Everyone loves to go out to eat and enjoy good food as well as wine with family and friends. But when you visit a large chain restaurant, remember that it is a business, and their intention is to increase the bottom line at the same time they are making a pleasurable evening out for you. Below are a few tips on how big restaurants are making money....more

NEW REVIEW: Whistle Britches Chicken in Dallas, TX - great for brunch and mimosas!

You know when you eat something so good and your eyes get all misty? Shut up. I'm not crying.... YOU'RE crying. Well, hold on to your britches, because the snitch just had a fried chicken sandwich that may quite possibly rule them all....more

Lessons Learned From Waitressing

My theory is that at least 80 percent of people who go to college spend time as waiters or waitresses. The rest have rich parents.I took a year off college after my freshman year to think things over and to earn money. I spend that year as a server (as they're called now) and a cashier at a chain family restaurant notable for having large statues of juvenile males holding up hamburgers while wearing checkered overalls....more

Traditional (and not so traditional!) Afternoon Tea in London

When in London, it is almost a ‘given’ that you have to try the old custom of afternoon tea – here are the traditional favourites and a little more unusual. Brown's Hotel, MayfairAfternoon tea is quintessentially English, so what better place to have it than at The English Tea Rooms in Brown's Hotel? There are so many places now doing "afternoon tea with a twist", but here you'll find the original version - delicate finger sandwiches, luscious cakes, and of course scones served with the best cream and jam. And the tea?...more

Eating our way through Edinburgh

EATING OUR WAY THROUGH EDINBURGH!!We have arrived safe and sound in Scotland. Flying into Edinburgh on Thursday we have spent the past few days eating our way through Edinburgh!!...more
Sounds like a delicious trip!more

A Magical Place: Garden Cafe

Last night was so magical....more

Beets, Brews, and Doppelgangers

I am in love with the Pacific Northwest. Rich with delightful cafes and restaurants, vibrant culture, and a delicious saturation of breweries, Portland is one of my favorite cities in Oregon to visit. ...more

Impromptu Rendezvous At Bubby's High Line

Last month I was lucky enough to spend the day with my good friend, Karina, and I begged her to come with me to Bubby's High Line, (the tagline is "defending the American table , also we steal recipes from Grandma's), a restaurant that I have heard so many great things about and I had saved on my Foursquare list. It was totally spontaneous and we weren't sure if we would have a long wait for a table, and on this beautiful clear night we lucked out and got to sit outside and dine al fresco....more

10 Tips For Dining Out With Kids

So, you've got a super special meal coming up, but you're DREADING taking the kids?  Or maybe you're dying to go on vacation but can't fathom the thought of your kids sitting through that many restaurant meals?Yeah.I've totally been there too.But never fear, moms and dads!  After implementing a few easy changes, now we actually ENJOY eating out with our kids.For real.Don't be held hostage in your kitchen for a moment longer!...more

I Love Salad Bars!

I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with salad bars.  I loved them and everyone else hated them....more