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Chefs’ Picks: Holiday Gifts

by in Restaurants, November 28th, 2015


By Kelly DiNardo

Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

The way to someone’s heart is through his or her stomach, particularly if that someone is the aspiring culinary superstar in your life. Now that holiday shopping is in full swing, we asked chefs across the country to tell us what foodcentric gifts they love to give and get. Read more

There’s Such a Things As a Wheel of Fortune Cookbook

by in View All Posts, November 4th, 2015

There's Now a Wheel of Fortune CookbookBy Lauren Haslett

After reading that headline, you may be wondering, “Why?!” (I wrote it, and I’m still wondering that.) What does Wheel of Fortune have to do with food?

It might seem like an odd idea, but this collectible cookbook is full of fun recipes with quirky, playful titles and classic, comforting flavors — like the Vanna Banana Pudding, Wheely Good Mac & Cheese and the Stacked Spin-tacular Party Cake. And the names don’t just sound cute; the banana pudding recipe is actually a family favorite straight from Vanna White herself, and it’s only one of many that she contributed to the book. Are you interested yet?

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Chicago’s Best Cheap Eats

by in Restaurants, October 27th, 2015

Chicago Cheap EatsBy Michael Nagrant

Chicago has many top-notch high-end restaurants. But the Windy City dining scene isn’t built on opulence alone. For every caviar-filled mother-of-pearl spoon or seared lobe of foie gras on offer, there’s probably a hundred superlative (under $10) cheap eats just as satisfying. Here’s a guide to a few of the best.

Check out the full gallery for the best cheap Chicago eats.

Secret Chicken Sandwich at Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken
Not much is better than fried chicken or doughnuts, except of course when you combine the two for a fried chicken doughnut sandwich ($6.96; pictured above). That’s just what the geniuses behind killer maple-bacon-topped crullers and pistachio-crusted, Meyer-lemon-glazed cake doughnuts did. It’s not on the menu, but if you ask for the secret fried chicken doughnut sandwich, you’ll get a buttermilk-and-pickle-brined, flaky fried chicken breast slathered with lustrous housemade aioli on a sugar-crusted, old-fashioned doughnut, the very epitome of drunk food. It’s so tasty, though, you don’t have to be remotely soused to enjoy it.

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Hungry in Hawaii: Where to Eat in Honolulu

by in Restaurants, October 18th, 2015

OahuBy Catherine Toth Fox

Oahu has always offered more than just kitschy luau shows and pig roasts. The island is a virtual culinary melting pot, with everything from high-end French cuisine to food truck fare. Whether you’re craving traditional Vietnamese pho or a burger made with locally ranched beef, Oahu’s got it. And while the scene is no longer solely dominated by the Hawaii Regional Cuisine chefs like Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi, their farm-to-table philosophy has influenced a whole new generation of chefs, restaurateurs and food producers who are taking advantage of the island’s bounty of local ingredients.

Check out the full gallery for more Hawaiian hits.

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Rock and Roll: Where to Eat in Cleveland

by in Restaurants, September 14th, 2015

ClevelandBy Douglas Trattner

As more and more curious outsiders are taking a good, hard look at Cleveland, a city currently in the midst of a Rust Belt revival, they are seeing a chef-driven food scene a good 20 years in the making. These days, you can’t toss a bagel without hitting a big city bistro, craft brewery and taproom, or small-batch ice cream shop, all of which thrive alongside decades-old Cleveland classics.

Check out the full gallery for more Ohio enticements.

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How You Eat a Slice of Pizza Reveals a Lot About Your Personality

by in News, September 8th, 2015

How You Eat a Slice of Pizza Reveals a Lot About Your PersonalityBy Lauren Haslett

We all know there’s more than one way to eat a slice of pizza. Some people actually use utensils, some go for the crust first, some of us are advocates for folding, and others just bite in without contemplating the many possibilities of pizza eating.

Patti Wood, a renowned body language and human behavior expert who teaches at Emory University, recently shared her insight with Redbook Magazine and the world at large on just how many ways there are to attack a deliciously cheesy, melty slice (there are exactly four, if you’re wondering). And she explained what those methods reveal about the eaters’ personalities.

Wood is often consulted by media and tabloids to weigh in on celebrity body language, determining from Beyoncé’s or Jay Z’s stance and expressions whether they’re on the brink of divorce, for example. But apparently her same method can just as easily be applied to the average person and his or her favorite way to chow down on a cheap slice of pizza.

Wood’s four approaches to pizza eating correspond to four personality types: drivers, influencers, supporters and careful correctors. Each personality type (and its corresponding pizza-eating tactic) is laid out below. Where do you fall on Wood’s pizza-and-personality scale?

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What’s on the Menu at the 2015 U.S. Open

by in Events, August 31st, 2015

U.S. Open 2015 Culinary PreviewBy Katie Workman

Nothing says tennis tournament like a … steaming bowl of maple miso tofu with jasmine rice?

New York City has been upping its game in the sports-venue cuisine arena in recent years, and the scene at the United States Open, which kicks off today in the Queens neighborhood of New York City, is a prime example. You can definitely go with a hot dog and hamburger meal in mind and get it. But don’t expect defrosted meat — you’ll be getting skinless dogs and juicy burgers made with Pat LaFrieda beef. And if you are looking for another kind of culinary experience altogether, you’re going to have a lot of choices.

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Oxford Adds “Hangry,” “Barbacoa” and “Awesomesauce” to Dictionaries

by in News, August 28th, 2015

By Lauren Haslett

“Hangry” is a word that’s made it into most of our lexicons at this point — only your grandma might question you when you utter it these days. But dictionaries aren’t exactly known for keeping on top of the latest slang, as most are reluctant to add such colloquial jargon to their official texts, and if they ever do, it’s usually years after the words have become popular with the public at large.

Oxford Dictionaries, though, is a part of the larger Oxford publishing group that deals with more modern words and usage, and this week it added “hangry” and a bunch of other now-popular words to its language guide. Unlike the oh-so-proper Oxford English Dictionary, which still holds all the details on more formal and officially correct usage in its pages, Oxford Dictionaries focuses on what people are talking about right now and how they’re using language in the moment.

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Drink in the District: Our Picks for the Best Bars in Washington, D.C.

by in Restaurants, August 21st, 2015

Best Bars in DC By Laura Hayes

There’s never been a better time to be thirsty in Washington, D.C., where craft brewing and distilling are booming simultaneously. The city has an undeniably strong bar scene — not only do hardworking locals like to kick back with a cocktail, but District denizens also consume the most wine per capita in the country. Here are 12 locales that should be a part of any imbibing itinerary, from breweries and a distillery to the trendiest places to order drinks. Cheers!

Check out the full gallery for more places to quench your thirst.

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Emerald City Eats: A Newcomer’s Eating Tour of Seattle

by in Restaurants, August 14th, 2015

SeattleBy Chelsea Lin

Seattle is a city best known by tech-heads, outdoor adventurers and grunge rock fans still pining for the ’90s. But below the plaid-clad stereotype lies a scene of passionate, inventive chefs — and the well-fed food fanatics who support them — who forage mushrooms from local forests, troll the sea for fresh Dungeness crabs and visit Pike Place Market for the freshest produce. Obviously, you’ll find the bounty of the Pacific Northwest on the menus of rock star chefs around town, but you’re just as likely to see these ingredients in the mom-and-pop ethnic restaurants, the plentiful pop-ups and the food trucks that feed the city’s growing work force.

Click here for the full gallery of top Seattle restaurants.

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