What we eat at the beach

The beach food on display on a recent Saturday in Santa Monica was a microcosm of America in all its crass, cosmopolitan, contradictory complexity.
(Jenna Schoenefeld/For The Washington Post)
(Jenna Schoenefeld/For The Washington Post)

A salad with chicken, berries and poppy seed dressing is a bright, light summer meal

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His punishment for finishing last in fantasy football: 15 hours and 3,700 calories at Waffle House

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