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Making the grade: Superior cuts deser...

by on 02/25/2016 - 02:10 pm

By Dr. Joseph Girgis
Owner of Miami Nights Grill, Bar & Lounge
When ordering steak in a restaurant, there is more to consider than just choosing if you want it cooked rare, medium or well. For the best quality and flavor, look for restaurants that serve Certified Angus Beef (CAB).
How do diners know they are getting the best cut of beef? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspects all beef and grades it: Prime, Choice, Select. These same independent USDA graders also inspect black-hided cattle (typical of the Angus breed). Then, it is evaluated again using 10 more science-based specifications to see if it is a cut above the rest.
These specifications in ...

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What to do when you find your “foreve...

by on 02/24/2016 - 11:50 am
Categories: Community, Home, Smart Living

By Amy Hoes
Howard Hanna Realtor
People often consider spring to be the best time of year to buy a home. And though it may be the busiest season, with families hoping to move over the summer, whether or not it’s the best time is questionable.
Ultimately, the best time to buy a home is when you find it.
I recommend before you start home shopping that you define what your dream home really is, and then make a list of your wants and needs.
Ask yourself questions that reach beyond “a nice neighborhood with good schools.” How many years do you plan to live in the home? Can it grow with you over that time? Do you feel more comfortable in older ...

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How to feed your pet at a boarding fa...

by on 02/24/2016 - 11:44 am
Categories: Food, Home, Smart Living

By Nancy Secrist
Easdale, The Best Pet Care
What's the best way to provide food for your pet’s stay at a boarding facility while you’re away? Should you even pack food or use the food at the facility?
Easdale, The Best Pet Care includes with every stay a high-quality dry chicken and rice food as a courtesy and convenience to its overnight pet guests. But we do recommend food from home, at least for your pet’s first visit, or for very short stays of just a few days. Why? Older pets may have trouble adjusting to a new food. Pets with food allergies or special requirements need to stay on the diet that works for them. A stay of just a few days doesn't allow ...

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Now is the time to start varicose vei...

by on 02/23/2016 - 03:35 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By Dr. Sonja Stiller, Center for Advanced Vein Care
If you’re struggling with symptoms of varicose veins, including leg pain and fatigue, right now is one of the best times of the year to get your treatment started. Most insurance companies have a six-week to three-month compression stocking requirement, which means the longer you wait, the more likely you are to be wearing the stockings in the heat of summer. 
Plus, by starting treatment now, you’ll be able to enjoy a more active, fun-filled summer.
And if your legs are limiting your activities, call a vein specialist now, especially if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

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Which famous lover had hemorrhoids?

by on 02/23/2016 - 01:23 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By Dr. David Gutman, Advanced Hemorrhoid Specialists
Giovanni Jocopo, who was better known as “Casanova,” is considered to be one of the greatest lovers in history. His womanizing ways made it difficult for him to hold a steady job, as his penchant for engaging in torrid affairs typically resulted in him having to leave whatever post he held.
In fact, one such romantic tryst ended in jail time for Casanova, and it’s there that he was forced to face off against an opponent more vicious than any jealous husband could be. While in prison, Casanova developed hemorrhoids.
He is quoted in his memoirs, The Leads, as saying, “I was dying from t ...

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Change your look in 2016

by on 02/17/2016 - 07:57 am
Categories: Health & Beauty, Smart Living

By Linda Machalicek
Dolce Organic Salon
A new year is upon us and you’re looking to make a change. Not a fad diet or exercise program, or to make fewer trips to the mall. While those are worthy resolutions, what you should really do is make it a point to do something for yourself that makes you feel pampered and appreciated.
Switching up your hairstyle or makeup regimen are ways to create a difference in your look. Try that deep auburn red you’ve always longed for. Give a new, edgy cut a chance. Get instruction on a makeup application that you’ve always wanted to try. There are countless ways to pamper yourself and put your best foot forward this year.
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What to do if you are 20 years away f...

by on 02/15/2016 - 03:51 pm
Category: Smart Living

By Michael Brady, Michael Brady & Co.
The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (, the association of Fee-Only financial advisors, recently announced the results of a survey of its members as to their top retirement planning advice for pre-retirees. The advice was structured for 5, 10 and 20 years out from retirement day.
To jumpstart Americans’ retirement planning, NAPFA asked its members to rank advice that represents the type of comprehensive planning consumers should expect from a financial planner, including estate planning, investments, education funding, insurance and risk management, retirement planning and senior issues, among othe ...

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The lighter side of chili

by on 02/15/2016 - 03:04 pm
Category: Food

By Shana Trepal-Owner, Treehugger's Cafe
During the summer, I am in love with squash, peppers, fresh herbs and tomatoes. In autumn, I think we are all naturally pumped to welcome a plethora of pumpkin. Then comes the bite in the air, football, the barren trees and me obsessed with chili.
Since opening Treehugger's Cafe in 2008, I have been feeding people who have a wide variety of dietary restrictions. I love to create something they most likely have not tried before and cannot find anyplace else. The recipe I’ve included with this story is our family’s favorite, and very diverse.
Vegan/Gluten-Free Quinoa Chili Verde
In a large pot, simme ...

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