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How to Pick a Restaurant Patio

How to Pick a Restaurant Patio

May 7, 2015

Summer is almost here. That means it’s almost patio season! But not all outdoor eating is created equal. That’s why we put together a few tips to help you pick the perfect restaurant patio. 1. Call Ahead You might be hard pressed to find patio seating in the spring and summer months. Everyone wants to eat outside! Give yourself some room and call ahead and try to reserve a spot – or to see if the patio is even open. 2. Sun Exposure  The last thing you want is to try to enjoy your meal or happy hour with the sun in your eyes, or getting sunburn in the process. Do a quick Google search to see what your favorite restaurant’s awning or umbrella situation is. (Though, if you want the sun, an exposed patio may be just the spot you’re looking for!) 3. Location, Location, Location Where is your favorite restaurant located? Is it on a busy street with cars zooming past? Is it tucked away on a quiet side street? You probably want your patio dining experience to be a relaxing and fun experience, and the physical location will either help or hinder this.   What are your favorite restaurant patios? Make a list on emazeMe and spread the patio...

5 Fruits and Veggies to Eat this Spring

5 Fruits and Veggies to Eat this Spring

Apr 1, 2015

You just can’t beat fresh produce! With the arrival of spring and warmer weather comes a whole new crop of in-season fruits and vegetables. Which ones should you stock up on in April and May? 1. Purple Asparagus  Purple asparagus is fat free and an excellent source of vitamin C. Tip: Wrap stalks in wet paper in a plastic bag to keep fresh in the fridge for up to 4 days! 2. Honeydew   Honeydew is completely free of saturated fat and cholesterol, not to mention a great vitamin C source. Tip: When buying honeydew, pick ones that have a waxy surface, not fuzzy. 3. Butter Lettuce   With its slightly sweet taste, butter lettuce is a great source of vitamin A and is sodium free. Tip: Store washed and dried butter lettuce in the refrigerator in its original container. 4. Pineapple   Pineapples are fat free, sodium free, and packed with vitamin C. Tip: Eat your pineapple as soon as possible! 5. Snow Peas Looking for iron and manganese? Look no further than snow peas! Tip: When at the store, look for snow peas that are flat and shiny.   For a more complete list of fruits and vegetables that are in season for spring, visit this website: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/whats-in-season-spring    Where do you go to find the fresh produce? Share your best finds on your fruits and veggies list on...

How to Pick the Perfect Takeout

How to Pick the Perfect Takeout

Feb 24, 2015

Winter may as well be the season of takeout. However, as easy as sounds to order food to bring home and eat, the process of finding the right place can be unexpectedly difficult. That’s why we’ve listed 3 ways to pick the perfect takeout for when you just don’t feel like cooking, but can’t figure out what to order! 1. What do you NOT want to eat? This is always an easier question to answer than figuring out exactly what you’re craving. Use the process of elimination to find the kind of food you want. 2. Will you pick it up, or have it delivered? If you want to stay home and have your food brought to you, you’re limited to places that are close, and that have delivery options. These limitations may help you better decide! Otherwise, you can go as far as you want to pick up your food. It all depends on your motivation! 3. Exactly how hungry are you?  Did you have to skip lunch at work because of that big meeting? You better pick the place with the big, hearty portions! Or maybe you had a big lunch, and are looking for something light. In that case, cross off the comfort food and opt for a healthier option.   Another good way to find the perfect place for takeout? Keep your list of favorite restaurants on emazeMe.com. Next time you can just pick one and...

How to Eat Healthy: 4 Easy Tips

How to Eat Healthy: 4 Easy Tips

Jan 20, 2015

2015 is in full force, and January is almost over! How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? If you wanted to eat healthy this year, don’t give up just yet. We have four easy tips to make eating right become a real part of your lifestyle. 1. Don’t skip breakfast! They don’t call it “the most important meal of the day” for nothing. Eating a healthy, balanced diet jumpstarts your metabolism and can determine your entire day of food choices. Without it, you tend to feel hungry all day, which can lead to overeating. 2. Everything in moderation. Don’t overcomplicate things by swearing off certain foods completely. You’ll end up just wanting them more! Instead, gradually reduce the portion sizes of the junk food you’re eating, as well as how often you indulge in them. Cut it down to once a week, or even once a month if you’re feeling ambitious! 3. Don’t drink you calories. When in doubt, drink water. Not only does it hydrate your body and make you look AND feel better, but it doesn’t have the empty calories and amount of sugar found in drinks like soda. 4. Snack on fruit. Let’s face it – between meals, you sometimes need a pick-me-up. Instead of a sweets or a bag of chips, pick up an apple or banana. The natural sugar will give you the extra energy you need to beat that afternoon grogginess without undoing your whole day....

How to Pick the Perfect Restaurant for Your Guests

How to Pick the Perfect Restaurant for Your Guests

Nov 4, 2014

With the holidays coming up, chances are you’ll have some friends and family in town. Entertain them at the perfect restaurant by following a few of these tips! Make a list of options Keeping in mind your guests and their favorite foods and dietary restrictions, make a master list of options in your area! Email your guests beforehand Get their input. Send your guests your master list before they arrive. This will narrow down your choices and make sure they have a great time! Get recommendations  Get a recommendation from your local foodie friends. They might have the suggestion you’re looking for! Make reservations Once you’ve narrowed down your list, make reservations! Even if you have to cancel, it will be good to know ahead of time that you’ll have a place to go with your guests.   The best way to make your list of potential restaurants and get recommendations is with...

Top 10 Dishes for Cooler Weather

Top 10 Dishes for Cooler Weather

Sep 22, 2014

10. Homemade Soup Much better than in a can, a hot bowl of homemade soup is a great meal on a chilly day. It also leaves room for improvisation. Feel free to get creative with the ingredients to make the recipe completely your own! 9. Pecan Pie The first pie selection on this list is pecan. This crunchy option may be slightly less popular than apple or pumpkin pie, but it will be sure to add some warmth and sweetness to the end of any fall meal. 8. Stew It doesn’t get much easier than stew. Throw some meat, vegetables and basically anything else you want into your slow cooker and just let it cook! Perfect for a Sunday afternoon football game or easy weeknight dinner. 7. Lasagna  If you’re looking for some cheesy, saucy comfort, look no further than lasagna. This Italian favorite is perfect for those cool nights when the leaves start to change. 6. Apple Pie What says fall more than apples? Pairing them with cinnamon in a warm apple pie makes for a deliciously quintessential fall desert. 5. Chicken Pot Pie The best thing about this dish is its versatility. It can be bought in a box as a budget friendly option, or made to be a gourmet main course! No matter how fancy or casual your chicken pot pie is, it’s sure to hit the spot this fall. 4. Pot Roast  As stew’s heavier cousin, pot roast is another cold weather staple! 3. Pumpkin Pie As the weather gets cooler and cooler, it’s time to start perfecting that pumpkin pie recipe! After all, there are only so many weeks before November rolls around. 2. Chili  Whether you eat it with noodles, mashed potatoes, or topped with shredded cheese, chili can add some spice to a cool autumn night. 1. Turkey Finally, the mother of all fall dishes, the Thanksgiving turkey! Nothing brings family and friends together like this festive bird – not to mention all the delicious sides that come with...