Pot For Pets: Marijuana Cookies For Ailing Dogs Hit Market
Apr20

Pot For Pets: Marijuana Cookies For Ailing Dogs Hit Market

  ABC News   With medical marijuana now legal in 23 states, and recreational use permitted in four states as well as Washington, D.C., a burgeoning cannabis industry is blooming in America. The latest crop of potentially lucrative products? Pot for pets. Biscuits, edibles and capsules containing cannabis compounds are being marketed to owners of ailing and elderly animals as natural pain relievers and anti-inflammatory supplements. But these products aren’t getting Fido stoned, claim proponents. “The cannabis plant has many compounds in it,” said Matthew J. Cote, brand manager at San Francisco bay area edibles manufacturer Auntie Dolores, which launched its pet-focused line Treatibles in 2014. “Most people breed cannabis for the euphoric experience of THC. But they’ve been overlooking cannabidiol — commonly known as CBD — which is non-psychoactive.” Citing studies in Israel that suggest CBD can be used to treat epilepsy, inflammation and pain relief, Auntie Dolores decided to infuse dog biscuits as animals suffer from some of those same ailments, said Cote. Sold online for $22 per bag of 40 treats, Treatibles contain 1 milligram of CBD per treat. The company’s recommended dose is 1 milligram per 20-pound animal. “What we’ve seen is that some of these dogs respond very rapidly,” said Cote. “One woman from Fort Bragg was ready to put down her dog due to how sick and in pain he was, but the day before he was scheduled to go under, she administered our treats and just like that the dog was up, walking around and acting normally again.” Canna Companion, a Sultan, Washington-based producer of pet capsules that combine strains of dried, powdered hemp, received similar success stories and testimonials from its customers. “Just want to say how much this product has helped my animals,” writes one pet owner on the brand’s Facebook page. “Bug, [my] 18-year-old cat, is playing, sleeping next to me at night, being curious and exploring… her back pain is nearly gone. I can pet her all over and she purrs! She has NEVER, until being on hemp, enjoyed being petted.” Co-owner of Canna Companion and licensed veterinarian Dr. Sarah Brandon, developed her product after a decade of trials and formula refinements with her own pets and strays. But that didn’t prevent the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from sending her a notice last month, warning that the capsules were an “unapproved new animal drug and your marketing of it violates the [Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic] Act.” Even in states where medical marijuana is legal, veterinarians are not empowered to prescribe cannabis products to pets. Similarly, producers of hemp-based edibles, treats and capsules are limited in how they may advertise the...

Read More

Taste of Laredo: New Format, More Fun Than Ever

Special to The Laredo Sun LAREDO, TX – The Laredo Energy Arena, an SMG Managed facility, is excited to announce a new judging format for restaurants who are participating in this year’s Taste of Laredo. Since each establishment has its own unique cuisine, we would like to give everyone a chance to showcase their specialty to settle once and for all whose food is the best! The new format includes five different categories which are as follows:  Best Latin Cuisine  Best Seafood Cuisine  Best Asian Cuisine  Best Americana Cuisine  Best Dessert/Delicacies Laredo shares a passion for food and holds themselves to a high standard in the choices made. There is no better way to represent Laredo’s pride for food than at the best known event during the busiest time of the year, WBCA time! The Washington’s Birthday Celebration is second to none as far as maximum exposure and community participation. The LEA takes pride in hosting this event every year and we would like to invite all local restaurants to participate! With over 2,000 patrons of the community sampling your food, there is no better way to start the 2015 year. No doubt that the bragging rights will be even bigger this year! For more information, please call Javier Solis Jr. at (956) 523-6598 or email...

Read More
‘Start Fresh’ At The El Centro de Laredo Farmer’s Market
Jan09

‘Start Fresh’ At The El Centro de Laredo Farmer’s Market

Special to The Laredo Sun LAREDO, TX – El Centro de Laredo Farmer’s Market is taking place on Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 9am to 1pm.  25+ Participating Vendors, Farmers and Bakers!  ECO KIDS CRAFTS – 9am-1pm  FACE PAINTING with Bren Renteria – 9am-1pm  LIVE MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT – 9am-1pm Products to look forward to include local, all-natural and pesticide-free & organic seasonal produce, herbs, spices, nopal, 100% grass fed meats & organic coffee, holiday baked cookies, artisanal breads, all-natural tortillas, maguey syrup, vanilla, avocado oils, olive oils/vinegars, nopal jerky, teas, all-natural skincare and cleaning products, lavender, assorted plants, succulents, freshly prepared on-site healthy meals andbeverages, baked sweets, jams, pickled veg and all-natural pet treats. Meet and greet with friends and neighbors, support your local economy – come visit our farmer’s market andenjoy the magnificence of Texas produce and products! COME SUPPORT LOCAL! WHO: Free and Open to the Public WHAT: El Centro de Laredo Farmer’s Market – ‘Start Fresh’ WHEN: Saturday, January 17, 2015 | 9AM – 1PM WHERE: Jarvis Plaza – Downtown Laredo Free Parking in El Metro Transit Center located at 1301 Farragut (with a market purchase voucher) Laredo Main Street is a non-profit organization that works to build community support, interest and economic growth for Laredo’s historic downtown commercial area and surrounding neighborhoods. Laredo Main Street welcomes you to El Centro de Laredo Farmer’s Market every third Saturday of the month at historical downtown Jarvis Plaza from 9am to 1pm. For more information regarding Laredo Main Street events and programs, please...

Read More
McDonald’s 1950s Menu Could Fix Its Problems Today
Dec27

McDonald’s 1950s Menu Could Fix Its Problems Today

The Huffington Post There were just nine items! Today the multibillion-dollar chain offers more than 100 items, from Big Macs to McWraps to berry smoothies and several salads. The company has been publicly fretting about its overwhelming menu and getting blown away by competitors like Shake Shack and Five Guys, which offer simple menus with the modern-day twist of customization. At Five Guys, for example, diners choose from just two burger sizes and a few burger types (plain, cheese, bacon, and bacon and cheese). The variety comes in because people can add as many other toppings as they want from a list of 15 that includes everything from grilled onions to jalapeño peppers. By contrast, McDonald’s now offers a long list of its own burger-topping combos, including classics like the Big Mac and variations like the grilled-onion cheddar burger, the bacon clubhouse burger and the BBQ ranch burger. “When you have that kind of choice, execution becomes much more complicated and complex,” said Tom Frank, a restaurant industry consultant who was on the founding team of Chinese restaurant chain P.F. Chang’s. In 2013, McDonald’s clocked its slowest average drive-thru time since 1998, according to QSR Magazine, a fast-food industry trade publication. Business analysts agree that the long menu (and changing American taste buds) is killing sales. Monthly sales at U.S. McDonald’s restaurants open more than a year have been flat or declining for the past 13 months. “We are focused on continuing to evolve to meet the changing needs of our customers today and in the future,” a McDonald’s spokeswoman told HuffPost in an email. McDonald’s has acknowledged its menu troubles, announcing a broad turnaround plan earlier this month that includes slashing eight menu items. The company is currently testing a slimmed-down version of its menu in some locations, offering just one quarter-pounder with cheese instead of four and one kind of Snack Wrap instead of three. “Our intent is to have a cleaner menu board that is easier for customers to absorb,” according to a company statement on the menu changes. The fast-food chain is also going to try its hand at Five Guys-style customization, giving diners the chance to choose from toppings like guacamole, creamy garlic sauce and and pepper jack cheese to create their own custom burgers at 2,000 locations. “If you want to stay relevant, you almost have to move in this direction,” said Darren Tristano, executive vice president at Technomic, a food research firm. Customization comes with some big pitfalls, though. When diners design their own meals, they’re more likely to focus on the quality of each ingredient, said Gregg Rapp, a menu engineer...

Read More

Happy Holidays At The El Centro de Laredo Farmer’s Market

Special to The Laredo Sun LAREDO, TEXAS – Laredo Main Street – El Centro de Laredo Farmer’s Market is taking place on Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 9am to 1pm.  25+ Participating Vendors, Farmers and Bakers!  GO TEXAN Chef Demo featuring: La India Herbs & Spices – 10:30am  CHRISTMAS KIDS CRAFTS – 9am-1pm  HOLIDAY FACE PAINTING with Bren Renteria – 9am-1pm  LIVE MUSIC provided by: Arnold Villamero & DJ The Pop Rocks – 9am- 1pm  SPECIAL CHRISTMAS PERFORMAMCE by: Gabriela Garcia Mendoza’s ‘Baile Folklorico – 11:30am Products to look forward to include local, all-natural and pesticide-free seasonal produce, herbs, spices, nopal, 100% grass fed meats & organic coffee, holiday baked cookies, artisanal breads, all-natural tortillas, maguey syrup, vanilla, avocado oils, olive oils/vinegars, nopal jerky, teas, all-natural skincare and cleaning products, lavender, assorted plants, succulents, freshly prepared on-site healthy meals and beverages, baked sweets, jams, pickled veg and all-natural pet treats. This month the market will be held the second Saturday of the month due to the influx of holiday traffic and will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the historical downtown Jarvis Plaza. Meet and greet with friends and neighbors, support your local economy – come visit our farmer’s market and enjoy the magnificence of Texas produce and products! WHO: Free and Open to the Public WHAT:El Centro de Laredo Farmer’s Market – ‘Happy Holidays’ WHEN:Saturday, December 13, 2014 | 9AM – 1PM WHERE: Jarvis Plaza – Downtown Laredo Free Parking in El Metro Transit Center located at 1301 Farragut (with a market purchase voucher) Laredo Main Street is a non-profit organization that works to build community support, interest and economic growth for Laredo’s historic downtown commercial area and surrounding neighborhoods. Laredo Main Street welcomes you to El Centro de Laredo Farmer’s Market every third Saturday of the month at historical downtown Jarvis Plaza from 9am to 1pm. For more information regarding Laredo Main Street events and programs, please visit...

Read More
This Is What Thanksgiving Looked Like 100 Years Ago
Nov27

This Is What Thanksgiving Looked Like 100 Years Ago

The Huffington Post Today, when we dream of Thanksgiving feasts, we envision impossibly overstuffed turkeys, Macy’s Day parade crowds and daunting lines queuing up on retail blocks across the country. It’s a far cry from the masked balls, costume processions and penny scrambles that dominated fall festivities 100 years ago. Behold, the Thanksgiving maskers of the early 1900s: Thanksgiving Maskers via Bain News Service/Library of Congress We came across the above image courtesy of Greg Young, a writer for The Bowery Boys: New York City History, who recently paid homage to the forgotten custom of masking in a blog post for The Huffington Post. As Young pointed out, before Macy’s launched its annual parade in 1924, Americans celebrated by dressing up and staging crawls in places like New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. They would “scramble for pennies” and move from home to home “begging” for treats — a practice eerily similar to Halloween. Thanksgiving Maskers via Bain News Service/Library of Congress NPR elaborated on the images, noting a New York Times article from 1911 that described the maskers as “fantastically garbed youngsters and their elders” who could be found on every street corner. Those same folks would toss confetti and flour, buy papier-mache masks and, in NYC in particular, dress like ragamuffins, hence the holiday’s nickname, Ragamuffin Day. Thanksgiving Maskers via Bain News Service/Library of Congress Portraits of maskers have been preserved in the Library of Congress’ online archives — part of the George Grantham Bain collection. Captured by one of America’s earliest news picture agencies, the series of 20th century photos documents everything from natural disasters to women’s suffrage campaigns to New York City sporting events. Of the 39,744 negatives and 1,600 photographic prints made available from Bain News Service, a handful of photographs memorializes Thanksgiving celebrations from 1910 to 1915. Thanksgiving Maskers via Bain News Service/Library of Congress In the grander scheme of Thanksgiving history, these photos illuminate a time after Yale and Princeton popularized Thanksgiving Day football games in 1876. But it would be a few years until Gimbel’s deemed Thanksgiving the perfect time for Santa’s first appearance of the year. Of course, Thanksgiving revelers of the early 1900s were just as enthusiastic about food as we are today. Below, you can catch a glimpse of what turkey shopping looked like a century ago. Thanksgiving Maskers via Bain News Service/Library of Congress Thanksgiving Maskers via Bain News Service/Library of Congress Thanksgiving Maskers via Bain News Service/Library of Congress Thanksgiving Maskers via Bain News Service/Library of Congress Thanksgiving Maskers via Bain News Service/Library of Congress Thanksgiving Maskers via Bain News Service/Library of Congress Thanksgiving turkey shopping via Bain News Service/Library...

Read More