The Strange and Sexual History of the Graham Cracker
Photo by Scott Akerman

Photo by Scott Akerman

Graham crackers are one of those foods so innocuous that you’ve probably never given them much thought. But there was indeed a Graham who lent his name to the Graham cracker, and his story will surely change the way you see the snack from now on.

Born in 1794, Sylvester Graham was a Presbyterian minister who became a leading figure in the temperance movement. Reverend Graham was deeply interested in human physiology and nutrition, and adopted and expanded upon English minister William Metcalfe’s ideas of vegetarianism and abstinence. Read the rest of this entry »

The Best Breakfast Places in Orlando
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Photo by Julie Fletcher

Photo by Julie Fletcher

Many people say that breakfast is the most important part of the day. For travelers who are in agreement, I’ve got the perfect guide to enjoying breakfast in Orlando. I’ll share some of the best and most unique places to start any day off right, including the best dishes, price points, and special tips and secrets for making the most of the visit. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Ask for Menu Modifications Without Being “That Guy”
Photo by Moira Clunie

Photo by Moira Clunie

When dining out, people who eat special diets are the butt of seemingly every joke at the table. “How do you know if someone’s a vegan? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you,” is a barb I am all too familiar with. But when it comes to dining out, telling your server exactly what your dietary restrictions are is actually the best way to ensure a positive dining experience for yourself, your companions, the waitstaff, and the kitchen. After all, no one wants a dining partner to go into anaphylactic shock – nor does anyone want to witness a companion eating something she dislikes or is intolerant of because she was too uncomfortable or embarrassed to ask for a change to a meal.

These tips will help you confidently request the menu omissions and modifications you need when dining out without coming off like a jerk. And if you do your best to work with the restaurant and someone still has a problem with your dietary needs, I think we can agree that there’s room for at least one more substitution at the table. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Fast Food for Dogs a Million-Dollar Idea?
Photo by Perry McKenna

Photo by Perry McKenna

U.S. fast-food chains have spent considerable time the past couple of years trying to counter falling sales by targeting millennials. Maybe the industry should be targeting their pets instead.

According to a new survey by marketing research firm Relevation Research, one in every six American households orders fast food for a dog during at least some of their drive-thru or take-out visits. Read the rest of this entry »

Where’s the Chinese Food in DC’s Chinatown?
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Photo by cheriejoyful

Imagine you’re a Chinese tourist making your first visit to Washington D.C. You want to check out the Chinatown in America’s national capital, since it is quite close to the attractions on the National Mall. So you head over to the main drag of Chinatown, 7th St. N.W., and, looking for a nice place to dine, you spot Chinese characters that say “Owl Restaurant.” Of course, because the American name of the restaurant doesn’t mean anything to you, you’re quite surprised when you find you’ve walked into Hooters. Read the rest of this entry »


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