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Have a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Dinner Party


To celebrate the recently released Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition, which features behind-the-scenes extras with director Mel Stuart, we say throw a Wonka-inspired dinner party and invite your closest friends.

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Have a Bloody Good Halloween

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If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to drink Tru Blood, now’s your chance to find out. The drink, based off of the hit True Blood series on HBO, isn’t exactly the same as the synthetic blood concoction vampires gulp down on the show to sustain strength, but that’s probably a good thing, right?

The blood orange carbonated drink graced store.hbo.com in 2009, but it recently became more widely available at BevMo!, the spirits and beverage specialty retailer, just in time for Halloween.

Planning a Halloween party? Pick up a pack or two before your spooky soiree and see how many people are daring enough to try a sip. For grossed out guests, though, serve up some of our favorite vampire-inspired cocktails instead.

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Today’s Lunch Box: Back in Black

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Brown Bag ChallengeWe’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating with FN Healthy Eats on Facebook and Twitterwith the hashtag #brownbag. Are you up for the challenge?

Prepare for compliments when you pack your lunch in a chic tote from the Container Store. Safeguard against leaks with a hook and loop closure, while insulation keeps your food cool (or hot). Choose from pink, green or black ribbon handles. Find it here.

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Today’s Lunch Box: Opt for Stainless Steel

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Brown Bag ChallengeWe’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating with FN Healthy Eats on Facebook and Twitterwith the hashtag #brownbag. Are you up for the challenge?

Are you constantly throwing out tupperware because it’s stained, failing apart or you accidentally melted it? Here’s a solution:  the Oval ECO-lunchbox from Taraluna. It’s a fun upgrade from tupperware and works just as well for leftovers as it does for lunch. Use the extra cup for sauces, dips or snacks. Find it here.

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A Pan Am–Inspired Meal

Pan Am, ABC’s new drama series, takes off every Sunday night, sending more than 11 million viewers back to the 1960’s. Not only were in-flight meals more than a measly packet of peanuts way back when, but stewardesses also catered to the whims of first class passengers. Dishes like prime rib, lobster thermador, lamb curry and stuffed duck graced the plates of high-flying guests.

According to a recent interview, Anke Bode, a Pan Am stewardess from 1967–1986, verified “all those ice cold cocktails and delicious looking entrées were in fact standard on any and all Pan Am flights, especially those that traveled around the world.”

These days you won’t find extravagant entrees high in the sky, but who says you can’t pretend? Make them at home for a Pan Am-inspired feast.

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Today’s Lunch Box for In-Flight Meals

Brown Bag ChallengeWe’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating with FN Healthy Eats on Facebook and Twitterwith the hashtag #brownbag. Are you up for the challenge?

We’re feeling retro chic with this lunchbox. The printed propeller plane on canvas and blue touches gives the bag an old-school vibe, plus it comes with a detachable shoulder strap, rear pocket and adjustable handle.  Find it here.

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Eating Lunch With Astor Owl

Brown Bag ChallengeWe’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating with FN Healthy Eats on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag. Are you up for the challenge?

If the striped Built NY lunch box we featured at the beginning of the brown-bag challenge isn’t for you, try the company’s new Big Apple Buddies line. Delancey Doggie, Cornelia Kitty and Astor Owl will make any animal lover swoon. Attach it to your purse, backpack or bag and you’re all set for snacking on the go.  Find it here.

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Oktoberfest: Bring on the Beer

Bust out your lederhosen and beer gut: It’s Oktoberfest time! More than 5 million people attend the beer festivities in Munich, Germany, which last from the end of September to the first weekend in October. (September 17 to October 3 to be exact.) Whether you’re headed across the globe, or just plan to have a celebration stateside,  we’ve got the recipes and phrases to add some authenticity to your party.

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Today’s Lunch Box: All The Little Faces

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Brown Bag ChallengeWe’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating with FN Healthy Eats on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag. Are you up for the challenge?

Start your lunch break off with a smile. This dual-closure, happy-faces lunch box can expand to fit more food (35% more, to be exact) on the days you are really hungry. Plus, the bag’s high density thermal insulation will keep meals cold and fresh until lunchtime. Find it here.

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Today’s Lunch Box: All-In-One Bag

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Brown Bag ChallengeWe’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating with FN Healthy Eats on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag. Are you up for the challenge?

Tired of balancing your morning coffee, briefcase, lunch bag and more on your way in to work? This smart tote from Envirosax comes with a built-in cup holder, making at least two of those items easier to handle. Another bonus? Once you’ve finished your lunch, just tuck the bag back inside the cup holder—it’s also a foldaway compartment! Buy one in green, red or blue with multiple patterns and reuse it again and again. Find it here

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