U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    USDA Study Reveals Shocking Finding: Americans Eat a Whole Lot of Pizza

    There's nothing more American than apple pie, right? Wrong. When was the last time you saw anyone eating a piece of apple pie? Exactly. That's why the USDA in its infinite wisdom conducted a four year study on the taxpayer's dime about the demographics of pizza consumption in this country. And the r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Pet Sales Slowly Being Banned in Broward and Palm Beach

    Cities in Broward and Palm Beach are slowly adding their names to a growing list of places in South Florida that ban the commercial sale of pets. According to the Sun-Sentinel, Coconut Creek just became the latest municipality to get on the no-pets-sale bandwagon, in an attempt to curb overbreeding ... More >>

  • Film

    January 16, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    "Buy Local Broward" Begins Three Month Celebration To Promote Local Food Sales

    South Florida is fortunate to have a number of farmers' markets, many long-established with a continually growing number of new farms and markets opening in the past several years. What you'll find on any given day depends on the season and the clientele the market attracts. Looking for organic prod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    Frankenforests in Florida: Campaign Condemns Genetically Engineered Trees, Hassles with UF

    Like we don't have enough to worry about, now it's forests. According to environmentalists touring the Southeast with the traveling teach-in "The Growing Threat," the creation of enormous plantations of genetically engineered trees -- by corporate interests allied with Big Energy -- poses ecological ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Representative Michelle Rehwinkle Vasilinda Files GMO Labeling Bill in the Florida House

    Over the past year, genetically modified organisms (GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) foods have stirred quite some controversy in the news. It started with the vote and failure of California's proposition 37, which called for mandatory labeling of all foods containing GMOs. When it was first fil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    In The Tasting Room: Inlet Brewing's Monk In The Trunk

    Friday's here, so it's time for beer. Every Friday, so long as the creek don't rise, this beer enthusiast will take a look at a Florida beer that, hopefully, should be readily available in a local shop or on tap at your favorite bar. Contemplation; the work of both monks and beer drinkers alike. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Coastars Coffee Bar in Lake Worth Pours Single-Serve Coffee One Cup at a Time

    The next time you and your friends get into an argument over which is better -- the double D's or Starbucks -- throw them a curve ball and wager there may not be a cup of coffee better than the one you'll get at newly-opened Coastars Coffee Bar in Lake Worth. When co-owners Chris Palacio and Elizab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    The Undercover Animal Cruelty Videos that Spurred Big Ag's Censorship Crusade

    This week's story, "The Ag Gag War," goes behind the scenes of the guerilla fight between animal rights groups and Big Agriculture. For years organizations like the Humane Society and Mercy for Animals have being going undercover at America's largest farms, using hidden cameras to show exactly how ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon Planning to Push 'Monsanto Protection Act' Repeal

    In case you haven't heard: a couple months ago the Senate and President signed off on a little piece of legislation entitled the Farmer's Assurance Provision, section 735 of the Continuing Resolution Act--the bill that was signed into law to keep the government from defaulting on its bills. Known t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Locavore Index 2013: How Does Florida Stack Up?

    Since the Alice Waters and Chez Panisse came into the scene in Berkeley in the 1960's, there has been a huge movement to localize our food systems. Obviously, some areas caught on a bit quicker than others. Some areas do make it easier. Iowa, for example, is pretty much one big farm. Right? As the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Obama Signs Monsanto Protection Act

    Unless you've been locked up in a bomb shelter, hiding out, for the past few years, it's fairly apparent: our government has turned into a shit show. Rather than do things, like, govern, our elected Representatives have been too busy bickering over one thing after another.Well, there is some good ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Steak and BJ Day: Here's How to Celebrate it Tonight

    Clean Plate Charlie interrupts our regularly scheduled blog to remind our readers of one of the most important days of the year -- Steak and BJ Day.Listen up, folks. It's March 14. One month after Valentine's Day, Steak and BJ Day is tonight! Basically payback for any man who treated his date well o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Dog and Cat Sales Regulation Bill Up for Vote

    If you want to sell a cat or dog in Florida, you may have to whip out a certificate proving that you're allowed to do so, because a bill up for a vote in the Legislature regulating the sale of dogs and cats in Florida is a go. The bill (House bill 1257 and Senate bill 1614), drafted by Rep. Jared ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    IKEA U.S. Meatballs Do Not Contain Horse Meat

    If you're heading to IKEA in Sunrise to pick up some cheap furniture and a snack, don't worry too much about finding remnants of Trigger in your lunch.Earlier in the week, authorities in the Czech Republic detected horse meat in IKEA meatballs. Initially, the furniture company removed meatballs from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Jungle George's Exotic Meats Returns to the South Florida Fair

    Are you wild? Wild enough to eat chocolate-covered scorpions and crickets? If you are, Jungle George's Amusements will be serving up a variety of exotic meats and animals for you to try at the 101st South Florida Fair next week.This will be the rare and exotic food vendor's second year at the fair, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    PETA Wants the Feds to Investigate SeaWorld Dolphin Bite Incident

    It was only a matter of time before PETA got involved with SeaWorld Dolphin Bites Little Girl Gate. Eight-year-old Jillian Thomas was bitten in the hand by a dolphin she was feeding at the theme park over the weekend. The attack left several dime-shaped punctures in her hand. See also: - Dolphin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Bettencourt Dairies: Burger King Supplier Exposed Abusing Cows (Grueling Video)

    Over the past few years, consumers have become increasingly aware of the abuse that takes place in the industrial food system. Public outrage has reached a fever-pitch. Due to consumer demand, many corporations and state governments (including Florida) have even begun banning gestation crates--those ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    Organic Brewery in Hollywood: 3-for-1 Beers and a Russian Hot Chick Bartender Exchange Program

    While the Germans get ready to rage across the pond for Oktoberfest (the real one in Munich begins this Saturday, September 22), the Organic Brewery in Hollywood Beach is gearing up for the flood of tourists that will soon inundate the beach for winter and parts of spring. Situated directly on the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2012

    Father's Day in Palm Beach County: Where to Take Dad on June 17

    It's damned near impossible to locate a Father's Day card that doesn't somehow incorporate neckties or power tools (is that really the only thing that greeting card companies can think of when they think "dad"?) but your options for Father's Day meals in Palm Beach County restaurants are a tad more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Onto the Kill Floor: Here's What It's Like to Watch a Pig Turned Into Pork

    The process was described to me before I walked onto the kill floor. Jim Wood, the owner of Palmetto Creek Farms, gave me the rundown. "They can't see anything. There's nothing to hear. I don't think they have any idea what's going on."I was handed a long lab coat and a hair net. I could feel my hea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Red The Steakhouse, Rosso Italia: Boca Raton Gets Two New Restaurants

    Boca Raton diners are about to be hit up with two new restaurants this week when Red The Steakhouse and Rosso Italia open. Both restaurants are owned by Cleveland-based Red Restaurant Group.Successful South Beach restaurant Red The Steakhouse, which also has a Cleveland location, opens its newest di ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 23, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 18, 2012

    NYY Steak in the Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek: First Look

    Meet your meat at NYY Steak. ​Would a former New York Mets star dine in a Yankees themed steak house in a casino in Coconut Creek? This is the question my dinner guest and I mulled over for the latter part of our meal at NYY Steak in the Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek on Thursday night. For the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Win Tickets to Delray Garlic Festival February 10-12

    ​We've got a pair of tickets to give away to Garlic Fest, the quirky Delray Beach event that celebrates the odiferous vegetable. Why celebrate a flavor that keeps away vampires and ensures trench mouth breath that rivals the taste of stale cigarettes?Like other maligned foods, garlic has an intere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Florida Republican Socialists Piss Off Los Angeles Over Food Stamps

    ​Florida Sen. Ronda Storms is causing an uproar all the way to L.A. -- as seen in today's Los Angeles Times -- with her proposal to forbid Florida food stamp recipients from using the program money to buy junk food. Storms' bill was approved by the Senate Committee on Children, Families, and Elde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Allen West Thinks a Lobbying Organization Is a Government Agency

    ​Rep. Allen West is looking for cuts to make in the federal government to spare the defense budget, so he thinks there's no reason for the Department of Commerce to exist since there's a lobbying group with a similar name.West seems a bit confused on this one.He says we need to take a hard look at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Florida Designates Special Hunting Areas for Wounded Veterans

    Hunting and fishing trips are becoming more popular for vets.​Stalking alligators in a swamp is not the only way veterans can bond and heal during outdoor adventures in Florida. In May, the Legislature passed a bill designating certain portions of state forests hunting areas for injured activ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Grilled Cheese Pizza: A Cheesy Trend?​Grilled cheese pizza was the winner of the Pizza Inn's in-house contest across the chain to come up with new types of pizza for its national menu.  Though a variant abomination is portrayed on This is Why You're Fat  --with quarters jutting from a single crus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Is Pork the New Lobster? Looks Like It's Destiny​In 2010, we saw a rise in the price of bacon. For 2011 and beyond, it's the whole hog.In the past two months, the price of pork shoulder Crumbaker gets from Grand Western and other national suppliers has risen from a wholesale price of 89 cents to 1.40 a pound: a 40% pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Animal-Rights Activists Trying to Ban Circus in Margate for Messin' With Elephants​A circus in Margate is probably the most exciting thing to happen in that city for a while, but animal-rights activists plan on showing up to the city's commission meeting tonight to ask them to ban the Cole Brothers Circus from Margate.Why? Cole Brothers seems to have a p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    South Florida's Top Four Prix Fixe Picks for Summer

    ​Before there were one-night pop-ups, followed food trucks, and celebrity-chef-preferred dives, the best way to get a taste of something unique and fleeting was a sampling of a restaurant's creative favorites culled to create a tasting menu.In France, it's referred to as a table d'hôte. In Japan, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Two Miami Hotties Coming to Boca Raton

    Philippe Chow​Lately it seems that Delray and West Palm Beach have been getting all the restaurant glory but now it appears that Boca Raton is cutting itself a slice of fine dining glam.  Expecting to debut in mid-August is the second SoFla outpost of New York-based high-end Chinese eatery Ph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution: Pink Slime for Everyone!

    If you're a fan of chef Jamie Oliver, you may have tuned in to ABC's premiere of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution expecting that same young buck messing around with food to feed his mates and having a jolly good time. No, no, no -- Jamie is older now, a father of four, and looks downright miserable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Hey, Taco Bell -- Yo Quiero Meat, Not Mystery!

    Flickr/The Impulsive Buy Taco Bell - Meat or Mystery?​Taco Bell is the universal staple food of teenagers and stoners everywhere. While no one ever claimed that Taco Bell was good for you, it's been the go-to cheap hangover food for years, and since most people eat Taco Bell only ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Rachel's Strip Club in West Palm Beach: The Girls Are Nice, but How's the Steak?​For the more frugal diner, the idea of lavishly throwing inordinate amounts of moolah at women and meat may seem a bit superfluous. Patrons of Rachel's Adult Entertainment & Steakhouse in West Palm Beach don't seem to mind, though. Perhaps this is where winning recip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Nova Will Stop Doing Business With Primate Products

    ​Nova Southeastern University in Davie will no longer do business with Primate Products, the controversial animal research facility in Doral, according to the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida.After the release of several disturbing photos depicting monkeys with serious injuries, local activists ... More >>

  • News

    April 15, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    The Day the World Came to Wellington

    John SotoGuarding the entrance to the Lechuza Caracas estate in Wellington is a gate at least eight feet high, topped with iron spikes and emblazoned with the golden emblem of an owl. An electronic keypad out front is the only way to make the doors swing open, but for now they remain firmly shut. Th ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 28, 2008

    Vintage Jackson's

    Ye olde steak house could use an update

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2008
  • Dining

    September 7, 2006

    Hot Enough for Ya?

    When at Peppers, do as the Chinese do.

  • News

    January 26, 2006

    Puppy Love?

    Only the dogs are blameless in Broward's strange war over Wizard of Claws

  • News

    February 24, 2005


    Magnificent Moths

  • Culture

    January 20, 2005


    Capsule reviews of current area stage shows.

  • Calendar

    July 15, 2004
  • News

    November 20, 2003

    The Doctor and the Rabbits

    A Broward dentist saved hundreds of rabbits and became a national celebrity. Why do so many people fear him?

  • Dining

    October 24, 2002

    Don't Mess with Tex-Mex

    The South Florida outpost of the Cafe del Rio chain doesn't explore any culinary frontiers

  • News

    December 21, 2000

    Deep Roots

    The wide and welcoming branches of the baobab beckon our humble scribe

  • Dining

    March 4, 1999
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