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How To Enjoy Dining Solo

Menuism | Posted 11.11.2015 | Taste

You've got that dreaded table for one somewhere in your future, and you're not sure how to deal with it. Here's what I'd recommend.

The Strange And Sexual History Of The Graham Cracker

Menuism | Posted 09.21.2015 | Taste

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.

How To Ask For Menu Modifications Without Being "That Guy"

Menuism | Posted 08.31.2015 | Taste

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.

10 Essential Italian Desserts

Menuism | Posted 06.22.2015 | Taste

There are a multitude of specialties that seldom make it out of their regions, let alone across the pond to Italian restaurants.

5 Hidden Sources of Gluten to Avoid When Dining Out

Menuism | Posted 05.30.2015 | Taste

When you have a gluten sensitivity, sometimes dining out feels like no fun. Even less fun? Accidentally eating gluten and feeling like garbage later because of it. When in doubt, ask your server about how your food is prepared.

26 Crazy Bloody Marys, From A To Z

Menuism | Posted 03.10.2015 | Taste

They're the perfect excuse to drink in the morning and not prompt your family to convene an intervention.

Love Making Choices? Hate It? McDonald's Caters To Both

Menuism | Posted 03.28.2015 | Taste

Don't be surprised to see competitors start to do the same.

Why Are We 'As American As Apple Pie'?

Menuism | Posted 01.26.2015 | Taste

So, apple pie as the quintessential American product may be an apt metaphor after all -- it was brought here from foreign shores, was influenced by other cultures and immigration patterns, and spread throughout the world by global affairs.

Vegan Options: The New Normal At Restaurants

Menuism | Posted 12.20.2014 | Taste

You might be surprised to find that even little dives in small cities are becoming increasingly vegan-friendly.

Eggs, Bacon, and Brioche: LA's 10 Best Breakfasts

Menuism | Posted 10.05.2014 | Taste

These are what I believe to be LA's most exciting breakfast options, because, as much as we should all be eating kale scrambles every morning, that doesn't mean I find it very fun to pay someone to make them for me.

How To Taste Sparkling Wine Like A Pro

Menuism | Posted 09.15.2014 | Taste

You'll want to brush up on the basics, thereby ensuring that any bad behavior only comes out after a few glasses.

Who Was General Tso And Why Are We Eating His Chicken?

Menuism | Posted 08.23.2014 | Taste

This very real general had absolutely nothing to do with the battered and sauced chicken that now bears his name.

Vegan Foods You Already Love -- And Didn't Even Know Were Vegan

Menuism | Posted 07.12.2014 | Taste

Chances you, you're probably eating a lot of vegan food without even knowing it.

Not As Much Value In Today's Value Menus

Menuism | Posted 06.25.2014 | Taste

Value menus are offering less value than before. Adjust your wallet accordingly.

What You Need To Know About Italian Aperitivi And Digestivi Drinks

Menuism | Posted 05.18.2014 | Taste

The Italian way of eating is about the enjoyment of quality genuine food and drink.

Do Americans Want Healthy Fast Food?

Menuism | Posted 04.27.2014 | Taste

Are people lying when they say they want healthier options?

Choosing Sustainable Shrimp

Menuism | Posted 01.23.2014 | Taste

Shrimp account for nearly a quarter of the nation's seafood consumption. But these numbers do not bode well for the sustainable seafood movement because shrimp is a tough item to source responsibly in the quantities it is currently consumed.

Fishing for Chicago's Best Seafood

Menuism | Posted 09.26.2013 | Chicago

Any Chicagoan can see that the closest body of water is not anywhere you'd want to go fishing. Still, here are some spots in Chicago that take large measures to serve up solid seafood options year round.

I Scream for Vegan Ice Cream!

Menuism | Posted 07.01.2013 | Taste

Cow-free ice cream can taste just as good!

PHOTOS: Best 5 Burgers In LA? (No Apple Pan!)

Menuism | Posted 07.14.2013 | Los Angeles

by Bun Boy Eats LA, LA City Guide for the Menuism Blog photos by Bun Boy Eats LA With a few exceptions, I've been to every major burger establishm...

Why Aren't There More Chinese Restaurant Chains?

Menuism | Posted 07.06.2013 | Taste

With 41,000 Chinese restaurants in the U.S., why aren't there more national chains dishing out sit-down Chinese food?

Poutine Week Montreal, Smothered With Creativity

Menuism | Posted 04.08.2013 | Taste

If there is one food item synonymous with the province of Quebec and the city of Montreal, it's poutine. Poutine is a dish that marries a great deal of fries, squeaky cheese curds, and ladles of gravy sauce. Some people think the combination is disgusting, but a majority of Quebecers think it's the holy grail of all dishes.

Looking Ahead: 2013 Food Trends

Menuism | Posted 03.27.2013 | Taste

While we set out on the dining adventure that's to be 2013, it's always fun to speculate where that adventure will lead. Here's what some of the major news outlets around the country are predicting.

The Best Bivalves For Your Chowder

Menuism | Posted 03.17.2013 | Taste

Bivalves are shellfish consisting of two hinged shells and a soft body, such as oysters, mussels, clams, and scallops.

A Stress-Free, Homemade Holiday

Menuism | Posted 01.30.2013 | Taste

Timeline, tips and recipes to get a head start on holiday entertaining.