Dominique Ansel Bakery Selling Limited-Edition Cronut Gift Sets Today

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Since dropping in his SoHo bakery in 2013, cronuts have been the most-talked-about baked good since, probably, sliced bread. Thousands of imitators have popped up across the world -- and we have some damned good renditions in South Florida -- but for the first time, Dominique Ansel Bakery is sending out shipments of the hybrid pastry for special Valentine's Day gift set. The limited-edition treats are available for purchase today, starting at 3 p.m.

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Broward County Restaurants Offering Valentine's Day Specials 2015

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Come Valentine's Day, what could be better than gazing into your true love's eyes over a table of delicious treats and a perfectly presented champagne toast?

From an amuse-bouche to the sweet finale, here are a few dining-out deals, themed parties, and date-night options for Valentine's Day in Broward County.

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Palm Beach County Restaurants Offering Valentine's Day Specials in 2015

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50 Ocean in Delray Beach will be serving special menu items on Valentine's Day.
Come Valentine's Day, what could be better than gazing into your true love's eyes over a table of delicious treats and a perfectly presented champagne toast?

From an amuse-bouche to the sweet finale, here are some dining-out deals and options for Valentine's Day in Palm Beach County.

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Veganuary 2015: 30-day Vegan Challenge for the New Year

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This week as cozy lounge pants are swapped for lycra gym shorts, cigarettes are traded in for patches, and the Fry Daddy used for holiday donut holes is secured in the back of the cupboard in favor of bringing the juicer front and center - New Year's resolutions (both eventually doable and somewhat predictable) are being carried out everywhere. But what makes certain resolutions stick while others last until a vulnerable breaking point, say around January 13th?

Taking note of people's propensity to strive to be their best versions of themselves the first month of the New Year, the creators of Veganuary (a global campaign aimed at reducing meat and dairy consumption one pledge at a time) say a resolution that is grounded in support, easability, community and with a dedication to some sort of greater good is one that'll last past the 30-day benchmark.

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

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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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Restaurants Open on Christmas Day 2014 in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Who says Christmas has to be about ham and beef? Why not treat your family to dinner at Coco Asian Bistro on Christmas Day.
Come Christmas Day, what will you be doing? Eating at home with loved ones, celebrating the holiday? Traveling home to see family and friends? Or wondering "What am I going to do all day long?" when everything shuts down?

While businesses everywhere shutter their doors for the day, a few stay open -- including some restaurants. It's a blessing for those who don't celebrate the holiday, are culinarily inept, or simply don't consider slaving in the kitchen all day an ideal way to spend their holiday.

In South Florida, plenty of places stay open and serve throughout the day on December 25. And if it's dinner you're looking for, we've got the list of restaurants serving Christmas Day dinner.

This is not a definitive list. Please be sure to check with your favorite restaurants not listed here to confirm holiday hours.

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Five Awesome Gifts for Vegan Foodies

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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

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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.

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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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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.

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