Food Writer's Diary http://nrn.com/blog/64531/feed Food Writer's Diary is a blog written by Bret Thorn, senior food editor of Nation’s Restaurant News, which covers culinary trends and his adventures. en Crawling for pork in Puerto Rico http://nrn.com/blog/crawling-pork-puerto-rico <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I don&rsquo;t agree with work-life balance.</p> <p>I mean, I think it can be done, and it might even be desirable for some people, but I doubt you can be at the top of your game if your main focus is on balancing work and play. I doubt Fortune 500 CEOs got their jobs by working 8-hour days and then hanging out with friends and family and making sure they attended every little league game and dance recital.&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/food-writers-diary">Food Writer&#039;s Diary</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/crawling-pork-puerto-rico" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/crawling-pork-puerto-rico#comments Food Writer&#039;s Diary Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:42:00 +0000 117681 at http://nrn.com Could the next Sriracha sauce be Tabasco? http://nrn.com/blog/could-next-sriracha-sauce-be-tabasco <div class="node-body blog-body">McIlhenny Company hung its had on a single condiment for more than 125 years, but now it’s considering jumping on the Sriracha bandwagon.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/food-writers-diary">Food Writer&#039;s Diary</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/could-next-sriracha-sauce-be-tabasco" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/could-next-sriracha-sauce-be-tabasco#comments Food Writer&#039;s Diary Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:42:00 +0000 117191 at http://nrn.com The Starbucksification of Dunkin’ Donuts http://nrn.com/blog/starbucksification-dunkin-donuts <div class="node-body blog-body">Brand introducs new products, and espoused philosophies, that seem to align it more with a western American audience</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/food-writers-diary">Food Writer&#039;s Diary</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/starbucksification-dunkin-donuts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/starbucksification-dunkin-donuts#comments Food Writer&#039;s Diary Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:22:00 +0000 116101 at http://nrn.com The latest quick service trend: fancy parties http://nrn.com/blog/latest-quick-service-trend-fancy-parties <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Here&rsquo;s a trend in quick service restaurants that I haven&#39;t written much about yet: Throwing parties in New York City to launch new menu items.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s a fairly new phenomenon, and it&#39;s happening with increasing frequency.</p> <p>One of the first ones I remember going to was a breakfast at a local Burger King in 2010, when the chain launched several new breakfast items, including a ciabatta breakfast sandwich and pancakes.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/food-writers-diary">Food Writer&#039;s Diary</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/latest-quick-service-trend-fancy-parties" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/latest-quick-service-trend-fancy-parties#comments Food Writer&#039;s Diary Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:53:00 +0000 112771 at http://nrn.com Aspen post-mortem http://nrn.com/blog/aspen-post-mortem <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><span style="font-size: 13px;"><img alt="" src="/site-files/nrn.com/files/uploads/2014/07/Bret%20Thorn%20in%20Aspen_3.png" style="width: 400px; height: 533px; margin: 2px; float: left;" title="It's hard to find a bad view in Aspen" />Many regular attendees of the Food &amp; Wine Classic in Aspen love the event to an extent that borders on fanaticism.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;Isn&rsquo;t this amazing?&rdquo; they ask me as they stand in the crisp, sun-drenched air, generally drinking something with alcohol in it.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/food-writers-diary">Food Writer&#039;s Diary</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/aspen-post-mortem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/aspen-post-mortem#comments Food Writer&#039;s Diary Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:55:00 +0000 110441 at http://nrn.com Reflections on the Menus of Change conference http://nrn.com/blog/reflections-menus-change-conference <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I&rsquo;ve spent the past five days in the Boston area, getting my fill of omega-3 fatty acids and lean marine protein, and listening to how we can save the world by convincing people to eat differently.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/food-writers-diary">Food Writer&#039;s Diary</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/reflections-menus-change-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/reflections-menus-change-conference#comments Food Writer&#039;s Diary Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:21:00 +0000 108381 at http://nrn.com You have some cricket on your teeth http://nrn.com/blog/you-have-some-cricket-your-teeth <div class="node-body blog-body">Americans have a visceral aversion to eating insects, but there are indications that that’s changing a little bit.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/food-writers-diary">Food Writer&#039;s Diary</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/you-have-some-cricket-your-teeth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/you-have-some-cricket-your-teeth#comments Food Writer&#039;s Diary Thu, 29 May 2014 20:37:00 +0000 107561 at http://nrn.com Beard Awards moving to Chicago, and that seems fine with most people http://nrn.com/blog/beard-awards-moving-chicago-and-seems-fine-most-people <div class="node-body blog-body">But the move represents a more long-term shift in the balance of power in the restaurant world</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/food-writers-diary">Food Writer&#039;s Diary</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/beard-awards-moving-chicago-and-seems-fine-most-people" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/beard-awards-moving-chicago-and-seems-fine-most-people#comments Food Writer&#039;s Diary Thu, 22 May 2014 21:48:00 +0000 107201 at http://nrn.com My favorite product at the National Restaurant Show http://nrn.com/blog/my-favorite-product-national-restaurant-show <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/nrn.com/files/uploads/2014/05/uploads/2014/05/arkay.png" style="width: 619px; height: 355px; float: left;" />I enjoy drinking alcohol, but it&#39;s not for everyone or every occasion, obviously. Of course there are many options out there for non-drinkers, from sodas, juices, coffees and teas to the horribly named mocktails (who are you mocking, and why?).</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/food-writers-diary">Food Writer&#039;s Diary</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/my-favorite-product-national-restaurant-show" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/my-favorite-product-national-restaurant-show#comments Food Writer&#039;s Diary Mon, 19 May 2014 19:40:00 +0000 106881 at http://nrn.com Soylent Beige http://nrn.com/blog/soylent-beige <div class="node-body blog-body">For every trend there’s a counter trend...</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/food-writers-diary">Food Writer&#039;s Diary</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/soylent-beige" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/soylent-beige#comments Food Writer&#039;s Diary Wed, 14 May 2014 23:17:00 +0000 106571 at http://nrn.com