Coffee Flour Is a Gluten-Free, Nutrient-Rich Alternative

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Courtesy of Coffee Flour.
It might look kind of like instant coffee, but it's really much more than that.
Hearing the words coffee flour might immediately make you think of some caffeinated food gimmick, but the new product is about sustainability and health more than providing a java jolt to your favorite pastry recipes. According to BusinessWeek, the flour has a relatively negligible amount of caffeine in it and actually is five times more fibrous than whole wheat flours, while being completely gluten-free. Made from coffee cherries, the fruit that encases the beans that we commonly roast to make our morning joe, one former Starbucks employee has found a way to transform the fruit into flour, rather than just throwing it away.

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Wal-Mart Supports Food Stamps and Anti Hunger Initiatives in the Worst Possible Way

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Wal-Mart's profiting off of food stamps, while driving workers to shop at food assistance programs with low wages.
Leave it to Wal-Mart to find a way to make charitable giving and supporting necessary welfare assistance look absolutely disgusting. If you still need proof that being a Wal-Mart shopper and supporting their antics is bad business, the company released a statement enumerating the reasons they're supporting an increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP benefits, and it isn't pretty. Much like JP Morgan profiting nearly $5.5 million off of producing EBT cards in 2010, food stamps help Wal-Mart's bottom line, and that's not all.

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The Coachella Diet Helps You Get Ready for Music Festivals in All the Wrong Ways

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LP Hastings
Gotta slim down if you want to rock your cultural appropriation gear and bikini top, apparently.
You read that right, folks. There's now a diet and exercise regiment originating out of California to prep gals for a weekend of bikini tops and cut-off shorts. We're all for getting in shape and eating right, but focusing on dropping poundage so you can slip into revealing outfits for Coachella isn't quite what a music fest should be about. While the diet's creators claim that it doesn't "focus overtly on weight loss," it's hard to not call bullshit on that when they frame the whole thing as a 30-day competition with prizes and weigh-ins.

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Dominique Ansel Cronut Bakery in New York Closed Due to Mouse Infestation

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Rachel Miller
Bad news for cronut fans, good news for New York area mice. (Note: These cronuts were made in a rodent-free zone!)
The cronut fad has seemingly passed, but some little critters still can't get enough of Dominique Ansel's fad fusion pastry. Over the weekend, Ansel's bakery closed after a video chronicling the New York bakery's serious mouse infestation surfaced. Whether this is the official death knell of all things cronut obsession, we're sure there are a few people who spent hours in line waiting for the pastry that would be mighty upset to know their hip treat was prepped in a facility along side the pests.

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As Lime Prices Rise, Metro Phoenix Restaurants Figure Out a Way to Lower Cost

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The battle for limes in the U.S. and Mexico is straining local businesses.
Think of your favorite dinner at a local Mexican joint -- the guacamole uses lime juice, the margarita uses lime juice, and your favorite street taco is typically topped with a slice of lime, too. Many drinks and dishes in town use the green citrus, but recently, cartels in Mexico have started trying to corner the lime market. Since the United States gets 95 percent of the limes used domestically from Mexico, this has put a squeeze on local restaurants, causing some to come up with alternate ideas to buying limes.

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New Stout-Specific Beer Glass Released By Left Hand Brewing

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Courtesy of Left Hand Brewing Co.
This curious glass design is supposed to maximize your stout drinking experience.
With 90-degree temperatures looming in next week's forecast, the season for sipping heavy, flavorful stouts is almost over. In fact, at a recent trip to Lost Leaf, several of the dark beers were sold out, further cementing the fact that it's time to switch to IPAs, Hefes, and Pilsners. Just in time for the last of the stout season, Left Hand Brewing Co., in conjunction with Rogue Ales, released a brand new stout-specific beer glass to help its fans get the full effect when drinking the brews.

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GMO OMG and The Scarecrow at Phoenix Film Festival, Courtesy of Chipotle

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Courtesy of Chipotle.
Factory farms have this Scarecrow down in Chipotle's animated short.
There's a lot of great stuff from local and national talent to see at this year's Phoenix Film Festival, and Chipotle is bringing some food for thought to the screen with its animated short The Scarecrow coupled with the documentary GMO OMG. The two-minute short, which has been available online to view, features a lovable animated scarecrow getting his groove back through fresh, naturally grown foods to a Fiona Apple (sorry, Frank Ocean) cover of Willy Wonka's "Pure Imagination." While the short is playful, the documentary is a serious look into how genetically modified foods have taken over our kitchens, markets, and restaurants and how that's affecting us all.

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Online Milk Drive Benefits Hungry Phoenix Families Today

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Help give milk to those in need today through Feeding America.
One of the most requested food bank items from families in need, according to Feeding America, is milk. The nonprofit gives only a gallon per person per year to the 37 million people it serves. Now through an online and mobile campaign, Feeding America, in conjunction with local dairy farmers, is looking to increase that amount by making giving to Phoenix families easier than ever.

Here's how you can help:

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Panda Express Gives Away Free Fish Today (And That's Not an April Fool's Joke)

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Courtesy of Panda Express.
Just when you thought the land of fast food promotions couldn't get any more convoluted, Panda Express is offering a free serving of Golden Szechuan fish with any purchase-- you know, so you can have another meal with your meal. This April Fool's Day deal, which they're promoting as April Fish Day due to some alleged connection to a European tradition that still doesn't make sense because it's allegedly a Chinese food restaurant, is definitely silly, but we're not sure we want to eat fish from Panda Express even if it's free.

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Samurai Sam's to Give Away Free Teriyaki Chicken Bowls April 3

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Heather Hoch
When Samurai Sam's celebrates its anniversary, you get free food.
If you find yourself strapped for cash on Thursday, April 3, just waiting for payday to inch ever closer, Samurai Sam's has your back with free food deals in celebration of its 20th anniversary. You'll have to act fast if you want to get your hands on a completely gratis teriyaki chicken bowl, but with 14 Valley locations offering the deal, your odds are pretty good.

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