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  1. Love Lessons from East End

    Untitled-1GIVE A LITTLE PUPPY LOVE. Houndstooth Sauce Company has heart-shaped treats for your little furry friends.

    TURN UP THE HEAT with a ‘Seafood Dinner for Two’. La Bretxa Seafood & Spanish Provisions will make a foil pouch with your choice of seafood, one of their flavored butters, fresh herbs, citrus and veggies. All you do is add the heat (grill or oven)!

    Don’t be afraid to GET CHEESY! La Femme du Fromage will host two private dinners at her cheese bar: one at 6:30pm and another at 8:30pm. Four courses paired with wine. Menu and price TBD, but RSVP to tonda@lafemmedufromage.com.

    WATCH YOUR LOVE BLOSSOM with orchids, jasmine, and lots more gorgeous green gifts from Porch Therapy.

    Skyebird encourages you to LOVE YOURSELF A LITTLE MORE on Valentine’s Day!

    LET LOOSE with Local Roots’ swell selection of Florida craft beer and artisan wine, whichever floats (or rocks) your boat.

    GET FRESH with one of East End Market’s Key Ingredient cooking classes.

    Finally, Fatto in Casa will have grab-and-go lunch boxes for 2 (or just you) with a MELT IN YOUR MOUTH red velvet mini rose cake.

  2. Live Long with the Color of Love!

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    Strawberries are in season, like these from East End Market Merchant, Local Roots

    Red is in abundance today, and according to doctors, it shouldn’t only be on Valentine’s Day! Recent studies have shown that eating fruits and vegetables that are red, purple and blue will keep your heart healthy. In the spirit of Heart Health month, here are some tips on how to prevent heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.

    According to Cardiologist Bernard Gros, MD, at University of Central Florida Pegasus Health, red, blue and purple foods have something called anthocyanins, which are key to keeping your heart in good shape.

    “Anthocyanins are full of antioxidants, the substance that protects cells against the effects of free radicals that lead to conditions like hardening of the arteries, as well as a compromised immune system,” says Gros. Blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, black currants, cherries, and Concord grapes are all rich in antioxidants, and powerful at preventing cholesterol from attaching to artery walls.

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    Eggs rich in omega-6 fatty acids keep your heart healthy!

    It’s also noteworthy, that not all fats are bad for you (specifically for your heart). In fact, unsaturated fats like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are essential for good heart health. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in foods like flaxseed, walnuts, salmon, and grass-fed beef, like that from the local Pasture Prime Family Farm.  You can get your fill of omega-6 from avocados, most nuts, eggs and more. If you are looking for a local source, you can find eggs from Ocoee’s Lake Meadow Naturals at the East End Mini-Market on Thursday from 9am-Noon at the Winter Park YMCA.

    Luckily, strawberries are in season here in Central Florida! As suggested by Bryan Behling, co-owner of The Ancient Olive, try a strawberry salad with fresh mixed greens, drizzled with strawberry balsamic vinegar and olive oil. To learn more about the health benefits of olive oil, check out this week’s Market Minute.