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.

 

Counting Courses; Restaurants Fight the Flu; Great Wine by the Glass + More

I like tasting menus, but the last one I did was just four courses at Kajitsu in NYC. This is the citrus fruit pot — vegan and delish!

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

* Waste not, want not. That saying has been around for a really long time, and yet half the world’s food supply goes to waste. Join me in a collective “Ugh!” [Los Angeles Times]

* By the numbers. The so-called tyranny of tasting menus in New York, this time broken down by time and number of courses. [GrubStreet NY]

* One flu over the cuckoo’s nest. Either from illness or fear, the flu is making us all a bit crazy, and restaurants are doing their part to fight its spread. Thank you! [CBS Local/DFW]

* The real restaurant wars. The battle for dining supremacy continues to rage between New York and San Francisco. And I’m staying out of it! [The Awl]

* Pour some Ducru-Beaucaillou on me! Abe & Arthur’s restaurant in Manhattan is serving up wines by the glass that are typically too expensive for your average bear. And, you know, me. [Fox News]

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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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