Monk'sWhen it comes to food, people are funny. No matter how willing you are to try a new restaurant, eat the strangest street food, or travel for a delicacy, we guarantee you have a favorite place. You may not eat dinner there every day, or heck, maybe not even every month, but you still have that one fail-safe spot where you know you can get the best version of your favorite dish.
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On TV there is no shortage of favorite hangout spots on and off the air. But there is something about classic characters and their classic spots that make us feel like we hung our hat there every week with them. For this round of voting, we pitted classic restaurants from all forms of TV shows against each other to see who would reign as a place so great that we wished it were real.
From spots like Sam's Butcher Shop on The Brady Bunch to Goodburger on All That, we collected results and narrowed it down to the top 21 for a tripdown memory lane that will make you
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Monk'sWhen it comes to food, people are funny. No matter how willing you are to try a new restaurant, eat the strangest street food, or travel for a delicacy, we guarantee you have a favorite place. You may not eat dinner there every day, or heck, maybe not even every month, but you still have that one fail-safe spot where you know you can get the best version of your favorite dish.Read More »from The 5 Best Restaurants on TV
Tailgating TablescapeAs summer winds down, football season begins to ramp up. College football rivalries are particularly intense - so why not take the pregame party just as seriously? Impress the opposing team with a tailgating tablescape that hardly looks as though it was meant for the stadium parking lot.Read More »from 5 Tips for Creating an Awesome Tailgate
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Because tailgating requires traveling to the stadium, it's important to keep your party portable. These tablescape props are easy to carry and fit into your car, and many of them do double duty: for example, a woolen blanket makes a both festive tablecloth and a warm wrap for the game itself.
All you need to get started are a card table or the flat trunk of a car or truck. Transform the space by adding a covering - that woolen blanket or a big piece of brown butcher paper. Then, treat the space as you would a party buffet. Add decorations like pennant flags or seasonal flowers (or both) in your team's colors.
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These are easy appetizers perfect for a casual get-togetherAt last, the weekend is here. And chances are that for many, the weekend means dinner parties with friends and family. Sure, the main course is probably already planned out - perhaps you have your heart set on pot roast, roast chicken, barbecue ribs, grilled fish, or a wonderful stew, should the weather stay cool. And sides are usually a snap. But what about appetizers? The first course sets the tone for the meal, so it's important to get it right. Here are some great, easy appetizer recipes for you to try.Read More »from 5 Easy Appetizer Recipes to Try This Weekend!
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Avocado Deviled Eggs
I recently remembered how amazing and under appreciated deviled eggs were. I've started to see them show up more frequently as appetizers and even as bar-food options. I've been ordering them and eating them and loving them and it got me thinking... How I can make this even better? The answer to that (and the answer to many similar questions)? Add avocado. Whether or not this is an "easy" appetizer or not is
These carbs are the best for your body.While carbs tend to get a lot of bad press (think the Atkins diet), they are an essential part of any diet if you expect to have energy and function at an optimal level. "Your body definitely needs carbs," says nutritionist Kelly Aronica, who believes that they should make up at least 50-60% of the calories you consume daily. Why? Because glucose, the simplest type of carbohydrate, is the only thing that can be used to meet the energy needs of the body, support the brain and nervous system, and maintain a well-functioning digestive system.Read More »from These Carbs Are Actually Good for You!
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Though the body has a backup plan if no carbohydrates are eaten, it's not perfect (hence why it's meant as a backup plan). As Aronica explains it, if there's a lack of carbohydrates, the body essentially converts protein and fat into glucose, which is what the body converts into fuel so we have energy. The problem is that this system is less efficient and slower than just consuming carbohydrates and,
- The Daily Meal | Shine Food – Fri, Sep 20, 2013 1:57 PM EDT
Thanksgiving crowded airportsWhile traveling may never be 100 percent stress-free, you can improve the odds by avoiding some of the worst travel days of the year. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done, as many of our favorite holidays are precisely the days when traffic jams and crowded airports are common. As you'd expect, one of the biggest food holidays of the year, Thanksgiving, is also topping the list of the worst days to travel.Read More »from Vacationers Beware: What Are the Worst Days to Travel?
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Travel expert Jim Grace, who heads up the travel insurance comparison website InsureMyTrip, says to avoid peak travel times when possible. "Our statistics show more people always seem to travel around the major holidays," he says. "This is also the time when airline prices go up - and inevitably - longer lines at airport security checkpoints. The first Monday coming off a holiday weekend, for example, is generally much busier at airports and roadways."
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- The Daily Meal | Shine Food – Fri, Sep 20, 2013 1:49 PM EDT
Vintage Wedding CakeWedding cakes are an art form - an edible art form for that matter. And for many brides, the wedding cake is just as important as the dress and bouquet on their big day. A wedding cake is not something that is simply eaten and forgotten; it makes a statement with how good it looks, how great it tastes, and it reflects the bride and groom as a couple.Read More »from Blast from the Past: A Simple and Elegant Vintage Wedding Cake from 1913
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It is obvious today that wedding cakes are nothing short of truly artistic feats. From the creative to the downright crazy, we have come a long way from plain white cakes. But taking a trip through time and looking at this vintage cake reveals an interesting find. This cake was served at the wedding of Jessie Woodrow Wilson, daughter of former President Wilson, who married Francis Bowes Sayre in a White House ceremony on Nov. 25, 1913 . What is interesting about this picture is the unique cake topper.
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Instead of the typical bride and groom, there is a full
La Boqueria Market: Barcelona, SpainFood markets around the world invite visitors to indulge all of their senses, from taking in the colorful sights of fresh produce to smelling the wafting scents of fresh seafood or traditional dishes. Markets have been a part of city life for centuries, and have now evolved to be popular tourist attractions. Locals visit their city's market to pick up fresh produce, meats, seafood, and spices to stock their home kitchens, while tourists can visit local markets to learn about the culture by sampling local and traditional fare. Markets around the world vary in the products they sell, and many are home to vendors selling produce, meats, seafood, cheeses, breads, spices, flowers, artisan goods, and local handicrafts like pottery and jewelry.Read More »from The World's Most Amazing Food Markets
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We've compiled a list of some of the best food markets around the world, each offering a peak into the cultural and culinary lives of the people who live nearby. Some markets have been around for
McDonald's New Hyde ParkThese days it seems like you can't go anywhere in the world without being greeted by those familiar Golden Arches.Read More »from The World's Top 5 Coolest McDonald's
Sometimes the vision of them can be comforting, especially when you're traveling abroad and surrounded by mysterious, slightly intimidating food. Sometimes it can be annoying, like when you get off the interstate craving a steak and McDonald's is the only restaurant within sight. Usually, though, that meal of a Big Mac and fries is always welcomed.
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Most McDonald's are comfortingly identical: red and yellow color scheme, beige floors, plastic tables, cardboard cutouts of Ronald McDonald, and ball pits for the kids. Around the world, though, there are some pretty innovative examples of how creative franchise owners blend into (or stand out from) their surroundings., as the brand has brought on some of the world's top architects to craft some incredibly creative restaurants. From the New Zealand location that incorporates a
- The Daily Meal | Shine Food – Thu, Sep 19, 2013 8:34 PM EDT
Sugar Box DessertsHave you ever felt like skipping dinner and going straight to dessert? Good news: dessert-only restaurants are located around the country, offering sweet and decadent dinner menus, minus the dinner. At these designated dessert restaurants, it is not only possible, but required, to go straight for the sweets.Read More »from Dessert for Dinner: 5 Decadent Dessert-Only Restaurants
Don Tillman, owner of New York's first dessert restaurant ChikaLicious Dessert Bar, says the idea of opening a dessert-only restaurant started with the question of "what if?"
"I found myself asking, what if you could get a four-star-restaurant-quality dessert without having to endure the expense of the requisite meal first?" Tillman said.
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ChikaLicious was the first designated dessert restaurant to open in New York, in 2003, but in other cities, dessert restaurants have been around much longer: Boston's Finale opened its doors for the city's sweet lovers in 1998.
Just like regular restaurants, these dessert restaurants all have
- The Daily Meal | Shine Food – Thu, Sep 19, 2013 3:40 PM EDT
Unleash the KrakenWedding cakes are an art form - an edible art form for that matter. And for many brides, the wedding cake is just as important as the dress and bouquet on their big day. A wedding cake is not something that is simply eaten and forgotten; it makes a statement with how good it looks, how great it tastes, and it reflects the bride and groom as a couple.Read More »from Ahoy Mate: This Pirate-Themed Wedding Cake is Incredible!
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When the Custom Cake Design bakery was asked to create a confection perfect for a pirate-themed wedding, they dreamed up this impressive (albeit slightly terrifying) killer Kraken design. This unique design is beautifully executed with an immense attention to detail in the ship and the sea creature.
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We are pretty sure this cake is only for true seafaring folk, but it could be a cool idea to consider for a wedding themed around anything from pirates to H.P. Lovecraft!
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