Restaurants Ban Food Photography; PayPal to Pay Your Dining Check + More

The canine chefs created dishes that were nothing short of disgusting.

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

* Don’t shoot. Some restaurants are banning food photography. [Business Insider]

* But if you insist on the point and click. Here are some tips for jerk-free restaurant food photography. [PopPhoto.com]

* Make no mistake. Or at least not these five mistakes that restaurant’s make with their websites. [SmallBizTrends.com]

* Map quest. An Apple Maps error is costing Portland restaurant Metrovino $50,000 in lost business. [CultofMac.com]

* Pay your bill, pal. You may be able to use PayPal the next time your restaurant check comes. [Columbus Dispatch]

* Fancy feast. The top trends from the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. [Mercury News]

* Feliz cumpleanos, Jaleo. The D.C. mainstay by Jose Andres turns 20. [Washington Blade]

* Shhhh! Here are some of New York’s most quiet restaurants. [Bloomberg]

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Portland’s Chefs Fired Up; High Cal Inaugural Lunch; Burgers Okay with Exercise

ESPN hires a new head chef. Hilarity ensues.

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

* Didn’t get invited to the inaugural luncheon? Your waistline will thank you — it was a 3,000 calorie meal! [Washington Times]

* The tipping point. That moment when you start to hear a chef’s name everywhere. [Grub Street Chicago]

* Get the burger. And then get to the gym. [Business Insider]

* Portland’s chefs getting 86d. Some of the region’s best restaurants have parted ways with their revered chefs. [OregonLive]

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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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Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Schnitzel

Dozens of countries serve their own style of schnitzel, from Austria to Ukraine.

Don’t call it a comeback — because schnitzel has never really been gone from our dining lexicon. However, schnitzel, in all its thin, crispy, breaded glory is showing up more and more often on menus in a city near you. From pork and veal to duck and sweetbread schnitzel — and everything in between, this simple dish has dozens and dozens of variations, old and new. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about schnitzel in recent reviews — and share your fave version of this dish in the comments section. 

* Blaue Gans, New York, New York: “Craving schnitzel? Check it out! If you are looking for a meal from the homeland, this is the place! Delish! Low key atmosphere, great vibe!”

Central Michel Richard, Washington, D.C.: “Lamb shank, chicken schnitzel, and burgers were very good.”

Chicken and the Egg, Marietta, Georgia: “My husband ordered what I think was called pork schnitzel and it was VERY good. This reminded me of a restaurant that you would find in Napa Valley.”

Cypress Nook, Pompano Beach, Florida: “The food was authentic and amazing! We sampled a few of the specials — the goulash soup, which was as good as the goulash we had in Vienna, Austria, a few years ago, along with the bratwurst and schnitzel!”

G.E.B. (Graham Elliot Bistro), Chicago, Illinois: “The pork schnitzel with a rye-based coating is both unusual and my favorite.”

Goldener Hirsch, Park City, Utah: “I have eaten at this restaurant many times. No matter whether you order fondue, oysters, quail, elk, sturgeon, or wiener schnitzel, you will not be disappointed.”

The Grille at Peerce’s, Phoenix, Maryland: “I tried the chicken schnitzel and it was great!”

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