Here’s why mix-matching your cuisine can make meals more satisfying

DREXEL UNIVERSITY FOOD and hospitality researchers recently found that, to maximize your enjoyment when eating out, go for a mismatch of cuisine styles when you order your meal.

In their experiments, they paired Italian or Thai dishes of varying quality—either an app or entrée—with each other and found that when a high-quality app preceded a subpar main course, diners reacted negatively. But when cuisines were mixed and matched, eaters had a much more positive dining experience—regardless of how tasty each dish was—and rated the meal more enjoyable overall.


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