Category

News Bites

Category

24 restaurants open on Christmas Day 2019

After a whole holiday season of cooking and hosting, you just might be too tired to cook and host by the time Christmas Day arrives. From intimate feasts to more elaborate buffets, there’s surely somewhere on this list that can match whatever type of celebration you like. It’s still early, so many restaurants haven’t announced their official 2019 Christmas or holiday menus yet, so check back as we update with more restaurants and more details. And remember to call and confirm your local restaurant’s holiday hours before heading out. Often time, hours can vary by franchise location. Restaurants open on Christmas 2019: Benihana Throw tradition out the window, and head to Benihana where you can catch shrimp in your mouth and watch your meal cooked right in front of you. Select locations will be open on Christmas Day, so be sure to call ahead. Boston Market Who better to bake and…

Starbucks releases 2019 holiday cups

And the holiday season has officially begun. Starbucks announced the much-anticipated return of its annual holiday cups, just days after Dunkin’ came out with its new decked-out designs. The new designs feature a modern block letters, polka dots and pops of holiday colors. Coffee lovers across the U.S. and Canada can kick off the holiday season beginning Nov. 7 with the four brand-new designs: Polka Dots, which is basically a traditional red cup dotted with green circles; Merry Dance, has red and green letters spelling out ‘MERRY COFFEE’ overlaying a white cup; Merry Stripes uses a dark green cup and features small white lettering spelling out ‘MERRY COFFEE’, and Candy Cane Stripe is adorned with red and white stripes and large, green letters spelling out ‘STARBUCKS.’ According to the official press release, they’re meant to “evoke mini moments of joy for our customers and partners — it’s fun, festive, and…

Dunkin’ unveils holiday menu for 2019, including return of Peppermint Mocha

Pumpkins still adorn our porches, but already we’re thinking about the winter holidays and the next crop of seasonally-flavored drinks we’ll soon sip. Starbucks hasn’t announced cold-weather menu yet, but at Dunkin’ the holidays have officially arrived. On Friday, Dunkin’ announced its new seasonal lineup, which includes a return of the beloved Peppermint Mocha, beginning on Nov. 5 if you order though Dunkin’s On-the-Go Mobile Ordering app only. If you’re not a super fan touting Dunkin’s mobile app, then you’ll have to wait for the Peppermint Mocha and the rest of Dunkin’s holiday drinks for one more day. Beginning Nov. 6, customers can try two new flavors (for a limited time) as well: Gingerbread S’mores and Winter White Chocolate. Both flavors can be made into nearly any drink you would like including hot, cold, or frozen coffee, espresso drinks (like cappuccino or macchiato), and frozen chocolate. Make your own Winter…

24 grocery stores open on Thanksgiving 2019

It’s Thanksgiving Day and you’ve been planning for weeks. You triple checked your grocery list and have everything in the kitchen under control. And then… oh no! You burnt the rolls! Or you forgot the cranberry sauce, or you dropped the gravy — whatever the mishap, your family will never let you live it down. Off to the grocery store you go. But which grocery stores are even open on Thanksgiving this year? Be thankful this Thanksgiving that lots of grocery stores have your back for when things in the kitchen go a little unplanned. Here are 20 grocery stores that will save you: Food Lion Most Food Lion locations will be open on Thanksgiving Day, though some may close earlier than usual — at either 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. Call your nearby store ahead of time to be sure. Whole Foods Market Run out of wine early? Whole…

2019 Veterans Day free meals and discount offers

Restaurants love to honor veterans and active service members with free meals and other deals on Veterans Day each year. Here is your guide to where you can score free food on Monday, November 11, 2019. Not seeing your favorite restaurant on this list? Not all restaurants that have participated in the past have released their 2019 information yet, but we’ll add more as they are announced. So check back often. Also, remember that before you can get your food freebie, most restaurants require you show valid military identification or proof of service. Applebee’s Military members or veterans eat for free when they choose from one of these 8 entrées. Find your nearest location here. Must have proof of service or military ID. California Pizza Kitchen Veterans and military members can stop by participating California Pizza Kitchen restaurants on Monday, Nov. 11, and choose a pizza, salad, or pasta from…

Whole Foods releases prediction of top 10 trends for 2020

Whole Foods might best be known as the grocery store that can eat up your entire paycheck, but it’s also become the company we look to to tell us about food trends of the future. Hot sellers at Whole Foods are quickly copied by your local grocery chain — after all, everyone wants to sell cool new items that increase the value of your cart. In recent years pricy purchases like kombucha, seaweed, and kale chips all got their start at Whole Foods, but have since even worked their way onto convenience store shelves. Every year, Whole Foods gives us a glimpse of what’s coming in its annual Top Food Trends report. In 2019, they predicted interest in CBD oil would increase. They also foresaw the rise of artisanal ice creams (like avocado) and eco-conscious packaging. So what can they tell us about what trends we’ll see spike in 2020?…

Where to get Halloween 2019 food freebies and deals

Don’t just indulge in candy this Halloween. Treat yourself to anything from creepy cocktails to freaky flapjacks. Here are 14 places you can score scary-good deals and freebies this Halloween. And check back soon! We’ll be updating the list as the specials come screaming in. Applebee’s Celebrate Halloween with a $1 Vampire cocktail; available for a limited time. This “freaky tiki” rum cocktail is made with run, strawberry, passion fruit, dragon fruit, and pineapple juice. It’s topped with vampire fangs and a cherry. Baskin Robbins Scoops are just $1.50 at BR on Halloween. Choose from any of the ice cream chain’s 31 flavors, including the flavor of the month, the Candy Mashup, made with all your favorite Halloween candy classics like Snickers and caramel cups. Bubba gump Kids eat free with (purchase of an adult entree) at Bubba Gump on Halloween during its “no tricks, all treats” promo. Chipotle Boorito…

Why toothpaste makes orange juice taste terrible

If you every drank a glass of orange juice in the morning after brushing your teeth, you probably wish you hadn’t. It’s a lesson most of us learn as young kids — orange juice and toothpaste just don’t mix. But why? Blame it on your tastebuds. Your taste buds can detect different flavor types: salty, savory, sour, sweet, and bitter. When you brush your teeth, your ability to detect sweet flavors — be it candy, pastries, OJ, or anything else — stops working so well. It goes like this: Your toothpaste and toothbrush work up a foamy lather that creates bubbles and makes your mouth feel clean. But this foam is made by a chemical called sodium laurel sulphate (SLS), according to the American Chemical Society. On top of disabling your sweet receptors, SLS also break up the phospholipids, or fatty compounds that help reduce bitter tastes, meaning that once…

10 foods that aren’t what you think they are

There’s nothing like watching a baseball game while snacking on a bag full of legumes, except perhaps, sitting down to dinner with some warm, crusty Italian bread dipped in soybean oil. Yes, what we eat isn’t always what we think we’re eating. Here are 10 foods that you’re probably not getting what you think you paid for. Maple Syrup Those images of flannel-clad men tapping a tree in the wilderness are pretty much the stuff of yesterday for most mass-produced syrup brands. If your bottle says “pancake syrup” or “imitation maple,” it’s likely just flavored maple (with fillers like corn syrup and other sugars) without containing much — if any — real maple. Stick with bottles that say “pure maple syrup” when you want to smother your homemade pancake stack with the real deal. Try these must-make Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes. Crab stick Ever wonder why crab stick is so inexpensive…

Plant-based milks not necessarily healthier than cow’s milk, study shows

Think switching to non-dairy milk is an all-around healthy move? Not so fast. Plant-based milks, like almond or soy, have become a popular alternatives for millions of people with dietary restrictions. They’ve become the go-to dairy for vegans, those suffering from lactose intolerance, and even for those just looking to reduce their intake of animal products. But, if it’s the healthiest dairy option you’re looking for, don’t just assume it will come from a plant. A new study found that many nondairy drinkers automatically assume their non-dairy milk choice is healthier than cow’s milk. And that may not be the case. Also see: Whole milk might be healthier than skim milk. When 1,000 Americans were surveyed, it turns out that many consumers don’t actually pay attention to the nutritional labels on their milk. So Consumer Reports got to work evaluating 35 types of milks including various brands of almond, coconut,…