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Sophie Asselin;
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How Early Can You Start Drinking? Bloody Mary Bars Let The Restaurant Industry Advance The Clock On Alcohol Sales

It's truly "5 o'clock somewhere"!  Just ask the restaurant industry.  It's no small secret that alcohol sales constitute the largest percentage of the revenue pie for food establishments. In the last few years, many food places have found ways to insert liquor sales into an earlier part of their day:  breakfast!

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Creatas
Creatas
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Duluth Named As One Of The Country’s Top Foodie Cities

Forget its arts and entertainment offerings;  look beyond the battle with Saint Paul for who has the best craft beer.  Here's one thing that can't be taken away from the Zenith City:  Duluth was recently named as one of Livabilty.com's Top Ten Best Foodie Cities.

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Dmitry Kalinovsky;
Dmitry Kalinovsky;
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What Do People In Minnesota And Wisconsin Like To Eat? New Survey Discloses The Most-Popular “American Cuisine” State-By-State

The term American Food or American Cuisine gets tossed around by people all of the time.  But what does it really mean?

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irman;
irman;
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Revolutionary New Domino’s Pizza Coming To The Twin Ports; Hermantown Location Will Give Customers A Different Experience

Forget what you know or think you know about Domino's Pizza;  The newest location that's coming to the Twin Ports will be vastly different from any one you've ever been to.

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Neilson Barnard - Getty
Neilson Barnard - Getty
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Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass Allows You To Fill Up For $100; Struggling Restaurant Chain Tries New Approach To Lure Customers In

Darden-owned Olive Garden has been struggling for some time now.  To offset sluggish sales, they recently went on a "health" kick, serving smaller portions in an attempt to lure customers back.  Now it appears they're going the opposite direction.

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steve everts
steve everts
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Where Do Five Star Chefs Like To Eat Fast Food?

First things first - there is no comparing a five star meal to what comes inside that paper bag from the drive through.  In many ways that's okay because I believe we eat gourmet food and fast food for two different purposes.

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Joe Raedl
Joe Raedl
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Chipotle Ordering Manners; Thirteen Things To Avoid Doing

Now that Duluth has a Chipotle - and the opening day-line has diminished - it's a good time to review ordering ettiquete.  In some ways, these tips are transferrable to just about any restaurant - especially fast food places.

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(Photo by Roger L. Wollenberg-Pool/ Getty Images)
(Photo by Roger L. Wollenberg-Pool/ Getty Images)
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Obama’s Favorite Burger Restaurant Closes Two Locations

It's possible that Barack Obama might start to develop a complex - what with nose-diving approval ratings, a crumbling economy, international scandal, and now - his favorite D.C. burger joint is closing.

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Source:  McDonalds Corp - website - press kit
Source: McDonalds Corp - website - press kit
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Fish McBites Join Chicken Nuggets On McDonalds Menu For Lent

Just in time for Lent, McDonalds is adding a new option to their menu!  Fish McBites join Chicken Nuggets on the Happy Meal menu - tailored towards kids and adults who are looking for fish options during the lead-up to Easter.

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Source:  Zen via flickr
Source: Zen via flickr
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Rethink the Way You Eat Chinese Takeout

Okay, so this has been making the rounds on the web for the last day or so - and as the resident "foodie", I thought I would pass it along to you.  A new story online suggests that we've all been eating Chinese takeout the wrong way;  The blog suggests that instead of eating our food out of those deep containers, we should "unfold" the paper vessel to create a make-shift plate - with a larger surface area.

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Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images
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Obamacare Equals Reduced Hours For Some Wendy’s Employees

Apparently they weren't empty threats.  When The Obama administration pushed for the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act, some of the nations largest employers said that the costs associated with the new mandate would force them into reducing hours, a cut-back on hiring, or worse

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Source:  Old Shoe Woman via flickr
Source: Old Shoe Woman via flickr
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Olive Garden And Red Lobster Owner Darden Continues To Underperform

Revamped menus and marketing didn't help Florida-based Darden Restaurants boost their sales in the most-recent quarter.  The parent company of Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and Longhorn Steakhouse posted numbers that were even lower than analysts had forecasted.

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