Dining with Strangers via Social Media; Advice from a Restaurant Host + More

Dining with strangers probably involves talking to them, too. We’re not sure if Rick would approve.

Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* Don’t talk to strangers. Dine with them instead. [The National]

* Please don’t seat yourself. And other niceties restaurant hosts wish you would observe when dining out. [OnMilwaukee.com]

* Californians, look away! It’s Restaurant Augusts foie gras three ways. [NOLA.com]

* What happens when hot dogs meet pizza pies? If you guessed an apocalypse, you’re wrong. [Journal Gazette]

* Sundance suggestions. Here are some Park City dining recommendations from a local. [CityWeekly]

* Is what you’re eating working for you? Or, rather, helping you work. Turns out that what you consume affects your performance on the job. [IndianExpress]

* From the ‘Moment of Zen’ filesFood photos unlike anything you’ve seen. [Hongkiat.com]

Splitting the Check on Portlandia; 86ing Butter + Cream on Menus + More

The corn-eating porcupine sounds eerily like Gizmo from Gremlins.

Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* The perils of group dining. Splitting the check isn’t always easy or equitable. Take a cue from Portlandia and call in an expert. [Slate]

* Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto. A robot may one day take your restaurant order. [NBC News]

* It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature. So the man behind Rouge Tomate isn’t trying to. He keeps his cuisine butter and cream free without artificial ingredients. [NY Times]

* Hot chef. Here is a picture of Tom Colicchio with hair. Is he more handsome now or then? It’s probably too close to call. [US Weekly]

* From the ‘Moment of Zen’ files: Here’s a mogwai porcupine in a party hat eating an ear of corn. [YouTube]

 

Therapy for Peanut Allergies; Baby-Chef Names; PC as Personal Chef + More

“I know I’ve made some very poor dishes recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal.”

Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* This sounds nutty. A new supervised therapy could help increase peanut-allergy sufferers’ tolerance to this groundnut. [Village Voice]

* Chef Hal 9000 at your service. In a few years, a computer could be your personal chef. [4029TV.com]

* Win at wining and dining. Tips to make the most of entertaining clients and prospects from a pro. [Entrepreneur.com]

* Isn’t it authentic? Experts debate authenticity in restaurant menus. [NRN]

* A lot at steak. Michael Lomonaco of Porter House New York shows you how to cook a perfect steak. [Business Insider]

* I’ll have what she’s having. The skinny on how chefs stay fit despite obvious obstacles. [Eatocracy]

* What’s in a name? Baby names for parents who want to raise their own personal chef. This reminds me of that Seinfeld routine about naming your kid Jeeves. “Ever notice a lot of butlers are named Jeeves? You know, I think when you name a baby Jeeves, you’ve pretty much mapped out his future, wouldn’t you say?” [HuffPost]

* From the ‘Moment of Zen’ files: Man seeks return of pet chicken/traveling companion stolen from restaurant. [SeattlePI.com]

Tweet of the Week: 1,000-Point Reservations Help You Earn Free Meals Faster!

Do you love Dining Rewards Points like Lisa Gartland does? Then, take a lesson from her and start booking 1,000-point restaurant reservations on OpenTable! Available at a select set of restaurants during specific time frames, bonus-point reservations can be booked using the special 1,000-point links that appear on our website! And, they help you earn free meals, via OpenTable Dining Cheques, faster! Thanks for the tweet, @lisamgartland — and enjoy your next Dining Cheque.