- The Greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida area has become a hotbed of new dining options
that embrace traditional favorites and current food trends, from farm-to-table spots to breweries and gastropubs.
Many Fort Lauderdale eateries will be showcased in the Taste Fort Lauderdale event in conjunction with the South Beach Wine & Food Festival from February 22-26, 2017.
Other events featuring Fort Lauderdale's food scene include the Las Olas Wine and Food Festival in Spring 2017 and an annual, popular dining promotion in August and September 2017.
In addition, food trucks from Greater Fort Lauderdale eateries make regular appearances at sports events, concerts, and other entertainment venues.
A sample of Greater Fort Lauderdale's food options include the following:
Waterfront: Many Fort Lauderdale eateries offer waterfront views or even dockside dining for boaters on the area's waterways, including the Blue Moon Fish Company.
Italian: Louie Bossi's Ristorante Bar & Pizzeria presents homemade pastas, wood burning Neapolitan pizzas, home- cooked Sicilian comfort food and Chef Louie's house-cured salami. And it boasts an outdoor piazza with a fire pit and bocce ball court.
Brunch: O-B House, in Fort Lauderdale's historic district, Himmarshee Village, offers breakfast favorites using fresh, local ingredients and is famous for its deep-dish corn pancakes.
Bespoke cocktails: Apothecary 330 has 250 bottles of rare and specialty liquors and innovative libations served up by the speakeasy's "bar chefs."
Craft beer: The Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park is the destination's first industrial microbrewery.
Seafood: Lighthouse Point's Cap's Place, Broward County's oldest restaurant and a national landmark that opened as a speakeasy in 1928, offers fresh seafood prepared in a variety of ways, including broiled, char-grilled, baked, pan-fried, pan-roasted, deep-fried, Johnny style, classic scampi style or blackened Cajun style.
Health-conscious: Green Bar & Kitchen, a plant-based superfood cafe with two locations in Fort Lauderdale, serves a gluten-free menu that includes dairy-free, nut-free ice cream.
Asian: Kuro, located at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, presents Japanese cuisine featuring contemporary artisanal dishes using both locally-sourced and imported ingredients directly from Japan.
Coffee: Don't forget the coffee. Fort Lauderdale favorites include Grind Coffee Project, where patrons can enhance their brew with toppings including Nutella, balsamic vinegar and candied bacon.
For more information about the Fort Lauderdale dining scene and the area in general, please visit sunny.org/restaurants.
- It's being called "a game-changer" - and for good reason. Tens of millions of Americans seeking chiropractic care
are now routinely covered by major medical plans, Medicare, workers' compensation, and even some Medicaid plans. Studies have shown that chiropractic reduces costs per episode of care by as much as 40 percent. And with more than $700 billion spent dealing with musculoskeletal disease in 2011 alone, that kind of savings - along with chiropractic care's higher reported patient satisfaction - should be applauded.Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/iM2WG1JZDsU
- Think there's almost a conspiracy out there to squelch your child's belief in Santa Claus? Technology can help you fight back.
For years the big guy in red has had to contend with aggressive pushback from the PC crowd who apparently wish he'd just pack up his sleigh and stay home in the North Pole. Department stores were pressured to nix their Santa stand-ins. Schools changed their calendars to say "winter holidays" instead of Christmas. And let's not even talk about the damage done to his image by Billy Bob Thornton's "Bad Santa" movies.
Santa, being Santa, could keep right on ho-hoing when lesser immortals would've sicked their elves on them.
Clearly, just quoting pro-Santa experts like Professor Jacqueline Woolley, chair of the Psychology Department at the University of Texas at Austin, wasn't going to cut it. "Believing in impossible beings such as Santa Claus may exercise children's counterfactual reasoning skills," she's written. "The kind of thinking involved in imagining how nine reindeer could fly through the sky carrying a heavy sleigh may well be the same kind of thinking required for imagining a solution to global warming or a way to cure a disease."
Which is where a website called www.PackageFromSanta.com
First started a decade ago as a pure labor of love by the husband-and-wife team of Dale and Carey Gruber operating out of their home in suburban Washington Township, Michigan, the business has grown to the point where it now includes a 21st-century app -- downloadable at the iTunes and Android App Stores -- that lets users worldwide personalize a phone call to their kids from none other than Santa himself.
As in, say, "So! Olivia, I couldn't be prouder of you for being such a good girl! And I'll see you soon."
And completing the effect for tech-savvy kids: Both their own and Santa's name and photo appear on their smartphone's call screen (with the call shown as originating from the "North Pole Workshop").
"The reason we continue to do this is that it often seems like there's an effort to take the joy out of Christmas," explains Dale Gruber, who's also a graphic artist. "Whereas we think a child's innocent belief in Santa is something worth fostering."
You can watch a video here
. But know the site offers three different packages at very affordable prices -- all also include a letter from Santa and a personalized Santa video -- and feature items like Christmas cocoa, "genuine reindeer food," and a tin of Mrs. Claus' Famous Sugar Cookies.
In fact, so popular has PackageFromSanta.com become that celebrity fans like Sarah Palin, Bristol Palin, and reality TV star Kim Kolciak Biermann have taken to social media to sing its praises this Christmas season.
Think of it as Santa's ultimate ho-ho.
- It's called "tech neck." But to really understand the stress you're putting on your neck every time you look down at some wireless device -; think texting, for example -; just imagine four 15-pound bowling balls sitting atop your head.Done imagining? Doctors of chiropractic
, who regularly consult on issues including spinal alignment and proper posture, have some important advice for you. Watch the video at: http://youtu.be/JVigUgq-Wmc
- November is Epilepsy Awareness month, and this year's 4th Annual Epilepsy Awareness Day (EAD)
was the largest gathering of epilepsy patients and physicians in the world. Held at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, the 2-day event included a convention with over 90 exhibitors, 24 physician/specialist seminars, a Rick Springfield benefit concert, and a full day at Disneyland for the families.
Epilepsy is a brain disorder marked by recurring seizures, or convulsions, and it affects over 2 million Americans, with onset often beginning with children. It is also estimated that as many as one-third of individuals with autism spectrum disorder also have epilepsy. Despite affecting such a large breadth of the population, the National Institute of Health's estimated research budget for fiscal year 2017 is only $145 million.
EAD is an annual event operated by the Irvine-based non-profit foundation, Sofie's Journey/EAD, now in its fifth year and drawing people from across the globe. "We wanted to create an opportunity to drive epilepsy awareness, with awareness the key to overcoming challenges created by epilepsy," states Candy Levy, Co-Founder of Sofie's Journey/EAD. "At our event we bring together patients, physicians, advocates, non-profits, services, and this year we had a large section of the convention facility for people to meet their possible and future service dogs."
Sofie's Journey began with Sofie Levy, who had her first seizure at 5 years old. After years of pursuing treatments and options, the Levy family was given the opportunity of brain surgery for Sofie. Sofie is now in 11th grade, and is eight years seizure-free. To further focus their passion for epilepsy awareness, and to ensure that others are afforded great epilepsy care, Sofie's parent's Candy and Brad Levy created Epilepsy Awareness Day with the first event held on November 7, 2013.
"The Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland has become a unique opportunity for patients with epilepsy and their caregivers to interface with non-profit and other groups to openly communicate about their needs and available services," says neurosurgeon Dr. Gary Mathern. "This is a model meeting that should serve as an example for others around the world."
There are other conventions globally, including the annual American Epilepsy Society convention held in the beginning of December. What separates EAD is that it is not a typical medical or business convention: it is about the patients and their families. "We have learned so much, met many people with similar things like us, but most importantly we learned that we are not alone in this fight with epilepsy. Awareness is spreading like wild, it's the best," says Mandy G. from Kansas. "We have been so lucky to work with the UCLA pediatric epilepsy department to help our son, we travel to the west coast every few months for treatment."
Preparations are underway for 2017, with an expanded focus. "The good we are doing is an incredible feeling that goes beyond description, says Brad Levy, Co-Founder. "We are transitioning to a full-time Epilepsy Awareness campaign, with a three-day physical event as the anchor for our efforts. Planned for this year, we will have an updated site, multi-platform social media presence, video campaigns, and working more closely with our medical advisory board and hospitals. Our mission is now a year-long epilepsy awareness campaign."
For more information, visit www.epilepsyawarenessday.org
- Once again, tech is topping lots of wish lists. We've all been there. You unwrap your wanted new tech, but before you can use your exciting new gift, there's usually some assembly or setup required. The setup is a major source of frustration for nearly a third of consumers recently surveyed by Asurion
, the global leader in technology support and protection services, who say that putting together new technology has ruined their holiday.
This happens more than you may think. Asurion surveyed over 1,000 consumers and found that 64 percent of people have received a tech gadget for the holidays that they didn't know how to work. And it's not just the older generations that are having problems; 75 percent of millennials admit they've been stumped by a new device, compared to 53 percent of boomers.
"While the benefits of connected devices are virtually endless, the devices have become increasingly complex, and we're finding that even the most tech-savvy consumers are being outsmarted," says Bettie Colombo, spokesperson for Asurion. "We have a team of thousands of tech experts on standby to help consumers avoid the pitfalls and frustrations of setting up new technology so they can get back to enjoying the holidays with friends, family and their new tech."
The struggle to set up new technology has become such a challenge that 41 percent of people avoid buying their older friends and family members tech devices altogether just to avoid the hassle of helping them set them up. This process can become time-consuming, with 62 percent of millennials spending an hour or more helping friends or family with their devices over the holidays. In fact, six in 10 millennials would be willing to shell out their hard-earned cash to never have to answer a tech question again!
Asurion's tech experts help users avoid the frustrations of device setup this holiday by making it quick and easy to get help with technology issues regardless of brand or platform. Asurion's support and protection services are available through most wireless carriers.
"The smartphone has become the remote control for all of your tech," Colombo says. "Enrolling in your carrier's support and protection program not only provides you with peace of mind that your smartphone is covered for loss, theft and damage, but also provides you with one-click access to a live U.S.-based tech expert to answer all your questions."
Ask your wireless carrier about Asurion support and protection, or learn more here: https://www.asurion.com/soluto-service/features
- Sponsored News - It takes a lot to get a drug to market.
First there are reams of applications to submit to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), years of documented research, various trial phases, and a litany of other hoops to jump through that make the process daunting, albeit ultimately worthy.
Consider this: global spending on cancer medicines topped $107 billion last year, and is expected to reach $150 billion by 2020. Over the past decade our understanding of how different cancers evade the immune system has grown exponentially. Likewise, in the past decade the number of potential cancer medicines in mid- to late-stage clinical studies has grown 63 percent to 586, involving more than 500 companies.
For those companies that choose to focus on orphan diseases -- that is, those conditions deemed rare -- applying and gaining an orphan drug designation could pave an easier path for gaining market approval.
For Propanc Health Group
(OTCBB: PPCH), filing for orphan medicinal product designation (OMPD) in Europe for pancreatic cancer for PRP, an anti-cancer compound, means that it is one step closer to bringing a cure for certain types of cancer to patients who desperately need it, as approval requires evidence showing a significant clinical benefit over available therapies.
"This is an important step for Propanc and supports our plans for developing PRP as a treatment solution for aggressive, fast-spreading solid tumors," says James Nathanielsz, Propanc's chief executive officer. "Pancreatic cancer is an area where there is an urgent need for viable solutions and we remain determined to bring to market what could become a target and safer treatment approach, which we hope will meaningfully extend patient lives."
The European Union grants OMPD status to products which treat rare diseases, providing a range of incentives to sponsors developing drugs or biologics such as fee waivers and a 10-year market exclusivity period (post-authorization).
PRP is a naturally derived proenzyme formulation that seeks to halt cancer progression and spreading by eradicating cancer stem cells (CSC) while leaving normal stem cells unaffected.
Experiments were conducted using isolated CSCs from patients, comparing the behavior of the cells pre- and post-treatment with PRP by examining the genetic pathways that control the cells.
In short, the data indicates that the dramatic reduction of cellular markers associated with the process of epithelial-mesenchymal transition as a consequence of PRP treatment could not only reverse the EMT process with the implication to stop tumor growth and metastasis, but also potentially suppress the development of CSCs.
for more information about the company and its work.
- Sponsored News - Choosing a healthy lunch doesn't have to be boring or a day-to-day challenge. In fact, there are plenty of tasty and healthier substitutions you can make to your favorite meals when eating out or packing a lunch, such as adding more fresh fruits and vegetables and reducing refined grain products such as white bread and sugary foods. And losing just a few pounds can help reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.
"The American Diabetes Association is committed to raising awareness and celebrating healthy choices. When it comes to any meal, if you are living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, making the healthy choice is probably at the forefront of your mind, but it's not always the easy choice. Remember that healthy choices for people with diabetes are the same as for everyone else: choose more vegetables, especially leafy greens, lean protein sources and whole grains in place of processed refined grains whenever you can," says Sacha Uelmen, RDN, CDE, Director, Nutrition at the American Diabetes Association.
Making better choices at lunch is a great place to start. And even small changes can help.
So check out these healthy swaps below:
* Caesar Salad. The traditional salad contains romaine lettuce, croutons, parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing. Make a healthier salad by asking for the dressing on the side and use it sparingly. Add more veggies to your salad to increase vitamins and minerals, including dark, leafy greens, such as kale or spinach, carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes, or onions instead of croutons. Go light on the cheese or skip it altogether. Some restaurants now offer kale Caesar salad.
* Pizza. Two slices of pizza with extra cheese sounds delicious, but it can be high in saturated fat and calories. A better option is to have one slice of regular cheese pizza with veggie toppings and a side salad or two small slices of thin crust pizza with a side salad. And what about soda? Try sparkling water or still water with lemon instead.
* Italian sub. Choosing a sandwich with fries and a soda or sweet tea might satisfy a craving, but it's also a lunch that is packed with calories. Try a grilled chicken breast or turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread or wrap and add plenty of veggies. Replace regular mayo with avocado, hummus, or light mayonnaise and ask for half the cheese. Add fresh fruit or a small salad in place of the fries. And swap out the soda or sweet tea for water, sparkling water, or unsweetened tea with a splash of lime.
Take the stress out of making these choices on your own and consider a structured meal plan like Nutrisystem
D, which provides pre-portioned meals to help manage diabetes and keep healthy eating on track at every meal.
For more information, visit www.nutrisystem.com
- Sponsored News - Working mothers have a lot on their plate. In addition to their professional responsibilities, they are often in charge of numerous household decisions, including choosing their family's health care plan. However, nearly half (49 percent) of working mothers would not have enough money to cover their health insurance deductible if they needed to do so today, according to a recent survey from Aflac and Working Mother magazine
.When working mothers cannot afford the costs of an unforeseen medical emergency, these tragedies can quickly drain a bank account. So it is no surprise that more than half (54 percent) of working mothers surveyed have had to divert funds away from family vacations, date nights, holiday and birthday gifts -- or even children's college funds -- to help cover medical expenses. As a working mom, if you make health care benefits decisions, below are three things to keep in mind that can help protect your family's financial health:1. Expand coverage with voluntary benefits to protect your financial futureVoluntary insurance policies supplement major medical insurance to offer extended protection and peace of mind. Although the survey shows that dental, life and vision insurance are the most popular benefits among working mothers, it is wise to consider voluntary products such as critical illness, accident and short-term disability insurance, which provide financial protection if a more costly illness or injury were to occur.2. Make the most of your paycheck with a tax-free health savings account (HSA)HSAs are employer-provided saving accounts that allow employees to contribute pre-tax funds to cover future out-of-pocket medical costs. Having money in an HSA can help working mothers avoid having to take money out of their own savings accounts to pay for medical bills.3. Consult with a professionalScheduling a one-on-one meeting with a financial adviser or benefits expert can help ensure that benefits are tailored to a family's specific needs. Some employers even offer these services free of charge.Family free time should include events such as playing at the park or enjoying a child's sports game, not worrying about the financial consequences of a medical event. Being prepared is the best way to keep health care costs from placing a burden on family finances and fun.To learn more about the Aflac Working Mother Survey or to find additional information on the benefits of voluntary insurance, visit aflac.com/workingmother
- Did you know it takes seven years of higher education, intensive study, and rigorous training to become a doctor of chiropractic
?Yep, it's true. So next time you visit one - whether it's to treat a musculoskeletal condition or even get advice on proper nutrition - know that he or she truly is committed to helping people move from pain to well-being. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/1xgTwsJ0xhk