Celebrate National Hot Mulled Cider Day the Floridian Way, Late

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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?

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Olive Garden, an Italian "Concept" Restaurant That Does Not Salt the Pasta Water

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According to Starboard Value, these are "too long."

Starboard Value is a New York-based investment adviser that "invests in deeply undervalued small cap companies and actively engages with management teams and boards of directors to identify and execute on opportunities to unlock value for the benefit of all shareholders." In other words, this hedge fund is all about maximizing profits and cutting the fat. Or in this case, reducing the amount of unlimited breadsticks.

Recently, it released a close-to-300-page report on Olive Garden's parent company, Darden Restaurants Inc. and was rather vitriolic about the chain's interpretation of "Italian generosity." Conflicting issues like the hippie-like distribution of bread; use of "high-end" materials in their to-go bags and containers; the sale of burgers; and the length of straws, asparagus, and other traditionally long products.

And the real kicker: the stoppage of salting the pasta water.

See also: Ten Best Italian Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Mai-Kai Finalist in Cintas' America's Best Restroom Contest, Vote Before October 31

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Mai-Kai: Thrones fit for a king.
When deciding on which restaurant to eat at, you probably peruse the menu, consider the cocktails, and the decor. But does the bathroom come into play when making plans for a night out? Maybe it should.

According to Cintas Corporation, the bathrooms play a pivotal part in the success of a restaurant. Which is why it holds an annual search for America's "top toilet", where a team of survey editors search the country for the most creative and clean restrooms.

This year, ten finalists have been chosen from the vast field of hotel, restaurant, and airport bathrooms across this great land and one of them is in our own backyard.

See also: Mai-Kai Restaurant: History of a South Florida Institution

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Arby's Accidentally Unleashes the Meat Mountain Sandwich Because Why Not?

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This is either a threat or a half-assed lie.

Whether you're thinking about it, getting in the mood for some good food, or just plain wanting it sliced fresh, Arby's has been making a genuine push to remain relevant in the fast-food wars. Be honest; Arby's is not your go-to fast food joint, and quite frankly, it does not litter the landscape the way other franchises do.

Well, it might not be on every corner, but it'll certainly be on your mind now with the new "secret menu item" the Meat Mountain sandwich.

Many places carry something like that to spark some interest with varying degrees of success. Starbucks has plenty of products that can stay secret forever, while Burger King has the "Suicide Burger," which is pretty excessive. Joining this train of excess is Arby's with a one-pound offering that dips its creative hands into every corner of the storage closet.

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An Ode to the Bean on Jump for Jelly Beans Day

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And mind you, that's all we're doing today because July 31 is "Jump for Jelly Beans Day" and not "National Jelly Bean Day." That was way back on April 22. To jump for jelly beans is to show one's love for the delightfully whimsical bean-shaped confections.

Did you know that jelly beans trace their lineage to Turkish delight and Jordan almonds? Keep that in mind the next time you're feeling all groovy with 'Merican jingoism when you see old footage of Ronald Reagan scooping mounds of the candy into his maw in the war room.

Jelly beans are also thought to have gotten their popularity boost back during the American Civil War when a Boston-area confectioner by the name of William Schrafft advertised his candies as the perfect package of sugary comfort for soldiers in the front. All these tidbits aside, no one around here and certainly in the ever-so-credible internet has any clue as to how the jumping business came about. We don't want anyone choking while jumping but here are three of the more popular jelly bean makers for you to choose from for your celebration.

See also: Beer Flavored Jelly Beans? Thanks Jelly Belly!


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Iceland Brewery Makes Beer with Whale Meat

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Don't worry, he's only inserting a beer tap into the whale's skull.
If geography was any indication of beer geekdom, then the people of Iceland will soon be able to drink a beer made with whale meat.

Steojar Brewery has partnered with Hvalur, a whaling company, to brew a 5.2 percent whale meat lager that hearkens back to their Viking brethren. Brewery owner Dagbjartur Ariliusson said the beer is made with, among other things, whale meat. The beer is meant to coincide with their annual mid-winter festival honoring the Norse god, Thor.

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World's First Lab-Grown Hamburger To Be Eaten Today, Live Feed from London

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Can you have meat without killing animals?
Can you eat meat without having to kill the animal? Mark Post, a Dutch stem cell researcher, thinks you can and on Monday he will present the world's first lab-grown hamburger at an arts fair in London.

But don't take a bite just yet, the patty purportedly has cost about $375,000 that was grown in a lab at Maastricht University.

See Also: Hey Vegans - How About Some Lab-Generated Meat?

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LeftoverSwap App Lets You Trade Leftovers With Strangers

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Never let your leftovers go bad again with the LeftoverSwap app.
Got leftovers but you don't want to throw them away? Or are you hungry, broke, lonely, have a smartphone, and need a bite? If so, luckily, there is an app for that.

LeftoverSwap is a new smartphone app that solves these problems. Basically, it's like social networking with food scraps.

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Honey Boo Boo Gets Busted for Selling Girl Scout Cookies Via Facebook

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OMG -- They're in Florida! Quick! Hide the Go-Go juice!
Honey Boo Boo and Mama June have turned their ridiculous antics and eating habits into an entire industry. From a few appearances on TLC's Toddlers & Tiaras (where we meet Honey Boo Boo and her fondness for Pepto-Bismol-colored pageant outfits and Go-Go juice), the miniature pageant queen has turned into a household name -- and an industry.

So we weren't at all surprised when Alana Thompson (AKA Honey Boo Boo Child) took to her Facebook page to market Girl Scout cookies to her 703,091 fans -- even though the pig-loving princess from McIntyre, Georgia, isn't a Girl Scout herself.

According to TMZ, Thompson had been selling the cookies via Facebook to help out a friend. As an added inventive to purchase said cookies from Boo Boo herself, each box of treats was personally autographed by the entire Honey Boo Boo clan. We found the following post on Honey Boo Boo's official Facebook fan page:





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Smoking Boxed Wine? Competitive Eater Kevin Strahle (a.k.a. L.A. Beast) Does It

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Kevin Strahle, aka the "LA Beast" smokes alcohol with a bicycle pump, cork and plastic water bottle.
Losing weight and drinking alcohol don't go hand in hand. Just ask New Jersey resident Kevin Strahle, who recently released a YouTube video giving step-by-step instruction on how to "smoke" alcohol vapors to get drunk without the bothersome need to ingest calories through binge drinking.

Even though the amateur competitive eater isn't the first person to smoke alcohol on the Internet, he does appear to be the first guy to do it with popular drinks like FourLoko, champagne and a J├Ąger Bomb (a shot of J├Ągermeister and Red Bull mixed together) on his YouTube account. And he's definitely the first guy to ever smoke a box of wine.

Which is why we decided to share Strahle's (otherwise known as the L.A. Beast) video here...


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