Food & Dining


Don't let the office refrigerator start a cold war

In "This Is Just To Say," the poet William Carlos Williams wrote gently, beautifully: I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold. Seriously? Talk about entitlement. Williams was a master poet, but as an office-mate, it sounds like he was no prize. "Anywhere you have humans, you're...
Sesame on the ziti, and we couldn't be happier

Sesame on the ziti, and we couldn't be happier

There's something to be learned from even the simplest recipes, and this bowl proves the point. Radicchio's bitter edge mellows once this vivid chicory spends seconds in a hot pan. That same pan, graced with a little olive oil, can then immediately coax firm grape tomatoes into almost-bursting beauties. Ziti tends to get baked into cheesy casseroles, and therefore I don't use it much. But a good dried...
See this small but mighty restaurant a short drive away TONIGHT on ‘Diners, Drive-ins and Dives’

See this small but mighty restaurant a short drive away TONIGHT on ‘Diners, Drive-ins and Dives’

When husband and wife Pramod Lama and Phuntso D Phin received an email last year from the producers of the hit Food Network series, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, they were certain it was a prank. A last-minute decision to respond would launch the culinary couple’s television debut. Momo Ghar, the popular Nepalese restaurant located in Columbus, will be featured tonight on Guy Fieri’s &ldquo...
Restaurant owner gearing up to open new eatery after closing another

Restaurant owner gearing up to open new eatery after closing another

Lawren Williams is putting the finishing touches on a new restaurant a month after shutting down another eatery he had operated for nearly a decade. Williams is shooting for a mid-February opening for Lefty’s Eats & Espresso, his new restaurant and coffee shop that will be located at 2 W. Main St. in Fairborn. Two days before Christmas, Williams shut down his namesake restaurant, Williams...
JUST IN: Local chef to open new restaurant in 2nd Street Market

JUST IN: Local chef to open new restaurant in 2nd Street Market

The Five Rivers MetroParks 2nd Street Market is adding a new restaurant vendor who has helped develop dishes at some of Dayton’s best-known restaurants. Invoke, founded by brothers Lester and Larry Gates, will open in early February in the market space that previously housed Arepas Colombian Comfort Food, which closed its market eatery in late 2017. Lester Gates has worked in several positions...
The best recipes of 2017 that wowed us over and over

The best recipes of 2017 that wowed us over and over

It was a year of plant foods, bowl foods and whole foods.   With whole foods that meant preparing foods as simple as possible using foods with very few ingredients, it also meant Whole Foods Market chain being gobbled up by Amazon.   Not only did Amazon stun the grocery world by buying Whole Foods Market, the grocery store industry changed, too. More and more stores offer online...
Check out these ADORABLE tea stops in the Dayton area

Check out these ADORABLE tea stops in the Dayton area

It’s fitting that National Tea Month would fall in January-- the month for finding new hobbies, starting healthier habits, and giving yourself some extra self-care. According to eatright.org, tea has a number of possible health benefits including improved heart health, potentially helping to prevent certain cancers, decreased odds of losing teeth, assisting weight loss and more. ...
FOOD DEAL: Here’s how you can get a FREE bowl from Piada this weekend

FOOD DEAL: Here’s how you can get a FREE bowl from Piada this weekend

Your poorly-planned New Year’s resolutions just got a little easier. Piada Italian Street Food is spotlighting one of its favorite seasonal entrées this weekend: the Mediterranean Power Bowl. You can try a bowl for FREE when you purchase any entrée during the weekends highlighted below: - Friday-Sunday, Jan. 19-21, while supplies last. This delicious bowl is loaded with...
Steamed fish, swimming in flavor

Steamed fish, swimming in flavor

There are many ways to approach a pescatarian dinner. The next time you buy a piece of fish for dinner, instead of pan-frying, poaching or broiling, why not consider steaming? It’s fast, easy and makes a remarkably satisfying light meal. Chinese cooks have long been experts at steaming fish — especially whole fish, which may seem daunting. But boneless fillets are also excellent when prepared...
Southern dumplings are the fluffy clouds of comfort food

Southern dumplings are the fluffy clouds of comfort food

A simmering pot of fragrant stew earns top honors when it comes to comfort food, but the comfort doubles when it is topped with fluffy dumplings. They are the bonus prize in each bowlful - the unexpected delight that makes the meal special enough to feel restorative. Such a dish sure hits the spot on a winter evening, just right for a cozy family supper, although it can be the sleeper hit of a casual...
Popular school fundraiser is just 'junk-food marketing to kids,' experts say

Popular school fundraiser is just 'junk-food marketing to kids,' experts say

For 43 years, schoolkids and their parents have clipped the labels from cookie bags and cracker boxes as part of a popular rewards program called Labels for Education. Through this and similar programs - think Tyson's Project A+ or General Mills' Box Tops for Education - schools get cash and supplies in exchange for clipped labels from participating food items. But these programs, most of which are...
In Vancouver, a door to a parallel culinary world

In Vancouver, a door to a parallel culinary world

My introduction to Kissa Tanto’s universe began with a framed sign just inside the door. “Please fix your hair, and remove the mud from your boots,” it read, as if I’d just arrived at the end of a long journey on the back of a horse. After doing what I could to make myself presentable, I climbed the steep staircase, ducked through blue curtains and entered the restaurant. Once...
Slow-roasted vegetables make sumptuous sauce for pasta

Slow-roasted vegetables make sumptuous sauce for pasta

Basic shares much with basement: It’s the bedrock, the beginning, the building block. The computer uttered its first words in BASIC. The classic dress comes in basic black. Garlic, chemically speaking, is basic.   Basic is being abased. Not for its link to debased or base, as in lowly. But simply for its simplicity. Among the young, basic has been sharpened into an insult slung at...
Why Winter Restaurant Week is the perfect time to try somewhere or something new

Why Winter Restaurant Week is the perfect time to try somewhere or something new

Twice a year, every year, Dayton restaurant chefs break out their most unbeatable lineups of dishes that they think you must try.Restaurant Week is the opportunity to try a number of Dayton’s favorites without emptying your wallet. The 2018 Winter Restaurant Week is Sunday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 28. “This is a week the restaurants showcase their talents and try out new...
NEW DETAILS: What happens next to Tipp o’ the Town restaurant site?

NEW DETAILS: What happens next to Tipp o’ the Town restaurant site?

The Tipp o’ the Town Family Restaurant property at 1150 W. Main St. in Tipp City has been purchased, and the new owners intend to demolish the existing structure and build a new eatery. But it won’t be called Tipp o’ the Town. Instead, it will be called “Taco Bell.” Paul Laubier, owner of Tipp o’ the Town, shut down the restaurant on Dec. 31. At the time, Laubier...
Grand opening today for Fairborn’s new ‘kitchen incubator’

Grand opening today for Fairborn’s new ‘kitchen incubator’

Fairborn city officials are poised to unveil their new Spark Gluten-Free kitchen incubator. Spark Gluten-Free will host a grand opening from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 in the temporary Spark office at 311 Main St. in downtown Fairborn. ALSO NEW THIS WEEK: Dunkin’ Donuts confirms it’s coming to Fairborn The kitchen incubator is designed to provide entrepreneurs with access to...
A tiny Frenchwoman has had a huge impact on food in America

A tiny Frenchwoman has had a huge impact on food in America

On Dec. 11, a tiny electric spark of a woman named Lucie Peyraud - Lulu to all who know her - gathered four generations of family around her in a Provencal farmhouse and celebrated her 100th birthday. I'm going to come back to her in a minute, but it's worth noting for now that the event was largely lost amid American headlines about an Alabama Senate race and California wildfires. Lulu is not the...
Where has this treat been all your life? Canada

Where has this treat been all your life? Canada

You could be forgiven if you’ve never eaten a butter tart. There is no flashy frosting or elaborate lattice to entice you. It’s easy to pass by. But Canadians will tell you that these diminutive treats hold an expanse of flavor and textures: flaky pastry, caramelized crust and a bracingly sweet filling. The butter tart is celebrated in its homeland, where the preference for runny or firm...
This simple Portuguese soup will perk up your cold-weather doldrums

This simple Portuguese soup will perk up your cold-weather doldrums

For decades, vegetarians have looked to global cuisines for inspiration. The pioneer was Anna Thomas, author of "The Vegetarian Epicure," a 1972 bestseller. As Jonathan Kauffman writes in his captivating new book, "Hippie Food," at a time when much vegetarian food was brown-on-brown, Thomas "pored over Italian and Middle Eastern cookbooks, in which vegetables were integrated...
Which foods can help you fight the flu?

Which foods can help you fight the flu?

The flu has hit hard this year with a particularly nasty strain of the virus that has slammed into California without mercy. As the Los Angeles Times reports Some are advising that in addition to the usual rules about getting your flu shot, washing your hands more often and getting enough sleep, you should also think about shifting your diet towards foods that may boost your immunity. As Fox reports ...
A Berlin restaurant that cooks without compromise

A Berlin restaurant that cooks without compromise

Despite Berlin’s reputation for its uninhibited night life and progressive counterculture, traditionally the city’s fine dining restaurants have fit within the same ho-hum, predictable mold. In the past few years, several small but ambitious restaurants have managed to break free, but none have managed to match Berlin’s cheeky, creative spirit as successfully as Mrs Robinson&rsquo...
Indian food: Why is it so incredibly good?

Indian food: Why is it so incredibly good?

Everything you need to know about Indian food can be found in a single phrase in a cookbook by the otherwise reasonable Anupy Singla.   The book “Indian for Everyone” contains a recipe for Chana Aloo, a meal of curried chickpeas and potatoes. Calling the dish comforting and wholesome, she adds that it is — and this is the important phrase — “an easy dinner option...
Here’s where you can get FREEBIES for National Tea Day 

Here’s where you can get FREEBIES for National Tea Day 

Let’s get this parTEA started! �� Dunkin’ Donuts will celebrate its version of a National Tea Day on Friday, Jan. 19 at all of its Dayton and Greater Cincinnati area locations.  They’ll be offering free samples of their flavored teas, including for the occasion.  Their flavor lineup is as follows: Bold Breakfast, Hibiscus...
How does Girl Scout cookies with wine sound? 

How does Girl Scout cookies with wine sound? 

A local shop is pairing two of America’s most favoritest things: Girl Scout cookies and wine.  A Taste of Wine, 90 S. Main St., in Miamisburg, will pair wines with five different types of Girl Scout cookies during a special event 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, said Brandi Schneider, the shop’s social media manager and a sales associate. Admission is $25 each. ...
1st choice for Raising Cane’s Beavercreek restaurant in peril

1st choice for Raising Cane’s Beavercreek restaurant in peril

The initial site selected for a new Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers restaurant in Beavercreek has fallen through after more than a year, according to a city official who is still hoping to find another suitable location for the restaurant chain. However, the project’s developer, Michael D. Lofino Jr., said today, Jan. 17, that the existing site’s project is not dead. “I intend...
Do parents make kids fat?

Do parents make kids fat?

As parents, do we determine our children’s eating habits? There’s a lot of blame when it comes to childhood obesity, eating disorders and body image problems, but how much do we actually know about what works to help children eat and grow in a healthy way? Back in November, I wrote about the issue of fat stigma, and the bad things that can happen to children’s health and well-being...
What’s on the menu for 2018? Check out these food trends

What’s on the menu for 2018? Check out these food trends

It’s amusing — and instructive — to scan the food and dining trend forecasts that pop up at the beginning of each new year.  Let’s start by agreeing that the following information doesn’t necessarily enjoy an enduring relationship with reality.   Which is why it’s called “forecasting.” Sure, there are some data-based foundations for the...
5 ways to realistically change your poor eating habits

5 ways to realistically change your poor eating habits

Many people consider a new relationship with food in the new year.  But beginning an Instagram-popular diet like Whole 30, or trying to reduce your sugar intake, often seems intimidating with all it requires. Reading and listing all those ingredients. Dedicating time at the grocery store. Cooking regularly.   Last week, U.S. News & World Report ranked the best diets for 2018, tying...
It's okay to be sweet on sweet wines. Dry doesn't always mean it's better.

It's okay to be sweet on sweet wines. Dry doesn't always mean it's better.

There's a popular misconception about wine that dry is better than sweet. I'm no specialist in national psychology, but this fear of sweetness might stem from our collective awareness of our American sweet tooth and a quaint notion that wine is European and therefore sophisticated and bitter. We love sugary sodas, sweet tea, sweet-and-sour chicken, sticky-sweet barbecue sauces, cookies and cakes and...
Brussels sprouts can be the apple of picky eater's eye

Brussels sprouts can be the apple of picky eater's eye

Roasting Brussels sprouts until they are deeply browned and their outer leaves have crisped is one of the most enticing ways to cook them. The method has turned around countless Brussels sprout naysayers, including my husband, who gobbles them up prepared this way but cannot stand them steamed. The accompanying recipe builds on that trusty basic, adding easy flourish and flavors that accentuate and...
What eats what: A landlubber’s guide to deep sea dining

What eats what: A landlubber’s guide to deep sea dining

You’ll never go to dinner in the deep sea. It’s dark, vast and weird down there. If the pressure alone didn’t destroy your land-bound body, some hungry sea creature would probably try to eat you. Fortunately for you, something else has spent a lot of time down there, helping to prepare this guide to deep sea dining. For nearly three decades, robots with cameras deployed by the Monterey...
Small changes for the new year

Small changes for the new year

It's January, and in most of the country, too cold to think about taking a walk outside to get our steps for the day in. Yet, we've all made those New Year's Resolutions to eat healthier, move more and take charge of our health. We're excited about making a fresh start. It's so easy to get derailed and feel defeated. Baby steps are the way to go when it comes to long-term success. I've gleaned six...
JUST IN: Popeyes opens 4th Dayton-area restaurant; 5th on the way

JUST IN: Popeyes opens 4th Dayton-area restaurant; 5th on the way

The Dayton area’s newest Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen has opened its doors, and another is coming later this year as the region’s fried-chicken restaurant competition continues to intensify. Popeyes opened its Springboro location at 829 W. Central Ave. on Tuesday, franchise owner Pat Gilligan told this news outlet. The restaurant near the I-75/Ohio 73 interchange has been in the works...
UPDATE: Dunkin’ Donuts confirms location of its 6th Dayton-area shop

UPDATE: Dunkin’ Donuts confirms location of its 6th Dayton-area shop

Dunkin’ Donuts today confirmed the location of its sixth Dayton-area doughnut shop. Pat Gilligan, the franchise owner for Dayton- and Cincinnati-area Dunkin’ Donuts, said today, Jan. 16, that he expects to break ground on the region’s newest Dunkin’ at 168 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road in Fairborn in March or April. “We should be open in June or July,” Gilligan...
A few tempting dishes you’ll want to try at Winter Restaurant Week preview event

A few tempting dishes you’ll want to try at Winter Restaurant Week preview event

The Miami Valley Restaurant Association has teamed up with Buckeye Vodka and Prime Time Party Rental for a night of gourmet samples, music, photos and fun.  On Wednesday, Jan. 17, the association presents the anticipated Sneak Peek to Winter Restaurant Week. Fifteen restaurants will share exclusive menu samplings, including tastings from three new restaurants on the Winter Restaurant Week lineup...
JUST IN: Zoup! sets opening date for its 2nd Dayton-area restaurant

JUST IN: Zoup! sets opening date for its 2nd Dayton-area restaurant

We now have confirmation of an opening date for the Dayton area’s second “Zoup!” restaurant: Monday, Jan. 22. Zoup — which already operates a location next to Whole Foods on Ohio 725 in Washington Twp. — will open its new restaurant at 5235 Cornerstone North Boulevard in the Shoppes at Cornerstone III, the four-tenant retail building along Wilmington Pike on the western...
FOOD NEWS: New bakery specializing in pies — yes, pies — to open near UD

FOOD NEWS: New bakery specializing in pies — yes, pies — to open near UD

A new bakery specializing in pies is in the works near the campus of the University of Dayton. If all goes well, the bakery to be named “Partial to Pie” could open as early as this spring, founder and owner Marie Clark told this news outlet. The bakery will be located at 200 Shroyer Road, at the Wilmington Pike/Shroyer Road intersection. The space previously housed AAA Stripping and Refinishing...
There's a big fight brewing over what pregnant women should eat

There's a big fight brewing over what pregnant women should eat

Many have seen someone throw a cold stare in the direction of a pregnant woman ordering a second glass of wine or, heaven forbid, smoking a cigarette. But with the list of potentially dangerous foods growing by the day, an expectant mother shouldn't be surprised if a stranger pipes up as she buys a box of macaroni and cheese. "Your doctor said you could eat that?" Tut-tut. Every month that...
Go red or white with wines to match an earthy turkey marsala

Go red or white with wines to match an earthy turkey marsala

Rich and complex, this dish could work well with a white or red. Here are two versions of pinot noir — from the Willamette Valley of Oregon and the Burgundy region of France — and a chardonnay from California’s Carneros region that will complement the dish’s earthy-savory notes, and also give it a little zip.  ———   Pound 4 pieces turkey cutlets...
Now you can enjoy Tito’s Handmade Vodka in candy form

Now you can enjoy Tito’s Handmade Vodka in candy form

Fans of Austin-based Tito’s Handmade Vodka, here’s some sweet news. Not only can you drink your favorite craft vodka, but now you can eat it, too.  Last week, luxury candy boutique Sugarfina unveiled its new collaboration with the popular vodka brand. The Sugarfina x Tito’s Handmade Vodka collection features two new candies inspired by Tito’s signature cocktails, including...
The Swiss consider the lobster. It feels pain, they decide.

The Swiss consider the lobster. It feels pain, they decide.

The government of Switzerland kicked off a debate this week when it ordered that lobsters and other crustaceans no longer be dropped alive into boiling water. Boiling them causes pain, the government said, and should be replaced by a more rapid method of death — such as stunning. Still, even the scientist who conducted the foundational research for the government’s decision said he&rsquo...
How 50 Cent, rapper and actor, spends his Sundays

How 50 Cent, rapper and actor, spends his Sundays

Curtis James Jackson III, known to most people as 50 Cent, has yet to release his much discussed and delayed sixth album, “Street King Immortal.” But he has a good excuse for that. 50’s been busy. The rapper and actor, who has survived financial hardships and multiple gunshot wounds, is filming the fifth season of the Starz series “Power,” (while advocating for its survival)...
Chicken pizza crust is an abomination that ruins both chicken and pizza

Chicken pizza crust is an abomination that ruins both chicken and pizza

A pizza crust is merely a template. It can be made of flour, or quinoa, or cauliflower, or ramen, or even, in a particular moment of madness that gripped America in 2015, hot dogs. And if you travel in certain circles, like those who follow a gluten-free or ketogenic diet, you may have noticed another innovation in pizza crust: chicken. It's not a chicken breast pounded out and topped with pizza toppings...
Why this old-school restaurant is one of the area’s best-kept dining secrets

Why this old-school restaurant is one of the area’s best-kept dining secrets

Tucked half-way between Springfield and Dayton in tiny Medway is a Clark County restaurant gem that residents from both cities should get to know. Here are just a few reasons you should plan a visit as soon as possible … The vibe: Get ready for a time warp. The walls and cabinets full of old toys and kitschy antiques will transport you to another era. The hot orange chairs and turquoise booths...
Take your out-of-town guests to these 3 cool Dayton brewpubs

Take your out-of-town guests to these 3 cool Dayton brewpubs

The biggest food holiday of the year has come and gone, ushering in the biggest holiday season of the year. With December taking center stage in just a few days, it often can mean meeting and hosting family and friends over the course of the month. But what to do and where to go? Some of the best options can be destinations that feel a little bit more like an adventure. The Miami Valley craft...
6 easy side dishes anyone can make for Thanksgiving Day

6 easy side dishes anyone can make for Thanksgiving Day

Although the turkey will surely take center stage at your Thanksgiving table, a few unforgettable side dishes can't hurt. These simple Thanksgiving sides won't take very much time or effort to pull together, but look (and taste) like a million bucks. This Thanksgiving Day, give your family a feast they won't forget by including a few of these easy-to-make dishes to accompany the big star. Homemade...
This hidden restaurant is probably not on your radar yet, but should be

This hidden restaurant is probably not on your radar yet, but should be

If you haven’t been to the Marriott over near UD lately, it’s looking really, really different. In fact, it’s all grown up. This summer The Dayton Marriott at the University of Dayton completed a $23 million renovation of hotel rooms, restaurant and conference rooms. The major remodel ushered in a modern, open restaurant and bar concept that said goodbye to the very dated Gambit&rsquo...
The ultimate guide to a budget-friendly Thanksgiving dinner

The ultimate guide to a budget-friendly Thanksgiving dinner

Does Thanksgiving make your mouth water, dreaming of your favorite pumpkin or sweet potato pie recipes? Are you ready to pull out your crowd-pleasing stuffing recipe or are you a cautious cook easing into the kitchen for the first time?  No matter what your culinary skill level, it's easy to make a delicious Thanksgiving meal on a budget. Just follow these simple tips to make these delicious...
Make it fast or make it slow: Thanksgiving turkey, two ways

Make it fast or make it slow: Thanksgiving turkey, two ways

    For those of us who love to cook, there's nothing better than spending an entire Sunday afternoon in the kitchen, simmering sauces and baking cakes. But the reality is that those days of long-recipe luxury are few and far between. In Make it Fast or Make it Slow, we're bringing you two versions of the same dish: one that's quick and easy and one that's well, not so quick. Both are...
Stuffing vs. dressing: Is there really a difference?

Stuffing vs. dressing: Is there really a difference?

Almost everyone agrees that the traditional mix of spices, bread and other ingredients that's served at Thanksgiving is delicious.  But when it comes to what to call this yummy dish, people are divided. Is it stuffing, dressing or something else entirely? And does the way it's prepared make a difference in what it's called? Below, liftestyle experts from Martha Stewart to writers at Southern...
8 skinny holiday cocktails you can drink without guilt

8 skinny holiday cocktails you can drink without guilt

Why not skip the calorie-heavy mistakes of yesteryear, and put something a little skinnier into our cups this winter? With these eight skinny holiday cocktail ideas, you can celebrate in style, but without having to buy stretchier pants come the new year. Sangria is a great choice for any holiday because it's light, refreshing and versatile. Simply substitute seasonal fruits to match any time of year...
Why McDonald's is beating out the 'fresh,' 'healthy' competition

Why McDonald's is beating out the 'fresh,' 'healthy' competition

Americans aren't forsaking fast food just yet. Three years after analysts predicted that Chipotle would be the death of McDonald's and other fast-food stalwarts, the onetime fast-casual darling is in free fall - and McDonald's is reporting its third consecutive quarter of solid same-store sales. McDonald's is not alone. All of the "Big 3" burger joints - McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King...
This fall, say hello maple and so long pumpkin spice

This fall, say hello maple and so long pumpkin spice

Come on, admit it. You're so over the pumpkin-spice craze. Seasonal beer, coffee drinks and cookies spiced with ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon are one thing. But when those cozy fall flavors sneak their way into a Kit Kit candy bar or a stick of Burt Bees lip balm or onto a pizza, you know it's officially jumped the shark. Big time.  Which is why some of us were glad to hear that a new flavor...
12 Dayton burgers that give you the best bang for your buck

12 Dayton burgers that give you the best bang for your buck

Today, Sept. 18, is National Cheeseburger Day ��, so I suggest you block out some time to grab a thick, juicy burger to celebrate. If you are in the market for fresh destinations to secure a solid case of the meat sweats in beef patty form, you could always go with the burger restaurant brand of the year announced by the Harris Poll EquiTrend Study earlier this year &mdash...
Oreo releases Dunkin’ Donuts mocha cookies 

Oreo releases Dunkin’ Donuts mocha cookies 

Another new flavor of Oreo cookies is hitting store shelves. This time, it’s for coffee lovers. Food & Wine reported that the cookies, first announced in April, are now available across the country. The limited edition cookies are Dunkin’ Donuts Mocha Oreos and have the classic Oreo chocolate wafer and Dunkin’ Donuts mocha-flavored creme. The new flavor is the latest in a number...
When to buy organic & when to save your money

When to buy organic & when to save your money

Step into any supermarket these days and you’re sure to find a wide variety of organic foods on the shelves. From produce, milk and meat to breakfast cereals and snack foods, consumers have their pick of certified organic products—a far cry from the time when you could only find them in natural foods stores. The demand for organic foods continues to soar: According to the Organic...
Meet the ‘Chizza,’ a pizza with a fried-chicken crust

Meet the ‘Chizza,’ a pizza with a fried-chicken crust

What do you call a pizza with a crust that’s made from a big ol’ slab of fried chicken instead of dough? KFC calls it the Chizza. Others have called it an unholy alliance. The Chizza begins with a base of flattened fried chicken topped with tomato sauce, slices of “chicken ham,” pineapple chunks (why, why?), mozzarella and cheese sauce. The Chizza debuted in the Philippines...
McDonald's replacing McFlurry machines after complaints

McDonald's replacing McFlurry machines after complaints

McDonald's is replacing older McFlurry machines after customer complaints about them being broken. The Wall Street Journal reported that the new machines will have fewer parts, making them easier to maintain and clean. The new machines, which will be rolling out in restaurants in the U.S. and Europe, will dispense more flavors than older ones and require less time to clean. Older machines, according...
Pineapple pizzagate forces Iceland president to back off ban

Pineapple pizzagate forces Iceland president to back off ban

Hawaiian pizza is not for everyone. It’s a decadent, tasty treat to some, but for others ham and pineapple are the worst topping choices ever created. Iceland’s president waded into the fray last week when a student asked him a question about pineapple on pizza. (Ham wasn’t mentioned, by the way.)  Guðni Th. Jóhannesson said he found the combination “completely...
Toblerone candy lovers are unhappy with new shape

Toblerone candy lovers are unhappy with new shape

Candy lovers are having trouble with the new look of their Toblerone chocolates. The New York Times reported that the signature triangular peaks of the chocolate, honey and almond nougat treat are much narrower and a lot less dense. Mondelez International, which makes the candy, said that the 400g bar is now 360g and the 170g bar is now 150g. The latter is only sold in the United Kingdom The company's...
Burger King dresses as ghost of McDonald's for Halloween

Burger King dresses as ghost of McDonald's for Halloween

There's nothing like some Halloween cheer to spice up a fast food restaurant rivalry. Burger King and McDonald's have been competitors for decades, but BK's prank take things a bit further. Mashable reported that, in a new promotional video posted to YouTube, a Burger King restaurant and accompanying sign are seen covered in white cloth with two holes and yellow  eyebrows reminiscent of the iconic...
Arby's is celebrating hunting season with venison sandwiches

Arby's is celebrating hunting season with venison sandwiches

Hunting season has begun, and Arby's is offering venison sandwiches to celebrate. Restaurants in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Georgia -- states Arby's said have "heavy deer hunting areas" -- are offering the item starting Oct 31. 1690 Park Place Blvd., St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55416 704 Highway 33 South, Cloquet, Minnesota 55720 348...
Forget the diet, restaurant creates deep-fried Nutella dessert

Forget the diet, restaurant creates deep-fried Nutella dessert

What will the culinary gods think of next? A restaurant in Sydney has come up with one of the most decadent desserts that will be sure to add inches to the waistline of the person who eats it. It's a new deep-fried dessert that weighs more than two pounds of Nutella goodness. The restaurant called Piccolo Me takes a ball of Nutella ice cream, coats it in breadcrumbs and then pours caramel sauce over...
McDonald's recalls Happy Meal fitness trackers

McDonald's recalls Happy Meal fitness trackers

McDonald's is making another effort to emphasize fitness and health by including fitness trackers in its Happy Meals. Engadget reported that a Fitbit-like toy called Step-It will be available for four weeks in children's Happy Meals in the U.S. and Canada. The Step-It fitness trackers, which come in six  colors, blink depending on the level of activity of the child wearing them. “Step-It...
Burger King combines Whopper, burrito for new menu item

Burger King combines Whopper, burrito for new menu item

A week after Chipotle announced plans for its first burger restaurant, Burger King launches another mashup item to its menu. Bloomberg reported that, beginning Aug. 15, the fast-food restaurant is debuting the Whopperito in restaurants across the U.S. The Whopperito, as its name suggests, combines a burrito with Burger King's Whopper. Instead of a bun, it's wrapped in a tortilla and filled with...
The 'McDonald’s of the future' features unlimited fries — and that’s just the beginning

The 'McDonald’s of the future' features unlimited fries — and that’s just the beginning

Walk in, approach the kiosk, place your order via a large touch screen, then sit down and wait for the food to be brought to your table. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the future of McDonald’s. The Chicago Tribune reported that franchisee Chris Habiger brought these upgrades and more to one of his restaurants in St. Joseph, Missouri, which opened to the public Thursday. The 6,500-square-foot...
McDonald's just revamped its chicken nuggets

McDonald's just revamped its chicken nuggets

McDonald's just revamped its chicken nuggets. As of August, they no longer have any artificial preservatives. And later this month, high-fructose corn syrup will be removed from McDonald's buns. McDonald's has, of course, been the target of criticism over its ingredients. The president of McDonald's USA told The New York Times the fast-food chain is trying to talk more openly about...
Health group serves up list of unhealthy eats at chain restaurants

Health group serves up list of unhealthy eats at chain restaurants

Would you eat a 2,850-calorie burger from Uno Pizzera? What about Dave and Buster's 1,910-calorie sandwich? Both of those foods are recipients of the Center for Science in the Public Interest's 2016 XTreme Eating Awards, an annual list of unhealthy food at American restaurants. This year's winners also include The Cheesecake Factory's Fried Chicken and Waffles Benedict, with 2,580 calories, Buffalo...

Beauty is in the mouth of the beholder: Walmart to sell 'ugly' apples

If a fruit or vegetable looked bad but tasted the same, would you buy it? Walmart is betting you will. The retail giant is partnering with a company called "I'm Perfect" that sells apples at a discount because the fruit has cosmetic imperfections that would usually get it thrown into the garbage. When edible food is blemished by hail or high winds, not only does it often go uneaten...
Nutrition labels on tap for beer

Nutrition labels on tap for beer

Drinkers will soon be able to read the number of calories and carbs in a can or bottle of beer.  Health groups have been pushing manufacturers to voluntarily disclose nutrition information. Now, some of the biggest industry names will comply, the Beer Institute announced this month. "No one is going to mistake an alcoholic drink for health food," Lindsay Moyer, of the Center for Science...
Celebrate Labor Day weekend (or anytime) with these incredible BBQ spots

Celebrate Labor Day weekend (or anytime) with these incredible BBQ spots

We have officially entered grilling and barbecue season. The Fourth of July is the most popular holiday in the country for barbecuing, followed by Memorial Day and Labor Day. The truth is that I have been on a BBQ high ever since I came across my favorite new food truck — The Beerded Pig — at a recent food truck rally a few weeks ago at the Yellow Cab Tavern. The salmon, brisket and pulled...
Family-owned restaurant is America's favorite fast-food chain

Family-owned restaurant is America's favorite fast-food chain

A family-owned restaurant tops the fast food list in the American Customer Satisfaction Index Restaurant Report for 2016 was released Tuesday. "The ACSI Restaurant Report 2016 examines the implications of new customer satisfaction benchmarks for major companies in the food services sector, including popular fast food, fast casual and full-service or sit-down dining chains that serve the...
Moe's beats Chipotle to be America's favorite Mexican restaurant

Moe's beats Chipotle to be America's favorite Mexican restaurant

Moe's Southwest Grill has unseated Chipotle as America's favorite fast casual Mexican restaurant. The news comes from a Harris Poll survey that assesses how people feel about certain restaurant brands. This year, Chipotle didn't even rank in the top four after claiming the No. 1 spot the past three years in a row.>> Read more trending stories Taco Bell, Qdoba Mexican Grill and Baja...
Joe's Crab Shack to end no-tipping policy

Joe's Crab Shack to end no-tipping policy

The no-tipping movement may be coming to an end, at least at Joe's Crab Shack. The seafood chain, which began testing a no-tipping model at 18 locations last August, is now ending the practice.
McDonald's testing out new menu item

McDonald's testing out new menu item

Garlic fries may be coming soon to McDonald's. Gilroy Garlic Fries are a limited-time menu item at San Francisco Bay Area McDonald's. "In less than two weeks, our small, four-restaurant test of Gilroy Garlic Fries has been a huge success, and we are now experiencing a temporary shortage of supplies,"  the fast-food restaurant told CNBC Monday. The Twitter account for McDonald's restaurants...
Krispy Kreme launches doughnut dispensing machine

Krispy Kreme launches doughnut dispensing machine

Krispy Kreme is launching a new way to get its doughnuts. But it is only available in the UK. BuzzFeed News confirmed that Krispy Kreme UK is launching a "hole in the wall pop-up" at a London location. The machine will dispense doughnuts into the customer's hand after they select their doughnut. According to BuzzFeed News, the sweet treat will arrive out of a doughnut-shaped hatch after...
9 fresh margarita recipes for Cinco de Mayo

9 fresh margarita recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, which is celebrated more in the U.S. than south of the border, isn't Mexican Independence Day. But for many, it is an excuse to eat delicious Mexican foods and indulge in margaritas and beer. >> Read more trending stories   Whether frozen, blended or on the rocks, a margarita is the perfect drink for any festive party or celebratory occasion. Here are nine easy...

Get ready for Cinco de Mayo by whipping up some easy margarita cupcakes

A margarita in cupcake form is perfect for Cinco de Mayo. This easy recipe uses boxed cake mix, which simplifies the process, but don’t be afraid to swap that for homemade white cake if you’d prefer. You will need: Cupcakes1 box white cake mix3 large eggs½ cup vegetable oil1/3 cup lime juice1/3 cup tequila1 tablespoon lime zest1/3 cup buttermilk Frosting8 ounces cream cheese½...
Ben & Jerry's is giving away free ice cream

Ben & Jerry's is giving away free ice cream

Get ready for another free guilty pleasure. Ben & Jerry's scoop shops are scooping out their ice cream for free today all around the world.   From noon to 8 p.m., the popular ice cream company's stores will give everyone who stops by a cone of your favorite flavor for free.  It's the company's way to say thanks for another year of success, according to Ben & Jerry's Facebook event....
Where is America's No. 1 ramen restaurant?

Where is America's No. 1 ramen restaurant?

In Time Out’s list of best ramen restaurants, only two states get multiple shout-outs (New York has two restaurants on the list, and California has four). But it's Texas’ lone star ramen place right here in the 512 - Ramen Tatsu-ya - that has been named America's No. 1 ramen restaurant. Two ex-DJs opened Ramen Tatsu-ya in September 2012, and the restaurant immediately began drawing...

Starbucks celebrates spring with limited-time cherry blossom frappuccino

To celebrate spring, Starbucks is offering a new blended beverage Wednesday through Sunday.  >> Read more trending stories   Starbucks describes the Cherry Blossom frappuccino as "a blend of sweet strawberries and cream with white chocolate sauce and matcha drizzle, topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of matcha." Matcha is a powdered form of green tea.  "...
Pizza Hut’s National Pi Day contest combines free pizza, math

Pizza Hut’s National Pi Day contest combines free pizza, math

You could win 3.14 years’ worth of free pizza from Pizza Hut if you win the chain’s Pi Day contest, but you better have a sharp mind in addition to a big appetite. That’s because Pizza Hut will require contest participants to solve math problems, ranging from high school to PhD level in difficulty. The three questions will be posted on Pizza Hut’s blog, beginning at 8 a.m....
Cadbury Creme Egg McFlurry comes to McDonald's

Cadbury Creme Egg McFlurry comes to McDonald's

Easter treats have come early for lovers of Cadbury Creme Eggs. McDonald's is blending its famous McFlurry soft serve with the Cadbury treats to make a Cadbury Creme Egg McFlurry. The sweet treat was announced in a McDonald's Australia press release Monday. The release describes the new menu item as "a delicious mouthful of chocolate pieces and Creme Egg topping, blended into a creamy soft serve...
This clever Chick-fil-A promotion encourages family time

This clever Chick-fil-A promotion encourages family time

We're all familiar with the scenario: You sit down to dinner with your family, look around the table and everyone is staring at their phones. In our uber-connected world, it's hard to find a single second that isn't interrupted by some text, tweet, message or alert, and family dinners are no different. But a Chick-fil-A promotion wants to put an end to all that. With the promotion the chain is trying...
New app splits dinner bills based on wage inequality

New app splits dinner bills based on wage inequality

There's an app on the way that helps you split up the dinner bill with some adjustments for race and gender income inequalities.  >> Read more trending stories   The app, called Equipay, is essentially a satirical statement about income gaps in the U.S. For instance, when using the app, women would only pay 78 cents for every $1 men pay of the bill. If a person disagrees with their...
9 fresh margarita recipes for National Margarita Day

9 fresh margarita recipes for National Margarita Day

In case you needed an excuse to indulge, Feb. 22 is National Margarita Day. >> Read more trending stories   According to the Smithsonian, there are many stories about how the margarita came to be. One story says that Carlos "Danny" Herrera developed the drink at his Tijuana-area restaurant, Rancho La Gloria, around 1938. He's said to have created the drink for a frequent customer...
A look inside the new Zinks Meats and Fine Wines

A look inside the new Zinks Meats and Fine Wines

The name tells a lot, but not the whole story. Lunch options look good, such as chicken wings and the Pulled Pork and Reuben sandwiches. Plus, the barbecue sauce is made back in the kitchen. Round out the meal with giant Kosher-style deli pickles and a slice of homemade cake. There’s a display of items that would make great food gifts, such as Chub Rub and Jump’s Peanuts, both locally...
Krispy Kreme returning to New England

Krispy Kreme returning to New England

There's some good news for doughnut loving New Englanders -- Krispy Kreme Doughtnuts has announced it's coming back to the region. The company announced  it will open four stores in New Hampshire and three more in Maine in the "next several years." The company didn't provide a specific timeline for the openings. "We already have a nice following in both states, so we're confident...
Sonic Drive-In celebrates Presidents Day with $1 hot dogs

Sonic Drive-In celebrates Presidents Day with $1 hot dogs

Workers and students across the country will get a little time off Monday to celebrate the birthdays of presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and at least one fast-food chain is taking the time to celebrate Presidents Day its own way. At participating Sonic Drive-In locations on Monday, hungry customers can choose between a pair of hot dogs for $1. Patrons can get either a 6-inch All American...
Watch: How to make Oreo-filled Reese's and Reese's-filled Oreos

Watch: How to make Oreo-filled Reese's and Reese's-filled Oreos

The Food Surgeon might have just won the key to our hearts and our taste buds.  In a dramatic video uploaded to YouTube on Jan. 31, the "surgeon" precisely operates on an Oreo cookie and a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup to combine the two delicious treats into two new mouthwatering creations.  Behold, the Oreo-filled Reese's cup and the Reese-filled Oreo.  In four and...
Insane Super Bowl nachos feature 50 ingredients, weigh 66 pounds

Insane Super Bowl nachos feature 50 ingredients, weigh 66 pounds

In 2016, Bon Appétit magazine accepted a culinary challenge from Epicurious to create nachos featuring 50 ingredients in honor of Super Bowl 50. The results are mind-boggling.  Let’s break it down for those brave souls who want to attempt the recipe for future games. Bon Appétit’s 50-ingredient nachos is made up of 12 layers, with 9 kinds of meat plus chili and...
Where to find the best bowls of chili in Dayton

Where to find the best bowls of chili in Dayton

Here are five of the area’s best chili recommendations — and they could not be any different than night and day. Each will make a cold night just a little warmer. Where can I find it:  Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St., Dayton, (937) 461-1101 How does it taste: Hearty helping of grass-fed beef and veggies with red beans in a broth sauce. The meat is fresh from Keener Farms...
LaBelle vs. Franklin: Aretha Franklin to start food line

LaBelle vs. Franklin: Aretha Franklin to start food line

Any alleged beef between singers Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle may be settled in the food aisle of your favorite grocery store. >> Read more trending stories   Franklin plans to come out with a food line that will likely include desserts. The Queen of Soul talked about her food products with Detroit Local 4. She said she also plans to offer chili, her special gumbo and baked chicken...
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