Six Vegan-Friendly Pumpkin Treats

Categories: Vegan

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With pumpkinpalooza in full swing (have you seen the shelves at Trader Joe's? HOLY GREAT PUMPKIN!), now's the time for putting maximum amounts of pumpkin in our pieholes.

Vegans, of course, have a more limited menu of options in this (and every) department. Pumpkin spice lattes are out -- so is pumpkin ice cream and pumpkin Pop Tarts. Bummer.

Luckily, there are some delicious pumpkin treats that are free of animal products -- you've just gotta know where to look. Check out five after the jump.

See also: Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts: Pumpkin "Cheezecake," Pecan Pie, Pecan Caramel Truffles (Recipes)

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Beerfest Is Saturday: Two Dozen Beers to Watch Out For (and Last Chance for Discount Tickets)

Categories: Beerfest

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Max Reed
Drink beer. Wear hats.
The 17th-annual New Times' Original Beerfest, presented by Isle Casino, happens this Saturday, and it's going to be epic, people.

If you love beer, there's absolutely no better way to spend your day than sampling more than 100 different beers waterside at Fort Lauderdale's beautiful Esplanade Park.

See also: Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival Returns for Third Year

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Farmers' Market Season: What's Open in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

Categories: Blog Watch

Courtesy of West Palm Beach Green Market
Fall is in full swing in South Florida, which can mean only one thing: farmers' markets. And lots of them.

The greenmarkets are back in business starting this month, and this year brings a few expansions and improvements to the outdoor market places we know and love. That includes everything from an unlimited Sunday-morning mimosa bar in West Palm Beach to dozens of new and specialty vendors at markets including Wellington and Royal Palm Beach.

If you're looking for the dates, times, addresses, and details on South Florida's most popular farmers' markets in Broward and Palm Beach counties, look no further.

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Valet Parking, Sushi-Grade Tuna, and Gourmet Cheese Only at Palm Beach Island Publix

Categories: Really?

Nicole Danna
The Palm Beach Island Publix offers valet parking, sushi-grade tuna, and specialty meats like ground buffalo.
South Florida has a love affair with food shopping. We wait in line during season at Whole Foods, not-so-patiently await the opening of each new Trader Joe's, and have enough upscale Fresh Markets to keep our pantries routinely stocked with specialty grocery items.

Which makes it easy to forget about Florida's favorite, longtime chain grocer: Publix.

Of the 753 Florida locations, Publix currently operates 73 grocery stores in Palm Beach County, including one very special store on the Island of Palm Beach that sells sushi-grade tuna and gourmet cheese and offers free delivery from its pharmacy -- there's even valet parking.

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Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Starts Next Week: Five Places to Watch the Action

Categories: Happening

Over the course of the next couple of weeks, yachts of all shapes and sizes will be descending upon the City of Fort Lauderdale like drunk dude-bros on Taco Bell at 4 a.m.

Tickets to the show range from about $22 to $42 per person. And while getting in will give you up-close and personal access to the boats, the crews, and the 1 percent owners and buyers, there's no need to fork out the cash -- or deal with the craziness -- if you're just looking to sneak a peek of the actual motor vessels themselves.

Starting now through after the show, the eateries lining the Intracoastal Waterway offer prime views of the yachts making their way to and from the annual party event. Here are the five best places to get in on the action, without actually attending the 55th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

See also: Foodies' Guide to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

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Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival Returns for Third Year

Categories: Happening

Courtesy of the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority
Delray Beach is quickly becoming known as the foodie capital of Broward and Palm Beach counties. That's evidenced by a growing number of new establishments hitting Atlantic Avenue, as well as a growing number of tasty food affairs.

On Saturday, November 8, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, November 9, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Delray Beach will host its third-annual Wine and Seafood Festival, showcasing local restaurants and internationally renowned wineries.

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Jimmy John's Issues Noncompete Clause to Its Employees

This giant sub might become a bitter pill to swallow.

The lengths to which some companies go to protect their image can sometimes be, well, ridiculous at best. In the olden days, before chefs and foods became trendy and marketable, when mom-and-pop operations staked their claims and reputations on their family name, you found real quality control. Since larger culinary entities began their hostile takeover of American plates and palates, you'll find that quality isn't what it used to be. This has given over to some bizarre corporate paranoia.

It's bad enough that many of these entities barely represent hollow shells of what they purport to be -- Italian food chains that don't salt the pasta water, pizzamakers who want you to stink like their product -- the mind-boggling ideas that get green-lit in corporate boardrooms are at times too much to handle.

The food service industry has routinely been unkind to its employees, especially in these big-box companies. But Jimmy John's latest "idea" to keep itself above its competition, real and/or perceived, is laughable and incredibly sad all at once. Kinda like their J.J. Gargantuan sandwich.

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Temple Street Eatery Offers Asian Fusion That Is Anything but Traditional

Categories: Review

In the main dining room: Alex Kuk (general manager and co-owner) and Diego Ng (chef and co-owner).
Alex Kuk grew up in a restaurant family.

When other kids were out playing after school, Kuk was at work. While his friends celebrated holidays, he and his family were busy waiting on festive diners.

"It's not your typical lifestyle," says Kuk. "Family time is creative. Dinner may be at midnight at the restaurant. It all comes with the territory; it's not your standard 9 to 5."

Kuk, the grandson of a Miami restaurateur and nephew of Christina Wan (of the eponymous Mandarin House), and his family have owned dining establishments throughout South Florida since 1966.

And his Temple Street Eatery is the latest addition to the Wan family's roster.

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Broward and Palm Beach Eateries Represent at Seed Food & Wine Festival

Categories: Vegan

Photos by Hannah Sentenac
Charlie Grippo of Green Bar & Kitchen.

This past weekend, plant-based businesses, chefs, celebrities, authors, and eaters swarmed Miami for the inaugural Seed Food & Wine Festival. This vegan wonderland featured two celeb-studded private dinners, a VIP cocktail party, a film screening, a kids' cupcake affair, and the main event: festival day.

With several thousand people packing into the Midtown Miami tents, it was sensory overload for herbivores and omnivores alike. Best of all, lots of Broward and Palm Beach eateries were there, eagerly dishing up their plant-powered eats. Check out who showed after the jump.

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Could Ebola Kill Our Chocolate Supply?

Categories: Food Politics

By David Monniaux via Wikimedia Commons
Could Ebola also cause a chocolate shortage?
Last weekend on a flight from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Chicago, a man felt queasy and fainted. As paramedics met him at the gate in the Windy City, rumors spread throughout the plane: The man had Ebola. He had just come from Liberia. He was contagious.

Of course, no one actually knew anything, and the man was most likely just airsick. And yet, a second health-care worker has contracted Ebola and flew on a Frontier Airlines flight to Cleveland.

Now, there's even more to get all panicked about. Ebola could essentially kill off our chocolate supply.

See also: Ebola Patient's Plane Went On to Stop in Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta

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