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New Peanut Allergy Treatment?

For years, parents with children who have a peanut allergy have avoided foods with peanuts altogether.  Peanut allergies are leading cause of death in food allergic reactions in the United States. A new drug developed by Aimmune Therapeutics could make a...

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Robot Ski Tournament

The PyeongChang Winter Olympics have been going on for the past 2 weeks. The events surrounding the games have included new technology like drones, virtual reality, and robots.

Tech companies and University students competed in a Robot Skiing Competition at the Welli Hilli Ski Resort in Hoenseong (an hour away from the Winter games).

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Your Roses Could Last Longer than Your Relationship

It's Valentine’s Day! That means you’ve got your significant other's present wrapped  and the dozen of  fresh roses ready. What? No? Haven't bought anything yet?  No worries, impress them with more than just roses that will be thrown out in a week with Venus Et...

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Half Shell Whole Heart - Oysters, Romance, and Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is this Wednesday. That means you’ve probably planned a dinner with your friends, family, or significant other. There are the classic romantic food choices like risotto and seared steak. How about adding my favorite dish to the menu, oysters.

Oysters are known as an aphrodisiac, a food, drink, or drug that stimulates sexual desire.

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The "Texas Monthly" Whiskey Affair 2018

Do you like Whiskey? If you’re in Houston, Texas like I am this week there’s an event for you! Texas Monthly’s 2018 Whiskey Affair is taking place on Thursday, February 8 from 6 pm-10 pm.

The event offers over 50 whiskey tastings and several restaurants...

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MSU School of Hospitality Business "Destination Auction"

Michigan State University’s School of Hospitality Business is hosting it’s annual Destination Auction on Saturday, February 10, 2018. The proceeds benefit the Students and Alumni Association of the School of Hospitality Business, Broad Business Pavilion, and two local charities: Junior League of Lansing and Capital...

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Meme Monday

  • Food that is prepared at a food establishment and transported to another location must be sealed in plastic.
  • For products that are removed from their original packaging, bulk items such as flour, beans, and rice, should be stored in containers or storage bins that are durable, leak proof, and have the ability to be sealed or covered.

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Super Blue Blood Moon

If you live in California and were asleep around 5 a.m., like I was, you probably didn’t notice the moon. Don’t worry, you can scroll through social media all day today and see the same 10 blurry photos just like my co-worker's.

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Meme Monday

Cross contact is when allergens are transferred to another food item accidentally.

Remember to:

  • Wash hands, change gloves.
  • Use designated utensils and equipment.
  • Make sure your food is stored and served properly, no damages or spills.
  • Serve the Allergen Friendly® meal separately.

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Could This Flamethrower Cut Your Cooking Time in Half?

Technology has evolved over the years and the Internet has made it easier to buy new inventions. You can get a robot vacuum, a speaker that talks back to you or a flamethrower at the click of a button.

Elon Musk, the CEO behind Tesla cars, has another big invention up his sleeve. Musk’s construction company “The Boring Company” is selling their own

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Mighty Mac n' Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese is a delicious comfort food. It’s a quick and easy food anyone can make. The restaurant Elbows Mac N Cheese takes a spin on the American classic dish. They have 2 restaurant locations in Cerritos and La Brea, California. 

Their restaurant serves gourmet Mac N Cheese along with melts, pizzas...

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Meme Monday

Proper hygiene is an important part of food safety because it prevents foodborne illnesses. Foodborne illnesses are a significant threat to the reputation and financial success of a food operation. Two or more unrelated people having the same symptoms after eating the same food is the first indication of a foodborne illness outbreak. The state and/or local regulatory authority should then...

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Tech Thursday: High Tech Body Board

Imagine going to bed the night before planning to go surfing; but, you get to the beach early morning and the tide is too high or low. Instead, you can used a high-tech body board and enjoy yourself, no waves needed.

 You can use the Kymera Body Board, a motorized body board that can survive about 2 hours on a single charge. The Body Board...

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Know Your Sushi!

What better way to enjoy sushi than eating sustainable fish? Sustainable fish is fish caught or farmed in ways that consider the long-term well-being of the species and the oceans. In this day and age, with so many environmental hazards and pollution all around us, it is extremely important to not only research where our fish is coming from, but also to focus on the importance of preserving...

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Tech Thursday: Your Own Robot Printer

I’m sure everyone’s been in the situation where they forgot to print something they needed. Anytime you forget, it seems to be impossible to find a printer in time. Now, you can take your own personal printer with you...

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Food Friday: Crazy Candy Canes

The holidays are finally here. It’s time to enjoy some of your favorite treats: hot chocolate, freshly baked cookies, and candy canes. But why buy standard peppermint candy canes when you could try something a little more interesting?

Archie McPhee is a novelty store that’s selling crazy candy cane flavors. You can try savory flavors like...

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Tech Thursday: Bitcoin is Booming

Money is just paper with value. We trade it for things we need (or usually don’t need). These paper bills and metal coins can dictate lot about our lives. There’s money we can see, our coins and bills, and then there’s “invisible” money, like Bitcoin. You can pay for things while avoiding paper cuts and germs.

Bitcoin, one of the many crypto-currencies,...

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Food Fridays: Advent Calendars for the Big Kids

Imagine getting a little gift everyday up until Christmas. Advent calendars get you excited for the holidays with a little something to enjoy each day. They’re most popular in Europe and filled with toys, chocolate, beauty products, and more for the whole family.

You can sip and nibble your way to Christmas day! These adult versions of advent calendars give you a daily surprise...

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Tech Thursdays: A Gameshow in Your Pocket

I’m sure we’ve all watched a gameshow in frustration, thinking we could do way better than the actual contestant. We’d sit there and imagine all the things we could buy with the cash prize. HQ Live Trivia gives you the opportunity to compete in a trivia game and win actual cash.

The app let’s you compete in live competitions twice a day with a chance to win up...

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Food Friday: Suck on your Green Thumb

The most revolutionary lollipop used to have a tootsie roll or bubble gum when you finish it. Amborella Organics Lollipops have plant seeds in the stick that you can use to grow different herbs and flowers when you’re finished licking. You can save the environment and enjoy candy at the same time, who wouldn’t want that?

The...

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Tech Thursdays: The Perfect Drink Cannon

Sometimes at parties there’s one person who ends up getting chained to the cooler and handing out drinks. But it’s 2017; our coolers should give us drinks, not the other way around. This Cooler Cannon can fire a can of beer or soda at you when you’re thirsty.

The cannon works the same way a t-shirt cannon would. You can use the remote or download the Cooler Cannon app...

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Food Fridays: The Fanciest Frittata

Imagine waking up in the morning and trying to decide what to eat for breakfast. Nothing in your fridge looks good or feels fancy enough. The solution? Try Norma's $2,000 frittata.

Norma's is a restaurant in Manhattan's Le Parker Meridian hotel. Their "Zillon Dollar Lobster Frittata" is made with 10 ounces of Sevurga caviar, an entire lobster, 6 eggs, cream, chives, lobster sauce, and...

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Allergen Plan Specialist Training

After developing an allergen plan the laststep for an operation wanting to become an Allergen Friendly operation is training an Allergen Plan Specialist. Tap Series’ Allergen Plan Specialist program is designed to help you understand the role of an allergen plan specialist and provide the information needed to make safe and informed decisions or recommendations to staff and the...

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Tech Thursdays: This Smart Clock Wants to Make You More of a Morning Person

Mornings are hard for most people. If you're a morning person I hope you know how jealous I am of you. But, it doesn't have to be so bad; a cool alarm clock like The Divoom Timebox can make it better.

The Divoom Timebox is a smart Bluetooth clock that displays animated art you can design. You can select or create your own pixel art, using the Divoom app, which you can assign to any...

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Food Fridays: Turn Up the Heat with This Flamin' Hot Turkey

Imagine how excited you are when you arrive at your relative's house for Thanksgiving dinner. You sit at the table, start chatting with family and then someone brings out a bright red turkey!

Reynold's Kitchen introduced the Flamin' Hot Cheeto Turkey, one of their three "flavor blasted" turkeys made...

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Allergen Plan Development Training

After learning allergen awareness the next step for an operation wanting to become an Allergen Friendly operation is the development of a plan. Tap Series’ Allergen Plan Development program provides management with a step-by-step guide following the customer from entering the establishment to leaving with their leftovers....

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Tech Thursdays: A Drone at the Tip of Your Fingers

Imagine you could lay on the couch and move something into a different room at the tip of your fingers. The Aura Drone gives you telekinetic superpowers and lets you become the controller. Maneuver the drone through hallways and around people. 

The drone is controlled by your hand gestures using its GestureBotics glove. With the glove, you...

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Food Fridays: How Much Nugget is Too Much Nugget? The Limit Does Not Exist

If you’ve ever finished your pack of chicken nuggets and wanted more, the giant “Nugzilla” from Rub Smokehouse & Bar is for you! The Owners, Sean Singer and Luke Billingham, admit they’re obsessed with chicken nuggets. You know what they say, if you love something make it bigger.  

The United Kingdom based barbecue restaurant serves a 3-pound chicken...

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Tech Thursdays: Animoji Karaoke

2017 is the year karaoke became cool again, first Carpool Karaoke and now Animoji karaoke! People are using the Apple iPhone X’s Animoji feature to make videos of them lip-singing songs, turning it into a meme. 

The Apple iPhone X was released last week and the Internet went crazy over it. One unique feature on the new phone was Animojis, emojis that animate based on your...

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Allergen Awareness Training

On average, 1 in every 25 customers will have a food allergy. Providing an allergen-friendly meal is important to everyone on food service staffs, from people taking reservations over the phone to the suppliers and chefs. Providing an allergen and gluten-friendly dining experience will bring loyal customers back time and time again.

Tap Series’ Allergen Awareness course teaches...

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Food Fridays: Taste the Rainbow, Literally

Get ready for the ultimate SUGAR rush. A NYC restaurant created a rainbow dessert pizza that’s sure to make you feel like a little kid.

Industry Kitchen’s Pop Candy Land pizza is made with a rainbow sugar-cookie crust, cream cheese frosting, pop rocks, and topped off with cotton candy.

According to

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Tech Thursdays: Amazon Wants to Drop-Off Packages Inside Your House

One of the worst feelings is waiting all week for a package to arrive and missing it. Amazon Key is a new service that lets couriers unlock your door to drop-off deliveries. You can watch the delivery live, or later, from your smartphone using the Amazon Cloud Camera.

According to

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Food Fridays: Bite the (Beef Jerky) Bullet.

Nowadays there’s a tool for every task in the kitchen, big or small. For example, if you want beef jerky you can make it at home in three steps: READY, AIM, FIRE! 

LEM’s Jerky Gun is an easy-to-use product that shoots out flat or round jerky sticks. Just load the barrel with up to ¾ pounds of lean seasoned meat. After drying your meat in the oven for about 2...

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Tech Thursdays: Facebook introduces Spooktacular Halloween features

Halloween is on Tuesday and we can’t wait for the candy, creative costumes and scary movies! Facebook is getting into the Halloween spirit with its own tricks and treats this week.

According to Mashable, Facebook will start sending notifications to people about...

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Food Fridays: Hey, there's a Burger in my Donut!

Combinations of sweet and salty foods have been a common theme among viral food. From simply dipping your fries in a milkshake to burger inside a donut!

Maxwell’s Bar & Grill in Covent Garden, London has gone viral with their Bacon Donut Burger. Anthony Knight, their Marketing Manager, says they’ve had it on their menu since Sept. 28 and have sold over 1,300. It took...

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Tech Thursdays: Samsung is bringing The Force to your living room

Samsung is launching a limited-edition Star Wars themed Powerbot VR7000M vacuum cleaner. You can finally have your own droid sidekick around the house!

These vacuums use The Force (and nine smart sensors) to map out the shape of your room and avoid obstacles. You can practice your Jedi skills by controlling the vacuum with the smartphone app or with voice...

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Food Fridays: Oozefest, Santa Ana’s Cheesy Food Festival

Imagine getting to eat all the mac and cheese, grilled cheese, and pizza you want. There’s a food festival for that… Foodbeast’s Oozefest!

Oozefest offers a variety of over 20+ savory and sweet cheesy menu items and all you can drink craft-beer. You can find creations like a rainbow grilled cheese, spaghetti & meatball pizza, and a bucket of nacho...

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Food Fridays: Pumpkin, Spice and Everything Nice

The leaves are falling, you take a sip of your pumpkin spice latte and everything feels right. October is here which means that Fall, Halloween, and pumpkin spice flavored foods are everywhere.

Starbucks sells their famous pumpkin spice latte every year around this time and stores release pumpkin flavored cookies, chocolates, drinks, cereals, spreads and more! According to

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Tech Thursdays: Google Ear Buds Translate over 40 Languages

Imagine traveling to China and having your own translator available at your fingertips. Google created Google Pixel Buds, wireless earbuds paired with the Google Pixel phone, that helps translate over 40 languages.

 All you need is a Google Pixel phone and Pixel Buds. According to

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Voice Powered Ring - Make calls Like a Spy

Voice Powered Ring - Make calls Like a Spy

The Apple Watch never got my attention but being a James Bond superfan, the Orii ring has. This ring lets you send and read text messages instantaneously without taking out your phone just by wearing the ring and touching your ear.

I like the look and the ability to customize notifications makes it more appealing. At an...

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Lunch Time Hazard

Do you have a community kitchen at work? Do you have Food Allergies? If you said yes to both of these you may want to consider a few things before using the community kitchen. It’s something most people don’t even take a second to think about but it is not something you should take lightly, food allergies are a very serious and cross contamination can occur in any community eating...

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Have a Heart Ranch Vegan BBQ

This last Saturday I had the privilege to attend the Have a Heart Ranch Vegan BBQ. My first thought when walking into this ranch was its beauty. The landscape was perfectly manicured and the animals appeared well taken care of and content. With all this I was distracted by the scent of the delicious food being made.

There were a few choices of vegan cuisine. I started with the food...

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Best Fried Chicken in the South

Have you ever had fried chicken only to be disappointed with the lack of flavor? I know I have. It seems like these days it is very hard to find good fried chicken that leaves you wanting more or thinking about it hours later. I’m talking about the fried chicken that injects a juicy flavorful explosion directly into your taste buds. Here’s a fried chicken bucket list I recently...

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