Fort Lauderdale Police Officers Conduct "Santa Stop": Give People Food, Toys for Christmas

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Fort Lauderdale Police officers play Santa.
With Christmas just a few days away, thoughts turn to peace on Earth and being in the company of loved ones.

Unfortunately, while some people busy themselves baking cookies and doing last-minute shopping, families are mourning the deaths of New York Police Department Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were killed by Ismaaiyl Brinsley in what was dubbed by Fox News as "retaliation for the slayings of black men at the hands of white police." On the other side of this tragic coin, communities are still reeling and protesting the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, both at the hands of police officers.

But if there ever was a time for healing, compassion, and brotherhood, it's during the holidays.

Fort Lauderdale Police officers decided to spread some holiday cheer and goodwill throughout the city recently by conducting what they're calling "Operation Santa Stop."

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Three Creative Holiday Cocktail Recipes from Nick's New Haven-Style Pizzeria

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Bring a little grown-up joy to the holiday season.
The holidays aren't all sugar plum and fairies -- at least not for us poor grown-ups.

But while you might tell yourself that hiding from your loved ones in the spare bedroom with a bottle of Bailey's because Bailey's is totally classy, we both know it's just kind of sad.

This time of year, social lubricant should come in the same flavors as your favorite lattes and they should be sipped from chic martini glasses.

Here's a few recipes, courtesy of the creative bartenders at Nick's New Haven-Style Pizzeria, to get you started. (And maybe leave one out for Santa Claus, too.)

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Santa Sushi is a Thing: Here's How to Make It (Video)

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Make Santa sushi for your holiday party. Leave people in awe.
If your office is planning a holiday potluck, leave the crock pot chili to the people in the accounting department because you've got something much cooler to share: Santa sushi!

See also: Get Quinoa Chaufa at Hollywood's La Huaca Peruvian Cuisine

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Thanksgiving Apple Sausage Stuffing Recipe: Courtesy of Red the Steakhouse

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The stuffing makes the meal.
Let's face it. The best part of the Thanksgiving meal is the sausage. Without it, the turkey is just a slice of meat. Sausage is what gives a turkey its flair.

This stuffing takes about ten minutes to prepare, and about 20 minutes to bake. Red the Steakhouse's chef Peter Vauthy shared this recipe with us as sort of a public service, because your turkey deserves better than stuff from a box.

See also: Taste Burger 21's Turducken Burger Before It's Gone

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An Alternative Avocado Recipe for National Spicy Guacamole Day

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September 16 might be the official National Guacamole Day as well as the day of celebration for the Grito de Dolores that began Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla's fight against the Spanish Crown in the Mexican War of Independence. For some reason, November 14 is National Spicy Guacamole day. While South Floridians might be subjected to the expensive and tiny Hass cultivar, guacamole could be enjoyed during the winter months in South Florida thanks to the region's Choquette avocado.

Granted, not as tasty as its itty-bitty Californian cousin, guacamole's avocado base can always be worked upon by the addition of traditional ingredients like cilantro, lime juice, tomatoes, onion, spices and jalapeƱos. Making guac at home is easy and far more delicious than the store-bought stuff that usually contains ingredients colorized in some Berol/Crayola nightmare sequence. Click ahead for another avocado-based recipe that can hang side-by-side with the best homemade guacs.

See also: Amaize: New Fast-Casual Arepa Eatery Coming to Doral

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Celebrate National Kale Day October 1

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Apura Kale Salad - the Gab Group
Five years ago, if we were to throw a national day in honor of kale, chances are the only people in line to celebrate the cruciferous veggie would be none other than the top brass of Pizza Hut, because back before everyone from your semi-annoying paleo coworker to your prediabetic uncle was cramming its health benefits down your throat -- the Hut was the biggest purchaser of the leafy green.

And no, not as a pizza topping (although it's probably already a thing) but as the sad filler decoration on the buffet somewhere between the dessert pizza and the bacon bits, eggs, and various other heart cloggers that, when mixed together, constitute a "salad."

While you can still occasionally see kale relegated to decoration status at the cold cases at Whole Foods, for the most part, kale has truly come into its own as a food -- sorry, make that SUPER FOOD (ALL CAPS!). So much so, in fact, that we even have a national day for it, October 1.

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Celebrate National Hot Mulled Cider Day the Floridian Way, Late

Have apples? Make cider!
It's officially Autumn now, but you could be forgiven for not having noticed if you live in South Florida - though, relatively speaking, 87 is actually a nice break from the tortuous heat of summer.

While "Food Holidays" are a fun and trendy way of enjoying certain foods we might not entirely gravitate towards on our own, they're also vastly vapid annoying reminders that we live in an area that enjoys one and half seasons year long - summer and not-so summer.

Take National Mulled Cider Day, for example, which took place yesterday, September 30. While the rest of the contiguous United States begins to whip themselves into the frenzy of Fall and the coming Winter months, we here in South Florida continue to wear shorts and bikinis.

So, we ignored it out of solidarity with our fellow sweat citizens. It's just too damn hot and a pox on those who say that drinking hot beverages on a hot day is better for you corporeally - bollocks! There's nothing nicer than a cold and refreshing beverage with alcoholic friends in tow on a scorching hot day!

But then we thought, why let those stinkin' northerners have all the fun?

See also: An Ode to the Bean on Jump for Jelly Beans Day

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The German American Society of Hollywood Kicks Off Oktoberfest Celebration This Saturday

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South Florida can celebrate Oktoberfest this weekend at the German American Society of Hollywood.
In the United States, we know it's time for Oktoberfest when all those seasonal beers start hitting the shelves in late August and early September. Next, come the month of October, cities nationwide begin their regular Oktoberfest celebrations -- smallish events modeled after the original (and much larger) European festival that takes place in Munich, Germany each year.

But the real German Oktoberfest -- what is considered the world's largest annual festival since its inception in 1810 -- actually begins in September. Already this year, across the state of Bavaria and beyond, Germans have been swilling beer and scarfing down large amounts of pretzel and sausage as part of the 17-day festival, which runs from mid-September to the first weekend in October. During that time, more than 16 million people from around the world travel to attend the event.

This weekend, South Floridians can celebrate their own little slice of German Oktoberfest at the German American Society of Hollywood, which begins its annual Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, September 27.

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BC Cafe Celebrates National Taco Day Featuring "Taco's Greatest Hits"

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Celebrate National Taco Day.
Once again, a made-up holiday steals our hearts. This time, it's National Taco Day. The taco, you'll be fascinated to know, predates the arrival of Europeans in Mexico, making it a truly authentic dish. And, although the first tacos were basically corn tortillas used as a way to hold tiny fish, we've since discovered it's the perfect food.

No one knows the versatility of the taco better than BC Cafe's Brett Chiavari who is celebrating National Taco Day with some unique creations.

See also: BC Cafe Turns One: Brett Chiavari on the First Year

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September is National Bourbon Month: Celebrate With Whiskey-Infused Recipes

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Bourbon BBQ-Braised Short Ribs
Ah. September. Let us count the ways we love thee.

After months of feeling like we're living in a sauna, the breeze is starting to cool down (ever so slightly), the kids are back in school, and we're finally gearing up for season to come back around.

As much as we love all of the above, there's yet another reason to celebrate the first month of fall: it's national bourbon month.

While we're sure you have plenty of ways to consume Kentucky's most prized beverage, we figured we'd throw out a couple of extra options -- hey, there's no such thing as too much whiskey.

We got the folks at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to share some hooch-filled recipes.

Chef Johnny Tucker of Council Oak Steaks & Seafood has handed over his tricks for bourbon-BBQ braised short ribs and chef Ray Roach has given up directions for bourbon Cholula chicken wings.

See Also: Council Oak Steaks & Seafood Restaurant at Hard Rock Hotel Now Serving Weekend Lunch

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