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NEWS: Golden Gate Restaurant Association creates new dining program for 2020

The Golden Gate Restaurant Association in San Francisco is announcing a new dining program to support the local restaurant program which has been struggling due to COVID-19. The dining program is called: “Eat Drink SF Presents: 10 Days of Dining, Culture, and Community”.

The program will begin with an opening dinner on Friday October 23rd and run through Sunday November 1st.

The itinerary will explore neighborhoods throughout San Francisco with a focus on outdoor dining, Restaurant Week-style prix fixe menus., exclusive to-go options, virtual demos and forums as well as ticketed outdoor seated dinners, while keeping a focus on the current SF Department of Public Health guidelines.

Eat Drink SF has been around since 2009 and was created to celebrate the SF Bay Area restaurant community as a “world-class culinary destination”. This year proceeds will go entirely to participating restaurants, chefs and bartenders without an additional charitable partner involved.

The first event will be at The Vault Garden in San Francisco on October 23rd from 5:30PM to 8:30PM (reservations soon to come). The final event will be at EPIC Steak in San Francisco on November 1st from 5PM to 8PM.

The Golden Gate Restaurant Association has existed since 1936 with a mission to “celebrate and empower the restaurant community through advocacy, education, marketing, events, and training”. It is a San Francisco-based membership organization comprised of restaurant members of all sizes and profiles.

For more information visit them online at eatdrink-sf.com.

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Statement: Small Businesses Aghast at Trump stopping COVID Relief Negotiations

Today President Trump announced an end to the stimulus talks with no hope before Election Day. Main Street Alliance Executive Director, Amanda Ballantyne shares this:

“For Trump to stop negotiations on urgently needed relief, stating he will only resume negotiations after he “wins” the election shows callous disregard for millions of Americans suffering extreme financial hardship. The President appears willing to take the economy down with him if he fails, at this point.

Small business owners across the country are aghast at the short sightedness of this refusal to move an aid package. The failed leadership of the Trump Administration to control the pandemic and keep the economy on track will drive many small business owners to close and lead to prolonged economic hardship for working families in this country. Main Street Alliance members and small businesses across the country have been clamoring for months that additional support is necessary to avert a prolonged, protracted, costly and livelihood destroying economic crisis.

Small businesses have waited far too long for needed relief, and the consequences of delay have meant hundreds of thousands of closures impacting the labor market and economy. This is no time for political brinksmanship. Senate Republicans must come to the table and take action.”

Main Street Alliance is a national network of small business coalitions working to build a new voice for small businesses on important public policy issues.

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NEWS: Celebrate Super Mario’s 35th Anniversary with Cold Stone

Cold Stone Creamery is partnering with Nintendo for Super Mario’s 35th Anniversary. Nintendo fans can enjoy their favorite Cold Stone treat in a special edition Gotta Have It® ice cream cup featuring their favorite character, Mario, during the promotion. The Mario-inspired Creation, Shake, Ice Cream Cake, and special edition cups are available at all participating Cold Stone Creamery locations and online ordering until December 15.

“We are thrilled to join together with Nintendo once again to commemorate the Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary with our super-premium ice cream,” said Sara Schmillen, vice president of marketing for Kahala Brands™, parent company of Cold Stone Creamery.

“Cold Stone and Nintendo both focus on bringing families together; so gather your loved ones, grab some ice cream, pick up your Nintendo Switch system and let’s start making memories that last a lifetime!”

  • Mario’s Super Birthday Blast Creation features Cake Batter Ice Cream® with Yellow Cake, Bright Blue Frosting and Star Sprinkles
  • Mario’s Super Star Shake features Cake Batter Ice Cream and Bright Blue Frosting with Whipped Topping and Star Sprinkles
  • Rainbow Road Rally features layers of moist Yellow Cake and Cake Batter Ice Cream with Star Sprinkles wrapped in fluffy Bright Blue Frosting

Cold Stone® will feature four Mario-inspired Gotta Have It cup designs. These collectible cups feature Mario through the years and are available in red, blue, green, and yellow, while supplies last.

“To commemorate the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., we are excited to continue our collaboration with Cold Stone,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of sales and marketing.

“From fun ice levels to delicious ice cream, Nintendo and Cold Stone are offering cool treats this year for people of all ages.”

Cold Stone Creamery is also offering a multi-faceted sweepstakes (Nintendo is not a sponsor, co-sponsor or administrator of this sweepstakes) for fans. 5 customers, who enter the sweepstakes, will be awarded a grand prize package that includes one (1) $50 Cold Stone Creamery gift card and one (1) Nintendo Switch Prize Pack that includes one (1) Nintendo Switch system and twelve (12) download codes for digital Nintendo Switch games.

The fun will continue for even more fans as one-hundred (100) first prize winners will be awarded a first prize package that consists of one (1) $25 Cold Stone Creamery gift card and one (1) Nintendo Switch Prize Pack that includes one (1) Nintendo Switch system and five (5) download codes for digital Nintendo Switch games.

My Cold Stone Club Rewards® members will also receive My Nintendo Platinum Points* throughout the promotion.

For more information about the Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary, visit supermario35.com.

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NEWS: Armature Works to launch “The Drive-In at Armature Works” with Rooftop Cinema Club

Armature Works, Tampa’s largest food hall and event space, is joining forces with Rooftop Cinema Club to launch “The Drive-In at Armature Works”, a contact-free drive-in event in Tampa Heights District.

Audiences can enjoy a mix of modern and classic films every day of the week, two showings per night, including a full week of Halloween and Horror favorites. 

Family-friendly screenings will take place at 7:30PM followed by a second screening for the night-owls at 10PM.

Tickets will start at $22 per vehicle, regardless of occupancy. Parking will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis depending on ticket type, and audio can be picked up through local FM stereo.

Guests can order concessions or food and drinks online from their vehicles and will be notified for pick up.

Tickets and programming will be released this coming week. Locals are encouraged to sign up to Rooftop Cinema Club’s email database via rooftopcinemaclub.com/armature to be the first to know when tickets and programming are released, and to receive 10% off their first purchase. One lucky subscriber will also win unlimited drive-in movie tickets for the first two weeks of screenings. 

For more information visit Rooftop Cinema Club at rooftopcinemaclub.com.

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5 Pumpkin Spice Coffees To Order For Fall 2020

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Can you feel that in the air? It’s Pumpkin Spice Season. The sun is starting to go down earlier and pumpkins are invading all the grocery stores and home decor shops.

Although this year might be a little different with social distancing, there is nothing stopping you from enjoying pumpkin spice in the comfort of your home. I am already busy trying to improve the mood in my home.

Here are 5 pumpkin spice coffees to order for fall 2020:

  1. Dunkin’ Pumpkin Spice Flavored Ground Coffee, 11 oz.

Dunkin’ is one of the brands that originally made pumpkin spice so popular and they now have options you can enjoy at home like this pumpkin spice ground coffee. The coffee is 100% premium Arabica coffee. I personally bought this one recently at the store and enjoyed it. It’s ground coffee so it’s ready to go in your keurig or coffee machine. The flavor is so good it hardly needs any sweetener on top though I never say no to some oat milk.

2. Califia Farms Seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte Cold Brew Coffee with Almondmilk, 48 Oz

If you’re looking for a cold beverage with pumpkin spice, Califia Farms is a great option. This cold brew coffee made with 100% Arabica beans comes already mixed with almond milk for those of us on the go who don’t have time to make a batch of coffee at home. The price is more than fair and it is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, BPA-free, kosher, and vegan. Their mix is made with real pumpkin puree and spices as well. It being only 100 calories per bottle is also a huge plus for those of us trying to watch our weight at home.

3. DEATH WISH COFFEE Organic Pumpkin Spice Dark Roast Coffee Grounds [12 oz.]

Death Wish Coffee is popularly known for its strong brews and best practices used in production. This roast is Fair Trade and features Arabica and Robusta beans as well as chai, cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger-infused spices. Pumpkin spice is really just a blend of all these great flavors and they use a cauldron-aged process to simmer the spices and extract the flavors into the roast. It’s more expensive than the competition, but if you’re looking for something organic and sustainable you will want to look into this brand.

4. Trader Joes Pumpkin Spice Coffee…14 Oz

I love Trader Joe’s products, but one of the hardest things can be finding the products online since they don’t do delivery. Their pumpkin spice coffee features orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla beans, and pumpkin spice oil with 100% Brazil Cerrado Arabica beans. It’s a medium roast so right between the Death Wish and Dunkin’ brands.

5. Bones Coffee Company Flavored Coffee Beans, Jacked ‘O’ Lantern Pumpkin Spice Whole Bean Coffee for Cold Brew Coffee, Low Acid Medium Roast Gourmet Coffee Beans (Whole Bean)

If you’re looking for something different, check out Bones Coffee Company based in Cape Coral, Florida. Besides having some great artwork on their coffee bags, this roaster offers artisan craft coffee in either beans or ground made with 100% Arabica beans. Their coffee is keto-friendly, vegan friendly, and dairy-free without added sugar or carbs. Their pumpkin spice coffee is a medium roast with low acidity but a sweet taste. This seasonal roast is only available for a limited time. The brand has a huge online footprint.

There you have it. 5 pumpkin spice coffees to order for fall 2020. Have fun and enjoy the season.

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NEWS: Dunkin’ now available for DoorDash delivery nationwide

Dunkin’ and DoorDash announced today that delivery is now available through DoorDash at approximately 3,500 Dunkin’ restaurants across the United States with expansions planned in the coming months.

As part of an introductory promotion guests who spend $10 or more (excluding taxes and fees) on Dunkin’ through DoorDash will be eligible for a free 25-count box of Dunkin’s MUNCHKINS® Donut Hole Treats and a $0 delivery fee* from September 15th, 2020 to September 21st, 2020. Limit one per person.

“Dunkin’ guests know they can count on us to offer the most convenient ways to enjoy their favorite coffee and food items. We are excited to kick off the fall season by continuing to expand our delivery footprint, teaming up with DoorDash for yet another way to keep Americans running by delivering their daily Dunkin’ order right to their doorstep.”, says Brandy Blackwell, Director of New Business, Delivery & Catering, for Dunkin’ U.S.

To place a Dunkin’ delivery order on DoorDash, customers can simply download the DoorDash mobile app or go to DoorDash.com, select their nearest Dunkin’ location, choose their food and beverages, customize them just the way they like, and checkout. Their Dunkin’ order will then be delivered contact-free. 

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“That first sip of coffee is what gets most of us going in the morning, and even though our morning routines look a bit different these days, we’re excited to make it easier for Dunkin’ fans everywhere to enjoy their favorite classics from the comfort of their couches, home desks, or wherever they start their day,” said Toby Espinosa, Vice President of Business Development at DoorDash.

“Dunkin’ selected DoorDash for our commitment to operational excellence and ability to further enhance their already strong off-premise offerings at store locations across the country.”

Dunkin’ was founded in 1950 and is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced regular/decaf/flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ has earned a number one ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 14 years running and has more than has more than 13,100 restaurants in 41 countries worldwide. The company is based in Canton, Massachusetts.

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Cobra Kai is my new favorite show on Netflix

I didn’t grow up watching many 80s films as a kid. I always heard of Karate Kid but cannot remember watching it in my youth. I knew who Mr. Miyagi was since he was legendary. I was a fan of Japanese culture though thanks to my father and growing up in San Francisco.

As a child, I enrolled in karate at a local dojo in my neighborhood, it was a short stint that never went beyond the white belt – but I fondly remember learning katas, sparring, and that one time I accidentally almost broke my sisters boyfriend’s nose while showing him a new move I learned from my sensei.

Yes – I thought it was pretty cool.

Karate was an important part of American culture in the late 20th century and although it might not be as popular today, clearly there is still an interest out there. Cobra Kai tells the story Johnny Lawrence, the high school cool kid who didn’t grow up to be such a hot shot and also Miguel Diaz, a Latinx kid who lacks confidence and becomes the first recruit to a new Cobra Kai dojo.

Lawrence is a good anti-hero, flawed and funny and he is far more entertaining than Karate Kid star Daniel LaRusso, who is stuck up and constantly whiny. The show centers around the never-ending feud between these two nearly 30 years after their first tournament. The dynamic between them is good and sometimes you even want them to become friends although the rules of the show won’t allow that.

Cobra Kai is a little strange for our current era – it doesn’t try to fit into the mold you see on so many shows but looks to its roots from the 80s to boost itself and that makes the show quite charming. The high school drama never gets too intense and there is plenty of karate action to compensate for any melodrama. This show is neither 13 Reasons Why (thankfully) nor is it Kill Bill.

When some shows try to make grown-ups interact, it can often feel forced and like a tangent from the actual story, but I very much enjoy watching Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso navigate their adulthood.

Also I like the idea dynamic between Miguel and Johnny. It’s almost like a big brother relationship over a fatherly one. Maybe its that they are both taking the crappy hand they have been dealt and making the best of it.

For me – I really liked watching Miguel Diaz. Maybe it reminds me of my karate childhood and the cool kid I wanted to be when I was little or how I felt wearing a katate gi.

Many of the shows characters are living in wealth, privilege, or are just plain whiny, but Miguel is down-to-earth and so are his friends. Like most kids they are looking for confidence and karate gives them that. In an interesting way Cobra Kai is more like LaRusso as a kid which is an interesting twist.

The way the show portrays younger kids today as stuck on social media and lacking social skills is pretty accurate as well. Kids could use some karate.

Plus I like watching them kick ass.

Cobra Kai is a well-written and acted show and the fighting choreography is good. We live in an era where people are hyper critical of every detail and it is very hard to make a show just entertaining, but I feel that Cobra Kai does that well and I am thankful for that. Over the weekend it hit #1 on the Netflix watch list.

I recommend Cobra Kai on Netflix and am looking forward to Season 3.

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NEWS: Coppertail Brewing in Ybor City celebrates 6 years

Coppertail Brewing Co. located in Ybor City is celebrating their 6 year anniversary with a crowd-sourced mixed 4-pack of Hop Skull IPAs. A little over a month ago, fans were asked to vote for their favorites of the Hop Skull Series and the top three would end up being re-brewed and released as part of an assorted 4-pack.

The fourth beer in the 4-pack is Coppertail’s Sixth Anniversary Hop Skull Triple IPA. This hazy IPA comes in at 10.5% and features Chinook, Citra, Loral, and Bravo Hops with their house haze strain. The
beer features notes of citrus, apricot, and pineapple with a sizable malt backbone to make it the “juiciest” IPA they have ever made.

The three winners of the voting contest were Hop Skulls #3, #5, and #11 which are all hazy IPAs.

“It feels great when you hit those milestones and the whole team wants to get together and celebrate. This is the best way we could think of to celebrate that milestone and still keep everyone involved.” says Kent Bailey, President at Coppertail Brewing.

The pack was released on Friday, August 28th, at Coppertail’s Ybor City location tasting room ONLY in a mixed 4-pack and on draft. It is also available as a standalone 4-pack. Commemorative shirts and glassware are available for purchase as well as a gift pack containing a shirt, 2 glasses, a mixed 4-pack and 2 free beer tokens.  

Coppertail Brewing Co. is an independently owned production brewery in Tampa, Fla, founded in 2014 by homebrewer and reformed attorney, Kent Bailey and professional brewer, Casey Hughes. The two wanted to bring more hop-forward and Belgian-influenced beer to the thirsty masses.

Find more information at Coppertailbrewing.com/HopSkull

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Recipe: Mom’s Corned Beef

My Mom grew up with corned beef. I only had it sporadically as a kid, but wasn’t a big fan in my childhood. The other day my Mom decided to make some and told me stories about my Grandma who made it to help support her kids as a single mother.

Here is my mom’s corned beef recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 can corned beef
  • 1 small can of corn (diced)
  • 1/4 green bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/4 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 2 tablespoons of sofrito
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 1/2 can of tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro (rough chopped)
  • 1 small potato (peel and cut into mid-squares)
  • Sazon Tropical packet (about 1 tbsp. if using your own Sazon)
  • Garlic salt, black pepper and salt (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup of water

Instructions:

  1. Drizzle a pan set to medium-high with cooking oil to saute sofrito, onions, and bell pepper for about 5 minutes
  2. Add crushed garlic, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and 1/4 cup of water, combine and allow to simmer for 1-2 minutes
  3. Add corn with corn juice from the can (if the consistency is too thick add 1/4 cup of more water) and simmer for 2 minutes
  4. Add the corned beef and break it up and then add potatoes
  5. Add the Sazon Tropical packet and other seasonings (garlic salt, salt, black pepper) as well as half of the cilantro and cover on medium low heat for about 15 to 20 minutes. NOTE: Always make sure consistency is not too dry or too wet…add a little water if needed but also adjust seasonings if needed.
  6. Serve with white rice and sweet plantains. Add the rest of the cilantro a little to each plate.
  7. Enjoy!
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NEWS: PSL is back at Starbucks along with other fall favorites

PSL season continues with Pumpkin Spice Lattes now at Starbucks locations nationwide and as well as in Canada. This is the 17th year that the drink will be featured at Starbucks locations.

The pumpkin spice industry is worth over $500 million according to the Forbes. This is the earliest that the coffee industry has moved to begin the fall season.

Pumpkin spice is back at Starbucks.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes feature real pumpkin sauce, signature espresso and steamed milk with the celebrated flavor combination of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Available hot, iced or blended.

Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew

Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew returns to the menu, crafted with Starbucks® Cold Brew sweetened with vanilla syrup, topped with a pumpkin cream cold foam and a dusting of pumpkin spice topping. 

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin, Pumpkin Scone, and Pumpkin Bread at Starbucks

Fall bakery items are also on menus nationwide with the pumpkin trio: Pumpkin Cream Cheese MuffinPumpkin Scone, and Pumpkin Bread. 

There is also a number of pumpkin spice-flavored ground, packaged, and ready-to-drink products now available and NEW Starbucks® Maple Pecan Flavored K-Cup® Packs + Ground Coffee and Starbucks® Salted Caramel Mocha Flavored Creamer.

Hopefully this brings this cheer to people. Happy PSL!