Green Bar & Kitchen Now Serving Soy-Free, Dairy-Free Soft Serve Ice Cream

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Courtesy of Green Bar Kitchen
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Everyone's favorite green and gluten-free Broward County eatery has added something new to their dessert lineup: Green Bar & Kitchen is now serving soy-free, coconut-based soft serve ice cream. Yum!

Their first flavor is key lime, and they'll have lots of others in the months to come -- the perfect sweet treat for the soy-intolerant .

See also: Six Places to Get Dairy-Free Ice Cream in South Florida for National Ice Cream Month


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Schakolad Chocolate Factory Offers Sweet Deals & Kiddie Classes

Categories: The Sweet Tooth
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Schakolad Chocolate Factory
Is your kid a budding Wonka?
Now that school's about to let out for the summer, you've got to figure out what to do with the kids.  Here's the problem: You want them to do something other than sit around playing Nintendo, but they don't want to be stuck in some FCAT prep course when the sun's out. 

Clean Plate Charlie has found a Wonka-like compromise that both parents and kids can agree on -- candy-making classes at the Schakolad Chocolate Factory in Davie.

For the fourth year in a row, these makers of gourmet chocolates will open their doors to kids age 6 to 14 for a series of interactive summer activities.  Each session lasts from 45 minutes to one hour and includes the following:

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Cupcake Battle 2012: And the Winners Are...

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Just Cupcakes selection 

A warm thank you to this year's participants at the New Times' cupcake battle at Friday night's Las Olas Wine & Food Festival, during which seven bakers whipped up hundreds of cupcakes for an enthusiastic crowd. 

Three judges sampled the bakers' choice cupcakes to determine Best Decorated and Best Tasting. The Fan Favorite tallies were just under way when the skies opened to the downpour that pummeled the night's event. Despite the weather, a crowd remained, encouraged by restaurants that fed a damp crowd. 

Each bakery offered a cupcake to characterize its style and flavor.

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Doughnuts Are the Cause of America's Problems

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It is true that America is home to the Luther Burger. It is true that America invented greasy fast food and continues to love its Burgerdonalds and McKings with heart-stirring (and -stopping) patriotic ardor. It is true that our prolonged prosperity in the 20th Century, our early adoption of refrigeration, and our vast continent of cattle-friendly farmland combined to addict our grandparents to unhealthy quantities of red meat and to enduringly define the American dinner as a plate full of starch and flesh, with an unloved ghetto of frozen vegetalia shmushed off to the side. And it is true that several species of indigenous American grub were meant to power farmers through long days manning a plow, or whatever it is that farmers do. (Think the sweet meatballs and hot bacon dressing of Pennsylvania Dutch cooking and the classical breakfast poison of flapjacks + syrup + bacon + sausage + eggs + toast + coffee. The coffee, as it happens, is a diuretic, which hamper's the body's ability to eliminate the lethal tonnage of the foregoing ingredients.) It's the last point that I've been thinking about lately: Locating the culprit for my expanding waistline amid breakfast foods. 

What put me in mind of breakfast foods was an argument I had with a roommate of mine, the daughter of a ship captain who has grown up internationally, in coastal cities around the world. We were at dinner. She'd eaten mussels. I'd had steak tartar. We both had a sweet tooth. My roommate commented on the absence of doughnuts on American dessert menus. And I said -- as I think a lot of Americans might say, rather thoughtlessly -- "Of course. Doughnuts are a breakfast food."

That we were in a French restaurant made my remark more idiotic than it would otherwise be, French restaurants being the sorts of places where doughnuts really are a dessert food. (Here there was only chocolate pot de'creme.) My roommate gave me a look both incredulous and fearful -- incredulous because, the moment you think about it, it becomes apparent that doughnuts are a horrendous breakfast food; fearful because a few years in the United States had taught her that there is no limit to the grossness of the American palate, and she suspected she was about to learn something ugly.
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Kamikazie Eggs Beat It In Awesome Cake Video

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Dee via Chef Factor
Dee displays her chocolate biscuit cake.
Chef Factor, a cooking contest in Ireland, recently has a call for entries.  The prize?  A 12 week cooking course, complete with tools of the trade for one lucky winner.

When Dee entered her legendary chocolate biscuit cake, her husband decided to do one better than download the required photo. 

He made a stop motion video of the cake making itself.  Watch how butter cuts itself into squares, biscuits crumble, and sugar pours by magic. Best moment is when the eggs decide to go all kamikazie for the greater good as they enjoy one last free fall before breaking into the batter.  Now we know what happened to Humpty Dumpty.

Set to The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, this video is totally entertaining - maybe because there's no annoying celebrity chef.  Read about Dee's cake here.



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Hot Dog Eating Contest @ Jaxson's Ice Cream -- Celebrate Its 55th Anniversary Saturday

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Meet the dog on the right this Saturday.
Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor Restaurant -- winner of Broward Palm Beach New Times' Best Dessert 2011 for the monumental Kitchen Sink sundae -- will celebrate its 55th rotation around the sun this Saturday with a family-friendly bash from 7 to 10 p.m. at the beloved Dania Beach icon.

There are lots of activities planned, among them a hot dog eating contest hosted by...a giant hot dog. National Deli has partnered with Jaxson's for the event, providing behemoth one-pound, 18-inch dogs for the contest and sending its ambassador, Nat Deliman, to entertain the throngs (and oversee the consumption of his brethren).

Hot dog eating contest participants, who will be pre-selected for the contest, will have a chance to win a flat screen television.
  
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Totally Bananas: Chocolate-Covered Bananas for the Masses

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Jatinder Channa

This $#!t is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S. Literally.

Hollywood, FL-based Totally Bananas, has made it possible for fatties like myself to splurge on sweet treats and not feel guilty afterward. How? Through bananas... chocolate covered bananas.

They start by picking a perfectly ripened Chiquita banana,


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