Dirty Secrets Restaurants Don't Want You to Know

When you're dining out, you shouldn't have to worry about putting your health at risk. But certain restaurant violations and food choices could be doing just that. Learn the secrets restaurants keep that could be making you sick and the small changes you can make to protect yourself.


Secret: If the kitchen's about to close, it's better to walk away.

Secret: If the kitchen's about to close, it's better to walk away.

Never sit down to eat at a restaurant an hour before it closes. You are more likely to get a compromised meal because the ingredients were prepped hours before – giving bacteria plenty of time to grow. The kitchen may also be a mess as the staff is in clean-up mode – meaning your dish may have an extra dash of cleaning spray on it.

Solution: Turn around and head to a restaurant with extended hours. The staff will probably be happier to serve you there since they aren't trying to rush you out the door.

3 Dos & Don'ts for Microwaving Popcorn

Microwave guru chef Matt Abdoo has his three tips for making the best, fluffiest and perfectly cooked popcorn.

Microwave popcorn is one of the best snacks! But sometimes it's difficult to get that perfect bowl. So microwave guru chef Matt Abdoo has his three tips for making the best, fluffiest and perfectly cooked popcorn.

DON'T USE THE POPCORN BUTTON

As tempting and easy as it may be, don't fall for the "Popcorn" button on your microwave. Not all microwaves are made the same, so they won't cook your bag the same way either. And there's no sensor to determine when the bag is ready, so it'll just keep cooking your popcorn until the set amount of time finishes.

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