Three Recipes to Indulge in for National Crème Brûlée Day, July 27

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Consider the noble crème brûlée; in its individual ramekin, fortressed against the world with its flambéed shell of sugary glass jealously guarding the wholesome custard from thine whetted mouth. Ah... with the stamina such a dulcet surprise would promise one could be rather steadfast in the composing of poesies in the name of such a splendid and sweet end to any meal.

My father, a gentleman of jolly disposition and good breeding, in a bout of fancy took my family to France in the summer of my sixteenth year. A Francophile byproduct of French colonialism via Lebanon, my father is a French-speaker and lover of French culture and a gourmand of imposing knowledge and exemplary tastes.

On this trip we had the pleasure of lunching at the Au Pied de Cochon brasserie in les Halles, just a short skip from the Rue du Louvre. A fantastic meal by any standards and thoroughly French; slow and multi-layered. While I've never been one for sweets or rather, for ruining such savory splendors with the vulgarity of dessert, I was becoming rather annoyed by the old man's insistence that I "make room for dessert."

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Today is National Doughnut Day: Five Fun Flavors to Try

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Sara Ventiera
The saying goes, "Every dog has his day."

And in this country, every food items has its national holiday too.

Today, the food item favored by cops and Homer Simpson is getting the recognition it deserves.

That's right, it's national doughnut day. Rather than keep going for a plain old fashioned, here are some crazy flavors to sample for this National Doughnut Day.

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June Is National Iced Tea Month: Booze It Up With These Pinterest Tea Cocktail Recipes

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Raspberry Iced Tea Martini
Tea may or may not be an integral part of your diet depending on where you're from.

If you're a Brit, we know you're chugging cups of PG Tips all day long.

Southerners: there's probably not a day that goes by without consuming several jugs of sweet iced tea for lunch.

While the herbal beverage isn't quite as important to everyone, it is relaxing and enjoyable -- and a hell of a lot healthier than corn syrup-laden sodas.

Turns out, June is National Iced Tea Month.

And we decided it was about time to revisit the salubrious beverage with some good ole alcohol. We scoured the interwebs (namely Pinterest) in search of boozy iced tea concoctions.

Check them out.

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What to Buy Mom: Five Pink Wines (That Aren't White Zinfandel)

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It's kind of sexist, but there is an assumption that all women are into the color pink (though we all know that's not really true).

While the color has come to symbolize all things womanhood -- breast cancer awareness, women's right groups -- it also stands for terrible wine, namely saccharine white zinfandel.

Even though pink (or rosé, really) has become synonymous with the entry-level wines favored among teenage girls and Bill Murray (hint: Bill Murray can do whatever the hell he wants -- you are not Billy Murray), there are actually plenty of rose-hued vinos that are really freaking good.

Here are five rosés to pick up for Mother's Day, that are not white zinfandel.

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Make Your Own Pizza Hut Derby Hat, Order "Thoroughbred" Sticks

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Enchanting hat made from a Pizza Hut box.
The Kentucky Derby is so much more than a horse race. It's an iconic celebration of all things inherently Southern. Gentlemen wear seersucker suits and drink mint juleps out of pewter cups. Ladies wear flowered dresses and outrageous hats. Horses are showered with roses.

If you're not planning a trip to Louisville, there are Derby watch parties all over South Florida where you can drink bourbon, watch the "fastest two minutes in sports" and wear a silly hat. What? You don't have a hat? You still have plenty of time to get creative. Just pick up the phone, order a pizza from Pizza Hut and break out the glue and scissors.

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National Iced Coffee Day: Five Places to Pick Up a Cold Brew

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Look, we're all about eating and drinking all sorts of things over here, but in today's fast-paced society -- yes, we're busy too -- one consumable reigns supreme: coffee.

No, it's not good for you; however, caffeine is an absolute necessity (and yes, we're well aware that it's an addiction).

Even so, we're not about to stick just any caffeinated beverage down our gullets. No matter what, food and drinks should be savored; it needs to be enjoyable in the process.

Today is National Iced Coffee Day. And to celebrate the best morning (and midafternoon and evening) drink in the world, we compiled a list of the five best places to pick up a cool cup of brew in Broward and Palm Beach.

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National Garlic Day is Tomorrow: Five Awesome Local Garlic Dishes to Try

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Nicole Danna
Sure, it's odoriferous, but garlic is one of the best culinary discoveries known to man.

It adds layers of flavor to every type of food, almost everywhere in the world, and the bulbous plant is known for a multitude of health benefits: antioxidants, respiratory and circulatory benefits, anti-inflammatory properties, food poisoning prevention, vampire preventer - the list goes on.

Basically, it's just awesome.

Tomorrow -- Saturday, April 19 -- is National Garlic Day, a celebration of the world's best cooking ingredient.

To honor the day, we've rounded up the five interesting garlicky food items in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

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More Easter Brunches to Check Out in Broward and Palm Beach

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Sam Howzit
Spring has technically been here for weeks already, but it's not official until Easter comes around.

The time to pull out those pastels, ribbons, and bows is just around the corner, which means you'll need somewhere to go when you're dressed for the day.

Whether you're looking to get in on a light brunch, a big all-you-can-eat brunch, or a celebratory dinner, options abound in South Florida.

Here are some more Easter specials in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

See Also: Ten Best Easter Brunches in Broward County

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Kosher Coca-Cola Is Back for Passover

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Laine Doss
Kosher for Passover Coke is back.
Kosher Coca-Cola is back, folks, and there's a small window of opportunity to grab a few bottles of this holiday special beverage.

If you're asking yourself, "What the hell is Kosher Coke?" you're not alone. In fact, I just received an email asking if regular Coke has some hidden "pork products or something."

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OMG! Dunkin' Donuts Has Peeps Donuts!

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How cute are these?
We interrupt this blog to share a bit of cuteness overload.

Dunkin' Donuts now has Peeps donuts!

These cutie-patooties are actually flower-shaped donuts, decorated with pastel pink or green icing. Then they're topped with an honest-to-gosh pink or yellow Peep!

See also: Ten Best Easter Brunches in Broward


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