What’s Proper Sushi Etiquette, Anyway?
Photo by Toshihiro Gamo

Photo by Toshihiro Gamo

Let’s face it: sushi has evolved (or arguably, devolved) far from its traditional Japanese roots. Offerings with cream cheese, pineapple, and barbecued meats all purport to be sushi, but aren’t exactly authentic. There’s a reason it’s called a California roll and not a Tokyo roll.

This doesn’t mean that it’s bad to like these menu choices, or for restaurants to offer them. All chefs, including sushi chefs, should feel free to experiment and offer anything they think will delight their guests. But with sushi so far from its origins, how closely to traditional sushi etiquette should we hold ourselves? Will you look like a dork if you bow to the sushi chef? (Answer: probably, even though this would be expected in Japan). Read the rest of this entry »

Your Guide to Orlando’s Restaurant Row
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Photo by foodesteem / Instagram

Flavors from the eastern and western ends of the world meet in Orlando. The restaurant scene is vast – over 4,500 places to eat vast – and offers a mouth-watering variety of menus, lively atmospheres, quaint settings, and more. Orlando’s Restaurant Row is the foremost food destination, gathering locals and visitors alike for unforgettable meals.

What exactly is Restaurant Row? Located on Sand Lake Road, it’s a collection of restaurants with diverse culinary offerings. Three main shopping centers house most of the restaurants: Dr. Phillips Marketplace, The Fountains at Bay Hill, and Plaza Venezia. The Rialto and Dellagio are newer centers, adding to the overall Restaurant Row scene. With fine dining establishments, cheap eats, and everything in between available, where should you go? Use my guide to Orlando’s Restaurant Row to narrow down your options. Read the rest of this entry »

No Chinatown? No Problem! Part VII: St. Louis
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Photo by Kevin / Flickr

In a couple of different respects, finding Chinese food in St. Louis is similar to the experience in some of the other cities in this series. Like Phoenix and San Diego, St. Louis had a historic 19th and 20th century downtown Chinatown, which actually survived for nearly a century despite a local Chinese population that never exceeded a few hundred residents. And similar to Phoenix and San Diego, Chinatown in St. Louis eventually fell to the wrecking ball, torn down to make way for Busch Memorial Stadium in the 1960s. (A short-lived small replacement Chinese area west of downtown was then condemned in the 1970s to make way for an industrial park). And as was the case with Atlanta, the St. Louis Chinese dining scene was dominated until very recently by Cantonese-style restaurants, despite the fact that the Cantonese comprise a very small segment of the Chinese community. Read the rest of this entry »

Santa Fe’s Best Gastropubs
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Wil-Burger at Loyal Hound. All photos by Juliet White.

Wil-Burger at Loyal Hound. All photos by Juliet White.

Until recently, Santa Fe was a gastropub desert. Taprooms offered beer, and gourmet food abounded, but there was a dearth of places that combined the two, particularly at affordable prices. Then, in 2013, Duel Brewing opened. The subsequent year both Loyal Hound and Fire and Hops followed suit. These three establishments have quickly elevated the Santa Fe gastropub scene. Read the rest of this entry »

Fast Food Gets Real: The Move Away from Artificial Ingredients
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Photo by _BuBBy_

It seems like every week I hear about another fast-food chain announcing that it wants to get rid of artificial ingredients, colorings, preservatives, and/or antibiotics. It’s the newest trend in fast food: Offer fresher stuff like fast-casual competitors in an attempt to attract millennials and people who focus on healthy ingredients in general. Read the rest of this entry »


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