Trash on the Tasting Menu; $2K Dish of Pasta; Deceptive Calorie Counts + More

The only way I could afford to order a $2,000 plate of pasta is if it came with a side of $1,970.

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

* One man’s trash is another man’s tasting menu. Ingredients that would have wound up on the compost heap are being heaped onto diners’ plates. [Washington Post]

* A pasta dish that’s seriously rich. And at $2,000 a plate, it ought to be. [NYPost]

* Counting calories? You may not want to count on the posted counts at restaurants. [ABC News]

* Food allergies are nothing to sneeze at. Find out how to dine out without falling ill. []

* Iron man. Salt Lake City chef Viet Pham of Forage defeated Bobby Flay on Iron Chef. []

* Worst. Tip. Ever. A disgruntled taxpayer passes the buck to a server. [Gawker]


What Restaurants Get Right; Mislabeled Fish; Perks of Dining Alone; Reservations About Mobile Phones; Top Chef Spoilers; What to Eat During a Zombie Attack

If you give a zombie a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. When you give him the milk, he'll probably ask to drink your blood instead. So, to be safe, don't offer zombies any food or drink, no matter how cute they are.

Dining and restaurant news…

* From the ‘Good News’ files. Here are 10 things that restaurants do right. []

* Butter or Parkay? A law in Dairyland prevents restaurants from serving margarine instead of butter. For the record, I’m pretty sure butter is better. [Star Tribune]

* You say escolar, I say albacore. The fish you’re eating may not be the fish you ordered. []

* Don’t mess with Top Chef Texas. Leave it to the folks at Buddy TV, who have rounded up some spoilers. []

* In case of zombie attack. Chefs share pantry preparation tips and menu ideas for when if the dead rise. [Culture Map Houston]

* You make the call. Should restaurants ban cell phones? [Orange County Register]

* Spinning for your supper. Salt Lake City restaurants are hiring DJs to mix mad beats while you eat. [Salt Lake Tribune]

* Sooner or later, we all eat alone. Here’s some thoughts on solo dining. [Business World Online]

* If everyone thought like The Smiths, factory farming would end. On account of shame! [The Atlantic]

* Do looks matter? A writer wonders how much a restaurant’s design influences your enjoyment of a meal. [The Guardian]

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Restaurants 86 Filament Bulbs, Special Requests; Beirut’s the New Vegas; More

Recent trends and tips from the restaurant world…

* Some folks have had their fill of filament lights in restaurants. [The New York Times]

* The age of celebrity-chef worship continues… [Time]

* …which may explain why they’re turning down your special requests. [NY Post]

* Shark has jumped the shark in Hawaii. [Associated Press]

* New York City restaurateurs fear a bad grade from the DOH will cause their businesses to fail. [Gothamist]

* Laptops in restaurants leave a bad taste in some diners’ mouths — and some guilt on Michael Bauer’s conscience. [InsideScoopSF]

* Certain Manhattan hotspots only want hot waitstaff serving up hot plates. Lawsuit, anyone? [NY Post]

* You can now become a food snob in seven simple steps. [Salon]

* Clean your plate — or one chef will make you pay, literally and figuratively. [MSNBC]

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