Avocados Can Help You Absorb Nutrients, Study Says

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Think of avocados like a nutrient amplifier.
On their own, avocados are jam-packed with vitamins, omega fatty acids, and minerals, so the case for including an avocado in your regular meal routine is a pretty easy one to make. However, according to new research, adding an avocado to your salad might not only bring you the benefits of the avocado, but also aid in absorbing the nutrients in the vegetables around it.

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Lava-Heated Grill Cooks a Steak in About 2 Minutes

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No charcoal necessary for this grilling method.
While folks around Phoenix continue to get their kicks frying eggs on the sidewalk, a "culinary research team" has found a way to grill up a steak and some corn using molten lava and they've posted a video to prove it.

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Organic Fruits and Vegetables Have More Antioxidants, According to New Study

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Heather Hoch
What are you really getting out of those organic veggies?
Although one study out of Stanford University found two years ago that organic produce isn't actually much more nutritious than the GMO or pesticide-laced foods, a new study claims that organically-grown produce might actually contain more antioxidants, which have been found to protect cells from aging effects, cancer, and heart disease.

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Kale-Brussels Sprouts Hybrid Veggie to Hit Stores This Fall

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The healthy veggie hybrid that you never knew you wanted.
There's no denying the explosive popularity of both kale and Brussels sprouts among food snobs in the past year or so. However, one British vegetable seed house, Tozer Seeds, has been working on combining the two for 15 years and is finally ready to launch the hybrid veggie this fall for all of your roasting, grilling, sauteeing, or raw eating needs.

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Summer Deals: Noodles and Cocktails for Two at Clever Koi

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Heather Hoch
Pork ramen plus two cocktails for less than $20 per person.
We're officially in the middle of the dead zone-- You know, that time every year where many Valley restaurants take a couple weeks or even the whole month off. That's why it's all the more important to patronize restaurants right now that are sticking it through the summer season lull just so you have somewhere to eat. If you're looking for playful, modern Asian fare with cocktails to pair, head to Clever Koi for a date night deal Monday through Wednesday evenings.

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Flying Robot Bartender Concept Entered in Global Design Contest

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It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a bartender?
A Ukrainian design student has submitted his idea to the Electrolux international design competition, and you might want to grab a drink before you hear this one. This year, the competition is focused on "creating healthy homes," and the Yura drone bartender aims to do just that, though it's still in the early stages of development.

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Man Raises Almost $40K Via Kickstarter to Make Potato Salad

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The potato salad might be like this one or it might be completely different.
An Ohio resident named Zack "Danger" Brown is raising eyebrows after his Kickstarter campaign raised nearly $40,000 in about a week. The mission? To make potato salad of some sort.

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13 D-Rated Restaurants in June in Metro Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
Which Phoenix spot scored low marks on the last health inspection?
Although not all restaurants participate in voluntary health grading from the county, a look into last month's reports does give a pretty good picture of the compliance of local restaurants. While the vast majority scored A and B grades that participated, thirteen spots across the Valley were given D grades. Most of these spots became compliant to environmental health standards during the visit, but others will still need to clean up their act a bit before the health inspector makes another visit.

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Arizona Distilling Co. 's Desert Dry Gin Wins a Silver Medal in Gin Masters 2014 in London

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Made with locally-grown botanicals, this gin is an award-winning taste of Arizona.
After a silver medal win at the internationally-renowned San Fransisco Spirits Competition earlier this year, Arizona Distilling Co.'s Desert Dry gin was definitely representing for our state's ability to make craft spirits. Now the Desert Dry gin can add a second silver medal win to its list of bragging rights after the Gin Masters 2014 competition in London awarded the designation among 100 participating micro-distilleries.

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Summer Deals: A Taste of Tuck Shop for Two

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Laura Hahnefeld
Yes, you can get the spiced skirt steak with this Tuck Shop deal.
One of central Phoenix's favorite dinner spots is serving up more than just great eats this summer. While other restaurants are closing for parts, if not all, of July, Tuck Shop is offering a dinner deal with four plates for $39.

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