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These days, money is tight for many of us. Still, in the midst of trying times, it’s more important than ever to treat yourself on occasion. If it seems beyond your budget to venture out to real restaurants serving food above the level of mass-produced hamburgers and greasy French fries, think again. Here are ten ways to save cash and stretch your dining out budget while enjoying an evening out.

1. Host Happy Hour at Home

Have happy hour at home before leaving for the restaurant. Make a special cocktail and some small bites to share before heading out the door. A personalized happy hour will not only help set the mood for the evening, it’ll also save you a few bucks on drinks and food later on. (more…)

Posted by on October 18th, 2011

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As wonderful as entertaining at home can be, sometimes going out to a restaurant is just more appealing, especially with a large group. Among the upsides: professionally prepared dishes cooked to order, and hours saved washing dishes, shopping, cooking and cleaning. But pleasing a big group can be challenging. What kind of restaurant should you chose? How will the bill be paid? Will everyone like the menu selection? What if there aren’t any options for the vegetarian in the group? Inevitably, the bigger the group, the more logistical challenges you may encounter—like the awkward post-dinner moment when the check comes out and you have to do the math.  (more…)

Posted by on August 17th, 2011


Vegan Dining in the South of France. Photo by Amber Shea Ford.

I firmly believe vegans should never have to relegate themselves to ordering a meager salad when dining out. In fact, I have never eaten salad at a restaurant in my life! A healthy vegan meal can be “invented” at any kind of restaurant whether or not vegan options exist on the menu; all it takes is a willingness to ask questions and make specific requests. The vast majority of restaurants are more than happy to accommodate your needs as best they can. No matter what which restaurants you frequent or what types of cuisines you crave, there’s an easy vegan solution. Here are some examples of vegan or almost-vegan (for those who are approximating) meals you could find at your favorite restaurants and in a variety of dining scenarios. (more…)

Posted by on April 4th, 2011

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