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Expect Higher Prices for Restaurant Food & Food in Vending Machines in 2014 under Obamacare’s Mandated Calorie Labeling

  By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. One of the items buried in the 2700 pages of Obamacare is a mandate for chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments with 20 or more locations doing business under the same name and offering for sale the same menu items to disclose certain nutrition information on menu board so that consumers can make more informed choices about the food they purchase. As a registered dietitian, I have to admit this mandate sounds like a great idea. For years, however, as a health educator, I have been educating consumers on the caloric content…

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Budget Worries? Tips For Grocery Shopping On A Shoestring

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Americans may find food shopping more challenging when trying to stay on track with their budget, while feeding their family a balance of nutrients each day. According to,  ground beef has gone up 3.7%, bananas up 5.2%, strawberries up 5.9%, bacon up 6.7%, table wine 8%, apples 9.2%, chicken 10.3%, bread 12.6%, broccoli 13.4%, coffee 18.4%, milk 28.8%, tomatoes 31% and eggs 36%. Here’s some suggestions that can help you get more bang for your buck:   Plan your menus and make a list Plan your weekly menus and make a grocery list. …

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The Last Out at Browning’s

Tonight, the crew at Browning’s is having its last hurrah. We’re gonna miss Paula Barmore and Anoosh Shariat, the proprietors of the ballpark restaurant, and being able to stop in for a cold one before Bats games. And for the last two years, it’s been a great spot for lunch downtown, thanks to Shariat’s creations in the kitchen and easy and convenient parking. So tonight let’s get down there and toast Browning’s and wish Paula and Anoosh well on their next adventure. And remember, beer fans, there’s plenty of reason for optimism about the location. A new group will open…

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Critiquing the Media with Judy Green

Let’s welcome embattled Metro Councilwoman Judy Green to the wide world of media. Green debuted her radio show over the weekend and, as the C-J reported, started by questioning the news judgment of the local paper for featuring a story about her ethics challenges on the front page.  Green didn’t take calls, ignored her attorney’s (Derwin Webb) advice and claimed (so let’s see it) to have a 2,500-signature petition from people who support her. And where’s she getting the money to buy radio time, anyway? Check out Ed Springston’s response to the story they’re selling, that Green is paying for…

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Louisville Castle’s Garden Party

Glasses and pinkies up! It’s time for the annual Garden Party at Louisville’s very own Conrad Caldwell House. The party happens every summer to celebrate the Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour. Now that we feel the humidity increasing, we know summer is here, and so is the party. This Friday night, July 8th from 6 to 9 pm, the party will take place at the house located on 1402 St, James Court. As you would expect at any social event, drinks will be poured, hors d’oeuvres will be served, music to be enjoyed and money to be spent (on…

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Siegs On The River…A Place To Forget Your Troubles!

I get lucky every once in a while. The old saying that it’s good to know friends with boats couldn’t be more true than in our lovely River City. So,when asked to hang out on the river yesterday with Matt Coleman, a friend of mine, I graciously accepted. The beauty of Louisville really comes alive on the water, and so if you don’t have a boat but want the view with a lot of charm, you need to come down to Siegs on the river in Prospect, where we tied up after a glorious sunset. Siegs is a great combination of Tiki bar and…

Local Brews Flow Tonight at ‘Mellwood’

Uncle Sam proclaims, “I want you to drink local brew.” At least that is, according to the Louisville Independent Business Alliance, whose third annual showcase of locally brewed beer, ‘Louisville Brewfest’, is set to to please the palettes of hop-heads and local-vores alike tonight at the Mellwood Art Center.

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Beer-Focused Team Taking Over at Browning’s

METCO officials today approved a $100,000 loan to Against the Grain, LLC, the final step in the sale of Browning’s Brewery at Slugger Field. The new ownership will operate Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse, and hopes to open before the end of baseball season, according to Adam Watson, one of four partners in the new business. Browning’s will operate until the end of July. Watson, along with partners Jerry Gnagy, Samuel Cruz and Adam Ott, says the new business will have more of a focus on beer. “The changes are primarily ascetic and culinary,” Watson said. “It’s still a…

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End of Eras for Dutch’s, Nunn

  It should be a bigger deal when a local business that’s been around for 80 years — 80 YEARS — shuts down, especially when so many of us remember stumbling around inside Dutch’s Tavern in St. Matthews listening to rock and roll. But the truth is the landmark, opened during the Great Depression, is gone. Maybe there’s such a thing as too many bars in a small area — there’s competition from Gerstle’s, Molly Malone’s, BBC, Brendan’s and now Drake’s.   Nunn Done It:  Steve Nunn did kill his ex-girlfriend back in September 2009. He pled guilty today and…