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NEWS: Chipotle Mexican Grill Goes rBGH-Free

Fajita Salad
Enjoy a fajita without the tortilla.
  By the end of the year, Chipotle Mexican Grill will be the first national restaurant chain to eliminate rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone—click the link to read more about it) entirely from its menu. Last year, Chipotle began serving rBGH-free sour cream and has been shifting to rBGH-free cheese over the past few months. Though eating a Chipotle burrito isn’t exactly a low-calorie meal (see the Chipotle Nutrition Calculator here), the restaurant chain is committed to its “Food With Integrity” mission.
Chipotle serves more meat raised without antibiotics and added growth hormones, and a fed a pure vegetarian diet, than any restaurant in the world. Additionally, 25% of the black and pinto beans Chipotle serves are organically grown. And, you can get your burrito or fajita in a bowl—no tortilla. Just watch out for that chipotle-honey vinaigrette!

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On Our Radar

Interesting nibbles from the past week:
– The makers of the documentary King Corn are eating corn-free for the month of November. Read their trials and tribulations on their blog.
– The folks at have catalogued the 88 least healthy fast food items.
– Here’s a step-by-step guide to making turkey gravy.
– Serendipity 3 crafts a $25,000 chocolate sundae with edible gold.
– Jones Soda debuts a Christmas ham soda for the holiday season—that also happens to be kosher.
– The Oxford English Dictionary 2007 Word Of The Year is…drumroll please…locavore.

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ENTERTAINING: Thanksgiving Candy & Chocolate

Want your Thanksgiving dinner table to look a bit more special? Looking for party favors for your guests? Or are you the guest, looking for something to bring your hosts? Take a look at our Thanksgiving candy and chocolate selections—they’ll fit every bill. Warning: The Ginger Caramel Sin “spoon candy” is addictive (and goes well atop pie, cake and ice cream). For more Thanksgiving ideas, visit the Entertaining Guide section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.   Chocolate turkeys
Turkey family, in dark or milk chocolate from Lake Champlain Chocolates, is kosher, too.

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PRODUCT WATCH: Tulip Hill “Aria” Wine

Aria Wine
“Aria” wine and CD gift set.
  Many wine collectors also like opera. Now, there’s a gift custom-made for them. Janet Hopkins, a soprano with the Metropolitan Opera, has teamed up with California’s Tulip Hill Winery, an award-winning boutique winemaker, to create Aria, a red meritage (blend of grapes) with a matching CD of arias by Ms. Hopkins. The singer was involved in selecting the blend, working with Tulip Hill wine maker Ed West; she then chose just the right music to complement the wine.
Recipients can sip the wine as they listen to favorite Italian songs such as “O Sole Mio” and “Santa Lucia,” as well as arias from La Boheme, Madama Butterfly and Turandot. The gift set, in a handsome black package that unfolds to reveal both the bottle and the CD, is $59.95; both the wine and the CD are sold separately as well. For more information about this limited-edition gift, visit

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Gourmet Marshmallows

What happens when you set out to find the best marshmallows in America? You taste the wares of more marshmallow specialists than you can remember—and select the 24 memorable ones to recommend to you. We’ve found great vanilla marshmallows, chocolate marshmallows, chocolate-dipped marshmallows, classic flavored marshmallows (banana, blackberry, chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, lemon, mint, mocha, orange, raspberry, strawberry, toasted coconut), creative flavors (Key lime, lavender, mango, margarita, piña colada, Sambuca) and exotic ones (matcha, taro, pandan). And, there are seasonal marshmallows: pumpkin spice is in full force, and no doubt, egg nog and peppermint are right around the corner. You’ll also learn the history of the marshmallow, how to make marshmallows at home (not easy!), how to toast them indoors (no campfire required!) and how to use gourmet marshmallows in recipes from breakfast through dessert. Yes, we’ve got Marshmallow Mania! You can read the full article, plus learn about our other favorite candies in the Candy Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.   Mocha Chocolate Chip Marshmallows
These Mocha Chipsters from My Flour Garden are just one of the amazing marshmallows we tracked down for you.

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