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2008-10-08 12:00:23

TELEVISION advertisements for a fruit drink depicting a girl running away from home with her new boyfriend were "offensive" and "irresponsible", a watchdog ruled today. The two American road movie-style ads for Oasis featured the Cactus Kid character and carried the slogan: "For people who don't like water." In the first, the young female voice-over questioned her "mom's" ideas about right and wrong. She was then shown touching her stomach, prompting a bad reaction by her mother to her...

2008-10-08 09:00:31

Diners Club International, a business unit of Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS), today announced the opening of 18 new cardholder club lounges at 14 airport locations in the United Kingdom. The addition of these new lounges now brings the total of Diners Club airport lounges to 123 worldwide. All 18 Diners Club U.K. lounges are currently open and accessible to Diners Club's more than 6.5 million cardholders at the following airport locations in England: Birmingham; Bristol;...

2008-10-03 18:00:13

By Dan Macdonald With Wall Street crumbling all around me, I made a fiscal discovery during a recent weekend in New York City that applies to good ol' J-Ville. Diners can eat better there for the same money we spend here. My wife, Judy, had business in the city and I went up later in the week to spend the weekend. The most expensive part of a New York visit is getting there and finding a place to stay. The rewards points from my wife's many business trips made the mini-vacation...

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2008-10-03 10:10:00

When dining at Chinese buffets, overweight individuals serve themselves and eat differently than normal weight individuals. This may lead them to overeat, according to a recent study by Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab. Compared to normal weight diners, overweight individuals sat 16 feet closer to the buffet, faced the food, used larger plates, ate with forks instead of chopsticks, and served themselves immediately instead of browsing the buffet. "What's crazy is that these people are...

2008-10-01 09:00:22

Former Western Branch landmark Cosmos Diner is at its new home in Moneta at Smith Mountain Lake in western Virginia. Soon to be the diner part of Mayberry Drive-In and Diner, the structure was trucked across the state from Chesapeake. The project is the brainchild of Bob Craig and Kathy Gentry, who moved from the Winston-Salem, N.C., area a year ago after buying a second home at Smith Mountain Lake. They saw the need for commercial growth, especially on the Bedford County side of the lake,...

2008-09-24 15:00:35

By Geoffrey Macnab Gender scene Mickey Rourke puts his pecker in the popcorn in Barry Levinson's 'Diner' (1982) Men are beasts. They want only one thing and they'll lie and cheat to get it. Women are sweet-natured, romantic and fiercely protective of their virtue. This, at least, is the theory of the battle between the sexes advanced in countless US teen movies from the 1950s onward. Of course, the generalisations don't really add up. The predatory, leather-clad rebel on the...

2008-09-17 09:00:28

With the current economic conditions affecting consumer dining habits, restaurants, bars, and clubs across the United States and Canada are looking to Rewards Network (NASDAQ: DINE) -- a leading provider of targeted email and web marketing to millions of frequent diners -- to deliver value to existing customers, attract new customers, and keep customers coming back. According to a recent survey of dining habits by Rewards Network, 75 percent of respondents said that, given the current...

2008-09-03 03:00:11

All-you-can-eat is less than you can carry The University of Virginia and Virginia Tech are among the growing list of colleges ditching cafeteria trays. Tech stowed the trays this summer at its all-you-can-eat dining centers and found food waste dropped 38 percent. Tech's energy and sustainability coordinator Denny Cochrane told the Times Dispatch that not having to wash the trays also saved water and electricity. This fall, UVa is taking the trays out of dining halls. The movement came...

2008-08-21 18:00:25

By Sion Barry AN ONLINE restaurant marketing concept is being launched next month aimed at giving customers greater information on eateries. The website, Whatsforfood. com, has been designed for the hospitality industry to help restaurants attract customers who enjoy dining out and improve customer loyalty. Ospreys rugby player Steve Tandy and business partners Ian and Neil Vaughan have developed the site to bring together Welsh restaurants and diners in one place on the web. The...

2008-08-07 09:00:39

Hollywood filmmaker Barry Levinson reportedly is planning to bring Pete Dexter's 1950s-set mystery novel "Train" to the big screen. Levinson's film credits include "Diner,""Good Morning, Vietnam" and "Liberty Heights." His movie "What Just Happened?" screened at the Cannes Film Festival this spring. The Hollywood Reporter said Levinson is to direct "Train," while "Resurrecting the Champ" author Allison Burnett writes the screenplay. The book explores themes of city politics and racism...