Ever Wonder About Restaurant Reviews (and reviewers)?

Who were some of the famous restaurant reviewers?  Did they really keep their identity secret?  Did their reviews have a significant effect on the restaurant’s performance? If you want to read about restaurant reviews and restaurant reviewers – and how the process has changed over the years, check out  Robert Sietsema’s, “Everyone Eats . . […]

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Drive Thru Diets: Say What?Drive Thru Diets: Say What?

So here’s the dilemma: you’re stuck in an airport or an Amtrak station – it’s late at night and you haven’t had any dinner.  You’re starving.  Look around.  What’s open to grab a bite of food?  You guessed it fast food, fast food, and more fast food. Or, you’re driving your kid and a bunch […]

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Want To Save Close to 100 Calories at Lunch?

Lunchtime.  What will it be?  Maybe a sandwich – it’s nice outside – good day to eat on a bench in the park.  Salad is way too messy.  Sandwich or a wrap is the way to go. Lots of choices for the sandwich filling:  ham, turkey, roast beef, cheese, tuna, grilled veggies . . . […]

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The Dirty and Not-So-Dirty Dozen

Fruit and veggies are the friends of SocialDieters and healthy eaters. Unfortunately there’s something other than nutrient value and delicious taste to bear in mind: pesticide contamination. Sometimes known as the dirty dozen, the following lists of fruit and vegetables show the 12 most and least contaminated by pesticides (rankings compiled by the not-for-profit Environmental […]

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How Many Calories Are In That Glass Of Wine?

Love your wine with dinner – or maybe that champagne at your friend’s wedding?  What about that wonderful, sweet, thick dessert wine to polish off a fantastic meal? You may have your preference – most of us do – but whether it’s red, white, dry, sweet, or sparkling, it is really easy to overlook the […]

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Calorie Counts: Can You Trust Them?

Ever wonder if you can really trust all of the numbers written on the label of your frozen chicken with vegetables and rice or next to the burger description in your local fast food emporium? Well, it turns out that you’re right to wonder.  The New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/12/health/12calo.html)  reported on a Tufts study (http://www.adajournal.org/article/S0002-8223(09)01679-4/abstract) […]

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Brunch Buffet

Face the brunch buffet and keep the calories under control! Okay.  So it’s a brunch buffet the day after your friend’s wedding.  Do you really want to go?  Maybe yes, maybe no.  But you have to, she’s a really good friend. Or, maybe you’re on vacation and staring down the sumptuous brunch buffet in the […]

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Theater Popcorn

Is moving your hand from bucket to mouth, fingers clenched around salty, buttery popped kernels, scrounging for the napkins you forgot to grab at the concession stand, your movie theater habit? If it is, just know what you’re chowing down on. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a public advocacy group, bought multiple […]

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Control Calories

Americans eat out, on average, six times a week. I’ve read that statistic in many places and can’t argue with it. I often eat out a lot (more than six times a week if the truth be told) — for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and in all kinds of restaurants – diners, cafeterias, and places with tablecloths on the tables.

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New Year Resolution Status

Resolutions lead to frustration when you set too many or they’re unrealistic.  Sure everyone would like to lose 20 pounds in one week (ever wonder how they do it on the Biggest Loser?) or go from sedentary to marathon runner in a month. It just doesn’t happen – or if, by some miracle it happens […]

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