Pop-Up Restaurants Hit a Peak; Tasting Menu Discourse Courses on + More News

Taking a Roman holiday? Dining etiquette tips, a Vespa, and someone as dashing as Gregory Peck are definitely in order to make the most of your trip.

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

* Fill a prescription and fill up on food? Drugstores are getting into the dining game. [SF Gate]

* Destination dining hits a peak atop Mount Kilimanjaro. Literally. [Toledo Blade]

* Hotel dining moves far beyond room service and stodgy menus. Find out how they’re catering to today’s travelers. [USA Today]

* When in Rome: Dining etiquette in Italy. [The Telegraph]

* This is the coolest menu in the world. Design-wise, at least. [Eater]

* Hungry for more discourse on courses? The tasting menu backlash continues. [Reuters]

* Don’t skip out on your check in India. Ever. [The Raw Story]

* Top chefs aren’t the only ones who find success in restaurants. Get some career advice from a top server at Manny’s Steakhouse in Minneapolis. [Star Tribune]

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Winter 2013 Restaurant Weeks Have Arrived: Savor the Savings in the New Year!

Don’t miss delicious meals for less during your city’s restaurant week!

Having a holiday letdown? Looking for a way to banish the January blues? We’ve got the cure! Dig into delicious meals for less during a winter restaurant week near you.

* Alexandria Restaurant Week: $35 three-course dinners or $35 dinners for two, January 18-27. Book a table.

* Asheville Restaurant Week: $15 to-course lunches and $30 three-course dinners, February 1-7. Book a table.

* Atlantic City Restaurant Week$15.13 lunches and $33.13 dinners, March 3-9. Book a table.

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

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 13-20. Book a table.

* Charlotte Restaurant Week/Queen’s Feast: $30 three-course dinners, January 18-27. Book a table.

* Chicago Restaurant Week: $22 lunches and $33/$44 dinners, February 1-10. Book a table.

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

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

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Tweet of the Week: The Choice Is Yours!

Today’s Tweet of the Week comes from a diner whose sentiments I heartily share. I love the convenience of booking restaurant reservations on OpenTable almost as much as I love dining out. Thanks for the shout out, @miles_matthias!

Counter Service Under Scrutiny; Dining Table as Changing Table + More News

It’s safe to assume that it is never okay to use your dining table as a changing table.

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

* New year, new food apps. Here are eight recommendations for ways to make your mobile device more delish. [Forbes]

* Eva Restaurant in Los Angeles still offers that 5% discount for checking your cellphone at the door. Do you dare to disconnect? [Huffington Post]

* Restaurants will get more social in 2013. Find out which social channels you should tune in to to follow your fave places. [NRN]

* From the ‘Parents Behaving Badly’ files: A woman changes her baby’s diaper on a dining table at a restaurant. [Detroit News]

* Is counter service all it’s cracked up to be? Hanna Raskin thinks not. [Seattle Weekly]

* There’s a chef who’s hazing his fellow chefs in a very odiferous way. Guesses? [Jezebel]