Dining with the Stars: Diaz + Barrymore Catch Up at Crown in NYC; Padma Salutes Hung at Manhattan’s The General; Rooney Mara Goes Vegan in Park City + More

Drew and Cameron take a dancing break during dinner.

Recent celebrity sightings at OpenTable restaurants…

* Former football player Tiki Barber and his wife were spotted at Arlington Club in Manhattan. [NY Post]

* Ryan Seacrest returned to Bill’s in midtown Manhattan, this time eating with two of the Kardashian sisters. [NY Post]

* Mandy Moore and Minka Kelly (Texas forever! Jeter? Not so much.) brunched at BLD in West Hollywood. [People]

* Miami Heat prez Pat Riley had a meal at Bluestem Brasserie in the Bay Area. [Tablehopper]

* Jennifer Lopez was “obsessed with the peanut butter souffle” at Catch in Miami. People’s words, not mine. [People]

* Besties and erstwhile Angels Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore had a double date at Crown in Manhattan. [People]

* Twilighter Nikki Reed and American Idol’er Paul McDonald (no relation to Ronald) dueted at The Darby in New York. [NY Post]

Top Chef‘s Padma Lakshmi checked out alum Hung Huynh‘s cooking at The General in the Big Apple. [NY Post]

* Mila Kunis snacked on sushi at Kiwami in Studio City, California. [Daily Mail]

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On Our Plate: Most Romantic Restaurants; 9 More Days to Claim Free Mobile Sites; Avocado; dineLA; Toronto Winterlicious; Dine Out Vancouver + More

Toronto Winterlicious kicks off tomorrow! Don’t miss your chance to dine for less.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* We’re celebrating the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S. Find out where to take your favorite date.

* There are just 9 more days to for restaurants to claim their FREE mobile site. Get yours today!

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

* Baltimore Restaurant Week: $20.13 or $30.13 dinners and $15.13 lunches, January 25-February 3Book a table.

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

* dineLA: $15, $20, or $25 lunches and $25, $35, or $45 dinners, January 21-February 1Book a table.

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Restaurants Ban Food Photography; PayPal to Pay Your Dining Check + More

The canine chefs created dishes that were nothing short of disgusting.

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

* Don’t shoot. Some restaurants are banning food photography. [Business Insider]

* But if you insist on the point and click. Here are some tips for jerk-free restaurant food photography. [PopPhoto.com]

* Make no mistake. Or at least not these five mistakes that restaurant’s make with their websites. [SmallBizTrends.com]

* Map quest. An Apple Maps error is costing Portland restaurant Metrovino $50,000 in lost business. [CultofMac.com]

* Pay your bill, pal. You may be able to use PayPal the next time your restaurant check comes. [Columbus Dispatch]

* Fancy feast. The top trends from the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. [Mercury News]

* Feliz cumpleanos, Jaleo. The D.C. mainstay by Jose Andres turns 20. [Washington Blade]

* Shhhh! Here are some of New York’s most quiet restaurants. [Bloomberg]

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10 Things You Need to Know About Top Chef Seattle Episode 12

Despite growing up in a non-fried chicken household, Lizzie manages to make one of the better dishes in the Elimination Challenge.

The world has been righted — at least in one way. But, outside of that, we all observed how hard it is to make good fried chicken. That’s not entirely true, actually. Maybe if more of the cheftestants had actually attempted to make traditional fried chicken instead of, say, chicken cordon bleu? Anyway, here are some pertinent points. Spoilers ahead.

1. Josie’s response to Kristen’s leaving: “I feel heavy this morning.”

2. Mr. Katsuya Uechi (Katsuya) says, “Always think, ‘How do you make people who eat happy?'” I’m guessing by feeding them, but what do I know?

3. Just because Sheldon cooks Asian food does not mean he makes sushi. Jeez!

4. Josie says she throws sushi parties in which sushi is served on naked women. This does not sound at all sanitary.Continue Reading