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Some 50 Million People Taking Dads Out to Eat for Father's Day

The National Restaurant Association predicts about 50 million will take dad out to eat on Father's Day. Credit: Corbis
Taking your dad out for brunch or dinner on Father's Day?
Make a reservation or get there early. Some 50 million ...
Restaurant industry braces for a lot of diners this Father's Day.

Amazing Dad: Paul Antico

AllergyEats founder Paul Antico with sons Keegan, left, and Tucker. Credit: Courtesy of Paul Antico
Amazing Dad: Paul Antico, founder of AllergyEats, an online guide to more than 600,000 allergy-friendly restaurants in the United States Pa...

Solo Parenting: Taking the Kids Out to Eat

There's a funny paradox about parenting solo. When my husband goes out in public, minus me and accompanied by all four of our children, he is lauded, praised, and admired. "What a great dad you are!" "All on your own with four kids! Amazing!" "Mom...

Children Shouldn't be Allowed to see Liquor Bottles?

Other than layovers at the Salt Lake International Airport and one quick business trip, I have never spent any time in the state of Utah. But while living in nearby Idaho, I became aware of Utah's unusual laws regarding alcohol. Most notably, bar pat...

Chuck E. Cheese Kid Check Not So Effective

I, like most parents, have experienced the horror that is Chuck E. Cheese -- the restaurant-slash-playground that features kid-sized Habitrails, video games, and something that could, if one were feeling generous, be likened to pizza. Regardless of w...

Breastmilk key ingredient at Swiss restaurant

We all know that "breast is best" when it comes to a baby's first food, but what about after that? Some mothers breastfeed their children for several years. Okay, so that's great if you can do it, but what about adults? Why should grown-ups be denied...

Would you go out for cereal?

For me, the best part about going out to eat is the opportunity to enjoy food that I wouldn't (or couldn't) prepare for myself at home. I can whip up a decent batch of chicken enchiladas, but they don't compare to what I can get at my favorite Mexica...

Kids' meals unhealthy

Newsflash--what you're feeding your children when you take them out to dinner is not healthy! A new report says that kids meals at top chain restaurants are full of salt, fat and calories. The restaurants in question are the likes of McDonald's, Tac...

How not to adopt

Oh come on. We all saw Juno. Everyone knows the way you find a kid to adopt is to put an ad in the Penny Saver. Sheesh. So I guess not everyone actually saw that movie. A couple near Seattle, Washington tried a different approach recently. Noticing t...

The worst kids meal in America, and other food disasters

It's a pretty well known fact that fast food is bad. It's fast food, right? It's convenient and you can drive up to it and pay for it with the crusty quarters filling your car ashtray and sometimes vegetable chopping for salads is too much of a pain ...

A simple step

Okay, so you've got the kids' menus with the puzzles and coloring pages on the back. You've got plenty of crayons in little boxes. You've got little cups with colorful pictures on them and a whole storeroom full of milk. You've got french fries and c...

No chicken fingers for these kids

Have you ever noticed that kids menus - no matter what the restaurant - always seem to consist of the same three items: chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, and hamburgers. I've often wondered why. I mean, what's wrong with a nice peice of quiche? A...

Sticker welcomes breastfeeders into restaurants

A community in Ontario has launched an innovative campaign to encourage breastfeeding. The local public health department in Peel is providing restaurant owners with special stickers for their windows. The decals symbolize that the restaurants are "...

How do you decide where to raise your kids?

Erik Olsen at our sister blog Gadling wrote a post about considerations parents take into account when deciding where to raise their families. Among the things he listed were the quality of schools, safety issues, lifestyle, and expense. There is eve...

Breakfast out with the boys: a photo essay

Last weekend after I returned home from my business trip, I made a point to play hooky from my computer for an entire day. First up: a late breakfast with my boys, the big one and the two littler (and equally cute) ones. The chandelier at Mother's wa...

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