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We Want You...To Choose Our In-flight Meal

July 29, 2015 at 6:17 PM | by | Comments (3)

Hey you guys! We're flying soon and we need a little help. No, not with packing our luggage. We actually need a little guidance with how we will fill our belly on a flight from Miami to Chicago on American Airlines.

Our appetites were whet when we read about the yummy new menu items in First and Business class the airline launched for the Summer. Clicking through the pics, we hoped to be offered something like the beef filet with lobster mac and cheese. Alas, we were left in the lurch when looking for a little surf and turf.

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Have Catfish in a Cockpit At Arkansas' Parachute Inn Restaurant

July 24, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news! We've found the perfect dinner spot for Jaunted readers who happen to find themselves passing through Arkansas' Walnut Ridge Regional Airport (ARG). Local affiliate KATV has introduced us to the Parachute Inn Restaurant, a restaurant that is contained within a retired Boeing 737

Well, half of it, anyway. Part of the restaurant is housed within a fairly standard building, but it's the plane half — added to the structure in 2001 — that makes this such a unique roadside attraction. This airplane used to fly the friendly skies under the Southwest Airline call sign. Now it's just the place to get some fantastic fried catfish while sitting in old airplane seats and feasting your eyes upon everything from the overhead bins to the original cockpit. And yes, the kiddos — including the simply young at heart — are welcome to take a seat at the controls.

Take a tour in the video below. And then, if you're able, fly on by. KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

[Photo: Google+]

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Back of House: 3 Tips For Dining At A Restaurant That Is Fancy Schmancy — When You’re Really Not

July 10, 2015 at 3:35 PM | by | Comments (2)

It's the freaking weekend and the chances are good that you will be dining out sometime in the next three days. Or if you're leaving for a vacation, you may be looking for the best places to eat wherever you're going. But first, there are some things to know about where to eat, what to eat and how to get a reservation there. We've got a Back of House insider dishing tips on what you REALLY need to know when dining out. Got a question? Mail it to us!

I have been both an employee and a patron of some mind-bogglingly high-end restaurants. I am not a man of the most sophisticated tastes (I still regularly make PB&J for lunch), and thankfully most high-end restaurants provide top-notch training for their staff — so I was able to perform as a snooty employee pretty easily. But how do us regular folk prep to be serviced at a restaurant of James Beard award caliber? You’re in luck. We’ve got another installment of Back of House to give you three tips for faking it fancy.

DO THE HARD WORK BEFORE YOU EVEN GET THERE

When you step foot in the restaurant, all of your work needs to be accomplished. You should not have to worry about anything when you’re about to drop hundreds of dollars on like, an appetizer. So what planning in advance needs to be done? So. Much.

• Budget. Seriously plan ahead for this. It’s likely that you’re going to drop a lot of money, and you should account for not only your meal, but also the server’s gratuity, potential valet fees... maybe you’ll even have a sommelier who deserves a tip. Just do your research on the restaurant to figure out where these extra costs might come in and budget your night out accordingly.

• Dress code. It should go without saying, but if you’re planning a fine dining experience, you should be dressed accordingly. Most restaurants bluntly state dress codes on their websites. If not, then call and ask.

• Figure out what you want to order. Is the menu in another language? If so, you better get someone to translate it for you and tell you how to pronounce the weird words. Plan out your entire meal beforehand if you can so all you have left to worry about is the specialty items, which they will likely pronounce and explain to you in person anyway.

• Don’t arrive late. Matter of fact, don’t even arrive on time. Arrive early. Even if it’s just five minutes early, get there before your reservation time. This shows you’re eager for the experience. Most restaurants of a certain stature will have your table ready for you well in advance, but they could also get a negative impression of you if you have a tardy arrival. Significant delays are could impact the level of your service for the rest of the night — depending on how bad of a day your server is already having.

LET THEM PUT THE NAPKIN ON YOUR LAP, DAMN IT

High-end restaurants have some weird-end customs. I’m not sure why, but I usually get oddly annoyed by most of them. Perhaps they just seem unnecessary to me — strange and foreign practices that are supposed to be a kind gesture. It can get pretentious. If you also have the urge to push your chair back in when they pull it out for you, then take my advice: don’t. Just go with it.

One of the fastest ways to prove you don’t belong in a fancy restaurant is to disregard or completely reject their rituals. Let them undo your intricately folded napkin and awkwardly place it on your lap. Don’t act surprised when you have five different kinds of water to choose from. When you spill crumbs on the table, they will scoop them up with the tiniest shovel you’ve ever seen. And in between each course you might even be offered a palate cleanser that’s tastier than any dessert you’ve ever had — and you’re not even close to the dessert course yet.

SAVOR THE FLAVOR… AND THE MINUTES

I generally feel like I’m an on-the-go type of guy. Many of us are. We’re too busy with work and other obligations to really enjoy a night out. Just yesterday I had a fantastic gourmet dinner, but I still rushed through it and pressured the staff to hurry with my check so I could get on with my life. You don’t want to do that when you’re about to embark on a 10-course French meal.

If you’re spending hundreds of dollars on a dinner, you better have the rest of your night blocked off for it. This isn’t something that comes along every day. Restaurants like this are often used to doing fewer covers each night because they know their patrons will take their time and enjoy the experience. Don’t feel like you need to rush. Get to know your server. Eat slowly. Take time to think about and savor what you’re digesting. Presumably, an intense amount of work went into the construction of your salad alone. Don’t take it for granted. Appreciate it, maybe even sneak your phone out to grab some photos of it, and eat as much of it as you possibly can. This is not the time to be mindful of your portions. It’s not uncommon to spend three hours having dinner at fine dining establishments. Let it happen.

Have you had noteworthy experiences dining at super high-end restaurants? Any other tips for those who might not be familiar with the culture? Let us know in the comments below!

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Where to Feed at San Francisco's Ferry Building

July 2, 2015 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

San Francisco might possibly be one of the best cities to nosh on delicious farm-to-table bites while sipping boutique wines — especially in the bay city's charming gems of neighborhoods. The Embarcadero is a great place to get a one-stop-shopping experience without exhausting your legs sore from countless hills and steps.

Although guidebook recommendations make it popular with tourists, the Ferry Building is actually a hot spot for locals as well. The 117-year old building is a great place to score some snaps of the Bay Bridge and breathe in the salty air, plus its food hall is a cool place to discover homegrown (and hipster-inflected) tastes of the region. Saturday mornings are special, with a farmers market dominating the sidewalk in front — but everyday is an event to be experienced, and here are some of our favorite food purveyors to check out.

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Around the World in 9 Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

June 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (2)

The gooey, creamy sandwich that all kids grew up with (and most of us continued to eat religiously into adulthood) has a scrumptious legacy all over the world.

Grilled cheese is one of the simplest, yet most universally delicious dishes in existence. But the days of making grilled cheese sandwiches with cautiously white, airy bread and neon-orange processed cheese of questionable origin is a thing of the past. At least, we think it should be in your past — because there are so many other options.

Put down the Kraft singles and join us for a trip around the world to see how this iconic, lovable sandwich manifests in other parts of the globe.

We take full responsibility for your looming hunger.

AUSTRALIA

Down Unda, grilled cheese often comes in the form of a jaffle, which is a traditional toasted sandwich made in an enclosed metal skillet (often called a jaffle iron). After inserting the sandwich into the jaffle iron, it becomes sealed around all edges; the excess crust is cut away once the iron is sealed. The result is sort of like an Aussie hot pocket. If you’re in Melbourne, pay close attention to Jafflechutes; they basically send you grilled cheese/jaffles via parachutes magically dropped from the sky. No really, that's what they do. [Photo via Flickr]

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Foreign Grocery Friday: Sausage, Beer, and Haribo Inside Frankfurt’s HIT Markt

June 12, 2015 at 10:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!

To say Germany hasn't influenced the U.S. would be like denying the existence of water. German is the top self-identified ancestry among Americans. are the most common ancestor among Americans. The Germans taught us to love fairy tales like Cinderella and Snow White — while we gave them David Hasselhoff. Two of our country’s beloved meals originate from the Germans: The hamburger comes from Hamburg and frankfurter from Frankfurt. Even apple pie — as “American” as freedom, Big Gulps, and Truck Nuts — is a clear derivative of Apfel Streusel.

Needless to say, ambling around Frankfurt's HIT Markt (Mörfelder Landstraße 129) felt satisfyingly familiar. Upon entering, we saw on one side a bakery loaded with fresh pastries and Kornbrötchen sandwiches. Opposite was a Turkish section, complete with a döner spit and colorful Turkish sauces and freshly spiced veggies.

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Royal Feasts in Queens: Eating Our Way Through NYC's Most Diverse Borough

June 1, 2015 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Manhattan serves the elites: those money-eyed Wall St. execs and celebrity penthouse dwellers. The Bronx has — well, the Yankees. Brooklyn features those oddball creative kids eating artisanal doughnuts in brick-walled cafes-barbershop-dog parlors. And Queens? Queens has everybody else.

For most visitors, a stop in that last borough is usually no longer than a quick jaunt through JFK or LaGuardia; they might be rushing out the moment they arrive. But what Queens lacks in sexiness, it makes up for with affordability and its status as the city’s most culturally diverse neighborhood. (The notion of Manhattan as a melting pot ended when rent exceeded $2,500/month and the LES chose kitty cafes and clubs named “Fat Baby” over Jewish bakeries and Russian borscht kitchens.)

Today many of NYC’s immigrants reside in Queens, making the borough, which would already be the fourth-largest city in the US if it seceded from NYC, the most ethnically diverse urban area in the entire world. Here over 138 languages are spoken by immigrants from over 100 countries. When you get that many cultures together, well, you get a delicious stew a-brewing, making Queens arguably one of the best places to eat and drink — especially on a budget — in the entire country.

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Duty-Free Snack Shopping: What to Buy Before Departing Canada

Where: Canada
May 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

International travel isn't just about seeing foreign lands and experiencing other cultures. It's also about sampling the very best snacks and candies that another country has to offer. (Everyone speaks the international language of "sweet tooth.") Duty-free airport shops are among the best places to score cool confections with flavors you'll want on your taste buds as soon as you've unpacked. In fact, our recent trip to Canada yielded some yummy treats worth bringing home for friends — with some extras saved for yourself, of course.

While at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, we were scanning the maple syrup-stocked shelves when we came across a series of boxes that were beautifully decorated with various Canadian landscapes and nature photographs. Aptly named Tastefully Canadian, this brand of treats incorporates tastes that reflect the world's fourth largest country from coast to coast — and yes, it definitely sneaks in some maple flavors here and there.

Here are a few specific boxed treats that we'd recommend stocking up on before you catch your flight home. With them in your suitcase — and later in your mouth — you'll be sure to leave with sweet memories of your time in Canada.

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This Cruise Line Now Says 'No' To To-Go Meals

May 21, 2015 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (2)

UPDATE: After so much outrage from passengers, Norwegian Cruises has been forced to rescind their ban on "To Go" food.

Be very careful sneaking back that midnight snack to your stateroom on the lido deck, as there’s one cruise line that wants you to eat in one place and one place only—the dining room.

According to USA Today, Norwegian Cruise Line has a new rule — or policy, or whatever you want to call it — and it has to do with taking food from the buffet or restaurant and chowing down elsewhere. In a word — don’t. They’re spinning it to sound like they want to keep the ships all neat and tidy, and that plates of food left about is not really appetizing.

Officials do a solid by being somewhat reasonable with things, as they mentioned that grabbing a little cereal for later is fine and dandy. Same with a piece of fruit or something like that. It’s the whole plates of food that’s a no-no, so we guess the shorter take is: just don’t be that guy.

[Photo: Flickr]

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A State Snack Tour: Everything You Need to Eat On Your Next Wisconsin Road Trip

May 15, 2015 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hey, you guys! It's road trip season, and no trip through America's heartland is complete without snacking your way from state to state. So when we hit the road in Wisconsin with a full gas tank, we wanted to make sure our bellies were just as full — with delicious treats that are synonymous with Dairy-land.

Naturally, the majority of our snacks featured homegrown dairy from any number of farms that call the state home. This is Wisconsin: Don't forget the cheese, glorious cheese! But we'd also recommend treating your taste buds to other special fare like tasty fruit, fresh fish and local beef. Here were some of our favorite bites, and where to find them.

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What to Eat in Baltimore: Crab! (Of Course)

May 8, 2015 at 3:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

Whether you call it Charm City, The City of Firsts, Ravenstown, or Monument City — something that should be on any itinerary during a trip to Baltimore is crab! When it comes to indulging in quintessentially Baltimorean fare, the small crustacean is at the top of our list. Baltimore crabs are kind of world famous.

Frankly, it's almost impossible to venture anywhere in the city and not find crab on a menu. One of the most common ways to taste the seafood is by choosing crab cakes, but beware, not all are created equal. We'd recommend a splurge on a lump crab cake that features hand-picked crab meat and little to no filler, like breadcrumbs.

Right in the Inner Harbor sits Phillips, a touristy hot spot for seafood that serves up one of the heartier cakes we had while visiting. While it was delicious, we'd eschew the $42 price tag in favor of a more local flavor (at market price) by noshing over at Fells Point, where the hip locals eat. Thames Street Oyster House and Kooper's Tavern are on our short list.

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Good News! American Airlines' Economy Class Breakfast is Finally Edible

May 7, 2015 at 5:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

It may have taken a few years, but American Airlines has finally come around to offering a better breakfast in economy class, on long-haul flights.

You see, it used to be that passengers in the back of plane, on transatlantic flights between the U.S. and Europe, were treated (we use the word sarcastically) to a small and salty hot dinner then, several hours later and before arrival at the destination, a greasy croissant would arrive on a tray. Said croissant would leave grease marks all over the tray, be accompanied by orange juice and little side packets of butter and jam, and altogether make you feel as though your face were a grease slick until you eventually had a chance to shower away the memory of the flight.

We first complained about the meal way, way back in 2011, and went on to take a distinct interest in airline breakfast meals over the years. See our "Surprisingly Awesome Airline Meals" category for times when airlines actually got it right.

Now, the AA has finally cleaned up their act to change economy class breakfast into a pleasant little boxed meal containing things you might want to eat, and wouldn't feel gross for ingesting after a lengthy trip.

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