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If you want to be healthy, you need a reliable supply of nutritious food.

Sandy Stenmark, MD, has worked to make this simple fact part of the regular conversations that doctors have with patients and their families within Kaiser Permanente and beyond.

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Dr. Stenmark retired last year as a pediatrician in the Colorado Permanente Medical Group and as the physician director for Kaiser Permanente’s Clinic to Community Integration in Colorado. In her latter role, she partnered with others to launch a pioneering program to help patients and their families who don’t have consistent access to the food they need to be healthy. In the United States, 1 in 8 households and 1 in 6 households with children are in that situation.

The Kaiser Permanente program, which began in 2011, screens, identifies, and connects patients facing hunger to federal food assistance programs and other resources, such as food pantries, in partnership with the nonprofit Hunger Free Colorado. Dr. Stenmark helped launch the program in Kaiser Permanente clinics, and she also reached out to help Colorado community hospitals and child care facilities adopt similar programs.

“I continue to work on addressing food insecurity because it brings me joy,” she said. “I’m constantly learning, and I’m working in partnerships with others to change systems and policies so that everyone has the chance to achieve their highest level of health.”

Exemplary work, national honor

In recognition of her exemplary work to advance Kaiser Permanente’s mission to improve community health, the Community Health Awards Committee of the Kaiser Permanente Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Board of Directors recently awarded Dr. Stenmark the 2019 George Halvorson Community Health Leadership Award. George Halvorson served as chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente from 2002 to 2013. A charity of Dr. Stenmark’s choice will receive a $ 10,000 donation from Kaiser Permanente in her name.

“We are pleased to honor Dr. Stenmark,” said Cynthia Telles, PhD, Community Health Committee board chair. “Because of her work, thousands of eligible, low-income residents of Colorado are now able to access critically important federal programs such as food stamps.”

“Dr. Stenmark’s work to screen for food insecurity is not only inspirational, it helped lay a foundation for our current work to incorporate the social needs of our members into their care,” said Bechara Choucair, MD, Kaiser Permanente’s chief community health officer.

Vision, persistence, and focus

The hunger screening and referral program initially launched in 2 Kaiser Permanente Colorado pediatric clinics that serve high percentages of Medicaid members. The evaluation of the program and other food insecurity initiatives in Colorado informed expansion of the program and state policy.

“I think it’s fair to call her a visionary,” said John Steiner, MD, a senior research investigator with Kaiser Permanente in Colorado. “She saw earlier than most of us that this was a critical health issue, and she insisted that we focus on helping our members and our communities.”

Kaiser Permanente provided funding to help Children’s Hospital Colorado develop a food-insecurity screening program, and Christina Suh, MD, associate medical director of the Child Health Clinic at the hospital, has worked closely with Dr. Stenmark ever since.

“She’s been a tireless advocate and a selfless partner. She brings so much knowledge to the table, and she’s eager to share so we all can do better,” Dr. Suh said.

There are now 22 private and public medical providers referring patients to Hunger Free Colorado’s Food Resource Hotline, and more than 37,600 people have received assistance since Kaiser Permanente helped launch the medical referral program.

“I like to think about the impact she’s had on the children of Colorado,” said Carmen Martin, Kaiser Permanente senior community health specialist. “There are now thousands of children who have the energy to play, to focus on school work, and to sleep at night because their families now have enough food.”

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Waste less food for a healthy planet

If you want to do a good turn for the health of your community and your planet, consider the issue of food waste.

The National Resources Defense Council reports that up to 40% of food in the United States is never eaten, and the largest source of waste is people throwing out food at home. Wasted food is a significant contributor to climate change because greenhouse gasses are produced in the growing, processing, packaging, and transporting of wasted food, and more gasses are released as wasted food deteriorates in landfills.

How hospitals are helping

Hospitals often end up with extra food because patient meals are typically ordered the day before they’re needed, but patients can be discharged early, or needs can change. Kaiser Permanente hospitals have a history of reducing food waste by working to ensure that patient meal projections are as accurate as possible. But when there’s excess food, we partner with nonprofits to ensure that it doesn’t go to waste.

Nearly every Kaiser Permanente hospital in California works with a nonprofit partner or partners to rescue unserved perishable food and give it to people in need. By 2020, all California hospitals will be required by state law to make significant reductions in organic waste, including food waste.

At the Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center last year, nearly 14,000 pounds of unserved food was picked up by Meals on Wheels on weekdays and No Time to Waste on weekends. Elizabeth Bailey, director of Food and Nutrition for the hospital, described the program as a point of pride for the whole department.

“We all feel good that the food is going to great causes and we’re keeping it out of the trash and landfill,” she said.

Fighting food insecurity

The California Association of Food Banks estimates that 1 in 8 Californians struggle with food insecurity — which means they don’t have regular access to the food they need to be healthy and active.

Jan Villarante, director, Kaiser Permanente National Nutrition Service, said the hospital food redistribution programs are helping.

 “The meals we redistribute in the community are of excellent nutritional quality with lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats. Plus, much of our produce is locally sourced, so that helps local growers and the environment, too.”

Last year, Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California donated more than 72,000 pounds of recovered food to local nonprofit groups. John Yamamoto, who serves as vice president for Community Health in Southern California, said the donations are another significant way the organization works to improve health and equity in the community.

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The world’s best food festivals


Food festivals may well be one of our favorite things on earth. Who wouldn’t want to spend the day exploring the different sights, smells and tastes at an event solely evolving around offering you delicious food?

There’s hundreds and thousands of different food festivals located around the globe waiting to fill your mouth with exciting stuff, each specializing in a particular type of food or cuisine. If you’re a big foodie and love to travel, then perfect…You have come to the right place! Here’s a list of some the world’s best food festivals to tantalize your taste buds.

Warning – may induce severe hunger. Our mouths are literally drooling.

Wildfoods Festival (Hokitika, New Zealand)

This festival is located in the small town of Hokitika on the west coast of New Zealand, and offers visitors some rather odd things to eat, to say the least. From seagull eggs to insects, this event specializes in eccentric foods that attempt to blow your mind in how something sounding so gross can actually be delightfully delicious. This one’s for you if you have an adventurous taste palette and don’t squirm easily.

Wildfoods Festival

Salon de Chocolate (Quito, Ecuador)

Although there are plenty of renowned chocolate festivals around the world, Quito is perhaps considered the best. Thousands of visitors gather each year to get a taste of some of Ecuador’s tastiest high-quality chocolate. There’s also plenty to see and do with cookery classes and competitions. This one’s for you if you love chocolate – so that’s pretty much everyone then?

Dumpling Festival (Hong Kong)

AKA The Dragon Boat festival. This holiday date takes place on the fifth day of the fifth Chinese lunar month, with restaurants, locals and tourists coming together as one to feast on tasty dumplings. The festival takes to the streets, offering up the best-tasting variety of dumplings made from glutinous rice and plenty of different fillings. This is for you if you’re looking to explore and celebrate a National cultural heritage.

Vegetarian Festival (Phuket, Thailand)

Mostly taking place on the island of Phuket, this festival is part of a nine-day Thai celebration for the promotion of mind and body detoxification. Locals take to the streets to celebrate, conjuring up some of Thai’s tasty vegetarian dishes using soybean and protein substitute products instead of meat. This one’s for you if you’re not a meat-eater and want to find out some fantastic new Asian recipes.

Pizzafest (Naples, Italy)

Did someone say pizza? Yes please. Pizzafest is one of the world’s biggest pizza festivals, taking place every year in Napoli’s Caracciolo in which over 500’000 visitors will come to eat more than 100’000 pizzas. The celebrations include recreations of historical recipes and pizza-making competitions. This one’s for you if you’re feeling extra hungry. Dig in!

Pizzafest

Bacon Festival (Sacramento, California)

The Bacon festival offers the very best of bacon – all from farm-bred organic hogs and made with the very best natural ingredients. There’s plenty of strange dishes on offer – bacon ice cream, bacon salad, and bacon cocktails. It’s also advised that all of this is washed down with the very best beverages from the local breweries. We’re not gonna say no to that now are we? There’s even a Kevin Bacon tribute band that plays. This one’s for you if you want to have some good old’ fashioned community fun.

 

Food festivals are the perfect way to try some of the regional grub. There seems to be more and more cropping up each year so keep your eye open for what ones that may be near you on your travels. Top tip – go when you’re feeling extra hungry. You’ll be in heaven.

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Patti LaBelle is reportedly set to expand her culinary empire by launching a new line of frozen Chinese food.

After the success of her hugely popular pie collection, the legendary singer has partnered with restaurateur Stratis Morfogen on the new food items, which will be sold in supermarkets across the country, Page Six reports.

Earlier this week, the duo were spotted celebrating the venture at Morfogen’s Brooklyn eatery, Chop House, along with their business partners, including LaBelle’s son Zuri Edwards, Alex Thompson and Charles Suitt.

“Love when my friend @mspattilabelle @suittnyc now my new partners in BCH GROCERS LLC comes’ to @brooklynchophouse for a surprise celebratory dinner on our new Co!” Morfogen captioned a photo of himself and the two-time Grammy winner. “Did someone in the frozen gourmet food section say “French Onion Soup, Pastrami, Bacon Cheeseburger & Lamb Gyro Dumplings?”

Details on when the frozen food will hit stores have not yet been announced.

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Who Gets to Decide Who Is an Authority on Food?

Over the last couple of years, with the releases of films such as Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and Wonder Woman–movies led by women and people of color–there has been an outcry in the entertainment industry to diversify not just the crew and leadership behind the camera, but the critics’ pool as well. There are a number of arguments for this, including that the people reviewing these movies should also be reflective of the audiences for whom they were intended.

Such a call for diversifying the critics’ circle is happening in the food industry as well. Historically, just like in entertainment, it’s impossible to deny that the majority of food critics have come from similar backgrounds–notably white, male, and upper middle class. That monoculture has had both indented and unintended consequences, but they usually result in the tokenism and exoticism of certain dishes, ingredients, and the communities these cuisines represent.

This topic–evaluating who is qualified to cook, write, and review food–was an overarching topic at last weekend’s Cherry Bombe Jubilee, a day-long summit hosted by the bi-annual magazine and weekly podcast of the same name. In its sixth year, Cherry Bombe Jubilee is the largest female-food conference nationwide.

On the cusp of publishing her first cookbook with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt later this month, New York Times and Bon Appetit contributor Priya Krishna outlined the circuitous route in finding her writing voice and specialty.

“In our field, the question of who gets to be an authority comes up a lot,” Krishna said. “I feel like it when I read about a tea company founded by a woman who claims to have invented chai.”

Krishna explained that when she was first starting out in food writing, she’d often pitch stories about “restaurant dishes, interesting people, and Indian food–because that’s what I knew.” Nevertheless, Krishna said she “didn’t want to just write about dosas.”

“I had much bigger ambitions. I felt tokenized,” Krishna said. “At times, I felt I wasn’t good enough to write about other things. But I was a freelancer and needed to pay rent, and this paid the bills.”

Padma Lakshmi, who wrote the forward for Krishna’s book and also appeared on the Cherry Bombe Jubilee stage later in the day, reiterated similar feelings she expressed in her 2016 memoir Love, Loss, and What We Ate.

“Often in my own career, I’ve felt like the odd duck because I didn’t see people around me who looked like me,” Lakshmi said, describing later how after moving to the United States at the age of four, she observed that most Indian cultures were (mistakenly) lumped together by U.S. critics into a singular “pan-Indian” diet, regardless of the sheer diversity across the subcontinent.

Krishna admitted she was originally uneasy about the title of her book, and that she was unwilling to have the word “Indian” in the title. She was concerned it would “end up in ethnic bookstores” and wouldn’t be placed next to a cookbook from the likes of Nigella Lawson. But her publishers at disagreed, and they settled upon a final title: Indian-ish. But, as Krishna notes this book has “both paneer and pizza,” the true heart of the book might reside in the subtitle: Recipes and Antics From a Modern American Family.

Krishna also observed how her culture has become popular–if not misappropriated–in the food world over the last few years, describing how hipster coffee shops are now churning out turmeric lattes as just one prime example of drinks and dishes that have been served in India for centuries, but frankly only received attention in the United States “when white people started talking about it.”

“Publications, mostly still run by white people, often feel like they can’t publish content without being attacked for appropriation,” Krishna posited. It’s not hard to see why there has been an endless amount of cover stories about roast chicken. Krishna suggested a fix, to wild applause from the Cherry Bombe audience: Hire people from all backgrounds.

“Mastheads can’t all be people from the same background, the same part of the country,” Krishna said. The more perspectives in the kitchen and in publications, the less tokenized the food will be, she argued, and thus the more inclusive restaurants and publications will feel to their respective audiences. And that doesn’t just go for the critics themselves, but also the way they perceive the people they are covering and, often, honoring: “There should never, ever, ever–be an award called best female chef.”

Krishna also argued that, “as people of color, we’re not off the hooked.” She explained that she was pigeon-holed in her specialty because she “knew Indian food,” but that her other pitches didn’t go deep enough. So she started putting more reporting into her pitches, resulting in a myriad of different reporting assignments, including writing about the opioid crisis in Kentucky.

“I criticize white dudes about miswriting about Indian food all the time, but that doesn’t mean we’re all not prone to mistakes. We all have to do the homework,” Krishna continued.

Nevertheless, there are still plenty of others who need to do the homework. In shopping her book, Krishna said she received comments from prospective publishers and editors such as “Where is the curry?”, that there were “too many ingredients,” and even publishers remarking that they were already producing “a lot of immigrant stories” while asking for something else. Even after a panel discussion just a few weeks ago, an audience member told Krishna to “stay in her own lane.”

“This shit still happens,” Krishna said flatly.

Regardless, Krishna says she still has hope that as more women and people of color take on more roles of authority and management in the food industry, that they will also lift up others in less privileged positions.

“I hope, as women we’ll go out of our ways to make respective work environments more inclusive at all levels,” Krishna said. “Some days, I feel like these goals are really far away. But today isn’t one of those days.”

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Coolest food festivals around the world

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Imagine jetting off on vacation. Now, imagine jetting off on vacation knowing that you get to satisfy your love of food at the same time. Who knew life could get better? Thankfully, there are a handful of the coolest food festivals around the world that should be more than enough for you to sink your teeth into.

Cayman Cookout – Cayman Islands

Want to learn how to cook from a Michelin-star chef while feeling the white sand from the beaches ooze between your toes? Look no further. The Cayman Cookout is the perfect place for anyone with a love of brilliant weather and food as cooks from all around the world all prepare some of their greatest meals alongside one another while everyone gets to try a piece at the end.

Salon du Chocolat – France

We have two words for you: chocolate and Paris. Yes, this food festival will combine the elegance of the city with the deliciousness of chocolate all in one incredible event. Hundreds of people from all around the world travel to the Salon du Chocolat where they create everything from their finest tastes to chocolate sculptures and everything in between. Still not convinced? There is also a fashion show where the models wear chocolate dresses.

Pizzafest – Italy

Many of us have fallen for pizza over the years, and it seems as though it could soon be time to travel to Italy to give it all the love this food truly deserves. As well as getting to try all kinds of flavors (cue mouth drooling already), visitors can also learn how to make the pizzas for themselves as well as watch some of the top chefs in the world compete head to head in the annual World Pizza-Making Championship.

Chinchilla Melon Festival – Australia

While you might have never realized how much you love melons, that could all be about to change thanks to the Chinchilla Melon Festival in Australia. There is celebrity melon eating, melon skiing, and even melon chariot racing. This food festival is also the perfect place for melon growers to show off their incredible harvest of the year before everyone gets to tuck into a melon feast while dancing the night away at the street parade.

La Tomatina – Spain

This festival is held in a small town in Spain and could be the ultimate way that many of us need to let off some steam. If pelting thousands of strangers with perfectly ripe tomatoes sounds like your idea of a good time then it might be time to book a flight to Spain. Be prepared to get messy as people at this food festival spend an hour throwing nearly 133,000 pounds of tomatoes all thanks to a street brawl back in the ‘40s.

Whether you want to enjoy a selection of gourmet meals or finally have the chance to play with your food, there are so many food festivals in the world that allow thousands of people to come together and show their appreciation for the goods on offer. Life really can’t get much better.

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Have you ever really thought about the afterlife of your leftovers?

A once-edible meal lies defeated and unpurposed as it falls into the trash, never to be thought of again.

Those forgotten food remnants add up to some pretty alarming numbers.

In the U.S, an estimated 30% to 40% of food is thrown away.

Who’s thinking about a hunger crisis when there’s a bountiful food supply at the edge of your fingertips? Tossing a few scraps seems harmless, right?

How Bad Is the Food Waste Problem?

Food waste happens in such little bits here and there that people don’t even realize they’re doing it, according to Dana Gunders, a former senior scientist at the National Resource Defense Council and author of “Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money By Wasting Less Food.”

Consumers waste more food, collectively, than restaurants or grocery stores,” Gunders said. “And the average household of four spends about $ 1,800 on food they never eat.”

A whopping one-third of ALL food grown for human consumption on Earth is lost or wasted.

“Growing food and getting it to our tables is a huge investment in resources,” Gunders said. “When you throw out one hamburger, it’s like taking a 90-minute shower in terms of the water it took to produce that hamburger.”

Really scary questions loom about feeding future generations, landfills and how common — and easy — it is to squander precious resources.

Can you imagine how much money and food everyone would save if they bought only the food they’d actually eat?

Gunders said that once people open their eyes to the problem, they naturally waste a little less.

“I find it interesting that people can be swayed by 5 or 10 cents when in the grocery store, but that math goes out the window when it comes to wasting food once they’re home,” she said.

There’s a lot we can’t control, but there’s a great deal we can control about our kitchens, plates and trash cans.

16 Tips for Reducing Food Waste

Before you take up dumpster diving to rescue forgotten-about food, consider some of these tips for how to reduce food waste at home.

1. Make a Grocery List and Stick to It

Overbuying leads to food waste. Planning your meals for the week, making a list and sticking to it can prevent impulse buys and limit the vegetable carcasses not even good intentions could revive.

Gunders suggests thinking double duty. If you need fresh cilantro for a meal, can you plan a second meal that will use it, too? This not only saves your budget, but it eliminates casual food waste.

2. Buy Frozen Instead of Fresh

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The bright, beautiful colors of fresh fruits and veggies tempt me every week. Then I remember how quickly fresh produce can spoil.

Now, I’ve turned to stocking my freezer with produce. I call this the Too Many Avocados Left Behind Act. I don’t freeze my avocados, but I do buy most fruits and veggies frozen now. I can thaw them in a flash and count on having a random assortment of ingredients on a whim.

3. Plan for Surprises

It’s so easy to get tempted by the events of the week, from an unscheduled lunch to a surprise happy hour. Leftovers get abandoned as you nosh on an unplanned (and unbudgeted) meal out.

You can plan your meals for the week and allot some wiggle room for spontaneous outings.  By having a backup recipe or frozen meal you will always have on hand, you can accept a last-minute invitation and not fritter away a thing.

4. Rethink Expiration Dates

Yogurt containers with expiration dates

Sell-by, use-by and expiration dates all mean different things. Most often, the dates serve as a freshness, quality or display indicator, not a marker for when the food will actually go bad. Many people throw out perfectly good food because of date stamps. Use common sense, and research what the date on your packaged or canned food really means before you toss it.

5. Make Your Freezer Great Again

Good intentions can’t reverse rotten tomatoes or spoiled meat. That steak you meant to eat on Sunday looks questionable by Tuesday.

You can extend the life of your meats, bread and vegetables by freezing them.

Gunders said almost anything can be frozen: Milk, shredded cheese, sliced bread and even raw eggs (out of the shell) can go in the freezer.

It’ll all be there when you’re ready, thus, it will save you future cooking time, money and food waste. Don’t you feel better?

6. Store Items Where You Can See Them

Some produce slips into the crisper abyss. Out of sight, out of mind. Keep items where you can see them. You’re more likely to use items that you can physically see.

Additionally, learn how to store each type of vegetable. Some ripen faster and can speed up others nearby. Consider investing in special airtight containers that keep produce firm and fresh longer.

Washing the pieces of fruit or vegetables you plan on using will also keep the whole bag from going bad before you get a chance to enjoy their deliciousness.

7. Clean Your Fridge and Organize Your Pantry

Food in a refrigerator

Expired items hide, and mold lurks on the edges you can’t quite see. Having a tidy fridge helps you see exactly what you have and inspires you to use it.

Same goes for the pantry: Keeping it tidy allows you to see what you have at a glance and prevents items from getting lost behind the castles of steel cans.

8. Try Composting

Skip the landfill, and start composting. Everything from your coffee grounds to celery ends can find their way into your bin. In turn, you can eventually use it toward your next home gardening adventure.

9. Learn to Preserve or Can Foods

Pickle? Preserve? Can? They’re all options gaining popularity. But these practices have been around for centuries and have helped folks survive harsh winters and economic downturns.

With a little upfront investment of time and money, you can acquire the tools necessary to preserve your excess foods. This can prolong their shelf life and reduce food waste and costs.

10. Donate Extra Food

If you know your family won’t eat something, donate it. Many local pantries and food banks welcome donations, however, consider friends or families in your community who might appreciate a little extra food. There are restrictions and rules at some charities about what can be donated, so check before making any contributions.

11. Eat What You Have

Plan recipes around what’s been sitting around for a while or what needs to get used before it expires. Keeping your fridge and pantry clean and organized helps you see exactly what you have and what you should cook before adding more supplies to the mix.

12. Mix It Up

Leftovers you’re tired of eating can be repurposed into new recipes. Some fruits and vegetables that are a little too ripe can be baked or mashed into a casserole. Ripe bananas make great banana bread, and soft strawberries can be added to smoothies.

Other scraps can be made into stocks or added to a compost. I’ve put coffee grounds in my soil, and a friend of mine makes corn silk tea. There’s a practical use for almost any piece of food you might throw away.

13. Host a Potluck

I’m a picky eater, yet I love to cook. Sometimes I acquire ingredients for recipes that I don’t end up using again, or I try something and end up not liking it. So, I’ve hosted potlucks to use said ingredients. Invite friends over, and have leftover lunches for days. You’ll help everyone else also clean their cabinets. Win-win.

14. Get an App

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There are a few apps on the market that try to put a dent in the global food waste problem. Here are a few to consider:

  • The USDA FoodKeeper app aids in best practices of food and beverage storage to maximize quality and freshness.
  • Too Good to Go makes surplus restaurant food available for pickup before it gets thrown out.
  • Waste No Food helps food-based establishments, from farms to restaurants, to donate excess food to charities and and shelters.

15. Channel Bob Ross

Ever wish you could make art with your food outside of Instagram posts? Let the bright colors of your leftovers become the colors of your clothes or the paint on your canvas.

Yup, your peels and ends from scraps of everything from beets, spinach and lemons can be made into permanent fabric dye that could double as watercolor paint.

16. Life’s a Garden… Dig It!

Even the brownest thumbs can turn green. Try regrowing your food scraps, and see what happens. Put seeds in the backyard, or try sprouting them over a cup of water.

The Lesson: Waste Not, Want Not

It’s simple math: Buying less food means more money in your pocket.

It’s not going to happen overnight.

But with a few small adjustments and active intentions of how to better store, buy and cook food, you can start a ripple effect that will save time, money and food in the long run.

Who knows — maybe others will catch on. Look at Denmark. It reduced its food waste by 25% over a five-year period, and it didn’t happen without a real effort and cultural shift to address the problem.

Learn what works for you. Maybe you’ll grow a new habit if you just plant the seed.

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Her cat never wastes any food.

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Why Food Allergies Need To Be Taken Seriously

Last month, there was a news report about an 11-year old boy who died after a severe allergic reaction to fumes from the fish his grandmother was cooking. His father tried to give him his asthma medication but the nebulizer wasn’t enough to help him as he was gasping for air.

That just underscored the importance of understanding the seriousness of food allergies. While they are not always fatal, they can be. Here’s more information about allergies and how to be safe if you or your child suffers from them.

We’ve heard of allergic reactions from eating something but you can actually die from breathing fumes?

Yes parvalbumins in fish and tropomyosins in shellfish are responsible for the majority of immunoglobulin e (ige)-mediated allergies.

Under what circumstances can an airborne reaction to a food occur?

Symptoms of asthma increase sinus allergic rhinitis symptoms, or dealing with an active infection.

What would be a reason for an Epipen or nebulizer not working to relieve symptoms?

If there is a high allergen load or if there is an underlying illness that the young man or that anyone was dealing with. Asthma is a very strong predisposing factor.

How can we prevent tragedies like this from happening?

An underlying illness such as asthma should be well controlled. Any signs of infection should be treated aggressively as well by seeking appropriate medical attention; strict avoidance of the offending food; preparing own food; take long-acting antihistamine before accidental exposure; carry self-injectable epinephrine (2 doses), fast-acting antihistamine, and albuterol inhaler; wear Medic-Alert® identification.

What are some common airborne food allergies?

Wheat, soy, peanut, tree nut, shellfish, fish, milk, egg

 How are allergies diagnosed?

History & physical, skin testing, blood testing, oral challenge

Seasonal allergy symptoms are often very similar to a cold. How can you know the difference?

Typically allergy symptoms can get better with antihistamines. It is easier for people with allergies to get a cold.

If your mate eats something that you’re allergic to, how much time should you wait before a kiss? 

Depends. The allergic patient has to verify that mouth is thoroughly clean and even then there are no guarantees(they can have reflux from stomach causing anaphylaxis in the spouse/significant other). The patient has to have epinephrine on hand, fast-acting antihistamines, i.e. Benadryl, inhalers for asthma, etc.

Can other problems develop if an allergy is undiagnosed?

Yes. Allergy can lead to hives, sinus problems, acne, eczema, reflux and GI problems, swelling of mouth and lips, and asthma.

Do people outgrow allergies?

Some people do. Most children outgrow food allergy to soy, egg, milk, and wheat. Not necessarily for fish and shellfish as well as peanut and tree nut. Some allergies to indoor and outdoor inhalants can become dormant but then return later in life.

How often should you visit an allergist?

Everyone should visit an allergist at least once in their lifetime. For active problems such as asthma, we see patients every 3 months. For food allergy, we can now treat with close follow-up.

What treatment options are available for allergies?

For asthma, allergic rhinitis, and allergic skin diseases, we can perform skin testing, figuring out what allergic responses you have, then using this test to prepare an allergy serum for desensitization. In addition, we can perform oral desensitization treatment for food allergies, consisting of giving you small doses of the food and increasing over 6-9 months and desensitizing you so you can eat that particular food.

For those with severe allergies, will insurance cover the cost of the medication?

Yes, depending on your insurance plan.

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Tales from the Wallet: How to Save Money on Food

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There was an interesting threadjack the other day about how much people spend on groceries, and I thought it might make an interesting discussion for its own post. How DO you save money on food when you work long hours and don’t have a ton of time for meal prep and other things? When you’re cutting back do you cut back on restaurants, food deliveries, groceries and more? Do you do this for a period of time (no eating out for a month!) or do you try to do it for the long haul? (Side note: how do you track purchases so you can quantify what you’re spending on food?) (For those of you who DO do a lot of weekend meal prep and bring your own lunches, share your best tips!) 

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For my $ .02, I’ve never been great about tracking grocery spending — too much of our stuff comes from mixed-category stores like Amazon, CVS and more to be flagged easily by Mint. I also tend to swing wildly from overstocking the cabinets (aka “buying whatever I want”) one month to “realizing I’ve bought too much and now we must eat it” the next month, so one month’s spending may be $ 1000+ and another month may be $ 200. (But we DO save money when I buy grocery items because they’re on sale rather than “we need it right now,” so… I’m not sure what the answer is.)

In my very first job, I was on such a strict budget that I often realized I had $ 5 left at the end of the month — so I would end up bringing things like a raw potato and a slice of American cheese with me to microwave at lunch. I also perfected the art of making sandwiches with grocery store meat and cheese from home but with slightly-less-fresh bagels from the deli. A lot of these habits stuck with me even when I was a lawyer — I kept a 6-can mini-fridge (affiliate link) in my office so I could have yogurts, Diet Cokes, deli meat and cheese on hand… and I knew more than a few lawyers who kept a jumbo jar of peanut butter along with some crackers to “eat something quickly” if they really had no time to eat.  (Also great if you need to avoid getting hangry at work!)

In terms of restaurants and other food spending, that is generally easier for me to track and curb — after all, it’s easy to avoid the fanciest restaurants when you’re making plans, and you can even make intelligent decisions when looking at the menu, like getting the $ 16 pasta dish (and taking some home for later if it’s too many calories for you at that moment) versus getting the $ 34 fish dish and not having any leftovers.

How about you, readers — how do you save money on food? Do you feel like it’s harder to save money on food if you’re working long hours, or easier? After all, you may not be buying many groceries for your home fridge — but you may feel like you’re spending a ton on lunches or convenience foods.

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Where you can get food deals on Super Bowl Sunday, because sports!

Where you can get food deals on Super Bowl Sunday, because sports!


Where you can get food deals on Super Bowl Sunday, because sports!

Super Bowl Sunday may be mostly about football (ICYMI, the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots are squaring off this year), but the game day snacks are also incredibly, if not equally, important. The dips, the buffalo wings, the cheese—it’s basically a day dedicated to non-stop eating, punctuated with occasional angry gestures and cheers directed at the TV. If you’re hosting a viewing party this year and don’t feel like whipping up a full-blown feast, don’t worry. Plenty of restaurant chains and fast food joints are offering deals for the big game.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Remember how we said that Americans will be expected to eat 1.38 billion wings during Super Bowl weekend? (Casual.) That number might just increase if Buffalo Wild Wings has anything to say about it. If the game goes into overtime, you can get a free snack-sized order of wings on February 18th, according to a statement. Score.

Burger King

If you order Burger King on DoorDash, you won’t get charged with a delivery fee through February 4th. Fun fact: for orders of $ 10 or more, enter the promo code “MYSTERYBOX” and you’ll also get a surprise box delivered separately, to be opened during the Super Bowl.

Dickey’s BBQ

For game day, you can get $ 5 off any of their packs (picnic, family, or XL)—perfect if you’re hosting a lot of BBQ fans.

El Pollo Loco

If you purchase any of El Pollo Loco’s family meals on Sunday, you’ll get a free order of fire-grilled chicken nachos (tortilla chips, queso blanco, citrus-marinated chicken, and guacamole).

Hardee’s

Hardee’s deal is contingent on a “pick 6” (an interception returned for a touchdown) occurring during the big game—so cross your fingers. Because if it does happen, you’ll be able to grab a free sausage biscuit for breakfast on Friday, February 8th at participating locations (served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.).

Panda Express

To get a deal at Panda Express for the Super Bowl, simply enter the code “TOUCHDOWN” and you can pick from $ 10 off one family feast or $ 25 off two family feasts, according to the site.

Papa John’s

The pizza chain is offering five different Super Bowl deals on their site, ranging from “Game plan” (five large one-topping pizzas for $ 42.50) to “Fan feast” (five large one-topping pizzas, three bread sides and three desserts). Check out more deals on the site.

PDQ

Buy-one-get-one chicken tenders? Yes, please. Depending on your location, you can get the deal on their 25-tender and/or 50-tender platters. You can find out more on their site.

Pizza Hut

Order from “Pizza Hut Hut” (notice the temporary name change) on game day to get a large 2-topping pizza for $ 7.99.

This list will be updated as more information becomes available.

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The Right And Wrong Ways To Look At Food

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Whether you realize it or not, you hold certain beliefs regarding food. You have general ideas about what food is, what it is not, what it should do for you, and how you should approach it. These beliefs play a role in every decision you make around food. If you carry snacks in your car, if you skip breakfast, if you only eat meals by yourself, it is these subconscious or perhaps conscious ideas revolving around food that drive those actions. If you are unhappy with the results you are seeing in your body, both how it looks and feels, making the changes you want on the outside may require changing your perspective on food. Here are the right and wrong ways to look at food.

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Wrong: Food is just calories

When we think of food as just calories, we fixate on only counting calories and not considering the value of each calorie. That means we feel guilty about 700 calories no matter where they came from.

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The Weekend Reset: A great food hack, a new Beck track and why the internet is wack.

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

READ: The Internet of all things is fake, mostly.

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But you probably already guessed that? This explains how this comes to be. And it is as depressing as you might imagine. We are nearing the point where there are more bots than actual people on the web and that is where things like Skynet catch up with us. Fascinating (and depressing) stuff. Anytime I hear about how many streams a band has, or video views, I understand that those numbers are mostly meaningless. It’s all about cheating money out of people.

 

WATCH: Because sometimes Jenga just isn’t enough fun…

First things first: I am still catching up on movies released last year. And occasionally I end up watching something with friends I had skipped for whatever reason. Game Night is one of those movies. It had surfaced on streaming services recently and I finally got around to watching it the other night. I ended up watching it again the next day. If you have ever done game nights with your crew then this is immediately relatable. Until it isn’t. This is a clever, funny, fast paced movie that really works because the acting ensemble shines (Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams are so good here) and the characters are genuine. And yes, sometimes you will have to rewind things just to catch lines that you missed. It’s worth it.

 

EAT: An overnight one-pot chicken to eat off all week.

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Yes, there is the multi-paragraph origin tale before you get to the helpful parts. And yes, you are looking at a picture of how you should plan meals around said chicken. Ultimately, it is literally a bird in a pot. Nonetheless, for myself, this is kind of a game changer. It makes it easier to get more out of the chicken, especially if you need protein for the week ahead. There’s that. And the fact that you get a broth out of the whole deal is kind of a big deal.

 

CREATE: Yeah, you can. This suggests you should.

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I have no doubt that this isn’t the sort of thing that will resonate with everyone. But, for many of you it might spark a change you’ve been thinking about or looking for. If nothing else, it serves as a reminder about the importance of art in our civilization.

 

LISTEN: This is not your grandfather’s Beck.

I’ve had this on repeat for a couple days now. This is not “Loser” Beck. It’s not “Up All Night” Beck. Or “Lost Cause” Beck. It’s a cover of an obscure 1982 b-side that would find a bigger audience via This Mortal Coil. And by bigger audience, I mean artsy introverted liberal arts majors who bought anything that came out on the 4AD record label. The This Mortal Coil version (which Beck pretty much replicates) remains one of my favorite songs from that era for reasons which are impossible for me to convey. It’s all hormones and melancholy. This song has been released as part of an upcoming collection of songs inspired by the Oscar nominated movie Roma, which is on Netflix.

Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He’s currently chasing his spirit animal. 


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Seth Meyers Mocks Trump’s Fast Food Feast with Clemson Football Players

Seth Meyers spent most of his first “A Closer Look” segment of the week going through the latest revelations about Trump and Russia. But before he got there, he couldn’t help but spend just a few minutes on the fast food feast the president had with the Clemson University football champions at the White House Monday night.

While Trump’s government shutdown has driven federal workers to show up at food banks by the hundreds, “that’s not the food Trump was concerned with today,” the Late Night host explained.

Early in the day, Trump told reporters that he would be serving the team “McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger Kings with some pizza,” adding, “I would think that’s their favorite food.”

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To wash or not to wash? Food safety advice from the experts

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[VIDEO] Megan Hysaw: The Life of a Food Stylist and Lifestyle Blogger

Food and Lifestyle Blogger Megan Hysaw received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Southern California. Upon graduation, she attended the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, in Napa Valley. During her brief time in Napa, Hysaw worked for multiple Michelin star and James Beard Award-winning chefs including Peter Jacobsen of Jacobsen Orchards, a farm that supplies produce to Michelin restaurants in the Northern California area.

“I moved to New York to pursue my dream of being a food stylist and recipe tester,” said Hysaw. “The food blogging just kind of naturally flowed since I’m taking pictures of the food and making it look nice anyway.”

Hysaw’s career officially took flight after landing a coveted Culinary Production Internship with the Food Network. Her talent and eye for detail attracted brands to tap Hysaw for sponsored collaborations. Now she travels the world documenting and designing luxurious palates that would make anyone’s mouth water.

Watch the full episode to learn how Hysaw is taking the career of a food stylist to the next level and witness a day in his life as she takes over the MGM properties with three other notable influencers: model and actor, Keith Carlos; model and beauty entrepreneur Tatiana Elizabeth; and model, rapper, and actor Don Benjamin.

 


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New Zealand Food Price Data Due On Thursday

New Zealand will on Thursday release November numbers for food prices, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. In October, food prices were up 0.3 percent on month and 0.6 percent on year.
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New Zealand Food Prices Slide Seasonally Adjusted 0.2% In November

Food prices in New Zealand were down a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent on month in November, Statistics New Zealand said on Thursday – following the 0.3 percent increase in October.
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10 of the best delis for traditional food and Christmas treats

Step into a world of spices and chocolates, cold cuts, cheeses and Christmas favourites at delicatessens from Venice to New York

Francis Ford Coppola is just one of the many fans of this second-generation purveyor of regional delicacies from around Emilia-Romagna. Metal hooks, once used to cure hunks of mortadella from the rafters, still decorate the ceiling and the umami-heady funk of aged Parmigiano-Reggiano that perfumes the shop. Since opening in 1932, in Bologna’s Quadrilatero, a labyrinth of medieval streets, the store stocks some of the best charcuterie in town. When owner Giovanni Tamburini isn’t rubbing elbows with local politicians over plates of superlative tortellini, he plays in a rock band named Ciccioli Ciccioli, which translates as “pork cracklings” in local dialect. During the month leading up to Christmas, Bolognese come here to stock up on bottles of bubbles and baskets of gourmet goodies.
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Chocberry Kreations

 

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Know someone who is always here for chocolate-covered strawberries? Chocberry Kreations allows them to become their own chocolatiers with this DIY chocolate dipping kit.


Capital City Mambo Sauce

 

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Capital City Co. is a  family-owned company based in the Maryland suburbs, owned by Charles and Arsha Jones. Mambo sauce originated in the D.C. area, according to the company’s website. Pick up the sauce is D.C. or have it shipped via ordering online.






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Not Just Tea offers “hand-blended teas and whimsical tea accessories.”


Longevity Wines

 

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This family-owned winery is located in California’s Livermore Valley wine region. From their website, “We handle everything from bin to bottle,” says winemaker Phil Long. Current production is around 2000 cases, with plans to increase production to max out at around 2500 cases. “At 2500 cases it’s still more fun than work”. All of the wines are produced in small batches to keep a hands-on approach to quality control.”


Finally Ginger

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Finally Ginger founder Carol Emeruwa started baking ginger cookies 30 years ago to please the finicky taste buds of her child when chocolate chip cookies weren’t cutting it. Now her artisanal cookies, baked with three kinds of ginger, are available in five flavors: original ginger, lemon ginger, orange ginger, chocolate chunk ginger, and oatmeal cranberry ginger. All of the flavors were hits at the Black Enterprise office; there was literally nothing but crumbs left in the reusable metal git tins. They’re sold in select stores in New York and Ohio and online as gift boxes (1 or 2 dozen cookies), snack packs (individually wrapped in sets of two), and subscriptions (for three or six months).


Just Add Honey Tea Co. 

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In business now for 12 years, the husband-and-wife founders of the Just Add Honey Tea Co. are serving up more than tea at their café in Atlanta, Georgia. They sell extensions of their brand online as well as tea gift sets and accessories.


My Chocolate Soul 

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Mathematician turned pastry chef Ramona Thomas created My Chocolate Soul to share chocolates made from simple all-natural ingredients with the world.


Live Alkaline Water 

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Live Alkaline Water is 100% natural alkaline spring water was founded by Dr. Shayla Creer and Robert McCray whose family owned the spring for more than 100 years in North Carolina. It is available in Walmart and online.


 Sweet Dames Artisan Confections

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Not only has Sweet Dames Artisan Confections landed in Bloomingdale’s stores, the mouthwatering gourmet macaroons were voted one of the Top Five Desserts in NYC PopMarkets by MetroNYC and are available online.


3 Some Chocolates

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Everyone loves chocolate, but what makes 3 Some Chocolates so different? They blend three chocolates everyone loves—milk, white, and dark—combine it into one bar, and name it a “3 Some.”


 Sanaia Applesauce

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 Sanaia Applesauce is for applesauce-loving adults.


Flaky Bakes

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Flaky Bakes ships “piekies” – miniature pies in delectable flavors including pecan, cinnamon apple, and sweet potato.


Tummy Yum-Yum

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Tummy Yum-Yum makes gourmet candy apples including Snickers, S;mores, and cheesecake candied apples.


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Consumers plan to spend an average of $ 554.90 during the holiday weekend, with $ 207.30 going towards gifts, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

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32 Deals That Make Waking Up From Your Food Coma Worth it on Black Friday

By now, you’ve flipped through the Sunday paper and pulled out the Black Friday ads. Or, because it’s 2018, you simply visited your favorite stores’ websites to peruse electronic flyers.

But over the years at The Penny Hoarder, we’ve learned one important lesson: Just because a store tells you an item is a great deal doesn’t mean it actually is.

Sale ads often inflate the original prices on items that have been discounted in order to show you a better “percent off” price.

Sometimes those discounts are still a great deal. But it takes some extra research to know for sure.

This year, we want to help you save time and money on your holiday shopping.

We pored over the Black Friday ads for 11 major stores: Walmart, Target, Kohl’s, Macy’s, JCPenney, Best Buy, Costco, BJ’s, Sam’s Club, Kmart and Sears.  

We took note of items that are frequently discounted during the holiday season — the ones that stores advertise as being 40-50% off. Then, we checked those sale prices, not just across other Black Friday advertisements but also against the manufacturers’ usual prices.

A few questions you’re probably asking out loud to your screen:

Why aren’t any kids’ toys listed?

Most children’s toys aren’t expensive enough to warrant going out of your way to get a markdown at a store you don’t usually shop at. Stick with the convenience of your usual spot for kids’ toys, and you’ll reap worthy savings.

Why aren’t any clothes listed?

Most large discount and major department stores advertise sales on their own brands during Black Friday, so you can’t compare the same exact item among stores. If you like a certain store’s brand of clothing for kids or adults, you’ll be able to make the best judgment on its sales.

Where are all the TVs and laptops?

Black Friday specials on TVs and laptops are almost never worth a glance. These deals are usually special ordered for the shopping weekend and offer less robust specifications than the options you’ll find at other times of year.

Based on our very particular criteria, we came up with this short list of the best Black Friday deals for 2018.

Best Deals on Home Gadgets

Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo (Retail: $ 99.99)

Best Buy: $ 69.99

Target: $ 69.00

Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Generation (Retail: $ 39.99)

BJ’s and Best Buy: $ 19.99

Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation (Retail: $ 49.99)

Best Buy: $ 24.99

Target: $ 24.00

Amazon Echo 2nd Generation (Retail: $ 99.99)

Best Buy: $ 69.99

Target: $ 69.00

Amazon Fire TV Stick (Retail: $ 39.99)

Target, Best Buy, BJ’s, Amazon: $ 24.99

Google Home (Retail: $ 129)

Best Buy: $ 79.99

Target: $ 79.00

Google Home Hub with Google Assistant (Retail: $ 149)

Walmart and Best Buy: $ 99.99

Target: $ 99.00

Google Home Mini (Retail: $ 49)

Target, Best Buy, Walmart: $ 25

If you want to save even more, then head to Costco and stock up with a 3-pack for $ 99.99 in store or $ 69.99 online.

Roku Ultra Streaming Media Player (Retail: $ 99.99)

Target and Best Buy: $ 49.99

Roku Streaming Stick (Retail: $ 49.99)

Target and Best Buy: $ 29.99

JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker (Retail: $ 99.95)

Target and Best Buy: $ 59.99

Best Deals on Small Kitchen Appliances

KitchenAid Stand Mixers

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Model KV25G0XSL (Retail: $ 499.99)

Best Buy and Target: $ 219.99

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Model K45SSOB (Retail: $ 339.99)

Macy’s: $ 189.99

Ninja Professional Blender Model BL610 (Retail: $ 99.99)

Target: $ 59.99

Keurig K-Elite Single Serve Coffee Maker (Retail: $ 169.99)

Best Buy, Kohl’s, Target: $ 129.99

Best Deals on Small Electronics

Apple iPad Pro

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Beats PowerBeats Wireless Headphones (Retail: $ 199.95)

Target: $ 89.99

Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones (Retail: $ 199.95)

Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Target: $ 99.99

Walmart: $ 99.00

Philips Norelco OneBlade Pro Wet/Dry Trimmer (Retail: $ 79.95)

Best Buy, Kohl’s, Target: $ 39.99

Philips Sonicare Protective Clean 4100 Rechargeable Toothbrush (Retail: $ 59.99)

Target: $ 34.99

Best Deals on Vacuums and Carpet Cleaners

iRobot Roomba 600 Series

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Bagless Upright Vacuum (Retail: $ 499.99)

Best Buy and Kohl’s: $ 299.99

Dyson V7 Animal Cord-Free Vacuum (Retail: $ 399.99)

Best Buy and Kohl’s: $ 249.99

Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright Vacuum (Retail: $ 299.99)

Kohl’s: $ 199.99

iRobot Roomba 675 Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum (Retail: $ 299.99)

Best Buy and Target: $ 199.99

Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner (Retail: $ 199.99)

Best Buy and Target: $ 99.99

Best Deals on Health and Fitness Gadgets

Fitbit Charge 2

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Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS (Retail: $ 279)

Target: $ 199.99

Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS Plus Cellular (Retail: $ 379)

Target: $ 299.99

Fitbit Alta HR Heart Rate Wristband Smart Watch (Retail: $ 129.95)

BJ’s: $ 79.99

Best Buy and Target: $ 79.95

Fitbit Versa Smartwatch (Retail: $ 199.95)

BJ’s: $ 149.99

Best Buy and JCPenney $ 149.95

Sam’s Club: $ 149.86

Target and Walmart: $ 149.00

Fitbit Charge 3 Advanced Fitness Tracker (Retail: $ 149.95)

BJ’s: $ 119.99

Best Buy, JCPenney, Target: $ 119.95

Fitbit Ace Activity Tracker for Kids (Retail: $ 99.95)

Kohl’s: $ 59.99

Best Buy: $ 59.95

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Smartwatch 48mm (Retail: $ 299.99)

Best Buy and Target: $ 199.99

Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2 Activity Tracker for Kids (Retail: $ 79)

Target: $ 49.99

That’s all folks! But If you’re not seeing the items on your shopping list, then check out our tips for spotting the best Black Friday Deals.

Lisa Rowan is a senior writer and producer at The Penny Hoarder. Think she missed an awesome deal? Share the details on Twitter @lisatella.

Jessica Gray contributed to this article.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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Best roadside food stalls in America

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If you’re a keen traveler, you know the importance of getting a good meal in your bellies while you’re on the road. However, there are many countries where getting roadside food is unheard of, and you just have to wait until the next service station to pick up a sandwich and a candy bar. But not in America. America is filled with some of the best roadside food stalls that will keep you going during your travels. What more could you want?

Captain Cooks – Monticello, New York

Located in the Catskill Mountains in the very centre of the ‘Borscht Belt’ in Monticello, New York is the famous Captain Cooks. This roadside static caravan has been transformed into one of the best eateries on America’s roads. With their Italian heritage, the owners offer incredible Italian-American food infusions – including their yummy Sabrett Hot Dog heaped with all the trimmings. Grab a quick bite before you get back to your road trip.

Cookin’ From Scratch – Doolittle, Missouri

If you ever find yourself driving down the old Route 66 roadways, keep an eye out for the giant chicken – you can’t really miss it, to be honest! Cookin’ From Scratch is one of the most popular stops for truckers, with many of them wishing they drove this way just to try out their famous chicken. Each of the chicken steaks is pan-fried in individual cast iron skillets that give them an incredible juiciness, taste, and crispy skin without it being overly greasy like many fast food chains. If you’ve still got room after this insane chicken, you just have to try out their wild blackberry cobbler. It’s to die for.

Space Aliens Grill and Bar – North Dakota

If you want to rest your driving legs and have more of sit down meal, then the Space Aliens Grill and Bar is the ultimate roadside food outlet. Located in Fargo, North Dakota you could see this restaurant from space! With its creepy alien decor, futuristic theme and extra-terrestrial furnishings, it’s definitely a photo opportunity during your road trip. As if this wasn’t enough, the ribs here are incredible, and they’ve even been judged as the best in America.

Soulman’s Bar-B-Que – Van, Texas

Texas is known for its barbecue – and if you’re driving through Texas it would be rude not to try it out, right? Soulman’s Bar-B-Que offers some of the best roadside barbecue in America, and you definitely won’t regret it. Their meat is cooked slow and low over smoking hickory wood which not only gives it a delicious smoky taste, but it also makes the meat incredibly soft – and it just falls off the bone! Roadtrip + meat = match made in heaven.

Gladys Knight and Ron Winans’ Chicken and Waffles – Georgia

Sometimes you just really need chicken and waffles. Whether you’re in your hometown, on vacation, or driving across America – chicken and waffles just make everything better. This roadside restaurant offers some of the best home comforts in Georgia, meaning you can settle down and try out some green fried tomatoes, smoked turkey wings, collard greens, braised oxtail, and of course, fried chicken and waffles.

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