10 Essential Italian Desserts

It is a nearly impossible to choose just ten desserts that represent Italy. Italian desserts are many, varied, seasonal, and fiercely regional, so it is difficult to proclaim a definitive list. The north to south differences in climate have much to do with dessert preference, and though there are several that most everyone will recognize, there are a multitude of specialities that seldom make it out of their regions, let alone across the pond to Italian restaurants. So if you come across them, do not hesitate; run to try them. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Vegans Should Praise Chipotle and Subway


Finding healthy meals when you’re on the go can be notoriously difficult in the fast food nation that is the US, and if you’re vegan, the outlook is even more grim (I mean, have you ever experienced the horror that is a McDonald’s side salad?).

Thankfully, two major chains are working on altering the fast food landscape so that carnivores, vegetarians, and vegans alike can stop for a quick and affordable bite all across the country. Read the rest of this entry »

Fast Food Should Stop Fighting Fast-Casual, Start Investing In It
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Photo by Ryan

Recently I read that Reynolds American, one of the biggest cigarette manufacturers in the world, announced that it would create a subsidiary to develop nicotine gum and other products aimed at helping people to stop smoking.

At first glance, the concept of a cigarette company developing products aimed at helping people stop using cigarettes sounds a little strange. But when I think about it further, it makes sense. Cigarette sales are declining and more smokers are trying to quit. So why shouldn’t Reynolds, and every other cigarette manufacturer for that matter, cash in and try to get money from both sides?

Once I finished reading this story, it occurred to me, why can’t fast-food restaurants do the same thing when it comes to fast-casual establishments that do a better job of luring millennials? Read the rest of this entry »

The New Face of Chinese Dining in the United States
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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 »