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This week, we’re bringing you some of our favorite stories from the award-winning series California Foodways. Since 2014, Lisa Morehouse has reported about the unexpected ways food plays a role in our lives, and in the history of California.  

We’re headed to the Imperial Valley, on both sides of the US/Mexico border. If you ask people in the city of Mexicali, Mexico about their most notable regional cuisine, they won’t say street tacos or mole, They’ll say Chinese food.  Above the border, the population’s mostly Latino, but Chinese restaurants are super popular, too. And that’s where you’ll eat some dishes you won’t find anywhere else.

What do E-40,  Saweetie and Kenny Rogers have in common?  They’ve all parlayed their fame to sell food, in restaurants and chains.  Now, how many celebrity restaurateurs can actually cook?

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Reading City FC serve up mammoth Chinese takeaways at half-time while Man Utd and City slated for stadium snacks

READING CITY FC are causing a stir with their gut-busting £12.99 half-time Chinese takeaway.

The non-league outfit – not to be confused with local Championship side Reading – serve up a monster box of snacks that leaves rival fans sick as parrots.

Reading City's delicious looking Chinese selection box

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Reading City’s delicious looking Chinese selection box
In comparison to a burnt panini at Old Trafford

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In comparison to a burnt panini at Old Trafford
But it's not as charred as the sausage role at Airedrieonians

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But it’s not as charred as the sausage role at Airedrieonians

Many supporters make do with a lukewarm pie or cheap burger to plug a gap at half time, but chefs at Reading City FC show they are top performers in the box.

The oriental feast features a line-up of a carton of Chinese curry, nuggets, chicken strips, chips, all topped off with spring onions and chilies.

The club tells fans: “You’ve probably seen this week that our matchday cuisine has been a hit, and for just £12.99 you

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These Central Iowa restaurants will be open and serving dine-in meals on Thanksgiving Day

It’s almost turkey time, and for some, a nice meal out might be more appetizing than a day in the kitchen. Whether you’re celebrating with breakfast, lunch or dinner, there are options for dine-in restaurant meals around town.

Make the most of Thanksgiving Day by skipping the home-roasted turkey (and all those dirty dishes) and try one of these Des Moines metro restaurants.

1 Prairie Meadows Dr., Altoona

T-bone steak at AJ's Steakhouse at Prairie Meadows in Altoona.

T-bone steak at AJ’s Steakhouse at Prairie Meadows in Altoona.

AJ’s Steakhouse at Prairie Meadows Casino returns this year with its traditional dine-in Thanksgiving Day meal, a three-course menu served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for $50 per person. For course one, diners choose from butternut squash bisque, Caesar salad or honey-baked brie; the main course features either low-roasted turkey breast, filet mignon, pan-seared seabass or a vegetarian polenta with roasted vegetables and a tomato cream sauce. Dessert features apple Napoleon,

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