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The 8 Best New Restaurants In Las Vegas

As part of the Taste Tour of Las Vegas hosted by the Harrah’s group of resorts, a few years back, FriendsEAT co-founders Antonio Evans and Blanca Valbuena dined at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. Blanca characterized Margaritaville as more of a throwback … Continue reading

34 Insane Baseball Stadium Foods You Can Make At Home

Spring is here and that means baseball and all that insanely delicious stadium food. According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, in 1893, sausages became the standard fare at baseball parks. This tradition is believed to have been … Continue reading

In Vitro Meat From Celebrity Tissue – Who Would You Eat?

If any of this is true, celebrity worship has now reached a bizarre level of cannibalism. A company called BiteLabs claims they plan to grow meat from celebrity tissue samples and use it to make artisanal salami. [see video] The … Continue reading

11 Types of Pig-Free Bacon That Will Blow Your Mind

America is in love with bacon which has become an irresistible obsession thanks to the Internet and progressive chefs like Heston Blumenthal, who popularized dishes such as Smoked Bacon-and-egg Ice Cream. But as The Daily Meal points out, there are … Continue reading

Chef’s Recipes: Kevin Thiele’s Award-Winning Chili Recipe

Chef Kevin Thiele is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University. He started working as a line cook at Hotel Viking’s One Bellevue in 2004. His talent, hard work, and passion for cooking moved him up the kitchen ladder in … Continue reading

Chef’s Recipes: Paul Simon’s Spring Salad with Bacon-Cheddar Dressing

Chef Paul Simon is New York Beer Company’s Executive Chef, where he’s responsible for supervising and leading the operations of the busy kitchen. As a boy growing up in Florida, he didn’t have much appreciation of the changing seasons. But … Continue reading

Spring Recipes: David Noto’s Citrus Spritz

David Noto is the founder of Altaneve, who descended from over ten generations of Italian wine makers. He grew up in a family whose history was entrenched in the world of winemaking. He worked as an engineer in Italy, but … Continue reading

Do You Find These 3-D Printed Foods Appealing?

Although 3-D food printing technology is still in its infancy, two consumer products are expected to launch in the second half of this year using semi-liquified food substances that squirt through a 3D printer. With the Foodini countertop food printer … Continue reading

11 Popular Fast Foods You’ll Never Have To Buy Again

Doctors and dietitians warn us incessantly about the risks in eating fast food. But in spite of all the dire admonitions, many of us continue to enjoy an occasional burger and fries for one very good reason — fast food … Continue reading

Chef’s Spring Recipes: Julio Taveras’ PB & J Flauta with Ice Cream

Chef Julio Taveras is originally from Santiago in Dominican Republic. He began working in NYC restaurants as early as 1984, and over the next eight years, Julio moved up the kitchen hierarchy from prep chef to line cook, and finally … Continue reading

The 7 Most Harmful Ingredients in Food

None of us wantonly exposes our bodies, or our children’s bodies, to the harmful chemicals in processed foods. But with more than 3,000 food additives such as preservatives, flavorings, colors and other ingredients added to US foods, it’s difficult to … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Daniel Kenney’s Cape Cod Local Chowder

Chef Daniel Kenney is executive chef of at Cape Cod’s beloved Sea Crest Beach Hotel. Before cooking his creative takes on classic American Cape cuisine at this prestigious hotel, Chef Kenney built an impressive resume at some of the world’s … Continue reading

The Top 38 Pizza Parlors In New York City

To suggest Scott Wiener is obsessed with pizza is an understatement. He maintains the world’s largest archive of unique pizza boxes, and his writing appears online at Serious Eats and on his blog, Scott’s Pizza Journal. He holds the Guinness … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Robert Daugherty’s Rosemary and Chipotle Roasted Nuts

Chef Robert Daugherty, at the tender age of 11, already knew he wanted to be a chef someday. He used to hide in his father’s car to work with him at David Copperfield’s, best known for their Monte Cristo. He … Continue reading

Winter Recipes: Andrea Correale’s St. Patrick’s Day Mojito

Andrea Correale is one of the finest caterers in New York. The Elegant Affairs empire she has established had a very humble beginning right in her childhood home, where her mother, Marie Correale, taught her how to design a table … Continue reading

22 Fast-Food Menu Items Impossible To Resist

Most readers undoubtedly strive to eat a nutritionally rich diet in order to maintain optimal health and minimize the risk of disease from poor eating habits. But if you’re anything like me, there are times when it’s impossible to resist … Continue reading

How Smartphones Will Revolutionize The Future of Local Food

In this wonderfully cogent article, Steve Holt argues that technology — specifically mobile technology — is key to the future of the local food movement and food justice in general. (source) In support of his claim, Holt explains how Mark … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Kelly Armetta’s Braised Pork and Mushroom Pasta

Chef Kelly Armetta is the Executive Chef of Hyatt Regency Boston. He boasts an impressive resume with over 30 years of experience in the culinary industry. His love for food started at the tender age of 14 when he opened … Continue reading

14 Restaurant Workers Reveal the One Item You Should Never Order

In a previous article we featured warnings from restaurant employees on what items on the menu to absolutely avoid gleaned from Reddit. (source) After a recent similar question was posed on Reddit — “Fast food workers of Reddit, what should … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Patrizio d’Andrea’s Brodetto di Pesce

Chef Patrizio d’Andrea’s passion for cooking can be traced back to his mother’s farm kitchen in Italy. He graduated with honors from the prestigious Aurelio Saffi Culinary School in Firenze, Italy. He has an impressive work experience, with stints in … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Julio Taveras’ Peanut Butter and Fig Ravioli

Chef Julio Taveras is originally from Santiago in Dominican Republic. He began working in NYC restaurants as early as 1984, and over the next eight years, Julio moved up the kitchen hierarchy from prep chef to line cook, and finally … Continue reading

Meet Edgar, The World’s Most Famous Pizza Deliveryman

Edgar Martirosyan arrived at the Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre thinking he was delivering pizza to a group of writers and was told to wait. (source) Edgar, who actually owns the West Hollywood Big Mama’s and Papa’s pizza location on Sunset Boulevard, … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Stuart O’Keeffe’s Ultimate Beef Stew

This handsome Irish import, Chef Stuart O’Keeffe, has been receiving recognition internationally ever since the debut of Stuart’s Kitchen, a show that aired in both Ireland and New Zealand. It is also important to note that he is a weekly … Continue reading

7 Exciting, Delicious Recipes For Homemade Ketchup

Ketchup, America’s favorite condiment, was actually invented in 17th century China, and was a concoction of pickled fish and spices called it kê-chiap — meaning the brine of pickled fish or shellfish. (source) By the early 18th century, the table … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Jason Brumm’s Grassfed Meatloaf Sandwich

Winning the “Chef Wanted with Anne Burrel” cooking show on Food Network sky-rocketed Chef Jason Brumm’s name into the culinary industry. The show taped in August, and by September he was already working for Second Home Kitchen + Bar when the show … Continue reading

The 5 Most Desired Salads Among Hollywood Celebrities

In the most weight conscious place on earth, Hollywood is the salad capital of the world, and has created many of the most famous salads on the planet: the Cobb salad, the Chopped Salad, and the Caesar Salad. In her … Continue reading

8 Step Beginner’s Guide to French Wine

The most celebrated red wines, white wines, sparkling wines, and sweet wines all come from France, who has led the world in winemaking for centuries. According to “French Wine For Dummies,” French wines differ from American wines in three major … Continue reading

Winter Recipes: Steve DiFillippo’s Angel Hair Pomodoro

Steve DiFillippo is the perfect restaurateur, with his award-winning Davio’s brand spread throughout the country, like New York, Atlanta, Boston, and Philadelphia. He has recently published his first book, “It’s All About the Guest: Exceeding Expectations in Business and in … Continue reading

10 Little-Known Facts About Girl Scout Cookies

It’s Girl Scout Cookie season and this year’s season started off with a bang when Danielle, a 13-year-old Girl Scout, set up a table offering Girl Scout cookies outside a San Francisco marijuana dispensary where Danielle sold 117 boxes of … Continue reading

Lively Cookie Sales For Shrewd Girl Scout Outside Pot Clinic

After Danielle Lei, an imaginative 13-year-old Girl Scout, set up a table offering Girl Scout cookies outside a San Francisco marijuana dispensary, Danielle sold 117 boxes of cookies in only two hours. (source) Danielle, accompanied by her mother Carol, offered … Continue reading

Winter Recipes: Kellie Rowland’s Creamy Chai Tea Cocktail

With over 9 years of shaking up and serving drinks, with four of it spent at JW Marriott Grand Rapids, Kellie Rowland boasts of her unparalleled experience and uncanny palate for amazing flavors. She has won the 2012 Wave award … Continue reading

Health Dept Shuts Down “Dumb Starbucks” Store Hoax

On the weekend a few weeks back, and seemingly out of nowhere, a parody of Starbucks opened in Los Angeles called “Dumb Starbucks.” (source) And from the outside store sign to the inside decor, the coffee shop appeared totally identical … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Daniel Castano’s Risotto Pescatore

Chef Daniel Castaño is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, who specializes in Italian cuisine and has worked in some of New York’s highly esteemed kitchens, like Babbo, Lupa, and Quality Meats. He has also worked in different kitchens around … Continue reading

2014 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists

The James Beard Foundation has finally announced the semifinalists for their 2014 Restaurant and Chef Awards at a formal event in Orlando, Florida. The 2014 James Beard Awards ceremony will take place in New York City on May 2 and … Continue reading

Original Locations of 15 Famous Fast Food Chains in the US

Have you ever wondered where your favorite fast food restaurant first originated? Well, look no further for Mental Floss has compiled a list of the 15 Famous Fast Food Chains and Their Original Locations in the United States.

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Rodrigo Bueno’s Mexican-Style Rib Eye Huaraches

Born and raised in Mexico City, Chef Rodrigo Bueno gained an appreciation for cooking early in life by visiting different restaurants with his family at a young age. In these trips, he was introduced to various cuisines like French, Japanese, … Continue reading

Top 10 Culinary Schools In North America

Let’s begin with a brief word on culinary schools. By some estimates, roughly 12 percent of students attend private, for-profit culinary schools which have been criticized for making inflated career promises to potential students. Also bear in mind that tuition … Continue reading

Winter Recipes: Borgata Hotel’s Beast Mode Cocktail

Located at the heart of Atlantic City, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa offers an incomparable hotel experience to travelers in the East Coast. This casino-hotel boasts of its premium 2,000 rooms that rival those found in New York and Las … Continue reading

28 Secrets Cruise Lines Are Hush-Hush About

Cruise Critic, a leading cruise reviews and information site catering to the cruise community, suggests the more you cruise, the more you become privy to unofficial cruising “secrets.” By meticulously exploring their Message Boards, Cruise Critic harvested 28 rare and … Continue reading

Winter Recipes: Project 1919′s The Hymie Weiss

Project 1919 is the newest venture by owner of Mulberry Project Nick Boccio, together with star mixologists Sam Ziar and Jasper Soffer. Project 1919 is a three-month pop-up speakeasy located behind a secret (not for long), slotted door within Mulberry … Continue reading