Wendy’s Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger Harbinger of Fast Food to Come

Wendys pretzel bun burgers.

Over the past several months, the U.S. fast food restaurant industry has made an effort to entice millennials by introducing limited-time offers, or LTOs, often focusing primarily on menu items that feature different types of fancier breads. Read the rest of this entry »

Perfect Pairings for Your Favorite Appetizers


Whether they’re served hot or cold, small bites and tapas make for excellent party fare, and are best paired with good company and a great bottle of wine. But what wine will you choose? With multiple flavor combinations and trays of different hors d’oeuvres circulating through the room, wine pairings become a little like Russian roulette.

Here is a simple wine and appetizer pairing guide to help you find the perfect accompaniment to several popular starters: Read the rest of this entry »

Small Cities Can Have Great Chinese Food (If Properly Schooled)
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While Chinese-Americans made their early mark in rural and small-town America through agricultural, mining and construction activities, for the most part they are identified with urban living. Indeed, the largest historic core Chinatown locations are almost synonymous with America’s largest cities such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington DC. Even today’s new emerging Chinese American communities are identified with the large population centers, such as Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Austin, and Las Vegas. So with this background, how does one explain that there are as many, if not more authentic Chinese restaurants in Champaign, Illinois (population 82,000) than in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles (population 1.5 million), which represents half of the geographic area and population of the city of Los Angeles (but where good Chinese food is narrowly concentrated)? Read the rest of this entry »

Six Pizza Trends That You’ll Want a Slice Of
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Lobster pizza. Photo by muyyum

Over 90% of Americans eat pizza at least once a month, and pizzerias make up 20% of all restaurants in America. It is small wonder, then, that the humble Italian pizza pie is now a $38 billion industry in its adopted country of America.

New trends in the way pizza is made have only made it more popular. No longer mere fast food, pizza has gone gourmet. Here are six interesting, sometimes excessive, and often delectable pizza trends: Read the rest of this entry »

Fast Food’s Soda Wars Latest Attempt to Gain Business

Coca-Cola Fountain Drink

Recently, I was running some errands when I saw a sign at Carl’s Jr. advertising any size soft drink for $1.

And even though I wasn’t far from home and had cold soda waiting for me in my fridge, I went through the Carl’s Jr. drive-thru and purchased a large Diet Dr. Pepper (and a spicy chicken sandwich to boot!). Read the rest of this entry »