General Mills Buys Annie's for $820 Million

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This bunny approves of buckoo-bucks!
General Mills - large corporation General Mills - has just put in a $820 million check for that most savory and ethical of supermarket choices, Annie's Homegrown.

Hippies, anti-GMOers, and other health-minded folks everywhere set to wailing and weeping at the news.

Annie's Homegrown already screwed the pooch by putting up some desirable numbers like $204 million in sales last year, a 20% jump from '13. (Can you just feel Wall Street craving something delicious and ethical and good for you?)


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IHOP Is Launching Bac 'n' Cheddar Waffles

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Waffles with the bacon built right in. What a great idea!
Waffles. They're delicious, sure, but they're also so versatile. Although most of us just slap some butter and syrup on them and call it breakfast, that geometric battered delight can also be used as a sandwich base, an ice cream cone, or a dessert.

Most of all, they're just delicious. Especially with some bacon. Which is why International House of Pancakes' (IHOP) new creation just smacks of delicious excess.

See also: Thanksgiving Leftover Waffle Brunch: Most Awesome Use of Turkey Stuffing, Ever


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Chick-Fil-A Founder S. Truett Cathy Is Dead at 93

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S. Truell Cathy, Chick-Fil-A founder, has died.
S. Truett Cathy, the controversial founder of Chik-Fil-A, has died.

According to a statement issued by the chicken sandwich chain, Cathy died at 1:35 a.m. Monday, "peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones." He was 93.

See also: Chick-fil-A President's Antigay Comments Spark Social-Media Frenzy [Update:Chick-fil-A Issues Statement]


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Dolphins Wife Christy Denney, the Girl Who Ate Everything, Releasing Cookbook September 9

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The Girl Who Ate Everything
Double-decker taco cupcakes.

For all the turbulence one can come across in the media stemming from the shenanigans of NFL players, it is refreshing when an NFL-tinged story comes out that does not involve nightclub beatdowns, bullying, locker-room vitriol, and so-so seasons. Yes, we're talking about the Miami Dolphins. But this is not a story about the Miami Dolphins, directly. This is a story that happens to involve the wife of the longest current-serving member of the Miami Dolphins.

We're talking about long snapper and all-around solid special teams member John Denney, a man who has kept a low profile, a level head, and an unquestioned relevance within the team.

It is no surprise that as the mother of their five children, Christy Denney also exhibits a calm and dignified demeanor. This Mormon family has kept out of the limelight and has managed to carve for themselves a pretty good life in South Florida as members of the Dolphins franchise. John's gargantuan caloric needs as an athlete were evident soon after they married, and Christy's passion for food was reawakened. In 2008, she took to the internet with her blog, The Girl Who Ate Everything, and has worked as a recipe developer for General Mills.

John has been the first line of defense for "the benefits of the dishes that turn out and stomachs the ones that don't."

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Sun Life Stadium Taps Broward Restaurants For New Food Lineup UPDATED

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BurgerFi loves the "Fins"
It looks like we're in for a winning football season at Sun Life Stadium -- for dining.

The home of the Miami Dolphins has made a distinct change to its roster of food options for the 2014 season, with the promise of delivering high quality food and good prices.

See also: Filet Mignon Sliders and Stuffed Chicken Wings From Sauced Up Food Truck


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Corona Beer 12-Ounce Glass Bottles Recalled

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Constellation Brands has issued a voluntary recall of many of its Corona Beer products.

The recall, announced August 15, comes after the company's quality control laboratory found that some bottles of Corona Extra had defects that could cause small pieces of glass to break off and fall into the beer.

See also: Florida Beer: Extra Ordinary Bitter From Funky Buddha Brewery


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Trader Joe's in Delray Beach Is Hiring

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Laine Doss
This could be you!
Have you ever shopped at Trader Joe's and looked longingly at the "crew members" decked out in their Hawaiian shirts and leis? Did you secretly wish you could be among that group of happy people, as you scurried your way back to your Office Space-style cubicle?

Or maybe you've been obsessed with the opportunity to "ring the bell" at Trader Joe's -- happily telling other "crew members" that a customer needs assistance in cryptic nautical terms.

If you're consumed with all things Trader Joe's and want to join them as a "trader on the high seas", proudly sporting colorful tropical gear as you assist shoppers in finding the last jar of cookie butter or helping them place a case of "Two Buck Chuck" into their mini van, you're in luck.

See also: Trader Joe's Announces Opening Dates for Three Palm Beach County Locations


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Florida's 2014 Scallop Season Starts Early

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Scallop season usually begins on the first of July and runs through September 24 and has done so for a very long time. This past May, Gov. Rick Scott asked the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to expand the harvest by three days in an effort to boost the economies of the scallop fisheries in Florida's Big Bend region. Last year, he asked for the season to start two days early so tourists and locals could enjoy scalloping over the weekend. At least there's more transparency in intent this year.

The legal harvesting area runs northwest from Hernando County to the Mexico Beach Canal, and this year's FWC reports show that the scallop populations in the open harvest areas of St. Joseph Bay, St. Marks, Homosassa, and Steinhatchee have remained steady within the vulnerable numbers while the beds of the closed areas in St. Andrew Bay, Tampa Bay, Pine Island South, and Anclote have spiked lower in the vulnerable and collapsed populations. But marine biology is never a factor in politics.

These declines can be attributed to coastal development and impact on sea grass as well as overfishing the shark populations, which usually control the scallop-loving rays.

See also: Florida Scallop Season Starts Saturday, Two Days Early

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Yelp Now Offering Restaurant Reservations Through SeatMe

Categories: Food News

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Yelp is getting into the online reservation game.

The online community that allows people to review everything from restaurants to auto mechanics is now offering restaurants the ability to have their sites accept reservations through SeatMe, an online reservation service it acquired last year, according to TechCrunch.

Yelp has provided online reservation abilities since 2010 through a relationship with OpenTable, but now the online review community is taking things into its own hands with the purchase of SeatMe.

According to Techcrunch, Yelp acquired SeatMe in July 2013 for $2.2 million in cash and 263,000 shares of common stock, making the deal worth about $12.7 million.

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Whatsapplebee's: Social Media Chat That Works Only at Applebee's

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Did you ever walk into an Applebee's, enticed by the cool sexy drawl of actor (and spokesperson) John Corbett, only to find you'd love to chat with the person enjoying his Two for Twenty combo dinner?

Well, you're in luck, because everyone's favorite "neighborhood" dining chain is now home to WhatsApplebee's, a new iPhone app that allows you to chat with other patrons. Here's the kick -- it works only at Applebee's.

The app, termed "a project by Mike Lazer-Walker" is "Not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with Applebee's International, Inc., or any of its subsidaries or affiliates." What it is is a seemingly legit app, downloadable on the iTunes store that does work...albeit only at your local "neighborhood" restaurant chain.

The whatsapplebees.com website states that "using our iPhone app, you can have anonymous conversations with other Applebee's patrons and brand advocates."

See also: Broward/Palm Beach New Times' Best of Readers Choice: Vote For Your Favorites Now


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