Food & Dining


A simple, tasty pasta recipe that will help you dispatch that zucchini

Every year, there's a zucchini problem, and it goes something like this: Too many zucchini, not enough ideas. Oh, sure, you can avoid them. That is, if you're not a gardener who planted them, or a community-supported-agriculture subscriber who gets them in your box, or a market shopper who was seduced by the stacks of green. As a vegetarian dedicated to seasonal eating, I usually eat my fill for as...
The best cocktail bar in America is now in Washington

The best cocktail bar in America is now in Washington

Washingtonians: If you want to experience the heights of the craft cocktail renaissance, look no further than your own back yard. Everybody else: You now have yet another reason to visit the District of Columbia. At this year's Spirited Awards at Tales of the Cocktail - where bars, drinks and brand ambassadors are recognized by peers around the world - the Columbia Room won best American cocktail...
West Carrollton swapping free ice cream for redevelopment ideas

West Carrollton swapping free ice cream for redevelopment ideas

West Carrollton is using free ice cream to seek feedback on plans to revitalize the city’s center. Concepts for future development of the former Fraser Paper Mill and the Olde Downtown area near Elm Street and Central Avenue will be the focus of an ice cream social next week. RELATED: Downtown corridor target of study City officials and consultants will be on hand for the free event from 6 to...
The outta-this-world solar eclipse sweet treats you need in your life

The outta-this-world solar eclipse sweet treats you need in your life

Eclipse glasses? Check.✔️ Eclipse watch party plans? Check. ✔️ The only thing missing is this... Ashley’s Ashley's Pastry Shop in Oakwood is offering a few solar eclipse inspired treats to celebrate the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. The staff at Ashley’s generously dropped off some samples at our office, and they were truly divine. Here’s...
Hamilton, Lebanon eateries among Ohio’s 10 Best Mom & Pop Restaurants

Hamilton, Lebanon eateries among Ohio’s 10 Best Mom & Pop Restaurants

A Hamilton eatery that has been family run for over 70 years has been named one of the 10 Best Mom & Pop Restaurants in Ohio. A home-cooked meal at Hyde’s Restaurant must be followed up with “a homemade pie and some of their legendary ice cream,” according to the website Best Things Ohio, which published the top 10 list. “Hyde’s Restaurant has been serving the community...
JUST IN: Dayton coffee shop seeks liquor license, in part for pavilion

JUST IN: Dayton coffee shop seeks liquor license, in part for pavilion

A downtown Dayton coffee shop and wine bar is seeking the state license to be able to serve cocktails, in part to take full advantage of the expected increase in activity tied to next year’s opening of Levitt Pavilion, its owner said this morning. 3rd Perk Coffehouse & Wine Bar at 45 W. Fifth St. applied to the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control last week for the license...
New restaurant sets opening date in former Max & Erma’s in Beavercreek

New restaurant sets opening date in former Max & Erma’s in Beavercreek

The former Max & Erma’s restaurant in front of the Mall at Fairfield Commons will be reborn in about six weeks with a new name and a new concept. Construction is on track for a projected opening date of Oct. 2 for the new MacKenzie River Pizza Grill Pub, a spokesman for the restaurant chain and a spokeswoman for the Fairfield Commons mall told this news outlet Thursday. The Max & Erma&rsquo...
This new local beer is only at Submarine House -- and you can try it today

This new local beer is only at Submarine House -- and you can try it today

There’s nothing like the pairing of the right beer with good food, and Submarine House restaurants have teamed up with Vandalia’s Hairless Hare Brewery for what they feel is one such a union. The brewery has specially brewed Bottom Dweller IPA as the house beer for Dayton-based sandwich and pizza chain. This is the second collaboration with Hairless Hare, who previously...
Ain’t got time to bake cookies? This creation lets you eat edible dough. 

Ain’t got time to bake cookies? This creation lets you eat edible dough. 

What beats your favorite Oreo cookie but still tastes like an Oreo cookie? How about safe and edible Oreo cookie dough.  The Cookie Dough Cafe, an Illinois-based shop that got its start through the popular TV show “Shark Tank,” has created a Cookies & Cream-flavored cookie dough loaded with chunks of Oreo cookies.  For now, those outside of Illinois can only purchase the latest...
When it comes to grilling, ‘Fire good’ is my motto

When it comes to grilling, ‘Fire good’ is my motto

We live in a divided nation. And the split goes way deeper than politics. What I’m talking about strikes at the very core of summer cooks: gas vs. charcoal.  Fans of each type of grilling fuel defend their choices with the venom of politicians on Twitter at midnight.  Gas fans paint charcoal grillers as knuckle-dragging Neanderthals who have more lighter fluid than good sense. That...
Cue the carrots! Strike up the squash!

Cue the carrots! Strike up the squash!

On a muggy day in July, in a Long Island backyard, a group of musicians had gathered for rehearsal. As their conductor gently raised both hands, they steadied their instruments, and played the first notes of a Bach chorale, “Nun freut euch, Gottes Kinder all.” The conductor stopped them. The snake gourd had not hit the D and the butternut squash had come in a little sharp. Take it from...
Pound cake to help you cope

Pound cake to help you cope

Julia Turshen’s newest book, “Feed the Resistance,” was written as her awareness of political involvement grew after the 2016 election. The book is a collection of recipes designed to feed and nourish “folks who are too busy resisting to cook,” interspersed with essays about community involvement, activism and food-related issues. Turshen, a renowned author of many cookbooks...
What to eat for the eclipse

What to eat for the eclipse

Historically, our sun is the only thing guaranteed to be eaten during a solar eclipse. “A frequent theme is the gods are angry, man has displeased them, and they are taking the sun,” said Fred Espenak, an eclipse chaser who has traveled around the world for 27 eclipses. The ancient Chinese believed it was a dragon who snapped up the sun; the Vikings thought it to be a pair of wolves. This...
Treat yourself to crepes on a weeknight

Treat yourself to crepes on a weeknight

When you're cooking for two and neither of you are particularly picky eaters, you have the luxury of stretching the repertoire every now and then. I recommend these crepes, which are quite doable on a weeknight. The batter, made with white whole-wheat flour, needs only a 15-minute rest. The filling is no more than interesting mushrooms browned in a pan and topped with a sprinkling of grated Swiss...
How to travel with tomatoes, freeze pesto and other questions answered

How to travel with tomatoes, freeze pesto and other questions answered

Cookbook author Jeff Koehler recently joined The Washington Post Food staff to answer questions about all things edible. The following are edited excerpts. Recipes whose names are capitalized can be found in the Recipe Finder at washingtonpost.com/recipes. Q: We're visiting my Dad next week; he lives about 400 miles away. I know he would love some tomatoes from my garden. What's the best way to bring...
JUST IN: Beavercreek restaurant makes list of ‘fastest growing’

JUST IN: Beavercreek restaurant makes list of ‘fastest growing’

A restaurant that opened its first Dayton-area location just two months ago at the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek today scored a national shout-out for the chain’s swift growth. The Lakewood, Ohio-based Melt Bar & Grilled was named to the 2017 Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Melt ranked 4,906th on the list, with 2016 revenue of...
3 new restaurants to open today at UD

3 new restaurants to open today at UD

Three new dining options will open today on the University of Dayton campus, with a fourth new restaurant slated to open next week. All four restaurants will be open to the general public, not just students and staff. The new restaurants are part of a broader $7 million renovation to the dining areas of Kennedy Union, ensuring that it will offer the university community “expanded food choices...
Chick-fil-A to shut down for 2 weeks for expansion, renovation

Chick-fil-A to shut down for 2 weeks for expansion, renovation

Chick-fil-A fans who live or work in the Beavercreek area are facing a disruption in their routines next month. The Atlanta-based fried chicken chain’s restaurant at 2360 N. Fairfield Road south of the Mall at Fairfield Commons is scheduled to shut down after the close of business on Sept. 23 so that workers can launch a kitchen expansion and renovation project that is estimated to last two...
Got 3 meats? Now you have 12 meals.

Got 3 meats? Now you have 12 meals.

You’ve cooked a big pile of ground beef. Or maybe a small mountain of chicken breasts. Or perhaps an entire pork butt (and stop giggling; it’s the shoulder). Now what?  It’s so easy to fall into cooking habits. If you have cooked ground beef, you make spaghetti, or maybe tacos. If you have a chicken breast, you make a stir fry, or maybe tacos. If you have pulled pork, you make...
A fruitcake feeds on chill of South Pole for 106 years

A fruitcake feeds on chill of South Pole for 106 years

Consider the fruitcake. Long maligned for its questionable taste, its ubiquity (stubbornly appearing at any or every celebratory event) and its toughness (the fridge gives it life), the dessert may have further cemented itself in food lore after a discovery in Antarctica. In one of the most hostile regions known to humankind, conservationists unearthed an ice-covered fruitcake they believe once belonged...
In every Louisiana cook's kitchen, green recipes

In every Louisiana cook's kitchen, green recipes

 It was always there. Woven into the fabric of almost every cooking memory, every kitchen, of my Louisiana childhood. There, along with the cast-iron pot, aluminum Magnalites and Chime-O-Matic rice cooker. Its mischievous plastic teeth underbiting the worn-out spiral binding, tattered yellow tabs frayed and curled, stamped with grease stains and reinforced with rubber bands. Four hundred fifty...
This is my favorite recipe of the summer (so far)

This is my favorite recipe of the summer (so far)

My favorite recipe of the summer? A Food Network magazine salad recipe that I tore out of the magazine months, maybe even a year, ago. I was digging around recently, looking for something easy that could fill out a cookout menu when I came across it again.  Yes, the ingredient list looks a little long (but it really isn’t). Yes, Israeli couscous sounds exotic (but it really isn’t)...
Elizabeth Olsen, cooking on screen and off

Elizabeth Olsen, cooking on screen and off

Actress Elizabeth Olsen separated the first egg gracefully. The second? Not so much. And the third was a disaster. “Get it together, Lizard,” she muttered to herself as she leaned over a stainless-steel bowl. Olsen — Lizard to her mother; Lizzie to her sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley — was at City Cooking West End, a demonstration kitchen and event space on the upper West Side...

Cooking challenge: A late-riser tries to make breakfast every day for a week

I am not a breakfast person. Let me clarify: I love breakfast food. Fluffy buttermilk pancakes? Brioche French toast? Buttery English scones? I could eat them all day. But for a night owl like me, rising early, preparing food and consuming it before work or other activities is almost impossible. I imagine some of you can relate. For me, most breakfasts consist of a packaged yogurt, swallowed five...
Victor’s Taco Shop owner insists he’s not stalking Taco Bell

Victor’s Taco Shop owner insists he’s not stalking Taco Bell

The co-owner of the fastest-growing taco chain in the Dayton area says it’s a “coincidence” that most of his new restaurants are within a stone’s throw of the nation’s largest taco chain, Taco Bell. “We don’t target Taco Bell,” Hector Gonzales, co-owner of Victor’s Taco Shop. “It has just worked out that way.” Victor’s opened...
This AMAZING lunch platter is just one reason to try Olive Mediterranean Grill

This AMAZING lunch platter is just one reason to try Olive Mediterranean Grill

Nope, it is not an ‘urban dive.’  This Olive has shawarma written all over it.  Olive Mediterranean Grill, located at 6129 N. Dixie Dr. in Harrison Twp., has built a reputation on its delicious cuisine since opening roughly two years ago. It has quickly become known as one of the best Mediterranean eateries in the region.  This Olive should not be confused with Olive...
Training begins in Sacramento for World Butchers’ Challenge

Training begins in Sacramento for World Butchers’ Challenge

Danny Johnson, co-owner of Taylor’s Market and captain of the first-ever U.S. team to enter the World Butchers’ Challenge, has a message for the competition: Bring it on. “ … We’re going to show them the American-style, how we do it,” Johnson said during a team practice last week at Taylor’s Kitchen.  The international competition doesn’t take...
You'll want to put this Sicilian vegetable salad on everything

You'll want to put this Sicilian vegetable salad on everything

I don't use my slow cooker often, but I am most likely to break it out in the summer when my overall culinary mission, besides getting to my nearby farmers market each week, is to avoid standing over a stove or firing up my oven. Based on the popularity of the Slow-Cooker Ratatouille I did for this column last summer, I am guessing many of you feel the same way. So this year I looked toward a different...
French wines with an Italian bread salad? Of course!

French wines with an Italian bread salad? Of course!

One of our favorite summer dishes, panzanella, the bread and tomato salad of Italy, is changed up here, just a bitand with respect, by adding a skewer-ful of grilled shrimp. To us, it makes the perfect light meal. Greet that unexpected combination with wines up to the task, showing good acidity, like these French bottles. ———  MAKE THIS  PANZANELLA WITH GRILLED SHRIMP ...
5 wines to try: Scintillating, electric, lovely, sparkling, tasty

5 wines to try: Scintillating, electric, lovely, sparkling, tasty

When Riesling is "on," it can be one of the most thrilling wines. This week's selections include a scintillating example from Alsace, made from organic grapes, plus a lovely Rhone red and an electric white from Sicily. For novelty, how about a tasty kosher rosé from Italy and a gentle frizzante sparkler from Italy? 3 stars Alsace, France, $23 This is a fantastic single-vineyard Riesling...

A quirky flavored-water brand tries to grow up

After the studied zaniness of a campaign with the tag line “None of this makes sense” — a reference to how a 5-calorie antioxidant drink could still manage to taste good — Bai Brands is looking to cast itself in a mature, inspirational image. But for a company whose popularity was cemented by a commercial featuring Christopher Walken channeling the boy band ‘NSync, that...
EBay’s founder has a new idea: Build a dairy in Hawaii

EBay’s founder has a new idea: Build a dairy in Hawaii

If Pierre Omidyar gets his way, 699 dairy cows will soon enjoy a glorious view of the Pacific Ocean, framed by a pristine beach. Omidyar, the founder of eBay, wants to build a dairy farm on the island of Kauai. He is one of many tech billionaires who have established a presence in Hawaii, which is only a five-hour flight from Silicon Valley. Others include Larry Ellison, Oracle’s co-founder...
Fueling a football team, the Steelers way

Fueling a football team, the Steelers way

During the Steelers’ summer training camp, the Community Center Dining Hall at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe is the stuff big eaters dream of. Indecisive souls feeling ravenously hungry could go crazy mulling its many menu choices, which features a cornucopia of lean meats and fish, garden-fresh vegetables, orb after orb of plump seasonal fruit. There also are five Oster blenders waiting...
JUST IN: Dayton Beer Company closes its original taproom in Kettering

JUST IN: Dayton Beer Company closes its original taproom in Kettering

The Dayton Beer Company has shut down its original taproom at 912 E. Dorothy Lane in Kettering and will consolidate brewing operations at its larger and newer downtown Dayton facility, the brewery’s founder announced today, Aug. 15. DBC’s Kettering location opened in May 2012, the first in a wave of nearly a dozen Dayton-area breweries that would open over the next couple of years...
FigLeaf brewery in Middletown confirms it is going statewide

FigLeaf brewery in Middletown confirms it is going statewide

FigLeaf Brewing Co. wants to share its beers with all of Ohio. FigLeaf, in Middletown, has signed an agreement with Cincinnati-based craft beer distributor Cavalier Distributing to distribute several of its brews throughout the Buckeye state. The brews would be offered in draft form — the brewery has not started bottling or canning for retail distribution yet. “Beginning Monday, Aug...
This popular Dayton coffee shop is launching a food truck with gourmet ice cream sandwiches 

This popular Dayton coffee shop is launching a food truck with gourmet ice cream sandwiches 

One of Dayton’s favorite coffee and baked goods shops is gearing up to put the “how on the road -- and it’s bringing ice cream sandwiches along for the ride. Ghostlight Coffee, located at 1201 Wayne Ave. in Dayton’s South Park neighborhood, hopes to launch its new food truck this fall. >> NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE: South Park “We are kind of starting it as a coffee...
This new Chick-fil-A breakfast item is crispy, cheesy, meaty goodness

This new Chick-fil-A breakfast item is crispy, cheesy, meaty goodness

Chick-fil-A this week unveiled its new breakfast bowl, the Hash Brown Scramble, adding it to the breakfast menu at all of its participating restaurants nationwide — including those in southwest and west-central Ohio. The new menu item is made with “tot-style” hash browns, scrambled eggs, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, and a choice of either sliced chicken nuggets or pork sausage...
Young chef with local ties will again try to survive ‘Hell’s Kitchen’

Young chef with local ties will again try to survive ‘Hell’s Kitchen’

Dayton-area native and chef Ashley Nickell is coming back for a second helping. The 30-year-old Nickell — who lived in Germantown and attended Valley View schools until she moved to Florida at age 10 to join her father, chef and restaurant owner Eddie Nickell — made it to the top 3 out of 18 contestants on the 15th season of Hell’s Kitchen with the mercurial and notoriously...
The delicious dishes you HAVE to try at Bacon Fest 2017

The delicious dishes you HAVE to try at Bacon Fest 2017

You can almost smell the bacon in the air.  The fifth annual Bacon Fest will take over the Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Boulevard in Kettering, with porky fun from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20.  The event sponsored by the Fraze and Miami Valley Restaurant Raiders — a monthly “foodie” group that visits local restaurants — features bacon treats from 15 locally...
A cool solution for hot summer nights

A cool solution for hot summer nights

For some, a cold supper’s main virtue is expedience — a less-than-exciting but convenient way to get food on the table with no cooking required. My friend from upstate New York, however, has fond memories of summer evenings and cold suppers eaten on the screened-in porch. His family’s small farm supplied everything but the cold cuts, which were picked up in town. Potato salad, macaroni...
What you need to know about Chilean wine

What you need to know about Chilean wine

In the wine world, “Chilean” used to be code for “good everyday wines for a steal.” They weren’t wines that, after a first sip made people go, “Dios mio, nothing will ever be the same from this moment forward!” But they were wines that halfway through a bottle made people go, “I would have gladly paid much more than $7 for this wine. Let’s go back...
A 3-point plan for choosing wine you really want to drink

A 3-point plan for choosing wine you really want to drink

What do we look for in a wine? Some people want a catchy name or pretty label, as long as it says "chardonnay." Many prefer dry wines, while some favor sweetness in their vino. And judging by the number of fat, clunky bottles on wine store shelves, wineries think we prefer to pay more for packaging than quality on the inside. "What do you look for in a wine?" is a question I get...

Great start breakfasts

If you are one of the millions of Americans who regularly skips breakfast, you should think again -- breakfast is important if you want to have a productive day. Here's why breakfast is so important, according to John Ivy, professor with the University of Texas at Austin. Eating breakfast helps with brain function, attention span, concentration and memory. Eating breakfast also can reduce irritability...
Oreo releases Dunkin’ Donuts mocha cookies 

Oreo releases Dunkin’ Donuts mocha cookies 

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

When to buy organic & when to save your money

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

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

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

McDonald's replacing McFlurry machines after complaints

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

Pineapple pizzagate forces Iceland president to back off ban

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

Toblerone candy lovers are unhappy with new shape

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

Burger King dresses as ghost of McDonald's for Halloween

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

Arby's is celebrating hunting season with venison sandwiches

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

Forget the diet, restaurant creates deep-fried Nutella dessert

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

McDonald's recalls Happy Meal fitness trackers

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

Burger King combines Whopper, burrito for new menu item

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

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

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

McDonald's just revamped its chicken nuggets

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

Health group serves up list of unhealthy eats at chain restaurants

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

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

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

Nutrition labels on tap for beer

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

Celebrate summer (or anytime) with these incredible BBQ spots

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

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

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

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

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

Joe's Crab Shack to end no-tipping policy

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

McDonald's testing out new menu item

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

Krispy Kreme launches doughnut dispensing machine

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

9 fresh margarita recipes for Cinco de Mayo

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

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

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

Ben & Jerry's is giving away free ice cream

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

Where is America's No. 1 ramen restaurant?

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

Starbucks celebrates spring with limited-time cherry blossom frappuccino

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

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

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

Cadbury Creme Egg McFlurry comes to McDonald's

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

This clever Chick-fil-A promotion encourages family time

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

New app splits dinner bills based on wage inequality

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

9 fresh margarita recipes for National Margarita Day

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

A look inside the new Zinks Meats and Fine Wines

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

Krispy Kreme returning to New England

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

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

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

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

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

Insane Super Bowl nachos feature 50 ingredients, weigh 66 pounds

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

Where to find the best bowls of chili in Dayton

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

LaBelle vs. Franklin: Aretha Franklin to start food line

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

Recipe: Apricot-glazed ham steaks

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

Recipe: Ambrosia dessert

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

Cinnamon Bun Oreos debut while a once limited time flavor returns

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

How to make Wookiee cookies

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

Bake these mint chocolate chip cookies on Thanksgiving

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

Woman attacks restaurant manager with chicken nuggets

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

Vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes made with real food (not Tofurkey)

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

Nabisco releases limited-edition Hot Cocoa cookies

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

Vermont hotel to serve $75 roadkill-inspired menu

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

How to get a pumpkin spice latte days early

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