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Health Warrior: The Company That Put Chia Seeds On The Map

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I hate to run. And on more than one occasion, I’ve found myself in this conversation: Me: “I hate to run.” Multiple other humans: “I hated running, too. But then I read “Born to Run,” and now I love running. I run every day. It changed my life.” For Shane Emmett, the CEO of Health Warrior, the book “Born to Run” didn’t only inspire him to pick up a pair of sneakers — it also spurred him into entrepreneurship. After a winding…

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Bringing Buckwheat, An Eastern European Staple, To The American Mainstream

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Leeann Rybakov grew up in Kiev, Ukraine, where buckwheat is ubiquitous on every table. And while her mom continued to serve it once they moved to the United States, Leeann didn’t see it around all that much — not that she really thought about it anyway. After working for eight years at her family’s logistics company, her husband encouraged her to follow her passion for cooking and attend culinary school. She did, though she says cooking as more than just…

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Increase Energy, Lift Libido And Balance Hormones With Macaccino

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Aaron Glassman says he used to be somewhat of a recluse. High up in the Hollywood hills, he was focused on the internal rather than the external. That is, until the financial crisis hit and he decided opening up a restaurant at the height of the economic downturn sounded like a good idea. (Hint: don’t try this at home.) Luckily for Aaron, his concept of building a community around healthy food and compassionate connection struck a chord with the city, and his cafe,…

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Taking What’s Old And Making It New Again With Cleveland Kraut

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Drew and Mac Anderson are brothers. Their sister is Emma. Emma married Luke. Drew and Luke met over some beers, as brother-in-laws have been known to do. They realized they’d both been fermenting stuff in their kitchens. A lightbulb went off, they started jarring their creations and Cleveland Kraut was born. Then, Mac graduated from college, stepped up as lead sales guy and became (one of) the shining golden children of the enterprise: “Mac is like our Lebron James. He’s as tall…

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Joy The Baker On Gap Years, Starting Over And Her Fave Food Trends

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WOAH! A podcast on a Monday instead of the typical Friday!? Yep. This is a new series: We Could Make That in-between-isodes where I talk to top food writers, popular Instagrammers and all around cool people to share their favorite makers of the moment. Have someone to nominate? Email me here. I want to be Joy Wilson’s friend. But then again, everyone does. That’s why she’s been awarded “Best Baking Blog” by everyone from Saveur to The Kitchn since she started joythebaker.com…

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Drawing On Hometown Roots And Old-Time Values With Stagg Jam

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When the going gets tough, the tough slow down. Or at least, that’s Candice Ross’ motto. She’s the founder of the Brooklyn-born and based Stagg Jam, where she makes tasty jams and marmalades in cool flavors including seasoned sorrel, cherry chai, spicy orange with red pepper and fennel, and grapefruit rosemary, a nod to her Louisiana roots. For the past year, Candice has steered the Stagg ship, aiming for ideals that would make her grandad proud (she named the company after…

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How Think Jerky Is Leading The Healthy, Chef-Driven Future Of CPG

In the early-90s, I’d be willing to bet that few pre-adolescents had the inclination to go into the start-up life when they got older. Sure, there were a handful of us who set up friendship bracelet operations at recess, or bugged the neighbors until they let us cut their lawns, but I’m fairly certain none of us said ‘entrepreneur’ when asked about their future career path. Ricky Hirsch is the anomaly. He wanted to be an entrepreneur from day one – vacuum cleaners, food stuff…

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Crossing Continents, Pizza Apprenticeships and Entrepreneurship with Mike’s Hot Honey

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(Photo: Janelle Jones) Mike Kurtz is a pretty laid back guy. Even though he’s experienced things that most people only dream about, he approaches them all with a quiet nonchalance that would make you think he’s spent his life working down at the corner store. This isn’t a bad thing. In fact, I admire how naturally he’s allowed his life to unfold, and the obvious gratitude he has for where his path has taken him. In 2003, Mike was living…

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How Cocktail Crate Is Upping Your At-Home Craft Cocktail Game

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Alex Abbott Boyd grew up with free-spirited, food-loving, hippie-inclined parents (one from the land down under, the other from NYC) who kept a garden and made their own jam. Obviously, this environment can lay the groundwork for a love of good food and flavor, which is precisely what happened to Alex. Emboldened by capable tastebuds and with the early understanding that beverages held a soft spot in his heart, he’s traveled far and wide in the name of a good sip. This translates…

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Low and Slow: Chasing Adventure on the Southern Barbecue Trail

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(Photo: Denny Culbert) If someone told you that you could get paid to travel around the South, stopping along the way to pop out and eat barbecue in iconic barbecue cities, you’d probably take them up on it. I mean, let’s be real, unless you are a vegetarian, there are few things more satisfying than a hunk of meat cooked over an open flame, possibly dipped in sauce and paired with a cold beverage. Well, friends, here we are. Meet…

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