Coco Asian Bistro & Bar Teams With Mark Militello for New Year's Eve Dinner

Categories: Holidays

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Coco's Asian Bistro's Mike Ponluang is cooking up a special New Year's dinner.
If you haven't made New Year's Eve plans (or are shying away from prix fixe dinners that cost hundreds of dollars), here's a special collaborative holiday dinner that won't break the bank.

Coco Asian Bistro & Bar's chef/owner Mike Ponluang has asked a special friend to share kitchen duties with him on the last day of the year -- Mark Militello.

The former Mango Gang'er and Ponluang are longtime friends who, after knowing each other for more than two decades, decided to work jointly on a mega holiday celebratory dinner.

See also: Ten Best 2015 New Year's Day Brunches in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Five Awesome Gifts for Vegan Foodies

Categories: Holidays, Vegan

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Via Miyoko's Kitchen on Facebook

Foodies tend to get lots of love around Christmastime, since the stores are awash with indulgent sweet treats and sky-high gift baskets. But what about your foodie friends who are vegan? What can you buy them besides mail-order pears or a lifetime supply of tofu?

With plant-based businesses popping up like Orville Redenbacher, there are more options than ever before. Here are five awesome gift ideas vegan foodies will be stoked about.

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Seven Easy Ways to Accommodate Plant-Based Eaters at Your Holiday Dinner

Categories: Holidays

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If you've got a vegan, vegetarian, or other plant-based personage attending your holiday dinner, you might be freaking out right about now. After all, if you and the rest of your invitees are omnivores, you can't rearrange your entire menu to accommodate the odd man (or woman) out.

Luckily, there's no need to abandon your plans and opt only for Tofurkey. There are a few easy tweaks you can make to your normal cooking routine that'll make it easy for the herbivore to get plenty to eat.

See also: Seven Vegan, Holiday Dinner Items to Snag at Trader Joe's


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Martha Stewart Shows Us How to Make a Gingerbread Downton Abbey (Video)

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Behold the majesty that is Gingerbread Abbey!
As if our holidays weren't filled with enough pressure, Domestic Diva Martha Stewart has just nullified all our plans for making an adorable little gingerbread house, decorated with gumdrops and candy canes.

No longer is a simple Hansel and Gretel-style cookie cottage in vogue. Because Ms. Stewart has just forever upped the ante for edible real estate with her recreation of Downton Abbey in gingerbread.

See also: Seven Vegan, Holiday Dinner Items to Snag at Trader Joe's

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Seven Vegan, Holiday Dinner Items to Snag at Trader Joe's

Categories: Holidays, Vegan

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All photos by Hannah Sentenac

Slaving over a hot stove is all well and good -- if you've got oodles of vacation time and a penchant for forearm burns.

For the rest of us, however, pre-made food and delicious mixes are what get us through the gauntlet of holiday dinners and picky relatives.

To make your life easier this season, here are seven vegan products from Trader Joe's -- all delicious, all hassle-free.

See also: Six Turkey Alternatives for Thanksgiving


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The Haiku Winner of Four VIP Liberty Belle Winterfest Dinner Cruise Tickets

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Will it be you sitting here during the Winterfest Boat Parade?
Earlier this week we gave your, our dear readers, the opprotunity to win four VIP tickets for a luxurious dinner aboard the Liberty Belle paddlewheel vessel during the 43rd-annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade taking place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

You came through and we loved them all. Here's the entries including the winner!

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Six Best Gifts for Coffee Snobs

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Via Bernhardt Coffee on Facebook

In every circle of friends, there's one brew snob who wouldn't touch a Starbucks cup with a ten-foot pole, one coffee fiend who's better at detecting notes of Arabica terroir than balancing a checkbook, one caffeine aficionado who worships at the altar of Chemex.

For this person, a Dunkin' Donuts gift card just won't do. Go the extra mile and show your favorite coffee snob some love. Here are six gifts sure to bring joy to their caffeine-fueled hearts.

See also: Warsaw Coffee Company Coming to Fort Lauderdale From Creator of Tap 42


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Be Part of the Winterfest Boat Parade, Win Four VIP Tickets to Dinner Aboard the Liberty Belle

Categories: Holidays

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How'd you like to see the Winterfest Boat Parade from one of the parading boats; the Liberty Belle?
The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade is a 43 year old South Florida tradition. Afterall, if you're going to make the trek down to the palm tree filled tip of the nation's southernmost peninsula, you probably aren't interested in snowmen and ice skating. You want your holiday happenings to be tropical, warm, and probably nautical.

The Winterfest Boat Parade serves up all of these - parade organizers can't actually control the weather but even a nippy night for the natives is pretty balmy for newbies, snowbirds, and northern visitors.

There are lots of lovely vantage points from which to watch the boats go by, from the historic Riverside Inn to the waterfront mansion of your mega rich friend.

But there's no better way to experience this most Floridian winter tradition than from inside it -- i.e. from inside a luxury cruise vessel receiving VIP treatment.

All aboard the Liberty Belle! You could purchase tickets, of course, but we've got a way you can win your way on for free.

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Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Day Dinner in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

Categories: Holidays

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Photo by Candace West
Thanksgiving: our nation's annual food-focused holiday, commemorating the harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621. Held the fourth Thursday of November, the day marks an epic feast.

It also means someone has to cook. A lot. For what seems like the entire extended family. Which means you shouldn't spend the day in the kitchen when you can have someone else cook Thanksgiving dinner for you. And for the house full of stranded friends, kids with kids of their own, and unwanted relatives.

This year, forget the long lines at the grocery store, all that sweating and laboring over the stove, and avoid the piles of dirty dishes no one is going to help you clean. Instead, take the drama out of your Thanksgiving dinner and bring the family to one of the many local restaurants preparing a special holiday meal. It's all the mouthwatering memories you'll ever need -- without the work.

From upscale resort restaurants, to a Brazilian steak house offering a variety of all-you-can-eat meats, South Florida's finest dining establishments have Thanksgiving dinner covered this year.

See also: More Restaurants Serving 2014 Thanksgiving Dinner in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

Have a dinner we didn't mention? Mention it in the comment section below, and we'll be sure to add it to the list.

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Turkey Emergency? The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line is Open

Categories: Holidays

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Sure you want to do that, Captain Kirk?
Even celebrities screw up their turkeys. Take, for example, William Shatner, who made this video for State Farm about the dangers of frying a turkey:


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