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Restaurants open on Memorial Day 2019

Believe it or not, Memorial Day is almost here. It felt like winter would never leave, but here we are at the end of May, getting ready for the unofficial kick-off to summer. It’s important to remember that Memorial Day isn’t just about soaking up the sunshine and gorging on grilled meats — it’s so much more than that. It’s a day to honor those who selflessly gave their lives servings our country. Of course, the annual Monday federal holiday does give just about everyone a long three-day weekend, but while many will choose to cookout at home and finish their meal with patriotic desserts, many others want to enjoy a stress-free. Thankfully, a handful of restaurants will be open to cater to those not wanting to cook — but also those whose backyard barbecue didn’t go according to plan. Here are some eating establishments ready for your business on…

Survey finds what makes the best grocery stores and supermarkets

Having access to quality grocery stores can make or break your relationship with food. A good grocery store sends customers home satisfied with reasonably priced bags full of fresh, tasty food, while the bad ones can leave shoppers frustrated for any number of reasons. For as much as grocery chains seems to have in common on the surface, experienced shoppers know they can be wildly different. So what do the best grocery stores have in common? Is it food selection? Customer service? Good product organization? A survey of more than 75,000 Consumer Reports members ranked grocery stores on these and a number of other categories to determine what makes the best grocery store. The survey’s findings pit 96 different national and regional grocery chains against each other to determine the very best grocery stores in America — and what makes them so great. So what’s the one thing most of…

America’s favorite beer is an import, research shows

Determining America’s favorite beer is quite an undertaking. With more than 7,300 microbreweries, brewpubs, and regional craft breweries turning out everything from Natural Light to Pickleball IPA, there are no shortage of options for Americans looking for cold one. Yet despite the bevy of domestic choices, as it turns out, America’s favorite beer is actually an import. Yes, Dutch beer Heineken is the beer of choice in America. To determine the title-holder, YouGov, an online market research company, looked at popularity scores and quality scores gathered from more than 8,000 respondents. Heineken (47%)  took the title of top brew, narrowly edging out Guinness (47%). Don’t agree? You’re not alone. The results were far from a national consensus, because to be “America’s favorite” the study required high scores in both recognition and quality. (The best beer in the country can’t be the favorite if only a handful of people have ever heard of…

Dunkin’ launches coffee-inspired nail polish line

First you can polish off a delicious donut, and then you can polish your nails. The company formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts recently launched a limited-edition nail polish line inspired by its signature lattes and ice cream-inspired coffees, according to a press release. There are six coffee-inspired colors to choose from: Coco Mocha, Caramel Craze, Blueberry Crisp, Butter Pecan, Pistachio, Almond Fudge, and Banana Split. The new polish line also includes the coffee chain’s iconic orange and pink shades Slam Dunkin’ and Pretty in Dunkin’. The new polishes are part of a partnership with Lauren B. Beauty, a vegan nail polish company. The full collection of nail polishes are available at select salons in 10 markets across the county, while supplies last. An interactive map on the company’s website shows where the polishes are available. And to sweeten the deal, customers who purchase polishes at participating sales will receive a $4…

Eating pasta three times a week won’t make you fat, study shows

Spaghetti. Rigatoni. Fettuccini. It’s everyone’s favorite — pasta — and Italian lovers everywhere can rejoice over new research that reveals the popular pantry item won’t make you fat. While the joys of pasta are undeniable (is there anyone out there who doesn’t love diving into a big bowl of bolognese?) its healthfulness has always been in question. In recent years, low-carb options like quinoa have taken a bite out of pasta sales as health-minded adults feared packing on the pounds. But science now tells us, that eating a portion of penne up to three time a week won’t make you fat, and it might even help you slim down. Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto conducted 30 randomized control trials involving nearly 2,500 people who replaced their regular carbohydrates with pasta as part of a healthy low-glycemic index diet. The findings? Pasta doesn’t not cause you to put on extra body fat. “The study found that pasta didn’t contribute to…

Get your greens! Broccoli may help fight schizophrenia, study suggests

Broccoli has long been hailed as an all-star food thanks to its anti-cancer properties and healthy doses of vitamin C, calcium, and B vitamins. Now, a new study suggests that the crunchy cruciferous vegetable could be helpful in managing schizophrenia. Researchers at Johns Hopkins say that extracts found in the vegetable can tweak chemical imbalances in the brain of those suffering from the mental disorder. They used the compound sulforaphane, derived from broccoli sprouts, to restore glutamate and glutathione to lower levels. Broccoli’s high levels of sulforaphane also mean that potentially it could be used as an alternative to antipsychotic drugs, which often have painful or dangerous side effects. In a study published in January in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, researchers measured brain regions of 81 people who had suffered a recent episode of psychosis. Those patients, on average, showed 4% less of the chemical glutamate in certain areas of…

These are the best tasting waters in the world, according to Certified Water Tasters

There was a clear winner. But the loser was also clear. In fact, all of the entries in the contest were clear because it was the annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting event. Every year since 1991, a convention has been held in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia to determine where the best tasting waters in the world come from. Enthusiasts gather to witness and participate in what’s been called “the Academy Awards of Water.” Entries came from far and wide. This year, there were 112 different waters entered from five different continents. Waters from three continents walked away with prestigious awards. For this year’s 29th awards event, 10 Certified Water Tasting judges were first trained on proper technique and standards. They were then instructed that the best quality waters should be “clear or slightly opaque,” odorless, with a light, clean taste, and “should leave you thirsty for more.” Waters were…

More people get sick from this food than any other, according to the CDC

Summer is right around the corner and chances are you’re dying to bite into your first big piece of juicy grilled chicken. Chicken is by far the most popular source of protein in the U.S. The USDA reports that Americans consume 92 pounds of chicken per person per year. But all of that poultry comes with a dirty little secret — chicken is far more likely to make you sick than any other food. The CDC estimates that every year about a million people get sick from eating contaminated poultry. Salmonella and campylobacter are the two most common causes of foodborne illness — both commonly spread through animal feces. Salmonella can come from a variety of foods including eggs, meat, dairy, or produce, but campylobacter is pretty strictly tied to chicken. The USDA reported that from April 2018 through March 2019, 22% of production plants did not meet standards set for limiting…

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…

Limited edition summer doughnuts are dropping at Krispy Kreme

When you think of summertime, you probably think of fresh fruit, grilled hot dogs, and ice cream, but doughnuts? Krispy Kreme is about to drop a new lime of refreshing summer flavors that will put them back on your warm weather radar. Summertime’s most popular fruit flavors are coming to Krispy Kreme shops this month. Starting May 6, fans can score seasonal doughnut offerings including Key Lime Kreme, Pineapple, and Strawberry. All are whimsically and brightly decorated to make them look like their delicious namesake fruit. Key Lime Kreme comes filled with an unmistakeable creamy, citrusy center. Strawberry is reminiscent of a classic jelly-filled doughnut. And Pineapple has a slightly sweetened, chunky pineapple filling. Make a splash and bring this Instagram-worthy dessert to your start-of-summer backyard barbecue or pool party. But don’t wait. Krispy Kreme’s summer doughnuts will only be available through June 16. Also see, National Doughnut Day has history…