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How to plan a budget-friendly backyar...

by on 06/13/2017 - 10:17 am
Categories: Community, Food, Smart Living

By Marc Glassman, Marc’s Stores
Whether it’s a soiree or a shindig, a barbecue is an occasion to plan ahead. Don’t let your time or money go up in smoke. Remember the Boy Scout motto: “Be Prepared.” Otherwise, your next backyard outing could turn out to be an ordeal.
Keep things casually controlled to make the most of the summer’s longer hours of daylight and warmer weather. Marc’s has you covered. As a discount closeout and grocery store, Marc’s has everything you need for your barbecue bash, all under one roof.
Relax—and remember to give your guests somewhere to sit, too. Your backyard is an ext ...

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Dining outdoors in Northeast Ohio

by on 05/15/2017 - 09:38 am
Category: Food

By Sean Lackey, Gandalf’s Pub & Restaurant
While many Northeast Ohioans travel to places down south for sunshine and warmth, there is no reason to leave home during the summer when outdoor patios play host to al fresco dining and libations.
Snuggled under a canopy of trees overlooking the city’s main street, Gandalf’s Pub & Restaurant’s charming patio seats up to 50. And an adjacent all-season room provides additional seating with an outdoor vibe.
In the true sense of a pub, Gandalf’s is a neighborhood gathering place serving libations and hosting live music on weekends. From beer on tap to fancy raspberry swirl martinis to Iri ...

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How to host the perfect outdoor party

by on 05/12/2017 - 11:23 am
Category: Food

By Niko Moulagianis, Niko’s Bar & Gyros
For the enjoyment of guests and the sanity of the hosts, the best summer parties must have the following elements:
• Easy, efficient set-up. Excruciating planning and long complex setups can take the fun out of the party before it even starts.
• Sensational food. Think of your rides home from other people’s parties. Chances are the first comments—good or bad—were about the food. It’s what people will remember. Unless the host’s drunken relative made a spectacle of him- or herself. Then the food comments come second. 
• Engaging entertainment. Keep people occupied. Nobody wa ...

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Bone broth's healing benefits

by on 02/17/2017 - 12:13 pm
Categories: Food, Health & Beauty

By Mike Ventresca, Vital Choice Healthstore
Have you heard of the latest trend in healthy eating? It’s actually less of a new breakthrough and more of a return to ancient eating—bone broth.
Bone broth is basically a slow-cooked soup stock. That is, it’s typically simmered for a very long period of time (often in excess of 24 hours), with the purpose being not only to produce gelatin from collagen-rich joints but also to release minerals from bones. Studies are finding that due to its comprehensive nutritional profile, which includes important amino acids, minerals, collagen, hyaluronic acid, glucosamine and more, bone broth can enhance and heal the di ...

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Health reset to fight disease

by on 02/16/2017 - 03:09 pm
Categories: Food, Health & Beauty, Smart Living

By Viktoria Higgins, Holistic Nutrition Coach
New Year’s weight loss resolutions come and go with varying success, but the real question should be: Are you addressing your health conditions and getting to their root causes?
Making sustainable lifestyle changes can be challenging. While there is so much focus on crash diets, weight loss pills or hyped protein powders to improve metabolism and lose weight, none of these take into consideration your health conditions, lifestyle or health history. It is easy to lose weight incorrectly, resulting in reduced muscle mass, a weaker metabolism or just releasing extra water, which is often what happens with fad diets.

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Raw Fit for weight loss

by on 01/17/2017 - 03:47 pm
Categories: Food, Health & Beauty, Smart Living

By Mike Ventresca, Vital Choice Healthstore
It’s no secret that successfully losing weight and keeping it off can be a difficult task. What is a secret, or at least a lesser known fact, is that without adequate protein in your diet, you may be spinning your weight loss wheels.
Studies show that if you are not consuming at least 70 grams of protein each day, you are unlikely to maximize your weight loss efforts.
That’s right. There appears to be a line in the sand for someone trying to lose weight.
Regardless of your other efforts, if you consume less than 70 grams of protein daily, you will have a hard time losing weight. Simply increase your d ...

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Urinary tract health help

by on 08/15/2016 - 01:29 pm
Categories: Food, Health & Beauty

By Mike Ventresca, Vital Choice Healthstore
The pain and discomfort of a urinary tract infection are some of the most frequent medical complaints among women. The vast majority of UTIs are caused by the common bacteria E. coli. While harmless in the small intestine where it normally resides, E. coli becomes a problem when it migrates up the urinary tract, grabs on to the bladder wall and begins to multiply. The result is the pain, irritation and infection associated with a UTI.
The usual approach is to prescribe antibiotics. The problem is antibiotics kill all bacteria—good and bad. By killing off the good bacteria, antibiotics can actually make you more susceptible t ...

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Dandelion greens in salads and more

by on 06/28/2016 - 03:15 pm
Category: Food

By Shana Trepal, Treehuggers Café 
Depending on where you live, you will surely be seeing some less familiar vegetables this time of year.
Asparagus and radishes will start to appear more vibrant in color and lower in price. Combine the two together with avocado for a really tasty bruschetta.
Treehuggers has also always loved dandelion greens. Often you will find them in my special dandelion soup. We also serve them as a wilted salad with grilled fruit such as apples, peaches or pears tossed in cinnamon and honey, then we top them with our famous three-ingredient maple vinaigrette, fresh ginger and some crunchy hazel nuts or candied pecans. Dandeli ...

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Oodles of zoodles

by on 05/23/2016 - 11:30 am
Category: Food

By Shana Trepal, Treehugger's Café 
Everyone loves a bowl of noodles. So get yourself a peeler, or, better yet, a spiralizer—and grab a few zucchini.
At Treehuggers Cafe´ we call our “noodles” zoodles, and they’re made with spiralized zucchini. You can choose to cook your creation lightly in water with salt to your liking, or eat your zoodles raw.
My best tip is to make them ahead of time, run your seasonings in, and add lemon, lime or orange juice to soak in the flavor for a few hours. 
Here is a delicious way to get started:
Spiralize three zucchini then mash up a ripe avocado and rub into the zoodl ...

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What to (really) include in your resu...

by on 05/05/2016 - 10:12 am
Categories: Community, Food, Home, Smart Living

By Thressa Brown
CVCC Job Placement Liaison
OBJECTIVE: I am seeking a position that will utilize my skills in an environment of teamwork that will produce effective results.
This type of wording on a resume will get a job applicant absolutely nowhere with potential employers. It’s vague, non-committal and tells an employer nothing about the person’s skills. In fact, we don’t even use the word “Objective” anymore. In its place, we help the student create a Summary Profile or Summary Statement that specifically touches on his or her job skills with the goal of making them stand out immediately.
Working with high school juniors and senio ...

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