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Boyz II Men Celebrates The Return of Wendy's Pretzel Bun

Boyz II Men is back again to celebrate Wendy’s Pretzel bun! They recently released their #PretzelLoveSongs video celebrating fan’s joy of being reunited with the pretzel bun, which Wendy’s announced is back this summer on both its Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger and Pretzel Pub Chicken. Be sure to check out the video on Wendy’s Facebook and YouTube playlist

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Applebee's is Officially Possibly Enforcing "No Tech Tuesday," Maybe

Isn’t it annoying when the person you’re eating with is texting the entire time? Or, even worse, when there’s a loud telephone conversation happening at the table next to you? Well, it seems that Applebee’s has begun taking steps to prohibit cellphone use one day per week with their latest program: No Tech Tuesday!

Or… maybe they aren’t? The phrase is self explanatory — no technology on Tuesdays — but the company claims to have no plans to restrict tech usage at the present time. So far, Applebee's has only filed the trademark application, but with the family-forward movements they’ve been making as of late, this could potentially assist in drawing in an older crowd to dine during the week. For a short period of time, representatives refused to comment on the reasoning behind the trademarking of this phrase. Finally, spokesman Dan Smith stated that guests can use technology however they’d like, and the trademark is simply to protect themselves in the future. According to Mr. Smith, "There's absolutely zero percent linkage between No Tech Tuesday and anything in the restaurant."

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Strip House Releases New, Exclusive Knives

Strip House has become a big player in the steakhouse game due to its unique combination of an elegant, modern aesthetic and unparalleled steak. They're known for the risque black-and-white photos of 1930s burlesque dancers that hang on their wall as well as their precise cuts of meat, which they carve by your table.

They partnered up with Schmidt Brothers Cutlery, known for constantly innovating their kitchenware designs, to create a brand new line of knives. These knives are perfect for cutting steak and are made to last, with every aspect of them expressing high quality. Their blades are German steel and their curve is the patented invention of Schmidt Brothers. Their aesthetics are equally top-notch, from their black ash wood handles to the red oak boxes that will be used as packaging.

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¡Vamos A La Vara!

Through all four seasons, and hosting all types of people, there is something truly magnificent and unique about a restaurant that time and again you walk away from thinking only one thing: wow!

Another sign you’ve found your soul-mate in a restaurant is that every time you go, you feel zero remorse ordering the same things. That voice in your head that says, “You should probably try something new” is quickly quieted by rapid-fire bites of epiphany inducing fideua, La Vara’s take on paella, made with noodles instead of traditional rice and delicately juxtaposed against a garlic aioli that will make you seriously consider moving to Spain. In fact, as you slurp the wilted noodles into your mouth, barely cognizant of the “mmm” noises you may or may not be making, you wonder aloud if you had food this good the drunken weekend you spent in Barcelona when you were 19 and “studying abroad”, a American term synonymous for “drinking a bottle of wine a day and stuffing your face with gelato”.

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Interview & Event: Molly Sims Celebrates Wendy's Strawberry Fields Chicken Salad

Wendy’s and actress/style icon Molly Sims hosted a private rooftop picnic event right in the heart of Rockefeller Center to celebrate Wendy’s new Strawberry Fields Chicken Salad, and rest assured, the entire event was just as good as the salad sounds (and tasted). With 11 different types of lettuce, sweet California strawberries, Applewood smoked bacon, red onion, chicken, and rich crumbled blue cheese, topped with bacon apple flavored vinaigrette, it's the perfect thing to eat this summer!

To get everyone in the mood for the premiere of the new seasonal salad, Wendy’s hosted a #NewSaladCollection contest with Polyvore. Molly Sims served as a judge for this contest and at her rooftop event, she showed guests how to create their own perfect summer styles using her own Polyvore board inspired by the new salad. At the event, we had a chance to sit down and chat with Molly about her partnership with Wendy’s, her thoughts about the new seasonal salad, and of course, important summer styles.

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Makini Howell: Your Go-To Vegan Guru


Intimidated by the "V word"? Want to make a change in your eating habits or treat your palate to something new? Talented author of Gratifying Vegan Dishes from Seattle’s Plum Bistro, Makini Howell, truly makes the V word appealing to all. Even if you’re not accustomed to the vegan way of life, don’t fear it; willingly embrace it. Howell’s book even includes baby steps for those who want to dedicate one day of the week for eating Vegan. She makes it so easy with her awesome tips and mouthwatering recipes…turning this transitional step in your life to an easy, delectable one!

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Good Water Farms Growing Tiny Vegetables

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Delicious Recipes Inspired by "Chef," Now in Theaters!

Yes, Chef!

The culinary world has officially hit the big screen in a brand new way, bringing out the true side of restaurant and kitchen life with the movie, Chef. When a terrible review of Chef Carl Casper (John Favreau) goes viral, the now unemployed culinarian sets out to start up a food truck (El Jefe) and prepare the types of cuisine that he truly loves. Assisted only by his 10-year-old son and one very loyal line cook, Carl sets out from Miami to California on a road trip which, thanks to social media, provides him with fame, inspiration, and a better understanding of not only himself, but his broken family, as well.

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Jacques 1534: Bringing the Bistro Back to Basics

It was late at night, as the city teemed with rain the likes of which most New Yorkers had not seen since Hurricane Sandy: What a perfect way to set the stage for a French meal, evoking the (possibly unfounded) nostalgia of a rainy Parisian evening where the glow of street lamps beckon with the possibility of romance. Although there was no handsome stranger involved, we did enjoy one of the best steak frites we’ve had in ages, and we made some tough decisions over a drool worthy menu.

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Coming Soon: Oprah's Chai Tea

"You get a chai! And you get a chai! Everybody gets a chai!"

Oprah Winfrey has officially announced the creation of her own signature chai blend, Oprah Chai Tea, which is set to be released in the USA and Canada on April 29th. After working with experts at Starbucks and Teavana, Oprah was able to create a beverage which features the flavors of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and cloves, all blended together with black and rooibos (red) loose-leaf teas. Once the blend is released for sale at Starbucks and Teavana locations across the USA and Canada, a portion of the profits will be donated to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation. This charity assists in creating educational opportunities for kids and teenagers throughout the world, providing just another reason to indulge in this brand new product.