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This Airline Will Cater To Your Most Unexpected Food Cravings

Airline food is usually hit or miss for me. When I’m about to fly, I usually try to eat something before boarding. Because of this, I usually stick with pretzels and ginger ale when actually in the air.

But if you’re a fan of feasting while flying, there’s a private jet booking company called PrivateFly, that has a glowing reputation of letting passengers order just about ANYTHING their hearts desire during flights.

Passengers on the airline are able to make their request 24 hours before their flight, and the airline will do their best to accommodate their cravings.

Remember those stories of Presidents hopping on Air Force One to pick up some mouthwatering BBQ in Texas? It’s kind of like that.

Even if the foods desired aren’t stocked in the kitchen, PrivateFly will go out and pick up whatever you want.

Yes, that means you can even get an In-N-Out Double-Double with extra well-done fries while docked in California.

“Dining is such an important part of the travel experience – even while getting to and from your destination,” said Geoff Villano, Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations at PrivateFly. “When flying private you can make onboard eating one of the trip’s highlights, whether business or pleasure. There is truly no request too elaborate as long as the jet’s kitchen can adequately handle it.”

Wonder if they can cut the line at Howlin’ Ray’s though.

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This Restaurant In China Was Caught Charging Customers For CLEAN AIR

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It seems a restaurant in Zhangjiagang city, one of China’s most heavily polluted cities, was caught charging its diners a “air cleaning fee.” BBC reports that the patrons were charged one yuan (15 cents US) as a fee for purifying the air since the establishment.

The owners had bought an air filtration system. Unfortunately, they decided not to give customers any warning when they added the charges to their bills. When patrons did find out, they were more than happy to express their dissatisfaction with the local government.

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Because it was an illegal charge, the owners of the restaurant had to stop charging patrons for the air-cleansing fee.

Chinese social media users caught wind of the fee and expressed their delight over eating in clean air. The problem, however, wasn’t the how small the fee was. It was the restaurant’s owners decision to charge patrons without telling them.

 

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Phone Stacking Might Be The Most Important Social Dining Game You’ll Ever Play

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Ask yourself, is answering a text message or checking your Snapchat at the dinner table worth covering the tab of everyone’s meal?

Phone Stacking puts that question to the test. It’s one of the most brilliant social etiquette games of our generation — also one of the saddest, if you let its value-prop sink in far enough. 

The Rules

The rules of the game are simple. You’re out a restaurant with friends, as soon as you sit at the table, everyone stacks their phones, face down. You can put them in a pile in the center for dramatic effect, or you can keep them next to your individual plate.

Either way, first person to reach for their phone during dinner is now responsible for paying for the entire meal. Seriously. Don’t even touch the phone.

If by some miracle you and your friends make it through dinner without anyone checking for stray text messages, just split the bill the way you normally would.

But Why?

Next time you’re at dinner — hell, you might be at dinner right now — look around the table. How many of your friends have their neck craned down at their cell phone? The moment is so far removed, we need a gimmicky social game like this as a catalyst for a tech-free dinner.

The game isn’t new either — it first started surfacing around the web early 2012, with articles touting its significance in our increasingly “smart phone heavy” culture. Yet here we are, almost 4 years later, even more of a culture fueled by our social media connection, and dinner hasn’t changed much.

Why it’s so hard

It’s a matter of little wins that makes a game like Phone Stacking so rewarding.

It might seem trivial, but we’ve now grown accustomed to connectivity. If your mom texts you and you don’t respond within minutes, she assumes you’ve been abducted. If you miss a call from your girlfriend, she assumes you’re out gallivanting with whores.

All of these assumptions are made because they know you’re on your phone. Or by your phone. And there’s no reason, other than being abducted, that you shouldn’t be able to answer. But are all these connections immediately necessary?

It isn’t until you take the phone out of the equation for small periods of time, even 30 or 60 minutes, that you realize that text message could have waited. That Snap will still be there. Your individual moment gets valued.

The Good

Well, if your friend can’t help but check Snapchat during dinner, you’re bound to get a free meal — so enjoy.

Realistically, even if you play this game once a month, it’s astonishing what truths you’ll uncover about the friend sitting across from you when the phone is taken out of the equation.

What To Remember

No one is saving the world by “Stacking phones” for a 60 minute dinner. It’s simply a reminder to enjoy slices of life.

And if you can’t remember, paying for your friends dinner might do the trick.

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7 First Date Dinner Tips That Will Land You A Second

With the plethora of dating apps that are available nowadays, the number of first dates people can go on now seems infinite. With that same token, because meeting new potential lovers is so easy now, standards have been raised, resulting in a lot of first dates and only a few second dates.

I can’t help you with your personality, if you suck then you suck. However, the food you eat and the way you eat it is something that can be helped.

Don’t Stuff Yourself

You would think this is common knowledge, but I can tell you right now, I’ve broken this rule once or twice and paid the price for it. Nobody wants to go home with the guy that’s rolling around on the restaurant floor, grunting and moaning like a beached whale trying to shimmy back into the water. Unless she’s rolling around on the floor with you. In that case, you may have just found the exception to the rule, grab her hand and put a ring on it. Preferably an onion ring.

Be Willing To Share Your Food

Guys, if you’re anything like me, you don’t want to share your food. At this early stage in the relationship though, you need to be OK with it. There will be plenty of times in the future where you can ban your girl from coming near your plate, even use the items on the table as a makeshift barrier to keep her and her intrusive fork out of your no-try zone. Try to offer a bite of your food. More often than not, your date will politely decline, but she will remember that you offered, and that could go a long way.

Avoid Greens That Will Get Stuck In Your Teeth

Things like arugula and spinach could cause obnoxious trouble, since they can stick to your teeth when they’re steamed or drenched in dressing, kind of like how wet toilet paper sticks to the side of the toilet at your favorite dive bar. Things in most salads like iceberg lettuce and cucumbers won’t cause any trouble, since the crunchy texture makes them more difficult to hide in your mouth.

Sidenote: While they aren’t one of the leafy vegetables, other foods that teeth use as clothing are small seeds, peanut skins, popcorn, fruit skins, celery and stringy meats.

Stay Away From Sea Creatures With Shells

There’s a girl out there living her life without me in it because I ordered crab legs on our first date and squirted crab juices directly into her eye, from four feet away. She was sweet enough to laugh it off and finish the date, but the sight of me crushing legs and sending shards of shell flying all over the place likely didn’t help my cause. That image doesn’t induce sexual desires, I assure you.

While we’re on the subject, try to avoid sucking down oysters as well. While they can be a powerful aphrodisiac, the sound and image of slurping it down alone is enough to turn a lot of people off.

Messy Finger Foods

I love ribs and wings as much as the next red-blooded American, but girls don’t really resonate with guys whose faces are slathered in barbecue or hot sauce. Remember, if you play your cards right, she’ll be making out with you later. Do you really want to kiss her and have her get a taste of the leftover Frank’s Hot Sauce in your mouth? And to take it a step further, on your fingers? Think about it. In fact, try to avoid finger foods altogether. Women are turned on by refined men who are polite and have manners, throttling chicken fingers with a kung fu grip may not necessarily hurt your cause, but it certainly won’t help either.

Things That Make You Go “Pfffffttttt”

Hold it in! Farting due to stress or nervousness is a fairly universal issue with humans. Since your anxiety already might cause some bubbling in your stomach, it’s best to avoid foods that can double up on that methane output, such as beans, cabbage, garlic, broccoli, turnips and the majority of dairy products. While they may not make you gassy right then and there at dinner, they certainly will at a later time that might be ridiculously inconvenient for you, if you catch my drift. Thankfully I have no harrowing experiences with this, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’ve cut it pretty close before (pun intended).

Pick A Regular Spot

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Going out to a cool new place could be fun, especially if it’s a place neither of you have been to before. Jumping into a mystery together can certainly be great a way to bond. Despite all of this, you should still avoid going to a new spot on the first date. It’s a dangerous game to play, especially if you or your date have any dietary restrictions or specific eating habits based on ethical or religious reasons, something you might not even know until it’s too late and you’re sitting at Lucille’s Barbecue with a vegan.

Follow these rules and you should be in good shape for your second date. Just don’t ask me what to do for those, that’s a completely different ball game.

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When Her Grandmother Was Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s, She Created This Brilliant Dining Set

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When designer Sha Yao’s late grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, the young designer felt helpless and wanted to do more for her loved one. Yao spent time volunteering in senior care facilities that care for patients of Alzheimers and other impairing conditions.

Her time volunteering led her to create the Eat Well dining set.

The purpose of the Eat Well set is to increase food intake, maintain dignity for those using the product and make caring burdens as easy as possible.

Eat Well boasts 20 features in a set. This includes user-friendly designs that make scooping food as easy as possible, spill-proof cups and bright colors to help increase appetites.

The set is fully-funded on Indigogo and can be pre-ordered now.

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45 Members Of ISIS Die From Food Poisoning After Breaking Ramadan Fast

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A seemingly normal dinner took an unexpected turn for Isis members when 45 died from food poisoning. Metro reports that about 145 people took part in eating iftar, known as the meal that breaks the daily Ramadan fast.

Of the 145 diners, 45 succumbed to food poisoning and died.

While it’s still not clear if the poisoning was intentional or unintentinoal, it was reported that a similar incident occurred last year. Then, the Free Syrian Army snuck into an Isis camp pretending to be chefs and poisoned the food. Ten members of Isis were killed.

Since more than half the attendees walked away, it’s likely that only a few select dishes or drinks were tainted.

Photo: Metro/Twitter

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A Terminal-By-Terminal Guide To Eating At LAX

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Airports are magical places. No, not because of the giant flying vehicles that allow people to travel across the world at tremendous speeds. They stopped calling that magic years ago. Rather, it’s that they’re meeting grounds for loved ones and adventure seekers all looking for their place in the world.

However, traveling cannot be done on an empty stomach.

This is why we went through all the terminals at Los Angeles International Airport to find the most delicious and drool-worthy menu items you should try. Whether it’s before boarding or after a long, exhausting flight, the airport dining experience is detrimental. So when there’s good food to be had, you really need to know where to find it.

Also, there’s booze. Booze everywhere.

Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese

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Who: Ford’s Filling Station

What: With a name like Ford’s Filling Station, you’d better believe travelers will expect to leave with a belly full of fuel. The Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese is a perfect combination of savory…and savory. You’ll probably still feel it resting comfortable in your stomach, miles into the air.

Where: Terminal 5

Spanish Omelet

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Who: bld (Breakfast Lunch Dinner)

What: If you’re in the mood for a rustic breakfast, Breakfast Lunch Dinner should do the trick. The Spanish Omelet is stuffed with chorizo, fingerling potatoes, roasted piquillo peppers, paprika, and manchego cheese, and it’s served with herb-roasted potatoes and choice of bread.

Where: Terminal 7

Pastrami Sandwich

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Who: Cole’s

What: Nothing goes better with a nice tall glass of beer like a hearty Pastrami Sandwich. Stacked with a generous amount of cured meat, the sammich is served with a pickle spear bar side.

Where: Terminal 4

Champagne and Caviar

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Who: Petrossian Caviar & Champagne Bar

What: Feeling fancy? You’re already in the international terminal, why not indulge yourselves further with some champagne and caviar? Served with crackers and other hors d’oeuvres, it’ll be a light snack to tide you over until your in-flight meal.

Where: Tom Bradley International Terminal

Macarons

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Who: La Provence Patisserie and Cafe

What: If you’re looking for a last-minute gift, look no further than a box of assorted macarons. These colorful pastries, albeit pricey, will definitely bring a smile to the recipient’s face. Or you can just buy a box for yourself and eat them while you’re waiting for luggage.

Where: Terminal 4

Tacos

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Who: Loteria! Grill

What: Tacos galore. Perfect for someone looking for a quick, light and savory meal. Includes different styles of pork, beef, chicken and veggies prepared in savory marinades and salsas. Order them in singles, pairs or platters.

Where: Terminal 5

Pizza

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Who: 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

What: Travelers can choose from a pre-designed pizza, like the classic Margarita, or build their own from 800 Degree’s list of toppings and sauces. Either way, the pizzas should put you in a comfortable slumber for the majority of your flight or the car ride from the airport.

Where: Tom Bradley International Terminal

Veggie Bowls

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Who: Real Food Daily

What: The LAX and Pasa[dena] Bowls. The Pasa bowl features quinoa, club seitan and mixed veggies over a bed of rice. The LAX Bowl boasts black beans, jalapeño cashew cheese, guacamole and a lime-cilantro dressing over brown rice. A perfect spot for vegetarians, vegans and anyone looking for a healthy meal before flying.

Where: Terminal 4

Lemonade

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Who: Lemonade

What: Lemons. Water. Sugar. Who would have thought that three simple ingredients could become a beverage popular enough to open a restaurant around? With tons of stores all over California, and one in the Middle East, Lemonade is a light pit stop through the terminal. They don’t just have lemonade either, food can also be found.

Where: Terminal 5

LAX Burger (Umami)

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Who: Umami Burger

What: An Umami Burger with port-caramelized onions and a Stilton blue cheese spread. Greasy, juicy, savory. That’s pretty much all you need to know here.

Where: Tom Bradley International Terminal

Chicken and Waffles

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Who: Engine Co. No. 28

What: An insanely crispy piece of chicken thrown on top of a savory Belgian waffle. While Engine Co. doses the sucker with a special sausage country gravy, don’t let that deter you from drowning it in maple syrup as well. They also serve some chili that’s pretty fire, although you might want to pass on that if you’re in for a long flight.

Where: Terminal 8

Corned Beef Hash

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Who: Campanile

What: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Corned beef hash is one of the most under-appreciated breakfast foods out there. You got your savory potatoes, deliciously salty corned beef and a shamefully yolky poached egg.

Where: Terminal 4

Steak

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Who: B Grill by BOA Steakhouse

What: There’s nothing better than a nice, juicy, well-seasoned steak. If you call yourself steakhouse, you better believe people are you going to expect a great steak. Needless to say, B Grill delivers, even with the high-speed expectations of diners running late for flights. Their BOA Burger is pretty legit, also.

Where: Terminal 7

Breakfast Pizza

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Who: Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill

What: Our two favorite foods: breakfast and pizza. Breakfast pizzas will always hold a magical place in our hearts. Sammy’s boasts two morning pies on their menu, one featuring sausage, mushrooms and eggs, and the other, bacon, cheddar and eggs.

Where: Terminal 4

Philly Cheesesteak

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Who: Rolling Stone Bar & Grill

What: Comfort food at its finest. Made with marinated beef, sauteed onions and melted provolone, Rolling Stone serves their Philly cheesesteak on a toasted bun topped with diced red and green peppers.

Where: Terminal 7

Cupcakes

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Who: Vanilla Bake Shop

What: Honey-roasted peanuts just can’t satisfy a sweet tooth like a cupcake can. Vanilla Bake Shop pretty much has it all: chocolates, macarons and cupcakes. We recommend trying a red velvet cupcake, or three.

Where: Tom Bradley International Terminal

Kogi Tacos & Quesadilla

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Who: Kogi

What: You would think the last place you’d find a Kogi truck would be smack dab in the middle of an airport. Yet, here we are. Nestled in the heart of Terminal 4, Kogi recreated an authentic truck serving the same fusion foods you find on the streets. A wild Roy Choi may occasionally appear.

Where: Terminal 4

The LAX Burger (The Counter)

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Who: The Counter

What: Yep, another LAX Burger. This burger, however, features quite a few more toppings than its Umami counterpart. Stacked with onion confit, sauteed mushrooms, horseradish aioli and a brioche bun, the burger boasts a hormone- and antibiotic-free beef patty.

Where: Terminal 7

Fish Tacos

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Who: Slapfish

What: A cajun rubbed fish taco for those craving some seafood before some quick globe-trotting. The tacos are topped with cabbage and a tangy tartar sauce. Though if you’re gonna cross the ocean, you might want to ease up on that sauce.

Where: Terminal 2

Stinky Fries

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Who: Sea Legs

What: Fries drenched in a three-cheese garlic fondue. It’s topped with shaved parmesan and truffle oil. Just remember to pop a mint before boarding, cause you’ll probably devour these.

Where: Terminal 2

The LAXisHappening website also features terminal-specfic information on all the restaurants availibable at whatever terminal you’re in.

Photos by Peter Pham. Cover image photographed by Brian Yamamoto

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Beautiful Cutlery and Dishes Designed for Adults with Cerebral Palsy

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Ting-Yin Yeh and I-Ting Chan are two designers who have come up with a truly thoughtful culinary invention — dinnerware that makes social dining easier for adults with cerebral palsy.

The set is called Benefeat, and it’s composed of five parts — a slanted bowl for easier scooping, an inclined plate, an adjustable spoon, a cup with a straw and a non-slip place-mat. Each piece also features easily-grippable material.

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These calculated designs are not only thoughtful, but also extremely user-friendly. Benefeat directly caters to cerebral palsy patients’ specific needs, allowing for easier and more independent dining and decreasing the likelihood of users spilling food or drink.

Benefeat won a much-deserved Red Dot Award this year in design concept.

H/T Design Taxi + Picthx Yanko Design