Dining with the Stars: Obamas Say Aloha to Alan Wong’s in Honolulu; Clooney Tucks in to Rocco’s Tacos in FL; Lady Gaga at RPM in Chicago + More

“Buy my tequila. Doctor’s orders.”

Recent celebrity sightings at OpenTable restaurants…

* President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dined with family friends at Alan Wong’s in Honolulu. [KHON]

* Southern food maven Paula Deen breakfasted at Asellina in New York’s Meatpacking District. [NY Post]

* Sly Stallone took the ladies in his life to dinner at BOA Steakhouse in Los Angeles. [Daily Mail]

* Liev SchreiberNaomi Watts, and Kate Bosworth were spotted at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood. [People]

* Henry Kissinger and former Senator Bob Kerry showed up for the power lunch at The Grill Room at the Four Seasons in New York. [NY Post]

* Michael’s in Manhattan’s midtown played host to politicos and CEOs, including New York State Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Oxygen Media founder Geraldine Laybourne. [NY Post]

* Newlyweds Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively came down from the ‘burbs to dine at Nobu Fifty Seven in Manhattan. [People]

* On-again couple Katy Perry and John Mayer caused a commotion when they were spotted exiting Osteria Mozza in West Hollywood. [NY Daily News]

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Best Dates for Foodies: HowAboutWe Reveals Dining + Drinking Habits of Daters

Pizza puts Atlanta foodies in the mood for dating. How about you?

They say a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I’d say that’s probably true of a woman, too. And, it’s been said that beer is the ultimate social lubricant. So, it’s no surprise that many dates involve food and drink. Curious about what food and drink is putting diners in the mood for romance? In honor of their 1,000,000th date, HowAboutWe, the offline dating site, has released data on the dining, drinking, and dating desires of their users in cities across the states. According to HowAbout We:

Atlanta: One-third of all date ideas in Atlanta involve grabbing a bite. Artisan pizza is a hot trend. Ice cream and burgers are also popular picks.

Austin: Food trucks are more popular in Austin than in any other city, accounting for 1 in 5 dining dates. A beer date is more likely to get a reply in Austin than other drinking dates.

Boston: Boston daters are three times more likely than average to suggest tapas on a first date. One in six beer dates in Boston specify craft beer—the highest in the U.S..

Chicago: One in 11 dining dates in Chicago is veggie-friendly, the third highest in the country. Blue Agave for tequila and tamales is the 5th most suggested date. Whiskey is four times more popular in Chicago than the national average.

Denver: Almost seven in 10 drinking dates in Denver suggest having a glass of wine. Tacos, pizza, and Italian fare are fashionable food picks.

Los Angeles: There are more breakfast dates in Los Angeles than in any other city. Whenever people talk about breakfast dates, I’m reminded of a scene from Sneakers in which a lovestruck man asks his date, “Would you like to have breakfast with me?” “Sure, fine,” she answers. “Shall I phone you or nudge you?” Also, wine is fine in LA; it’s the top drink choice for daters.

Minneapolis: The most popular cocktail in Minneapolis is a margarita.Italian, pizza and French fries are foodie-date faves.

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Laying Claim to Hummus; News on Your Next Receipt; Year of the Sandwich + More

The Zohan attributes his skills and energy to a steady diet of hummus. And all his years as a Mossad agent. 

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

* Don’t mess with the Zohan. That’s probably his hummus you’re eating. [Wall Street Journal]

* Need another reason to carefully read your restaurant receipt? You can catch up on the day’s news! [Forbes]

* The flip side to the world’s worst work shirts? A Miami Beach restaurant welcomes diners who pay in pesos. [Florida Today]

* Where do the world’s top chefs eat abroad? At really amazing eateries. Duh! [Guardian]

* Remember that whole thing about one man’s trash is another’s tasting menu? Well, these poor people really were eating trash. Ewww. [Global Post]

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10 Things You Need to Know About Top Chef Seattle Episode 10

“Josie, Daniel Larusso called. He’d like his headband back.”

This week’s episode featured one very hokey QFC — but a much cooler EC! In a precursor to restaurant wars, the cheftestants were asked to cook a dish that would represent their concept. I love this as it lets chefs cook their own food so that we can get to know them better. 

1. Josie made an “Asians represent!” remark that had everyone in the room rolling their eyes.

2. Padma refers to ginger as one of the most versatile and refreshing ingredients in the world. I’d give that distinction to citrus or mint. I don’t find ginger at all refreshing.

3. Micah used a P-word that I found inappropriate and disparaging. Who are this season’s editors? Are they trying to make us dislike everyone?

4. You can use an iSi canister for more than whipping cream. It’s a great way to infuse flavor through pressure in a brief amount of time, as demonstrated by Kristen.

5. Josie managed to work in a brag about her time as a football player, noting that she can “take a few hits.” If only she could take hints.Continue Reading