On Our Plate: 15 Days Left for Free Mobile Restaurant Sites; Dine About Town SF, NYC Restaurant Week + Others Happening Now; Brisket; Best Dates for Foodies

Don’t miss your chance to save $50 on this special event at Spruce supporting Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* There are just 15 more days to for restaurants to claim their FREE mobile site. Get yours today!

* Save $50 on the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry four-course dinner at Spruce in San Francisco on January 22, 2013. Buy tickets now.

* What are OpenTable diners raving about in recent restaurant reviews? Brisket.

* Baltimore County Restaurant Week: $10.13-$30.15 lunches and $15.13 – $35.13 dinners, January 11-27Book a table.

* Berkeley Restaurant Week: Gourmet $30 three-course dinners, January 13-20Book a table.

* Galveston Restaurant Week: Special lunches and dinners priced at $10, $15, $20, $25, $30, $35, $40, and $45, January 13-26Book a table.

* Howard County Restaurant Weeks: Prix-fixe menus from $10.13-$40.13, January 14-28Book a table.

* Napa Valley Restaurant  Month: Under $15 and $15-$30 lunches and under $25, $25-$50, and $50-$75 dinners, January 1-31Book a table.

* New York City Restaurant Week: $25 lunches and $35 dinners, January 14-February 8Book a table.

* Pittsburgh Restaurant Week: Special gourmet meals, January 14-20Book a table.

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Reinterpretations of Childhood Faves; Moto Miracle Berry; Dutch Cuisine + More

The Junk Food platter from LA Market by Kerry Simon is one way in which grown foodies are revisiting their childhoods. The other is moving back home with their parents.

* Kidding around. Chefs are reinterpreting childhood faves to appeal to your inner child. [HuffPost]

* Burning up. Wood-burning ovens are all the rage — and also unpredictable. [Cincinnati.com]

* Talk the talk. There’s a new dictionary just for diners. [NY Times]

* It’s a miracle. No, really. Homaru Cantu of moto and iNG in Chicago talks about the miracle berry that changes your tastebuds and trims your waistline. [GMA]

* The agony and the ecstasy. The highs and lows of life as a restaurant server. [StarkvilleDailyNews.com]

* Hi-ho, the Derry goes. Tiffany Derry talks about her looming departure from Private Social in Dallas. [DFW.com]

* Dining Downton Style. Making scenes look authentic is no walk in the abbey. [KansasCity.com]

* I do not endorse this. But, FWIW, here are some unconventional — and illegal — ways to make dining out more “exciting.” It sounds to me like the author needs to drink more. [Thought Catalog]

* Let’s go Dutch. No one ever says this about the cuisine, but they may start to sooner rather than later. [NY Times]

* Have a Melo meal. The folks at Old Homestead in New York are turning trash talk into something special, with their Carmelo Anthony steak special. [NY Daily News]

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Attention Restaurateurs: Only 16 Days Left to Claim Your FREE Mobile-Friendly Site

[singlepic id=25 w=400 h=240 float=right]Restaurateurs, time is running out to claim your free mobile-friendly site. In October, OpenTable introduced a free service that makes it easy for its restaurant customers to optimize their websites for mobile devices. The new service is designed to help restaurateurs capitalize on the massive shift toward mobile by making restaurant websites more user-friendly and functional on smartphones. The service, powered by DudaMobile, is quick and easy to use, and the before and after results are dramatic without sacrificing the branding and elegance of the restaurant’s desktop website.

To take advantage of the free service, OpenTable restaurant customers in the U.S., Canada, and the UK must claim their mobile site through the OpenTable Restaurant Center before February 1, 2013. Customers who sign-up by the deadline will enjoy the service for free as long as they’re an OpenTable customer and comply with the terms and conditions of the service. Customers who sign up after January 31, 2013, will have access to the service for a nominal monthly fee.

Restaurants interested in becoming customers of OpenTable can learn more by visiting the Restaurateurs: Join Us section of the OpenTable website.

Claim your FREE mobile site today!

Foodies Are the New Fashionistas in NYC; Padma’s Skinny Secret + More

It’s too bad Carrie Bradshaw wasn’t more of a foodie. Maybe then we’d have all been spared the horror that was the cupcake craze.

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

* Checks and the city. Restaurant reservations are the new Manolos for young singles. [NY Times]

* I don’t know how she does it. Oh, wait! Now I do. Padma Lakshmi reveals her secret to staying skinny. I think it also involves exercise, but, hey — juice away! [Daily Mail]

* Woody Allen’s diet. It’s as neurotic as you might think. [Grub Street NY]

* Winter wonderlands for foodies. Festivals to make the cold months pass fast. [Forbes]

* Feeling anxious? Order the salmon; apparently, it’s nature’s Xanax. [Men’s Fitness]

* The Paleo Diet. It’s so simple a caveman can do it. [PopSci]

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