| Jul 24, 2013
| 12:52 PM
Ice cream social: Pop by Whole Foods Market at Fashion Island from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday for a complimentary ice cream sundae topped with B. toffee's signature "B. bits." B. toffee founder Betsy Thagard will offer samples of her B. Frosty shake along...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 4:24 PM
When the discussion gets to the obesity crisis and eating, the usual suspects are soft drinks and fast food. And for good reason -- there's a lot of empty calories in those combos. But in a new report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, some...
| Mar 21, 2013
For decades Chicago journalists' post-work watering hole of choice has been the Billy Goat Tavern, with its three beers on tap ($3.50 Schlitz and Billy Goat Dark and Lager) and $3.15 cheeseburgers just a dark stairway's descent from the Magnificent Mile's...
| Mar 9, 2013
| 5:33 PM
Ah, if only I could grant wishes. I'd wave my magic wand and make Costco, Trader Joe's and The Cheesecake Factory open in the Lehigh Valley within the next two weeks.
I know this would make many Retail Watch readers happy, because nearly every week...
| Mar 16, 2013
| 4:45 PM
TEMPE, Ariz. -- He remembers what he ordered: a chicken wrap.
They were together at a Cheesecake Factory. He was 18 and on his night off from setting tables and serving food at the local country club.
It was his first date with the woman who would...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 8:42 AM
IHOP has a Country Fried Steak & Eggs combo menu item with 3,720 milligrams of sodium. Johnny Rockets’ Bacon Cheddar Double burger has 50 grams of saturated fat. The Bistro Shrimp Pasta from the Cheesecake Factory has 3,120 calories.
Each one is...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 5:48 AM
If I'd been weaned on Cuban black beans, I'm sure I'd hate the spicy version I had at Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar. If I had a Jamaican grandmother who regularly prepared curry, I'm sure the very good curried shrimp at Paladar wouldn't hold a...
| Jan 15, 2013
| 12:49 PM
Punk's Backyard Grill has closed at the Westfield Annapolis Mall. The restaurant, which opened in 2009, evoked an American backyard gathering. The kitchen was enclosed behind a structure that suggested the back of a suburban home, the dining room was...
| Jan 16, 2013
| 7:10 AM
The nonprofit Center for the Science in the Public Interest has released its annual Xtreme Eating Awards. The "winners," which appear in the group's "Nutrition Action Healthletter," include offerings from the Cheesecake Factory, IHOP and Johnny Rockets....
| Dec 31, 2012
| 1:37 PM
Happy New Year! We've survived the Y2K bug and the Mayan end of the world, but get ready for the scariest year of the new millennium, at least if you've got triskaidekaphobia. For those who fear the number 13, you might want to stay under the covers...
| Jan 2, 2013
2013 is the year of the snake, according to the Chinese lunar calendar. But in food circles, it just might be the year of the roast chicken or Asian noodles.
Molecular gastronomy, fancy cupcakes, Korean tacos? So, so 2012.
The new year is always the...