The Fallacy of Food Faux Pas, or Why Restaurants Really Want You to Have It Your Way

Candy-Bar-ForkI love the folks over at Thrillist, but this week they published a list of seven food faux pas that makes my blood positively boil. Their round up of seven deadly culinary sins includes so-called dictums like, “Don’t order a steak well-done, anywhere.” Or, don’t ever put ketchup on a hot dog in Chicago. WHAT?!

Really, though, here’s what: When you’re paying for a meal — or a hot dog or a cup of coffee or a piece of streetza — you can enjoy it however you please. Let me repeat: HOWEVER YOU PLEASE. Dunk your ‘dog in ketchup. Ask for your steak charred to a flaming crisp. Heck, eat your candy bar with a knife and fork if that’s what floats your boat. Continue Reading

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

* This sounds nutty. A new supervised therapy could help increase peanut-allergy sufferers’ tolerance to this groundnut. [Village Voice]

* Chef Hal 9000 at your service. In a few years, a computer could be your personal chef. []

* Win at wining and dining. Tips to make the most of entertaining clients and prospects from a pro. []

* Isn’t it authentic? Experts debate authenticity in restaurant menus. [NRN]

* A lot at steak. Michael Lomonaco of Porter House New York shows you how to cook a perfect steak. [Business Insider]

* I’ll have what she’s having. The skinny on how chefs stay fit despite obvious obstacles. [Eatocracy]

* What’s in a name? Baby names for parents who want to raise their own personal chef. This reminds me of that Seinfeld routine about naming your kid Jeeves. “Ever notice a lot of butlers are named Jeeves? You know, I think when you name a baby Jeeves, you’ve pretty much mapped out his future, wouldn’t you say?” [HuffPost]

* From the ‘Moment of Zen’ files: Man seeks return of pet chicken/traveling companion stolen from restaurant. []

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Dining and restaurant news…

* Pair of kings. A look at the culinary empires of Todd English and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. [HuffPost]

* Keep on truckin’. Or not, if you wind up with your own brick and mortar restaurant. [Chicago Business]

* When Jerry met Anderson. Picky eaters Anderson Cooper and Jerry Seinfeld complain about food. [HuffPost]

* The kids are all right. In defense of children in restaurants. [Aurora Sentinel]

* Symon says. Celeb chef Michael Symon talks about life on the line and in front of the cameras. []

* Fake beef. A twitter war between chefs and restaurants erupts, thanks to a fake profile. [Portland Press Herald]

* Supper shutterbug tips. How to take better food photos. [DigitalPhotographySchool]