Food & Dining


JUST IN: Two local breweries snag 3 golds EACH at international beer competition

Two Dayton-area breweries scored a nice little trifecta of gold medals at a just-completed international competition held each year in Lexington, Ky. The 2018 Commonwealth Cup beer competition put on by Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. awarded gold medals to Dayton Beer Company’s Beast of Tadmor Village, Upright Smoked Lager, and Midnight Dream, and another three gold...
FOOD NEWS: Local restaurant chain named to national ‘Top 100 Movers & Shakers’ list

FOOD NEWS: Local restaurant chain named to national ‘Top 100 Movers & Shakers’ list

A Kettering-based restaurant chain scored some national acclaim over the weekend when it was named to Fast Casual’s “Top 100 Movers and Shakers” list. It’s at least the second appearance on the list for Hot Head Burritos, which opened its first restaurant in Kettering in 2007. Hot Head was #54 in the 2012 Top 100 Movers and Shakers list, and earned #57 on the 2018 list...

Poached Salmon with Chive Sauce and Vegetable Fettuccini

A light chive sauce tops gently poached salmon fillets in this quick dinner. Fresh linguine with carrots and broccoli complete this simple, elegant meal. Shredded carrots can be found in the produce section of the supermarket along with broccoli florets. This means there’s no slicing and chopping for the Vegetable Fettuccini side dish. — Any type of vegetable can be used for the fettuccini...
U.S. consumers confident their food is safe as grilling season kicks off

U.S. consumers confident their food is safe as grilling season kicks off

About three-quarters of  Americans plan to don an apron and grab a spatula to grill their  favorite steaks, burgers or chicken this year. But can consumers trust  their food is safe as grilling season kicks into high  gear? Ninety-four percent of American say yes, and that's good news as  Americans enter the heavy summer grilling months.  Cargill's latest Feed4Thought...
Your kid's buddy has severe food allergies. Here's how to host a safe play date.

Your kid's buddy has severe food allergies. Here's how to host a safe play date.

I take it for granted that I can bring my daughter to any playground and let her climb the monkey bars. I can send her to school without worrying that lunchtime could be dangerous. Boarding an airplane doesn't put me on high alert, and I never fret that another mom may have left peanut butter residue on the cutting board where she is now making my child a snack. I have the luxury of never worrying...
Chick-fil-A increases scholarship investment with $14.5 million to team members

Chick-fil-A increases scholarship investment with $14.5 million to team members

Chick-fil-A@ is awarding more  than 5,700 Team Members $14.5 million in scholarships. The investment  in this year's program marks a $5.7 million increase since 2017 and is  the one of the highest unrestricted per-employee scholarship  investments in the industry. Team Members who are beginning or  continuing their higher education will be awarded scholarships in the ...
Lamb, a meat hated by 13 percent of American diners, is gaining ground

Lamb, a meat hated by 13 percent of American diners, is gaining ground

Lamb, of all things, is making a comeback in America. Arby's, the king of roast beef, will soon start peddling lamb gyros year round. Sandwich seller Potbelly Corp. is offering a gyro flatbread; Darden Restaurants Inc.'s Yard House brewery, a lamb burger topped with feta cream cheese; and Romacorp Inc., lamb ribs at more of its Tony Roma's restaurants. Meanwhile, fast-growing Mediterranean-style eateries...
A classic Indian cookbook returns, this time for Americans

A classic Indian cookbook returns, this time for Americans

When Sameen Rushdie was a child in India in the 1950s, she unpacked a tiffin at school every day. The steel compartments of the traditional lunchbox held home-cooked macaroni and kheema bound with melted cheddar and covered with grilled tomatoes. Smoky kebabs with tender, cold parathas. Moats of mashed potato around ginger-spiked beef and peas. It was only lunch. But for Rushdie, who would go on to...
A Mumbai restaurant celebrating the flavors of Goa

A Mumbai restaurant celebrating the flavors of Goa

Despite the nostalgia for Goa, the petite state on India’s western coast, held by Mumbai residents, restaurants featuring its cuisine — seafood-forward, infused with vinegar and heat, the legacy of four centuries of Portuguese rule colliding deliciously with Indian flavors and ingredients — are scarce in the city. So when rumors began circulating that the all-star team behind Mumbai&rsquo...
Silvaner, a lovely yet unloved Spring wine, needs friends

Silvaner, a lovely yet unloved Spring wine, needs friends

With the overwhelming number of wines available today from all over the world, in a vast diversity of styles, many made from grapes virtually unknown a generation ago, consumers have had to resort to shortcuts and workarounds to slice through the confusion. Some buy only wines made from familiar grapes that have been critically praised over time. Others are more adventurous, as long as the wines come...
Your guide to the best hidden gem ice cream shops around Dayton

Your guide to the best hidden gem ice cream shops around Dayton

The weather is finally hot enough for us to enjoy a frozen treat.  If you’re anything like me, the family-owned dairy joints with decades of loyal patrons are always my go-to. There’s just something about those quaint shops with tried-and-true flavors and concoctions that have garnered decades of fans. Here’s a guide to treating yourself with the area’s most loved...
Festival to give away BIG prizes when it sells its 1 millionth famous chicken dinner

Festival to give away BIG prizes when it sells its 1 millionth famous chicken dinner

Winner winner, chicken — winner! It’s almost time for one of Ohio’s oldest and most beloved festivals. The Versailles Poultry Days Festival — almost a “local holiday” in West Central Ohio since its beginnings in 1952 — will take place June 8-10. This year, the poultry party reaches a monumental milestone.  >>Newly opened coffee shop...
Need to keep a cheesecake from sticking to the pan? Try this.

Need to keep a cheesecake from sticking to the pan? Try this.

Food writer Tamar Haspel recently joined The Washington Post Food staff to answer questions about all things edible. Here are edited excerpts from that chat. A: First, do you mean he made individual little cakes in the wells of a muffin tin? Was there graham cracker crust on the sides too? Or was it a single pan? In general, sometimes the cake is so chilled that it sticks. You can let the cake sit...
3 restaurants have now closed at this high-traffic location

3 restaurants have now closed at this high-traffic location

The closing of the Milano’s restaurant in West Chester Twp. marked the third eatery to shut down in the building near the corner of Tylersville and Cox roads. The Dayton-based restaurant chain announced Thursday that it had closed its location at at 7701 Voice of America Park Drive “effective immediately.” “It is with heavy hearts that we share this news and we so appreciate...
How to prepare your outdoor grill for its time to shine

How to prepare your outdoor grill for its time to shine

No summer weekend is complete without an outdoor barbecue. But before you fire up the grill this season, you'll want to give it a thorough cleaning and make sure it's safe to use. After all, you don't want a grimy, greasy grill ruining the flavor of your Kobe steaks - or, even worse, a fire hazard in your back yard. Have an electric grill? You're in luck. Because electric grills are almost always...
JUST IN: New sports bar in the works in Warren County

JUST IN: New sports bar in the works in Warren County

A new sports bar to be called Reid’s Sports Bar & Grill is in the works in Warren County, according to state records and social-media posts. The new sports bar is coming to 549 E. Main St. in Lebanon. The space previously housed a barbecue restaurant.  The founders have created a Reid’s Sports Bar & Grill Facebook page, and they applied for a full liquor license for the space...
NEW DETAILS: Owner reveals plans for new Warren County sports bar

NEW DETAILS: Owner reveals plans for new Warren County sports bar

The founder of what will soon be the Miami Valley’s newest sports bar says he wasn’t necessarily looking to open a pub. But when a building became available around the corner from Andre Reid’s house in Lebanon, Reid’s son Dezmon urged him to take a look at it. He did, and now, he’s a month or so away from opening Reid’s Sports Bar & Grill at 549 E. Main St...
Newly opened coffee shop adds Young’s Jersey Dairy ice cream

Newly opened coffee shop adds Young’s Jersey Dairy ice cream

A locally owned and independent coffee shop has added ice cream from Young’s Jersey Dairy to its menu, starting today, Friday May 18. Grind House Coffee and Tea, which opened just last month at 313 W. Main St. in Fairborn, has been “test-dipping” cones from the iconic Yellow Springs ice cream shop this week, but formally launches Young’s ice cream today. "I came...
Why work when you can procrastibake?

Why work when you can procrastibake?

All procrastibakers do not bake alike. Procrastibaking — the practice of baking something completely unnecessary, with the intention of avoiding “real” work — is a surprisingly common habit that has only recently acquired a name. Medical students, romance writers, freelance web designers: Almost anyone who works at home and has a cookie sheet in the cupboard can try it. &ldquo...
All-you-can-eat pizza all weekend long — and you might burn some calories in the process

All-you-can-eat pizza all weekend long — and you might burn some calories in the process

Do you love pizza? Do you love to skate? Then you’re in for a treat. This weekend at Skateworld of Kettering, you can get all-you-can-eat pizza with a full paid admission. This special feature is valid 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 12 to 4 p.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. 12 p.m., 12 to 4 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday.  Friday admission...
Egg farm responsible for salmonella outbreak had 'unacceptable rodent activity,' FDA report says

Egg farm responsible for salmonella outbreak had 'unacceptable rodent activity,' FDA report says

A North Carolina egg farm that authorities say is responsible for a salmonella outbreak that has sickened several people in nine states has had a heavy rodent infestation and failed to take actions to reverse it, according to an inspection report. Dozens of rodents, some alive and some dead, were found inside Rose Acre Farms' hen houses in its North Carolina facility. Many, the U.S. Food and Drug...
A day to celebrate Haiti’s flag, and its foods

A day to celebrate Haiti’s flag, and its foods

After six hours of cooking, my aunt Margaret Moise finally sat down at a table covered with a medley of dishes from her native Haiti. She had spent the day in my parents’ kitchen teaching her daughter and nieces, including me, to cook the food she grew up eating on holidays like Haitian Flag Day, celebrated on May 18. A day once marked by compulsory demonstrations of national pride under the...
CDC comes close to an all-clear on romaine lettuce as E. coli outbreak nears historic level

CDC comes close to an all-clear on romaine lettuce as E. coli outbreak nears historic level

It's unlikely that anyone currently has edible romaine lettuce that's contaminated with the toxic strain of E. coli bacteria sickening people nationwide since March. That was the message Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and if not exactly a thundering signal of "all clear," it's pretty close. Romaine lettuce has a shelf life of about 21 days. The current outbreak...
Easy pork tenderloin is spiced, smoky

Easy pork tenderloin is spiced, smoky

This pork tenderloin coated with an Asian-spiced glaze is quick and easy. It can be made under the broiler or on a grill. I’ve given methods for both. Toasted sesame oil gives a slight smoky flavor to the pork. It can be found in most supermarkets. Plain sesame oil can be used. Garlic and soy sauce flavor stir-fried broccoli and Chinese noodles. To speed the cooking, the pasta is cooked in a...
How to buy, store and cook shrimp

How to buy, store and cook shrimp

A: While buying shrimp at Kroger on one of the grocery chain’s four-day specials, I overheard lots of questions about shrimp. What size are these? How long will they stay frozen? What’s the best way to cook them? Shrimp is popular year-round; it’s America’s most-consumed seafood, according to the National Fisheries Institute. What’s great about having a stash of frozen...

Making granola at home is easy and scrumptious with this Maple Cashew Granola

If I’m being honest, most of what I do in the kitchen is recreate really delicious things I’ve eaten somewhere else. No, it never tastes the same, but it’s a useful way to get cooking inspiration, and also to not spend $10 on something it takes $2 to make yourself. The most recent example is a granola from Bandit Coffee Co. in St. Petersburg, Fla. One day when I was in for a latte...
The plastic straw is losing status as New York’s big sipper

The plastic straw is losing status as New York’s big sipper

Finally, it’s warm enough to walk the streets of New York while nursing an iced coffee, a chilled juice or a cold soda. It’s straw season. But in many quarters, the ubiquitous plastic straw has suddenly become a pariah for the harm it can do to the environment. The United States alone uses and discards millions of plastic straws every day, according to Eco-Cycle, a nonprofit group that...
Butler County pizza, sub restaurant closes ‘effective immediately’

Butler County pizza, sub restaurant closes ‘effective immediately’

A popular Dayton-based restaurant announced today that it has closed its Butler County location “effective immediately.” “It is with heavy hearts that we share this news and we so appreciate the West Chester community for all of the support they’ve shown us,” Milano’s Pizza, Subs & Taps wrote today via social media. “We are making every effort to relocate...
What’s the frequency, Kenneth? Local brewery brews special beer for Hamvention 

What’s the frequency, Kenneth? Local brewery brews special beer for Hamvention 

The Dayton area’s newest brewery has created a special beer for this weekend’s Hamvention — and it will be available not only in the brewery’s tasting room, but also at the Hamvention itself.  The beer is called Potentiometer Pale Ale, and it was brewed by Devil Wind Brewing for the annual gathering of amateur-radio enthusiasts that is now held at the Greene...
The same local BBQ rub declared best, worst in America

The same local BBQ rub declared best, worst in America

A chef and pitmaster for a local barbecue restaurant is scratching his head after one of his products that previously captured first place in a national competition came in dead last out of nearly 200 rubs in another competition, the results of which were released last week. Chris Cavender, founder of the online-order company UrbanQ Smokehouse and pitmaster at 1572 Roadhouse Bar-B-Q near Waynesville...
When cooking is about ease, not ‘easy’

When cooking is about ease, not ‘easy’

Easy cooking may not be as easy as it seems. This simple truth became painfully evident on a trip to the port of Essaouira in Morocco a few years back. I visited the town to shoot a segment in a TV show about Moroccan food, and my first task was to grill a whole sea bass over fire in an open-air restaurant. Gathered around were a bunch of local kids, a production team of eight, a few chefs from neighboring...

One of the South’s simplest foods got one of the biggest food awards

The world shifted a little last Monday night at the James Beard Awards: They hung a medal around Rodney Scott’s neck. There are so many reasons why that’s a very big deal. It’s the James Beard Foundation, the most coveted award for chefs and restaurants. And Scott is African-American, and African-American chefs have struggled for recognition and professional respect in the culinary...
The German Chocolate Cake is not actually German, it’s Texan

The German Chocolate Cake is not actually German, it’s Texan

It may surprise you to learn that German Chocolate Cake is not actually German. (But don’t worry, it’s still very much chocolate and still very much cake.) And it’s also very Texan. Pecans aren’t historically found in the German diet, but Texans sure love them. Buttermilk — which is mixed with chocolate in the cake — is also a Southern staple. As it turns out, the...
Sweets: Berries & limes

Sweets: Berries & limes

TWO BREEZY TREATS TO COMPLEMENT ANY SPRING MEAL These cookies are a two-bite take on Brazilian “lemonade” (basically a creamy limeade). Just swirl a dollop of tangy citrus filling between two tender sugar cookies — and let it shine through the cutest of cutouts. Active Time: 1 hour 20 minutes Total Time: 4 hours 25 minutes Makes: 30 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more...
This new Oreo flavor tastes like floor cleaner

This new Oreo flavor tastes like floor cleaner

Controversy has befouled a national contest to create a new Oreo flavor: One Colorado woman says she came up with the company's new cherry cola flavor but has not been given proper credit. Taylor Young says Oreo sent her a box of her proposed cherry cola Oreos thanking her for her contest entry, which comes with the chance to win $500,000, but she told a local news station that the company has since...
Sons of immigrants prop up a symbol of ‘Frenchness’: The baguette

Sons of immigrants prop up a symbol of ‘Frenchness’: The baguette

Beware that basket of limp crust put in front of you. Not all French bread is created equal. So sacred is the classic baguette that French law strictly codifies it, protects it and regulates it. There are in fact few things more closely associated with France than the baguette, that long crusty stick that announces its nationality like no other bread. So the mastering of that symbol of Frenchness...
Garlicky lemon tahini sauce transforms steamed artichokes

Garlicky lemon tahini sauce transforms steamed artichokes

Every action provokes an opposite and equally aggravating reaction. This is the third law of motion, more or less, and because it is the law, you must obey. For instance, should the season’s first artichoke inspire you to action — lighting the grill — you will collide with the reaction of empty propane tank, dead ignition and rusted grates. Leading to artichoke abandonment. Likewise...
Sichuan food is so much more than spicy

Sichuan food is so much more than spicy

Westerners love to treat Sichuan food as a dare or, worse, as a mild form of torture to inflict upon friends unfamiliar with the cuisine's sometimes-weaponized use of chile peppers. Just ask Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN's "Parts Unknown." During a trip to China, Bourdain used his buddy Eric Ripert as a culinary test dummy, eager to see the effects of Sichuan chile oil on the famed chef's...
Grocery targets Dayton food desert: ‘We’ve got to do something about it’

Grocery targets Dayton food desert: ‘We’ve got to do something about it’

The Gem City Market will be built on the 300 and 400 block of Salem Ave., bringing a full-service grocery store to one of the largest food deserts in the state. Supporters on Wednesday announced the location of the market, which will be Dayton’s first worker and community-owned co-operative grocery store. MORE: Mountain bike park near UD Arena may get rolling The market will be constructed on...
JUST IN: 3 Southwest Ohio wineries strike gold in 2018 Ohio Wine Competition

JUST IN: 3 Southwest Ohio wineries strike gold in 2018 Ohio Wine Competition

Three southwest Ohio wineries were among the double-gold/category winners in the 2018 Ohio Wine Competition. Fulton Grove Winery east of Cincinnati captured top honors for “Best Red Wine” for its 2015 Syrah;  Vinoklet Winery & Restaurant in Cincinnati captured the top prize for “Fruit/Specialty  Wines” for its “Sweet Jackie” Blackberry...
Sample 16 food trucks THURSDAY at one Butler County event

Sample 16 food trucks THURSDAY at one Butler County event

Food options abound Thursday, May 17, at the Spring Monroe Food Truck Fare. Presented by the city of Monroe and Monroe Police Department, the event takes places from 5 to 9 p.m. at Monroe Community Park, 500 South Main St. and feature 16 food trucks. MORE: New restaurant opens at former Red Onion location in Monroe The list includes Bone Brothers Wings, The Cheesecakery, Rovey’s Turkey Burgers...
New craft cocktail bar coming to the Oregon District

New craft cocktail bar coming to the Oregon District

The Oregon District will soon have a new craft cocktail bar in a venue that would have been impossible before a 2016 change in state law. The Belle of Dayton Distillery shut down its tasting room and gift shop yesterday, May 15, so it can be transformed into a craft cocktail room, to be called the “Van Buren Room,” founders and brothers Murphy and Mike LaSelle told this news...
7 tips to survive & thrive at the Fleurs de Fete wine fest

7 tips to survive & thrive at the Fleurs de Fete wine fest

Fleurs de Fete, Dayton’s largest wine and food festival, can be great fun — even moreso if you follow these few survival-and-enhancement tips from a savvy veteran who went to the first one in 1990 and darn near every one of ‘em since then.This is the 27th year for the festival, which will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 20 at Carillon Historical Park. ...
How to craft an easy menu with science

How to craft an easy menu with science

How do you ensure a knockout meal? You could rely on outdated recipes from faded cookbooks, or you could harness science to construct a flawless menu that also happens to be a breeze to make. I undertook this mission after picking up “The Flavor Matrix” by James Briscione, who “collaborated” with IBM’s famous supercomputer Watson, the same creation that thoroughly embarrassed...
What’s next? Shrimp in your cereal?

What’s next? Shrimp in your cereal?

My interest was piqued by a promoted tweet and fueled by dietary nihilism. Red Lobster had announced a lobster-and-waffles special for most of April, and I couldn’t get the image of the crispy, buttermilk-battered split Maine lobster tail atop a “signature Cheddar Bay waffle” drizzled with maple syrup out of my head. My wife and I decided to try it; it was a meal we were prepared...
Why rice paper and wonton wrappers should be staples in your pantry

Why rice paper and wonton wrappers should be staples in your pantry

You may be used to keeping a loaf of bread around for easy impromptu dinners. Or maybe a pack of tortillas. But how about rice paper? Or wonton wrappers? Both are staples in Asian cooking. Rice paper is just what it sounds like - thin, stiff sheets made primarily from rice, though tapioca starch can be mixed in, too. The most common size is around an 8-inch circle. Wonton wrappers are also very thin...
Cheezies, dill pickle chips and Cuban lunches

Cheezies, dill pickle chips and Cuban lunches

Don’t call it junk food. It’s academic research, at least for a University of Winnipeg historian, Janis Thiessen, author of “Snacks: A Canadian Food History,” which was published last year. Canada once had a wide array of Canadian brands of potato chips, other salty snacks and candies. But as in most of the rest of the world, the number of nationally owned or nation-specific...
GMO foods will soon require labels. What will the labels say?

GMO foods will soon require labels. What will the labels say?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed new guidelines for labeling foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, starting in 2020. The safety of genetically modified ingredients, widely known as GMOs, remains a source of anxiety for some Americans despite the scientific studies that say they pose no health threat. Many food makers now voluntarily place “No GMO” labels on...
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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