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Will You Be a Horrible Restaurant Customer This Holiday Season?

Will You Be a Horrible Restaurant Customer This Holiday Season? Nov 27th, 2013 at 4:31PM: Getty Images So you've finished your Thanksgiving dinner and you're finally sick of turkey leftovers. It's time to get out there and hit the great new restaurant that just opened in your hometown or wherever you're spending the holidays. (FYI: Aol Travel knows the hot restaurants in cities around the U.S.) Wherever you go, remember that there are appropriate ways to behave. And there are...

Silent Dining: The Latest Restaurant Gimmick?

Silent Dining: The Latest Restaurant Gimmick? Oct 8th, 2013 at 4:47PM: Flickr, Monika Bargmann Banning cell phones in restaurants is becoming more common, as diners who constantly use their phones to chat or document their meals can be a distraction to other customers. A Brooklyn restaurant is taking things to the next level by banning talk altogether, piloting a "silent dining" event in which no one speaks for a 90 minute meal. Last month there were 17 diners at Eat...

Fake Plastic Food In Japan Evolved From Less Than Appetizing Origins

Fake Plastic Food In Japan Evolved From Less Than Appetizing Origins Aug 7th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Mathieu Thouvenin, Flickr Walk through any food court or eatery in Japan and you'll find yourself face to face with walls of plastic food. These displays are designed to show potential diners exactly what they'll receive if they order a particular dish, from the portion size to the ingredients right down to the little garnishes. They're helpful for foreigners who can't decipher Japanese menus but...

Say Goodbye To Olive Oil Bottles In European Restaurants

Say Goodbye To Olive Oil Bottles In European Restaurants May 20th, 2013 at 1:30PM: Wikimedia Commons It's an old tradition here in Europe: sit down for a meal and at the center of the table is a little bottle of olive oil for using on your bread and other food. In the finer restaurants you'll often get a dipping bowl too. Now the Guardian reports that the European Union has banned serving olive oil in anything but sealed, throwaway containers. The EU says this is to stop...

Is Farm-To-Hotel The Latest Lodging Trend?

Is Farm-To-Hotel The Latest Lodging Trend? May 15th, 2013 at 11:00AM: At home there's the backyard garden, the local co-op farmers market and the stash of homemade pickles, but on the road, what's a food-loving locavore to do? Track down a farm-to-hotel of course. Hotel restaurants aren't normally at the top of the list of a traveler's places to eat, but sometimes time and efficiency leave you eating at the dining room on the first floor of wherever you're...

The Budget Traveler's Guide To Cut-Price Restaurant Meals

The Budget Traveler's Guide To Cut-Price Restaurant Meals Apr 28th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Eating out three meals a day can do some serious damage to your travel budget, especially when you want those three meals to be as good as possible. Sure, you could self-cater to save a few bucks, but if you're a real foodie who wants to taste the best a city has to offer, how can you do it without breaking the bank? Filling up on street food or tracking down food trucks are two tried and...

The Kimchi-ite: A Tour Through Hongdae, The Center Of Korean Youth Culture

The Kimchi-ite: A Tour Through Hongdae, The Center Of Korean Youth Culture Apr 8th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Seoul has no shortage of unique neighborhoods worth visiting and it is certainly not at a loss for places to go drinking. However, there is only one true place where the youth of South Korea go en masse for so many of their desires and that place is Hongdae. Taking its name from the Korean abbreviation for the local art university, Hongik University, Hongdae is a great place for restaurants,...

Get Personalized Guides For Food And Drink With Eight Spots

Get Personalized Guides For Food And Drink With Eight Spots Mar 28th, 2013 at 2:00PM: If you are traveling in a big city and want restaurant recommendations, it can be overwhelming to turn to online review sites like Trip Advisor or Yelp that list hundreds of places, many of which are irrelevant to your tastes and preferences. A new website launches today, giving you personalized guides of where to eat and drink, focused on spots you'll like. Eight Spots gives you just that: a list...

The Kimchi-ite: 10 More Differences Between South Korea And The Rest Of The World

The Kimchi-ite: 10 More Differences Between South Korea And The Rest Of The World Mar 22nd, 2013 at 3:00PM: In the U.S., there is the art of tipping. In Finland, there is no such thing as college tuition; it's almost completely subsidized by tax Euros. And in Ethiopia, food is eaten only with the bare right hand. Given South Korea's unique history and culture within Asia, there is no shortage of comparisons that can be made between it and the rest of the world. Even though I already reported on "10...

Eating And Drinking In Estonia

Eating And Drinking In Estonia Feb 28th, 2013 at 1:00PM: I always enjoy dipping into a new cuisine, so when I headed off to Estonia I was curious as to what kind of food I was going to get. Would it be like Russian cuisine? Scandinavian? A bit of both since the country is sandwiched between those two areas? Turns out it's a mix with its own local twist. At least that was my impression. I was only in the country a week and so take all my...

In Oaxaca, A Place For Friends

In Oaxaca, A Place For Friends Feb 26th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Sundays in Oaxaca are quiet. The stores are closed; the streets empty. There is buzz around the churches, as families mill in and out dressed in their Sunday best. Near the Zocalo, children play with oversized balloons, pushing them high into the sky. But otherwise, the city is silent. On a recent Sunday, I decided to embrace the calm and seek a quiet resting place where I could sit...

Fried Chicken In Ulan Bator: KFC To Open In Mongolia

Fried Chicken In Ulan Bator: KFC To Open In Mongolia Jan 13th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Would you like home-style biscuits or mashed potatoes to go with your yurt? No country is out of reach for global food brands these days, and this week it's Mongolia. In partnership with Ulan Bator-based Tavan Bogd Group, Yum! Brands is opening up four KFC outlets in Mongolia this year. A country known for its nomads and ger yurts, it's the most sparsely populated country in the world....

Off The Beaten Winter Path In Colorado: Backcountry Dining At The Tennessee Pass Cookhouse

Off The Beaten Winter Path In Colorado: Backcountry Dining At The Tennessee Pass Cookhouse Jan 10th, 2013 at 10:00AM: "We're going to ski in to this place where you get lunch served in a yurt." My Colorado friends know what it takes to get me excited about life; combine an outdoor pursuit with eating and I am almost always game. I didn't even need to know the details of where we were going. The fact that I was going to a restaurant in a backcountry setting was good enough. Near Leadville, Colorado,...

The Kimchi-ite: 10 Differences Between South Korea And The Rest Of The World

The Kimchi-ite: 10 Differences Between South Korea And The Rest Of The World Dec 21st, 2012 at 11:00AM: There are countless differences between South Korea and the rest of the world. Even the casual traveler bouncing around Asia will notice how everyday culture differs. In many ways Korean culture is somewhere in between that of Japan and China, but in so many more ways it is unique to itself. Here are some of the more interesting and unique differences I have noticed. 1. KOREANS AGE...

The New New Orleans: Life Takes A New Direction After Katrina

The New New Orleans: Life Takes A New Direction After Katrina Nov 13th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Until Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York and New Jersey in October, New Orleans was perhaps the biggest urban natural disaster story the country had ever seen. Seven years after Hurricane Katrina, the city has gotten back on its feet, regrouping after the storm of a lifetime. Now, New Orleans isn't just rebuilding what it was before. It's beginning to move forward. Across, the city, new...

10 Farm-To-Table Restaurants In Vancouver, Canada

10 Farm-To-Table Restaurants In Vancouver, Canada Oct 22nd, 2012 at 12:00PM: During a recent visit to Vancouver, Canada, it was apparent many restaurants are trying to create sustainable, farm-to-table menus. It's a great city if you're an eco-conscious traveler due to the many options for any price level. To help guide you, here are some top picks for morally conscious cuisine in Vancouver. Diva at the Met 645 Howe Street I'm not sure there are any other...

10 Best Underground Bars In New York

10 Best Underground Bars In New York Oct 18th, 2012 at 12:00PM: New York offers many experiences for the traveler looking for a quality libation. As the weather gets colder and the streets get more crowded, try warming up away from the masses at one of these cozy, underground spaces. The Vault At Pfaff's 643 Broadway Located underground at Broadway and Bleecker in NoHo, The Vault at Pfaff's is a neighborhood bar and lounge inspired by Charles...

3 Stand-Out Sushi Restaurants In Vancouver, Canada

3 Stand-Out Sushi Restaurants In Vancouver, Canada Sep 23rd, 2012 at 4:00PM: Vancouver, Canada, is filled with restaurants serving Asian cuisine, especially sushi. With hundreds of these types of venues sprawled across the city, it can be difficult to choose where to go. If you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary, try one of these stand-out sushi restaurants in Vancouver. Let's Roll 104-1184 Denman Street Located in Vancouver's West End, Let's...

6 Boston Bars That Transport You To Other Places

6 Boston Bars That Transport You To Other Places Sep 7th, 2012 at 2:00PM: There are myriad bars you can go to if you just want a decent atmosphere and drinks. On a recent trip to Boston, however, I learned there are many bars that are more than they appear on the outside. On your next trip to the city, make sure to check out some of these bars and restaurants that transport you to other places. The Hawthorne 500A Commonwealth Avenue, Boston The Hotel...

Restaurant Offers Diners Discount For Conversing

Restaurant Offers Diners Discount For Conversing Aug 19th, 2012 at 12:00PM: It's not uncommon to be at a restaurant where patrons are texting on their phones, tweeting on their iPads and Skyping on their laptops. Well, one Los Angeles restaurant has had enough of people going out together, only to not even converse with each other. In fact, Eva Restaurant Los Angeles is offering a 5 percent discount to diners who leave their cellphones with staff while seated. On...

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