Local Food More Complicated than You Think; FOOD at Frieze; Priciest Tasting Menus + More News

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FOOD in New York’s then-not-so-trendy neighborhood played an important role in the continuing evolution of dining in the U.S.

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

* Show me the meaning of eating local. The conversation needs to extend beyond mileage. [The Washingtonian]

* Frieze freezes a moment in food history. An exhibit at Frieze New York pays homage to Soho’s FOOD restaurant of the 1970s. [NY Mag]

* Do you have expensive tastes? Then you won’t suffer sticker shock from the world’s spendiest tasting menus. [Journal.ie]

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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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Tweet of the Week: Dating Has Its Rewards — Dining Rewards, That Is!

Diner Nicholas Schoen is in hot pursuit — of an OpenTable Dining Cheque. Who wants to join him for a dinner date or two to help him reach his goal? Apply via Twitter @TheNWSchow!

Dining Poll: When a Man Dines with a Woman, Who Picks Up the Check?

Women have come  a long way, baby (I should know — I’m one of ’em!). But some ideas about dating and dining etiquette haven’t come quite as far. There are more than a few folks who still insist that a man should always pay. But, what do you think? Weigh in on today’s poll below!