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Popular Tri-Cities restaurant is closing after 40 years

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Patrons have lunch at China Cafe in Kennewick. The well-liked Chinese food establishment is closing after 40 years.

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After 40 years of serving up General Tso’s chicken and Mongolian beef to Tri-Cities residents, China Cafe is shutting its doors.

The last day for the Kennewick restaurant at the Highlands Shopping Center at Highway 395 and West Clearwater Avenue will be Nov. 30.

The building, originally constructed for a Pizza Hut, has been sold to the owners of Graze, a popular sandwich and salad shop. They plan to open their third Tri-Cities restaurant there.

Ming Tam, who took over the China Cafe from a previous owner in about 1984, said it was time to let the business go. He opted not to renew a lease that kept getting pricier, he said.

But his restaurant will be missed by generations of Tri-City residents.

“My whole family grew

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Southeast Asian food has spread throughout the Seattle area in recent years. Here are some of the best places to try

When you mention Southeast Asian food to people in Seattle, most think of the dozens of Thai spots scattered across the city, many of which sling dishes common in the American foodscape: pad thai, Thai fried rice and red, green and yellow curries served with your choice of protein.

Or they think of pho, banh mi and Vietnamese grilled meat plates, which are as easy to find here as East Asian dishes like sushi and bibimbap, or American Chinese favorites such as General Tso’s chicken.

Until somewhat recently, restaurants from the rest of Southeast Asia were harder to find in the Seattle area. Sure, there are a couple of exceptions, like the James Beard Award-winning Filipino grocery and kitchen Oriental Mart and the Cambodian Phnom Penh Noodle House, which has been serving adobo and Cambodian noodles to Seattleites for almost 50 years.

But by and large, dishes from Laos,

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The Most Popular Foods of the Last 70 Years

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Impossible burgers, farm-to-table restaurants, charcoal-flavored ice cream, and White Claw have all had their breakthrough moments over the past decade. But many of the foods that today we think of as old hat were au courant when they first broke big. Take a wander through the past 70 years, and see which of your Thursday night staples were once big news.

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Chinese food first made its way to the United States in the mid-1800s, via Chinese prospectors and railroad workers. It wasn’t until the post-war period of the 20th century that average Americans dined out regularly, and Chinese restaurants were on the menu. Restaurants developed the sweeter, deep-fried version of Chinese food that became so popular that today, there are American-style Chinese restaurants sprinkled around the globe. Peng Chang-kuei, a chef from Hunan province, fled the ascent of Mao

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A look inside this year’s Champlain Valley Fair

ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (WCAX) – The “10 best days of summer” are going strong at the Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction. This is day four of the fun.

Of course, fair food is always popular, but it’s not the only attraction.

I found a tent full of puppies! There are also the Mackenzie Racing Pigs, petting zoos, agricultural displays and even a whoopie pie contest. And of course, all your favorite fair rides. There are plenty of other things to check out as well.

I found one awfully fly attraction– the parakeet tent. For $3 you can go in and meet your new best friend.

While many may associate the fair with agriculture, there are many more animals than just cows to be found here.

I also ventured into the exotic animals tent put on by Eudora Farms. They say it’s an interactive, educational exhibit that’s fun for the

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