A Century of Meat


The New York Times has created a chart that illustrates changing meat-eating habits among Americans over the past century. Chicken, as you can see illustrated by the black line, is steadily on the rise, whereas consumption of lamb and veal (illustrated in shades of grey) has dropped to virtually nothing.

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Free Papa John’s Pizza


Any Facebook user who becomes a “fan” of the official Papa John’s page will receive an online redemption code for a free medium pizza with any online pizza order.

“For our customers who already love Papa John’s, a free pizza is simply our way of saying thank you for their loyalty,” says Jim Ensign, Papa John’s vice president, marketing communications. “And for those people who aren’t as familiar with Papa John’s and our belief that better ingredients make a better pizza, we invite them to see–and taste–the difference with this special offer.”

In addition to offering a free pizza to its new fans, Papa John’s will provide the same offer to the more than 10,000 Facebook users who are already fans of the brand. And while the free medium pizza with any online pizza order can only be redeemed once, Papa John’s Facebook fans should expect to receive regular exclusive offers.

Note: This Facebook offer is available only in the US.

National Cheesecake Day


On Wednesday, July 30, 2008 Cheesecake Factory restaurants nationwide will offer over 30 varieties of cheesecake for $1.50 per slice – just like they did when the first Cheesecake Fatory restaurant opened in 1978.

Wednesday, July 30 is also National Cheesecake Day.  So, come enjoy cheesecake for $1.50 per slice at the Cheesecake Factory on National Cheesecake Day!

An All Glass Undersea Restaurant


Want to dine with the fishes?  April 15 marked the two year anniversary of Ithaa, the first all-glass undersea restaurant at the Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa. The restaurant sits sixteen feet (five meters) below the waves of the Indian Ocean, surrounded by a vibrant coral reef and encased in clear acrylic offering diners 270-degrees of panoramic underwater views. (Wet your appetite with their lunch and dinner menus.)

“We have used aquarium technology to put diners face-to-face with the stunning underwater environment of the Maldives”, says Carsten Schieck, General Manager of Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa. “Our guests always comment on being blown away by the color, clarity, and beauty of the underwater world in the Maldives, so it seemed the perfect idea to build a restaurant where diners can experience fine cuisine and take time to enjoy the views – without ever getting their feet wet.”

Created by MJ Murphy Ltd, a design consultancy based in  New Zealand, Ithaa’s distinctive feature is the use of curved transparent acrylic walls and roof, similar to those used in aquarium attractions. “The fact that the entire restaurant except for the floor is made of clear acrylic makes this unique in the world,” continues Schieck, “We are currently planting a coral garden on the reef to add to  the spectacular views of the rays, sharks and many colorful fish that live around the area.”