Grilled romaine is one of those things that I order every time I see it on a menu. It’s just such a fascinating hybrid to me of two things that I wouldn’t at all think belong together: the grill, with its rough, hot brutishness juxtaposed with the tender, crispy leaves of “spa food” infamy. What sounds like failure in the making may in fact change the way you feel about romaine forever.
Grilling romaine at home is not a complicated or lengthy process. A quick spritz with some nonstick spray, 30 seconds of high-heat contact and BAM! Otherwise boring greens take on new life with a smoky aroma and toasted flavor with enough depth to let them stand on their own as a dinner centerpiece.
I stole a page from my friend Charissa’s recipe book and charred a grapefruit to serve as the base of this salad’s dressing. Its subtle tartness plus the charred leaves and a few toasted almonds make beautiful culinary harmony.
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In the past few years, websites that let you order restaurant delivery food have really blown up. Gone are the days where you have to interact with fellow humans in order to eat a pizza. You simply head to your favorite site and click a few hungry clicks. Technology! Now, two of the biggest delivery sites are merging to form a mega-verse of dining laziness, combining their restaurant databases and unique technologies.
GrubHub and Seamless — once fierce competitors — have announced a merger to create an as-yet-unnamed super-company. GrubLess? SeamHub? The deal, which is still subject to that wascally regulatory approval process, will give you even one less thing to remember when ordering food. Just type G or S into your web browser and autocomplete should take care of the rest for you.
In the meantime, you should probably just stay home and cook.
Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?
On Monday nights, I go for recipes that require minimal prep work and yield leftovers. Not only do I save money, but I also have something delicious to look forward to the next day in the office. Sundried Tomato and Basil Mac and Cheese fits the bill for a low-key dinner — and an extra -pecial lunch for the next day (or two).
You’re never too old for macaroni and cheese. Perhaps you’ve moved past the infamous blue box, but cheesy pasta is a timeless — and ageless — guilty pleasure. This recipe is classy enough to serve at a dinner party but easy enough to make for tonight’s Meatless Monday dinner. If you’re worried about having too many leftovers, halve the recipe or stick some of the extras in the freezer for a quick dinner down the road.
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Here in America, thanks to the nefarious work of Morgan Spurlock and others, we have begun expecting our fast food joints to be kinda, well, healthy. Most of them now serve veggie burgers, salads and even cups of fibrous material that scientists call fruit. In Japan, however, that is not the case. Japanese fast food restaurants still embrace the unhealthiness in all of its deep-fried glory. Case in point? McDonald’s and their new French fry size.
McDonald’s Japan has just unveiled something they are calling the “Mega Potato.” This massive container holds so many French fries, diners will think they have died and gone to deep-fried heaven. Don’t eat the whole thing in one sitting, or you might actually die (and go to deep-fried heaven). It holds enough French fries to make up two large-size American portions.
This Mega Potato will set you back 490 yen, or $4.80. Considering two large fries at your local McDonald’s costs around $6, it is quite a steal!
Alibi at The Liberty Hotel, Boston (pictured above)
Alibi is located in the “drunk tank” of the former Charles Street Prison, where those arrested for public intoxication were kept overnight — a unique place to relive a little Boston history (hopefully on better terms). Thick brick walls with cell doors and windows, original stone floors from the jail, mug shots of celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Jim Morrison and Nick Nolte hanging on the walls, and jail-themed cocktails, like The Doing Thyme, The Walk of Shame and Gordon Gekko, are unsubtle reminders of the bar’s theme. But leather couches, dark wood tables and candlelight make the experience much pleasanter today than it was for its former visitors.
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It seems like there’s a birthday every week in the Cooking Channel office. And with the amazing local bakeries plus some very talented employees, that can mean a lot of cake. So in honor of our latest birthday girl (and her upcoming trip to Greece), cake was swapped for yogurt and a birthday breakfast was held in the conference room.
Instead of peanut butter pies and yellow cake with vanilla frosting, we ate individual portions of Greek yogurt covered in fruity and crunchy toppings. Take these yogurt and topping combos and make your own breakfast bar at home or for a birthday. You may find you won’t miss the cake – this week, at least.
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Some foods just have a healthy halo. But just because a food sounds healthy, doesn’t mean it is. Don’t be duped by these four foods that sound healthy, but aren’t always.
Veggie burgers: Even if you’re not a full-time vegetarian, you may sometimes be tempted by veggie burgers, which sound downright virtuous. But if you’re thinking of ordering one in a restaurant, make sure to quiz your server. Often, these meatless patties are deep-fried, negating some of the health boon of going meat-free. If you’re buying them at the store, read the ingredients to find one without lots of fillers.
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The notion of a gaming-themed bar is not a new one. Video games and booze, naturally, go pretty well together. However, another one of mankind’s favorite activities also goes great with joysticks and buttons: eating. Aside from the Ms. Pac-Man console at your local greasy spoon, there isn’t much gaming to be had in the restaurant world. That is, until now.
Enter Canada’s brand new EXP Restaurant. From the name of the establishment right on to the menu items, this is a gamer’s nirvana. What can you get here? There’s a Zelda-inspired Triforce Burger, a heaping plate of Super Smash Nachos and a whole bunch of drinks named after Pokemon.
The restaurant has plenty of themed memorabilia on the walls and, of course, a giant-screen television that you can play games on. If you are particularly hungry, competitively speaking, EXP also hosts Super Smash Bros and Goldeneye tournaments.
It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.
For some, summer is all about lying out by the pool. For others, it’s about long and relaxing vacations at the beach. But for me, and I’m sure for many others, it’s about sun-dappled, fire-up-the-grill backyard cookouts. And one important component for any outdoor party is the frosty, iced drinks that will help keep you and your guests cool.
It’s time to break out the blender for a grown-up slushie spiked with smoky bourbon. Orange juice, lemonade, cherry juice and bourbon are blended with ice for a pretty, pink-hued beverage that’s just sweet enough.
Bottoms up, folks.
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