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MSG Preview: Get a Taste of Sarsaparilla!

Sarsaparilla, besides being the most difficult-to-spell word in the English language, is a well-known drink of the Wild West. But did you know as it faded from view in our part of the world, it sprang up again in the Far East?

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Worm Castles & Molar Breakers: Tips on Hardtack

This is a preview for our May 20th lecture Food of the High Seas! Hardtack is a terrible thing to eat. Tasteless, rock-hard biscuits of twice-baked flour (and salt if you’re… read more →

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Chinatown Roulette: Woodapple Nectar Drink

When you go to Chinatown, you’re morally obligated to buy strange and unfamiliar goods, then decipher (and eat) them back home. It’s Chinatown Roulette! Today’s discovery comes from… read more →

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Caffeine, Cocaine, and the Soda of a Nation

At this month’s MSG, find out who put the “Coca” in Coca-Cola, how the cowboy-favorite sarsaparilla jumped from the American West to the Far East, and why NYC has its very own celery-flavored soda.