How to Think Thin at Restaurants; Five Reasons to Dine Fine; Doggie Bag Etiquette + More News

Apparently, the term doggie bag — and the sweeping practice of taking home leftovers — didn’t really hit until the 1970s.

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

* Lose weight while you eat out. Not really, but you can curb calories. [HuffPost]

* Dining out with kids. It doesn’t have to be a chore with these tips. No kidding! [Lifehacker]

* Need a reason to embrace fine dining? Here are five from the maitre d’ at Daniel. [CNN]

* Doggie bag etiquette. Or why you shouldn’t ask for extra bread just to take home. [Buffalo News]

* Ain’t nothing like the real thing. A food writer prefers dining at a chef’s restaurant rather than a pop up. [Yahoo!Continue Reading

Dining Poll: Is Dieting on the Menu When You’re Dining Out?

The TODAY Show just released a list of 13 helpful tips for dieting when dining out — but are you counting calories when a professional is cooking? Or do you keep dieting to dinners at home? Weigh in on today’s poll!

Dining Poll: How Did the Holidays Affect Your Eating + Drinking Habits?

The holidays are officially over! Whether you’re having a holiday letdown or attacking your new year resolutions with great gusto, we’re wondering how indulgent — or not — you were during the last few weeks of 2011. Weigh in on today’s poll!