Turkey’s Black Sea coast: food to drive for

A cinematic landscape of monasteries, mountains and lakes offers a delicious slice of Anatolian life and makes for a superb culinary road trip

It was the talk of a traditional sweetshop that did it. In the Black Sea port city of Sinop, where boats have names like Masallah and Seref Kaptan, I had just finished a plate of mantı, large, soft dumplings topped with melted butter, chopped walnuts and thick, silky yoghurt. As I floated happily on a carb cloud, the waiter handed me a marzipan-style sweet (“a gift, you are our guest”) crowned with half a walnut. It was the handiwork of master confectioner Mehmet Gürbüz, whose shop, Sekerci Mehmet Gürbüz, run by his son, stands opposite the dumpling purveyor, Ornek Mantı. Mehmet himself, I was told, looks after his original wood-panelled shop in a small town called Boyabat, an hour inland.

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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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16 Simple Ways to Stop Wasting Food in Your Kitchen (and Save Money)

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

A man shops in the frozen food section of a grocery store

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

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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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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!

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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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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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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[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.

 


The Takeover is a web series that gives you a bird’s eye view into the life of four influencers and the BLACK ENTERPRISE team as they take over the MGM properties exploring all the amazing attractions that the resort has to offer. This series is powered by MGM Resorts. 

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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.






Not Just Tea

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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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Americans are set to celebrate this year’s Thanksgiving Day as a day of food, family, gifts and parades, and an opportunity for the annual shopping extravaganza.

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).

U.S. holiday sales are expected to rise between 4.3 percent a
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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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The taste of food is not protected by copyright, European Union’s highest court rules

The European Union’s highest court had to whey in on this dairy-based dilemma.

When one Dutch cheesemonger felt another Dutch cheesemonger’s product was too similar to its own, it was ultimately brought to the European Union’s Court of Justice, which ruled Tuesday that taste cannot be copyrighted.

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Most of us heap a little more food on our plates during the holidays—but how much? Nielsen has crunched the numbers and tallied how much Americans are buying—from the turkeys we roast in our ovens to the cinnamon we sprinkle in our cider. Read on to see how Americans will be setting the table—plus pick up some helpful hints about how to make your holiday more enjoyable this Thanksgiving.
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The coolest food trucks in America

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It seems like more and more food trucks are taking over the culinary world and we can’t help but absolutely love it! Food trucks have opened a new world for foodies, for those who just like to grab a bite on the go and especially for those who are looking to start a career in the restaurant business, it’s really a win-win for all sides. It’s almost like a micro-test of how well your business and concept could go before you go and invest thousands of dollars on opening a restaurant. Moreover, it’s like free advertising where you pretty much have your own rolling media platform and all you have to do is focus on cooking good food.

The amount of food trucks that have opened across the U.S. and across the world even, is simply ungraspable. People have realized that there is more than just sandwiches, ice cream or flipped burger, in fact, there is an entire world of tastes cuisines that is now open  for the wide public. You don’t have to book a table at a michelin star restaurant if you want top-notch food, because you can now buy gourmet food on the street if you are craving for something special. Food trucks have definitely gotten fancier over the years, but there’s still a neat variety of nostalgic trucks that serve just good but simple dishes. The best thing about traveling food trucks is that if you hear about a certain theme or concept that is being served in one side of the country, there’s a good chance you’ll get to taste it in your area because these babies go on food-tours as well! We’ve selected the coolest food trucks that can be found in the U.S in terms of design, taste and just overall awesomeness.

Thoroughfare Food Truck

This beautiful food truck opened it’s windows back in 2013 and has been serving the residents of Greenville, South Carolina ever since then. Neil and Jessica who also happen to be a married couple own this lovely truck and they serve a good combination of refined ut also familiar flavors. For example, you can get rosemary chicken salad topped with fine goat cheese. They also specialize in private events.

Border Grill

Ok, so this one has got to be all about good food, after all Border Grill was founded by two former Top Chef Masters contestants, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger. These two took their upscale Mexican food to the streets with their lovely Border Grill Truck. They just made a few tweaks to make their original menu fit the -on-the-go crowd. You can find six different tcos, five options for quesadillas and other great side dishes.

Cupcake Carnivale

On a sweeter note, Cupcake Carnivale is every dessert lover’s dream come true. From Strawberry Oreo Cookies & Cream to Chocolate Pumpkin Patch and That’s S’more, one can find the sweetest and most creative cupcakes they’ve ever seen. It’s truly a cupcake festival in one cute truck.

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck

This Hawaiian truck is one historical institute. The family business opened its gates and later its windows in 1953 when there were just a couple of shrimp recipes. What started as occasional stops alongside the North Shore soon turned into a sensation all over the country. Just by the number of signatures that are found all over the truck you can sense that this place is a must-visit.

Pepe

Washington D.C. wouldn’t seem like obvious choice or location for a food truck, but that’s part of the charm. This is a fusion-free food truck, which is kind of refreshing in a way. The menu constantly changes and some of the dishes you can find there are  grilled cheese with manchego, seared beef tenderloin and for dessert – hazelnut ice cream flauta. Yummy!

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Garden Grown: A Fresh Take on Hospital Food

You can’t get any fresher or more local than just-picked produce from the garden. That’s why Heidi Thompson, food-and-nutrition services manager at Westside Medical Center, decided to try growing herbs and vegetables right there at the hospital.

Parsley from the garden garnishes patient trays, and the herbs and veggies enliven menu offerings at Westside Medical Center’s Courtyard Café. The experiment fits in perfectly with Kaiser Permanente’s mission of helping members choose healthful, plant-based foods.

“Being very local is cost-effective and great for the environment. It’s also very fresh, which is good for nutrients,” Thompson said. “That’s the beauty and benefit of growing your own and having it right there.”

She and her staff started with an 18-foot diameter round bed for herbs in spring 2017. They harvested $ 700 worth of herbs that season, including mint, marjoram, thyme, rosemary, sage, oregano and parsley.

Last May, staff planted 115 vegetable starts in four on-site raised beds that are roughly 12-feet-by-4-feet. Over the summer, the garden produced lettuce, beets, spaghetti squash, leeks, purple scallions, heirloom tomatoes, a variety of peppers and such edible flowers as nasturtiums. For fall, the staff planted fall crops of rainbow carrots, scallion, purple broccoli and beets.

Evolution to healthier menu

The Courtyard Café treats customers to creations featuring the garden’s bounty — for example, chicken marinated in herbs from the garden, grilled and served over the ultra-local Red Sails and Buttercrunch Bibb lettuces. Look for the “Garden Grown” logo on the café menus and patient tray tickets.

Westside Medical Center’s food-and-nutrition service department — like those at other Kaiser Permanente facilities — strives to provide a bulk of café choices that are lower in fat and sodium. The café does not sell any sugar-sweetened beverages.

“The menu has evolved bit by bit to offer more interesting and healthier choices,” Thompson said.

Scott Sales, Westside Medical Center chef and food and nutation supervisor harvests a spaghetti squash from the medical center’s garden.

Scott Sales, Westside Medical Center chef and food and nutrition supervisor harvests a spaghetti squash from the medical center’s garden.

She credits the ingenuity of her staff. For example, Scott Kaopua, one of the cooks, focuses on creative salads with grilled protein as his specialty. He candies nuts, toasts cornbread croutons and mixes dressings to give salads extra oomph.

Courtyard Café diners appreciate his and other staff members’ effort. Customer feedback has been 95 percent positive so far this year, Thompson said. One customer remarked, “I no longer go to out to eat. My friends and family meet me here instead.” Other customers said they go to the medical center for lunch, even when they don’t have doctor appointments there.

Now that patients are enjoying eating the ultra-local produce, Thompson would like to get them involved with growing it.

“Eventually I would like this to be an education piece for our patients,” Thompson said. Gardening not only produces fresh vegetables packed with nutrition, but the activity itself also provides many benefits including fresh air, light exercise and a feeling of accomplishment.

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Two years after the Food and Drug Administration allowed manufacturers to add folic acid, a crucial B vitamin that prevents terrible birth defects, to their corn flour, very few have done so.

A new research report found that only 10 percent of corn masa flour and no soft corn tortillas contained folic acid, which can help prevent devastating neural tube birth defects, including spina bifida and anencephaly. The grain is a staple food in the diet of Hispanics, who have higher rates of the disabling and sometimes fatal defects.

The researchers, led by Dr. Godfrey Oakley, a birth defects expert and longtime advocate of fortification, examined about 40 corn masa and tortilla products in nearly a dozen grocery stores in Atlanta.

The review included national brands, which could indicate that fortification remains low across the U.S., leaving babies at risk, Oakley said.

“We’ve known since 1991 how to make new cases of this condition go away,” he said.

The findings disappointed Dr. Michael Dunn, the Brigham Young University professor of food science who conducted tests in 2016 to prove that folic acid was safe and stable in the corn products.

“I realized that the industry would be slow to move, but hoped it would have gained greater traction within two years than is being reported,” he said.

But Dr. Lisa Waddell, deputy medical officer with the March of Dimes, said a sample from one part of one city might not be representative.

“It’s intriguing and it’s interesting and it’s helpful, but it’s really limited,” she said. “It’s going to take a little time to see that change translated onto the shelves.”

A four-year battle led by a coalition of groups that included the March of Dimes resulted in the FDA allowing voluntary fortification.

It drew the attention of Congress, notably Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), who in 2016 urged the FDA to move forward.

Herrera Beutler was prompted by reports regarding a sharp rise in birth defects in Washington state.

From 2010 to 2016, in three central Washington counties, dozens of cases of anencephaly — in which babies are born missing part of the brain and skull — were detected at a rate far higher than the national average. State health officials investigated, but no cause was found.

“Unfortunately, this study highlights that not nearly enough manufacturers are choosing to take that vital step,” Herrera Beutler said in a statement.

Gruma, the Mexican company that makes most U.S. corn masa, was part of the original effort. It now fortifies its 4.4-pound packs of Maseca, which has the largest market penetration among Mexican and Hispanic buyers north of the border.

However, other sizes of Maseca may not be fortified. And other U.S. companies, including firms such as Bob’s Red Mill of Oregon, which includes corn masa among its 450 products, haven’t following the voluntary ruling.

Meghan Keeley, director of food safety and quality for Bob’s Red Mill, said company officials have discussed the move, but the firm doesn’t have a current supplier with a fortified masa available.

Proponents say that grain should be treated the same way as wheat, rice and others. Since 1996, all enriched grain products have been required to be fortified with folic acid to prevent neural tube defects, or NTDs.

Those are defects that occur early in pregnancy when the neural tube that forms the spine and brain fails to close properly.

After folic acid was added to enriched grains, cases of NTDs fell by up to 35 percent in the U.S. About 1,300 fewer babies each year are born with the defects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Corn masa wasn’t included as an enriched grain in 1996. Since then, consumption of corn products has risen, along with the Hispanic population in the U.S. Still, about 3,000 babies are born each year with NTDs, with higher rates among Hispanic women, the CDC says.

The new research highlights the need for mandatory fortification, Oakley said. But that would require a change in the way the grain is classified by the FDA, likely a time-consuming and cumbersome process.

Voluntary efforts rarely succeed, said Scott Montgomery, director of the Food Fortification Initiative at Emory University. It would take increased demand for fortified masa from large grocery chains, restaurants and tortilla chip makers to get manufacturers to add the vitamin.

Diane Stadler, director of the graduate programs in human nutrition at Oregon Health & Science University, urged manufacturers to take what she said is a cheap, easy step to help a high-risk population. She compared it to adding iodine to salt to prevent enlarged thyroid glands, or goiters.

“There’s a reason salt is iodized,” she said. “It is because our food system and our lifestyle don’t allow all members of society to consume sufficient amounts of these micronutrients.”

Meanwhile, families should carefully scan the corn masa on their grocery shelves. All women of reproductive age — but especially Hispanic women — should eat only fortified corn products and take daily supplements that contain 400 micrograms of folic acid, the researchers said.


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Hungry to Start a Food Truck? Get Your Business Road Ready with This Guide

For food lovers with the Midas Touch in the kitchen and ambitions of being their own boss, opening a restaurant would be a dream.

A really, really expensive dream. But there is an option that is slightly less pricy: running a food truck business.

While operating your own food truck will obviously still be a major investment, they’re typically cheaper than brick-and-mortar restaurants for a couple of reasons, including not having to sign a lease or employ a large staff.

But what exactly does it take to open and maintain your own food truck? I went to a seminar hosted by Tampa Bay Food Trucks to find out.

The company doesn’t actually own or operate any of its own food trucks. Instead, the it serves as a source of information and resources for local food truck owners.

Its network consists of over 170 food trucks and aims to help them generate as much revenue as possible by organizing events and alerting them to locations and catering opportunities. They also assist with the buying, selling and modification of food trucks.

Michael Blasco, TBFT’s chief eating officer and speaker at the seminar, wants to help potential food truck owners avoid making the same mistakes over and over, à la “Groundhog Day.”

While I can’t possibly impart everything I learned during the TBFT seminar, I can share some of the major tips, tricks and information I learned from Blasco.

Startup Costs

Michael Blasco poses for a portrait.
Michael Blasco, Tampa Bay Food Truck’s chief eating officer, teaches a seminar on the food truck business. He is pictured during a dinner break at a seminar in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, September 23, 2018. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all formula for determining startup costs in the food truck business, but let’s go over some of the major costs and decisions you’ll face in the beginning.

Truck vs. Trailer

Obviously, if you want to start a food truck business, this will be one of your first major startup costs. But do you want to go for a full-blown truck or a trailer? Your budget will play a major role in this decision.

You can find used food trucks with price tags between $ 15,000 and $ 60,000. But remember, you get what you pay for. You might be able to snag a truck on the low end, but if it’s in bad condition you could end up forking out double what you paid for it in repairs.

When shopping for used trucks, consider how much it will have to be modified to fit your needs and meet local health and fire regulations. The food truck is, after all, a vehicle, and your business will suffer if it can’t reliably get you from point A to point B. And if the truck is in the shop, that means your business isn’t making money.

If you’re willing and able to splurge, brand new food trucks will typically cost between $ 80-$ 100K, including equipment. Forking over that kind of money is a hard pill to swallow, but it means you’d be getting a truck that is definitely up to code and customized to fit your needs.

On the other hand, you could spring for a trailer. Trailers are generally more affordable than food trucks, but keep in mind that you’re going to need a vehicle capable of towing them. You have to factor that into costs.

Wraps vs. Paint

People order food at the Lakeland Food Truck Rally.
People order food at the Lakeland Food Truck Rally. Chris Zuppa/The Penny

Regardless of whether you choose a truck or a trailer, you have to brand it. And your design can make or break you. We all know we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but let’s be honest — a really good design will naturally draw us in.

Painting your food truck will be the cheaper option, probably in the $ 1,000 range.

Your other option is a wrap, which is printed vinyl that will be adhered to your truck. These are considerably more expensive, running between $ 2,500 and $ 5,000.

You might balk at the price, but Blasco insists that wrapping a truck is the way to go. It can impact your sales upwards of 50%, he says.

Wraps are durable and will give your truck a clean design, which looks more professional to the consumer’s eye.

Remember, your food truck is literally a moving advertisement for your business. You have limited space, so carefully consider a design that will get your brand and name across clearly.

Blasco offers a few tips when it comes to placement.

Trailers typically ride pretty low to the ground, so your branding needs to be high enough that cars driving next to you can clearly see who you are. But for trucks, don’t put your name and information too high up, and definitely don’t put it on your serving window.

Generator

Brace yourself, because generator prices are a bit shocking: A proper food truck generator can set you back anywhere between $ 3,000 and $ 10,000. Yikes.

“Wraps and generators are like band-aids,” says Blasco. “It’s hard to accept how much they cost, but you just gotta rip it off.”

The type of food you’re serving and the amount of appliances you have will determine how many watts you’ll need to run on a regular basis. Do you need a refrigerator, freezer, fryer, stove, lights and an exhaust system? Oh, and don’t forget air conditioning.

Blasco suggests running propane when possible to avoid using too much electricity.

Don’t just consider the amount of wattage you need when generator shopping — consider also how loud the model is. Blasco warns that loud generators will deter customers and suggests they shouldn’t be louder than 68 decibels.

POS System

Sara Harper and Martin Restrepo order food at the Lakeland Food Truck Rally
Sara Harper and Martin Restrepo order food at the Lakeland Food Truck Rally. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

The whole point of your food truck is to sell your delectables to hungry customers, right? In order to do that, you’re going to need some form of POS, or a point-of-sale system.

Oh, you say you want to run a cash-only food truck? Blasco encourages potential food truck owners to rethink that plan.

Sure, cash-only is the cheapest option — all you need to do is buy a lockbox and you’re ready to go. But we are living in an increasingly paperless world, and people are less likely to be carrying cash. You could be missing out on potential customers by not offering card or mobile payment options.

Plus, a cash-only business means you won’t have anything to track your sales or inventory.  

Luckily for food truck owners, payment processing systems have come a long way, so you don’t have to sacrifice precious space with a clunky cash register. With some services like Square, all you need is an iPad.

This is another cost that can be considered both startup and ongoing. Depending on the service you choose, some costs you may end up paying include a monthly POS fee, card processing fees and mobile data fees.

Initial Product Inventory

Madison Bray eats nachos smothered in cheese sauce, guacamole, pico de Gallo and sour cream.
Madison Bray eats nachos smothered in cheese sauce, guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

This category goes without saying, but we’re going to say it anyway.

Some of your startup funds will have to go toward food, kitchen utensils, pots, pans, napkins, plates — the works.

Shop for products in bulk to save a penny or two, and consider potential food cost percentage when making purchases. You should aim to keep your food cost between 18% and 25% of overall cost.

A high food cost means low profit. But if your food cost percentage is super low, that probably means your prices are too high.

Operating Costs

Propane powers the Spontaneous Consumption food truck. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

We’ve already touched on a couple of ongoing costs that you’ll be facing as a food truck operator, such as inventory and card processing fees. Let’s go over some more, shall we?

Unless you’re going to be running a one man/woman show, you’ll have to pay for labor, aka employees. And consider some hidden labor fees, like travel time to and from location.

Some cities and states have health codes that prohibit food preparation within a truck, which means you have to use a commissary. A commissary is a licensed, commercial kitchen where you can prepare and store food; maybe you can even park your truck there overnight. But commissary use means paying monthly rent.

Some other recurring costs to keep in mind include:

  • Fuel — both propane and gas
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Event fees
  • Marketing and advertising

Branding Is Key

Business cards sit at the window for Vanchetta Rolling Rotisserie during a Tampa Bay Food Trucks seminar in Tampa on September 23, 2018. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder
Business cards sit at the window for Vanchetta Rolling Rotisserie during a Tampa Bay Food Trucks seminar in Tampa on September 23, 2018. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Blasco stresses that in the early process of opening a food truck business, branding is everything. It’s even more important than the food.

“No one knows what or who you are, so presentation is everything,” he says.

One major tip: Don’t pick a name you have to explain.

Sure, you might have your heart set on “The Awesome Possum” as your food truck name, but if a customer sees your truck, what will they think you sell? That’s right. Their brain will automatically think you sell possum. And no one wants that.

On top of picking a clear name, Blasco stresses to all of the seminar attendees that you should pick a food theme and stick to it.

One food type means a smaller menu. A smaller menu means faster output, which results in more customers. As a rule of thumb, food trucks should aim to have about five main menu items.

When Joe Dodd first attended the Tampa Bay Food Trucks seminar, Blasco told him that his food truck would fail. His range of menu items was broad and the name, Taste Buddz, didn’t convey a clear theme.

Eventually, Dodd took the seminar’s advice and rebranded his business as Soul Food Street Kitchen, commiting to a clear name and one type of food. It paid off — his sales went up 30%.

A Day In the Life

Jacquelyn Hayes (right), and her daughter, Miranda Hayes, 14, serve customers
Jacquelyn Hayes (right), and her daughter, Miranda Hayes, 14, serve customers. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

We’ve covered a lot of the technical aspects of running your own food truck business; now let’s talk about the day-to-day life.

Consider yourself warned: Food truckers put in long hours, operate on a sporadic schedule and do it all inside of a sweltering truck full of cooking equipment.

On average, food truckers will shoot for 20 to 25 shifts a month, working double shifts three days a week.

When you’re working doubles, that means being up by 7 or 8 a.m. to get prepped and on site by 11 a.m. for a lunch shift, which will usually end around 3 p.m. Then you have to get everything cleaned and packed up, and head to your next location for a dinner shift. By the end of dinner and cleaning for the night, you probably won’t be home until 10 p.m.

Blasco says that the long hours and the heat are some of the hardest parts of working as a food trucker — that, and securing spots.

You could work with a company like Tampa Bay Food Trucks that helps you find locations and gigs. But if you’re operating solo, finding lucrative spots that you are legally allowed to sell at will be more difficult.

Let’s Wrap It Up

Cheerleaders hang out at a food truck rally.
Kassidy Lehner (center) hangs out with friends. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Get it? Like a food truck wrap? Please, hold the applause.

We covered a lot of information, but trust me when I say there’s a lot more to be learned about running a food truck business. We didn’t even touch on insurance, permits or any legal costs you might incur! But here’s a pro tip or two: Permits and regulations vary state to state, and your personal car insurance will not cover a food truck.

Hopefully, this information can at least serve as a starting point for any potential food truckers out there.

Ultimately, running a food truck is just like running any other business, even a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Preparing yourself with as much information as possible can only help you.

Kaitlyn Blount is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. If she ran a food truck, it would specialize in grits, and would be called Let’s Talk About Grits, Baby.

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