Restaurant meals cost a lot more than meals you make at home -- you know this. But what you might not realise is those add-ons, like that oh-so-delicious guac on your burrito, can be some of the most costly offenders.
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Most Aussies prefer to crack open an ice-cold beer with their pizza, but wine is arguably a superior beverage choice -- especially in winter. This infographic from food-pairing app Indian Wine List matches a handful of wine grape varieties to palate-matching pizza toppings. Make mine a Pepperoni 'n' Merlot!
Web site OpenTable—the long-running standard for restaurant reservations online—has added a new review system to the site, which aims to filter out fake reviews. We've all researched a restaurant and found that the glowing praise online didn't come close to the actual experience, and often that's a result of inauthentic reviews. OpenTable will only allow diners who ate at a restaurant and booked through their reservation system to rank it, which they hope will result in more accurate reviews. Even if the reviews aren't your cup of tea, we've never featured the very useful OpenTable before, and the free reservation service is a must-bookmark for any foodie.OpenTable
US-centric: The food experts at Health magazine have scoured the menus at popular restaurant chains in search of the healthiest foods on the menu, rounding up several healthy menu options at otherwise unhealthy chains. For example, next time you find yourself staring down your fork at a never-ending pasta bowl at Olive Garden, you could opt instead for the low-fat Capellini Pomodoro (644 calories, 14 grams of fat) or the Venetian Apricot Chicken (448 calories, 11 grams of fat). Aside from the Olive Garden, the article runs down and handful of other chain favourites like Denny's, Ruby Tuesday, and P.F. Chang's. We've already covered five fast-food chains you can feel good about, but Health magazine's list offers a few healthy alternatives for sit-down fare. Got your own favourite low-calorie dish at a national chain? Let's hear about it in the comments.Health magazine names top chain restaurant fare