Food & Dining

Best & Worst Times to Order in a Restaurant

Going out to eat can be a great pick-me-up or treat, and there’s no doubt that it’s a more attractive option than spending an hour or so in the kitchen cooking up a meal. It gives you the chance to explore new options or just stick with your favorite stand-by dish that always leaves you satisfied. But these days, with the world of cuisine and dining out so heavily inundated by restaurants varying in size, type, and quality, pinning down a good time and place to eat out may leave you feeling more anxious than relaxed. You may have heard horror stories from diners or restaurant staff – this is a large part of why we suggest first checking out online reviews before you commit to a location! Any previous visitors will let you know if there was a huge red flag or issue that hasn’t been resolved. Pull up…

Food & Dining

Top Restaurants Where You Can Get the Impossible Burger

It’s the new kid in town in a world where meat products and their vast, dangerous consumption are finally getting overthrown for healthy and sustainable alternatives. Impossible foods, a company founded in 2011, has made it their mission to find alternative food sources to create products that are so meat-like in texture and taste, carnivores won’t be able to argue when it comes to healthier options. Here’s what their website has to say about one of their top sellers, the Impossible Burger: Love meat? Eat meat. Impossible delivers all the flavor, aroma, and beefiness of meat from cows. But here’s the kicker: It’s just plants doing the impossible. We’re not suggesting that carnivores give up their delicious delicacies to switch over completely to plant-based food products, but there is some science to back up the change. According to the market, in a short time plant-based products will actually end up…

Food & Dining

10 Spiciest Food Items on the Menu Today

Spicy foods have a deep cultural history, stretching as far back as pre-colonialism. In fact, the chili pepper – a classic choice for spicy flavoring – originated in Mexico (Mesoamerica), and was eventually carried over to Europe by Christopher Columbus. Chilies were cultivated about 3,500 years before the appearance of Jesus Christ, but they were growing in the area as early as 7,000 BC. Many spicy favorites, including curry and Tom Yum soups, use chilis as the main ingredient for spice. Found in almost every culture, spicy foods are important for different reasons: some people believe that spicy foods actually help make hot, tropical climates bearable. Others believe that they detox the body and allow regular consumers to live longer and healthier lives. That last one has actually been scientifically proven, along with a few other facts. A good amount of spice can kill off bacteria, speed up your metabolism,…

Fitness

LA Fitness vs. 24 Hour Fitness

Many fitness enthusiasts make LA Fitness vs. 24 Hour Fitness comparisons because these are among the closest competitors in the business. Like many types of comparisons, we have to emphasize early on that your final choice will be largely influenced by your personal preferences, location, and budget, among other factors. The more important thing here is that you’re actually following through with your fitness plans, whether you choose to be an LA Fitness or a 24 Hour Fitness gym regular.  LA Fitness Overview Keep in mind that the LA Fitness prices are considered upscale but that’s to be expected as the gyms have state-of-the-art equipment, as well as great customer service, modern facilities and amenities, and convenient locations. Plus, we like it that LA Fitness clients are usually friendly, courteous and respectful of your personal space; most of the clients are young professionals, businessmen, and college students, even a family…

Food & Dining

Big Mac vs. Quarter Pounder

Bigger is better! This seems to be the mantra of McDonald’s when it comes to many of its hamburgers, especially where its North American market is concerned. We can’t blame the world’s largest fast-food chain for its “bigger is better” motto because Americans seem to have grown a larger appetite. McDonald’s offer two large burgers, namely, the Big Mac and the Quarter Pounder. Both are bestselling items, thanks to their large quality – large in size and large in flavor, so to speak. But these are also relatively unique burgers that offer quite distinctive taste. The Big Mac First introduced by McDonald’s in the Greater Pittsburgh area in 1967, the Big Mac has become one of the chain’s flagship products – or as many fast-food pundits say it, the iconic burger that best symbolizes the Golden Arches’ burger line. Such is its popularity that it has even been used by…

Food & Dining

Impossible Burger vs. Beyond Burger

Fake meat, or faux meat, is becoming the “in” thing in 2019 and we can’t blame people for jumping on the bandwagon either! Where previous fake meat products were obviously, well, fake meat in terms of appearance, texture and taste, many of these products released in recent years actually look, feel and taste like real meat. We have to say that there are two fake meat – or vegan meat, as many people like to call it – products that are dominating the market. We’re talking about the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger patties that are taking the vegan world by storm. Both Are Vegan Burgers Both the Impossible Burger and the Beyond Meat Burger are vegan. This means that neither of them contains any animal products and by-products, a piece of good news for people who want a change from meat products for any reason. Vegans are obviously happy…

Food & Dining

KFC vs. Popeyes vs. Church’s Chicken vs. Chick-fil-a vs. Raising Cane’s vs. Zaxby’s

Fried chicken has revolutionized we eat! We can enjoy fried chicken with and without sides, such as mashed potatoes, French fries, and jambalaya rice, and we can cook it at home and order it in dozens of restaurants. Of the hundreds of restaurants offered fried chicken, we can mention the likes of KFC, Popeyes, Church’s Chicken, Chick-fil-a, Raising Cane’s and Zaxby’s dominate the market. Which one is the best chicken-centric restaurant? Let’s take a look by comparing their fried chicken offerings, among others. KFC Colonel Sanders’ fried chicken is the original fast-food fried chicken and it’s still among the most popular of its kind. Thanks to its secret spices, KFC’s fried chicken is delicious from its crunchy skin to its juicy meat, not to mention that it’s served in a generous portion. We believe that nothing beats the original and it applies to Colonel Sanders’ fried chicken! Through the years,…

Food & Dining

These are The Most Bizarre Things Found in Fast Food

The following are some of the most bizarre things found in fast food meals in the past. 1. Condom In 1999, in a McDonald’s in Easton, Pennsylvania, William Smith found a condom in his Big Mac. 2. Knife In 2008, New Yorker John Agnesini said he discovered a 6-inch knife baked in his subway sandwich. He was given $20,000 for the restaurant’s mistake. 3. Chicken Head In 2000, a Virginia resident, Katherine Ortega, claimed to have found a whole chicken head deep fried within her chicken nugget. This claim has yet to be proven true or false. 4. Human Finger In 2012, a mother and son found a human finger inside their Arby’s sandwich. An Arby’s employee had apparently cut her finger on a meat slicer and left without reporting it to anyone. 5. Dead Mouse In 2015, a customer in Lincoln City, Orgeon had discovered a dead mouse in…

Food & Dining

Kids Eat Free (or Close to it) in These 10 Restaurants

If you’re a parent in the midst of summer, you might be hard-pressed to find time to get out of the house, with the children free from the clutches of school. Going out is made even less attractive when one takes into consideration finances. With a few children in tow, eating out starts to get expensive. Luckily many restaurants realize the struggles of parents when it comes to getting an outing together, and some have tried to make it easier – or more tempting. The restaurants listed below offer either kids eat free days, or deals that are hard to pass up! Perhaps without having to worry about the cost of going out for a family dinner, you’ll have more motivation to get everyone together and out the door. 1. TGI Fridays Although it varies by location, TGI Fridays offers Kids Eat Free days on Mondays or Tuesdays. The atmosphere…

Food & Dining

Kolache: The Czech Import We Love

The United States is a culinary melting pot and it’s evident in the enduring popularity of the kolache, a type of pastry popularized by Shipley Donuts in Texas and other states. Indeed, these sweet and savory pastries appeal to kids and adults alike because of their delicious flavors, ease of eating, and affordable prices. But do you know where these treats came from and how these are made? While these things may not matter when you’re digging into your first box of kolaches, you will have a deeper appreciation for it, from its history to the care with which its bakers make them. Here’s a few interesting facts that you may want to know about the popular Czech import. Of Czech Origin The word “kolache” comes from the Czech word “kolo” meaning “wheel” or “circle” and it’s obviously a reference to the pastry’s round shape. Other spellings for the term…