhaps it was evident from the road-trip posts, or else made clear after my dinner at The Front Porch. But if it wasn’t clear, I hereby state for the record that I am officially a Californian. An East Bay-er, to be exact. As one expects, Northern California is pretty great, and the lack of impending winter makes it even better. But there’s just a slight problem with my new home.
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FRIED GREEN DIASPORA: Shrimp & Grits

Happily, these shrimp and grits were far from showy. The gravy was rich and briny with whiffs of spice. Each shrimp was tender and delicate, and there was nothing even resembling lumps in the creamy, delightfully cheese-less grits. The pieces of bacon hid in the background, adding smoky savoriness without coming up front and bragging about it.
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