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Owner and chef Brad Pirkey fills orders in the tiny trailer that is the home base for Chef Brad's "Crazy Side" in Hartland, Vt., on August 28, 2015. He started the food truck after returning from a year-long road-food tour of the United States. 
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A Bit of Seaside By the Roadside

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

In 2009, chef Brad Pirkey packed up his Volkswagen bus and his dog Boston and headed out on a great American road trip, traveling the …

Raise Your Glass:

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

McWilliam’s Hanw ood Estates Southeastern Australia Chardonnay 2012, $11.99 Back in the beginning of the summer, someone suggested that I check out a “very nice” …

Notes From the Garden: In Search of Fall Blooms

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fall treats us to vivid leaf color and some perennial flowers in blossom, but there are relatively few fall-blooming trees and shrubs. This is the …

‘The Carmichael Show’ Gets How People Talk About Politics

Monday, August 31, 2015

September is the traditional month when a new crop of shows arrives on television, and with it, signs of new trends and new thinking in TV. But right now on NBC, a new show is getting a jump on that process. The Carmichael Show, a family sitcom based …

Complaints of Partying, Trash on AT

Monday, August 31, 2015

Baxter State Park, Maine — When Jackson Spencer set out to tackle the Appalachian Trail, he anticipated the solitude that only wilderness can bring — not a rolling, monthslong frat party. Shelters where he thought he could catch …

Oversized Load

Monday, August 31, 2015

Nick Barry, of Lake Placid, Fla., moves boxes from a 53-foot moving trailer to a smaller U-Haul truck in Lyme last week. Barry and his two brothers and father work for Vernay Moving. The four of them were …

‘Purity’ Isn’t Franzen’s Best

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Jonathan Franzen’s career offers a cautionary narrative — for us as much as him. As far back as 1996, with Perchance to Dream, his long essay published in Harper’s on the state of contemporary fiction, he has filled …

‘Walking Dead’ Season Six Out

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Walking Dead : AMC’s zombie trendsetter (back Oct. 11 for Season 6) delivers 16 episodes, plus brief episode making-ofs, story recaps, actor/character profiles, commentaries on six episodes, more. Limited Editions: Best Buy offers lenticular sleeve; Target has Steelbook packaging. McFarlane Toys edition coming Dec. 1 with “asphalt” …

When Finances Dictate Wedding Attendance

Saturday, August 29, 2015

I accept more out-of-town wedding invitations than I turn down. If I can make it work with my schedule and my bank account, I like to celebrate my friends. I’ll tack vacations or family visits on to the main event; I’m happy to split hotel rooms with friends …

Since Katrina, Better Response Helps Pets, People

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Los Angeles — Outside the nearly 2,000 human fatalities from Hurricane Katrina, the disaster displaced or killed hundreds of thousands of dogs, cats and other animals at a time when rescues focused on people and pets were left …

Goodwill Opens Upscale, Chic Boutiques

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Orange County, Calif. — The trappings of an upscale boutique are there: exposed brick, mannequins draped with flashy clothing and designer brands. But the prices are decidedly cheap chic — the Stuart Weitzman black pumps that go for $350 at Bloomingdale’s are a steal at $12.99 — and …

Authors’ Lives Fodder for Rom-Coms

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A film company is hoping to turn the life of author Jane Austen into a romantic comedy. They couldn’t have picked a worse subject. Austen is a classic novelist, one whose books Emma, Sense and Sensibility and the beloved Pride and Prejudice have themselves been turned into delightful …

Felicia Day Loves the Internet, Despite Trolls

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Felicia Day is well aware that not everyone knows who she is. Those are the people who aren’t immersed in the gaming culture, who haven’t spent wide swaths of their lives playing World of Warcraft, or watching her …