Food

Etiquette — good manners — is a code of behavior, a set of (highly variable) rules governing how we should behave, theoretically at least, in order to bring the least offense to our...
When you visit the Golden Arches, what’s your go-to order? Are you all about the McNuggets? Are you a Big Mac ride-or-die? Are you currently getting your fill of McRibs, now that it’s been...
Who doesn’t love pie? Apparently, Americans love it a lot. The American Pie Council (yes, there such a group) estimates that 186 million units or $700 million worth of pies are sold each year in...
The year-end holidays are a time for celebration and for special meals around festive tables – whether that means wonderfully raucous family gatherings, improvised potlucks with friends, or...
Desserts and alcohol can go hand in hand. Sipping champagne with a raspberry tart, Irish coffee with a bowl of chocolate mousse, or bourbon alongside a slice of pecan pie can feel like the utmost of...
It’s easy to assume that all major restaurant chains have been around basically forever. If you were born at any point within the past 40 years or so, major ones like Burger King, IHOP, and...
It’s no secret that Americans – in common with most populations around the world these days – love fast food.  According to statistics updated this month by The Barbecue Lab, 83% of...
Nowadays, it seems as if everyone is either on a diet or has been on one at some point. The days of useless fad diets are thankfully (mostly) behind us, replaced by ones that aren’t simply focused...
Since food is such an essential part of everybody’s life, it’s hardly surprising that over the centuries people have come up with many phrases, idioms, and metaphors that invoke food to...
According to a study published in 2018 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 36% of American adults ate fast food on any given day between 2013 and 2016. However much we might...
Americans love pizza. Several years ago, a Harris Poll, surveying more than 2,000 U.S. adults, found that if those polled could eat only one food for the rest of their lives, 21% of them would...
Nothing says America like a beef patty cooked to perfection, covered with condiments, and sandwiched inside a bun. We live in a land of burgers, and everyone’s preferences differ. The hamburger was...
U.S. inflation hit a 40-year-high in the summer of 2022, and though recent readings suggest that it is starting to cool, the impact of rising costs of goods and service will be detrimental to  this...
McDonald’s launched the first Happy Meal in 1979. It was the brainchild of marketer Richard Brams, who had the idea of creating a meal just for kids — one that included a toy. The...
There are three main facets to the typical restaurant experience: ambiance, meaning the overall feeling of the place; food (obviously); and service. A good restaurant scores with all three on a...