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Day: February 21, 2021

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As a deadly winter storm caused major power outages in Texas this week, a restaurant in Plano helped people in its community struggling in the cold.

Bella Italia Ristorante lost power, but still had gas for cooking. So while the restaurant was closed for business, owner Ari Isufaj decided to open the kitchen to prepare free meals of lasagna or spaghetti for anyone in need of a bite to eat.

“We couldn’t sit back and do nothing when our community is hurting,” the restaurant wrote in a Facebook post.

FROZEN HYDRANTS AT TEXAS APARTMENT COMPLEX FORCE FIREFIGHTERS TO SHUTTLE IN

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It’s hard to overstate how stunning the 2012–2014 vintages in Napa and Sonoma were for pretty much every variety of wine.

The three-year stretch of great quality and quantity came on the heels of a couple of rough years, especially the 2011 vintage. That year was difficult due to bad weather, including unseasonably cool temperatures and rain at the worst possible times, which created rot and other issues. More cold weather during harvest made the vintage all the more challenging.

In 2012, the clouds literally parted and warm, consistent weather throughout the growing season gave winemakers a Goldilocks situation: not

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — As the devastation of the past week’s winter storms continues, thousands across Central Texas remain without power, water and food.

Below, you can find the various organizations and individuals pitching in to help residents during an increasingly difficult time.

Austin

  • Buenos Aires Café, 1201 E. Sixth St.: From noon to 5 p.m., Whole Foods Market, in collaboration with Good Work Austin, Austin Food & Wine Alliance and Les Dames d’Escoffier Austin Chapter will provide around 20,000 meals at select restaurants.
  • Chareon Express, 5610 N. Interstate
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Photo: Courtesy of Sur La Table

Whether you’re bored with the four dinners you know how to make or are looking forward to the day you can cook for other people again, after the year we’ve had, we wouldn’t blame you for craving change in your kitchen. Something that could help in either scenario? Signing up for an online cooking class, a category that — like other online classes — has exploded in popularity since many of us started working and (mostly) living at home because of the pandemic. But this desire to take online cooking classes means there are

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(Bloomberg) — Restaurants in Texas are throwing out expired food, grocery stores are closing early amid stock shortages and residents are struggling to find basic necessities as a cold blast continues to upend supply chains.

At Tarka Indian Kitchen, a chain with eight locations in Texas, fresh veggies and meat were discarded after being shuttered for days. The same is true for Coolgreens, which sells salads and sandwiches, while Milkshake Concepts had to throw out inventory due to a burst pipe. Similar stories are piling up during a historic cold spell that has knocked out power and snarled roads.

At

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Donald Trump forks a piece of steak into his mouth

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Hot LinksHot LinksWe spend way too much time on the internet

Donald Trump sits at Table 72 and only Table 72. We learn this in a new piece in the March 2021 issue of The Washingtonian, titled “Trump Hotel Employees Reveal What It Was Really Like Catering to the Right Wing Elite.” The piece, written by Washingtonian reporter Jessica Sidman, details a series of unimaginably intricate rules and rituals at BLT Prime, the restaurant inside Donald Trump’s D.C. hotel. Sidman calls Table 72 “a carefully curated prop in

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