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Florida’s top 5 food challenges

From Florida4Less' extensive research

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Adam Richman has battled several dishes around America, and they have been epic. But Florida still has some opponents that are ready to whip his ass. Florida4Less did a search for the top 5 challenges in Florida, check out how we ranked them. Read More

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5 simple and helpful baking tips for the holidays

Just in time for your holiday cookie fix

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Its that time of year again – the trees are up, decorated and lit, the stockings are carefully hung, and the fragrant scent of pine fills the air. For many, the sweet aroma of freshly baked holiday cookies tickles the senses in anticipation of the sugary transcendence that will surely ensue. So here are 5 simple and helpful baking tips to make sure you don’t mess that up! Read More

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Apples: 5 things you might not have known

Inspired by the Newtown Pippin

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We came across a champagne-y hard cider from Original Sin Cider that used an apple called the Newtown Pippin. Further in-depth research, sourced from the back of the bottle, revealed some significant findings of the apple’s influence on American history. It’s said that it established the U.S. fruit export industry as Queen Victoria liked them so much she had the import duties lifted on them. Here’s 5 things on apples that you might not have known about. Read More

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Thanksgiving turkey handling, 5 tips to keep in mind

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Not to fear monger right before Thanksgiving, but raw turkey, chicken, or meats can contain Campylobacter, Salmonella or E.coli bacteria that can cause serious holiday discomforts. These bacterias are killed when cooked under a certain temperature, but not when frozen. Here are 5 tips to think about when handling your turkey on Thursday. Read More

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Crawfish: 5 things you didn’t know

Inspired by 'Memphis at Santora' executive chef Diego Velasco's "Crawfish Boil"

We checked out chef Diego Velasco’s new “Crawfish Boil” feature at Memphis at the Santora in Santa Ana, CA’s Artist’s Village. Diego went on a trip to “New Orleans’ Jazz & Heritage Festival” and brought back a traditional, private party, family style meal for 8-20 guests, with his own personal touch, centering on live crawfish and paired with one ‘his or hers’ adult beverage that he’s chosen. Read More

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Squid fishing: 5 things you didn’t know

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We took a fishing boat out to sea in Orange County, but not to catch fish. We caught calamari! Well, not quite, it’s before the batter and the deep-fryer. Humboldt squid are an inconsistent catch in Southern California because they just don’t show up some years. Well, this year they showed up and were quite tasty. Be prepared to get dirty as they shoot ink everywhere with the boat’s deck usually black by the time your headed back into the harbor. Some people even wear trash bags over there bodies with arm holes cutout to avoid the spray. Here’s 5 things you didn’t know about squid fishing. Read More

5 things we learned at the 33rd Annual AHA National Homebrewers Conference

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Thanks to President Jimmy Carter homebrewing was made legal in the U.S. in 1979 (but in 2011 it’s illegal in only Alabama and Mississippi). The American Homebrewers Association was formed by Charlie Papazian in 1978. As of 2009, there are over 750,000 homebrewers, 300 homebrew competitions and over 800 homebrew clubs in the U.S. We attended the 33rd Annual AHA National Homebrewers Conference in San Diego last weekend — here is what we learned about these passionate hobbyists. Read More

Coffee: 5 things you didn’t know

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We drink it hot or iced, with soy milk or steamed milk, but how much do we really know about the coffee we drink every morning? We went on a tour of the Gaviña Gourmet Coffee Plant in Vernon, CA. The Gaviña name has been in the coffee business for over 100 years and they make Don Francisco’s Coffee. Purchasing Manager and Resident Q Grader Michael Gaviña schooled us on the world of coffee. Read More