by Amy Reiter in News, Restaurants, October 23rd, 2015
by Amy Reiter in News, October 22nd, 2015
Eating out alone a lot more than you used to? You’re hardly on your own there.
Single-party restaurant reservations have climbed 62 percent nationwide over the past two years, according to a recent analysis by the restaurant reservations site OpenTable. In fact, tables for one are now the fastest-growing table request.
by Amy Reiter in News, October 20th, 2015
Friends, countrymen and Mexican comfort food lovers of the world, the taco emoji is now ready and waiting for you to text to all your pals on your Apple devices.
All you have to do is download the latest version of iOS — that’d be iOS9.1, for those of you keeping track at home — on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, and the taco emoji, approved earlier this year by the Unicode Consortium, which keeps a tight rein all things emoji, will be at your disposal.
by Amy Reiter in Drinks, News, October 15th, 2015
Probably few of us think waiting tables is a picnic: all those orders to keep straight, the special requests, the last-minute changes, the running from kitchen to table and back again, the worry over tips and take-home pay.
But a new study has found that being a waiter or waitress may be even more stressful than we realized — more so even than being a neurosurgeon (or really any kind of doctor) or a stockbroker, not to mention a teacher, a scientist, an architect, a janitor, a miner or a manual laborer.
by Amy Reiter in News, Restaurants, October 14th, 2015
You know the hangover advice about the hair of the dog that bit you? The maker of a new vodka is aiming to make good on the old saw, bringing the world its “first and only vitamin-infused organic vodka”: Vitamin Vodka. And you thought “healthy cocktail” was an oxymoron.
Well, OK, it probably is an oxymoron, but the Australia-based Vitamin Alcohol Company is positioning its new hooch as “the purest of pure spirits,” made from “natural, organic ingredients,” “free from preservatives and impurities” and “infused with anti-hangover vitamins.”
by Maria Russo in Events, News, October 14th, 2015
Whoa. Did the whole restaurant-hospitality pricing structure just get completely upended while we were all innocently going about our usual business? Maybe.
On Wednesday, New York City restaurateur and Union Square Hospitality Group CEO Danny Meyer, whose 13 renowned eateries include Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, The Modern and Maialino, announced that he will eliminate tipping altogether at all of his establishments. The move is to better compensate those not only serving diners their food, but also those cooking the meals, washing the dishes and making the dining experience possible in myriad unseen ways.
In an open letter posted online, Meyer said that, after a company-wide “robust conversation” about opportunities for career advancement across the 1,800-employee organization, it became apparent that “a major obstacle in this endeavor is the practice of tipping.
by Amy Reiter in News, October 12th, 2015
The crunchy and colorful leaves, the cozy sweaters, the pumpkin spice lattes — there are many reasons to love fall. But perhaps the best reason of all is that it means the arrival of one of the culinary industry’s most-anticipated events: the annual New York City Wine & Food Festival. Each October your favorite Food Network chefs converge upon the Big Apple for a four-day celebration of all things food and drink, from the cheesiest, juiciest burgers and the most-succulent barbecue to craveable tacos and a seemingly never-ending supply of meat.
This year’s festival kicks off Thursday, Oct. 15, and will run through Sunday, Oct. 18. FN Dish will be on hand all weekend long to join A-list stars, like Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, Robert Irvine and more, as they mingle with fans at walk-around tastings, late-night bashes and jam-packed demos alike. If you can’t make it to New York this weekend to take in the parties for yourself, stay tuned to FN Dish for continued coverage of the action, or search the hashtag #NYCWFF to see what’s going down.
by Amy Reiter in News, October 6th, 2015
Guess what the world’s most-Instagrammed food is. Go on. Guess.
Ice cream? Nope. It’s hard to capture ice cream looking its best before it melts. (Find social-media-friendly ice cream styling tips here.) Salad? Sandwiches? Cupcakes? Nope, nope and nope.
by Amy Reiter in News, October 4th, 2015
Are you a pizza dabber? You know, a person who pats the grease off a nice bubbly slice of ‘za with a napkin or a paper towel to render it drier, less slick.
Anyone who isn’t a dabber certainly knows one. But did you ever stop to wonder just how many calories dabbing that oozy stuff off your slice really saves you?
by Amy Reiter in News, October 1st, 2015
The next time you need a caffeine fix, you can pass by the percolator, skip the auto-drip and give your cold brewer the cold shoulder — and instead reach for the peanut butter jar.
Turns out you can now get a caffeine jolt — along with protein and electrolytes — from your PB. A new caffeinated peanut butter called Steem promises to deliver a smoother, more sustained release of energy than your basic cup of joe, thanks to, its makers claim, the longer time it takes your body to digest peanut butter.
Was the world clamoring for glow-in-the-dark udon? No matter, the neon noodles have arrived.
A self-dubbed “mad scientist” and food writer from Japan who goes by the pseudonym Kurare Raku (and appears in photos wearing a fox mask) has created a buzz by tweeting out an image of fluorescent pink noodles floating in a glowing green broth.