Thinkstock/StockbyteThe health departments in some cities around the country, including New York City, award letter grades to restaurants - A, B, C, and so on - based on how safe their food handling practices are. But virtually every municipality (or county) subjects its eating places - everything from snack bars to the fanciest temples of haute cuisine - to rigorous random inspections. One minor slip-up (food stored at the wrong temperature, cross-contamination, etc.) can mean lawsuits, restaurant closings, even loss of life.
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Although nobody holds home cooks to the same safety standards our favorite restaurants must meet, that doesn't mean that we can afford to ignore sound safety practices in our own kitchens. This month, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) is observing its 18th annual National Food Safety Month, created to heighten awareness of food safety in the restaurant industry, and this year they're expanding their efforts to consumers
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Thinkstock/StockbyteThe health departments in some cities around the country, including New York City, award letter grades to restaurants - A, B, C, and so on - based on how safe their food handling practices are. But virtually every municipality (or county) subjects its eating places - everything from snack bars to the fanciest temples of haute cuisine - to rigorous random inspections. One minor slip-up (food stored at the wrong temperature, cross-contamination, etc.) can mean lawsuits, restaurant closings, even loss of life.Read More »from Would You Pass a Health Inspection?
Veer/anatolsNail biting, popping gum, and cracking knuckles are just a few of the fairly offensive (or just really annoying) common bad habits. Resolving to kick a bad habit isn't as simple as hitting the off switch to change your ways. It takes time, effort, and a solid plan to make a shift in one's habits. The same principles apply to eating habits, and the most offensive "bad" eating habits go much deeper than chewing with your mouth open.Read More »from 5 Healthy Eating Habits Worth Picking Up
Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to your eating habits. We tend to eat too much, too often, or at the wrong time of day. We often fall victim to common mishaps by torturing our bodies with fad diets, drinking our calories, and distracting ourselves when we sit down to eat. Due to ignorance or lack of time, people often skirt proper eating habits that would help to promote healthier lifestyles, and end up damaging more than just their waistline.
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Food is more than necessary fuel to live. For some, it has a
facebook/stadiumgrillcolumbiaSome restaurants around the country pride themselves on a signature dish. And some of these places love their signature dish so much they decide to prepare it in mass amounts… and then challenge guests to eat as much of it as they possibly can. People from all over the world visit certain establishments to try these crazy food challenges. If they are victorious, they win not only pride, but usually a spot on a wall of fame.Read More »from The Most Insane Eating Challenges in America
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All of these restaurant challenges have one thing in common - participants have to eat a ridiculous amount of food, and sometimes within a restricted amount of time. But not all of these challenges are created equally. For example, The Inferno Soup at Nitally's ThaiMex Cuisine challenges participants to slurp down an insanely large 48-ounce bowl of spicy soup (that includes 12 different hot peppers from around the world) in 30 minutes. Additionally, Randy's Wooster Street Pizza in Connecticut challenges
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PillsburyWhile there's nothing like a delicious home-cooked meal made from scratch, it's nice to have a helpful hand in the kitchen every now and then. Whether it's those pre-mixed spice packets that you like to use for your weeknight tacos or a box of a spring salad mix, there are some shortcuts that we as cooks are not ashamed to take because they don't take away from the integrity of the dish.Read More »from 4 Recipes (That Aren’t Pie) Using Refrigerated Pie Crust
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A great example of an approved-by-us shortcut is a refrigerated pie crust. Sure, there's nothing better than flour on your face, the therapeutic rolling of a pin, and a homemade, flaky pie crust, but hey, sometimes we just don't have the time, and a store-bought version can be a quick alternative.
To celebrate the beauty of their pie crusts, Pillsbury has shared some of their favorite recipes using refrigerated pie crusts - that aren't just for pies. Now, you can look to this helpful shortcut for more than just your dessert, because here are recipes for everything from
Flickr/UbercultureThough the stress of planning a wedding might be universal, the traditions that come along with it are not. In many countries, brides and their soon-to-be mother-in-laws may still argue, couples can still spend months planning the event, and arrangements can backfire at the last minute. No matter how common some wedding experiences may be though, many people ultimately celebrate by reenacting their culture's particular tradition.Read More »from Amazing Wedding Cakes from Around the World
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These differences carry over into traditional foods at certain international weddings, and especially the wedding cake (or at least a food that serves a similar purpose). While many might think that the bride is the main attraction at a wedding, we believe the cake can be just as important!
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Some countries in Europe have warmed up to the idea of American wedding cakes, complete with stereotypical bride and groom figurines, but there are still many places that
HoteldelaCiteOnce built to keep people out, today's castles - many of which have been transformed into premiere hotels - welcome guests with open arms. Along with comfortable lodgings, and many feature exquisite dining experiences that make them a true destination for the heartiest of food lovers.Read More »from 5 Castles Where You Can Eat like a Royal
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Let's face it - when it comes to castles, their histories are truly the stuff of legend. For example, Ruthin Castle in Wales, complete with its own dungeon, whipping pit, and drowning pool was once home to King Edward I, Henry VIII, and Elizabeth I. Today, it's a four star hotel complete with dining options befitting a king or queen, like a fillet of Welsh black beef served with thyme rosti, wilted spinach, glazed baby carrots, and port jus…quite a transformation.
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If you've ever dreamed of living out your prince or princess fantasies that just happen to include fantastic meals in a truly getaway
flickr.comWe've all made the mistake of not applying enough sunscreen throughout the hot summer months - leaving us running home in sunburnt agony. Although there are many after-sun soothing relief lotions on the market, they can often be both pricey and loaded with unnecessary chemicals. The good news is, though, there are plenty of tools for sunburn relief that you probably already have in your kitchen!Read More »from Make Sunburn Remedies from Kitchen Staples
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The burn-soothing ingredients range from oatmeal to yogurt to vinegar, and each ingredient is easily found in your refrigerator or cupboard. Follow these simple tips on how to use these healthy foods and kitchen staples both internally and externally for maximum health in the summer heat. So take our advice, put it into action, and get back to enjoying the summer sun!
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Cool yogurt both helps to draw out the heat from a sunburn and moisturize damaged skin. Full-fat yogurt is especially moisturizing, although go
The Daily Meal Chocolate sauce, chocolate cookies, chocolate ice cream - we all have our favorite ways to enjoy the delicious ingredient. For many of us, though, the word chocolate immediately conjures up thoughts of a dessert menu, a box of chocolates, or an ice cream sundae dripping in chocolaty sauce. While these uses of chocolate will never grow old for us, we want to shake things up a bit in the chocolate department, and show you a new side to the sweet.Read More »from Surprising Ways to Use Chocolate
Chocolate's rich qualities not only make it a great post-dinner treat, but they give it a savory side, too. Its bold and complex flavors make it an ideal ingredient to include in any dish you're looking to add a little depth to, whether it's dinner or dessert. When added to a dish, chocolate gives a dose of sweetness that can result in a number of positive outcomes - whether it's rounding out the flavors, emboldening them, or a new and surprising element. Chocolate's unique qualities make the possibilities of cooking with it endless, and
Veer/Nessi"Everyone is looking for the silver bullet [when it comes to dieting]," explains John Bock, nutritionist and dietitian at the Integrated Nutrition Therapy center in Southern New Jersey.Read More »from Diets that Don't Work
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And it's true - for the past few decades our culture has become obsessed with finding the secret to shedding the pounds. We've tried juice cleanses, eaten only grapefruit for every meal, and even purchased countless dehydrated meal plans from infomercials on TV. And most likely, we've even lost weight from them. The bad news?
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"Thing is, there is no 'super food' that will save the day, ever," promises Bock. "None of these diets are conducive to a long-term lifestyle change - something that you can stick too."
The worse news: Many diets are detrimental to your health and mental stability. In our desperation to find said "silver bullet," we've put ourselves in harm's way, especially when it comes to fad
Facebook/ The Jive & Wail Dueling Piano Bar, St LouisIn days gone by, the piano bar was a social staple in many cities throughout the United States. Taking a date out on the town, listening to someone tickle the ivories while sipping on a martini was the way many people choose to spend their free time. Over the years, the concept of the "classic" piano bar has been adapted to take many forms and can be found anywhere from hotels to bars to lounges and restaurants.Read More »from The 5 Best Piano Bars in America
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Piano bars are often synonymous with cabaret, Broadway stars, and show tunes, but others are throw-backs to an era gone by, with old-school cocktails in speakeasy-like atmospheres. They can also be full of energy, like those with dueling pianos where groups go to party, sing, and let loose amongst friends.
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While piano bars may range from wild and crazy to rather traditional, one thing remains the same. Good piano bar etiquette dictates its best to tip the man or woman sitting on the piano