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Dear Servers: I’ll Tip Extra if You’ll Stop Interrupting My Dinner at Inopportune Times

Thursday, September 10th, 2015 - by Tricia Lott Williford

What if, and this is crazy big thinking, the waitstaff at restaurants didn’t interrupt the conversation at the table? I will tip extra — perhaps double — if the server will not interrupt. Here’s the thing. I was a waitress for six years, and I know the job well. It’s a lucrative business for those […]

Some Unsolicited Advice on How to Eat Better at Your Roleplaying Game Sessions

Friday, September 4th, 2015 - by Moe Lane

So you’re ready to start up a new tabletop roleplaying game campaign. It’s been a while, so you’re trying to remember what you need. Books, paper, pencils, dice, miniature figures for combat, a plastic mat, dry erase markers, munchies… OK, let’s stop right there. You should be thinking about food a bit more for a […]

Jerky Illusions: Uncle Andy’s Unfortunate URL

Saturday, August 29th, 2015 - by J. Christian Adams

The website features delicious-looking high-quality jerky and a pint of dark beer.  Unfortunately, it also has a word illusion.  Uncle Andy’s Jerky is a craft jerky company based in Ft. Collins, Colorado.  The website features photos of high-quality ingredients and an appealing small-business model: The vision for Uncle Andy’s Jerky was born late in the […]

15 Things You Can Do to Raise Healthy Kids

Friday, June 19th, 2015 - by Arlene Becker Zarmi

Multiple studies show a positive correlation between parental body image and diet and those of their children. Parents are one of the main influences on whether a child will have a healthy or unhealthy lifestyle. Children are masters of mimicry — “monkey see, monkey do” is absolutely the rule with kids and parents. So if […]

What Is Colonel Sanders Implying About KFC in This Ad?

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

It’s cool that KFC found a guy who looks exactly like Colonel Sanders to play the iconic chicken peddler in new TV ads. What’s odd is how they’ve chosen to utilize him. Have you seen the baseball-themed spot embedded above? Here’s the colonel’s dialog: If there’s two things I’m certain of, it’s one: baseball will […]

Anti-GMO Hysteria: Doing to Food What the Green Movement Does to Energy

Monday, June 1st, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Yes, Mr. Fox. Your meme does make me think. I imagine that most people from “hundred (sic) of years ago” would call you crazy for suggesting their life, literally scratched out of the earth, proves somehow preferable to modern civilization. As author and founder of the Center for Industrial Progress Alex Epstein suggests in a […]

What Is an ‘Artisanal Mantry’ and Does Your Man Need One?

Sunday, May 31st, 2015 - by Leslie Loftis

  I like Martha Stewart, always have, even when her ideas were off the charts for difficulty of execution. She is willing to engage in self-mockery on that point, so it lessens the sting that I can’t do most of her projects myself. I can just enjoy her domestic artistry. Her branding, however, sometimes is […]

The Science Is Settled: Cheap Wine Tastes Fantastic

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 - by Michael van der Galien

Have you ever had friends tell you they’d come over “in a few minutes,” only to realize that your last bottle of while was finished two weeks ago? If you’re like me, you most certainly have — and not just once, but several times. So what do you do? That’s right, you quickly head to […]

What If I Told You That Expensive Bottle of Burgundy…

Friday, May 8th, 2015 - by Robert Wargas

Here’s another dent in the “wine expert” status game, from Money: A new study in the Journal of Marketing Research confirms what prior research (and, in some cases, gut feeling) has told us for years: Most people can’t really taste the difference between cheap and expensive wine. These new findings, by INSEAD marketing professor Hilke […]

Turns Out You Can Survive On a Diet of Girl Scout Cookies and Cheese Puffs

Monday, April 27th, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

From the Associated Press: Two sisters from Oklahoma and Nebraska said Saturday that they survived in a remote part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on love for their family, melted snow and the little food they had in their snow-crippled SUV. A day after being spotted by a police helicopter in Luce County, Leslie Roy, 52, […]

The 5 Greatest Dad Beers in America

Thursday, April 16th, 2015 - by Jeremy Swindle

1. Bud Heavy Whether you just finished mowing the lawn or your favorite sportsball team is losing the big game, Budweiser always hits the spot.   2. Colt 45 Why listen to me when Lando Calrissian, the real captain of the Millenium Falcon, will tell you that Colt 45 works every time?   3. Hamm’s […]

‘It’s Like Scientology Minus the Aliens!’ & 5 More Reasons to Go Gluten Free Even if You’re Already Healthy

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 - by Michael T. Hamilton

Thinking about taking the GF plunge? Here are 6 reasons you should kick gluten for a month, even if no one is making you. 1. You’ll Think Before Eating That Thing You’re Holding Think of your crunchiest, most granola, all-natural, all-organic, grass-fed, grass-fed Kobe, nitrate-free, hormone-free, non-GMO, never-came-close-to-processing, we-could-eat-our-clothes-if-we-had-to friend. That’s not me—at least, not […]

Hey Pop-Nutritionists, Stop Using the Word ‘Toxins’

Thursday, April 9th, 2015 - by Robert Wargas

I’m about to link to Gawker, so please, perpetually aggrieved Internet dwellers, do feel free to leave some indignant “Why are you linking to Gawker??!!1!?”comments below. To those of you still reading: An analytical chemist—that’s the writer’s self-description—has written a piece criticizing Vani Hari, apparently a popular food blogger, for her trendy, pseudoscientific nonsense. It’s […]

Why the Government Nannies May Be Right When It Comes to Eating Meat

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Like my PJ colleague Liz Shield, I dislike government nannies of any kind. Yet, I can’t help but be pleased with the latest recommendation from the Feds: “A dietary pattern that is higher in plant(s) … and lower in animal-based foods is more health promoting and is associated with lesser environmental impact.” And it has nothing […]

A Skeptic’s Guide to Kicking Gluten: 3 Promises I Broke When Going ‘Gluten Free’

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 - by Michael T. Hamilton

Broken Promise #1: I’ll Never Be One of Them Last night, as we were finishing dinner, my wife described the worst dessert she’s ever eaten: “You take pears–canned pears, in heavy, heavy syrup. Fish out one of the halves and slide it into one of those little white bowls your mom has—not a ramekin, but […]

What Did Jesus’ Wine Taste Like?

Friday, April 3rd, 2015 - by Robert Wargas

I do remember, during religious instruction as a child, hearing the constant references to wine in the Bible and wondering what it tasted like. Being quite young then, I imagined it was like my delicious grape juice. As I grew older and began to love dry red wine, I still wondered whether ancient wines tasted […]

The Real Problem with American Coffee Isn’t the Beans, but the Culture

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

I’m far more of a wine connoisseur than a coffee drinker. Years ago I cut back to half decaf in order to cut back on migraines and stomach trouble. The hi-test sludge my editor prefers could never cross my lips for fear of bodily damage. The one thing I associate with brutal American coffee is […]

This Traditional Turkish Coffee Beats The Heck Out Of Some Weak Italian Cappuccino Everytime

Saturday, March 21st, 2015 - by Michael van der Galien

No Dave, Italian coffee definitely isn’t the best coffee in the world. That cappuccino you show looks like the same one you can get anywhere in Europe. There’s nothing even remotely special about it. Want to see what real coffee is supposed to look like? Well, just take a look at this wonderful Turkish coffee I drank […]

This Cappuccino From An Italian Instagram Acquaintance Looks Much Tastier Than Our American Motor Oil

Saturday, March 21st, 2015 - by Dave Swindle

My very first cappuccino ♥ A photo posted by Arianna Bonardi (@the_blair_witch) on Mar 21, 2015 at 6:02am PDT

Who Needs Michelle Obama’s Healthy Diet? 104-Year-Old Woman Drinks 3 Dr. Peppers a Day

Friday, March 20th, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

A woman in Fort Worth, Texas, is celebrating her 104th birthday and she proudly told reporters this week that despite her doctors’ admonitions, she has been drinking three Dr. Pepper sodas a day for 30 years. “People try to give me a coffee for breakfast,” Elizabeth Sullivan said, “but I’d rather have a Dr. Pepper.” […]

How to Drink Like an American: In Defense of Cheap, Crappy Coffee Every Day

Friday, March 20th, 2015 - by Dave Swindle

This morning I think I might write a defense of bad, cheap #coffee…. A video posted by Thoth, Ma'at & Husky Familiar (@thothandmaatmarried) on Mar 20, 2015 at 3:46am PDT   “American coffee is now and always has been revolting, and it behooves us to look deep into our souls to understand why we overpay […]

The 3 Most Hilarious Comments Responding to Spengler’s Anti-Starbucks Rant

Friday, March 20th, 2015 - by Dave Swindle

Yes, I agree with David P. “Spengler” Goldman that it’s “Time for a National Conversation About Why Starbucks Coffee Is Disgusting.” I’ll try and have my rebuttal up shortly in defense of cheap, crappy coffee, [Updated: now here] but in the meantime, I found these 3 comments very amusing, in particular Fred Z’s: What do you […]

Cold Temps, Warm Metal and Buttery Flesh: How To Do Winter BBQ

Saturday, February 28th, 2015 - by Audie Cockings

Your grill called. He’s cold and hungry. Fire up that alloy ally because gelid air temps offer noteworthy benefits in curing major bovine muscle groups. Low and slow heat delivers smoldered exteriors with pinked interior rings and buttery flesh by way of the sympathetic smoke. Those of you who routinely scorch steaks on the grill […]

3.5 Million People Seek Kosher Foods in the U.S. and Not All of Them Are Jewish

Saturday, February 21st, 2015 - by Arlene Becker Zarmi

Being kosher is an important part of the Jewish religion. The rules of kashrut (pertaining to kosher, being fit or proper) appear in the Old Testament in both Leviticus and Numbers. Jewish people were told they should eat only animals that chew their cud and have hooves — like cows — and fish with scales and fins. […]