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Future of the Diamond Grille

By Lisa Abraham Published: December 26, 2013

The Diamond Grille is Akron's oldest restaurant, owned by brothers Ted and Nick Thomas.

Recently, a reader sent me an email telling me that he heard on the radio that the Diamond Grille was closing or is up for sale and wanting to know "Could this possibly be true?"

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Warning: Use those gift cards

By Lisa Abraham Published: December 20, 2013

This is my annual warning to use up those restaurant gift cards.

Lots of folks will be giving and receiving restaurant gift cards for Christmas.

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Sriracha sauce may be hard to get

By Lisa Abraham Published: December 12, 2013

Hold on to your hot sauce.

A California Sriacha sauce maker is under new state regulations, and its sauce may not be shipping for another month.

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Thanksgiving dinner is a little cheaper this year

By Lisa Abraham Published: November 15, 2013

That turkey and stuffing will cost a little less this year.

The American Farm Bureau is out with its annual report on the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner to feed 10 and the price — $49.04 — is a 44-cent drop from last year.
That makes Thanksgiving 2013 cheaper than Thanksgiving 2012 and 2011, when the meal was $49.48 and $49.20, respectively.

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Order Thanksgiving food

By Lisa Abraham Published: November 14, 2013


This week is the time to put in any special orders for Thanksgiving food.
The butcher, the baker and the caterer all are happy to serve, but you’ll get the best they have to offer if you remember to order early.
Remember, many restaurants area closed on the holiday. Those that are open will require a reservation in advance if you want to dine there for the holiday. Phone your favorite to find out if it will be open. Keep in mind that restaurants that are open often will be serving buffet.
Many caterers, restaurants and grocery stores also offer fully-cooked Thanksgiving dinners ready to pick up and take home and serve. Just remember to put your order in by the end of this week.

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After the end of last season, Lady Mary could use a drink

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 23, 2013

First it was 50 Shades of Gray, and now Downtown Abbey is launching its own line of wines.

The wines are being launched to mark the January return of Downton Abbey Season 4  to US Television on PBS.

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Another Food Truck Friday

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 18, 2013
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Akron Radio Center hosted yet another great Food Truck Friday.

Raphael Vacarro was there with his outdoor oven making wood-fired pizza.

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Kids eating salads, yes, believe it

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 9, 2013

I am always surprised when I hear folks complain that their kids don't eat vegetables.

I can never remember a meal when I was a child when there wasn't at least a salad and one vegetable on the table. My brother and sister and I all dutifully ate vegetables as a matter of course without question. My mother, clearly, was a miracle worker.

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Alaskan seafood products recalled

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 1, 2013

Big Blue Fisheries is recalling two years worth of smoked products sold in vacuum packages because they may not have been properly cooked and have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death.

Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled. Because the products may not have been fully processed, product contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens could lead to illness if consumed.

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