Bringing the world (of food) right to...


Bringing the world (of food) right to your door

It's not only your favorite pizza parlor or an occasional &L; Chinese restaurant that delivers dinner to your door. In these hard economic times, more restaurants are looking for ways to increase the bottom line any creative way they can, including home delivery.

Likewise, supermarkets and gourmet shops are offering shoppers an alternative to enjoying fine food without going out to a restaurant. Their answer: Upscale take-out foods, ranging from Caesar salad to sesame noodles.

Finding out every restaurant and very gourmet-to-go spot is an awesome task and we are sure to miss someone. If you don't want to be forgotten in our upcoming stories, let us know what you are doing.

* Restaurant delivery: Include your hours of delivery, a copy of the menu, any minimum orders or delivery charges and delivery area.

* Gourmet-to-go: Include the hours you are open and a copy of the menu.

Send your information to: Lynn Williams (Restaurant Delivery) or Charlyne Varkonyi (Gourmet-to-Go), The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278 or send it by FAX to (301) 783-2519. Be sure to include a contact person and a telephone number. The deadline is Sept. 16.

Talking kids into nutrition

Nutrition gurus keep telling us that we need to get everyone, including our children, to eat at least five fruits and vegetables a day for optimum health. Well, try talking four basic food groups to a 10-year-old.

The best way to communicate about nutrition is in their own language. And that's exactly what Giant Foods has done with its "Gimme Five!" a colorful booklet aimed at encouraging children to eat more fruits and vegetables with creative recipes, menu and snack ideas.

"We've also included a special page just for kids with backpack snacks as well as how to tell the difference between a fruit and a vegetable," says Odonna Mathews, Giant's consumer adviser. "The next time you're in the produce department, pick up a copy of Gimme Five. And help your children get off to a healthy start."

The search for 'Water'

Last week we told you about "The Pocket Guide to Bottled Water" (Contemporary Books, $9.95), a 128-page soft cover book that contains information on 75 bottled waters including mineral content and taste characteristics, a description of the water's origin, and the processing techniques used in distilling and/or bottling.

In fact, one reader was interested enough to try to get a copy from her favorite bookstore and the clerk told her it was out of print. Alas, reports of the book's demise have been widely exaggerated. A publisher's representative says the book, published last year, is readily available.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy and your bookstore gives you the same story, send your request along with a check or money order for $9.95 (plus $1.50 for postage and handling) to: Contemporary Books, 180 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60601. Be sure to include the name of the book you desire as well as your name and address.


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