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

Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Scotch Eggs

This is hardly as pretty as the Scotch egg I remember, but I'm betting it's still darned tasty.

About a decade ago, my husband and I visited a small Jamaican-American restaurant for brunch. Our eyes were definitely bigger than our stomachs (although I’m not sure that’s true anymore), and we wound up ordering more food than any two people should, including their version of a Scotch egg. The restaurant has long since closed, unfortunately, but I remember it — and that slightly runny, boiled egg, swathed in salty, spicy pork sausage and crisp breadcrumbs — fondly. As you’ll see, Scotch eggs remain popular in the U.K., where they were invented, and have since become fashionable in restaurants on OpenTable in the U.S., as well. 

The Broad Chare, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, U.K.: “We absolutely love this place — it was even a place to bring the parents for dinner! It has a whole beer list and the food is delicious. Highlights are the bar snacks — pork crackling with apple sauce and the Scotch egg.”

Cedric’s Tavern-Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina: “The food at Cedric’s is excellent — the Scotch Eggs are the best in town; in fact they’re probably the best I have ever had.”

The Fat Radish, New York, New York: “They have many exciting dishes and appetizers on the menu, and also a lot of vegetarian options. I loved the Montauk diver scallops with sweet potato mash. I also tried the Scotch egg as a starter, which was amazing. Great place!”

The Gage, Chicago, Illinois: “The Scotch Egg is fantastic! Also, the stuffed peppers were a real surprise as well and the beer on tap is broad. The entree’s were elk saddle and farm chicken. Both of them were good…. I would absolutely come back here if for no other reason to order four or five Scotch eggs.”

Gram & Dun, Kansas City, Missouri: “The presentation is great here. Every dish looks like it could be in a magazine. My Scotch egg at brunch was fun and tasty; my wife said the French toast with the egg in the middle was the best French toast she ever had.”

The Hinds Head-Bray, Bray, Windsor, U.K.: “A great meal. We tried Heston’s legendary Scotch Eggs as starters. They were … legendary!”

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Dining in Denver: Not-To-Be-Missed Restaurants in Colorado’s Capital

Dining-in-DenverDenver Post dining critic Tucker Shaw recently compiled a list of restaurants that “define Denver’s culinary momentum.” The criteria for earning a spot on the list were quite lofty.  Cost, food, hospitality, service, and the space itself mattered, but the overarching question Shaw asked himself was, “Did my experience at this restaurant enrich my life?” If that’s not a tall order, I’m not sure what is.

Meeting the challenge and making the top 10 are Bones, Fruition Restaurant, Lola, Olivéa, Rioja, Root Down, and Table 6, among others. Honorable mentions for “trendsetters” include Argyll, Sushi SaSa, Twelve Restaurant, and Venue. Palace Arms at the Brown Palace and Restaurant Kevin Taylor receive honorable mentions under the”lasting hits” category.

Congratulations to these standouts in the Denver dining scene.

Harwood Arms Earns First Michelin Star for a London Gastropub

At 27, Harwood Arms head chef Stephen Williams has been cooking for just six years. However, he’s got two things fellow gastropub-runner Gordon Ramsay does not: a London Gastropub’s first Michelin star and a kind demeanor in the kitchen. The London Evening Standard spoke with him to discover what’s behind his good attitude and what’s on his great menu, and celebrate the fact that nice chefs can and do finish first.

Reserve your table at Harwood Arms and see what wowed the Michelin Guide reviewers.