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FDA New Rules: Mandatory Calorie Counts on Everything, Even Popcorn and Booze

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The FDA is chomping down on food chains.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just announced new rules that will affect nearly everything we, as diners and consumers, put into our mouths.

That above statement is not hyperbole, by the way. The rules, a major extension of the 2010 law that required chain restaurants to disclose certain nutritional information. Listed under section 4205 of the Affordable Care Act, the mandate got push back from chains, especially movie theaters and pizza chains and the final rules were delayed for three year, according to the New York Times.

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Panther Coffee, Cacao Art Nominated for 2015 Good Food Awards

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Panther's Joel and Leticia Pollock are nominated for a Good Food Award.
For the third consecutive year, Panther Coffee has been nominated for a Good Food Award. The Wynwood-based, small-batch roaster is one of 23 finalists in the coffee category for 2015.

Panther took home two awards in 2014 and one in 2013, but husband and wife Joel and Leticia Pollock and their team will have to wait till January 8 to see if their Kenya Kirura coffee gets the top prize.

Located in San Francisco, the Good Food Awards honor America's talented and socially aware food entrepreneurs. For 2015 there are 206 finalists competing in eleven different categories including pickles, cheese, charcuterie, chocolate and beer.

Short Order caught up with Joel Pollock shortly after the nominations were announced and he said he and his team are very excited about the news. "It's a really cool program and a really cool competition that we feel shines a light on people who are working hard to do quality stuff and we're super proud to be part of it," said Pollock.

See also: Panther Coffee opening in Coconut Grove

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Pincho Factory Plans Franchise Expansion

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Pincho Factory's tostones burger.
Ever wanted to make a toston burger for your crew? A pastelito-cradled patty for your people? If you can cobble together a couple hundred thousand dollars, you can become one of Pincho Factory's first franchisees.

Nedal Ahmad's humble burger and pincho place has been on somewhat of a tear over the past couple of years. There are now three restaurants: one near FIU, one in Coral Gables, and the newest under construction in Hialeah. With franchising, many more could be on the way.

See also: Miami's Five Most Outrageous Burgers

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Giorgio Rapicavoli to Appear on Chopped Champions Tonight

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Remember two years ago when chef Giorgio Rapicavoli competed on Chopped and became the first Miami chef to win? The $10,000 gave Rapicavoli the chance to pop up Eating House, which has become a staple of Miami's dining and brunch scene.

Well, tonight the chef is making his way back to the show that kicked things off -- sort of. Tune in to the Food Network at 10 p.m. for the first Chopped Ultimate Champions tournament.

See also: Taperia Raca Offers Easy-to-Enjoy Tapas in MiMo

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Coca-Cola Life: Stevia-Sweetened Coke Available at the Fresh Market

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Coca-Cola Life is available!
Coca-Cola Life is here, Miami!

For the first time, the stevia-sweetened soda is available in South Florida, as of yesterday, August 25.

The soda, sweetened with a blend of sugar and naturally sourced stevia leaf extract, caused a sensation in 2013 when it was launched in Argentina and Chile.

Now the soda, packaged in a distinctive green can, is available exclusively at 65 select Fresh Market stores in the Southeast United States through mid-October. Miami is one of the lucky markets.

See also: Real Housewives of Miami's Ana Quincoces at Fresh Market Coconut Grove

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Is Burger King Moving to Canada?

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Burger King, the Miami-based fast-food behemoth, is strongly considering purchasing the Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons in a deal that would essentially merge the two food-service companies.

The deal is sometimes called a corporate inversion, which is "used by companies that receive a significant portion of their income from foreign sources, since that income is taxed both abroad and in the country of incorporation. Companies undertaking this strategy are likely to select a country that has lower tax rates and less stringent corporate governance requirements," according to Investopedia.

See also: Burger King's Proud Whopper Just a Bite in Company's Equality Stance

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Slow Food Miami Accepting Nominations for Snail of Approval Awards

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Michael Schwartz won the first Snail of Approval in Miami.
Just a few short years ago, Miami's food scene wasn't exactly known as a thriving mecca of locavore cuisine.

Even with its proximity to oceans teeming with fish and farms that raised everything from tropical fruit to cattle, South Florida establishments ordered more from Sysco than farmer Joe.

See also: Slow Food Miami Snail of Approval Tasting Party: Clean Bites on the Beach

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Blackbrick Named One of Bon Appetit's Top 50 New Restaurants

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Blackbrick is one of the Top 50 New Restaurants of 2014.
Bon Appetit has just released its list of the Top 50 New Restaurants of 2014 and one Miami establishment made the list of 50 nominees.

Blackbrick, Richard Hales Midtown Chinese restaurant was the only South Florida restaurant to make the list, compiled by Andrew Knowlton. According to Bon Appetit's website, although the restaurants range in cuisine, style, and size they all have one thing in common -- "flat-out ambitious deliciousness."

The restaurant was named New Times' Best Chinese Restaurant for 2014.

See also: Blackbrick Launches Brunch: Peking Duck and Waffles, Breakfast Fried Rice

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Eat This, Drink That, Go! Hits TV; Local Chefs Guest-Star Every Week

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Reality cooking shows are all the rage, but how about that old-school, vintage way of getting your interactive news? We're talking about radio. For three years, Jimmy Cefalo and Brenda Bassett have hosted the popular radio show Eat This, Drink That, Go!

Cefalo is a wine connoisseur, broadcaster, and former Miami Dolphins receiver who shares his passion for food and marketing conglomerate Cefalo's International with Bassett. Together, the two have been spreading their knowledge of local eats and drinks as well as tidbits on travels every Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. on 610 WIOD AM. And Mondays, you can catch a recap of all the action in a 30-minute TV version of Eat This, Drink That on the Beach Channel or AT&T U-Verse Channel 19.

See also: Molly Wizenberg on Her New Memoir: "Food Gives Rhythm to Our Lives"

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Study Finds Miami Food Trucks Cleaner Than Restaurants

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Stella Vidal Dansby and Stewart Dansby: food truck love.
Question: Which is a safer bet to eat -- a food truck taco or a burger at your local gastropub? If you're one of the people who think a brick-and-mortar restaurant would be cleaner and under more scrutiny by the state, think again.

Florida Watchdog.org has cited a recent study conducted by the Institute for Justice in Arlington, Virginia, that concludes food trucks are just as clean as restaurants. In the report "Street Eats, Safe Eats," the civil liberties law firm reviewed more than 260,000 food-safety inspection reports of both food trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants in seven cities, including Miami.

According to the Institute for Justice (IJ), "in every city examined -- Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. -- food trucks and carts did as well as or better than restaurants."

See also: Miami Fourth Best Food Truck City in America

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