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    It’s a true story, my friends. Everyone’s favorite Italian chain restaurant is offering parents a night off from wrestling their little ones into clunky wooden high chairs and flagging down the waiter because someone’s milk spilled.

    Olive Garden is teaming up with 145 My Gym locations for this strange, wonderful, and brilliant promotion they’re aptly calling Parent’s Night Out. They’re doing it specifically to promote their two-for-$25 dinner menu, but invite parents to order off the regular menu too.

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    At last, a major pizza chain has seen the light: It's all about the slice. Pizza Hut will sell pizza by the slice! And those slices will be made from a new, thin-crust recipe. Now you can order pizza the way we New Yorkers do, one slice at a time. This will enable you to eat it the proper way, which is folded up with one hand, most often while standing or running to pick up your dry cleaning. America, this is a glorious day for pizza indeed. It's -- oh wait, there's a catch. Oh dear...

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    If you'd like to eat out on Christmas day, you actually have a lot of options. Your favorite restaurant may not be open, but several chain restaurants are open for business on December 25. The following restaurants have confirmed that most of their locations are open, but it's always a good idea to call ahead just to be sure. 

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    Growing up, I remember dinners at Red Lobster as such a treat. For a middle class, middle-American family like ours, it always marked a special occasion. Well, recent news means it could be the end of an era for fans of the chain. Red Lobster could be closing all of its 705 locations, and it looks like Olive Garden (owned by the same parent company) won't be opening up any new restaurants in the near future. That means one sad fact for millions of families:

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    So, you're minding your own business, eating a hamburger and some fries, when suddenly there's a warm breeze. The air feels different. You see golden glitter swirling around. And then you see them: Kimye. Yes, people. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were spotted at a Wendy's in Philadelphia over the weekend. And someone snapped the two and posted it via Twitter because they knew we'd want to see it. Kanye is staring studiously at a French fry while Kim taps away at her phone.

    I've got to ask: What is that like, exactly? What's it like to witness Kim and Kanye eating lunch right in front of you? I wonder ...

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    I'm sure health is the first thing on your mind when you order fast food, right? No? Oh, well... I'll tell you today's big food news anyway. Burger King has just introduced it's new, "healthier" French fry, called "Satisfries." (GET IT???) They're krinkle-cut, they have 30 percent less fat, they have 20 fewer calories, and they cost 20 to 30 cents more than the original fries. Naturally we had to give them a try to see how they hold up against regular fries, so we conducted our own informal taste test here at CafeMom.

     

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    Is your sweet tooth all sugared out? Ready to try the next big food trend that some are saying may replace the coveted cronut?

    Say hello to the pizzaburger: a bacon cheeseburger wrapped in a pepperoni pizza, baked in the oven like a calzone, and then topped with just enough lettuce, tomato, and pickle to make you fool yourself into believing you're eating something healthy (okay, maybe not).

    The pizzaburger was conceived by popular chain Boston's Restaurant and Sports Bar and has apparently taken off across Canada. 

    It contains a whopping 1,360 calories and 2,000 milligrams of sodium. So, yeah, Diet Coke sales at Boston's may just rocket in the next few months. 

    On its surface, the pizzaburger seems to have what it takes to stand beside the cronut, but given how rapidly foods trends come and go, is it special enough? 

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    Do not come between a woman and her dinner. Three defendants have been named in a case where a Red Lobster waitress found herself on the receiving end of a major beat-down. That's right -- a poor, innocent waitress just doing her job was attacked by her customers. What did she do to make them think violence was an option? She brought them broiled fish instead of fried fish. That's right: the order was wrong.

    The craziest part of this story (and there are many crazy parts) isn't even that such a large group of women decided to assault the waitress for a harmless oversight. It's that they didn't even beat up the waitress who was responsible for taking their order! 

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    You know you want to go out for dinner, that's the easy part. Now the tough questions -- where do you want to go? What are you in the mood for? And what are you going to pick once you've got a menu in hand? A person can get overwhelmed with options when it comes to going out to eat. There are so many restaurants offering so many different types of food. But if you know where you to look, you can find places that make it their mission to do one thing and do it well.

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    Have you taken a close look at Wendy's new logo? It's been out for almost a year, and there's one little detail that's got people arguing: The ruffles in Wendy's collar seem to spell out "MOM." Is this a secret message to moms and kids or just a crazy coincidence? Wendy's claims the "MOM" design is unintentional. "We are aware of this and find it interesting that it appears our Wendy cameo has 'mom' on her ruffled collar. We can assure you it was unintentional," a spokesperson told The Huffington Post.

    Well ... even if it was unintentional, it's kind of perfect, isn't it? I mean, with all the effort Wendy's is going through trying to make healthier menu options, it sure doesn't hurt to have the word "Mom" flashing on their logo.

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