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Bourbon connoisseurs will have a ringside seat when Lone Star distilleries duke it out to be named “The Best Bourbon in Texas” at the first Texas Bourbon Shootout on Feb. 1 in Longview.

I love reviewing sushi restaurants because there is so much that they can do right to make the evening wonderful. They are great places to go for a date night.

With few having the time to devote to cooking an elaborate meal, a collection of delicious and dependable 30-minute recipes for a quick but satisfying meal can be handy. What else keeps things simple? Having fresh staples such as California table grapes on hand helps brighten up any recipe a…

There are those who meticulously decorate dozens of sugar cookies for the office cookie exchange, give bottles of homemade Irish cream to coworkers for the holidays or send perfectly curated gift baskets to family and friends. And there are those who may want to do all of that, but don't hav…

There are few holiday traditions as sweet as baking a selection of treats to share with family and friends. This is especially true for the California winemaking family the Mondavis as it is for families across America. As the season begins, Janice Mondavi, wife of third-generation CK Mondav…

Research from the National Institutes of Health suggests American adults between the ages of 18 and 49 gain an average of one to two pounds every year. Grazing and overeating tends to increase when the weather cools down. A 2005 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found th…

'Tis the season for getting together with friends and family to celebrate. Food is at the heart of the holidays, so whether you're hosting an event or attending as a guest, you'll want to whip up something to impress a wide variety of taste buds. The perfect solution: A holiday cheeseboard.

Nestled away between Longview and Tyler sits the Tempest Golf Club, a multimillion dollar project carved out of the overgrown, former Southern Hills golf course outside of Gladewater. Course designers hoped to build a property that offers amenities to more than just the golfing aficionado. T…

Whether making a meal for a crowd or a handful of people, cooks must first choose a dish and then follow the recipe to get it on the table. But it can sometimes be challenging to choose a menu, especially when faced with aisles of food at the grocery store.

Entertaining is a great way to show good will and friendship to others and to celebrate special occasions.

The connection between energy and eating is significant. A healthy diet and approach to eating can vastly improve energy levels, while a poorly planned diet that lacks nutrition can contribute to feelings of fatigue and increase a person's risk for various ailments.

Love dining out with family and friends? If you’re trying to lose weight or maintain your healthy lifestyle, a big part of being successful is having the freedom to enjoy the things you love and not feel deprived. Strike the right balance with this ultimate dining out guide from Mandi Knowle…

The craft beer business is booming. While overall beer volume sales in the United States decreased by 1 percent in 2017, the Brewers Association notes that craft brewery sales continued to grow at a rate of 5 percent. In fact, the Brewers Association notes that retail dollar sales of craft b…

The perfect snack needs to check off three boxes: It should be filling enough to get you to your next meal, provide nutrition that fits into your balanced diet, and satisfy cravings, whether sweet or savory. Not an easy task, but juicy California strawberries are up for the challenge.

Whether it's an end-of-summer bash or a back-to-school barbecue, entertaining is all about family, friends and of course, food. But hosting the perfect soiree doesn't have to mean you're stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is enjoying the party. TV chef and cookbook author Katie Lee off…

In a perfect world, chemicals would not be needed to produce any foods, all of which would be made in sustainable conditions and from all-natural ingredients. But even the most eco-conscious foodie routinely faces difficult decisions at the grocery store.

Mid- to late-summer is appropriately known as "the dog days of summer" because it can be so doggone hot. The humid, sticky conditions of late summer can make people feel sluggish and looking for ways to cool down. The idea of warming up the house by turning on the oven to cook a meal may be …

If a marathon is in your future, building up endurance is key. But you can't do that without the fuel your body needs. Wholesome energy-boosting snacks are essential for keeping up the pace, whether you're focused on a 5K or full marathon.

I’ve been curious about Gaga’s Jamaican Jerk restaurant since it opened in April, so I stopped in for a to-go lunch one day, intent on trying a kind of cuisine that is new to me.

Dining out is a great way to experience new cuisine and enjoy a meal with family and friends. But dining out often leads to overeating, a problem that's unhealthy year-round but especially inconvenient when warm air makes it more uncomfortable to deal with the side effects of overeating.

Backyard barbecue enthusiasts typically prefer the taste of grilled foods over meals prepared in other ways. Much of that devotion to grilled foods can be traced to the unique flavor open flames impart to meat, poultry and other items.

Ice cream is a favorite dessert across the globe. The average American consumes more than 23 pounds of ice cream per year, says the International Dairy Foods Association.

Summer is upon us and that means one thing ... grilling. Gather your friends and family for a barbecue with your favorite recipes, including fresh pork! Chef Ernest Servantes officially kicked-off Grilling Season in Miami doing what he does best: cooking up something special on the grill usi…

When you become a parent, your child's health and well-being takes top priority. This is why when it comes to getting dinner on the table, parents these days are less likely to reach for that box of mac and cheese and other heavily processed foods. Instead, parents tend to gravitate to dishe…

Neighborhood cookouts are quintessentially summer, and totally fun. Because of that, it's no surprise that you may want to host them as often as possible, even every weekend if you could. But that introduces a new challenge - how do you keep your events fresh and interesting for your guests?

Whether a fancy five-course social event, a laid-back barbecue or a progressive dinner party, what separates average from impressive entertaining is innovative and original ideas. One way to surely catch the attention of your guests while tempting their taste buds is to feature chocolate pai…

Whether competing recreationally, at an amateur level or professionally in front of the world, proper nutrition is a key component of any athlete's performance. A variety of nutrients come into consideration, but one seems to get the highest level of attention: protein.

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Dining out is a great way to celebrate life's milestones or simply reconnect with friends and loved ones. Research firm NPD Group found that, by the end of 2015, restaurant visits by consumers increased by 700 million compared to just five years prior.

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It was a cool evening in early October when my boyfriend and I took a drive from Longview to Kilgore. We decided to dine at Jack Ryan’s. After parking, we walked toward the door when a member of the staff stepped outside to hold the door open for us, giving us a warm greeting as we approache…

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When you walk into the bar area at Café Barrons, you can’t help but feel relaxed and at home. It’s like going to Cheers, where everybody knows your name and you’re right at home with friends.

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I absolutely love visiting downtown Jefferson when the weather is beautiful – sunny, blue skies, a light breeze in the air. There’s nothing like walking the beautiful red brick streets and exploring antique shops. If you’re out for a day in Jefferson and decide you want to take a break and h…

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Football season is finally upon us and fans everywhere are getting revved up to cheer on their favorite team. Whether you watch the big game from the comfort of your home or head down to the stadium, it's the perfect time to throw the mother of all football celebrations - a really big tailga…

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A great sandwich is a delicious meal choice, which could be why about 60 percent of American adults eat at least one for lunch every week and 70 percent pack one or more in their children's lunches, according to food industry trend-watching company Datassential. In fact, sandwiches are so po…

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The Back Porch in Kilgore has a history that dates back to the 1960s, but recent improvements have launched it into a premier music venue in East Texas. Now, you can go there to hear a variety of live music Wednesdays through Saturdays while you dine on food and enjoy drinks.