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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - February 5, 2016: View of Morro Dois Irmaos (Two Brothers Mountain) and Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Brazil is a vibrant, colorful melting pot of cultural influences, so what better backdrop for the celebration of international pride that is the 2016 Summer Olympics? Their South American cuisine incorporates world-wide treasures from European countries like Portugal, Italy, Spain, and Germany to African and Middle-Eastern techniques and flavor profiles. Today, we take a look at some of the delicious foods Brazil is known for—and give you some tasty ideas for your own Rio-ready Olympics viewing party!

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Foodie Friday: The World is Your Oyster

Opened Oysters On Stone Plate With Ice And Lemon

 

As some of you who keep up with food holidays (and why wouldn’t you?) already know, today is National Oyster Day. We’re celebrating by sharing some little-known facts about this iconic ocean-treasure and gourmet foodie favorite.

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Foodie Friday: Nashville Hot Chicken at Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen

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I recently had the pleasure of visiting celebrity chef and host of The Chew Carla Hall‘s newest food venture: Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen in New York City. As a Nashville native, Carla brings Music City’s most prized southern delicacy—Nashville Hot Chicken—to the Big Apple. Today, we take a closer look at Carla’s southern food concept and celebrate the delicious culinary creations she shares with the world.

 

 

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Foodie Friday: 4 Tempting Dessert Trends for 2016

Happy New Year 2016 Cupcakes

Despite all the emphasis on clean labeling and healthy eating that’s trending everywhere we look, sometimes you just need to treat yourself. In fact, there’s even been a modest increase over the past several years in how often restaurant guests order desserts. For Today’s Foodie Friday, we’ll indulge in an extra helping of 2016 dessert trends.

 

 

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Foodie Friday: 4 Innovative Retailers Reinventing Dining

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When you think of fresh and healthy, chef-driven, exceptional dining experiences, you probably don’t think about shopping for things like furniture, cars, and gardening tools. Yet several companies have changed the retail scene with unique, high-end food choices for their shoppers.

Today’s Foodie Friday takes a closer look at these pioneers of bringing a gourmet element to your next retail adventure.

 

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Foodie Friday: Spotlight on Mike Eardley, CEO of IDDBA

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Today’s Foodie Friday features an inspiring supermarket industry leader—Mike Eardley, CEO and Chairman of the International Deli Dairy Bake Association (IDDBA).

I caught up with Mike as he shared his insights from years of food industry experience, his fresh ideas and outlook on the current happenings in the grocery business, and a glimpse toward future innovations in customer engagement(more…)

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Foodie Friday: Compliments to the Chef! 3 James Beard Award Winners

chefEach year, the restaurant world buzzes with trends and triumphs of culinary merit. But who are the true leaders of food innovation?

The honors this year went to artisans who bring warmth, enthusiasm, talent—and an expert understanding of how to get the most out of each ingredient—to every plate.

For today’s Foodie Friday, we take a closer look at 3 acclaimed chefs who won big at the 2016 James Beard Awards and get a glimpse of how they inspire in the kitchen.

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Foodie Friday: Global Food Trends–5 Exotic Flavors Going Mainstream

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In the ever-changing culinary scene, it’s always exciting to learn about emerging food and beverage trends. Lately, the buzz is all about global flavor profiles with spices, sauces, and bold flavors from around the world. Today, we’re taking a closer look at 4 international taste sensations that are quickly becoming mainstream foodie favorites.

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Foodie Friday: Go Team! March Madness Game-Day Snacks

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This weekend is one of the most exciting events of the year: the Sweet 16 games of March Madness! As a youngster growing up in Indiana, I would imagine making the game-winning shot to win a hard-fought victory over an arch-rival team. Sometimes it would take me 2 or 3 attempts (thank goodness for “re-dos”). Nowadays, my participation in the exciting moments of big games is confined to screaming at the TV screen or cheering from the stands.  One thing I do still enjoy, however, is the food that goes along with major sporting events of this type.  Today, we’ll look at some game-day favorites to whip up—the perfect shareable snacks to keep you energized as you cheer on your team.

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Foodie Friday: Go Nuts, It’s National Pistachio Day!

Turkish nut and phyllo pastry dessert, baklavaIt seems that the heyday of the almond may be coming to a close while another healthy, delicious nut rises in the ranks of food trends and the national appetite. The pistachio’s day has come: specifically, today—which is its very own food holiday.

Maybe it’s the salty-sweet flavor, the satisfying ritual of cracking that shell apart, or the nutritional benefits packed into each of these little snack staples, but America is going nuts for pistachios. Today, we’ll take a closer look at this green beauty and what makes it worth celebrating.

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