Local restaurant takes stand against cell phone users

Published: Monday, December 10, 2012 @ 11:52 AM
Updated: Monday, December 10, 2012 @ 11:52 AM

The Brunch Club has entered the cell phone wars.

The business’s owner says there is no turning back.

A notice posted around the restaurant — a longtime favorite at the intersection of South Main Street and South Patterson Boulevard in Dayton’s downtown — reads:

“Out of respect for other patrons please make sure your cell phone is turned to silent or vibrate, and please NO speaker phones.”

So far so good. The notice has been laminated since it went up just a few months back.

Owner Jim Vari said the notice has helped reduce the number of people having loud, annoying cell phone conversations or playing games on their smart phones with the volume at full blast.

He said no one wants to hear that.

Some smart phone users were just so “obnoxious” that the business felt it had to take a stand, Vari said.

He added that conversations were disturbing other customers.

Formerly the Breakfast Club Cafe, Vari’s restaurant reopened in 2007 under the name The Brunch Club.

The new management kept some of the former restaurant’s menu.

What do you think? Do local restaurants need smart phone policies? Do you think cell phone conversations are a nuisance at restaurants?

Love Nashville hot chicken? Try it on a pizza or sub

Published: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 @ 10:21 AM

Donatos unveiled new menus items inspired by Nashville hot chicken as of Monday.

Donato’s is combining two things Daytonians love: hot chicken and pizza

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The pizza features crispy hot chicken, pepper jack cheese, jalapenos, pickles and it’s drizzled with ranch dressing. If you’re a spicy food lover, it’s definitely worth a try!  

Not feeling the ‘za? You can opt for the submarine version instead.

>> Meet the Chizza, a pizza with a fried chicken crust

Both the pizza and sub are on all 158 Donatos stores’ menus as of Monday, according to the Columbus Business Journal

10,000 marshmallow-only Lucky Charms boxes up for grabs in giveaway

Published: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 @ 4:59 PM

General Mills is giving away 10,000 boxes of marshmallow-only Lucky Charms in a new contest.
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Fans of the marshmallows in Lucky Charms cereal could end up with a whole box full of them.

General Mills is launching a contest in which it is giving away 10,000 boxes of 

Lucky Charms marshmallows.

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According to The Huffington Post, the contest is in response to customer demand after General Mills gave away 10 boxes of the cereal during a social media sweepstakes.

“In 2015, 10 lucky people won a box of “Marshmallow Only” Lucky Charms through a social media sweepstakes. But according to the brand’s many marshmallow maniacs, 10 boxes just wasn’t enough,” the General Mills blog on the news said.

“Fans of Lucky Charms are obsessed with our marshmallows,” Priscilla Zee, senior General Mills marketing manager, said. “We were overwhelmed with calls, e-mails, and tweets last year, asking for a box of our Lucky Charms marshmallows. So this year we wanted to give them even more opportunities to win.”

More information can be found at the General Mills website.

When to buy organic & when to save your money

Published: Saturday, May 13, 2017 @ 5:00 AM

Step into any supermarket these days and you’re sure to find a wide variety of organic foods on the shelves. From produce, milk and meat to breakfast cereals and snack foods, consumers have their pick of certified organic products—a far cry from the time when you could only find them in natural foods stores. The demand for organic foods continues to soar: According to the Organic Trade Association, organic food sales saw their biggest dollar gain ever in 2015 with more than 10 percent growth. 

8 Tips for Making Organic More Affordable

Certified organic foods have been linked to many heath benefits, but they can sometimes be more expensive than conventionally farmed produce. Try these tips to make an organic diet more affordable.

  1. Make a gradual transition over the course of a year to familiarize yourself with prices and products.
  2. Comparison shop to find the most economical organic items. Within the same city, organic produce prices vary greatly. Sometimes the large supermarket chains will win out, while other times natural food stores (chains or privately owned) can be more affordable. By shopping around, you'll get a general idea of which foods are cheaper at certain stores, or which location offers the most deals overall.
  3. Create your meal plans around the most affordable produce, meat and grain products.
  4. Improvise recipes if an organic ingredient isn't available or affordable. You might find something else that works just as well, or even better than, the original ingredient.
  5. Invest in organic meat, cheese and milk (over produce and grains) if your grocery budget is tight. Conventional meat and dairy products often contain hormones and show the highest concentration of pesticides.
  6. Find local organic growers and buy directly to save money. Farmers markets often offer organic items.
  7. Select seasonal produce as much as possible. If you want strawberries in winter, for example, buy frozen for a budget-friendly value. Frozen organic produce is often available at big warehouse stores as well.
  8. Prioritize your produce. Certain produce items tend to be highly contaminated with pesticides, so try to buy the these organic. For others that tend to be relatively low in pesticide residue, save money and buy these conventional.
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The Dirty Dozen: Top 12 Foods to Buy Organic 

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently completed an analysis of conventionally grown (non-organic) produce to measure pesticide residue levels. Based on the results of almost 34,000 samples taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and federal Food and Drug Administration, EWG estimates that eating the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables, referred to as “The Dirty Dozen,” exposes the average person to about 15 different pesticides each day, while someone eating the least contaminated will be exposed to fewer than two pesticides each day. By avoiding these most contaminated foods, consumers could reduce their pesticide exposure by almost 90 percent.

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If you have budget constraints, get more health for your money by choosing organic varieties of the following fruits and vegetables (listed in descending order, starting with greatest levels of pesticide contamination). Download a pocket guide to the Dirty Dozen here.

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Peaches
  6. Pears
  7. Cherries
  8. Grapes
  9. Celery
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Sweet bell peppers
  12. Potatoes

The Clean 15: Save Your Money & Buy Conventional 

If going totally organic is too difficult or pricey, play it safe and eat the following conventional produce items to minimize your exposure. These are known to have the least amount of pesticide residue (listed in ascending order, starting with lowest levels of contamination):

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  1. Sweet corn
  2. Avocados
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onions
  6. Frozen sweet peas
  7. Papayas
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangoes
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honeydew melon
  12. Kiwi
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Grapefruit

When eating conventional foods, be certain to peel away edible skins and outer leaves (such as those on lettuce), as pesticides are often concentrated there. Remember to wash all produce (conventional and organic) thoroughly with a natural fruit and vegetable cleanser. Peeling and washing can help reduce (not eliminate) pesticide exposure, but can also cause the loss of valuable vitamins and nutrients, such as fiber.

When you have the choice between an organic item and one that’s conventionally grown, choose organic as often as possible. To see EWG's complete study results and the rankings of different produce items, visit their website.

Say cheese! Health risks from dairy, even full-fat, debunked in study

Published: Thursday, May 11, 2017 @ 1:58 AM

It’s time to break out some cheese and wine to celebrate a new study that debunks long-held rumors about dairy products.

The study, published in the “European Journal of Epidemiology,” states that consuming dairy products, including full-fat versions, “does not increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke,” The Guardian reported

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It was believed that dairy products had been harmful because of their high amount of saturated fats, The Guardian reported. 

However, an international team of experts argues the opposite and said those who cut dairy from their diet are doing more damage, according to The Guardian.

People, especially young women, who don’t drink enough milk are at risk of damaging their bone development and getting conditions such as osteoporosis, or “brittle bones,” according to The Guardian. 

Read more at The Guardian

Editor’s note: The research cited in this report was part-funded by three pro-dairy groups -- Global Dairy Platform, Dairy Research Institute and Dairy Australia -- but the groups had no influence over the research, according to The Guardian.