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Kale pops, mixology top specialty food trends

Kale pops, mixology top specialty food trends

Bacon -- by itself, mixed with chocolate or any other concoction -- is still a force with which to be reckoned in the foodie world, but specialty foodmakers are betting their spin on healthier products such as kale, chia seeds and seaweed will take grocery stores by storm in the next year.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
Off-the-beaten path saves money, offers fresh view

Off-the-beaten path saves money, offers fresh view

CHICAGO, May 26 (UPI) -- Hotels in hip, culturally diverse neighborhoods and stylish cabins in rustic locales offer travelers this summer the opportunity to approach popular tourist destinations from a different perspective.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Digitizing eating out

Digitizing eating out

CHICAGO, May 19 (UPI) -- Choosing a restaurant used to be a simple decision: fancy or casual; Italian, Chinese or American; kids or no kids; friends or alone; pile into the car; go.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
Summer travel trends

Summer travel trends

Spring has gotten off to a shaky start, what with April floods and May snowstorms, but travel experts say it's time to put away the snow shovel and start getting serious about summer vacation planning.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
Tracking those calories

Tracking those calories

CHICAGO, May 5 (UPI) -- I always seem to be on a diet -- some days more than others, admittedly. But I've always been stymied when it comes to how many calories I can consume without getting depressed at the next morning's weigh in.
MARCELLA S. KREITER

Biz travelers like Starbucks, Subway, McDonalds

Business travelers get their morning lattes from Starbucks, their lunch from Subway and their dinner meal deals from McDonald's, a report by Certify, a provider of expense management and travel booking software, indicates.
It's not easy being green

It's not easy being green

U.S. consumers say they like the idea of eating organic and living a greener lifestyle, but they want to make sure the benefits are worth the extra cost.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
Safer spring cleaning

Safer spring cleaning

CHICAGO, April 14 (UPI) -- Open the windows and shake out the rugs: It's time for spring cleaning.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Banks more willing to approve short sales as foreclosure push declines

Banks more willing to approve short sales as foreclosure push declines

U.S. banks appear increasingly willing to accept short sales -- selling a home for less than the balance on its mortgage -- rather than taking possession of a property, a report by online real estate tracking firm RealtyTrac indicates.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International

The call of the cubicle

CHICAGO, March 17 (UPI) -- Men and women who prefer working from home are feeling the heat as the decision by U.S. Internet giant Yahoo to ban telecommuting focuses renewed attention on the work-at-home culture.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Wedding budgets blossom as economy improves

Wedding budgets blossom as economy improves

CHICAGO, March 10 (UPI) -- Wedding budgets that could break the bank appear to be back in vogue, U.S. wedding experts say.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Ireland embraces global family for St. Patrick's Day and beyond

Ireland embraces global family for St. Patrick's Day and beyond

CHICAGO, March 3 (UPI) -- Famine, poverty and the desire for new opportunity sent millions of Irish from their homeland in the 19th and early 20th century. Now Ireland, hit hard by the global recession, is hoping descendants of those early emigres will return home this year for a visit.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Recession good thing for housewares; industry more focused -- Reynolds

Recession good thing for housewares; industry more focused -- Reynolds

CHICAGO, March 2 (UPI) -- It sounds counterintuitive, but the Great Recession actually was a good thing for the $305 billion housewares industry.
MARCELLA S. KREITER

This resembles austerity

Nobody likes spending cuts but the champion of that attitude is clearly President Barack Obama, who seems to have a very clear pain-avoidance agenda.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Fed shows it's human

The Federal Reserve revealed Wednesday that its policy-setting Open Market Committee was divided over the issue of asset purchases, sending stock lower.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
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