I travel a lot for work and often find myself in airports and in unfamiliar cities wondering where and what I can eat that will fill me up, not out. Since eating out makes it harder to keep your daily calories in check, you have to learn how to dodge the calorie minefields in restaurant menus.
Study shows 57 percent of Americans consider eating out a 'special occasion.' [INFOGRAPHIC]
With the combined forces of our staffers and contributors, we canvassed the 50 states, happily put our stomachs to work to yield a menu of America's must-try dishes from Maine to Honolulu.
Years ago, my parents went to dinner with the parents of my close friend. My mom and dad were of modest means and Close Friend's parents owned Impressionist paintings. At the end of dinner, my father -- ever the gentleman -- offered to pick up the tab for the whole dinner.
It's a familiar picture: People eating while talking on the phone, reading emails, staring at computer screens, hurrying from appointment to appointment. Our hectic lifestyles rarely allow for lunch breaks exclusively dedicated to nourishment or sit-down dinners with loved ones.
Better for you food may not be cheapest, but it is less expensive than health care. And that is something we should all get behind.
"I stay away from restaurants with a view, and I am very wary of hotel concierge recommendations. I avoid restaurants that are named after a number, a color, or a place. I know the Chef or owner lacks imagination."
Are we still reacting against the "ladies who lunch" stereotype in an effort to demonstrate to our male colleagues just how seriously we take our jobs?
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.
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Learning to eat is one of the great challenges for a child -- but it can also be one of parenting's central joys. Learning to eat out should be no different.
I take issue with Gordon Ramsay's presumption that he knows better than most about whether food has good taste. If something is truly better it should be apparent.
It's okay to sit with your kids at dinner, to take them out with you. Then they become individuals who can share a nice meal or a conversation with anyone, anywhere, anytime.
A relatively small percentage of Americans eat a la the Europeans. Yet almost all the movies I've lately been watching show American characters eating the "continental" way. The question is why?
A couple of years ago I was in Zurich and heard about a restaurant called Blinde Kuh (Blind Cow). Our waitress led us through heavy drapes to another doorway and into a room of total, pitch-black darkness.
We're eating and drinking out multiple times a week as a nation, and I for one know that I am doing my part to raise the statistics. I eat out as much as possible.