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Rappers becoming fixtures on food scene

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Rapper Snoop Dogg furiously stirred flour into a creamy béchamel sauce, a whisk in one hand and a microphone in the other during a cooking demonstration with chef Guy Fieri. He tossed herbs into the mac and cheese and spicy wing dishes with the dramatic flair of Emeril Lagasse, raising his hands in the air, spinning around after taste tests and occasionally singing lines from songs like “Drop It Like It’s Hot” as a crowd cheered wildly. Wearing black shades,…

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Hoa Lan, home of the heavenly $2.95 Bahn Mi sandwich, closing doors on March 31

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Hoa Lan foods, where a fresh Bahn Mi sandwich can be had for $2.95, is closing its doors on March 31. Not exactly in the best of neighborhoods, Hoa Lan is not the most approachable store in the city. But for foodies who love to like exotic Asian fare, Hoa Lan was the place to shop. I stopped by once a week for a Bahn Mi sandwich, the Vietnamese-French staple featured in this rave review from the St. Petersburg Times’…

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