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    Denny’s Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know

    Denny’s Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know

    It’s a late night, and you’re starved! Where are you gonna go? Denny’s of course! Their doors are always open, even on holidays. It’s what helped make Denny’s an American past time right up there with baseball. Here is a list of four things you probably didn’t know about Denny’s.

    They Named the Grand Slam After Hank Aaron

    Denny’s showed their progressive nature by naming their signature Grand Slam meal after the African American baseball legend, Hank Aaron. It all started in 1977 at their Atlanta location. Hank Aaron played for the Atlanta Braves and destroyed Babe Ruth’s home run record of 714 at Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium in 1974. Aaron was the recipient of racial hatred, slurs, and threats against his life after breaking the record. So, Denny’s taking the lead and offering up this gesture of good will and respect was a fine way to let the world know not all Americans were/are racist idiots.

    Sold 2 Million Grand Slams in One Day

    Holy calories batman! The Hank Aaron Special, or better known as the Grand Slam breakfast, once hit a plateau after a Super Bowl promotion. After Super Bowl XLIII, Denny’s offered to give away free Grand Slams between the hours of 6 AM and 2 PM. Two million hungry football lovers answered the call. The next year, they did it again, and another 2 million showed up. After that, they discontinued the promotion. They didn’t say why, but it’s a fair guess that it was hurting the bank quite a bit to give away all that good food.

    Did You Notice Denny’s Cameo in Breaking Bad?

    The meth king, Walter White, was a regular at Denny’s. You may remember the scene near the end of season five where Walt celebrates his depressing 52nd birthday. He was eating some bacon, and wallowing in self-pity at a Denny’s! That’s not the only time Denny’s scored a cameo appearance on Breaking Bad. Remember the time Walt and Jessie witnessed a man’s throat being cut by Gus Fring in the meth lab? Well, after that happened, Walt and Jessie grabbed some food at their local Denny’s. Breaking Bad got praise for their unique product placement skills by Forbes. Denny’s was just one a few other lucky companies to get a prime spot!

    Denny’s Didn’t Have Door Locks till 1988

    Holy break-in Batman! OK, that’s getting old. Sorry. But, hey, it’s true. Denny’s didn’t bother adding locks to their doors till 1988. Most stores either didn’t have locks at all, while others had lost their keys decades ago. So, on Christmas 1988, they closed most of their stores nationwide and installed locks.

    These facts were borrowed from Thrillist.com

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    Did You Know These Four Things About Cracker Barrel?

    Did You Know These Four Things About Cracker Barrel?

    The Cracker Barrel’s fun and old school approach to dining offer an experience fun for both young, old, and everyone in between. The Cracker Barrel is much more than just great home-style cooking. Here is a list of a few things you may not know about the Cracker Barrel.

    They Sold Gas Back in the Day

    When the owner opened his first Cracker Barrel, he was coming off the cuffs of working for his grandfather’s fuel company. Back in the 1960s, the highway system didn’t have gas exits every few miles. So, Cracker Barrel’s leadership decided to add gas pumps to help add a convenience for customers. The idea worked well until the 1970’s fuel crisis. After that, all new Cracker Barrel stores were built without gas pumps. But, these days, there are a few Cracker Barrels that have electric charging stations for EVs. Which is just another way the Cracker Barrel ingeniously combines modernity with a classic home country dining experience.

    You See All Those Cooling Looking Vintage Items Hanging on the Wall? Yeah, It’s All Real

    You can’t miss the cool vintage photographs, signs, tools, and toys that decorate local Cracker Barrels. And, each one of those items are genuine, and from the local region. The owner, Dan Evins, hired an antique dealer to help him create the vintage kind of look and feel way back when the first store was opened. This tradition is ongoing. With each new store, new items are found and sent to Cracker Barrel HQ in Tennessee for restoration. They have a “Décor Warehouse” with more than 90,000 artifacts. So, next time you’re eating at a Cracker Barrel, remind yourself you’re surrounded by real, American history.

    11 Million Chicken & Dumpling Orders Every Year!

    Yeah. That’s a lot of chicken & dumplings. People can’t get enough of them! They also sell more than 150 million eggs, 56 million pancakes, 37 million grit orders, 121 million slices of bacon, 13 million pounds of chicken tenders, and more than 4 million Moon Pies. It just goes to prove how popular the Cracker Barrel is. People come in droves every day to feast for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The numbers keep adding up and going up, reinforcing the fact that the Cracker Barrel is as much a part of American tradition as grand mamma’s apple pie. So, next time you seat down for your portion of chicken & dumplings, remember you’re adding to the long heritage of an American favorite.

    Dolly Parton Earned the Cracker Barrel a Gold Record

    The Cracker Barrel loves country music and teams up with many legends, such as Alan Jackson and Alabama. They work with the artists to create unique albums sold exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. But, when they teamed up with Dolly Parton and created the album An Evening with…Dolly Live in 2012—Cracker Barrel went from selling niche albums, to certified gold. The album was certified by the Recording Industry Association of America.

    These fun facts were borrowed from Country Living.

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    Top Four Pizza Joints in New York City

    Top Four Pizza Joints in New York City

    Gator nuggets rule the South, pizza pies rule the North. OK, that’s simplifying, but you get the drift. New York conjures images of glitz, glamor, mobsters, and you guessed it, pizza! Pizza wins just about any food popularity contest, regardless of continental region. Pizza defies politics, comes in the simplest of ways, and in some complicated and expensive recipes. But, NY holds the mantle for best pizza, and if you don’t believe it, here’s a list of four NY pizza restaurants handed picked by world renowned chefs.

    Di Fara Pizza

    Di Fara’s pizza isn’t in the most convenient location and keeps a low key atmosphere—no frills, no shrills. It’s owned and operated by Domenico DeMarco, who’s been busting butt in the NY pizza industry since the 1960s. The traditional NY pepperoni, topped with tomato sauce, salty cheeses, and a little oil, costs around 34 dollars. That’s not cheap when compared with mass commercial joints (think Little Caesar’s 5 dollars option, though, in reality, it’s always more like 5.99), but Di Fara’s level of quality brings people back time and time again.

    Franny’s Pizza

    Brooklyn’s Franny’s Pizza is a local favorite, and any visitor should venture to.  Famous chef, Johnathan Waxman said: “I just love it. Franny’s pies are not too thin, nor too thick. Not too big, nor too small. In a way, the pizzas remind me of Nancy Silverton’s: light, crisp crust that’s perfectly charred with just the right amount of flavorful toppings.” It’s owned by Andrew Feinberg and Francine Stephens, who go out of their way to find fresh, quality seasonal sources for their ingredients. One of the local favorites is the tomato, with sausage, cow’s milk mozzarella, or fior di latte, which costs about 22 dollars.

    Joe’s Pizza

    New York has loved Joe’s Pizza since 1975. Most folks come in for huge, stomach-filling slices. One plain slice costs about 2.75, while a pepperoni slice runs about 3.50. You can toss on differing spices, like oregano, or powdered garlic, and turn it into a quintessential NY pizza slice. Some New Yorkers say a slice of Joe’s Pizza takes them back to their childhood. And, even the popular sushi chef, Daisuke Nakazawa, says “I like Joe’s because the crust is so thin”, and said he enjoys grabbing a slice on his way to work.

    Kesté Pizza

    Are you looking for a great pizza at an unbeatable price? Kesté Pizza offers tasty pies at great prices. For around 13 dollars, you can get prized wood oven baked Neapolitan pizza. The famed chef, Alain Ducasse, explained the process which Kesté cooks their pies: “Pizzaiolo Caporuscio forms and punches dough, tops it with San Marzano tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella—the classic!— and fires quickly in a wood-fired oven built by experts from Naples. Charred with desirable air pockets, this pizza proves that perfection can be found in simplicity and it’s a New York City favorite.” Conveniently located across the street from Joe’s Pizza (mentioned above), this is a go-to for many tourists visiting the Big Apple.

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    Heading Down South? Eat Gator Nuggets!

    Heading Down South? Eat Gator Nuggets!

    Oh… the glories of the South—Confederate flags, repressed racism, sweet tea, oh, and of course, gator nuggets! OK, maybe associating the South with racism unjustly targets the majority of good folks down there. For that, accept an utmost and sincere apology. On a serious and delicious note, gator nuggets are quite the fried treat. Here’s a rundown of why you better eat some gator meat, breaded in nugget form, the next time you visit a southern state.

    Not Great for Cholesterol, But Oh So Yummy N the Tummy

    Purses, boots, hats, even underwear, claim the lives of alligators and adorn the bodies of good ole boys and gals. But, Gators also feel the belly of not only locals but vacationers and interested travelers from all over the globe. Gator nuggets get breaded with any number of bayou flavors, depending on where you buy them. If you visit Louisiana, check out Gator Cove, and enjoy their many gator dishes, including nuggets. Louisiana may claim the title of King of Gator Nuggets, but South Carolina, especially a Cajun joint in Murrells Inlet called Flo’s Place, serves hand breaded gator nuggets that rock your socks off and have you screaming hallelujah. If Louisiana is the king, then Florida is the another rival kingdom (you bet the residents of Florida consider themselves the Kings of Gator! Go Gators!). With about 1.5 million alligators, the eatin’ is good. Check out Gator’s Dockside; they have many locations throughout Florida.

    You Hate the South? Never Visit? No Problem!

    Hey now, never hate until you try them out. But, if traveling to the South isn’t your cup of tea, online ordering makes getting your own gator nuggets simple and fast. They come pre-breaded with Cajun flavor. Just drop them in the deep fryer, and get ready to chow down. The folks over at crawfish, sell a highly rated 1lb bag of gator nuggets for 16.99. Or Cajun Grocer carries gator nuggets for around the same price, with a few added deals to choose from. Want to throw a gator nugget party? Want to stock up and save some cash? Then Sam’s Club offers an 8lb bag of pre-breaded gator nuggets ($120) you can store and cook when wanted.

    Make Your Own Gator Nuggets

    If you work well in a kitchen and enjoy putting together interesting dishes, then one of the many Gator nugget recipes makes creating an authentic Cajun dish a breeze. The Food Network lays down an easy to follow recipe that uses a 1/2 pound of alligator meat, cut into 1/2-inch cubes. The fish batter for coating. Cooking oil for frying. Toss in some salt and freshly ground pepper, along with some dipping sauces such as mustard, cocktail, or remoulade. So, invite some friends over, and serve them up some Cajun fun. Gator nuggets are tasty, unique, and a sure fire way to start up a fun conversation, especially with those who never thought of eating alligator meat before.

    Enjoy!

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    The 6 Most Expensive Meals in the World

    The 6 Most Expensive Meals in the World
    1. Masa toro with caviar—Bar Masa, New York City

    If you order the Masa toro with caviar in New York City’s Bar Masa, you can expect to pay $240 per serving. This meal consists of an 8-piece roll that is packed with tuna and caviar. This particular is on Bar Masa’s menu online, so you can take a look at it for yourself. It is served with a battery brioche, and some people actually claim that it’s worth the outrageous price.

    1. The $350 Steak at The Old Homestead Steakhouse in NYC, New York

    The next expensive dish on this list also comes from a restaurant in New York City. This steak better taste pretty amazing for the $350 price tag it comes with. The extremely high price of this steak is due to the US Department of Agriculture’s lift on imported Japanese beef back in 2012. As a result of the lift on this long-time ban, The Old Homestead Steakhouse decided to take advantage. It doesn’t take long for this steak to arrive on the table of the customer who is willing to pay for it, but does that really make it worth the extravagant cost?

    1. A Single Cupcake from Sweet Surrender in Las Vegas, Nevada

    Just a single cupcake at Sweet Surrender, which is located in the Palazzo in Las Vegas, costs a total of $750 (doesn’t leave much room for a tip.) This cupcake uses chocolate that is made from the ultra-rare Porcelana Criollo bean, which is native to Venezuela. It is topped with Tahitian Gold Vanilla Caviar, which is most likely why it costs such an exorbitant amount of money.

    1. One Pricey Frittata—Norma’s in New York City, NY

    Yet another very expensive meal comes from New York, and it is the Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata. It still holds the record as the most expensive omelet in the entire world at $1,000. Apparently the restaurant that offers this meal on their menu serves around 10-12 of them each year, which is still pretty amazing.

    1. $5,000 Burger in Fleur, Las Vegas

    The FluerBurger, which was created by the famous chef Hubert Keller, costs a total of $1,000. This burger is named after the chef’s restaurant, Fleur, and it is topped with seared foie gras and truffles on a brioche truffle bun. The thing that really makes this burger so incredibly expensive is the fact that anyone who orders it gets a bottle of 1995 Chateau Petrus as well as two crystal stemware glasses delivered right to their doorstep.

    1. The Most Expensive Pudding in the World—Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, England

    The record for the most expensive pudding in the world goes to the Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in England. Priced at $35,000 per serving and made to look like a Faberge egg, this pudding is made with only the highest-quality chocolate in the world. It also features a gold leaf, caviar, champagne and even a real diamond.

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    Can you get all your nutrition from food or do we need supplements?

    The simple answer is yes and yes.

    Ideally, all of the nutrition we need can come from the food we eat. Unfortunately, in today’s world, it usually doesn’t. Even if food was grown in nutrient dense soil without contaminates, much of the nutrition is lost in its journey from the field to our table. And finally, food alone can only fill our nutritional needs if our bodies are able to absorb all of its nutrients and assimilate them properly.

    Diet

    If your diet consists of a wide variety of nutrient dense, organic whole foods, with lots of raw produce, locally grown (preferably in your back yard) and harvested at the right time for maximum nutrition, and your digestive system is working at peak performance, then you have little use for supplements. Those are a lot of ifs. And even with this kind of diet, which, incidentally, would be of far more benefit than any supplement regimen could ever be, there are still some supplements that can be of benefit.

    Today’s field to table journey is not conducive to optimum nutrition. Produce is picked before fully ripened, before reaching its full nutritional potential. Produce is often left in storage for long periods of time, and gassed or otherwise treated to last longer and appear ripened. The average distance and time from field to table is 1500 miles and 10-14 days. All the while, the food is losing its nutritive content.
    Even local grocery stores have challenges in maintaining optimum nutritive value.

    Health

    The second consideration is whether your body can properly assimilate nutrients. Being healthy means you have a healthy immune system, which means the digestive system is working right. The problem is that Candida overgrowth is common due to the typical American diet, and Candida inhibits a healthy immune system. When the gut is out of balance, our bodies do not properly assimilate nutrients. Supplements can help us bridge the gap. Virtually everyone suffers from Candida overgrowth; sugar is just too easy to get in our modern society. There are two choices. A Candida detox is a must for almost everyone, and then the choices are to either eat a very strict diet or a good diet with regular intestinal supplemental maintenance. Obviously, the norm for those at the pinnacle of health is to eat extremely well almost all of the time and to take a strong probiotic or other Candida killer the few times we indulge in sweeter foods.

    How do you get the proper nutrition?

    If you cannot raise your own food, get to know your local farmer’s markets and the farmers! Buy your food directly from a farmer, or join a CSA (community supported agriculture), if possible. Your diet should consist of a wide variety of foods that are nutrient dense and organic. Avoid processed foods and do not eat anything with artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, MSG, trans fats, or GMOs.

    A full 80% of your diet should consist of fresh, raw, organic produce–more vegetables than fruit. Healthy fats will help you absorb and metabolize nutrients.

    Even though you take these steps, today’s food is not nearly as nutritious as food grown fifty years ago. And yet, it is best, if possible, to gain as much of your nutrition as you can through foods. Total Nutrition Powder, a combination of 14 nutritious ingredients, is an excellent means to supplement your diet. See the link below for the recipe to make your own.

    Of course you should consider additional supplementation if you need it. Your health should be your greatest clue as to whether or not you require additional supplementation. Any supplements you add should be of high quality, and most are not. In fact, most multivitamins can do more damage than good. Stay away from cheap, synthetic vitamins and inorganic minerals. It’s a great idea to supplement, as long as the supplements are not making up for a substandard diet.

    Regardless of how healthy your diet is, and no matter how many other supplements you take, I suggest a good nutrition powder (recipe here), and do a Candida detox. See the first source for how to boost your immune system.