Taking a Mediterranean snack break

Taking a Mediterranean snack break

In the never-ending quest for healthy, low-calorie snacks — because we’d all like to imagine we can tame our appetites and save our waistlines — we turn now to the Mediterranean diet. The folks at I Love Snacking sent us over a slew of snacks to try — packs of seasoned olives, a variety of dips, and some stuffed grape leaves. They’re touted as good food for people on the go. If advertising has taught me anything,...

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Restaurant review: Tutoni’s

Restaurant review: Tutoni’s

The York Dispatch restaurant reviewer Hanna dined sans Betty this week and invited a pair of substitute reviewers out to Tutoni’s, 108 N. George St., York (885-5169 or www.tutonis.com). Hanna: Betty went out of town this weekend, so I got her permission to get a substitute (I had to get her permission; Betty scares me). Peter and I, along with guest reviewers Natasha and Boris, tried the new restaurant Tutoni’s in York City. As you...

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Restaurant review: Quaker Steak & Lube

Restaurant review: Quaker Steak & Lube

The York Dispatch restaurant reviewers Hanna and Betty took a crew along to check out the new Quaker Steak & Lube, 1411 Kenneth Road, West Manchester Township (767-9464 or thelube.com/locations/pennsylvania/york). Hanna: Betty suggested we try this place, and I agreed. We are not big fans of chain restaurants, but every time I drove by, the parking lot was packed, so how could we not check it out? I figured it was just a hamburger and beer...

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Feeling a little sweet on KettlePop

Feeling a little sweet on KettlePop

Wow. When the call goes out for popcorn tasters, people show up in droves. (And with good reason. The smell of popcorn makes me instantly hungry. Slobbering dog hungry.) Provided with two bags of KettlePop’s new certified organic popcorn for sampling, the office tasting crew plunged in with grasping hands and greedy mouths. (Thanks, all! Especially Anna, who thought of the brilliant idea of using bowls.) We tried out the Organic Sea Salt...

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Coffee, juice collide in flavorful Frava

Coffee, juice collide in flavorful Frava

I’m accustomed to getting my workday caffeine jolt from soda, but this week I tried four flavors of the caffeinated juice drink Frava. The name is a portmanteau of “fruit” and “java” for the mix of 40 percent fruit juice and the caffeine derived from green coffee beans. The company, just over a year old and breaking out of its regional base in New York with some Midwestern distribution and an indiegogo campaign for expansion, shipped...

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Munching on non-potato, non-tortilla chips

Munching on non-potato, non-tortilla chips

“A great alternative to kale chips!” the promotional email trumpeted. Because I am naturally tired of chewing (crunching?) on kale chips — full disclosure, I have never eaten a kale chip in my life — I jumped on the chance to try Wonderfully Raw brand Snip Chips and Brussel Bytes. I figured my years of chowing down on Mission Chips, Doritos and Ruffles would get me through; with that many additives and preservatives...

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