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7 years ago 0

Fashion Tips For The Foodie Wardrobe

By Ming Hu

Foodies are probably the most stylish people on the planet. Maybe it’s the sophisticated palates that help our eye for sophisticated style.

However, style usually translates to uncomfortable clothing especially after a feast.

I have to admit I’ve been known to loosen my belt or unbutton my pants after a tasting menu at some bouchey restaurant.  Sometimes I dine in sweats, however that ensemble is always a problem post meal when I’d have to partake in activities like hitting up a club or going to a lounge. I’ve since grown up and have become a little more fashion forward for the sake of my dining partners.

Every foodie should have a set of default “eating clothes” that they entrust for any serious food session from weddings, to food festivals, to company parties, to business dinners. There is no reason for our clothing to feel like sausage casing.

Here are the key pieces for the male and lady foodie closet. You can finally eat in comfort and look great for work, play, and feasting.

The Male Foodie

For the guys, a pair of great dress pants fit any occassion, but how about a pair of dress pants made from sweat pants!? They’re so comfortable you can sleep in them which means your belly is free to expand in them without restriction.  These Dress Pant Sweatpants by BetaBrand should rid the muffin top look. No more spilling over!

The Lady Foodie

Lady foodies got it good. Dresses are the best way to allow for limitless belly expansion without sacrificing style. Go for high-waist or empire-waist dresses. Make sure they pull away from the body. Anything body hugging is a no no! You’ll definitely look like sausage casing. Darker colors are better because they’re slimming. The examples below are from Old Navy and Nordstrom.

Eating in comfort is key to experiencing all that food can offer. No need to thank me. Really, not seeing any more walking sausage casings is enough for me.

7 years ago 0

30 Delicious Reasons to Celebrate June

By Ming Hu

Let’s face it. June is one of the saddest months of the year. There aren’t any federal holidays to free you from the chains of your cubicles, which mean no reason to take a three day weekend out of town and no reason to drink like it’s the end of the world…

After Memorial Day weekend, you just face palm thinking how far away 4th of July is. Rather than wallowing in your own misery, let’s look at June in a different way this year. Instead of 30 uneventful days, here’s 30 delicious food holidays. Celebrate every day this month with something different!

June 1   National Doughnut Day/National Hazelnut Cake Day

  

June 2   National Rocky Road Ice Cream Day

June 3   National Egg Day

June 4  National Cheese Day/National Frozen Yogurt Day/National Cognac Day

June 5   National Gingerbread Day

June 6   National Applesauce Cake Day

June 7   National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

June 8   Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day

June 9   National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day

June 10 Herbs & Spice Day/Nation Iced Tea Day/National Black Cow Day

June 11 National German Chocolate Cake Day

June 12 National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

June 13 Kitchen Klutzes of America Day

June 14 National Strawberry Shortcake Day

June 15 National Lobster Day

June 16 National Fudge Day

June 17 Eat All Your Veggies Day/National Apple Strudel Day

June 18 National Cherry Tart Day/International Picnic Day/International Sushi Day

June 19 National Dry Martini Day

June 20 National Vanilla Milkshake Day

June 21 National Peaches and Cream Day

June 22 National Chocolate Éclair Day/National Onion Rings Day

June 23 National Pecan Sandy Day

June 24 National Pralines Day

June 25 National Strawberry Parfait Day/National Catfish Day

June 26 National Chocolate Pudding Day

June 27 National Indian Pudding Day/National Orange Blossom Day

June 28 National Tapioca Day

June 29 National Almond Butter Crunch Day

June 30 National Ice Cream Soda Day

7 years ago 0

Dating & Dining For Foodies

By Ming Hu

As foodies, finding a lover who can keep up with our culinary adventures is a bit of a feat. Understanding a potential partner’s foodiewin and foodiefail patterns really reveal pivotal things about a person that you would never uncover while watching a movie, bowling, or whatever people do on dates nowadays. For instance, I had a Korean-American friend who went on a few dates with a woman who is a vegetarian.  He was head over heels for her, but there was a huge lifestyle and cultural disparity. His cultural palate consists mostly of beef and she’d never touch that.  He had to think long and hard about what to do. They finally went separate ways because culture and lifestyle were just too important to him, and understandably so.

Most of the time apples go with apples. A vegan is less likely to date a fervent carnivore. I’m not saying it’ll never happen – I do believe love is blind and incredibly stupid sometimes – I’m just saying my odds of dating a vegan are probably next to nil because I doubt he’d want to kiss my red meat stained lips and I’m disinterested in his broccoli breath.  Besides, he’d never be able to give me a bouquet of bacon roses. That’s a relationship fail for me. I know you vegans want to barf right now – I apologize if the below picture offends you.

Regardless of your food affiliations and preferences, food is a lifestyle.  As foodies, we want a partner in crime who jives with that lifestyle and catapults our palates to leaps and bounds. As cliche as this sounds, there is no denying that the foodie mantra is “Live to eat, not eat to live”. Life will be more enjoyable with someone who just understands our taste buds.

When I think of love and food, Disney Pixar’s movie Ratatouille always comes to mind. There is a scene in which Remy explains the joy, pleasure, and experience of savoring the unlikely, but surprisingly complementary and complex combination of flavors. As he chews, Remy is surrounded by vibrant colors and fireworks, while his brother chomps on garbage. I don’t want a man who chomps on garbage. I prefer to see blinding, epileptic colors with my lover over foods Andrew Zimmern would devour. Am I right fellow foodies?

 ”How do I find my future food monster soul mate?”, you ask. There are many channels available online to help you find foodie love. In no particular order, here are a few I suggest trying:

1 HowAboutWe - The profile is an easy one to fill out. It’s quick and painless. Once you’re done, you can immediately post a date idea. You can post any restaurant you’d like or a cuisine and it’ll be broadcasted to the HowAboutWe community. It’s also known as Eater Dating. They also have a mobile app to keep yourself up to date with your broadcasts.

HowAboutWe

Here’s one for an example:

If you’re a little bashful about broadcasting, you can also search for other peoples’ broadcasts and pick and choose a date idea you like:

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OkCupid also has a similar feature allowing you to broadcast a date or meet-up idea. First you set your location then you can freely broadcast to the universe of users around you. You can also see broadcasts people have posted and respond to them asap. The feature is fun to use on your smartphone because it pings you when someone has responded to your request, so you can freely text in real time.

3 Another way to meet a potential date is Grubwithus. It’s actually a group dining experience, so, although you’re not on a one on one date, who knows who you’ll meet. A member of the community broadcasts a potential dining experience. Interested parties join the meal by booking individual reservations and prepaying for the meal, but you won’t be charged until 4 or more people join. Like the sites above, you can also create a meal you like if nothing strikes your fancy, but no one ever gets charged until enough people join. The meal price, tax and gratuity are included, so you just show up to the meal, enjoy the food, have a blast, and leave with new friends or a potential lover. Here’s a disclaimer though, meal prices increase per reservation, so the earlier you book, the cheaper it is.

4 Speed Plating isn’t exactly up and running yet, but you get the idea. Speed dating and fooding all at once. I like the idea. If your 4 minute date is a definite turn off, you can, at least, focus on your food. For more details you can check out this Esquire article.

No matter which site you decide to try, just have fun! Expand your taste buds and have a great time! If you have success stories, we’d love for you to share! Mortifying, awkward dating experiences? We love those too!