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The Olive Garden Is Going Modern!

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Are you tired of the whole "When You're Here, You're Family" tagline?? It's been around for 14 years!

Well you're in luck, because the Olive Garden is about to reinvent itself — for the modern family!

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MObama Applauds The Olive Garden

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MMMMMMMM! Olive Garden! Soon to be even healthier!

Not only that, but, some of it's restaurant friends are joining in too — and Mrs. Obama herself is applauding the move!

Michelle Obama said Thursday that a pledge by the Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants and its sister chains to serve healthier meals is a "breakthrough moment" for the industry.

Darden Restaurants Inc. is pledging to cut calories and sodium in its meals by 20 percent over a decade. Among other changes for children, a fruit or vegetable side and low-fat milk will become standard with kids' meals unless a substitution is requested. No more French fries for the little ones unless an adult asks for them.

Here's what the first lady had to say:

"With this new commitment, Darden is doing what no restaurant company has done before. This is a breakthrough moment in the restaurant industry. I believe the changes that Darden will make could impact the health and well-being of an entire generation of young people."

We think this is a fantastic idea too!

As long as they don't change the breadsticks and salad too much! Delicious! Ha!

[Image via AP Images.]

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This Trend Has To Stop! 2-Year Old Served Alcohol At Olive Garden!

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Where's this going to happen next? Outback? Friday's? MCDONALD's???

Earlier this week, we were appalled when we heard about a baby who was served margarita mix instead of APPLE JUICE at an Applebee's restaurant.

Now, it's happening again.

Check out the video (above) of a two-year old who was served alcohol at a restaurant, but this time it was an Olive Garden…and he was served sangria instead of orange juice.

What's going on here? Are these disgruntled employees who want to hurt their employers? Or have restaurants been hiring tragically absent-minded people lately?

Whatever the reason is, please keep the booze away from the kids! We REALLY hope we don't hear about a story like this again!

What are your thoughts on this disturbing trend?

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Modern Family Kid’s Favorites Foods

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Rico Rodriguez plays the lovable Manny Delgado on the hit sitcom Modern Family — and like most kids, he loves the simple foods in life.

Milk, olive garden bread sticks, and quesadillas. Read more about his eating habits below!

What's your favorite restaurant in Los Angeles?
"I like two places: my first one would have to be Outback Steakhouse, I eat there with my dad every time he leaves - it’s our tradition. (Editor's note: Rico lives in Los Angeles, while his father works in Texas.) And the second would have to be Olive Garden. Got to love the breadsticks!"

What's the one thing you cannot go a day without eating or drinking?
"My favorite drink: milk. I would not be Rico without milk. I drink three cups, maybe four. I like the regular 2 percent milk, and every now and then, I get the Nestlé powdered chocolate milk for special occasions."

What is your signature dish to cook?
"Grilled chicken with Mrs. Dash seasoning and microwavable rice. I made it for the whole family. We were going to the Pantages [Theatre], and we didn’t want to go out to eat. My mom showed me how to cut it and put it on the frying pan, and everything went well. No one got hurt in the making of this meal!"

Is there a chef that you would love to take cooking lessons from?
"Definitely two - Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray. They are really awesome. I’ve met Rachael Ray. I have not met Guy - I’m hoping to meet him soon."

Favorite meal on the "Modern Family" set?
A chicken and cheese quesadilla with steamed broccoli on the side. When they come take my order they ask, 'Same thing?' and I say, 'Yup! The Rico special!'”

Who is someone you haven’t met but would most like to have dinner with?
"Tobey Maguire from Spiderman or the whole Star Wars cast - the new ones and the old ones - and we’d talk about how the movies were made."

What do you think is Manny’s favorite dish? (We’d guess something fancy like foie gras…)
"Well, Manny looks at the name and if the name sounds fancy, he’ll probably have it. One dish would have to be arroz con pollo, and then he’ll probably have to find fettucine alfredo. He’ll say, 'Sounds fancy enough!'"

What are your favorite foods and drinks around the holidays?
"Hot cocoa and hot chocolate when it’s really cold. [Sings] 'When the weather outside is frightful…' And for a dish, a nice honey-baked turkey is really nice to have."

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Taylor Lautner Has Good Taste!

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Those Twi-Hards are going to be camped out at Olive Gardens all over the El Lay area after this shiz!

In a recent interview with GQ Magazine, Twilight star Taylor Lautner revealed that he had a very specific locale as his favorite fine dining establishment!

Lautner suggests the Olive Garden for lunch. "Do you like this place?" he asks, a little unsure, adding: "My father turned me on to it." Without glancing at the menu, Lautner orders the Toscana soup, then asks to substitute the Caesar salad for the house. Before the waiter can reply, Lautner interrupts innocently: "I know," he says, "it'll be a dollar fifty extra. That's fine."

Adorable!

Just because you're raking in millions to pine after scowling, lip-biting hacks and turn into a CGI werewolf doesn't mean that the Olive Garden isn't any less delicious!

You enjoy that Caesar salad, bb!

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