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Tips for Mastering Restaurant Week from Ted Allen

This feature was produced in collaboration between Vox Creative and PEPCID Brand. Vox Media editorial staff was not involved in the creation or production of this content.

Food enthusiast, and Chopped and All-Star Academy host Ted Allen has made a career out of tasting, evaluating, and sharing new cuisines and dishes. Of course, exploring new flavors sometimes leads to heartburn, which is why Ted always keeps PEPCID® products close at hand.

It also means experimenting with the usually awesome, sometimes frustrating, always exciting phenomenon known as Restaurant Week, and more than once a year. Here are Ted's top five tips for navigating your city's next restaurant week:

1

How To Get a Reservation in a Popular Restaurant

How to get a reservation in a popular restaurant: Two weeks in advance, call (or, better yet, visit in person) around 3 p.m. when the restaurant isn't busy. Tell the host or manager that you're taking your boss, wife or girlfriend to dinner for an occasion, and that you need their help to impress him or her. If the host is accommodating and gets you a seat, get the host's phone number to thank them later. You're in!

2

Discovering new spots

Walking is the best way to get to know a city's restaurant scene. Every time I explore a new neighborhood — or even my own neighborhood — on foot, I find something new. I walk all the time, and add new restaurants to my "need to try" list on almost every jaunt.

3

Picture perfect lighting

Want to brag about your Restaurant Week experience but don't want to sell your amazing dish short? Two tips: Try to eat outside or near a window when it's light outside. Natural light produces the very best food shots; my last cookbook was shot entirely with natural light. Also, never use a flash. The harsh light and shadows never result in a good shot—and it's extremely annoying to other diners.

4

Ambience means a lot

It's not just the food that makes a culinary experience - the ambiance of a restaurant is just as much a part of it. When making a reservation, I often request a specific table near a window with a view, or at the chef's table so I can watch dishes come to life in the kitchen (to think people once thought of that as a bad table!). Calling ahead can ensure a spot as entertaining as the bites.

5

Late Meal Blues

Too many late night Restaurant Week experiences? The problem is, eating a late night meal right before bed can lead to heartburn - it's more likely to hit you if you're lying down. I've learned to cap off great late night meals by drinking a glass of water slowly, which gives my stomach time to get used to everything. If heartburn still strikes, I take PEPCID COMPLETETM - it lasts all night*, offering relief while I sleep.

To learn more about PEPCID® products, visit Pepcid.com.

*Based on 9-hour acid control studies during the day and 12-hour acid control studies during the night. Acid control does not imply symptom relief.

This feature was produced in collaboration between Vox Creative and PEPCID Brand. Vox Media editorial staff was not involved in the creation or production of this content.


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