Philly Offers Many Great Food Events This Time Of Year.

There are many great food events happening in Philly this time of year, check some of them out this week.

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On Wednesday, April 16th at the Academic Bistro takes place at 5:30 p.m. Three amazing women are joining together to make this a memorable food event in which food will be featured from Tia McDonald (Vetri Foundation) and Barbie Marshall (Green Meadow Farm). In addition, complimentary wine pairing will be offered by Megan Storm (The Artisan’s Cellar). You can go here to get tickets for the event for $50.00.

On Thursday, April 17th, the Franklin outpost of the venerable gourmet grocery is going to launch a Thursday Happy Hour during the hours of 5p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be cheese, beer, wine and oh yeah, more cheese. You can enjoy these delicious tasting treats for free and easily buy the items that you love so you can feast on them in your very own home.

You can enjoy an amazing view of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Ben Franklin flag-lined parkway when you attend the Farm Fest at the Oval. The festival runs from Thursday, April 17th until Saturday, April 19th. New vendors will be featured every day of the event, plus, each day there will be exciting activities for kids and adults. For more details just click here.

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Don’t Miss Out On Attending The NRA Show This Year.

 Every year, during the course of a four day span, over 1800 suppliers and thousands of buyers get together to create a positive lasting network that help drive and shape the foodservice, hospitality and restaurant industry.

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The NRA show is a culinary event that everybody in the food industry should attend at least once in their life. It is a great opportunity to learn about new trends and products that can be used to enhance a food business. Plus, you can find ideas that could make the difference between running a successful foodservice, hospitality or restaurant.

Every year at the NRA show, many celebrity chefs attend the event to give inspiration, tips and help too their fellow colleagues and comrades. There is always something interesting, fun and exciting to obtain from this food event. So, don’t miss it this year, the event begins on May 17th and runs through May 20th.

For more information regarding the NRA Show and to register please visit:

http://show.restaurant.org/Home

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Surprise Everyone with These Adorable Christmas Penguins

I don’t think I have ever seen such an adorable appetizer, these cute Christmas Penguins are to die for, I love them. I am always looking for new and unique items to serve at my family Christmas party and these lovely treasures certainly fit that bill. I can’t wait to show them off to everyone who attends the party.

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Adorable Christmas Penguins

 

 

Ingredients:

4 cans of very large pitted black olives, make sure to drain them

64 small sized pitted black olives, make sure you drain them

About 16 ounces of Cream Cheese, make sure it is softened at room temperature

64 slices of a peeled carrot, thinly sliced

32 green onions, use the long green section only

 

 Steps:

 

 * First cut a small triangle wedge out of each carrot slice.

 * Push the narrow end of the triangle wedge into the wide hole of each small olive until it comes out the small end of the olive, this is the head and peak of the penguin.

  * Carefully, make a slice through each large olive, don’t cut completely through the entire olive, just one side of it.

 * Gently, pull the large olive open and push cream cheese in it, this is the belly/body of the penguin.

 * Put the filled large olive on a carrot slice, make sure to put the large side down on the carrot. Also, try to line the olive so it is in the center of circle, it will look like the carrot is the feet of the penguin.

 * Use a long toothpick and push it through the body and into the feet to hold the penguin together.

 * Put the head of the penguin on the toothpick, on top of the body and feet. Make sure the beak side is facing frontwards.

 * Wrap the long green part of a green onion around the neck area of the penguin, this is the scarf. You can do this part now or want until you are ready to serve them.

 

 Now, put these in an air tight container or wrap them securely with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator. They will last a few days in the fridge as long as you cover them tightly. I hope you all enjoy these little penguins. I really think they are adorable and would like to thank http://www.foodiewithfamily.com/2011/12/13/black-olive-penguins/ for posting them for all of our families to enjoy.

 

 

 

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Are You In The Mood For A Delicious Culinary Treat?

Are you in the mood to eat a delicious culinary treat? If so, your best choice might be fresh stone crab claws. These scrumptious culinary treats will tantalize your taste buds and warm up your soul.

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Stone crab claw season is in full swing, it began on October 15, 2013 and goes until May 15, 2014. Of course, many of you probably don’t have the option of capturing and harvesting your own stone crabs, which is why I am here to show you how you can get your hands on yummy fresh stone crab claws.

If you just can’t wait to get your hands on a delicious culinary treat like stone crab claws, then just take a trip to Uberstonecrabs.com. They are a popular and reliable distributor of stone crab claws. The best part is Uberstonecrab will ship these remarkably tasty treats straight to your door within 24 hours of when you place a stone crab claw order.

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There is nothing worse than being in the mood to eat a delicious culinary treat and not being able to get your hands on one. So, don’t wait any longer, take a trip to Uberstonecrab so they can put your crab claw order in a box that is equipped with temperature controlled setting, then ship it out to you, now.

 

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Classic Way To Fix Stone Crab Claws

Stone crab meat is considered a delicious indulgence in most of the United States. Many people truly enjoy eating the tender flavorful flesh that is in the claws of a stone crab. Stone crab claws can often be purchased at local Florida markets, but makes it difficult for non-florida residents. Thankfully, people can purchase these fantastic indulgences from Uberstonecrab.com. My friends and I can contest that the Uberstonecrab that we have eaten is extremely fresh, flavorful and tasty.

We often eat stone crab claws from Uberstonecrab and frequently order other gourmet elements from cherrymoonfarms that go amazing with our crab claws. Our favorite way to fix stone crab claws is by using this classic stone crab recipe.

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Classic Stone Crab Recipe:

Take a large saucepan, place it on heat, add 1 cup salt, add 6 quarts of water, bring water to boil, add 12 crab claws. At this point, your water will stop boiling momentarily, bring water back to an active boil, turn heat to medium. Cover pan, simmer for approximately 8 to 10 minutes. Drain claws, place them in cold water to stop cooking. Crack claws and Serve.

My friends and I like to serve our stone crab claws with a tasty mustard sauce, but many people enjoy eating their claws butter or horseradish sauce. You might want to experiment with different sauces and methods of serving your stone crab claws. Personally, I often serve mine with a variety of dipping sauces, which always makes my roommates happy.

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A Classic Guacamole Recipe

Do you like to eat Guacamole? Have you been looking feverishly online for a delicious guacamole recipe, but find that there is a ton of different guacamole recipes on the internet? If you answered yes to these questions, then you should definitely make this delicious recipe. It is a classic guacamole recipe that will delight your palate and lift up all your senses. Hope you enjoy it.

You really should try this tasty dip out.

You really should try this tasty dip out.

 

Guacamole Recipe Just For You

Here are the ingredients that you will need for this yummy recipe:

8 to 10 Haas Avocados, make sure your Avocados have mostly brown skins

2 small chopped red onions

2 small diced tomatoes

2 large stemmed, seeded and diced jalapenos

½ cup chopped cilantro, chop a little more to use as a garnish

Juice of two lemons

Salt according to taste

Tortilla chips for dipping

Directions for recipe:

Cut Avocados into halves, Pull apart each avocado and push your knife hard into the pit of each one. Using your knife pull out the pit and use a paper towel to take the pit off your knife, be very careful not to cut yourself. Now, use a spoon to clean the flesh out of your avocados and put your flesh into a bowl.

Add all the ingredients into the bowl that contains the avocado flesh, using a fork to combine all the ingredients together. Your goal is to breakdown the avocado flesh down to a pulp, while combining all the other ingredients into the mixture. Continue mashing all ingredients together until you no longer have any chunks or hard avocados flesh left.

Taste your mixture, season with salt and lemon juice, if needed. Serve with tortilla chips. This Guacamole is very tasty and isn’t just a dip, it also goes great on top of tacos or as an accompaniment to fish.

 

 

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Rare Virus Is Spreading Across The U.S.

The federal Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta announced that four more Hepatitis A cases were reported during last weekend. It has been determined that these cases are associated with Turkish Pomegranate Seeds. There has been 140 cases reported in total over the last few months.

This type of virus is rarely seen in the United States. The genotype required for the virus is mostly seen in places like the Middle East or North Africa. However, as stated by the Center for Disease Control, the Hepatitis A cases have occurred in these states:

·        69 in California

·        20 in Arizona

·        26 in Colorado

·        8 in Hawaii

·        6 in New Mexico

·        6 in Nevada

·        3 in Utah

·        2 in Wisconsin

Everyone affected by the virus is known to have consumed “Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend”, which contained Turkish Pomegranate Seeds. The products that seem to have caused the virus outbreak came from Costco and Harris Teeter stores.

This Townsend Farm Blend seems to be the cause of the outbreak.

This Townsend Farm Blend seems to be the cause of the outbreak.

Here are some facts in regard to the people who become infected with the Hepatitis A virus:

·        56% of the people infected are women

·        The ages of the people infected are between 1 and 84 years old

·        59% of the people infected are between the ages of 40 and 64

·        There were 8 people under the age of 18 infected by the virus. None of the children had been previously vaccinated.

·        The dates when the illness took place is 3/31/2013 – 6/24/2013

·        There haven’t been any deaths reported due to the virus.

If you would like more information about the Hepatitis A outbreak just visit the food safety news website online.

 

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A Beer Glass Designed For Anti-Social People

A Brazilian Bar might have come up with the perfect solution in regard to anti-social customers who fiddle with and stare at their cell phone during a night at the bar. The solution is a beer glass that stands upright only when it is balanced on top of a mobile cell phone.

Pretty clever, idea.

Pretty clever, idea.

The glass has been constructed with a section of its bottom thickened base cut in a fashion that only lets the glass stand upright when it is positioned on a phone. It was created by Fischer & Friends, an advertising agency. In addition, this glass was revealed at a bar called the Salve Jorge in Sao Paulo, which is known to be the biggest drinking city in Brazil. It is being used in hopes that patrons put down their cell phones when socializing.

Flavius Cinira an owner of the bar said, “The spirit of Salve Jorge is to bring together friends and everyday warriors, as we used to say, in a happy environment around good food and cold beer.”

This glass was created in hopes that people become free from the online world and rally them to socialize face to face instead of always using their smart phones. In addition, the offline glass was cut for a traditional Brazilian chopp, which a glass of draft beer that is smaller than a pint. It was created for Salve Jorge bar and fits a variety of different cell phones. The creators of the glass claim that it is shaped and sized to prevent condensation from building up and running down the glass thus destroying cell phones.

The video that promotes this beer glass starts out by saying, “Isn’t it boring to be at a table in a bar with someone who just plays with their mobile? We resolved this problem.”

The mobile phone usage in Brazil has been on the rise and continues to climb every day. According to the national telecommunication Anatel there are 134 cell phones per 100 people and according to Forbes at least half of Brazilians will own a web capable cell phone within the next two years.

 

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Can Three Glasses Of Fizz Improve Your Memory

Current studies are showing that drinking three glasses of champagne a day can help decrease the odds of getting diseases like Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

 Researchers have discovered that an element in black grapes, also known as Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier grapes, may help improve your memory drive. These kind of grapes are often used in champagne and a variety of wines.

Black grapes can help with memory loss.

Black grapes can help with memory loss.

 A bio-chemistry professor at Reading University named Jeremy Spencer said “Dementia probably states in the 40’s and goes on to the 80’s. It is a gradual decline and so the earlier people take these beneficial compounds in champagne the better.” There are other experts who agree with everything that Mr. Spencer has said in regard to champagne being beneficial to those who are apt to get dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

 This is not the first time researchers or scientists have seen the benefits that champagne can bring to the human body. In 2009, experts found that champagne is also good for your heart because of the cocoa and red wine polyphenol antioxidants that are within it. It is believed that these types of antioxidants help reduce the effects of cell-damaging free radicals in the human body. These antioxidants are different from the ones that researchers are referring to when they are speaking of how champagne can help improve your memory. Regardless, champagne seems to be filled with beneficial elements that can improve a person’s health in some way.

 

 

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Attention Restaurant Owners: Here Are Some 2013 Trends Just For You

We are on our way into the New Year wondering where food will take us all. Many experts are stating that people will eat smaller this year, meaning that folks will be eating more locally grown foods and buying more of their food products from local markets. This might become a real problem for bigger food manufacturers and restaurants. They will surely have to come up with methods of supplying more nutritional, tasty and inspiring food products. Matter of fact, they might simply have to follow some of these trends that experts are saying will be hot in 2013.

First, restaurants and bigger manufacturers will have to offer “pure” foods. Consumers will be expecting to buy foods that contain ingredients in which people can actually pronounce. Customers will also want most food to be bought and manufactured locally.

Second, restaurants and bigger manufacturers will need to offer healthy foods that appeal to children and adults. This means that they will have to pay close attention to allergies of kids and their parents. In addition, in restaurant situations staff will have to be trained to be kid-friendly because this is expected to be the year of families.

Hopefully, now that you know about these trends as restaurant owners and big manufacturer managers you will be able to prepare yourself for success this year. Surely, with the good preparations and this knowledge rising to the top of the food industry will be a simple endeavor for your company. Good luck to you all and May you all have a fantastic 2013.

 

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