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Day: March 28, 2020

McDonald’s of the Future – Are You Lovin’ it?

The journey from restaurants to fast-food has been an interesting one. Americans now spend more money on fast food than on personal computers, computer software, or new cars – combined. McDonald’s is a household name. However, McDonald’s will/has hit a wall. Population US population is growing at a less than 1% growth. Lesser future stomachs. […]

Why Restaurants Got So Loud and Why it Makes Sense

I read an interesting article in the Atlantic about how restaurants got loud and this is an additional perspective over it. Atlantic Article tl;dr Restaurants are loud because architects do not want it to be quiet. Fashionable minimalism leads to lower maintenance and higher revenue. My Addition Restaurants have come a long, long way in its current […]

The Feast of the Seven Fishes – Decoded

We had an Italian guest on OpenOut and asking them about The Feast of the Seven Fishes got them bewildered. What we believed to be Italian, by hearsay, was something they had never heard. A conversation and follow-up research made us realise so much about Italian food and culture that we had to put this […]

The Chinese New Year – Origins and Mythology

If the greatness of a culture can often be found in the festivals, then this is the gateway to China. The Chinese New Year. Origins of the Chinese New Year A land full of mythical beasts and cultures, the story is a fascinating one. Tales and legends take us thousands of centuries back to the […]

Why You Should Eat Alone – A Table for One

Scared to eat alone? Wondering what others will think of it? In the 1984 film, “The Lonely Guy”, Steve Martin enters a bustling restaurant and asks for a table. “For how many?” asks the captain, “I’m alone,” he replies, “Alone?” — and suddenly the entire restaurant pauses and looks at him. After a prolonged silence […]

Dining Out – History – P2

In the History of dining out, we saw why ‘restaurant’ in the modern sense is a French concept, now adapted globally. In this part, we see how geopolitical forces resulted in food culture and dining, getting Americanized. As always, things start far aback. Three centuries back. 18th Century Industrial Revolution (1760’s to the 1840’s) Transformed production and […]

Dining Out – History – P1

This post is an attempt to create a timeline of dining. This will be split into two parts – this, right here, and this. 6th century B.C Record of a public dining place in Ancient Egypt which shows a limited menu — only one dish was served, consisting of cereal, wildfowl, and onion. 8th to […]

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