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BREAKING: Irish Pub to shut down in Centerville

A restaurant-bar that has operated as an Irish pub for 13 years in south Centerville will shut down permanently after this Saturday night — but it intends to go out with a flourish. Paddy’s Irish Pub at 953 S. Main St. (Ohio 48) in Centerville is closed today, April 25, but will reopen tomorrow, Wednesday, for five final days. “As a final thank you to our loyal customers, we are...
Become a disciple of duck wings

Become a disciple of duck wings

With chicken, I covet the wings. With duck, not really; they tend to be sinewy and dry, without chicken’s succulence — or so I thought. Then I ordered the duck wings at Upland in the Kips Bay neighborhood of Manhattan and instantly became a duck wing disciple. The fried wings from that first encounter a little over two years ago, made by the chef Justin Smillie, combined crisp skin, rich...

Dear chefs: Time to sauce the food, not smear the plate

It's a truth as old as time, or at least as old as the 1st century A.D. text "Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome," attributed to Apicius: Before you take a bite, you first eat with your eyes. In a 2014 study published in the now-defunct journal Flavour, researchers found that "art-inspired presentation resulted in the food being considered as more artistic, more complex, and more liked"...

A lesson learned while drinking wine in the Arizona desert

There’s no better place to drink wine than at a winery, the place that brought it to life. Cellars are better than the tasting rooms, if you ask me, and vineyards are best of all, when the weather is good. Part of why wine is best at a winery is because it hasn’t traveled, hasn’t been exposed to heat or cold, hasn’t been jostled or hit by light. It’s just been sitting...
Trip to Veracruz, Mexico, brings back recipes for salsa and empanadas

Trip to Veracruz, Mexico, brings back recipes for salsa and empanadas

They dance on the streets in Veracruz City. A couple of nights a week, locals and visitors dress up in their Sunday best and assemble in the town square to enjoy Veracruz’s famous dance, the danzon. Set to live music, the spectacle of young and old dancing together proves unforgettable. We did our best to keep in step; mostly, we just worked up an appetite. Good thing, as there’s much...
'Unicorn food' is colorful, sparkly and everywhere

'Unicorn food' is colorful, sparkly and everywhere

Starbucks began selling “unicorn Frappuccinos” on Wednesday, a colorful kaleidoscope of a drink, breathing new life into a food trend that had been willed into existence by a torrent of carefully composed pictures shared on Instagram and other social media sites. For the unaware: “Unicorn food” is any food item jazzed up with dye or cute accessories like fruit cut into little...
How to make pesto-loaded lamb chops, and which wines to pair

How to make pesto-loaded lamb chops, and which wines to pair

Lamb isn’t exactly the type of meat to hang back in the shadows. You’re eating it because you like its assertive, gamey flavor — but what wine to pair? A tannic red with some acidity will hold up, says sommelier Nate Redner. Try any of his three recommendations below with one of our favorite recipes for lamb chops. ——— With food processor motor running, drop in...
Pith and its young chef move out of Columbia’s dorms

Pith and its young chef move out of Columbia’s dorms

A few weeks before his supper club, Pith, started up again, Jonah Reider was in his spotless new kitchen, toying with a new idea: marrying the barnyard heft of bone marrow with the earthiness of just-in-season morels. “Yo dog,” he texted the next day, the bone marrow turned out to be “so dank.” Yes, chef! “Dank” is not the preferred encomium of the Michelin-star...
Details, de-tails: Get the most of those pink shrimp

Details, de-tails: Get the most of those pink shrimp

This is not an edible nod to millennial pink. Honest. Red grapefruit and shrimp, bathed in a piquant dressing and paired with the crunch of toasted hazelnuts, red onion slivers and perky spring lettuces, just happen to give this plate a look that's very on trend. The shrimp get a little seasoning before they hit the hot pan, and you may notice they do not have their tails - those pinky-size lengths...
Recipe of the Week: Feeding a crowd? Bolognese for all

Recipe of the Week: Feeding a crowd? Bolognese for all

Family pasta night is one of the great American food traditions. I grew up eating a meaty red sauce, but now that so many of my family members are eating more vegetarian and vegan meals, mostly for overall health reasons, we are getting creative about what we eat when everyone gets together. This mushroom bolognese is an ideal dish for such a crowd. It’s kid- and cook-friendly. You can make...
Tacos for a crowd? You’ll want this red chile-braised pork shoulder

Tacos for a crowd? You’ll want this red chile-braised pork shoulder

I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t like tacos. They’re simple yet rich, casual yet special, and the perfect party food. I reserve speedy ground beef tacos for weekday suppers. For entertaining, I turn to the grill for tender beef steak or fish tacos. For do-ahead cooking, there’s nothing better than long-simmered meat cuts, seasoned highly with chiles and vegetables, from the...
We’re all ears for British arlettes, a treat we know as elephant ears

We’re all ears for British arlettes, a treat we know as elephant ears

Avid fans of “The Great British Baking Show” may recall the episode in Season 3 when host Paul Hollywood devilishly chose as the technical challenge a pastry called an arlette. Each face in the meadow’s white tent fell blank. Arlettes? Never heard of them. What’s an arlette? The bakers were, in a word, gutted. Perhaps if Hollywood had called them elephant ears, everyone would...

Egg yolk obsession

We egg snobs have it good in spring. Whether we get our eggs from a winter market, a farmer friend, a hen-ranching neighbor or one’s own backyard flock, we get them fresh. Especially these days. Most hens slow down, or even take an all-out lay-cation during winter. But when spring hits and the world wakes up, the girls get happy, and productive. Freshly laid eggs will elevate any egg-based dish...
Bracing European white wines for crisp salmon cakes

Bracing European white wines for crisp salmon cakes

A lemon wedge is the ubiquitous companion to a serving of fish, whether pan-seared or coated and fried. That spritz of acid the citrus provides also can come from wine, as it does with these three from Italy, France and Spain. All promise to balance the rich salmon cakes for a simple and satisfying dinner. Make this: Salmon Cakes Mix together 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh dill,...
Flavored wine should be stopped dead before it trends

Flavored wine should be stopped dead before it trends

Flavored wine isn’t as old as the hills, but it’s older than a lot of the trees. Ancient winemakers were not averse to adding herbs and spices to their wines, or even honey or sea water. But somewhere along the way, winemakers decided that grapes were enough. Grape juice and yeast. Wooden barrels in some instances, too — call wood the third ingredient. From that magical mixture come...

Taste wine like a pro with these tips

So, because I am a big-shot wine writer — I mean, I probably have up to 12 readers now, including my mom if “NCIS: Los Angeles” isn’t on — I did some wine-tasting on vacation. OK, that sounds like I’ve done something rare, like use a turn signal or not chant “Ref, you suck” during a Miami Heat game. I haven’t. I taste wine on vacation all the time...
When life gives you lemons, bake a cake

When life gives you lemons, bake a cake

Lush, lovely, fragrant yellow lemons can be used for many things, as ingredients in both sweet and savory dishes and dressings, in beverages, or for a snappy puckish garnish. The juice, the pulp and also the zest can be utilized in any number of ways. Is there anything this little vitamin C-packed orb can’t do? And don’t forget, when you are finished with the fruit, drop the remnants down...
You put lemon on pizza? It’s good — trust us

You put lemon on pizza? It’s good — trust us

The daffodil wakes up, stretches out of the slush and yawns brilliant yellow. Spring will be sprung, shortly. The edible garden, however, lies deep in sleep. We’re months away from plucking lettuce, shelling peas, tying up tomatoes-to-be. In chilly anticipation, we pull out preserves. Fragrant flowers spun into honey. Brilliant basil, crushed into pesto. Creamy mozzarella, smoked sultry for...
Lamb chops dish are good any night

Lamb chops dish are good any night

Allspice, cinnamon and a touch of cayenne pepper add a sweet and spicy flavor to loin lamb chops. This is a quick dish for a weekday meal or a special occasion. Loin lamb chops are used here, but rib chops or lamb steaks cut from the leg can be used. The latter is a slice of lamb that is cut through the leg to make a steak about 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick with a round slice of bone in the center. It...
What makes a good cheesesteak? Here are 5 rules from a Philly native

What makes a good cheesesteak? Here are 5 rules from a Philly native

I grew up in the Philly suburbs and was practically raised on cheesesteaks from a very early age. I also spent a summer working in my uncle’s cheesesteak and hoagie shop near San Francisco. So yo, I know what I’m talking about. Here are my rules for a good cheesesteak. (Hint, I have a strong preference for the pizza steak): Start with the rolls. They need to be fresh, firm...
A slice of ambrosia (and that’s just the filling)

A slice of ambrosia (and that’s just the filling)

I’ve long been a fan of shaggy white coconut layer cakes, filled and frosted with ultra-sweet meringue. But it was only recently that I encountered their more flamboyant cousin, the ambrosia cake. It’s got the white cake layers, billowing frosting and shredded coconut of the classic, crossed with the juicy citrus of ambrosia, the salad or dessert of oranges or mandarins, pineapple, strawberries...
Mushrooms on toast, done just right

Mushrooms on toast, done just right

My friends Richard and Deirdre live outside London near Heathrow Airport. Apart from a few annoying planes flying over at odd hours, the setting is idyllic, with fields of wildflowers and tall grasses and trees, and a river flowing by. A continuing project is the restoration of the old family manor, some part of which is always falling down, constantly being repaired and refurbished in their rather...
Legal battle escalates in mother-vs.-son restaurant lawsuit

Legal battle escalates in mother-vs.-son restaurant lawsuit

The mother of the current owner of Coldwater Cafe in Tipp City is urging a Miami County judge to reject her son’s attempt to throw out the lawsuit she filed against her son and the restaurant she founded. Nicholas Hoover, chef-owner of Coldwater Cafe, is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit filed Feb. 16 by Betty Peachey, who founded Coldwater Cafe in 1994. Peachey’s lawsuit claims...
Wait, what? Rob Lowe as Col. Sanders in KFC ads? Believe it.

Wait, what? Rob Lowe as Col. Sanders in KFC ads? Believe it.

Dayton’s own Rob Lowe is the new Col. Sanders in a just-unveiled TV advertising campaign for KFC. The actor has played many roles through the years — as Sam Seaborn in “The West Wing” and Chris Traeger in “Parks and Recreation,” for example — but the former Brat Pack member who also starred in “St. Elmo’s Fire” is branching out into fast...
‘Inspired’ Fusian wants to snag non-sushi eaters, too

‘Inspired’ Fusian wants to snag non-sushi eaters, too

Fusian, the fast-growing sushi-focused chain founded by three Oakwood natives, will introduce a new menu concept aimed in part to diners who don’t like sushi when it opens its third Dayton-area location next week at the Mall at Fairfield Commons. The new Beavercreek restaurant that is now scheduled to open its doors to the public on May 2 will become the first Dayton-area location — and...
Recipes for afternoon tea

Recipes for afternoon tea

17 to 20 two-inch buns These scones are chockablock with dried currants, but the scones are just as nice without them. You'll need a 2-inch biscuit cutter. If you don't have a stand mixer, you can quickly work the butter into the flour mixture by hand or with a pastry cutter. Serve with - what else? - clotted cream and jam. MAKE AHEAD: The dough needs to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. The...

Fast food for the dude: greasy, fatty, salty is red-hot formula

Consumers are maddeningly fickle, switching up tastes on a dime under influence from the latest health craze or rage on social media. But dude, if you want predictability, look to the hungry young men of America. They're golden for the fast-food joints that have zeroed in on them with fat-crammed menus and ads aimed at the bro sweet spot. Exhibit A: Christopher Dan, a 25-year-old law student in Phoenix...
A day in the lunch box

A day in the lunch box

It’s 6 on a Wednesday morning, and Kabir Ahmed has snoozed his alarm one too many times. He steps softly, barefoot, around his small, second-story apartment in Jamaica, Queens, creaking through the green and pink hall. He is late, but careful not to wake his wife and their three children, or his mother, who will be up in an hour to say prayers and cook breakfast. He puts on his baseball hat...
A Nairobi restaurant with local ingredients and a dreamy vibe

A Nairobi restaurant with local ingredients and a dreamy vibe

Harold Sena-Akoto, the Ghanaian-born chef of 45 Degrees Kitchen, learned an inspirational lesson from an Italian mentor years ago. “You know Italians,” Sena-Akoto said with a chuckle. “They are so passionate. My chef said to me: ‘Consider yourself blessed that people come to you for a meal. So imagine that every meal you cook is going to be their last.'” Sena-Akoto seems...
Best Bites: Triscuit Fig & Honey crackers

Best Bites: Triscuit Fig & Honey crackers

Some crackers are meant for snacking, some are meant for cheese. Some, like the original Triscuit, are great for both. One of Triscuit’s newest flavors, Fig & Honey, is meant for cheese. Lightly sweet, and with an even lighter hint of fig, these crackers would be superb with creamy cheeses (I had them with brie) or cheese with fruit, such as Wensleydale. Size: 9.5 ounces Price: $3.15 Available...

Bordeaux vintage 2016: The Medoc

This is the third and final installment of my series of columns on the exceptional 2016 vintage in Bordeaux. I saved the best for last. The Medoc, the area northwest of the city of Bordeaux toward the Atlantic Ocean, is the sweet spot of vintage 2016. Nowhere else in the vast Bordeaux region was the quality of the vintage as consistent across the board. It was particularly so in the districts of Pauillac...
Better diet, better skin

Better diet, better skin

Can what you eat help reduce the sign of aging? Apparently so. New research finds that certain foods can help reduce the signs of aging skin, including wrinkles and dryness, according to Environmental Nutrition newsletter. Try adding these foods for a better complexion.  --Green tea: the polyphenols in green tea may help your skin by offering up protection against UV radiation as well as improving...
This Joe is still sloppy, with extra fun from a funghi

This Joe is still sloppy, with extra fun from a funghi

You can't take yourself too seriously when you're eating a sloppy Joe sandwich. You're bound to giggle at some point when the saucy meat starts spilling out of the bun, and, inevitably, at least some winds up on your face and fingers. It's officially fun food, loved by kids and adults alike. While it's typically not considered healthful, with fatty meat, salt and sugar in spades, just a few swaps...
4 local restaurant stories you may have missed

4 local restaurant stories you may have missed

This week was another wild one on the ol’ Dayton-area restaurant beast — um, I mean, beat. Did you miss any of these? • Hawthorn Grill to morph into deli, breakfast spot: Didn’t see this one coming. Hawthorn Grill had announced less than two months ago that it was becoming more casual — gone were the white tablecloths and some of the more time-consuming menu items...
The no-frills, very British way to host an afternoon tea

The no-frills, very British way to host an afternoon tea

I am an unapologetic Anglophile: "Downton Abbey" marathon watcher. Jane Austen action figure on my desk. Believer that everything sounds better with a British accent. But, oh, the tea. I'm not just talking about a properly brewed cuppa - though even that, by some accounts, is losing ground to coffee - delightful and rejuvenating as it is. What I'm referring to is afternoon tea, that convivial...
Dorothy Lane Market takes over sushi shops

Dorothy Lane Market takes over sushi shops

Dorothy Lane Market has taken over direct control of the sushi shops that it previously leased to a subcontractor in each of its three restaurants and is vowing to take quality and selection “to the next level.” “Our last partner was very good, but we saw the opportunity to go to the next level and increase the customer experience,” Jack Gridley, DLM’s vice president...
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...
These 10 Chinese cookbooks inspire and educate home cooks

These 10 Chinese cookbooks inspire and educate home cooks

You’ve done dim sum, swished Wagyu beef or chrysanthemum greens in a hot pot, wrapped Peking duck in a pancake, slurped Taiwanese noodles and swooned. Now you’re ready to cook. You know where to shop for Chinese ingredients and which pantry basics to pick up. But after that, how to get cooking if you’ve never used a wok? Or how to hone your skills and explore a new regional cuisine...

Crusts off! How to assemble sandwiches for an afternoon tea.

If you'd like to include savory sandwiches in your plans for an afternoon tea, some attention to detail is important. Figure on the equivalent of at least one full sandwich per guest. Tea sandwiches are crustless, often cut in half or into batons ("finger sandwiches") or triangles. Fill the whole sandwiches before removing the crusts and dividing into smaller pieces - it will be easier to...
Red, ripe and renegade: Berries that break all the rules

Red, ripe and renegade: Berries that break all the rules

It ought to be easy to find a single ripe strawberry to sample in a 20-acre field. But Rick Gean picked two bright-red specimens and looked dubious.   “This one should be OK,” he said, sounding not quite convinced. Then again, his definition of ripe is more stringent than most.    Gean and his wife, Molly, own Harry’s Berries, a strawberry farm on the inland edge of...
Tea lovers steeped in tradition and options

Tea lovers steeped in tradition and options

Nicole Schwartz has 18 tea plants growing at her apartment. "A year ago, I probably had 50 or 60," she says. "I lose a few more every few months." Growing Camellia sinensis, or tea, plants is purely a hobby for the Blacksburg, Virginia, resident, so she's not upset when they occasionally succumb to pests or disease. But she is quite serious about tea. Starting as a tea blogger...
How Mr. Fries Man turned his love of fries into an Instagram success

How Mr. Fries Man turned his love of fries into an Instagram success

Craig Batiste isn’t your typical culinary superstar — he doesn’t have a resume that includes staging at any of the city’s best restaurants, he’s adamant about the fact that he isn’t a chef, and his culinary reputation is built on heaping piles of French fries topped with sauteed shrimp and lemon garlic sauce. What he does have is half of a restaurant, which he shares...
Cooking got Barbara Lynch out of South Boston, and brought her back 

Cooking got Barbara Lynch out of South Boston, and brought her back 

Barbara Lynch never thought she would end up in South Boston. The chef is a fierce daughter of Southie, a nickname for this neighborhood (and, she said, an old local term for the people who built it that’s rarely, if ever, used today). Generations of Irish-Americans forged iron and steel, built ports and ships and hauled sugar and molasses in the area’s now-decrepit industrial buildings...
Austin Landing restaurant plans call for 2 stories, outdoor space

Austin Landing restaurant plans call for 2 stories, outdoor space

A two-story building featuring three restaurants facing The Park at Austin Landing will include outdoor space on both levels at “a critical location” in the mixed-use complex off I-75. The last building on the village surrounding the park will be a 19,652 square foot site within yards of a bicycle hub and across the street from two bar/restaurants connected to 12-screen luxury cinema under...
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...
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...
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...
Recipe: Apricot-glazed ham steaks

Recipe: Apricot-glazed ham steaks

Hands on time:   Total time: 30 minutes  Serves: 3 3 ( 1/4-pound) ham steaks or 1 ( 3/4-pound) ham steak cut into thirds 1/4 cup apricot spreadable fruit 1/4 cup orange juice 1 orange, peeled and sliced  In a lightly oiled large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, add ham when skillet is hot. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until...
Recipe: Ambrosia dessert

Recipe: Ambrosia dessert

"At holiday gatherings, while Dot was alive, she spoke of her mother and her wonderful cooking. Some of these recipes were passed to me. The ambrosia, simple as it is in ingredients, is definitely a refreshing favorite. It was always served as a dessert after a huge [holiday] meal, when it was peak season for citrus."  Hands on time: 10 minutes  Total time: 10 minutes ...
Cinnamon Bun Oreos debut while a once limited time flavor returns

Cinnamon Bun Oreos debut while a once limited time flavor returns

There’s a new kind of Oreo on the block. To the delight of cookie lovers, Cinnamon Bun Oreos hit the shelves Monday. They consist of a cinnamon bun-flavored cream nestled between a pair of cinnamon cookies. They’re designed to have a “fresh-from-the-oven” taste and cost $4.49, according to Eater. The cookies appeared on shelves alongside a much-loved, limited time flavor that...
How to make Wookiee cookies

How to make Wookiee cookies

Got your Wookiee cookies ready? In anticipation of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” The Force is on just about everybody’s mind — and that includes Robin Davis, the author of the original official “Star Wars” cookbook. It was the late 1990s and Davis, who lives in Ohio now, was working as a food writer at the San Francisco Chronicle. Chronicle Books was publishing...
Bake these mint chocolate chip cookies on Thanksgiving

Bake these mint chocolate chip cookies on Thanksgiving

Betty Crocker has an incredible recipe for Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies. Enjoy! You will need:1 pouch Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix½ cup butter or margarine, softened¼ to ½ teaspoon mint extract6 to 8 drops green food coloring1 egg1 cup crème de menthe baking chips1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, mint extract...
Woman attacks restaurant manager with chicken nuggets

Woman attacks restaurant manager with chicken nuggets

A hungry diner was upset when her nuggets and fries were not as hot as she would have liked. KCCI reports the woman then upped her game by chunking the food at the Burger King manager. When workers told the woman they were calling police her response was, “I don’t (profanity) care.” The nugget tosser left the restaurant, but cops found a car matching descriptions given by witnesses...
Vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes made with real food (not Tofurkey)

Vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes made with real food (not Tofurkey)

Vegetarians at a family Thanksgiving dinner are accustomed to getting the stink eye, the exasperated sigh, and the classic, “I think these mashed potatoes are meat-free…oh wait, I used chicken stock.” On a day that emphasizes indulgence to the point of a bellyache, those who choose to avoid meat are often the odd ones out. Instead of complaining, vegetarians just grin, bear...
Nabisco releases limited-edition Hot Cocoa cookies

Nabisco releases limited-edition Hot Cocoa cookies

Nabisco is hoping to warm you up this winter with its latest Chips Ahoy flavor - but only for a limited time. >> Read more trending stories   Hot Cocoa Chips Ahoy will hit store shelves across the country on Nov. 2. The hot chocolate-flavored cookies are filled with a creamy fudge center and contain marshmallows and chocolate chips. According to Thrillest, the special-edition cookies...

Vermont hotel to serve $75 roadkill-inspired menu

Hotel Vermont will offer a "Wild About Vermont" event on Nov. 7 that will feature a game supper, with donations from hunters and fishermen in the state. The game supper will include fish, deer, bear, moose, muskrat and other roadkill. You read right: They'll serve roadkill. Vermont Fish and Wildlife will supply three animals that were injured or killed on roads and highways for...
How to get a pumpkin spice latte days early

How to get a pumpkin spice latte days early

While the official start date for Starbucks’ famous pumpkin spice latte is not until September 8, fans of the drink can earn a special pass to get one early. The official Twitter account for the drink, @TheRealPSL, tweeted instructions on Thursday night. Eager customers can go to this website and enter the word "pumpkin" to unlock their pass.  Anticipation for the pumpkin spice...
This magical way to cut a watermelon will surely become your new tailgating party trick

This magical way to cut a watermelon will surely become your new tailgating party trick

Watermelon is the perfect back yard snack, or treat for your tailgate, but this new way to cutting it will definitely impress your friends. The trick involves cutting a watermelon to look like a perfectly smooth orb. How do you do it? Well it actually involves two watermelon of about equal size. You shave the rind off of one, while you carve out the inside of the other. Put the two together, and you&rsquo...
M&M's releases new fall flavor, pecan pie

M&M's releases new fall flavor, pecan pie

Fall is still a few weeks away, but foodies can rejoice, Oktoberfest brews are hitting the coolers and fall candy flavors are being stocked. M&M's has introduced its 2015 fall flavor and it is taking a page out of a southern favorite: pecan Ppie. While it seems early, some stores like Walmart have already been putting the limited edition candy out on shelves, People magazine has reported.   An...
Worst restaurant meals in America

Worst restaurant meals in America

You will not believe the unhealthy dishes that "won" this year's Xtreme Eating awards. Add these to your list of "avoid" or "split" the next time you stop at one of these popular chain restaurants to refuel. PLUS: We share healthy menu alternatives available at the very same restaurants. We'd never tell you not to indulge on vacation. And we're not food snobs. We enjoy...

Starbucks rolls out Mini Frappuccino

More than 20 years after its introduction, the Frappuccino is getting a makeover. Starbucks has rolled out a smaller serving size of the frozen blended favorite. Called the Mini Frappuccino, it will only be available for a limited time, until supplies last at participating Starbucks, the company announced. Officials said the rollout is in response from customers who wanted a smaller drink size. The...
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