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This week, we're continuing our conversation on improving lunch. We'll cover salad bar strategy, eating on the move and in other situations without tables, food trucks and messy food. We're joined again by Zach Brooks, creator of Midtown Lunch. When Dan and I worked together at NPR, we used Zach's site often to find good food in New York's midtown.

On the occasion of our 100th episode, we welcome the great public radio host and podcasting impresario Jesse Thorn, of The Sound of Young America and MaximumFun.org. We talk with Jesse about the differences between Northern and Southern California burritos, burrito construction techniques, and the problem with vegetables. And Jesse tells us about facing down a judgmental butcher during a quest

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Dan and Mark explore the best and worst foods for outdoor eating, including picnic lessons from Yogi Bear and Dan's mom. /mark     Photo: Flickr CC / 22244945@N00

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The conversation continues with a fierce debate over whether there's anything wrong with a salad that requires a knife to eat. Also covered: croutons and other crunchy toppings, once again with our buddy Win Rosenfeld.   Photo: Flickr CC / sa_ku_ra

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We have a fierce debate on the merits of cherry tomatoes, and also discuss what constitutes a salad, the best temperature for salad ingredients, and more, all with our friend Win Rosenfeld in house. In part two (to come in a couple of weeks) we'll cover croutons, cheeses, and whether a salad should ever require a knife.   Photo: Flickr CC /

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Our recent conversation with a caller about foods where composition inhibits eating caught the ear of food editor Kathryn Rem, whose article appears now in various papers. Among her gripes are "salads with hunks of lettuce that need cutting." That's actually the topic of a future show on salad composition, so we'll have our own take