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Starbucks releases 2019 holiday cups

And the holiday season has officially begun. Starbucks announced the much-anticipated return of its annual holiday cups, just days after Dunkin’ came out with its new decked-out designs. The new designs feature a modern block letters, polka dots and pops of holiday colors. Coffee lovers across the U.S. and Canada can kick off the holiday season beginning Nov. 7 with the four brand-new designs: Polka Dots, which is basically a traditional red cup dotted with green circles; Merry Dance, has red and green letters spelling out ‘MERRY COFFEE’ overlaying a white cup; Merry Stripes uses a dark green cup and features small white lettering spelling out ‘MERRY COFFEE’, and Candy Cane Stripe is adorned with red and white stripes and large, green letters spelling out ‘STARBUCKS.’ According to the official press release, they’re meant to “evoke mini moments of joy for our customers and partners — it’s fun, festive, and…

2019 Veterans Day free meals and discount offers

Restaurants love to honor veterans and active service members with free meals and other deals on Veterans Day each year. Here is your guide to where you can score free food on Monday, November 11, 2019. Not seeing your favorite restaurant on this list? Not all restaurants that have participated in the past have released their 2019 information yet, but we’ll add more as they are announced. So check back often. Also, remember that before you can get your food freebie, most restaurants require you show valid military identification or proof of service. Applebee’s Military members or veterans eat for free when they choose from one of these 8 entrées. Find your nearest location here. Must have proof of service or military ID. California Pizza Kitchen Veterans and military members can stop by participating California Pizza Kitchen restaurants on Monday, Nov. 11, and choose a pizza, salad, or pasta from…

Merriam-Webster adds ‘umami,’ ‘ghost pepper,’ ‘go-cup’ and more to dictionary

The English language never stops expanding, and neither does the dictionary. This past week, the editors at Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary added more than 600 new words, among them, a handful of food-related terms that are sure to come up in your food-loving life. In order for new words to make the cut, editors must find that a word is in frequent, widespread and meaningful use — all three of these factors must be in play. Several new words don’t seem new at all. Words you’ve been using for years, like “ghost pepper,” “java,” and “chai latte,” will have you wondering how they’re not already in official status. But that goes to show you that widespread usage is extremely important. “Umami” is another word — as in, one of the five tastes that humans register, along with salty, sweet, spicy and sour — that was elevated to official word status. The word…

5 food trends that will be hot in 2019

While we’ve been captivated by two Royal weddings, #MeToo, and Hurricane Florence, we’ve hardly noticed that 2018 is coming to a close. It’s been a year deep in political turmoil, social causes, and online entertainment. But with all of the unknown ahead, one thing we know for sure is that we can count on surprising new and fun food trends. This past year had its own edible identifiers. Fermenting was all the rage, and growth is likely to continue. Booze-free beverages took the healthy Millennial scene by storm, and tech competed for dining dollars with DoorDash becoming a household name and Amazon Go announcing plans for more market stores. Cold brew coffee and natural wine were in our cups and Instagram caught everything on camera. A team of product developers, chefs, and innovators at The Kroger Co. all got together to discuss likely food trends and give us a sneak…