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This Wine 101 Series of Charts Will Have You Looking Like An Expert [INFOGRAPHIC]

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner or you may have gotten a great bottle as a gift recently. Either way, it’s probably time to hone up on your wine skills. Thankfully, the good folks at Ship It Appliances have got you covered. These handy infographics will outline which food matches with which wine, which glass to use, and will even state why you should have your reds in a fridge.

Choosing the right wine is easier if you’re pairing it with food. Very dry white wines match well with fish and white meat as do rose wines. Sweet white wines and dessert wines match with many cheeses and dessert. A light red wine should be matched with cheese or white meat, while full-bodied reds should generally be paired with red meats.

As for glasses, most people aren’t that picky, but you want to serve wine properly. Reds should be served in a glass with a large bowl so the aromas can be released, while whites, a glass with a smaller bowl, to trap the aromas.

So, how should you hold a wine glass? You don’t want your white to get too warm or vice versa. The best way to hold a wine glass is by the stem. If you hold it by the bowl, your hand will warm the wine.

Wine, like good whiskey, shouldn’t be filled to the brim. White wines should be poured halfway, a glass of sparkling wine should be three quarters full, and a glass of red wine, just a third full.

As a general rule, white wines are served chilled and red wines at room temperature. For sweet and sparkling wines, you should be served much cooler than full-bodied whites. The idea that red wines should be served at room temperature came about before central heating, so that the average home was likely much cooler then than it is today. If you want to ensure your wines are always served at the ideal temperature, it’s well worth investing in a wine cooler.

Finally, both red and white wines vary in sweetness, from the bone dry to the super sweet. Here’s a chart to determine the sweetness of wine.


10 Things People Should Stop Saying to Vegetarians


Twenty years ago, I became a vegetarian at the ripe age of 10. Over the years, whether at school, work, or a party, my diet has come up and people say the same exact things. Now, enough is enough and there are 10 things I’d love to stop hearing.

“Don’t you miss meat?”

I wasn’t kidnapped and forced into vegetarianism like some weirdo cult. I miss being able to look at menus in full, sure, but I certainly don’t miss eating meat. That’s why I dedicated my life to avoiding meat, which is why we’re having this conversation in the first place. Keep up.

“I could never give up meat. It’s so delicious.”

Then, don’t. Did you think you’d be forced to take on my lifestyle? I’m aware meat is generally terrific to eat. Almost every restaurant seems to serve it. But to me, that’s a dead carcass you just slammed on the table, you maniac.

“But that’s why animals are here.”

OK, you’re making an insane leap in logic, since that’s assuming I believe in a god, which I don’t. I don’t think animals were put here to be corralled, hucked into a shredder, and then have their severed bodies served up like edible inanimate objects. Also, do you really wanna have a Bible debate in this casual conversation?

“Would you eat meat if…?”

This isn’t a game show. This set of beliefs is the closest thing I have to a religion. Does your Meat Militia award you a medal for every vegetarian you get to admit they’d eat meat in a hypothetical? Bruh, if we were stranded in the mountains, I’d eat you before some animal. At least the animal doesn’t ask me dumb questions.


“How is it all that different from eating plants?”

This one takes some gusto to ask, because it makes me think you have a learning disability. Have you ever looked at a head of lettuce and a cow and thought, “Oh, they’re practically the same thing?” Like you really care about those “poor onions;” you just ate the body of someone’s mom.

“What would you do if I tricked you into eating meat?”

Honestly, we’d stop being friends. I’m not kidding. That’s the end. Also, what kind of casual lunatic threat is this anyway? What sort of oddball villainous crap are you into?

“How do you get protein?”

Dude, meat is not the only source of protein in the world. I’m 6’4”. I obviously figured out how to get protein. Even if this is an honest question, I’ve answered it at least 100 times and it always sounds like you don’t trust me to take care of myself.

“As long as you’re not a vegan. Ugh.”

Meateaters, as a whole, are way more “this should be your lifestyle” than vegans. Sure, it’s a numbers game, but I’ve had one conversation another with carnivores where, within minutes, they complain about the preachiness of vegans (usually based off the internet) and then lecture me about vegetarianism. Your lack of self-awareness is disturbing.


“We can’t go there because of the vegetarian. *eye roll*”

First off, it’s 2015. I can find a tasty salad almost anywhere, and it’s likely they have several dishes dedicated to vegetarians anyway. Secondly, that restaurant isn’t going anywhere. You can probably eat there another night. Third, you’re being so obnoxious.

“There’s meat in it! *snicker*”

This. Stupid. Joke. I’ve heard it from day one. “Don’t eat that bread. It has meat in it!” Oh, damn, did some edgy comedian just step into the room with a joke I heard entire playgrounds make back in the ‘90s? Cool. Tell me a redneck joke while we’re here basking in your hilarity.


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


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.


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


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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The Only Sushi Cheat Sheet You’ll Ever Need [Infographic]

Unless you’re an expert for aficionado, sushi can be scary. With so many options to choose from, it can be overwhelming trying to decide what kind of sushi to try first.

Take Lessons created a sushi cheat sheet that details all the popular rolls, ingredients and etiquettes. Customers can now have an idea of what’s appropriate or inappropriate when dining at an authentic sushi restaurant. They even threw popular sushi-centric vocabulary for those interested in immersing themselves.

Check out the graphic below.



Image: Take Lessons


Food Pho Pas: 23 Simple Things You’re Doing Wrong While Eating Asian Food


Asian nations have rich histories of eating etiquette that most Americans are oblivious to, as we’re all too busy reading World Books about how General Tso made that delicious chicken he totally invented.

To help guide you through the confusing world of Eastern cuisines, we asked all sorts of experts to share the most commonly seen Asian restaurant faux pas. And for those so clueless they also don’t know how to act in steakhouses or pizza places, we’ve got more unforgivable food no-nos right here.



Sticking your chopsticks straight up in a bowl of noodles or rice is taboo in most every country in Asia — it symbolizes either death/stabbing in China, and piercing one’s soul in Japan (via Nguyen Tran, Starry Kitchen).

Not all Asians are Japanese — you don’t need to bow. (via Maharlika)


Don’t ask for chopsticks — not all Asians eat with them. (via Maharlika)


Chopsticks are for noodle dishes only. Eating a Thai curry with chopsticks is just too logistically complicated. (via Austin Bush)



Never tap your bowl with chopsticks — it’s how the homeless ask for food.

When eating dim sum, if someone pours you tea, always tap three fingers on the table as a sign of gratitude.

Don’t pour soy sauce on fried rice, because it’s already been seasoned.

It’s considered rude to take food from a shared dish and put it immediately in your mouth.

When eating a whole fish, don’t flip it over, as that symbolizes the capsizing of a boat. (via Jimmy Lee, Mikado)

When eating family-style and without a serving utensil, pick up food with the opposite end of your chopsticks; otherwise, you’re essentially double-dipping. (via Nguyen Tran, Starry Kitchen)



Don’t slurp pho.

When eating pho, use the chopsticks to move your noodles into the soup spoon, then eat out of the spoon. (via Shion Aikawa, Ramen Tatsu-Ya)

The minute food hits the table, you should start eating, rather than waiting for everyone’s food to arrive. It’s considered rude to let it get cold. (via Nguyen Tran, Starry Kitchen)

Show respect to the person who spent hours brewing the broth and don’t squirt Sriracha or hoisin sauce into pho. It’s like putting ketchup in chicken noodle soup. (via Andrea Nguyen, Viet World Kitchen)


Don’t lift your bowl off the table and eat with the bowl in your hand.

Don’t ever blow your nose during a meal, even if it’s running like crazy.

Don’t ever receive a dish or glass with one hand; always use two or put your left hand under the wrist of the right. (via Beyond Kimchee)



Never eat nigiri in more than one bite. (via Deana Saukam, Qui)

Never pour your own sake.

Don’t put wasabi on nigiri, as there is already some between the fish and rice.

Don’t dip nigiri into soy sauce rice-side-down because it will compromise the structural integrity. (via Jimmy Lee, Mikado)

Don’t use chopsticks to eat nigiri — use your hands. (via Kome)

Ramen has been specifically crafted by the chef as a complete item — don’t customize it. (via Shion Aikawa, Ramen Tatsu-Ya)

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Owned: Restaurant Uses Twitter to Put Blown-Off Reservation Guests on Blast


You know how sometimes you’re trying to make a dinner reservation but the restaurant you wanted doesn’t take reservations and your second choice doesn’t have the time you want and you end up calling a bunch of different places and making a bunch of different reservations just to be safe? And eventually as the day goes on and you whittle down your choices, you finally settle on somewhere but forget to call everywhere else to let them know you’ve cancelled? Ah well, after waiting a good 30 minutes to an hour, they’re bound to get the message right?

Wrong. Like standing someone up on a date or constantly switching around your Facebook RSVP just days before a big event, promising to be at a restaurant at a certain time and not being there is not only rude, it’s f*cking annoying. Which is why the actions of this Los Angeles restaurant owner probably seem totally justified, at least to anyone who’s been there.

According to The Consumerist, Eater L.A. recently interviewed the owner of the Red Machine restaurant, “which has been using its Twitter account to call out people who make reservations but don’t have the courtesy to show up or call to cancel.”

“Invariably, the assholes who decide to no-show, or cancel 20 minutes before their reservation (because one of their friends made a reservation somewhere else) ruin restaurants (as a whole) for the people who make a reservation and do their best to honor it,” the owner told Eater. “Either restaurants are forced to overbook and make the guests (that actually showed up) wait, or they do what we do, turn away guests for some prime-time slots because they’re booked, and then have empty tables.”

Check out just some of the passive-aggressive, albeit funny, tweets below:


Of course, there’s always a brightside. I mean, at least they weren’t Instagramming.

H/T + PicThx Consumerist, This is Money


How to Eat Dinner Like a Lady (or Gentleman)

Attention all slovens: Are you one of those people who drinks wine straight out of the bottle and reuses the same bowl for every meal without washing it in between? Well, Gemma Correll’s cutesy illustrations may be of help. Here, she demonstrates proper dinner etiquette, for those times when courtesy (and actual cutlery) are required.

For the right way to sit in your chair, pretend as if a cat is in front of you and a mouse is behind you.

Just remember: BMW (bread, meal, water).

Never intercept a pass! Remember, hungry people can be angry people.


Once you’re finished with your meal, place your knife and fork diagonally facing the upper left part of the plate. Think of them as arms on a clock in the 11 – 5 position, also known as I’m-freaking-full o’clock.

Via Cup of Jo