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Just a quick post to say thank you, again, to everyone who came to my talk and demonstration at GastroFest 2017: I know, the best part was my lovely assistant, Mr. TOA. I’m thinking he should provide the charm and comic relief at all my presentations. What do you say? […]

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To say that junk mail is a pet peeve of mine is way underselling it. People who leave their grocery carts all over the parking lot, loud-talking on cell phones in public, assault by cologne…all annoying, but junk mail comes to my home, unrequested and unwanted, and I have to […]

Direct mail hell





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Happy New Year, Adventurers! Wow, 2016 sure is getting off to a great start. There was finally an agreement out of that big climate summit in Paris. Okay, so that was technically in December, but close enough! Besides, lots of exciting developments came out of that summit regarding food, agriculture […]

Veganuary: Starting the new year off right



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Baking cookies for the holidays? Making treats to give as gifts? Like toast? This is the post for you! A couple of years ago, we posted a nondairy alternative to butter, Futter, that doesn’t involve palm oil or nasty chemicals like some of the big-name nondairy margarines. It was cobbled […]

Vegan buttah redux:


Yeah, Wilson is funny and all, but look at all those single-use plastic bottles. Don't do it, people! 4
How many Americans think, I mean really churn the noodle, about recycling? (Yes, I totally just made up that phrase, “churn the noodle.” It’s catchy, no?) Probably very few, because why would we? We finish the carton/can/bottle and throw it in the bin. Every week or every other week, we […]

Back away from the bin!


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Hello again, Adventurers! Sorry I’ve been MIA for so long. The 10,543 things Team TOA has been working on behind the scenes to improve your experience here have been taking muuuch longer than I’d hoped. In the meantime, how’s about a quickie? Recipe, that is! This is a happy little […]

Jica…what?





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The inaugural GastroFest has come and gone, and by all accounts it was a huge success. Beautiful Hemming Park was the perfect setting last Saturday for the masses to enjoy Northeast Florida food and food culture. And were there ever masses! The last numbers we heard, which may not be […]

Post-Feast…(er, Fest!)



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Saturday is the big day. Hemming Park is the place. From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jacksonville will enjoy its newest festival, brought to us by its newest nonprofit, GastroJax, Inc. The organization’s goal with the festival is to celebrate, promote and educate people about the food culture of Jacksonville […]

GastroFest is here!



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Merry, Happy, Good National Food Day! What’s that? You’re so busy getting ready for Halloween that you almost forgot about this day meant to “inspire Americans to change their diets and our food policies”? Horrors! Well, no worries! While the Food Day website has plenty of general ideas on how […]

How to Celebrate National Food Day