When crying kids disrupt dinner, who ends up paying the price?
February 22nd, 2012
07:30 PM ET
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No one enjoys listening to crying children while they're dining out, and parents are no exception.

Mindful parents - and there are many of them - know the drill when it comes to eating out with children. They stick to family friendly restaurants, know the signs of an oncoming outburst and won’t hesitate to scoop up their children at first wail. That is if they decide to take the kids out in the first place.

Those parents wish restaurants didn’t need to publicly state policies for dealing with unruly children or even ban them outright. They shudder when the media shines a spotlight on establishments that go that route; the controversy gives parents a bad name.


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Peanut-controlled seating a home run for allergy sufferers
February 22nd, 2012
01:45 PM ET
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Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack and...on second thought, I'll just have a brat and a Miller Lite.

For millions of allergy sufferers across the country, someone else's snack can mean a deadly attack. Now one more major league team has been added to the roster of baseball parks offering dedicated peanut-free seating at some games.

The Milwaukee Brewers announced in a press release that there will be a 100-seat peanut-controlled area at Miller Park for games on Monday, May 7, Thursday, July 26 and Friday, September 14, with tickets available for pre-order starting March 1 at Brewers.com/peanutcontrolled. Because the entire venue will not be peanut-free, those seated in the area will be required to sign a waiver.

Box lunch: Waiter mind-tricks and local specialities
February 22nd, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • More sugar could sour your happiness project. - The Atlantic

  • "It’s interesting that this is happening in Texas, the land of beef and cattle." The University of North Texas boasts the nation's first vegan college cafeteria. - The Dallas Morning News

  • A survey of the nation's best chefs on the worst cooking in America. Spoiler: They kind of dig Outback Steakhouse in a bind. - Esquire

  • To eat like a local or not to eat like a local - and the "it's not the same" mentality when local delicacies are consumed outside their place of origin. - Guardian
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Are you being served? Tokyo's 'butlers' spruce up cosplay cafes
February 22nd, 2012
11:00 AM ET
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Being waited on hand and foot now comes at an affordable price in Tokyo. A new butler-themed cafe in the Japanese capital is proving a hit with young females in search for a relaxing afternoon, an English lesson and just as importantly the chance to interact with friendly foreign men.

Shibuya's "Butler Cafe" in the heart of the city has surroundings that bring to mind a Victorian grandmother’s sitting room, with classical music, ample accents of lace and more hearts and roses adorning the furniture than can possibly be counted.

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Breakfast buffet: National margarita day
February 22nd, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Looks like it's going to be another tequila sunrise because today is National Margarita Day!

Grab yourself a cold glass of this cocktail, drop in a lime wedge and with a little imagination, you could be on your favorite beach!

A margarita is essentially tequila mixed with orange-flavored liqueur and lime or lemon juice with salt lining the rim of the glass. You can slurp it down shaken with ice, on the rocks, blended with ice into a frozen slushee-esque sipper or straight up.

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