Shopper News Published 12:00 PM EST Dec 27, 2018 What's new in your community? Find out here at the Shopper News blog. We'll have updates on people, places, businesses, schools and sports in your community. Check back throughout the week. HALLS Halls High arts extravaganza spreads cheer Ali James, Shopper News correspondent The holiday spirit filled every corner of Halls High School’s auditorium on Dec. 13. Elizabeth Williams, choral director, said that one of the most impressive aspects of the fine arts showcase is how enormous the event has become. “Everyone has to have a ticket,” she said. “It is completely free, but fire code is an issue. If we don’t regulate the audience size, they will be out the door and into the lobby.” The talented high schoolers performed two evening shows, on Dec. 13 and 14. “We have to do two nights now because the crowd grew so large – it was unsafe,” said Kim Hurst, Halls High … [Read more...] about Shopper News blog: Halls High arts extravaganza spreads cheer
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Georgann Yara Special to The Republic Published 7:40 PM EST Nov 8, 2018 On Veterans Day, and in some cases before and after, more than 40 restaurants in metro Phoenix are offering free dinner, discounts and other deals to the men and women who are serving or have served our country. Most deals are valid on Sunday, Nov. 11, and/or Monday, Nov. 12., and are reserved for military members — current, former and retired. Keep in mind that some places may require proper ID or proof of service, so it's a good idea to have it on you. California Pizza Kitchen Nov. 11, choose a free entree from CPK’s Veterans Day menu. And while supplies last, get a card for a buy-one, get-one pizza, pasta or salad Nov. 12-18. Details: Biltmore Fashion Park, Camelback Road and 24th Street, Phoenix. 602-553-8382, cpk.com. Original Breakfast House Nov. 12, take $12 off any menu item or choose a free OBH Benedict, green pork chile … [Read more...] about Veterans Day deals at Phoenix restaurants: free food, meals discounts
By MARY H. K. CHOI OCT. 24, 2018 Candy is controversial. Scouring the globe in search of the sweet stuff reveals just how different our palates are — and how much we have in common. Candy is controversial. Scouring the globe in search of the sweet stuff reveals just how different our palates are — and how much we have in common. By MARY H. K. CHOI OCT. 24, 2018 Photo Illustration by MASSIMO GAMMACURTA Whenever I land in a new country, before I’ve even left the arrivals hall, my mind turns to shopping. Not the boutiques or cosmetics counters, no duty-free sunglasses and designer perfumes for me. No, the pressing calculus as I make my way to baggage claim is driven by drugstores, kiosks, supermarkets and vending machines. In a new port of call, I like to know what sort of candy I’m dealing with. As with breakfast foods, I believe candy is often tastier the less expensive it is. I like my confections approachable. Low-rent. Basic. Shot through with … [Read more...] about These Are the World’s Best Candies. Want to Fight About It?
Photographs by CHRISTOPHER PAYNE OCT. 24, 2018 For millions of Latin Americans, the Colombina factory in La Paila is the place where sweet moments are made. For millions of Latin Americans, the Colombina factory in La Paila is the place where sweet moments are made. Photographs by CHRISTOPHER PAYNE OCT. 24, 2018 by INGRID ROJAS CONTRERAS Like any good immigrant, I know on which bodega shelves to find the food portals to my childhood. I know where to turn, where to crouch, where to bow before the ready-made boxes to make Colombian buñuelos, pandebonos, pandeyucas and arepas. But the one food item I cannot find in San Francisco is the candy of my childhood. I grew, as we say in Colombia, a punta de Bon Bon Bum. The strawberry lollipop was such a central part of my diet, I wouldn’t be surprised if I was made of equal parts Valle del Cauca sugar and red dye No.40. Bon Bon Bums (pronounced like the French bonbon and the English “boom”) are lollipops … [Read more...] about Inside Colombia’s Beloved Candy Factory
By TEJAL RAO OCT. 24, 2018 The story of how Kit Kats, once a British chocolate export, became a booming business from Hokkaido to Tokyo — and changed expectations about what a candy bar could be. The story of how Kit Kats, once a British chocolate export, became a booming business from Hokkaido to Tokyo — and changed expectations about what a candy bar could be. By TEJAL RAO OCT. 24, 2018 Photographs by SPENCER LOWELL The seven-story Don Quijote megastore in the Shibuya district of Tokyo is open 24 hours a day, but it’s hard to say when it’s rush hour, because there’s always a rush. A labyrinth of aisles leads to one soaring, psychedelic display after another presided over by cartoon mascots, including the mascot of Don Quijote itself: an enthusiastic blue penguin named Donpen who points shoppers toward toy sushi kits and face masks soaked with snail excretions and rainbow gel pens and split-toe socks. The candy section is vast, with … [Read more...] about In Japan, the Kit Kat Isn’t Just a Chocolate. It’s an Obsession.