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Mark DeNote doesn't teach his middle school history students about beer. But he did write Florida's history of "the drink of the working class" in his book, "The Great Florida Craft Beer Guide."

There's an apple renaissance underway, an ever-expanding array of colors and tastes in the apple section of supermarkets and farmers markets.

Less visible is the economic machinery that's helping to drive this revolution. An increasing number of these new apples are "club apples" — varieties that are not just patented, but also trademarked and controlled in such a way that only a select "club" of farmers can sell them.

To understand the new trend, start with the hottest apple variety of recent years: Honeycrisp.

Burger Profiles From Coral Gables' Burgerliscious Fest

Nov 7, 2014
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Some of South Florida's best restaurants gathered on Thursday night in Coral Gables for a night of beer, burgers and friendly competition. 

At the fourth annual Coral Gables Burgerlicious fest, the battle was on to find what eatery would reign supreme.

Behind the burgers are some of the city's most talented chefs and with their creations came a certain inspiration. We asked some of the chefs what it took to create their competition sliders. 

Chef: Rafael Fonseca

Restaurant: Prieto @ Regency Miami

Ruben's Restaurant Calls It Quits After 34 Years

Nov 4, 2014
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As soon as Kimberly Standiford walked in, she noticed something was different. 

It was a Thursday morning and at Ruben’s Cuban Restaurant in Pinecrest, 34 years of home cooking would soon be gone.  

"We just had breakfast there and I didn't realize that they were closing,” says Standiford, a longtime patron. “It's a special place and it has told so many stories from years in this community."

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10/30/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents looks at the worldwide epidemic of food waste.  The US is world leader in this dubious category.

 A craft brewery on the Treasure Coast is fighting Florida's growler ban in federal court. The owners, along with a national legal group, filed a civil rights lawsuit Tuesday with the U.S. District Court in Fort Pierce.

Five Reasons To Love Fall In South Florida

Oct 22, 2014
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Leaves change colors up north but for South Floridians, fall is full of other colorful treats to relish.

1. Sauna time switches to indoor venues as humidity and temperatures fall out of the summer stratosphere. This means the full outdoor scene revs up with fall festivals and art shows, boating, biking and other activities.

Plus, the end of both election and hurricane season is fast approaching. Soon, those omnipresent campaign ads and ominous circulation patterns will fall off our radar.

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UPDATE Oct. 22, 12 p.m.: The regulations passed by a four-one commission vote around 3:30 Wednesday morning. 

Adding to crackdowns on where homeless people in Fort Lauderdale can sleep, go to the bathroom, and store their belongings, the city is now attempting to regulate how outside organizations provide food to them.

10/16/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer.  It’s all about pairing wines with favorite foods. Linda and wine-expert Fred Tasker speak with Peter Schnebly, who operates the Schnebly Winery in Homestead.  It’s the southernmost winery in the U.S. That’s Topical Currents . . . Thursday at 1pm on WLRN.

Key West Food Trucks Get New Rules Proposal

Oct 16, 2014
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When two new eateries on wheels opened in Key West this year, the city's code enforcement officers cited them, saying they had not received approval to operate in the historic district known as Old Town.

But a magistrate dismissed those cases, because the city didn't have any rules that govern food trucks.

That could change soon, as a 16-page proposed ordinance gets its first airing this week in front of the city's Planning Commission. The commission will make a recommendation to the city commission, which must approve any new rules before they take effect.