Food & Dining

What’s All the Fuss With Plastic Straws?

Even if you don’t stay updated with the latest news in the food and restaurant industry, it will be hard to miss the changes involving the availability of straws as of late. It’s not so unusual to encounter restaurants, stores, and kiosks that enforce a no-straw policy. If you’re planning to drink while on the move, this can be a challenge. Shake Shack has already announced that they’re doing away with plastic straws but will make special exceptions for persons with disabilities. Starbucks is also gearing up to implement the same thing. Local governments are either contemplating to impose or already ruled a ban on the sippers as well. But why? Let’s explore the topic below. Banning Plastic Straws Can Help the Environment Scientists estimate that about 7.5 million plastic straws are polluting the US shorelines today. It’s also very likely that about 8.3 billion straws are polluting shorelines around…

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Imported Food Chains that You Should Check Out Right Now

With most countries defining American cuisine as primarily composed of regular fast food items, it shouldn’t be surprising that you can count fast food as one of the most popular items that the US exports. Almost every country now has a McDonald’s while you can also easily find a Starbucks, KFC, Pizza Hut, or Subway location abroad. This is why it can also be a bit surprising to find foreign chains in US soil. With fast food being such an American concept, it can be surprising to find that some brands aren’t actually made in the US. What are these exotic chains that every fast food loving foodie should try? We’ve rounded up a few below: Pret a Manger Best known as the UK’s leading sandwich shop chain that offers organic coffee and handmade grub, Pret a Manger made its way to the US in the noughties to compete with…

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How the Fast Food Industry is Faring in this Environment

As they say, the dining industry can be a very fickle one. While everyone needs food, the concept, location, pricing, economy, and service have to be perfect to work. But that will hardly be enough to ensure a diner’s success. What’s the secret, then, for a dining establishment to last years in the business? It’s really hard to say because even established brands struggle from time to time. Yes, even the biggest fast food chains find themselves struggling to survive a highly competitive environment. With so many new concepts, dining trends, and restaurants popping up every once in a while, these businesses also get to feel the pressure. This is why it’s not surprising for a lot of people to ask just how the fast food industry is faring in the current climate. Is it still at the top of the dining out pyramid? What Exactly is the Environment Like…

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7 Vegetarian-Friendly Fast Food Chains

If you’ll pay close attention to the menu items of your favorite fast food chain, you won’t be surprised that vegetarian options are available. In fact, a growing number of these eateries are now offering meatless versions of their best-sellers. This gives vegetarians a last resort when they really have no other dining option. But not all fast food chains have a measly amount of vegetarian-friendly menu items. Some places actually have a couple of good dishes that vegetarians might find themselves craving for. So where should you go for a fast food fix that won’t compromise your beliefs and convictions but still give you ample options to enjoy a nice meal? We’ve rounded up a few good places below: Taco Bell Every vegetarian knows that Taco Bell is a great fast food option for them for two reasons. One, it’s the only national chain that has been certified by…

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Fine Dining on a Fast Food Budget? Here are 8 Ways How to Pull off This Trick

It’s no secret that eating out can be expensive. Restaurants make money by charging each dish for labor and profit, so it’s always way cheaper to eat at home. However, dining out is an experience in itself so it will be a pity if you’ll completely stop doing so to save money. This is especially true when there are good techniques for enjoying fine dining at a fast food budget. How can you do this? Here are five ways that you might want to try soon: Lunch out instead. Nearly all restaurants are busier during dinner because it’s when people have the time to go out. There’s hardly a crowd in most of these establishments during lunch hours, especially during the weekdays. As a result, eateries charge less for their lunch menu to attract more diners to drop by in the middle of their day. This makes it an excellent…

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3 Fast Food Joints with Their Own Cult Followings

It’s not unusual for people to have favorite places to dine at. As one’s taste buds can really become accustomed to a certain taste and memories can be created in such establishments, it shouldn’t be surprising for a lot of people to become attached to certain eateries. What’s interesting, however, is how people get very attached to these diners. This is how cult followings are created which are very interesting dimensions to fast food joints. The hype is very real when it comes to these things and it can get infectious. It’s quite difficult to pinpoint just one reason why or how a fast food chain has developed a cult following. It’s either it has one or it doesn’t. Nonetheless, it adds to their charm and piques the curiosity of many. To better understand the fanfare that comes with a fast food cult following, let’s take a look at five…

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Wendy’s Spicy Caesar Chicken Salad Review

I have to be honest, the Spicy Caesar Chicken Salad from Wendy’s is by far one of my favorite fast food salads ever. It has all the right ingredients and the perfect amount of each. The salad itself consists of romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, three cheese Italian blend, spicy chicken breast, and croutons. It comes with two smaller packets of their caesar dressing. The full size salad is around 720 calories, which is not bad at all considering its size. And at around $6.29, it is also a pretty good deal. First Glance As you can see in the image above, the salad looks good from the get-go. It’s not a juggled mess that some salads tend to be. This one looks good, period. It’s all neatly organized for you to add croutons and caesar dressing. First Bite Eating this salad is just a delight. It is flavorful and spicy,…

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Olive Garden Five Cheese Ziti al Forno Review

The Five Cheese Ziti al Forno is an Italian specialty at Olive Garden which consists of baked blend of Italian cheeses, pasta, and their signature five cheese marinara sauce. Overall it all comes together for a surprisingly delightful meal. The meal itself is a whopping 1,220 calories, so if you’re on a diet, skip this one and get a salad instead. However, if you are very hungry, this is a great choice, especially since you can eat half now and half later. At around $12.49 price, it is actually a pretty good value in my eyes. First Glance When you first look at it, you will probably like what you see, I know I did. It looks very creamy and gooey, and it’s put together so neatly. You tell yourself right away there’s no way this could be disappointing. Or could it? First Bite Eating the Ziti al Forno reaffirmed…

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Pizza Hut Half Mushroom Half Cheese Pizza Review

Pizza Hut is one of the three big chains of pizza restaurants, along with Papa John’s and Domino’s. While each of them have their own style of pizza, this article will go over the Pizza Hut’s hand-tossed half mushroom half cheese pizza with garlic crust. Using a carryout coupon, you can get this pizza for only around $6.99. First Glance On the first glance, the pizza looks pretty delicious. But I am a pizza lover, so a pizza is more likely to look delicious to me than not. I have only had a bad pizza a few times in my life. So when it comes to pizza, I am obviously easy to impress. First Bite As I was eating this pizza, I noticed a few things I didn’t like. First, their garlic coated crust is kind of oily and has a weird almost-industrial taste. Not very good to me. Second,…

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T.G.I. Fridays Sizzling Chicken & Cheese Review

When I found myself at T.G.I. Fridays recently, I knew I had to try their Sizzling Chicken & Cheese. As someone who loves both chicken and cheese, I thought I couldn’t go wrong with this selection. The Sizzling Chicken & Cheese is basically three small pieces of garlic-marinated chicken breasts, served over melted cheese with onions, peppers, and creamy mashed potatoes. I asked them to hold the onions, and they instead held the peppers and gave me the onions. Oh well, such is life sometimes. This meal is approximately 1,090 calories, which is more than enough for most people. It costs around $12.60, but will vary based on location. First Glance The name contains the word “Sizzling” and man, does this thing sizzle when they first bring it out. It almost feels like you order fajitas at a Mexican restaurant. The cheese looks very gooey, which brought an immediate smile…