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California Restaurant Fined $120,000 for Knowingly Mislabeling Seafood

Fish fraud, or passing off cheaper fish as more expensive varieties, is one of the biggest issues in the seafood industry today.The problem is particularly rampant in California, where recently Odeum, an eatery in Morgan Hill in the Bay Area, was recently fined $120,000 for passing off tilapia as petrale sole for nearly a year, according to SFGate. While tilapia is one of the most common types of white fish, there is only one designated petrale sole fishery in the entire United States, off the coast of Oregon. Odeum restaurant, according to the lawsuit settlement will — in addition to paying the six-figure fine —have to offer a $30 gift card to any customer who ordered sole at the restaurant between October 2014 and March 2016 and who files a claims form by May 31. Odeum has declined to comment on the legal proceedings.


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Can Drinking Red Wine Slow the Effects of Dementia?

Add “improving your memory” to the growing list of health benefits associated with drinking red wine. A new study published by researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California in Los Angeles hypothesizes that resveratrol, the good stuff found in red wine, is associated with fighting the negative effects of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other degenerative neurological diseases. The study analyzed the cognitive effects of red wine on five men and women between the ages of 66 and 82 who had mild memory and dementia issues, according to Wine Spectator. The research team found that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of resveratrol helped to stimulate activity in the brain.


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UK Supermarket Launches ‘Progrigio,’ a Cheaper Substitute for Prosecco

Asda, a UK-based supermarket chain owned by Walmart, has recently launched a new product called Progrigio, a hybrid of prosecco and pinot grigio meant to serve as a cheaper alternative to the popular Italian sparkling wine. The product was created in response to predictions by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association that the price of prosecco could rise by as much as 9 percent due to Brexit and inflation. Ed Betts, Asda wine buying manager, told Beverage Daily that Progrigio tastes the same as prosecco, but is more affordable. Progrigio is available at Asda stores and online for £5 ($6.20) for a 25-ounce bottle.


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Pizza Hut is Offering Half-Off Pizza for the Oscars This Year

If there’s anyone that deserves an award this year, it’s Pizza Hut for giving its customers a chance to indulge in a half-off pizza during the Oscars. The deal includes the Supreme, Meat Lover's, Pepperoni pizzas, and more, at half of the original price through Feb. 27. To cash in on this award-winning offer, visit PizzaHut.com or download the Pizza Hut app for iPhones or Androids and select the deal. Customers can also enter promo code "FEBFIFTY" for any orders placed online. The deal isn’t applicable for other menu items, and doesn’t cover tax, delivery charge, or driver tip.


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Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul is Producing a TV Show About Whiskey Pioneer Jack Daniel

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Just this week, it was announced that Jack Daniel, the distiller behind the Jack Daniel’s whiskey empire, is getting a TV show dedicated to telling his story. The television drama, Blood and Whiskey, is based on Peter Krass’ biography Blood and Whiskey: The Life and Times of Jack Daniel, which tells the true story of Jack Daniel and his journey from moonshiner and runaway to legendary distiller, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Aaron Paul, an actor from Breaking Bad, will serve as an executive producer on the project.