Food & Dining


Brand new Domino’s Pizza location now open

Pizza lovers in the Moraine-West Carrollton area have a new place to indulge their cravings. A Domino’s Pizza franchise officially opened for business Tuesday, July 17, at 5103 N. Springboro Pike in Moraine.  The building housing the pizza chain had some serious remodeling done before opening this week. 
JUST IN: Famous ‘gas station chicken’ Krispy Krunchy now available in Beavercreek

JUST IN: Famous ‘gas station chicken’ Krispy Krunchy now available in Beavercreek

The famous gas station chicken is flying the coop to its own store in Beavercreek — almost. The Pita Wrap on Colonel Glenn Highway near Wright State University is now housing its very own Krispy Krunchy Chicken store inside the existing restaurant’s building. That’s right, the Middle East and the South have teamed up to feed every kind of foodie craving in the Beavercreek and...
New restaurant coming to Hamilton’s Lindenwald neighborhood

New restaurant coming to Hamilton’s Lindenwald neighborhood

A new entry in Hamilton’s restaurant scene is set to make its debut in a spot recently vacated by a longtime family restaurant. Dean’s Grill, a restaurant offering American and Mediterranean cuisine, will open in the coming few months at 2535 Pleasant Ave. in Hamilton’s Lindenwald neighborhood at the former site of Lindenwald Station, which opened its new location last week in Fairfield...
In Mexican town, Coke is everywhere. So is diabetes.

In Mexican town, Coke is everywhere. So is diabetes.

Maria del Carmen Abadía lives in one of Mexico’s rainiest regions, but she has running water only once every two days. When it does trickle from her tap, the water is so heavily chlorinated, she said, it’s undrinkable. Potable water is increasingly scarce in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a picturesque mountain town in the southeastern state of Chiapas where some neighborhoods...
When Eton mess gives you extra yolks, whip them up into ice cream

When Eton mess gives you extra yolks, whip them up into ice cream

I make ice cream when I crave Eton mess — that lovely pile of broken meringue, whipped cream and strawberries so beloved in the U.K. This convoluted cooking happens to me often — an ingredient left from one project prompts another. Egg yolks left over from making the meringues for the Eton mess mean custard or eggnog or, in this case, ice cream. First, let’s talk about Eton mess...
How to transform a bakery croissant into something marvelous

How to transform a bakery croissant into something marvelous

Somehow, I got it in my head that almond croissants were for kids; that grown-up connoisseurs would stick to the plain buttery crescents. And so I put away those sweeter childish things. But we all have moments of weakness. Pilates strengthens my core, but it does little for my willpower. A while back, on my way home from class, I stopped at a bakery and found myself ogling a croissant generously...
Ceviche is the refreshing, no-cook fish dish you need this summer

Ceviche is the refreshing, no-cook fish dish you need this summer

Raw fish is a hard sell for some people, and I'll admit it had been for me at one point. That aversion can be a turnoff when it comes to something like sushi. Ceviche, however, is a good intermediate step for the raw fish skeptic, because of its preparation. Like its Japanese cousin, this South American specialty consists of unheated seafood that is allowed to shine. I say unheated, because it is...
Can craft brewers make good light beer? Our tasting pits them against Bud, Miller, Coors, more

Can craft brewers make good light beer? Our tasting pits them against Bud, Miller, Coors, more

It’s official. Craft beer is better. Or, at least craft beer is often more nuanced and interesting than Big Beer and made with better ingredients that extract superior results. There was no other conclusion after reassembling our panel of brewers from last summer’s macro beer tasting to taste 15 light lagers blind. Five of the 15 could be considered craft beers; four of them finished in...
One man’s journey from Iranian sailor to candy store poet

One man’s journey from Iranian sailor to candy store poet

A young filmmaker named Arya Ghavamian recently visited Ray’s Candy Store in the East Village neighborhood of New York with his camera. Behind a worn blue counter, a teenage girl slathered melted cheese onto a hot dog for a customer. The narrow fluorescent-lit shop opened on Avenue A in 1974, and it is cluttered with old radios, ice cream machines and hand-drawn signs advertising treats like...
‘I swear I’m an adult.’ Starbucks banning plastic straws — but you can have a sippy cup

‘I swear I’m an adult.’ Starbucks banning plastic straws — but you can have a sippy cup

If you were like many other kids, you probably stopped drinking from a sippy cup when you were 3 or 4 years old — and you probably never had coffee in your spill-proof cup. But times have changed. Now years later, it’s time to accept that you may need to start drinking from a sippy-cup-like lid again, even while drinking coffee and tea. As part of a global movement to reduce the amount...
NEW DETAILS: Grind House Coffee shop to open in Huber Heights this week

NEW DETAILS: Grind House Coffee shop to open in Huber Heights this week

The Dayton-based coffee brand, The Grind House Coffee and Tea Company, wasted no time moving forward after the abrupt closing this week of its first standalone shop. In a Facebook post Monday afternoon, Grind House announced it would be closing its Fairborn location on West Main Street just a few months after opening.  >>Fairborn coffee shop abruptly closes, announces new location in Huber...
IHOP offering 60 cent pancakes TODAY for 60th anniversary

IHOP offering 60 cent pancakes TODAY for 60th anniversary

After nearly a month of calling itself the "International House of Burgers," IHOP is going back to what made it famous — pancakes. The diner chain announced its second "name change" in as many months last week, tweeting that it would "never turn its back on pancakes (except for that time we faked it to promote our new burgers)". IHOP also said it would celebrate...
Did you know one hidden gem still makes Dayton’s famous Rike’s Sloppy Joe sandwiches?

Did you know one hidden gem still makes Dayton’s famous Rike’s Sloppy Joe sandwiches?

For some people in Dayton, hearing “Rike’s” might not stir any reaction at all. For others, however, Rike’s Department Store is a treasure trove of childhood memories from long ago.  Formerly located where the Schuster Center stands today, the downtown Rike’s may be gone physically, but still remains a source of many people’s fond memories. One of those memories...
Local Asian food truck opens its brick & mortar restaurant TODAY

Local Asian food truck opens its brick & mortar restaurant TODAY

An Asian-themed food truck is poised to become the latest Dayton-based mobile eatery to make the jump to bricks-and-mortar restaurant — and like its predecessors, it has every intention to keep its food truck operating.  The Vistro food truck will launch The Vistro Modern Vietnamese restaurant on Tuesday, July 17, at 3937 Linden Ave. across from the Eastown Shopping Center in Riverside...
Here's what we learned about buying and cooking beef after spending time with Niman Ranch

Here's what we learned about buying and cooking beef after spending time with Niman Ranch

Not everyone would be clicking their heels at the invitation, but I was over the moon. It was a personal invite to join the Niman Ranch Senior Executive Angus Beef Education Conference and Tour in Sabetha and Manhattan, Kan., in May.  I had been included the year prior in their Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner Weekend in Iowa, where I had taken a crash course in naturally raised pork. The idea...
This spicy Middle Eastern condiment is finally getting the attention it deserves

This spicy Middle Eastern condiment is finally getting the attention it deserves

The sauce might be red, or green. It might have mint, or jalapeño, or fenugreek, or parsley. It might be called zhug, or zhough, or s'hug, or sahawiq, or daqqus. But it's all the same thing: a spicy Middle Eastern condiment that, at long last, is getting its due in the United States. Zhug, the Hebrew word for the sauce, and sahawiq, one of the Arabic words for it, originated in Yemen, but it...
With 9,000 bottles of dirty ‘spring water,’ a Chinese artist gets results

With 9,000 bottles of dirty ‘spring water,’ a Chinese artist gets results

The 9,000 bottles of water on display at an art gallery in Beijing last month appeared identical to those of Nongfu Spring, one of China’s most popular spring water brands, with one jarring difference. Inside each bottle was brown, murky groundwater collected from a Chinese village. The water from the village, Xiaohaotu, in the central province of Shaanxi, is polluted with heavy metals, the...
Greece is the word: Food for the immortals

Greece is the word: Food for the immortals

Yes, the recipe for moussaka has 25 ingredients. No, I never run recipes that long, because who has the time? — To be honest, when I decided to write about the food of Greece I wasn’t even thinking of including a recipe for moussaka, because it is too obvious a choice. Most everyone who wants to make moussaka already has a recipe for it. — But then I saw that the recipe came from...
How to take your fruit salad from boring to brilliant

How to take your fruit salad from boring to brilliant

Admittedly, fruit salad might not be something your friends and family would swoon over. After all, some of us remember the syrupy canned concoctions of our youth. Maybe the mere mention of it conjures a bunch of random fruit thrown into a bowl. There is room for improvement. Here are a few tips on how to upgrade the flavor and appearance of your next fruit salad, without a tremendous amount of effort...

Veiga da Princesa’s Albarino is a Spanish white worth savoring

I’ve got another gem for your treasure chest. It’s an Albarino, from Spain, and one of my three favorite white varietals. Veiga da Princesa Albarino might be the best one I’ve had in years. Even though I had this Spanish gem with an ITALIAN seafood salad, they both played nicey nice together. Albarino is a exceptional wine to pair with seafood, especially shellfish. So the pasta...
Explore Michigan’s diverse wine scene, one of the country’s most exciting developing regions

Explore Michigan’s diverse wine scene, one of the country’s most exciting developing regions

Michiganders have a way of showing their hand. They have a technique — a tradition, really — of lifting their right hand and pressing their left index finger into a spot on their palm to give you, the Michigan-geography-challenged, a lesson in what’s where. The state looks like a mitten (thus the palm, with closed fingers and a slightly extended thumb), sitting solidly in the Midwest...
Could you make it through dinner without checking your phone?

Could you make it through dinner without checking your phone?

When Marc and Kara Lyons take their family out for a nice dinner, they typically hand their two sons cellphones to play games and watch YouTube videos. Sometimes, the parents grab the devices back to check their own email and text messages. But on a recent night at Hearth, an Italian-inspired restaurant in the East Village, the boys, 5 and 7, colored on blank white paper with crayons. Their parents...
Grilling burgers? Up your game with these homemade bun recipes

Grilling burgers? Up your game with these homemade bun recipes

To any real fan, a hamburger is never just a burger. Rather, it’s a work of art, passionately thought out and painstakingly executed. A great burger is the very extension of the grill master’s identity, the perfect blend of meat for flavor and just enough fat to keep it juicy and rich, flavored with the right mix of spices. Top that beauty with colorful veggies, a slathering of homemade...
You’ll welcome this bit of steam heat at your table

You’ll welcome this bit of steam heat at your table

This meal of crisp vegetables and plump shrimp is light, fresh, flavorful and fast. It is just the thing to whip up when you need to reset from a weekend of typical summer party fare, heavy on the grilled meats and mayonnaise-y salads. This dish celebrates the season healthfully by letting colorful summer vegetables - zucchini, red peppers and sugar snap peas - simply shine. And it couldn’t...
Flavored vodka is moving on from its whipped cream, PB&J past

Flavored vodka is moving on from its whipped cream, PB&J past

Though they may never grace an award-winning bar menu or be spoken of in the hushed tones used for rare single malts, flavored vodkas are coming of age. “What’s tarnished their reputation is that a lot of brands put out flavors that were not naturally grown,” says Grey Goose global ambassador Joe McCanta, referring to flavors such as peanut butter and jelly and whipped cream. &ldquo...
A tasty summer salad that’s throw-together simple

A tasty summer salad that’s throw-together simple

Sometimes, I’m up for anything in the kitchen: ready to experiment, excited by recipes that require multiple processes. Most weeknights, though, my pressing question is: What can I throw together quickly — I mean, immediately — that will still taste good? And as the days and nights get warmer, my desire for effortlessness increases. That’s why I love a recipe that says, in...
Full of healthful fat, salmon is one of the easiest fish to grill

Full of healthful fat, salmon is one of the easiest fish to grill

If you’re new to grilling fish, salmon is one of the best to try first. For starters, salmon can take the heat. It’s a dense fish with firm flesh that holds up well to grilling directly on a hot grate. Choosing salmon means you’re also getting a dose of healthful fat. Think about the Mediterranean diet recommendations of eating healthful fats, fish twice a week, plenty of plant-based...
It’s mango season. Try this quick fruity summer salad

It’s mango season. Try this quick fruity summer salad

Here’s a quick summer salad. Sweet mangoes, roasted chicken and a tangy dressing provide contrasting flavors. Lush, ripe mangoes are hanging from the trees in Florida. It’s the best time of year to buy mangoes throughout the United States. Buy roasted chicken breast in the cooked meat case or deli for the salad. No cooking is needed for this dinner. Cucumbers cut into cubes mixed with...
Leave those bottled dressings behind and make your own vinaigrette

Leave those bottled dressings behind and make your own vinaigrette

I am the kind of person who buys a bottle of salad dressing, uses it once and then promptly forgets about it in a jumble of other condiments until well after the expiration date. I suspect I’m not alone. Even when I have a bottle of dressing socked away, I am much more tempted to just whip up a quick vinaigrette myself. That way, I never have to worry about being stuck with too much (although...
A super-easy chilled soup that’s a hot-day lifesaver: Vichyssoise

A super-easy chilled soup that’s a hot-day lifesaver: Vichyssoise

The name is the fanciest thing about this summertime soup, and you don’t even say it the fanciest way. Vee-she-swah, the pronunciation that’s most divorced from actual letters — usually the way to go when it comes to French — is, in this case, incorrect. It’s vee-she-swaazz, an even more hilarious hey-I’m-wearing-a-beret mouthful. After I said it recently, a friend...
Fairborn coffee shop abruptly closes, announces new location in Huber Heights

Fairborn coffee shop abruptly closes, announces new location in Huber Heights

Grind House Coffee and Tea Company in Fairborn had a ribbon cutting at its grand opening in late April, but now, only three months later, the coffee shop has suddenly closed. After days of being “temporarily closed,” Grind House posted to Facebook Monday afternoon that the Fairborn location will be closing for good, while a new Huber Heights location is in the works.  Tuesday morning...
Xenia restaurant takes home top trophies in chicken wing competition

Xenia restaurant takes home top trophies in chicken wing competition

The best wings in the Miami Valley were on display at this year's Kickin' Chicken Wing Fest.  The event, now in its eighth year, drew more than 12,000 wing lovers over the course of the day to Fraze Pavilion, according to Amy Zahora, executive director of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association.  Two to three wings were sold by 14 vendors for $3 a taste. Five food judges chose winners in...
In-season strawberries add rich flavor to steak

In-season strawberries add rich flavor to steak

Big, red, juicy strawberries are in season and full of flavor. For this quick dinner, I blended strawberries with soy sauce mixture to make a dressing for steak. Sesame noodles and spinach accompany the steak. The strawberries give a rich body and texture to dressing and complement the beef. If pressed for time, omit the soy sauce, vinegar, sugar and ginger from the recipe and use bottled teriyaki...
How to dry-braise chicken and banish badly poached bouncy meat

How to dry-braise chicken and banish badly poached bouncy meat

Poaching is a crime. If it’s not yours, don’t swipe it. And if it is yours, and it’s a plump chicken breast, and you’re craving the clean flavor and moist bite you attribute to a boiling bath, please: Consider the consequences. Dropped in hot water, the egg turns tender. But poaching leaves chicken bouncy and bad. See? Crime doesn’t pay. Try a dry braise, a crime against...
Diabetes Quick Fix: Lemon pepper shrimp and couscous on a bed of spinach

Diabetes Quick Fix: Lemon pepper shrimp and couscous on a bed of spinach

Hot, spicy, lemon pepper shrimp with couscous and olives combine to make this a tasty one-pot meal that can be prepared in 15 minutes. The shrimp marinates for a few minutes in lemon juice and cracked black pepper while you prepare the remaining ingredients — Diced fresh onions can be found in the produce section of the supermarket. — Frozen diced onion can be used instead of the fresh...
When summer corn is at its sweetest, this Thai salad adds a little heat

When summer corn is at its sweetest, this Thai salad adds a little heat

When I crave fresh corn - meaning all summer long - I usually want an easy preparation that showcases its sweet flavor. Often, that means simply grilling, barely steaming or microwaving it. I'll cook more than I need for one meal on the weekends, shave it off the cob and keep it around for salads, cold soups, grain bowls, tacos and more. But when I'm after something a little more complex, I start...
It’s easy. It’s impressive. It’s dinner.

It’s easy. It’s impressive. It’s dinner.

I always thought of my mom as an impressive home cook. When I was growing up in the San Fernando Valley, she made things that felt a bit fancy in a California-in-the-'90s way, like steamed artichokes with lemon butter and toasted rice pilaf, sun-dried tomatoes scattered on everything. But it was her whole butterflied trout with garlicky breadcrumbs that dazzled 12-year-old me the most. There she was...
A restaurant takes on the opioid crisis, one worker at a time

A restaurant takes on the opioid crisis, one worker at a time

Five years ago, Rob and Diane Perez found a spoon and a ramekin in the trash at a branch of their Saul Good Restaurant & Pub, and realized that their top server was doing heroinin the bathroom. They had already lost the first manager to join their staff; she died in jail after trying to obtain prescription pills illegally. But they did not put the pieces together until last year, when they got a call...
7 fast food chains agree to drop

7 fast food chains agree to drop "no-poaching" clauses

Seven fast food chains have agreed to drop "no-poaching" clauses that bar employees from switching between company franchises, agreeing to end a practice critics say drags down wages for millions of workers amid scrutiny from state authorities and federal lawmakers. On Thursday, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, D, said that the seven chains - including Arby's, Carl's Jr., and McDonald's...
Cheryl’s Cookies to host SWEET bake sale all week long

Cheryl’s Cookies to host SWEET bake sale all week long

If you’re a Cheryl’s Cookies lover, you won’t want to miss the upcoming gourmet cookies and baked goods sale. From July 16 to 21, Cheryl’s Cookies will host the Sweet Summer Bake Sale with up to 75 percent off individually wrapped cookies, gift boxes, frozen doughballs, and more. At the flagship Westerville location, the first 50 customers on Thursday, July 19, will receive...
Here’s where you can pick up a quick, grab-and-go breakfast for less than $3 in Dayton

Here’s where you can pick up a quick, grab-and-go breakfast for less than $3 in Dayton

Waffles don’t have to be just for weekends now, thanks to Ghostlight Coffee.  The Best of Dayton coffeehouse winner, located at 1201 Wayne Ave., has added this sweet treat to its morning breakfast offerings. This latest addition to the menu is just one of the ways the coffee shop is trying to provide more options for its vegan customers. The move comes one month after ...
The only gazpacho recipe you need right now

The only gazpacho recipe you need right now

4 to 8 servings (makes 7 cups) What tomato soup is to winter, gazpacho is to summer - a quick, easy bowl that is just right for the season. Gazpacho is a quintessential Spanish summertime soup. It is not cooked and can vary in composition and ingredients, but it typically includes tomatoes, peppers, onions, cucumbers, olive oil, vinegar and garlic. For a classic version, I've turned to one of the...
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...
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...
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 ...
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