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Children With Food Allergies Can Cost Parents More

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A new study done recently found that children that have food allergies can cost their families more.

A new study published this week in Pediatrics found that food-allergic children from households that earn less than $50,000 a year incur 2.5 times the cost of emergency room visits and hospital stays compared with their peers from families that are in a higher-income bracket“, says the LA Times.

1,643 children partook in this study. The children were split up into three categories. Children of families that make less that $50,000 per year, those families that make $50,000 to $100,000 per year, and families that make $100,000 or more a year. To read more about the results of this study, visit the article here

The Times also states that a main reason for the expenses are the  paid for our of pocket are the allergy free food, allergy panel tests, and preventative measures such as Epi-Pen.

Samantha Esposito, someone who suffers from having a food allergy, says “having a food allergy sucks because it limits me. I have to be careful when I eat out and it is unavoidable”.

Children that have food allergies tend to cost more for their families. To find out more about this, visit your local pediatrician.

Tax Day and Free Food

Tax Day is the deadline for all tax returns to be filed. This year, it was extended three days and takes place today, April 18th. “The deadline for filing your state and federal tax returns is upon us, but amid the stress and last minute paper work you can find some silver lining in the freebies and deals at many restaurants and businesses” says Syracuse.

Many people don’t usually put ‘tax returns’ and ‘food’ in the same sentence, but many food chains are giving away a variation of different food items for free today. Some of these places include IHOPNoodles and Company, and even the Hard Rock Cafe. Other chains have food deals; these places include Chili’sSonic, and Boston Market.

Ashton Saccone, a college student, filed taxes for the first time this year. She said although the stress for filing was different than she expected, the free food possibilities made it worth it.

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All of these deals vary by location and for more information can be found on the business’ website.

IHOP Combines Bakery and Breakfast

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April 12, 2016 makes the release of yet another new special at IHOP. This delectable treat can be found at any location starting Monday.

This new special includes Red Velvet crepes and Cupcake pancakes. According to the website, IHOP says, it is the perfect combination of bakery and breakfast . This new special is available with an assortment of different egg combinations. Prices vary by location.

Local waiter at the IHOP of Williston Park, Juan Quito says, “these new specials are so sweet. The customers are going to love them”.

These specials will be available for a limited time only.

 Starbucks, Back At It Again With A New Item

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This drink was released to stores on March 22nd, creating another new item for their menu.

The Caramelized Honey Latte, served both hot and cold, is “slow-cooked caramel honey sauce mixed with espresso and topped with steamed milk”, according to Popsugar. This drink was created to fit any style beverage (cold or hot) to be able to stay on the menu more permanently and have the ability to flip flop for the seasons, says Delish.

“I am always curious to try new drinks at Starbucks, so this was not unlike any other. I tried this drink iced and it was delicious! There was not much honey taste, but who doesn’t love more caramel?” said Carol Martin, a loyal customer.

Starbucks is also bringing back some other spring favorites very soon. For more information on the new drinks, visit their website or your local Starbucks.


New Item at Taco Bell: The Quesalupa

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Introduced on February 8th, the Quesalupa is the newest edition to the menu at Taco Bell in all locations in the US.

The 440-460 calorie taco/quesadilla is roughly three dollars a piece and contains a multitude of ingredients. This item is described as pepper jack stuffed tortillas in a taco shaped filled with cheddar cheese, beef, tomatoes, lettuce, and topped with sour cream according to US Weekly.

The Taco Bell website is using hashtags to try to use social media as a way to track the reactions of their consumers. These hashtags include ‘#bigger than everything’ and ‘because #cheese’.

Long time Taco Bell customer, Sean Albarella commented on the new item. “The Quesalupa

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from Taco Bell is truly one of a kind. I’ve never had anything like it. I was so excited to try it, and now that I have, I’m in love”, he said. Albarella is also hopeful that this is not a limited edition item because he wants it to stick around for a long time.

Although expensive, according to Eater, Taco Bell spent $5 million on a thirty second Super Bowl 50 commercial. The idea of introducing this new product and spending so much money on advertisement was to possibly save the dying company. The product has not been out long enough to see if this idea was successful.

For more information about the Quesalupa, visit the Taco Bell website or visit the nearest Taco Bell.

Free Pancakes At IHOP For A Good Cause

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March 8, 2016 marks the annual National Pancake Day at IHOP.

IHOP’s all over the nation give away free pancakes to help raise money for children with cancer. In partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, they raise money and attention to the many hospitals that provide patients with care all over America and Canada.  “Donations – including all those made on IHOP National Pancake Day – stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care” says the IHOP website.

A veteran of Pancake Day, Sara Schneider, says “It was very crowded, but worth the wait because it was for a great cause. I will definitely go back again this year” about her experience.

From the perspective of someone that has worked pancake day six years in a row, Brittany Vera, a waitress at IHOP of Williston Park also has something to say about this event. “Well honestly it’s a great day if you really think about it. Despite the tables that try to walk out on the check or the non existening tip that we should be getting is the its the only day i don’t mind going home with just a couple of bucks” says Vera. She extends her gratitude to be able to work for a company that goes out of their way for the cause of helping children in need of medical treatment.

This day includes a free short stack (3) of buttermilk pancakes. This offer is dine in only and is offered at participating locations. To see if your nearest IHOP is one of them, visit their website.


Starbucks, Pass The Butter-Scotch

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February 16th released a limited time edition drink at Starbucks. Smoked Butterscotch Latte is the new seasonal addition to the menu.

The Smoked Butterscotch Latte is only around until March 21st. Time magazine describes this drink as an “espresso with steamed milk and smoked butterscotch sauce, finished with a sprinkling of smoky butterscotch topping”. This new drink at 350 calories is a tasty way to start the day.

A long time Starbucks customer says how excited she was to try the new drink. According to JulieBeth Devlin, “it’s like a hot silky butterscotch candy”.

This drink can be ordered in iced and hot. To find out more about this drink and other seasonal items, visit your local Starbucks or visit their website.


Don’t Be Afraid To Double Dip At IHOP

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On Monday, February 15th, IHop’s all over the world introduced new specials on to their menus. This new delectable treat will be around for a short time offering a delicious new taste for breakfast. Customers are coming from all over to try this new treat.

Double Dipped French Toast comes in two flavors, Blackberry Vanilla and Banana, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate. Each with your choice of egg combinations makes for a hearty breakfast. Prices vary per location. According to IHop, “What makes our Double-Dipped French Toast so delightful? We dip every brioche slice twice to make it soft yet crispy, then add craveable toppings like a drizzle of Reese’s Peanut Butter Sauce. It’s the perfect anytime meal!”

Brittany Gross, a waitress at IHop in Williston Park, said “I’m so happy the Double Dipped French Toast is back! I am such a huge fan of peanut butter so the fact we have one that taste just like Reese’s makes working here a little better.”

To look at the menu and find out about more specials, go to Hurry, these specials won’t be around for long.