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Order This, Not That: Olive Garden

by in Dining Out, October 4, 2015

Are you a fan of this Italian chain? Find out which menus item to choose and which ones you should say arrivederci to! Read more

Order This, Not That: The Melting Pot

by in Dining Out, September 27, 2015

Got fondue on your mind? Check out our list of do’s and don’ts before your next trip to this ever-popular chain. Read more

How the Pumpkin Spice Lattes of the Season Stack Up

by in Dining Out, September 22, 2015

They’re everywhere, and they’re here for a limited time only, but should you be rushing out to get your pumpkin latte fix on a daily basis? Check out the nutrition info from these popular chains before you swap the seasonal latte for your usual morning joe. Read more

How to Dine Out with a Food Allergy

by in Dining Out, September 13, 2015

According to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), there are more than 15 million people in the United States with food allergies. Many of these folks will be eating out in their lifetime. Dining out with a food allergy doesn’t have to be daunting if the right steps are followed. These days many restaurants are sensitive to patrons who have a food allergy, making it easier than ever to keep your allergies in check.

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Fenway Farms’ Kale Salad (Yes, That Fenway Park)

by in Dining Out, September 9, 2015

By Erin Hartigan

The Boston Red Sox are giving new meaning to the term “farm team.” This season, the team’s iconic home, Fenway Park, debuted Fenway Farms, a garden on the roof of the ballpark producing thousands of pounds of ultra-local produce for the stadium restaurants and concessions outlets. Read more

Order This, Not That: The Cheesecake Factory

by in Dining Out, August 11, 2015

You can’t escape the ginormous portions at this popular sit-down restaurant. You can, however, opt for some of the better-for-you options that do exist on the lengthy menu. Read more

The Chef’s Take: Broccoli Stalk Salad

by in Dining Out, August 1, 2015

Compared with much-in-demand kale, broccoli, that other verdant vegetable, has long suffered a far less glamorous fate. When diners do spear their forks into the nutrient-rich green, however, typically it’s the springy crown they crave, not the squat stem. Jeanne Cheng, chef and proprietor of Kye’s in Santa Monica, knows her passion for broccoli stalks rather than florets is unusual, but she became hooked as a kid, when her Chinese mother pickled them. “She’d marinate the stems overnight and they would get crispy,” Cheng recalls. “It’s funny, because I stir-fried them for my son when he was very young, and he would cry when it was time to take the plate away. He loves the stalks just as much as I do.” Read more

The Chef’s Take: Quinoa Pancakes at Cafe Clover

by in Dining Out, July 28, 2015

Brunch, epitomized by slabs of custardy French toast and chorizo-strewn omelets, is hardly the healthiest of meals. Yet this Bloody Mary-buoyed ritual mustn’t always be a lavish one.  Consider the health-conscious Cafe Clover, in New York’s West Village, where weekends revolve around market-vegetable scrambles and hemp seed-and-wheat-berry biscuits. Even fluffy, carb-laden pancakes get a good-for-you revamp under the imaginative spell of Executive Chef David Standridge, who transforms the morning staple with the addition of quinoa and serves it with barrel-aged maple syrup. Read more

Fast-Food Salad Roundup

by in Dining Out, July 23, 2015

Ordering a salad at your favorite fast-food joint may seem like the healthiest option, but there are lots of salads on the menu with more fat and calories than a double cheeseburger with fries. All of our salad picks come in under 400 calories, dressing included! Read more

The Chef’s Take: Ivy Stark’s Salmon a la Plancha

by in Dining Out, July 5, 2015

When dining out at Dos Caminos, the upbeat Mexican restaurant with outposts in New York, Atlantic City and Fort Lauderdale, chances are the table is graced with warm tortilla chips, chorizo fundido and asada tacos. The feast, however, need not be a gluttonous one. Consider executive chef and marathon runner Ivy Stark’s Salmon a la Plancha, one of the restaurant’s dishes that was featured as a lighter option in honor of National Nutrition Month in March but is now a permanent menu staple. The salmon is accompanied by lemon-herb quinoa and oven-roasted tomato-black olive salsa spiked with pickled jalapenos.

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