Food & Dining


FOOD DEALS: Celebrate National Tequila Day with these discounts and freebies

Tequila. You either love it, or you hate it. Regardless, you probably owe a few memorable nights out with your friends to this stuff, despite how much you actually remember. Today is the official day to celebrate these potent, festive party shots.  That’s right, today is National Tequila Day. Don’t ask us why the stars aligned just right to have this holiday on a...
New Dayton diner launches new breakfast and lunch specials today

New Dayton diner launches new breakfast and lunch specials today

Since their opening earlier this month, 416 Diner in the Oregon District has been rumored to have some of the best pepperoni rolls this side of West Virginia. The breakfast, lunch and late-night diner is growing its menu with its very first breakfast and lunch specials. Available as of today, you’re going to need a few napkins to finish these sizzling specialties.  Stuffed Breakfast Pepper...
Barry Bagels announces grand opening date

Barry Bagels announces grand opening date

UPDATE: The Dayton area’s first Barry Bagels restaurant is gearing up to open, and has announced an official grand opening date.  “Our official grand opening will be Tuesday, July 25,” co-franchisee Jennifer Fester said in an email.  The shops hours will be 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.  ORIGINAL STORY...
How to dine well — and properly — in another country

How to dine well — and properly — in another country

When you’re traveling internationally, eating at local restaurants is an opportunity to learn about that country’s culture and customs, says Gert Kopera, the executive vice president of global restaurants for Hakkasan Group, a collection of 41 restaurants worldwide. But, Kopera said, dining out can also make travelers uncomfortable. “Dining etiquette and traditions vary by country...
Dress up mealtime with DIY flavored butters

Dress up mealtime with DIY flavored butters

There on the table were four scoops of flavor, each more alluring than the last, along with slices of a baguette. Where to begin, when the options are salted maple, blueberry basil, raspberry with pickled rhubarb, and chocolate?  On another day, I would have been fooled into thinking these were treats from the freezer. But not today, as I sat across from Beth Fisher, who has taken on the role...

You don't need to go full vegan to get the vegan benefits

Cutting meat and dairy out of your diet is hard. Staying healthy while you do it can be harder. The wrong kind of exclusively plant-based diet, one that includes a lot of refined grains and sweetened beverages, can actually increase the risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new study from Harvard University. On the other hand, reducing your intake of animal products while boosting your consumption...
Drink ‘Game of Thrones’ wine. It’s so much better than getting beheaded.

Drink ‘Game of Thrones’ wine. It’s so much better than getting beheaded.

When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. But when you play the “Game of Thrones” wine tasting, everybody wins. Also nobody gets stabbed, decapitated, disemboweled, impaled, poisoned, burned alive, blown into a million little pieces or shoved out the Moon Door.  The HBO series based on George R.R. Martin’s novels is back, and we are maybe a little too excited about...
Lime, sugar and rum: A true Brazilian caipirinha is a thing of beauty

Lime, sugar and rum: A true Brazilian caipirinha is a thing of beauty

When it comes to even the simplest of cocktails, proper technique matters. My husband, Otavio, and I were at a restaurant recently and there was a caipirinha on the craft cocktail menu. A native of Brazil, my husband asked what brand of cachaca they used (low-end but perfectly acceptable) and ordered one.  The drink arrived with two floating slivers of lime. “This is not a caipirinha,&rdquo...
North of Nordic: A young chef invents ‘Neo-Fjordic’ cuisine 

North of Nordic: A young chef invents ‘Neo-Fjordic’ cuisine 

“So this little ball of depressing represents the past of Norwegian food,” said chef Christopher Haatuft as he lovingly set down a drab bite of smoked mackerel butter on rye-pumpernickel bread. “This one is the future, the way it should be,” he said, pointing to a snowy pile of sugar-and-salt-cured halibut, garnished with horseradish shavings and baby alfalfa. “And this...
It's too hot to cook, but this easy dinner will keep you cool

It's too hot to cook, but this easy dinner will keep you cool

I used to have all the time in the world to make dinner. See, I was a freelance food writer, and it was my job to obsess about what to cook, how to cook it and how to frame it for an Instagram post. Then I did something crazy - took a full-time legit job as editorial director at cookbook publisher Clarkson Potter. And now . . . those languid days of dinner dreaming are gone, baby, gone. Even though...
5 wines - including reds! - to chill with this summer

5 wines - including reds! - to chill with this summer

If your red wine seems to wilt in the summer heat, give it a chill in the refrigerator or an ice bucket. Or even better, shake things up with a chilled sparkling red Lambrusco from northern Italy. This week's wines include a great example, plus a French rosé, a spicy Austrian red, a tropical Aussie chardonnay and a bargain wine from Spain. Great value 3 stars Italy, $16 We tend not to think...
The dos and don’ts of brunch

The dos and don’ts of brunch

There a few activities that are at the top of my life list: I like getting pedicures, I like shoe shopping, and I like to brunch. (Should my hobbies be more interesting? Ahhh, well.) Brunching is one of the things I look forward to the most during the weekends. It’s the perfect opportunity to slow down for a moment, gab with friends, and enjoy some major grub. Breakfast food is my absolute favorite...
Why try your hand at blending wine? To learn what you like

Why try your hand at blending wine? To learn what you like

Sitting in a room full of wine barrels, winemakers and sommeliers seemed like a dream come true until such terms as "sub-appellations," "malolactic fermentation" and "diurnal fluctuation" started being bandied about with abandon. It was like I had landed on an island where the natives speak a different language, and I was just hoping to nod my head at the correct time...
3 junk foods that scream Dayton

3 junk foods that scream Dayton

Dayton loves its junk. And by junk, we mean sugary and/or salty treats that send your mind back to those carefree days of childhood. You know what we mean by carefree days of childhood.  Those days where you could eat an entire box of Little Debbie Fudge Rounds every day and not gain a pound.  The good ole days.  Luckily there are tons of junk foods you can sink your teeth in (and...
How to score a FREE Chipotle burrito this summer (hint: it’s kinda fun!)

How to score a FREE Chipotle burrito this summer (hint: it’s kinda fun!)

OK, you’re going to have to do a little work for this offer, but it’s worth it for a deal, right? Chipotle is offering buy one get one free burritos as part of a new collaboration that is connected to an iconic hip-hop act. Yes, that’s right. Now you have to know more, right? Know up front you will need to invest about 3 minutes of online play time to get this offer. 1. Visit the...
Finding comfort in scalloped corn

Finding comfort in scalloped corn

I haven’t had nearly my fill of corn on the cob this year: plain, boiled and buttered; roasted in the husk and drizzled with olive oil; or grilled over coals and rubbed with something spicy. There is something wonderful about its simplicity. Fetchingly wrapped in a bright green husk, a fresh ear of corn is as beautiful as it is ready to cook. We grasp it, steaming, in our hands as we nibble...

Ichicoro Ramen to open sister restaurant in downtown St. Pete's Station House

Two years ago, Ichicoro wowed New York City with its Tampa-style ramen, noodles overflowing with Florida freshness and ingredients. Even Gwyneth Paltrow showed up to the popup to slurp noodles. Later that year, Ichicoro Ramen opened in Seminole Heights and the tiny restaurant contained the most sought-after seats of the year. And this autumn, Ichicoro Ane comes to St. Petersburg. Ane is "older...

Another classic diner turns off the grill, a victim of rising rents

John Vasilopoulos and Nick Tragaras stood before an assembly line of egg sandwiches. Tragaras slid the eggs and bacon from the griddle onto the buns as Vasilopoulos followed to wrap and stack. It was a familiar rhythm for the owners of Cup & Saucer, a diner on the eastern edge of Manhattan’s Chinatown. But on Monday afternoon, after more than 70 years, the clink of metal spatulas flipping eggs...
Love BBQ? Here are 3 reasons you can’t miss this festival this weekend

Love BBQ? Here are 3 reasons you can’t miss this festival this weekend

So here we are in July and you’re saying you feel a little festival’d out? Allow me to offer you three reasons to rise up off the couch and go out and do it again for the Buckeye Craft Beer & BBQ Festival in Waynesville this Saturday. Now I know lots of area festivals have beer, and we’re sure glad they do. But do they have more than 60 different beers? Doubtful. From New...
50 local restaurants serving up a week’s worth of special deals next week

50 local restaurants serving up a week’s worth of special deals next week

Get your forks ready. The Summer Restaurant Week promotion runs July 23-30 offering meals from nearly 50 restaurants across the Dayton area ranging in price from $20.17-$30.17. The restaurant week promotion was established more than a decade ago as a way to generate interest traffic to local restaurants and help give diners a chance to explore the menu at a more affordable price point.  It&rsquo...
New downtown Dayton restaurant and bar now serving lunch

New downtown Dayton restaurant and bar now serving lunch

Hannah’s, named after owner Luke Feerer’s 9-year-old daughter, opened its doors for the first time on June 3. Although patrons have been enjoying the full-service bar while the downstairs kitchen is under construction, Feerer started to feel pressure to push out a lunch menu. “It’s almost like having a baby or falling in love, it’s never the perfect time,”...
One of Dayton’s most popular food trucks returns to area this Friday

One of Dayton’s most popular food trucks returns to area this Friday

There will be a delicious homecoming this Friday at the Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally. Every third Friday of the month, the Yellow Cab Building parking lot transforms into the epicenter for Dayton-area food trucks.  Umami Bites, a foodie favorite at the Yellow Cab since the rally’s first gatherings, will return home from its cross-country tour to feed its first fans once again.  >...
You must try the amazing chai French toast at this Dayton café

You must try the amazing chai French toast at this Dayton café

The adorable little café nestled on Brown Street is quite humble about a heavenly breakfast item we found on their menu. Chai Tea French Toast at Butter Café. Yes, if you thought the aromatic smell of Chai could only be found in your favorite latte, then boy, do we have news for you.  >> Lily’s Bistro hosting secret pop-up dinner for a good cause First of all, what...
JUST IN: Brand new, delicious Dayton food celebration coming soon

JUST IN: Brand new, delicious Dayton food celebration coming soon

Local foodies, you will have a reason to celebrate this fall.  Just as it is planning for tonight’s sneak peek to Summer Restaurant Week,  The Miami Valley Restaurant Association told this news organization that it is adding a brand new Fall Restaurant Week Oct. 22-29.  “A few of the restaurants suggested it,” said Amy Zahora, the association’s executive...
The new summer beer hitting taps this week that you’ll want to try

The new summer beer hitting taps this week that you’ll want to try

Just in time for the dog days of summer comes Yellow Springs Brewery’s latest release — Boat Show IPA.  The beer, with its tropical fruit and citrus hop notes designed to mix nicely with Crystal malts, is meant for lounging by the water on a hot day. Boat Show, at 7 percent ABV, comes after repeated experiments under the name of “EXPIPA”.  “Boat...
You won’t want to miss out on this crazy Esther Price candy deal

You won’t want to miss out on this crazy Esther Price candy deal

Esther Price fans rejoice! One of Dayton’s favorite chocolatiers is having its annual Bulk Candy Sale — but you’re going to have to hurry. This sale is a big one. HALF-OFF big. The sale began Saturday and will only continue while supplies last. So if you want to stock up for those "treat yourself” moments, now is the time to make a move. If you’re wondering...
Lily’s Bistro hosting secret pop-up dinner for a great cause

Lily’s Bistro hosting secret pop-up dinner for a great cause

On Monday, August 7, Lily’s Bistro will be opening their doors for a special 5-course Secret Pop Up Dinner in benefit of Dayton’s House of Bread. >> Lily’s Bistro expands weekend brunch “We’ve always dreamed about different ways to utilize the restaurant on Monday, the one day that we’re closed,” Emily Mendenhall, owner of Lily’s Bistro said. &ldquo...
In Bristol, England, a restaurant goes back to rustic basics

In Bristol, England, a restaurant goes back to rustic basics

Some chefs serve commercial mayonnaise. For Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, the chef and an owner of Paco Tapas, and Dave Hazell, the head chef, making mayonnaise is a two-day process. Crab shells are roasted and then infused in vegetable oil for 48 hours. The flavored oil is blended with ingredients like cider vinegar distilled from apples grown in nearby Somerset. The luscious, tangy result is indicative...
10 summer value wines

10 summer value wines

It's summertime, and the living's easy. So, too, should be the wines you drink. May they go down easy, and be easy on your wallet as well. I've selected a handful of superb wines that, in my humble opinion, over deliver for the price. Some of these are perennial favorites, such as the Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino, and some are recent discoveries, such as the well-balanced and elegant Stateland...

Only 118 calories! 3 Daughters debuts light craft beer

There's craft beer (interesting, delicious, caloric) and then there's mass-market light beer (watery, disappointing, yet only 100 calories). Never the twain shall meet, right? That's changing. New technology has allowed brewers to produce low-gluten beers and low-alcohol beers, so why not low-calorie beers? Georgia's Red Hare Brewing Co. launched Gem City Classic Craft Light Lager in January, just...
How to pair gazpacho with summer wines

How to pair gazpacho with summer wines

The dog days of summer are upon us, and what better way to beat the heat than a simple, chilled soup? When pairing, opt for wines that bring zip and zest — this trio will do just fine. ———  Peel and chop 3 medium seedless cucumbers. Combine in a bowl with 2 ribs celery, chopped; 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped; 2 cloves garlic; 2 slices white bread, torn into pieces; 1/2...
After a quick spin in the blender, chia goes from slime to sublime

After a quick spin in the blender, chia goes from slime to sublime

It was summer, a few years ago, and we were at a dear friend's house, finishing up a lovely, casual supper, when out of the fridge they came: little cups filled with chia pudding. The guests - none of whom had tasted this before - were all polite, but the expressions around the table were quizzical, not enthusiastic. Chia puddings, if you haven't had the pleasure, can sometimes suffer from a texture...
A JPMorgan exec and a cybersecurity expert bet on a billion-dollar future for hemp

A JPMorgan exec and a cybersecurity expert bet on a billion-dollar future for hemp

Meet your local hemp farmers. Mark Justh was a managing director for JPMorgan Chase in Asia. Dan Dolgin worked in counterterrorism for various agencies in Washington, D.C. Now the two are partners in the hemp business. JD Farms specializes in top-quality food products including baby greens, pasta and cold-pressed oil that are attracting notice from chefs and from Whole Foods Market. JD Farms in Eaton...
Get to know Australian wines (beyond cute critter labels)

Get to know Australian wines (beyond cute critter labels)

Just about all of the words in our native tongue sound deliciously mysterious and foreign when they are spoken by an inhabitant of that faraway land known as Australia, but some of their wine words have a rhythm all their own, no matter who says them: Barossa, Coonawarra, shiraz and stickies. Recent statistics list Australia as the sixth most productive wine country in the world, though the land Down...
Carillon Brewing Company bottles its first wine

Carillon Brewing Company bottles its first wine

The center for Dayton history made its own history today by officially corking their first bottle of wine.  Carillon Brewing Company, the nation’s only fully-operational production brewery in a museum, unveiled the wine they have been aging since October.  According to the label, it’s a “semi-sweet wine made with aromatic Concord grapes from the rich Ohio Valley. A...
Bar arcade throwing taco and tequila party tonight 

Bar arcade throwing taco and tequila party tonight 

Tacos, tequila and Frogger ... ain’t nothing wrong with that.  DK Effect, the new bar arcade at 1600 E. Third St in the Huffman Historic District, is teaming up with its neighbor, Taqueria Mixteca, for its first Taco and Tequila Party from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight, July 18. DK Effect co-owner Josh Brown said the  plan is to repeat the party every Tuesday. ...
What the new Elsa’s will have that you won’t find at any other location

What the new Elsa’s will have that you won’t find at any other location

Elsa’s, which operates four Mexican restaurants and sports bars in and around Dayton, is moving closer to adding a fifth location on Wilmington Pike in Sugarcreek Twp. When this news outlet told you about the new restaurant in the works, Jason Hemmert, son of Elsa’s founder Bill Hemmert, was reluctant to go into great detail about his plans, because at the time, he had not yet signed a...
For just $10, you can eat out for every meal today

For just $10, you can eat out for every meal today

Eating out doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Too early for that much thinking? It’s OK, we’ve done some of the work for you! So follow this plan (or create your own) to take advantage of some serious food deals today. The International House of Pancakes, better known as IHOP, is celebrating its 59th anniversary with 59-cent pancakes. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., participating...
When coals are called for, so is fresh squid

When coals are called for, so is fresh squid

As a confirmed squid lover, I have happily eaten more than my fair share, at home and on the road, in places hither and yon. In Italy, it shows up in rustic fish soups, in fritto misto, simmered in a luscious squid-ink sauce for the most exquisite spaghetti or risotto. It’s also frequently found as perfectly fried calamari, served with a lemon wedge. Throughout Asia, fresh squid features in...
From the Middle East, a perfect summertime starter

From the Middle East, a perfect summertime starter

As you scan the menu at a Yemeni restaurant, you'll likely see hummus, sambusas or salad nestled among the starters. You'll also spot one of Yemen's most popular appetizers: shafout, flatbread drenched in a tangy, herbed sauce and topped with fresh accents such as lettuce, tomato and cucumber. Spices and herbs vary by cook, explains Taha Alhuraibi, chef and partner at Saba' Restaurant in Fairfax,...
What have they done to Twinkies?

What have they done to Twinkies?

In this day and age of funky flavors and unicorn colors, the makers of the venerable Twinkie are making sure they aren’t forgotten. Hostess has thrown a new flavor into the snack ring, the Chocolate Peanut Butter Twinkie. It’s spongy, chocolaty and filled with peanut butter creme filling. OK, health fanatics, we know that Twinkies are high in fat and made with 37 ingredients, but Hostess...

Switch to vegetarian food on Air India causes an uproar

Coming from some other debt-ridden airline, it might have been shrugged off as just another service cutback. But not this time: When Air India announced Monday that coach passengers on its domestic flights would now be offered only vegetarian meals, the move provoked an uproar on social media. G.P. Rao, a spokesman for the government-owned airline, said the change was made a week ago strictly to reduce...

Now you can have marijuana in your coffee without brewing a whole pot

Want your morning coffee to come with a little extra buzz? Brewbudz just might do the trick. A company called Cannabiniers on Wednesday launched the Brewbudz, which is "the world's first cannabis infused coffee, tea and cocoa pods." The pods are compatible with all Keurig and Keurig 2.0 brewers, making your morning wake and bake as simple as pushing a button. Brewbudz are available in different...
Coffee and long life

Coffee and long life

Drinking a few cups of coffee every day just might help you live a little longer, according to two new studies. Researchers found that daily coffee drinkers were up to 18 percent less likely to die over the next 10 to 16 years, versus non-drinkers.  The findings were based on research on over 700,000 middle-aged and older adults, and back up results from other studies on moderate coffee drinking...
Bite-size, feel-good, 1 ingredient Whisps are cheesy crisps

Bite-size, feel-good, 1 ingredient Whisps are cheesy crisps

I like to nibble on something crunchy and loaded with flavor when I’m reading a book, watching a game, sipping a cocktail, hanging out with pals, stuck in traffic. But don’t we all? What I don’t like is a pile of greasy, salty chips with a ton of carbs or overly processed un-food. My years’ long quest has been for a snack that delivers flavor and crunch and is actually good...
Resources for drinking well

Resources for drinking well

Travelers today face a wealth of good options when it comes to drinking wine and beer. “I think today you can be surprised most everywhere,” said Pascaline Lepeltier, beverage director at the restaurant Rouge Tomate in New York City. But the variety can be overwhelming, especially when exploring a new place. Here, beverage industry experts offer their advice on how to find interesting...
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 summer (or anytime) with these incredible BBQ spots

Celebrate summer (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...
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...
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