Topic: eating out

(Don’t) Bring Your Own Vegan Food! Vegan Couple in Restaurant Kerfluffle Over Special Request

(Don't) Bring Your Own Vegan Food! Vegan Couple in Restaurant Kerfluffle Over Special Request

Jack and Toby Litsky are hardcore new vegans: The married couple started a plant-based diet last year. Because of their new emphasis on health, they like to bring their own 100% whole wheat pasta to restaurants when they eat out in their home state of New Jersey. Usually that’s not a problem, and most places even charge them less for their meals. But that wasn’t the case at Monticello at Red Bank on February 23rd. What ensued is a really weird dispute that’s ignited a discussion about the etiquette of eating out. More »

Little For Vegetarians In Daily Meal’s ‘101 Best Restaurants in America’ (But Plenty Of Sea Urchin)

Little For Vegetarians In Daily Meal's â101 Best Restaurants in America' (But Plenty Of Sea Urchin)

The editors at The Daily Meal have released their list of the “101 Best Restaurants in America” for 2013. The process of compiling the list starts with editor recommendations and ends with a panel of 174 food critics, cookbook writers, food bloggers and others in the food business. The end result is a pan-regional restaurant list with lots of interesting-sounding menus but surprisingly bland-looking decor and not a single restaurant that specializes in vegetarian food. More »

“Family-Style” Restaurants Worse Than Fast Food In Terms Of Calories, Sodium, Fat

"Family-Style" Restaurants Worse Than Fast Food In Terms Of Calories, Sodium, Fat

We know that eating out can be unhealthy, but just how unhealthy? Well, some 96% of entrees sold at chain restaurants—from buffets and fast food to the more upscale or “family style” places—exceeded USDA recommendations for either calories, sodium, fat or saturated fat. And fast food restaurants tended to be more nutritious than “family-style” restaurants, like Pizza Hut or Red Lobster. Entrees at family restaurants had an average of 271 more calories, 435 more mg sodium and 16 more grams of fat than fast-food entrees. More »

Nutrition Showdown: Best & Worst Picks From Taco Bell, Qdoba And Chipotle

Nutrition Showdown: Best & Worst Picks From Taco Bell, Qdoba And Chipotle

Taco Bell rolled out its new ‘Doritos Locos’ tacos this week (only nacho-cheese flavored shells for now, but don’t you fret, cool ranch shells are in the works). I ranted a little about the Doritos tacos last month, which got us here at Blisstree wondering how Taco Bell tacos and burritos compare with those of fast-food Tex-Mex competitors like Chipotle and Qdoba. Chipotle seems like the healthiest choice, with its commitment to fresh vegetables, antibiotic- and hormone-free meat and sustainability. But in terms of fat, calories and sodium content, does Chipotle come out ahead? Let’s compare! More »

Herman Cain’s Sexual Harassment Allegations Indicate Bigger Troubles In The Restaurant Industry

Herman Cain's Sexual Harassment Allegations Indicate Bigger Troubles In The Restaurant Industry

Over the weekend, news broke that Herman Cain, one of the GOP’s front-runners for the 2012 Presidential race, was being faced with multiple charges of sexual harassment, stemming from incidents which occurred in the 1990s, while he heading the National Restaurant Association.  And while Cain’s camp is busy doing damage control (and reporters are busy finding out whether or not the claims are true), these claims give the rest of us a good opportunity to look at just how common sexual harassment is within the restaurant industry. More »

What’s Your Restaurant Personality?

What's Your Restaurant Personality?

When you go out to eat, does your personality change? Do you sacrifice what you really want to order because you’re too afraid to ask for the fish to be grilled and not fried? Do you spend more time apologizing for wanting wheat bread instead of white or substituting salad instead of potatoes? Or do you just irritate the waiter with your indecisiveness? More »

7 Worst Restaurant Foods: Have You Ordered These?

7 Worst Restaurant Foods: Have You Ordered These?

If you’ve ever set foot in The Cheesecake Factory, you know about their monster-sized desserts. But did you also know about their cheeseburger topped with a fried egg that ended up on the latest worst restaurant foods list? By now, I think we can all agree on the fact that menu items like this are ridiculously bad for us. And yet, Americans continue to eat these fat- and calorie-laden foods, and restaurants continue to oblige. More »

Women Who Live Near Restaurants Are Fatter: A new University of Buffalo study found that women who live within a five-minute walk of a restaurant are more likely to have a higher body mass index. The study also found that women who live near a supermarket or grocery store were likely to have lower BMIs than women who live near a convenience store. (via UPI)