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Kudzu – The New Kale?

  • 6:07 am Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Is kudzu about to show up on your plate? Well, not right away. But it turns out that incredibly invasive vine is actually edible. IF you know what you’re doing with it. Don’t you love that. Only certain parts are edible like the leaves, roots, flowers and vine tips. But how comfortable would you be bringing it into your kitchen? There are a few chefs and foragers experimenting with it, and there’s one website called Carolina Kudzu Crazy that comes complete with recipes. But those recipes come complete with warnings so you might want to leave this to [More]

Let The Tastings Begin!

  • 3:18 pm Saturday, July 28th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

We have a terrific experience lined up for you Saturday. August 18th; you’ll have the opportunity to choose from more than 175 types of craft beer from 52 Craft Breweries at the Craft Beer Experience. So for those of us 21 and older it’s going to be fun night with live music, hand-crafted beers, un-tapping of exclusive, one-of-a-kind beers and prize giveaways throughout the night. And all inside the air-conditioned Mahaffey Theater. If you loved this event last year, you’ll love it even more this year with almost twice as many beers, meads, ciders, and wines to sample. It’s a very [More]

More And More Recalls

  • 4:19 am Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Doesn’t it feel like the amount of recalls we’re hearing about are endless? But that’s a good thing when it comes to something like contracting salmonella or having something mixed in with your food that could hurt you. So let’s take a look at the latest.


UPDATED INFORMATION ON TACO BELL/KRAFT RECALL: Kraft Heinz is voluntarily recalling their Taco Bell Salsa con Queso Mild Cheese Dip due to a botulism risk. The product is a 15 oz glass jar with the individual package UPC # 021000024490 .

Pepperidge Farms Goldfish Crackers are under recall The problem is the whey powder used that may [More]

More Tasty Tidbits

  • 6:26 am Thursday, July 19th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Craving a new taste when it comes to the crunch? How about eight – count ’em eight – new flavors from Lay’s. It’s the #Taste of America” collection that includes flavors like Deep Fried Pickles with Ranch, New England Lobster Roll and Pimento Cheese. Hello southern cuisine on THAT one.  You won’t be able to find all the flavors when you go shopping, they’ll make it a regional rollout. But hey, there’s always Amazon….


We’re getting closer to the end of July but that plastic problem persists. What have you done to reduce waste from products made of plastic? Tell [More]

More Cities Going Strawless

  • 5:03 am Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

More and more cities are going strawless when it comes to plastic.  No Straws St Pete started with local leaders and businesses pledging to stop using the plastic that can clog up our waterways and threaten sea life. Now Starbucks is accepting the challenge. Starting in 2020 the iconic coffee-house will have cups that don’t require a straw, and straws will no longer be offered.  Their home base of Seattle, along with Vancouver are already using the cold cups. Now if you’re wondering how they’ll keep the whip on your favorite frappuccino those will still have the domed [More]

Smarter Shopping Snacking

  • 7:38 am Monday, July 9th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

If there’s one thing I know it’s not to shop hungry. Those last-minute out the door options can be calorie killers. But Costco, who may best be known for great prices and those tempting snack option as you’re heading out the door with a cartfull – and an empty tummy? Now some stores are adding vegetarian options and they’re eliminating some of the worst offenders (so to speak) like the Polish hot dogs. Hey, how about an acai fruit bowl? Now that might keep me away from the pizza! Check the story out and see what your store might [More]

Is The Next Food Network Star From Florida?

  • 11:22 am Monday, June 11th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

The new season of Food Network Star is underway and there’s a familiar face from Miami in the mix – Chef Chris Valdes is taking on chefs from LA, Georgia, New York and more. The competition is intense, the culinary talent is incredible but it all comes down to who really what it takes to make it to the top. Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis are back to give the fledging stars a little help in front of the cameras and in the kitchen. It’s not easy and Chef Chris is excited to get this shot.

But his [More]

Are You Ready?

  • 4:10 am Friday, June 8th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

I made it just in time for the sale tax holiday for hurricane prep supplies. It’s over now but that shouldn’t stop you from making sure you have enough supplies to get you through another hurricane season. If Irma taught us anything it pays to have the most important items ready to go like a generator, food and water, and anything that uses batteries like weather radios, fans and lights. I was without power for eight days and let me tell you, opening that fridge and freezer? Nasty!

Take a look at the Dove Hurricane Guide so you know exactly [More]

Prepare For Hurricane Season Now With Tax Free Shopping

  • 4:09 am Thursday, May 31st, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Hurricane season 2018 didn’t wait until the official start date of June 1st; Alberto dumped plenty of rain on the bay area leading to some flooding and minor power outages. But if you were caught without backup of some sort you may not have learned a lesson from last year when Hurricane Irma devastated so much of Florida. It’s time to stock up and tax advantage of the sales tax holiday which runs from June 1st-June 7th and covers a wide range of items. We can show you the complete list here along with items that are not [More]

It’s The Voodoo They Do So Well

  • 11:41 am Sunday, May 20th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Why in the world would I get up at 7 am on a Sunday morning when it’s pouring rain to get doughnuts? One simple reason – Voodoo Donut, now open at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk. Oh I tried to head over when I got here Saturday night in another monsoon that only Florida can deliver with such incredible timing but was way too tired from an almost three hour trip over. Nicely flooded off ramps added to the thrill. Walking to my room I saw so many people coming back with slightly damp boxes Voodoo Doughnut boxes and big smiles. They [More]

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