Forest Dining Is In; Gawker Wants Your Kitchen Nightmares; Best Restaurants in Rome; Most ‘Offal’ Ingredients Ever; Seventies Food Was Better(!)

"We've been forest dining long before it was trendy. You know, back when folks just called it camping."

* Reality bites. Gawker wants your true-life kitchen nightmare stories. [Gawker]

* Into the woods. Forest dining is the next big thing. If you live near a forest, that is. If not, the next big thing will probably be something else. [Metro]

* Rome if you want to. These are the 10 best restaurants in Rome, according to Diane Seed. [The Guardian]

* From the “Strike that. Reverse it.” files: Delia Smith says food in the U.K. was better in the 1970s. I can only assume she’s kidding. Or that she hasn’t eaten since the seventies? [Daily Mail]

* Truth in headlines: The world’s weirdest restaurants really are weird. [NY Daily News]

* Is it a sign that food writers are running out of content if they’re writing stories about chefs’ wives? Perhaps, but since this story’s wife is Liz Symon, a partner in hubby Michael’s ventures, I’ll let it slide. [GourmetLive]

* Pig’s lung, sow’s udder, and whale’s liver, oh my! Yep, this is the most offal cookbook ever. [Daily Mail]

* Demand for doggie bags to rise in Baltimore. Charm City canines earn the right to dine al fresco with their owners. [BaltimoreSun]

* In case you need an excuse to dine out in NOLA tomorrow night. Which you don’t, but if you do — Dine Out for Life at one of 75 participating restaurants to help in the fight against AIDS. [BestofNewOrleans]

* Diners like deals on meals more than ever. How do we know? A new survey from says so! [BizReport]

* When the waiter wishes it were only a fly in your soup: The Freakonomics folks have some advice for restaurateurs when the worst happens. [FreakonomicsRadio]

* Trix aren’t for kids. Well, not at the more than 15,000 restaurants around the U.S. that are participating in the Kids LiveWell initiative they aren’t. [USAToday]

* A server says what? Phil Vettel rounds up 10 things he and his colleagues would rather not hear when they’re dining out. Something tells me none of these critics have ever waited tables. Why? Because many of their peeves are obviously policies set by someone other than servers. [Chicago Tribune]

* Restaurants where Greece and Italy meet? They’re apparently a big no-no in New York but not so much in D.C. Not sure how this might relate to Greek pizza, but, boy, is that tasty! [WashingtonPost]


  1. dr russell fletcher says

    do you represent any restaurants in Rome, Italy? We have used your services in Vegas and were well pleased.

    Thank you for your reply.

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