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Stick with Fresh Brewed Iced Tea

30 Jul

I have always had a hard time drinking canned and bottle “Iced Teas.” They are always so doggone sugary sweet. I prefer to call these products tea flavored sugar water. Nasty! Now I do drink a ton of iced tea this time of year, but I always prefer the homemade variety. We use Luzianne tea bags and just enough sugar to cut the bitterness of the tea leaves. Add ice and a fresh lemon wedge and you’re set.

In a pinch I will seek out a Chick fil A restaurant. They make a decent fresh brewed iced tea. They’ll even give you a lemon wedge if you ask for it. Just be careful — some locations make their sweet tea extremely sweet. I have learned to ask for half sweet and half unsweet … or in some cases, 1/3 sweet and 2/3 unsweet. I always get a funny look when I ask for the latter. Who knows — maybe they’re math challenged???

Worst Iced Tea according to Mens Health magazine:

Lipton Iced Brisk Lemon Iced Tea (20 oz bottle)

325 calories
81 g sugar

Iced tea is loaded with metabolism-boosting, cancer-fighting compounds called polyphenols, but Lipton does its best to undo any potential healthy benefit you might derive from the tea’s antioxidants by drowning them in 20 teaspoons of sugar. Your tea of choice should carry no more than 15 grams of sugar per 20-ounce serving.

Bennigan’s Closes Corporate Owned Locations

30 Jul

This story appeared this morning on …

NEW YORK – Restaurant chains Bennigan’s and Steak & Ale have filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection and stores owned by its parent company will shut their doors.

The companies owned by privately held Metromedia Restaurant Group of Plano, Texas, filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in the Eastern District of Texas, less than two months after Metromedia said it was not preparing to do so. Metromedia Restaurant Group is a part of Metromedia Co., owned by billionaire John Kluge, that has interests in entertainment, radio stations and medical equipment.

In a Chapter 7 filing, a company seeks to liquidate its assets and shut down.

Locations owned by franchisees were not part of the bankruptcy filing and will not be shut down, said Larry Briski, president of the Bennigan’s Franchise Operator Association.

“They will be open today, tomorrow and months and years to come,” Briski said of the franchise locations.

Dunkin’ Donuts Go Healthy?

30 Jul

More news from the food industry … as seen on …

NEW YORK – Looking to entice those hungry for a healthier option, Dunkin’ Donuts will begin offering a new slate of better-for-you offerings in August.

The menu, which will debut in stores Aug. 6, will feature two new flatbread sandwiches made with egg whites. Customers will be able to choose either a turkey sausage egg-white sandwich or a vegetable one. Both will be under 300 calories with 9 grams of fat or less, the company said.

“We just felt it was important to provide some choice in our menu,” said Will Kussell, president and chief brand officer.

The new menu will be called DDSmart and will include all current and new items that either have 25 percent few calories, sugar, fat or sodium than comparable products or contain ingredients that are “nutritionally beneficial,” the company said.

Current products that will join the new sandwiches on the menu include a multigrain bagel and a reduced-fat blueberry muffin.

Kussell said Dunkin’ will continue to add products to the menu and is currently developing several new offerings, but would not disclose any details.

Kussell said Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Brands Inc. will spend several million dollars marketing the new menu.

A number of restaurants have added better-for-you options to their menus in the past few years to take advantage of a trend toward healthier eating.

“We’re staying very true to our brand and very true to our heritage,” said the company’s executive chef Stan Frankenphaler. “We’re just growing and evolving.”

Valdosta, GA is crowned “Titletown USA”

30 Jul

Residents of Valdosta, GA celebrate their Cinderella story

OK … the nationwide viewer polling is over and Valdosta, GA is the winner.

The whole deal has created quite an uproar, especially with fans from LA, Boston, and New York. Allright, people. Get over it … and let the little guy have a bone just this one time. Please!

Now to more important things — like the following question:

Who would be Dixie Dining Town USA?

Charleston, SC? Lexington, NC? Memphis, TN? New Orleans?

Maybe little Lockhart, TX … they have 3 amazing BBQ joints.

What are your thoughts? Let’s hear about it!

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