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-Miami entrepreneur Taylor Cohen invented a new food product that is spreading fast throughout the Magic City.
-The product is a lentil based alternative to tofu called Adashah.
-Cohen and her brother Brandon started a business around the product in 2015. They now make over 600 pounds of it a week and distribute to over 15 South Florida restaurants.
-della test kitchen in Wynwood swears by the product, and it is a huge hit with customers.
Taylor Cohen was just your typical food justice warrior and outdoor educator a few years back.
Nothing typical about her.
Now Cohen, a native of Surfside, has taken her passion for making change to the business world.
Along with her brother Brandon, Taylor is poised to change the way South Florida looks at meat alternatives.
Her product is called Adashah and it is a unique lentil based food that is most similar to tofu.
She invented the product in the years following her diagnosis of Colitis.
Doctors gave her a strict nutritional regime but few of those foods spoke to her.
“I started eating more of a plant-based diet and eliminating animal proteins from my diet,” Cohen told RISE NEWS. “I was focusing on the vegan meat alternatives that are on the market right now. But what I saw was that pretty much everything either had soy or gluten or I read the ingredients and they were full of chemicals that I didn’t understand.”
Cohen said that she wanted to create something similar to tofu in how it picks up flavors, but also something that would taste great on its own.
She seems to have made just that.
In just over two years, Cohen has scaled up to servicing over 15 restaurants from Boca Raton to Doral.
She said that she creates over 600 pounds of the stuff each week.
The product is a trade secret but Cohen said that it is 100 percent organic and preservative free.
Luis Garcia, the manager of della test kitchen in Wynwood loves Adashah.
He told RISE NEWS that his customers can’t get enough of the stuff and that he likes it much more than tofu.
To learn more about how to get Adashah, visit their website: https://adashah.com
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Another MP decided to treat the House like children and take their shiny toys away.
Even the Prime Minister gets into the banter from time to time.
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In the United States, The Civil Rights Act of 1957 was opposed by pro-segregation Democrat senator Strom Thurmond who conducted the longest filibuster ever.
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It was reported that Thurmond recited the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and his grandmother’s biscuit recipe.
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Saturday October 17th- Beer enthusiasts from all over will converge at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove to sample unlimited beer from across the country and around the world at Grovetoberfest. Aficionados and the “casual beer fan” will take an active role in beer sampling by voting for their favorite beers in three different categories. They will also sample the festival’s very own Grovetoberfest Coconut Porter, which will only be available at the festival. In addition to featuring 300 craft beers, Grovetoberfest will include an entertainment stage, a Homebrew Pavilion, a Kitchen Lab for beer/food pairings, a VIP area and Food Row, where restaurants will sell local fare. Tickets priced from $40 to VIP at $90 available on Eventbrite link http://www.eventbrite.com/e/grovetoberfest-2015-miamis-beer-festival-tickets-18044497578?aff=es2
Sunday October 18th- Join Bodega Taqueria y Tequila every NFL Sunday from 12 noon – 4 p.m., for their Football Fiesta party! Come out to watch your favorite team on Bodega’s massive screens, enjoy drink & beer specials, and an occasional free shot!
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Wednesday October 21st- Tour de France with Daniel Boulud at db Bistro Moderne Miami
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