Events Added to 16th-Annual Delray Beach Garlic Fest

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Find Lil Mr. Garlic and win free entry to the 16th-annual Delray Beach Garlic Fest and more.
The Delray Beach Garlic Fest is returning to take over downtown Delray Beach February 6 to 8. Now in its 16th year, it is known nationwide as the signature food and entertainment event for the seaside city.

Over the years, Delray Beach's longtime restaurants -- 32 East, 50 Ocean, Dada, and Luna Rosa -- have set a culinary standard for creativity, inspiration, and food trends. Today, they're a main attraction for an event that crosses all cultural boundaries and ages, providing something for everyone, from a full liquor bar and garlic-inspired fare to the House of Appliances Garlic Chef Stadium and more than 180 unique vendors, children's activities and rides, and professional-level cooking competitions.

This year, two inaugural events are helping to bring even more excitement to the three-day lineup.

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Florida Food and Farm Magazine Launches in Florida

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If you've ever wanted a one-stop shop to find all the area farms, farmers' markets, artisan food crafters, and more, your prayers have just been answered.

Former Clean Plate Charlie contributor and South Florida food writer Jan Norris has stepped into her latest role as editor for a new magazine known as Florida Food and Farm. The free, 80-page quarterly publication is something new to the local food scene with the goal of connecting Florida farmers, food producers, and local markets to consumers.

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Cafe Boulud Showcases "Florida Cracker" Fare

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Cafe Boulud Palm Beach executive chef Rick Mace.

Palm Beach's Cafe Boulud, the sister restaurant to Manhattan's Upper East Side location, is cooking up something special this season with a limited-release menu that reflects one of Daniel Boulud's four culinary muses.

Every quarter, the Boulud menu changes to reflect a different facet of these four culinary ideas, beginning with "La Tradition" -- an interpretation of classic French cuisine. "La Saison" reflects a harmony with the seasons. "Le Potager" is named for the French vegetable garden. And "Le Voyage" offers a taste of Boulud's own interpretation of various world cuisines.

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Eat Philly Cheesesteak Donut Burgers at The South Florida Fair

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Get the Krispy Kreme Philly cheesesteak sandwich at the South Florida Fair.
When it comes to outrageous eats, nothing beats the South Florida Fair. Not much can top the crazy -- and often downright disgusting -- choices in food.

Luckily, the 2015 fair fare is no different. Every year, the annual two-week carnival debuts a new menu item aimed at upping the ante on the previous year's shocking selections. This time around, it seems to be something we can all enjoy -- and possibly stomach.

It's nothing like the fried Oreos, candy bars, and butter you've grown used to seeing. It's better than the deep-fried Kool-Aid balls that made headlines a few years ago. And it's more exciting than the chocolate covered scorpions and maggot burgers that stole the show in 2011 at Jungle George's Exotic Meats.

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California's Habit Burger Grill Opening First Florida Location, in Delray Beach

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The Habit Burger Grill will be opening its first South Florida location, in Delray Beach.
Do you know what your favorite fast-food burger is, and do you think there's one out there that can top it?

Consumer Reports thinks it's found the definitive answer to that question. Last summer, the American magazine published a list of the country's best -- and worst -- fast-food restaurants. Part of that report meant finding the nation's favorite burger, and the chain that took the number-one spot may be one you've never seen -- or tasted.

Nope. It wasn't White Castle, Steak 'n Shake, Smashburger, Five Guys -- or even those popular In-N-Out Burgers everyone can't seem to stop salivating over. Instead, according to Consumer Reports, the best burger in America comes from a California-based burger chain that first opened in Santa Barbara in 1969.


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Where to Kick Off Your Juice Cleanse in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Thinking of trying a juice cleanse to start the New Year on a healthy note? If so, here are some spots that can help.
Now that the new year has officially begun, there aren't many people out there who aren't hell-bent on starting 2015 with a clean, healthy kick. After a month and a half of ongoing parties (especially in your mouth), flowing liquor, roasted turkey, and a few dozen cheese platters, you know you could use some serious cleansing.

Now, before you haters get started on how juice cleanses are pointless or -- even worse -- dangerous, hold up. There are others out there who fastidiously believe they're the ultimate detox, aiding your digestive tract to flush all those toxins and purify your system.

And maybe you're both right. The truth is, there isn't any hard evidence on either side that cleanses are good or bad. Thankfully, no matter what category you fall into, there are literally dozens of juice shops across South Florida ready and waiting to help you reset after the caloric binge you just embarked on.

While cleanses certainly aren't a cure-all, if done right, they will help you feel more energetic and all-around healthier. So what are you waiting for?

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Free Doritos Locos Tacos From Taco Bell in January

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If your New Year's resolution doesn't involve counting calories, losing weight, or giving up liquor, you might just be excited for Taco Bell's first promotion of 2015.

For the entire month of January you can get free Doritos Locos tacos, the perfect cure for all those late-night hunger pangs, fast food indulgences -- even your hangover. But, of course, there's one small catch.

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Cravy: New Dining Delivery Service in Palm Beach

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There's a new food delivery service coming to Palm Beach County, and it's nothing like what you've seen -- or used to order take-out -- before.

The new food-tech company, known as Cravy, is being touted as a fine dining delivery service with its own brand of CravyLuxe, a luxury division of food delivery service slated for launch in January 2015.

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Whole Foods Offers Bars Serving Wine, Beer, and Tapas at Select South Florida Locations

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The Stirrup is a new bar inside the Wellington Whole Foods market.
Grocery shopping can be stressful, from the mile-long track from your parking spot, to the crowded isles, and never-ending check-out lines. Sort of makes you think how much easier it would all be if you could shop with a glass of wine or beer in hand.

Well, the next time you visit Whole Foods in select South Florida locations -- you can. The upmarket grocer is now in the bar business, opening small bar areas within its stores serving craft beer and local wine -- even small plates.

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Vegan Chef Seth Kirschbaum Returns to Darbster in Boca Raton

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Seth Kirschbaum will be returning to Darbster as executive chef of the Boca Raton location.
It's no surprise that South Florida hasn't always been the best place for meat-free eating. From Key West to Jupiter, the area has never had much to offer in terms of healthy, cruelty-free fare, with only a handful of places in Broward and Palm Beach serving the cuisine.

But this month, the local vegetarian and vegan crowd has much to rejoice about: Chef Seth Kirshbaum has announced he'll be returning to one of Palm Beach County's favorite vegan restaurants, Darbster, as executive chef for the Boca Raton location.

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