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A tasty roundup of the best stuff we’re reading this week.
Go to church, get a beer. Hey, it worked for the monks. Image via Shutterstock.

Sad Goodbyes 

Highly influential chef Charlie Trotter passed suddenly this week at the young age of 54. Writer Jay McInerney has an insightful Town & Country piece about the toque from September 2012 at the close of his famed Chicago restaurant. There’s also a great tribute to Trotter from his hometown newspaper. [Chicago Tribune] —Anna Spiegel

The 27-year-old Athens, Georgia, restaurant Weaver D’s—made famous by REM when the band titled its seminal 1992 album Automatic for the People after the eatery’s slogan—calls it quits. [Eatocracy] —Jessica Voelker

The next war between the US and Canada will be fought over lobster money. Not guns, taxes, alcohol, or blankets for winter. Lobsters. [Salon] —JV


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Posted at 02:48 PM/ET, 11/06/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
A tasty roundup of the best stuff we’re reading this week.
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Boo Part II

Happy Halloween! Here’s a recipe for fake blood, which the Guardian tells us is apparently called “Kensington gore” in the biz. [Guardian] —Sophie Gilbert

Need a quick Halloween treat (especially if you’re a busy parent)? This should do the trick, only a sheet cake and dismembered Barbie needed. [Dinner: A Love Story] —Anna Spiegel

“Look away, I’m hideous!” So says the deep-fried-Twinkie burger. [Huffington Post]
—Chris Campbell

If you thought last week’s grisly revelations couldn’t be topped, here in video form is why you should probably steer clear of street food in China. [Washington Post] —SG

First a cocoa shortage, now this. I don’t mean to overreact, but if the world runs out of wine I will probably die. [Huffington Post] —SG


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Posted at 01:04 PM/ET, 10/30/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
A tasty roundup of some of the best stuff we’re reading this week.
Who wouldn't pay $100,000 for this man's companionship? Image by James W. Photography/Shutterstock.

Mind: Blown

Tyler Cowen turns your head inside out by arguing that you should eat at empty restaurants instead of waiting around at popular ones. [Tyler Cowen’s Ethnic Dining Guide] —Jessica Voelker

Wait, wait, WAIT. Soylent is about to be a real thing?! [The Verge] —Chris Campbell

If you’ve seen The Happening this will come as no surprise, but sometimes plants attack. Luckily we’re more than equipped to fight back. [NPR] —Sophie Gilbert 

There is a person in the world who paid $14,000 for a dozen cronuts. Don’t worry, it was for charity. [Grub Street] —JV

Friends With Benefits 

Billionaire businessman Steve Cohen supposedly once paid Guy Fieri $100,000 to be his friend for the day. Which goes to show money may not buy happiness but apparently can buy the opposite. [A.V. Club] —Tanya Pai

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Posted at 02:18 PM/ET, 10/23/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
A tasty roundup of some of the best stuff we’re reading this week.
Toilet paper or napkins? It could be either at LA's new themed restaurant. Image via Shutterstock.

Get Nostalgic 

The excellent Streets of Washington blog takes a look at fine dining in the 1950s. I’m loving the old photos. [Streets of Washington] —Jessica Voelker

New York Times readers share their favorite memories and recipes of legendary cookbook author Marcella Hazan, who passed away last week at 89. Read, and get inspired for dinner. (I love her simple yet so delicious lobster salad). [NYT] —Anna Spiegel

This week in science proving me a happy man: Everywhere I drink a whiskey, a little bit of that local flavor comes through. [NPR] —Chris Campbell

Dubious Delights

Dessert Pringles join candy corn Oreos as a hybrid snack food I will never be consuming. [Consumerist] —Tanya Pai 

I am not really a fan of all the pumpkin-spiced hoo-ha that floods stores and restaurants this time of year, so this trailer for Pumpkin Spice: The Movie both hit home and made me laugh uncontrollably at my desk. [Consumerist] —TP

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Posted at 04:40 PM/ET, 10/16/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
A tasty roundup of some of the best stuff we’re reading this week.
Would this burger taste better if it were topped with the body of Christ? Photograph by Erick Uecke.


A restaurant in Chicago is serving a burger called the Ghost, which is topped with a communion wafer. Wonder how the body of Christ tastes with ketchup. [Serious Eats]
—Tanya Pai

Two things I loathe are fighting each other: religion and fad diets. There’s no winner here. [Huffington Post] —Chris Campbell

Hanukkah and Thanksgiving on the same day?! I guess that calls for a matzoducken and, as Colbert puts it, yams lasting for eight nights. [Eater National] —Anna Spiegel

Life Lessons

“It’s important to know when it’s time to turn in your kazoo,” and other life lessons Amy Poehler learned during a summer job at an ice cream shop. [New Yorker] —Ann Limpert

Restaurateurs, take note: Names like “Gristle” and “Three” might not make the best names for restaurants. Here’s why. [Guardian] —AS

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Posted at 02:01 PM/ET, 10/09/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
A tasty roundup of some of the best stuff we’re reading this week.
You may think you're eating tuna, but a new article finds that 60 percent of “tuna” sold is not actually the advertised fish. Image via Shutterstock.

Bad Choices

A Japanese fast-food chain has announced it’s going to start growing rice and vegetables 60 miles from the Fukushima nuclear plant (remember, the one that was the site of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl?). [NBC News] —Sophie Gilbert

Nearly 60 percent of the tuna sold in the US is not tuna. Bad. Now scroll down for the unappetizing description of escolar, “a fish that can cause prolonged, uncontrollable, oily anal leakage.” [The Atlantic] —Todd Kliman 

The quotable Bourdain: Sir Anthony says the dish he called “colostomy pie” was actually “shockingly tasty.” [Gawker] —Jessica Voelker

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Posted at 02:50 PM/ET, 10/02/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
A tasty roundup of the best stuff we’re reading this week
Jason Segel will star in a comedy about a maple syrup heist. Image of syrup via Shutterstock; Segel by s_bukley/Shutterstock.

Food for Thought 

Next time you peel open that banana, remember the crocodile. Remember him. [The Salt] —Chris Campbell 

Apparently drinking soda is about as good for your teeth as mainlining crack, as evidenced by a phenomenon nicknamed “Mountain Dew mouth.” [The Salt] —Tanya Pai

Everyone hates on Yelpers, but what about the companies that manipulate the online review system? New York State is turning some blame on the businesses with heavy fines. [Eater National] —Anna Spiegel

Time for your weekly reminder that taking four minutes to make your child a PB&J is better than sending him or her to the school cafeteria lunch line. [HuffPo] —CC

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Posted at 03:10 PM/ET, 09/25/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
A tasty roundup of the best stuff we’re reading this week.
We're very sorry for telling you about the heretofore-unknown connection between beavers and vanilla-flavored things. Image via Shutterstock.

Weird Eating Habits

A Pennsylvania farm is feeding chickens scraps from four-star restaurants. How good do they taste? Good enough to make Jean-Georges Vongerichten cry. [New York Times] —Jessica Voelker

Here is a guy who created an abomination the McEverything, a tower of all of the sandwiches offered at McDonald’s. Yes, including the breakfast ones. [Dude Foods] —Tanya Pai

Wish They Hadn’t Said That . . .

It’s nice to know people will stand by you even in your most racist hour. Paula Deen resurfaces in Houston, where fans showed up wearing T-shirts with her face on them. [Eatocracy] —JV

What could possibly deter people from hiring a delivery service to bring ice cream or whiskey to their doorsteps? This. [Geek Wire] —JV

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Posted at 01:47 PM/ET, 09/18/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
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This pig could have the hungover shames. Image via Shutterstock.

Regretful Behavior

Anthony Weiner may have lost his New York mayoral campaign, but he’s certainly giving the Hamburglar a run for his money. Watch as Sydney Leathers chases former sexting partner “Carlos Danger” through a McDonald’s. It sounds too good to be true, but Vine proves otherwise. [Business Insider] —Anna Spiegel

This Down Under swine drank 18 beers then took a nap under a tree, a practice known in Australia as “being Australian.” [Grist] —Jessica Voelker

Global Goodies

The Italians have set the ground rules for how their food is to be prepared. Certainly Americans will ignore it posthaste. [Independent] —Chris Campbell

Trend alert: The British are now putting everything from doner kebabs to Thai curry on pizza. [Guardian] —Sophie Gilbert

And when they’re not doing that, they’re putting vegetables in dessert. Carrot jam? I blame Iron Chef. [Guardian] —SG

This week’s sign of the apocalypse: Olive Garden is doing tapas. [Businessweek] —CC

Despite what dinner at Minibar would suggest, Americans do not spend the most money on food worldwide. In fact, we’re not even in the top ten. [Time] —Tanya Pai

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Posted at 02:21 PM/ET, 09/11/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
A tasty roundup of the best stuff we’re reading this week.
Lay’s new line of Canadian potato chip flavors includes maple-moose. Image via Shutterstock.

Ladies Who Lunch (or Don’t)

Here’s something else to criticize yourselves about, ladies. “Where you go to have lunch has to be on brand with your brand.” [Jezebel] —Jessica Voelker

Grub Street has put together a guide to where to eat and drink during New York Fashion Week. The answer, surprisingly, is not, “Nowhere, fatty.” [Grub Street] —Tanya Pai

NPR has a nice visual explanation of how insane fad diets are. [NPR] —Sophie Gilbert

Eat More Chips

Lay’s has come out with a line of potato chip flavors inspired by my native Canada, including grilled cheese and ketchup and maple-moose—which is literally meant to be maple-and-moose-flavored. Serious Eats discovers what it’s all aboot. [Serious Eats] —TP

You should probably reconsider your life choices if you’re using the nutrition label to talk yourself into Cheetos being healthy. [Scientific American] —Chris Campbell

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Posted at 03:36 PM/ET, 09/06/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()