The company that gave us the first juice box with 100 percent juice has added some sparkle to its juice line. Apple & Eve says its Fizz Ed is a healthy alternative to traditional soda. An 8-ounce serving is 70 percent pure fruit juice, 3 percent sparkling water. It comes in four flavors: Red Raspberry, Orange Mango, Pomegranate Cherry and Green Apple. No high-fructose corn syrup. It's sure to appeal to older kids. A 4-pack is $3.99 at Wal-Mart. To find other retailers and details go to http://fizz-ed.appleand eve.com.
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Visit site and help Charlotte become Pierogy Sister City
OK, so Buffalo and Binghamton, N.Y., have already been named the Capital of the Pierogy Pocket. Now, Charlotte has a chance. Mrs. T's has decided this year to recognize pierogy lovers outside the Pierogy Pocket. (Areas of the Northeast and Midwest where consumption of the chewy little dumplings ranks up there with barbecue in the South.) If Charlotte is named a Pierogy Sister City, a local charity will get $5,000. So all you Buffalo transplants, check out the contest details online at www.pierogypocket.com. Deadline: Sept. 15.
Tickets on sale for Upscale Barbecue in Matthews
It's time to buy tickets for the Matthews Community Farmers Market's popular Upscale Barbecue. It'll be held 5-7 p.m. Sept. 30 on the market grounds in downtown Matthews. So what makes it upscale? Let's start with pastured pork from Grateful Growers Farm barbecued by award-winning pit master Alex Ranucci. Then there are the side dishes and desserts prepared and donated by local chefs. Portions are generous; takeout is available. Tickets are $12, available in the Community House at the rear of the market. Proceeds benefit the market.
Asheville's Lusty Monk mustard brings the zing
If regular mustards seem too tame, try Lusty Monk. Its Original Sin is a coarse-ground mustard that's fresh enough to bring tears to your eyes, and sturdy enough to stand up to bratwursts and spiced meats. It's good at enhancing bland choices like hot dogs, too, although a bit overpowering for deli meats. It's made in Asheville. An 8-ounce jar is $6.50. Web site: www.lustymonk.com.