2014 Tax Day restaurant deals, freebies and specials
April 15th, 2014
02:00 AM ET
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Feeling a bit cash-strapped this Tax Day? These food and drink freebies and discounts from restaurants, stores and snack vendors just might take a bite out of your financial fretting - even if you have to sing for your supper.

- Arby's
For the fourth year in a row, customers can get a free snack-sized order of curly fries today only by visiting coupon.arbys.com/taxday for a coupon.

- Boston Market
Today only, get two Boston Market Tax Meal Chicken Deals for $10.40, no coupon needed. Guests receive two individual meals, each including a half rotisserie chicken with a choice of two home style sides and freshly baked cornbread.

- Bruegger’s Bagels
A coupon for a $10.40 Big Bagel Bundle (that's a baker's dozen of bagels and two tubs of cream cheese) is yours for liking the bakery chain on Facebook. The offer is valid through today.
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Chocolate delights, $600 (and under)
February 14th, 2014
04:00 PM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

As a firm believer in the almighty power of chocolate, this was big news for me, and every eight-year-old in the country: Last week, Crest unveiled chocolate toothpaste. To be clear, it’s just chocolate (and mint) flavored; the tooth-cleaning power comes from sodium fluoride. But still.
  
This chocolate toothpaste seems perfectly timed for a chocolate Valentine’s Day blow out. Not that you should wrap it in a ribbon and give it out in lieu of real chocolate. Instead, gauge the level of chocolate expertise for your Valentine and gift accordingly (see below). If you choose to make a present of chocolate toothpaste, save it for National Tooth Fairy Day (February 28).
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The year's most ridiculous food gifts
December 24th, 2013
12:30 PM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

It looks like gift card sales will hit an all-time high this holiday season. E-gifting is expected to top $118 billion this year with the most popular cards being from: 1. department stores; 2. restaurants; 3. coffee shops; and 4. gas station cards.

Still, maybe you’re one of those people who hates impersonal gift cards, who has to deliver a present with “personality.” For all of you, I’ve asked my excellent Food & Wine colleague Daniel Gritzer to troubleshoot some of the more questionable food gifts out there.

Happy holidays, everyone! Now here’s Daniel, who says:

"There are many great gift options for the food-obsessed; there are also some real doozies. Do everyone - me, your friends, family, yourself - a favor, and consider not buying any of the below for the holidays."
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The price of healthy eating: $1.50 extra a day
December 6th, 2013
11:30 AM ET
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Eating nutritious foods is one of the best ways to reduce obesity. But following a healthy diet isn't always easy, especially for lower socioeconomic groups.

One of the biggest barriers to buying good food is the cost, many experts say. Now researchers at Harvard School of Public Health have put a dollar amount on the price of healthy eating. By reviewing 27 studies on the cost of healthy vs. unhealthy foods, they've estimated the daily cost of eating better. Their results are published in the British Medical Journal.
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How do you stretch your food dollars?
November 18th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
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Cuts to SNAP benefits in November 2013 have left 47 million people with $36 a month less to spend on food. That cut (based on a family of four) is a 5% reduction to an already stretched budget.

The February 2014 presidential approval of the Farm Bill entails an $8 billion cut from SNAP over the next 10 years. This means 850,000 families will see an average $90 monthly drop in their food budget.

Millions of others who don't qualify for benefits, but who still struggle to feed their families, are finding the aisles of their local food banks more crowded with fellow shoppers than ever before.

We asked our readers, via our comments and Facebook, to share their strategies for making the most of their limited food funds. Here's what they had to say.
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10 ridiculous kitchen tools
August 20th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

Some kitchen equipment must have been created just so it could get the most hilarious review on Amazon. I’m thinking, of course, of the Hutzler Banana Slicer, and the 2011 review, titled “No More Winning For You, Mr. Banana!” Currently, almost 48,000 people have found this review helpful. It’s followed by the “Saved My Marriage” comment, which compares the banana slicer to the wheel, penicillin and the iPhone.

If only I could write reviews like that. Or find kitchen equipment that enables those kinds of reviews. Luckily for me, my excellent colleague at Food & Wine, food editor Daniel Gritzer, is the Simon Cowell of the kitchen equipment world. He took on the task of finding the 10 Most Ridiculous Kitchen Tools. Take it away, Daniel.
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June 13th, 2013
12:00 PM ET
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Nathan Berrong works at CNN's satellite desk and writes Eatocracy's beer column, "Berrong on Beer." He Tweets at @nathanberrong and logs beers at Untappd.

Father’s Day is just a few days away and if you’re anything like me, you’ve waited until the last minute to get that special gift. Buying gifts for the loved ones in my life is usually a challenge for me. I try to pick out gifts that are unique and surprising, but also something fitting they’ll enjoy.

I’m not very good at doing this on my own so I typically rely on gift guides to assist me and Google things like “the best gifts for antique lovers” – my go-to when shopping for my antique-collecting wife.

So, in honor of Father’s Day, I created my own gift guide for the parents out there who, like me, enjoy good beer (but unlike me, have kids).
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Tax Day restaurant deals, freebies and specials
April 15th, 2013
11:15 AM ET
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Feeling a bit cash-strapped this Tax Day? These food and drink freebies and discounts from restaurants, stores and snack vendors just might take a bite out of your financial fretting.

- AMC Theatres
Escape to the movies and present this printable coupon (or show it on your mobile device) for a free small popcorn.

- Arby's
Get a free value-sized order of curly fries today only by visiting arbys.me/TaxDay for a coupon. While you're there, enter now for your chance to win one of ten $500 tax relief payouts.
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Supermarket bars transform shopping from chore to cheery
January 31st, 2013
11:15 AM ET
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Your household may have to fight over who gets to do the next grocery run, especially if more than one of you enjoys an adult beverage.

As grocery stores look for new ways to bring in shoppers, one innovation has been the addition of beer and wine bars that allow customers to enjoy a drink while they collect their groceries.

Whole Foods Market has embraced this idea with approximately 70 stores across the country offering numerous beers on tap and different wines to explore.
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