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Dining Out Strengthens the Family Bond

One of the most traditional, even ancient ways of coming together is over a shared meal. It’s human nature. However, these days, kids schedules can be just as complicated as the ones for adults. After school activities, sports, meetings, and so on make it hard for everyone to stay on the same meal schedule. Extracurriculars aside, upon arriving home kids are often immediately consumed by a screen, whether they’re watching TV, playing video games, or on their phones. With all of that going on it can be hard for parents to figure out a way to work in a family dinner. If each member functions as an independent unit, connecting as a family becomes difficult. Dining out is a good way to bring your family together. It forces everyone out of their element and into a setting of social interaction. Enjoy Less Distraction When Dining Out Mealtime is family time. It may be hard to prevent your children from tuning out when eating at home, but when you’re dining out it becomes easier to set a technology boundary. Choose a restaurant without video games and avoid televisions. Set a limit on the use of cellphones or tablets for when the meal is completed, or exclude them entirely. By ensuring the limited distractions, you’re provided with a solid chunk of time…

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Healthy Dining – Going Out To Eat Doesn’t Have to be Bad for You

In today’s health conscious society, going out to eat has been getting a bad wrap. It is true that in the past, eating out usually wasn’t a healthy choice. Now most restaurants and even some fast food joints are offering healthier options and there are ways to eat out and still stick to a healthy diet. So go out to eat – healthy dining is possible. Healthy Dining Menus Many restaurants have added health conscious selections to their regular menus or have a healthy dining menu. The options usually include salads, low-fat options, grilled foods instead of fried and in some cases, smaller portions. Some restaurants have gone one step further, offering clean eating and gluten free options. The main objective of any eating establishment is to serve a delicious meal that everyone can enjoy. With so many people watching what they eat and following a healthy diet, adding calorie-conscious options and healthy dining menus make for guilt-free dining out. Create Your Own Healthy Dining Out When you go out to eat, if the restaurant doesn’t have a healthy dining menu, that doesn’t mean you can make healthy choices. There are still ways you can enjoy a health conscious meal. Portion Control One of the biggest challenges when dining out is not to over eat. Too often just telling yourself…

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Dining and Entertainment – A Great Night Out

It doesn’t matter if you’re in need of a date night or an outing to catch up with family and friends, an evening of dining and entertainment is a great way to make it happen. Date Night Dining together is the perfect time to reconnect and stay involved in the day to day events of each other’s lives. It’s a fairly well-established fact that mealtime is the perfect opportunity for this, but why go out? Why not do it at home? You can, but a night out makes it special and gives you something to look forward to. Don’t you want date night to be more than just take out food and a movie on Netflix? A night out of dining and entertainment can help keep the spark in your relationship. You’ll get out of your sweatpants and take a little extra effort in your appearance. Neither of you will be stuck over a hot stove after a long day at work and there won’t be any dispute about what’s for dinner. You can each order whatever you want. Date night should also be more than going out, grabbing a bite to eat and heading back home. Dining and entertainment are a great combination for date night. Going to a restaurant that offers entertainment will make for a complete night…

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Why Catering Your Next Event is a Good Idea

Whenever you are planning any type of event, social or business, there is always so much to do. Of course you will want to participate in your event as well as plan it, but that can be difficult if you spend most of it overseeing the all the details. Any task you can let someone else handle will free you up to enjoy your event. It is best to hire a catering service and leave the food preparation to the experts. Choosing the Menu This task can be almost as difficult as preparing all the food when hosting a large group. You will want to plan a menu that will appeal to everyone. A restaurant or service with catering expertise can help you create a selection of menu choices that will make it almost impossible for your guest not to find something they like. Most catering services will also be able to tailor some of their menu options to accommodate guests who may have special dietary needs, such as gluten free options. How Much Food Will You Need? How many people will be attending your event? 30 guests? 50 guests or more? When was the last time you cooked for that many people? You probably never have, right? This is another reason catering is the best option when it comes…

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Take Out Food – Great Reasons to Order Out

Who doesn’t love the convenience of take out food? We’ve all done it, some of us do it more often than others and we all have our own reasons for ordering take out. No matter what your reasons are, a large part of the food not prepared at home is take out. So why do we like to order out so much? Don’t Have to Cook This is probably the most common reason for ordering take out food. Nobody feels like cooking. You just got home, it’s been a long day and the last thing you feel like doing is spending an hour in the kitchen preparing a meal. It only take a few minutes to order out. Then you can spend your time relaxing, enjoying your meal and spending time with family or friends. Can’t Stand The Heat It’s not just a quaint saying especially in the heat of the summer. Turning on the stove, especially the oven, will contribute to heating up the house. No matter how much you crank up the air conditioning, you’ll still feel the heat. Very Little Clean Up Clean up is almost non-existent when you order take out food. Depending on what type of food you order, there maybe a plate or two and a few utensils, but other than that, all you…

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Dining Out – The Reasons We Like It

Everyone likes to go out to eat, right? Dining out is becoming increasingly popular these days. There are so many benefits to dining out beyond the obvious chore of cooking and cleaning up. Be Spontaneous Who hasn’t waited until the last minute to decide on what to make for dinner? Then, you realize you don’t have all the ingredients or the meat is still frozen. There’s not enough time for the meat to thaw or to run to the grocery store…..well….you might as well just go out to eat. There is a lot of prep and planning when it comes to making dinner at home. The planning actually begins with grocery shopping, with more planning and prep the day you are going to cook the meal. Some of us are not great planners, or when it comes time to make the meal we aren’t in the mood for what we’ve planned. Some people just can’t plan that far ahead, not deciding what they want for dinner until ten minutes before it’s time to eat. In that case, you’ll probably end up looking for an interesting restaurant rather than a recipe. Be Social When you dine out, eating becomes a social event. A meal is more enjoyable when shared with family and friends. With our busy schedules, it’s the perfect way…

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Gluten-Free Dining Out – May is Celiac Awareness Month

A genetic autoimmune disease, Celiac disease causes damage to the small intestine. This is part of the gut which digests and absorbs nutrients from food. When the small intestine is damaged, the rate of nutrient absorption from food is reduced. Celiac disease can affect people in many different ways and symptoms vary in severity. The treatment for celiac disease and gluten intolerance is simple. People who are affected must avoid foods that contain gluten and follow a gluten-free diet. Those who live with celiac disease or gluten intolerance can find it challenging to dine out. There are many articles with tips and advice on how to dine out gluten-free. What it really boils down to is knowing what you can eat and dining at an establishment that can provide it. Understand the Gluten-free Diet The first step to dining out successfully is to fully understand the gluten-free diet. You need to know what grains to avoid, the hidden sources of gluten and how to avoid cross-contact with gluten. The Celiac Disease Foundation offers great information to help take the mystery out of the gluten-free diet. Pick a Restaurant Offering Gluten-free Choices More and more restaurants are offering a gluten-free menu or at least a selection of gluten-free items to choose from.  A dining establishment may naturally serve organically gluten-free items, such…

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A Toms River Restaurant with Something for Everyone

Are you looking for a great place to eat that’s family friendly? We understand that taking the whole family out for a meal can sometimes be a challenge. You need to find a restaurant that offers something for everyone at an affordable price. The kids are fussy and don’t like to sit still for long. You sister is always watching what she eats, Mom has to follow a gluten free diet and Dad’s always in a hurry. Keeping the Kids Happy Eating out with the kids, especially the little ones can sometimes test your patience. Besides being very particular about what they will and won’t eat, they have a short attentions span. Sitting through an entire meal without getting up or fidgeting is almost impossible. Kids always take pride in something they make themselves and lunch or dinner is no different. We’ve come up with a way to help keep them occupied, get them to eat and may even allow the adults to relax a bit while enjoying their meal. At Tuscan Bistro Bar, a Toms River restaurant, we offer the kids the opportunity to make their own pizza. First they get to pick all of their favorite ingredients. Then they layer the crust with sauce, cheese and toppings to build their pizza. We pop it into the oven and…

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Spring Special Events at Tuscan Bistro Bar

April is filled with exciting events for the Toms River and Ocean County community! We look forward to you joining us for good food and fun! Bloody Mary Contest Are you a Bloody Mary aficionado?  Come out on April 24 for our Bloody Mary Contest to benefit the local PBA. Ten of the area’s top bartenders converge at Tuscan Bistro Bar to compete to create the best Bloody Mary. Help us determine the fan favorite! Tickets for the event go on sale April 11th. Your $20.00 admission fee will include a Bloody Mary and a T-Shirt (while supplies last). Part of the proceeds will go directly to our local PBA. The contest begins a 12pm. You’ll probably want something tasty to eat while enjoying your Bloody Mary. In addition to our regular menu, Breakfast Pizzas will be available to order from 12-1pm.   Salad in a Jar Party Sponsored by Tara D’Uva, Juice Plus Representative, the Bloody Mary Contest will be followed up by our Salad in a Jar Party. Bring your own mason jars, up to 5 16oz jars, and create your own Salad in a Jar from our complimentary salad bar. The Salad in a Jar Party is a great kick start to being your healthiest self this spring and summer. Along with all the food and fun,…

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Join Forces with Tuscan Bistro Bar and the Lakewood BlueClaws to Benefit the ALS Foundation

ALS Fundraiser at Tuscan Bistro Bar What could be better than a fun night out, great food, helping a worthy cause, all while having your meal served by the BlueClaws baseball team? On May 25th at 6pm Tuscan Bistro Bar will be hosting an ALS fundraiser. Buster, the BlueClaws mascot and the BlueClaws team members will be joining Tuscan in this event. Everyone will enjoy meeting Buster and your wait staff for the evening will be the BlueClaws team member. Of course they will be assisted by Tuscan’s expert staff. It’s an event that’s sure to be fun for the whole family. In addition to a great meal and the celebrity wait staff, you will be an active participant in raising funds for ALS research as well as the supporting those with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families. There will be a Silent Auction, a 50/50 Raffle and 100% of the evening’s tips go directly to the ALS Foundation. What is the ALS Foundation? Established in 1985, The ALS Association is a national non-profit organization leading the fight against Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Through a nationwide network of chapters, they lead the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS. The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. The…

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