Fighting the flu
There is a national flu epidemic, and if you haven't gotten a flu shot you should your doctor what is the risk. If you don't want to get a vaccination but still want to help ward off getting sick try chicken noodle soup. It will make you feel better and help warm your soul. Locally you can get soup that is as good as your grandmother's recipe at the Fresh Market, 4129 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-490-2444 (This store has ready-to-go containers next to the deli counter.); Whole Foods Market in Mercato, 9101 Strada Place, North Naples, 239-552-5100, has steaming hot soup made with elbow macaroni at the soup bar; Wynn's Market, 141 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-261-7157, has it two ways — ready to eat with wide noodles by the deli counter and in a container in a refrigerator unit a few feet away to enjoy at a later date; Larry's Lunchbox, 2650 Airport-Pulling Road S., East Naples, 239-775-2500 and 870 Neapolitan Way, Naples, 239-263-2713, makes their yummy soup with narrow noodles and love. Just think that a bowl of broth filled with chicken, carrots and noodles sometimes works as well as a shot and at times is called "Jewish penicillin" because it does help reduce some of the symptoms.
National soup day
Pollo Tropical is celebrating National Soup Day today, Jan. 16, by giving customers caldo gallego soup for $1 all day. Customers simply say "Caldo Gallego" to the cashier to receive up to two cups of soup. Local restaurants are at 3777 U.S. 41 E., East Naples, 239-417-2708 and 5065 Golden Gate Parkway, Golden Gate, 239-304-0629. The soup is made with white beans, ham, pork, chorizo, potatoes and collard greens.
Whole Foods Market will be celebrating Whole Trade bell peppers by roasting them over an open flame outside the store from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at 9101 Strada Place, North Naples. Enjoy live music, watch the peppers being roasted and order as much or as little as you want to enjoy then or at home. Use them to top off your burger, in sauces or stir-fry meals. Information: 239-552-5100
The Fresh Market is helping customers formulate their game-day menus with samplings of snacks that include tortilla chips with salsa, falafel chips and deli dips, pizza, wild American shrimp and cocktail sauces, organic snack mixes and a variety of sausages from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and Sunday, Jan. 20. Many of the items will also be on sale or have special deals. Stores are at 4129 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-430-2444; 27251 Bay Landing Drive, Bonita Springs, 239-390-5948; and 13499 S. Cleveland Ave. (U.S. 41 at Bell Tower Shops), south Fort Myers, 239-454-1053
Enjoy a full breakfast
Sweet Caroline's, 11121 Health Park Blvd. (off Immokalee Road), North Naples, is now offering a full breakfast starting at $3.99 for two eggs, two slices of bacon and toast and jelly. You can also get a variety of omelets, egg sandwiches and pancakes. The restaurant has a new grill and fires it up early to serve a hearty breakfast. Information: 239-592-1111
Blue Water Bistro gives diners a free bottle of wine with the purchase of two entrees from 5 to 6 p.m. nightly. The restaurant also has half portion and small bite appetizers. Visit at Coconut Point, 23151 Village Shops Way, Estero. Reservations: 239-949-2583
Cognac progression and food pairing
Chez Boët will feature Olivier Blance leading a cognac progression and food pairing showcasing five all-natural Leopold Gourmel cognacs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at 755 12th Ave. S., Naples. $95, per person, not including tax or gratuity.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is featuring a three-course prime rib dinner on Sundays through Feb. 10 for $29.95. The first course is a choice of salad, second course if prime rib with a choice of one side dish and the third course is a choice of dessert. The restaurant is at 8985 U.S. 41 N., North Naples. Reservations: 239-598-2424
■ Alexander Barnard of Alexander's Restaurant is giving a cooking lesson on sustainable fish and shellfish at noon Saturday at 4077 U.S. 41 N., Naples. The cost is $55 per person. Reservations: 239-262-4999
■ The Good Life of Naples is having the following classes at 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, North Naples: Mexican soup and salad, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 2, $30; Light and Lovely with Shelly Connors, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 7, $60; and Love Me Tender-Loin, with Shelly Connors, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 14, $75. There also be a free demonstration of traditional Mediterranean cuisine by Magefesa (a Spanish cookware company) at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 5. Information: 239-514-4663
■ Flava, 849 Seventh Ave. S., Naples, is now open at 4 p.m. seven days a week and features a salad, entree and two glasses of wine for $20.99. Reservations: 239-331-7829
■ California Pizza Kitchen, Waterside Shops, 5555 U.S. 41 N., Naples, has added a salted caramel pudding to its dessert menu. The rich caramel pudding has black cocoa cookie crumbs, homemade whipped cream, caramel sauce and topped with natural flaked sea salt. Information; 239-566-1900
■ Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track, 10601 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs, is transforming its clubhouse dining room. New dining room chef Mike Davidson is introducing grilled salmon vegetini and braised lamb shank as entrees and margarita flatbread and steak and spinach Greek salad as starters. Everything is prepared from scratch from homemade soups to hand-cut steaks with a mix of traditional dishes and an offering of continental items.
■ Foxboro Sports Tavern, 4420 Thomasson Drive, East Naples, has added a Monte Cristo sandwich, shepherd's pie, chicken pot pie, meatloaf and two new steak choices to its menu. It also has the Big Army Challenge No. 78, which is almost 5 pounds that will challenge everyone to try to clean their plate. The restaurant's seasonal menu is featuring a wicked lobster BLT, a lobsterman's casserole, an oyster po-boy, broiled deep sea scallops, Boston baked scrod and crab cakes remoulade, and if you eat lunch Mondays through Saturdays, there are specials that include iced tea or coffee for less than $8. Information: 239-530-2337
■ First Watch will launch two new seasonal items on Monday for a limited time. Try the broccoli and turkey frittata, an open-faced omelet with house-roasted broccoli, turkey and cheddar and parmesan cheeses served with a salad and multigrain toast for $7.99 and quinoa power bowl, a protein grain mixed with kale, shredded carrots and house-roasted tomatoes topped with grilled lemon chicken, basio pesto sauce, feta crumbles and fresh herbs for $8.29. Local restaurants are at 225 Banyan Blvd., Naples, 239-434-0005, 1000 Immokalee Road, North Naples, 239-566-7395, 7163 Radio Road, East Naples, 239-304-0746, 13030 Livingston Road, 239-213-1709 and 26381 U.S. 41 S., Bonita Springs, 239-390-0554.
■ Wendy's has started selling a bacon cheeseburger in select locations made with a pretzel bun. A Wendy's in Miami has posted photos of the newest item that hopefully will be appearing in all the locations.
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