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Chef’s Fall Recipe: Jonah Kim’s Maryland Crab Okonomiyaki

Chef Jonah Kim of PABU Izakaya, was named a Semi-Finalist this year for a James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant. His modern Japanese Pub is modeled on Okonomiyaki, a popular street food, often described as a Japanese pizza. A … Continue reading

Say It Isn’t So: Hog Rectum Served as Fake Calamari?

This American Life, a weekly public radio show that’s broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 1.8 million listeners, aired a program early this year about a meat plant selling pig intestines as fake calamari (squid). (Source) Ben Calhoun, … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Guy Cerina’s Tempura Atlantic Cod

Chef Guy Cerina is currently the executive chef for the neighborhood favorite, beer-centric restaurant/bar located right off of Times Square in Midtown Manhattan, The House of Brews. Guy has been an Executive Chef at several prestigious establishments over his long … Continue reading

Negra Modelo: Refreshing Dark Lager That Pairs Well With Food

When the team who represents the Negra Modelo brand, a dark style lager, recently contacted FriendsEAT to experience their craft beer, I was happy to give it a try. I enjoy drinking dark beers now and then and was told … Continue reading

5 Coffee Myths Exposed

Folgers is the number one coffee brand in America and holds a 15.6 percent share of the U.S. market by volume, followed by Maxwell House with 10 percent, Green Mountain with 4.3 percent, and then Starbucks with a 3.3 percent. … Continue reading

What’s Up With Japan’s Penguin Bars?

Kotaku Editor and Japan Times columnist Brian Ashcraft recently reported on all the Japanese penguin bars. One recently opened in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro. But there are at least three others, including Penguin Bar Fairy in Okinawa Prefecture, and Arekey Dinning Bar … Continue reading

Fall Recipe: Greg Ford’s Bayou Cioppino

Initially intended as a gift to his newly wed son, Greg Ford’s collection of his own recipes and of those passed on by family and friends went on to become the book “No Girls Allowed.” The Bay Area of California … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Petros Kosmadakis’ Pork With Quinces

Born and raised in Crete, Chef Petros Kosmadakis, learned the secrets of the local cuisine at an early age at their own home, under the guidance of his grandmother. He went on to pursue his passion when he attended the … Continue reading

Is Double-Dipping Risky?

We’ve all done it at one time or another. Some call it double-dipping — scooping a huge corn chip in party dip or salsa, taking a bite and then placing the chip back into the bowl again for another scoop. … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Adin Langille’s Lamb Boti

Junoon is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC, and I was thrilled when they received their well deserved Michelin star. It is a great value (check out their amazing lunch deal) and the food and service always over-deliver. I … Continue reading

6 Foods To Avoid on a First Date

First impressions are paramount when we initially meet someone we’re attracted to. We go to great lengths to look and smell our best in order to increase our desirability.  (Source) Berkeley Wellness, an online resource for evidence-based wellness information, notes … Continue reading

Fall Recipe: Bill Staley and Hayley Mason’s Paleo Pumpkin Pie

Bill and Hayley are known as the go-to source for information on the Paleo diet. They started off with The Food Lovers Primal Palate in 2010 and are now the bestselling authors of “Make it Paleo,” “The 30-Day Guide to … Continue reading

Peanut Butter Used To Detect Onset of Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association, an organization that focuses on Alzheimer’s care, support and research, claims over 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease.  (Source) Diagnosing Alzheimer’s requires an extensive medical evaluation, including a medical history, mental status testing, physical and neurological exams, and … Continue reading

Mochidoki Review

I’m a HUGE fan of Mochi ice cream. If you’ve never had Mochi, you should. It’s a Japanese dessert made up of Mochi (a pounded sticky rice) with an ice cream filling. It’s the perfect size so you don’t feel … Continue reading

Chianti Classico: The Ultimate Wine Lover’s Destination

I grew up in a New Jersey town where a large percentage of the population was Italian. Seeing backyards full of grapevines was not an uncommon sight. Wine was made in garages and bottles of Chianti bought at stores usually … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Ivan Flowers’ Pan-Roasted Pork Chop with Apple Cider Glazed Cipollini Onions and Baby Arugula

San Diego’s Top of the Market Executive Chef Ivan Flowers has an extensive culinary history.  He owned Fournos in Sedona, AZ, which was named a top 25 restaurant in Arizona. He was also Executive Chef at L’Auberge in Sedona & Different … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Robert Berry’s Bucatini with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

Chef Berry returned to Charleston to the delight of fans who knew him from his time at Slightly North of Broad. Before his return, he spent time working at some of the best kitchens in New York City, Washington, D.C. and … Continue reading

Bottomless Drinks — Effective Marketing or Potential Liability?

Do restaurants profit from bottomless drink promotions Continue reading

Thanksgiving Turkey Leftover Ideas (Infographic)

While I’m preparing this post I know most of you are preparing the Thanksgiving dinner and pretty sure the Turkeys are burning now. I can even smell the pumpkin soup in the air! It’ll be a large celebration after all, … Continue reading

Fall Recipe: Mindy Kobrin’s Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Mindy Kobrin’s food philosophy at Meals on Heels is Don’t Worry, Eat Happy. That’s something we can definitely stick to. Mindy’s goal is to give children, moms and dads all the information and inspiration they need to shop for nutritious, seasonal foods and to … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark’s Cuppa Cakes

Besties, Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark would grab cocktails after work while Alie was a staff writer for the LA Times (she covered nightlife and events), and Georgia was a part-time blogger and full-time (not-so-happy) receptionist. One day, they concocted … Continue reading

Top 10 Affordable Holiday Champagnes

According to the Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia, written by Tom Stevenson and published since 1988 by Dorling Kindersley, the oldest recorded sparkling wine is Blanquette de Limoux, invented by Benedictine Monks in 1531. The monks bottled the wine before the initial … Continue reading

20 Kitchen Gift Ideas For The Holidays

Considering it’s that gift giving time of the year, we decided to assemble a list of gift ideas for the kitchen, because after all, during the holidays, it’s all about giving! I reviewed hundreds of items and made 20 selections. … Continue reading

Perfect Bacon-Cornbread Stuffing for Thanksgiving

For this week’s featured barbecue and grilling recipe, I wanted to highlight a recipe that I included in my recent article: Thanksgiving Bacon Recipes. Out of the all the great barbecue and grilling recipes for Thanksgiving, this seems something that … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Marco Chirico’s Duck Ravioli

Marco Chirico grew up at Marco Polo Ristorante, a family restaurant opened by his father, restaurateur Joe Chirico, in 1983. Marco started his culinary career by bussing tables when he was just 12 years old.  He wanted to honor his … Continue reading

Can Hair In Food Make You Sick?

Eating hair in food is not a danger to health Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Nick Baker’s Mini Cuban Sliders

Executive Chef  Nick Baker has brought his “fresh” flavors to the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX.  His all-time favorite food is seafood at its peak of freshness, but his Cubano Sliders are a fan favorite. He’s known not only … Continue reading

In-Depth Look at Honey’s Eternal Shelf Life and Medicinal Properties

Real honey has an extremely long shelf life because of its low moisture content Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Dominique Theval’s Mushroom Risotto

Parisian chef Dominique Theval delights the palates of the residents of Redondo Beach California at his namesake restaurant. He has quite an impressive and worldly culinary history. Chef Theval learned his craft at Ecole Hoteliere de Jean Ferrandi, where he … Continue reading

An Unsuspecting Source of Salmonella May Be Hiding In Your Kitchen

Studies show that kitchen spices are contaminated with salmonella Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Nicole Chaszar’s Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Chef and co-owner of The Splendid Spoon, Nicole Chaszar has began her journey to find her role in the food industry since she began cooking at a young age and working with her grandmother in jarring strawberry jams! As an … Continue reading

How a Man Made Beer in His Stomach

“He would get drunk out of the blue — on a Sunday morning after being at church, or really, just anytime,” said Barabara Cordell, the dean of nursing at Panola College in Carthage, Texas.  (Source) “His wife was so dismayed … Continue reading

Ron Rubin Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2013

I’m thrilled when the office receives samples. I’m even happier when the samples are of delicious wine. Last week we got a bottle of the Ron Rubin Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2013. I am thrilled to say it’s lovely. Antonio and … Continue reading

Top 10 Most Popular Restaurants for Cheating Spouses

The website Ashley Madison, the so-called famous name in infidelity, is an online dating service and social network that markets to people who are already in a relationship. Ashley Madison surveyed 42,890 of their members in major American cities to … Continue reading

Easy Corn Chowder

There’s nothing more American than corn. This gorgeous corn chowder is flavored with bacon fat making it sinfully delicious. You’ll make it for years to come. 1/2 lb bacon, diced 1 large onion 1 cup celery, diced 1/2 cup flour … Continue reading

The Latest Bacon Fetish: Bacon-Flavored Condoms

Obsessive compulsive bacon fanatics can add one more item to their list of bacon fetishes. In addition to bacon shakes, bacon ice cream, bacon sundaes, add bacon-flavored condoms. J&D’s Foods, the Seattle-based company that markets the bacon coffin, bacon mayonnaise … Continue reading

The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals Review

Overall Rating (based on customer reviews): 4.3 out of 5 stars   Let’s face it, moms (and dads) have been having trouble getting their kids to eat healthy for years. Kids are bombarded with ads for unhealthy foods that have … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Erin O’Shea’s Fall Cornbread

Restaurateurs Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov knew they had someone special in Chef/Partner Erin O’Shea, one of the US’s only BBQ Pit-mistresses. That could be because Chef O’Shea trained in Richmond, VA with  legendary Southern chef and restaurateur Jimmy Sneed at … Continue reading

It Has Come To This: IvanaBitch: Tobacco Flavored Vodka

You know you crave the taste of that wasser cup that’s been left out overnight filled with cigarettes at a frat party as you bring it to your lips in your hungover stupor. (I know…run-on sentence, but it captures the spirit).  You … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Matt Johnston’s Spiced Caramel Apple

One of the loveliest places to see the foliage is Rhinebeck, NY in Dutchess County. It is calm, has gorgeous shops, plenty of places to see nature, and is really close to the CIA (not the governmental agency silly…the culinary … Continue reading