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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This Thanksgiving, Shed Your Shame of Canned Cranberry Sauce

Categories: Holidays, Musings

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Photo by Rick Kimpel/WikimediaCommons
Back up off my cranberry sauce.
Sweet-sour cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving staple. But unlike most dishes that adorn holiday tables, it is highly unpredictable, second only to your aunt's turkey, which for decades has been a coin toss between bone dry and poultry sashimi.

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Michelle Bernstein's Seagrape and Crown Room at Thompson Miami Beach Now Open

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All photos courtesy of Thompson Miami Beach
Seagrape's patio combines ocean breezes with Michelle Bernstein's cuisine.
The Thompson Miami Beach may have officially opened this past Friday, but its restaurants and bars were closed to the public until yesterday.

Finally, people longing for Michelle Bernstein's cuisine or a Julio Cabrera-designed cocktail can do so with the opening of Seagrape restaurant, the Crown Room bar, and the 1930's House.

See also: Bernstein and Cabrera to Collaborate at Thompson Miami Beach

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The Pasta Plant Makes Italian-Inspired, Locally-Sourced Pasta Creations

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Photo by Hannah Sentenac
Italian eateries don't (typically) have much in the way of vegan-friendly fare. Butter, cream, and egg tends to be par for the course, key ingredients in the dishes we love so much.

But it is possible to recreate Italian flavors without any animal products, just ask Melanie Bozzo Perez, co-founder of the Pasta Plant. (Available at Farmer's markets listed on its Twitter feed.) The pastas, sauces, and ready-made meals are handmade, locally-sourced, sustainable, GMO free, unprocessed, organic, and, most importantly, delicious.

See also: Jugofresh Offering Vegan Pies for Thanksgiving

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27 Restaurant & Bar at Freehand Miami Beach Opens

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27 Restaurant & Bar is open.
27 Restaurant & Bar, the much-anticipated dining establishment at the Freehand Miami Beach, opens today, November 24.

The restaurant, which soft-opened this past weekend, is located in the original 1930s house that shares property with Freehand Miami Beach. The structure was gutted and designed by Roman & Willams, the design duo behind Freehand and the Broken Shaker.

Downstairs, you'll find the dining room, recalling the Miami of the '30s. Upstairs, a comfortable lounge features cozy sitting areas perfect for enjoying one of Bar Lab's creations.

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Gabrielle Hamilton, Dana Cowin, Lee Schrager Own the Miami Book Fair International

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Photo by Laine Doss
Three major industry players discuss their books.
This year's Miami Book Fair International was a star-studded affair with over 600 authors appearing at various readings, book signings, and panels. From Bravo-lebrity Andy Cohen to vampire queen Anne Rice, there was something for every taste -- be it champagne or blood.

But, the surprise breakout session turned out to be in a classroom at Miami Dade College, where three culinary professionals shared their insights for an hour.

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink's Hedy Goldsmith moderated the panel, which consisted of Dana Cowin (Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen), Gabrielle Hamilton (Prune), and Lee Schrager (Fried & True).

The talk was both insightful and fun, with Schrager breaking the ice to introduce his first assistant, who was in the audience to see him. She, in turn, shared a story about how Schrager, clearly fried chicken-obsessed, would forsake all the beautiful lobster and steak at fancy dinners, only to stop at Popeye's on the way home to devour a few pieces of their golden thighs and breasts.

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Freshii, Wynwood's First Chain, Is Cranking it Up in South Florida

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Courtesy of Freshii
Freshii's Baja Burrito

Despite Wynwood's stance as Miami's hottest neighborhood (and hotbed of new development), the area is still lacking in several key components needed to make it more habitable: quick, easy food being one of them.

But Freshii is aiming to fix all that. The Canadian chain opened its first South Florida location at 2300 NW Second Ave. a couple weeks ago. Since then, salads, wraps and juices have been selling like gangbusters.

See also: Jugofresh Offering Vegan Pies for Thanksgiving


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FIU's South Florida Brewfest Celebrates Local Beer

Categories: Booze Hound

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All photos by Laine Doss
FIU students served their own creations at the South Florida Brewfest.
FIU's South Florida Brewfest, held at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, was truly a local affair. Every brewery, from major players like Tampa's Cigar City to home brewers like Home Sick Brewing in Sanford, were born and brewed in Florida.

When you consider that there were over two dozen brewers pouring about 100 different beers, you can finally get the magnitude of just how far Florida has come in the craft beer industry.

See also: Dean Mike Hampton on Tomorrow's FIU's Brewfest: "This Will be a Lightbulb Experience"

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The Aussie Lamb Challenge: From Erickson's Chinese Sticky Ribs to Elliott's Albondigas

Categories: Food News

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via Aussie Lamb Facebook
Lamb on the Pit
The people from True Aussie Lamb are really making things fun by coming up with the Winter Wonderlamb Voting Sweepstakes.

The contest, which runs until December 15, lets the masses cast votes on Facebook for one of five dishes created by dynamic local chefs. All of the participating chefs were given a mystery basket before the challenge was started and created a special dish. .

Five randomly selected voters will win $200 gift cards redeemable at any of these five restaurants: The Dutch, Edge Steak & Bar, OTC, L'echon Brasserie, and Meat Market. You can vote once per day and the chef with the most votes will win $500.

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Miami's Best Eats and Eats This Week, Thanksgiving Edition: Best Premade Turkey, Pumpkin Pie and Restaurants

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Courtesy of Bunnie Cakes
It's a week of turkey filled celebrations.
For most people today kicks off a three-day work week. It will be followed by a five-day weekend filled with nonstop eating and drinking. If you haven't yet figured out what you'll be contributing to the Thanksgiving feast, we've got you covered. From a Waldorf salad recipe courtesy of Cesar Zapata, to Fireman Derek pies and where you can go to get the best premade Turkey dinners.

Thanksgiving week starts now.

See also: Vegan Thanksgiving in Miami: Whole Foods, Bunnie Cakes, and Potluck Eats

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