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Life of the Party podcast: 20 questions for a food critic

MONICA HERNDON | TimesHelen Freund, Tampa Bay Times food critic, posed for a portrait on July 3, 2019 at The Library in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Published Jul. 10

Thin crust or thick? Is truffle oil an indulgence or a disaster? And once and for all — is a hot dog a sandwich?

We lovingly extract these vital bits of culinary information out of Helen Freund, the new food critic at the Tampa Bay Times. Play 20 questions with us on this week's Life of the Party podcast, as Helen recounts her most memorable meals, offers advice for first date food and confesses her shame-iest shame foods for midnight TV.

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Plus, we unpack the perils of the music industry in the wake of the Scooter Braun/Taylor Swift battle, explore Aziz Ansari's return to comedy and offer some very fun facts about The Little Mermaid. You won't want to miss the singing on this episode, folks.

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