The New Face of Chinese Dining in the United States
Photo by Jen

Photo by Jen

For 160 years, Chinese food in the United States was molded by local Chinatowns and Chinese-American communities. In restaurants serving authentic food to the local Chinese-American clientele and non-Chinese wanting to experience true Chinese cuisine, the food was prepared by immigrants and their progeny with established roots in the United States. While many of the earliest Chinese immigrants arrived as sojourners, intending to return home to China after a relatively brief period of time in America, most stayed, and as a group became a continuous part of the American fabric.

But in the past five years or so, Chinese dining in the United States has been impacted on an accelerating basis by Chinese nationals who are only transitorily in the United States. I have noted this effect briefly in previous articles, but this is a significant trend in Chinese dining requiring further exploration, as the Chinese food we are eating here in the United States is being affected as we speak. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Hidden Sources of Gluten to Avoid When Dining Out


When you have a gluten sensitivity, sometimes dining out feels like no fun. Even less fun? Accidentally eating gluten and feeling like garbage later because of it. When in doubt, ask your server about how your food is prepared. Make things even easier on yourself by heading to the restaurant knowing these unlikely places gluten might be hiding in your next meal. Read the rest of this entry »

Wine Ratings: Why the Points Don’t Matter
Photo by Thomas Hawk

Photo by Thomas Hawk

The 100-point wine rating system has become the Rosetta stone of the wine world – translating wine into quality and value terms that consumers around the world can easily understand. While the system may be helpful and certainly succeeds in driving wine sales, it does have a number of pitfalls that wine lovers need to be aware of if they hope to make smart buying decisions. Read the rest of this entry »

26 Crazy Bloody Marys, from A to Z


Bloody marys are my favorite. They’re the perfect excuse to drink in the morning and not prompt your family to convene an intervention. Plus, you get to snack on cured meats and pickled veggies while you do. I sought out some of the craziest, over-the-top, most Leaning Tower of Pisa-esque bloody mary garnishes out there. Then I decided to alphabetize the list because amidst all this chaos, I believe a little order is called for, don’t you? Good. Then let’s proceed. Read the rest of this entry »

McDonald’s, Competitors Take Different Approaches to Increase U.S. Business


It’s McDonald’s versus the world!

OK, not exactly. It’s more like McDonald’s versus other major fast-food burger chains. But both sides have taken decidedly different approaches in their advertising recently to drum up more U.S. business. Read the rest of this entry »