Would You Name Your Baby Quinoa For $10,000?

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(PCM) Many people enjoy eating quinoa, however do they enjoy it enough to name their new baby after it? Restaurant chain BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse think it’s a great idea and are currently offering up a $10,000 gift card to whichever family names their baby Quinoa first.

The gift card giveaway is in promotion of the restaurant chain’s new quinoa bowl entrees, which include a “Roasted Chicken with Spinach Quinoa Bowl” and “Roasted Salmon Quinoa Bowl”.  They are super excited about the new quinoa bowls and wanted to do something a little outside of the box in terms of promotion.

The giveaway began on June 22 and the $10,000 gift card will be awarded to the family that names their baby Quinoa first and can prove it with the birth certificate. The deadline to enter is October 21 and entries can be submitted via email or regular post mail.

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse operate 163 restaurants in 20 states including New York and California. Would you name your baby Quinoa for $10 grand?  That is an awful lot of free meals!

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Whole Foods Accused Of Price Gouging

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(PCM) If you have ever shopped at Whole Foods, you are well aware that their prices are always quite a bit higher than you would pay at a regular grocery chain. In fact, the grocery retailer has even been jokingly referred to as “Whole Paycheck” over the years. Recently, investigators in New York launched a probe into Whole Foods pricing and discovered that they have been grossly overcharging their customers for years.

In fact, the investigators called it “the worst case of overcharges” they have ever seen! It was found that Whole Food has been overcharging customers over a period of the last five years. The store received violations which included inaccurate weight labels on pre-packaged food, as well as, adding tax to non-taxable items.

To give an example, the cost of pre-packaged coconut shrimp was marked up by as much as almost $15.00 above normal cost, a pack of chicken tenders by about $5.00, and a vegetable party tray by about $6.00. Definitely hurting the pockets of consumers!

A spokesperson for Whole Foods defends the store saying that the pricing often happens on the manufacturing side of things and that the grocers are not to blame for the price gouging. Just last year, Whole Foods paid upwards of $800, 000 in a settlement for overcharging consumers for food based on weight.

Are you a Whole Foods shopper? How happy are you with their pricing practices?

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Happy 20th Anniversary To The Starbucks Frappuccino

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(PCM) It has been 20 years since Starbucks first introduced their delicious Frappuccino blended beverages and to celebrate Starbucks has introduced six brand new flavors, voted on by fans, which will all be available beginning now for a limited time only.

The new flavors are: Caramel Cocoa Cluster, Cinnamon Roll, Cotton Candy, Cupcake, Lemon Bar and Red Velvet Cake. According to Starbucks the new flavors were decided on by the various Frappuccino flavor combinations created by customers over the last 20 years. The flavors chosen were the most popular.

Each beverage is made with milk and ice and of course topped with a delightful dollop of whipped cream. Below you can find a complete list of the ingredients/flavor combinations that make up each special Frappuccino.

Red Velvet: mocha sauce, raspberry syrup, vanilla syrup and Frappuccino chips
Lemon Bar: lemonade, vanilla syrup, and a sprinkle of caramel sugar
Caramel Cocoa Cluster: toffee nut syrup, Frappuccino roast coffee, a layer of dark caramel sauce, and a drizzle of mocha sauce.
Cotton Candy: vanilla bean and raspberry syrup,
Cupcake: vanilla bean and hazelnut syrup,
Cinnamon Roll: cinnamon dolce syrup, white chocolate mocha sauce, vanilla bean, Frappuccino roast coffee, and a sprinkle of cinnamon dolce.

I definitely see multiple trips to Starbucks in our near future!

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School Kitchen Manager Fired For Giving Hungry Students Free Meals

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(PCM) The Cherry Creek School District in Colorado is receiving quite a bit of backlash after the news broke about the recent termination of elementary school kitchen manager Della Curry, who was fired because she gave out free school lunches to students that could not afford to pay for them.

Curry claims that she had a young first grade student standing in front of her crying that she was hungry and didn’t have enough money to pay for lunch, so Curry did what just about any one of us would do, which is, of course, give the child some lunch.

The school uses a lunch account program called PayPAMS and the student had no funds left in her account.  The student also did not qualify for the school districts free or reduced-price meal program. According to the application for the free or reduced-price meal program, a family of four must make less that $45,000 per year to qualify for reduced-price meals and less than $31,000 per year to qualify for the free meal program.

The Cherry Creek School District claims that they have a program in place to deal with a situation like the one that Curry faced where students are able to charge up to $8.00 at the elementary school level and $3.00 at the middle school level on their accounts. Anything beyond that charge level the students are only given a sandwich and milk until their meal account has been refilled.

Sources say that sandwich only consists of one piece of cheese on a hamburger bun and a small carton of milk.  The school district claims that the cheese sandwich and milk is only given to students after they have forgotten their lunch money three times and the first two times they are given a hot lunch.

Curry feels very strongly that the cheese sandwich meal is certainly not enough, as well as not healthy and balanced in the least. She has even in the past paid for hot lunches for hungry students out of her own pocket. The students that she assisted unfortunately did not qualify for either of the school district’s meal plans.

She hopes that her recent termination from the elementary school will help bring some much needed changes to the school district’s meal policies and perhaps open their eyes to the much larger problem as a whole. Curry is gaining a ton of support via social media with parents rallying to her defense, as all she was truly trying to do was help out students in need.

Curry plans to address the school board along with several parents to urge them to make some changes  to the policy. She also reveals that she would do it again in a heartbeat if it meant another student wouldn’t go hungry.

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#BeatlesRecipes Is Trending On Twitter! Lettuce Look At Some Of The Best Ones

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(PCM) The hilarious writers of @Midnight hosted by Chris Hardwick over at Comedy Central have created yet another brilliant trending topic on Twitter. This time it is #BeatlesRecipes!

Beginning with @Midnight tweeting out the hilarious “Lettuce Be”, users for all around the world began submitting some absolutely outrageous puns that Beatles fans everywhere would be dying to eat up. People have certainly come up with quite clever ways to turn the band’s song lyrics into some delectable dishes.

Some of the ones we found the most clever can be found below:

There are way too many to count, but definitely worth checking out for a few good laughs. We wonder if anyone is actually going to try any of these recipes out for real?  Let’s make a cookbook!

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Bacon Gets Fried In A Breakfast Sausage Scrap

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(PCM) We have come across one of those stories that hilariously almost writes itself. A man from New Jersey, who just so happens to have the last name Bacon, was arrested after a dispute occurred in his home at breakfast time over the last piece of sausage. 

It seems that before authorities arrived at the home and arrested Bacon, he had allegedly assaulted another person in the home for consuming the last sausage link.  Bacon was charged in simple assault and is currently awaiting his court appearance. 

How they are going to get through this case and keep a straight face is beyond me! 

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