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Food and money

Whether you're a penny pincher or a big spender, feast on the relationship between food and money

November 11, 2010 | 12:00 a.m. CST

Food and money: Whether you're a penny pincher or a big spender, feast on the relationship between food and money

Inside the issue


FEELING THE SQUEEZE

Main Squeeze, an all-natural restaurant, has experienced tough times, but its faithful followers keep the downtown business kicking. The eco-friendly spot also composts its own leftovers.


GOING FREEGAN CRAZY

Although freegans are known mostly for Dumpster diving, don’t overgeneralize — this isn’t all they do. The movement strives to put nothing to waste, so supporters use everything from fallen fruits to grocery store surplus.


WHAT WE SPEND

From the grocery store to the dinner table, discover how a single mother, young professionals, a family of four and a retired couple budget for a night in (or out). Ever wonder what people eat? Here’s your chance to find out.


FAST FOOD TO GOURMET

Jeremy Brown, executive chef and co-owner of Addison’s and Sophia’s, accepts Vox’s challenge to use fast food as a foundation for an upscale meal. See what he created with items from Taco Bell, KFC and McDonald’s.


STUFF YOURSELF

All-you-can-eat buffets might be expensive, but with such a large variety (and quantity) of food, you can stuff your face for hours. So dig into those crab legs and juicy steaks to make it worth every dollar.
Plus: Tips to maximize your buffet experience.


Facing my fear: Leopold the lobster

As a kid, I developed a phobia of marine life. I don’t know how it happened, but it became clear during a family vacation to SeaWorld that the 7-year-old who used to watch The Little Mermaid obsessively was in fact scared of fish, dolphins and — worst of all — Shamu.


THE MEAL DEAL

Even some of the biggest foodies have a budget, but these free and cheap deals will satisfy the stingiest customers.


COUPON CRAZE

Those yellow Add Sheets might get old every Wednesday, but they can save you some big bucks, as can buying in bulk and using restaurant deals.



SPEND A PRETTY PENNY

When looking to impress, pay top dollar for a juicy steak or lobster tail at one of CoMo’s most expensive restaurants.


EAT WHERE YOU SHOP

Usually you shouldn’t shop when you’re hungry, but when the grocery store offers salad bars and Chinese food, it works out.


HEAT IT UP

Local chefs prove microwaves aren’t just for college students by offering worthy recipes for the easiest kitchen appliance.


QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

Eating organic might be more expensive, but it means more healthful and appetizing products.


MAKE THE OLD NEW

For a creative new use for a can of beans, that piece of chicken or those cornflakes, get inspired by these recipes.


COVER GALLERY

Can’t get enough food and money? Check out more covers (most of them involving a lobster).

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