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Features HITS Rides Into Ocala p29 It’s that time of year again. You’re seeing a lot more men and women wearing riding boots and breeches while grocery shopping, and there are plenty of out-of-state trucks and horse trailers in the parking lots of area restaurants and equine businesses. HITS is back in town. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND ON THE COVER

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The Southeastern Youth Fair: Kids, Cows & So Much More

Whether it’s learning how to raise and produce quality lamb, steer or swine; bake decadent desserts; serve up the best BBQ or show off a multitude of artistic talents, these kids have dedicated long hours and juggled rigorous academic schedules for a chance to be the best of the bunch. BY BONNIE KRETCHIK Cover Photo © Marco Barone / Shutterstock.com. Photo Illustration by Jason Fugate.

Wine & Dine p38 Culinary creativity will be showcased at the Food Network’s 2013 South Beach Wine & Food Festival. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND

A Lasting Love p46 Looking at our society, it’s hard to believe there was a time when marriage was considered a sacred institution expected to last a lifetime. Yet, some couples have beaten the odds and not only have a long-term marriage but a genuinely happy one. To find out what makes these relationships last, we visited with two area couples. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND

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Unlikely Suspects p50 According to the American Heart Association, about 600,000 Americans die annually of heart disease. With the assistance of Ocala Cardiologists Dr. Rakesh Prashad and Dr. Prem Singh, here’s a look at perhaps some surprising, unlikely suspects with links to heart disease. BY JOANN GUIDRY

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like Andy Warhol and Matisse, Lauren draws much of her inspiration from her many travels. She has lived in Texas, Boston, Canada and now Florida, and she often paints these varying landscapes using oil pastels. Lately, she’s been using a palette knife in lieu of a paintbrush to create a looser, more texturized effect and experimenting with installation art—taking a space and transforming it into art. “I travel a lot, which has allowed me to do what I want to with my art. I just wish there were more art here,” she says. It’s a difficult time for many professions, but according to

Lauren, artists are having a particularly hard time right here in Ocala. “No one’s buying art,” she says, “but people will spend hundreds of dollars on a print from Wal-Mart. Original art is important.” Although it’s pricier, supporting local artists is a great way to be involved in the community, and it’s essential to remember the basic costs that go into creating art in the first place, such as the price of the canvas, framing and the expensive art supplies needed. Another issue Lauren feels strongly about is being green with her art, which is something she never learned about in her art classes.

“Some paint colors are known carcinogens. It’s a process. Sometimes, it’s just what’s in the pigment that’s toxic. Even some charcoals,” she says. “There’s a lot of toxicity in art really. I just think people need to be aware of that.” Green products are not much harder to find, nor are they more expensive; it’s just a matter of paying attention to the ingredients listed on the products. Lauren’s work can be found at Artist-Alley in downtown Ocala, and this month, she is the featured artist at Gallery East in Belleview. Last month, she even organized Marion County’s first pop-up gallery called “Ravenmania,” which was a one-night exhibit with artwork based on the life and writings of Edgar Allan Poe. “I just hope to be painting until the day I die,” she says.

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The Richard Petty Driving Experience, with locations throughout the United States, including Florida locations at the Walt Disney World Speedway, Daytona International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway, puts you in the driver’s seat—or passenger’s seat if you choose the Ride-Along Experience. Prices and number of laps vary depending on the package. Ocala Style’s own Director of Sales Dean Johnson sat behind the wheel for a few laps at the Walt Disney World Speedway. Here’s what he had to say about his experience.

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How did your experience at the track begin? I stared at the track thinking, “Am I really going to be driving exotic race cars and a NASCAR at top speeds around this sucker in about an hour from now?” They made sure I was prepared by having me watch a video and sit through a live instruction class from a professional driver. Then, I put on an official racing uniform.

What kind of car did you get to drive? I was assigned a 600-horsepower Ferrari. My instructor gave me a short explanation of how to drive this monster. The gears are on the steering wheel, so you never have to take your hands off the wheel, which is a very good idea. The car goes from zero to 145 in seconds.

So what happened once you started driving? I went around the banked oval track until it was time to brake for the infield road course. I was

making 45- to 90-degree turns at high speeds. When you’re driving on a normal street, they tell you to slow down on turns. But, through the headphones, the instructor was yelling at me to go faster. It goes against everything you learned in driver’s ed.

How was driving the NASCAR racing car? The experience was much the same without the luxuries. The stick was on the floor, and there wasn’t any AC. It got pretty hot in the car, especially because I was wearing that racing suit. I had to wear a neck brace and cross-chest seat belts, too.

What was the best part of the whole day? The high speeds and getting to drive a luxury car the way it’s intended to be driven. When I was done, they handed me a flash drive with my entire driving experience on video! That was exciting, because now all of my friends can see exactly what it’s like driving such a fast car.

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FT. KING MIDDLE TOPS THE STATE Fort King Middle’s Tool ID Team, part of the school’s FFA program, is the best in Florida! They outscored 57 other middle school teams competing in Haines City. The program helps students correctly identify the names and uses of a variety of agriculture tools. Winning team members include ANDY ALBRITTON, DAWSON BLAND, CJ PADDOCK and ALLSTON JOHNS. Dawson also finished third in the state for individual scoring, while Allston finished fourth. Teams from Horizon Academy, Liberty and North Marion Middle also competed.

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CHRISTOPHER POLACK, a junior at Vanguard High, is Marion County’s

2013 Sunshine State Scholar. The honor goes to one high school student each year representing the highest district-wide achievement in science and mathematics. District representatives JAQUA BALLAS (left) and CHRIS HANES

(right) recently presented other student nominees for the honor,

including (l-r): CHLOE COOK (Dunnellon), JOHN SALES (North Marion), NATHAN CHAPMAN (Lake Weir), JAMES COWAN (Belleview), AAMIR RAHIM (alternate from Forest) and GABRIELA NEVAREZ (West Port, absent from photo).

HOLIDAY CHEER Osceola Middle student KIARA FLOREZ submitted the winning art design for MRMC’s annual holiday card. Just before Christmas, the hospital’s CEO, STEVE PURVES, presented doughnuts and juice to Kiara and her classmates, as well as Art Teacher Mike Lingle. The 14 year old’s first-place design was the cover on nearly a thousand holiday cards.

PINK LADIES PITCH IN Members of the PINK LADIES SERVICE CLUB at Vanguard gathered hundreds of clothing articles from our community to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. Previously, their cash and toy drives were successful, but clothing drives tend to succeed wildly, as was the case here. The group thought they’d have to pay $2,000 to ship the clothing north, but thanks to an Orlando-based outreach organization, the clothes are now where they belong without charge. In this photo, NEISHA PRASAD (on the floor, right), HAILEY ENGLEHARDT (center) and BREANNA STANLEY (left) help club sponsor DEBRA LIPPHARDT sort the clothing.

WHO WILL BE TOP TEACHER? That’s the question, and the answer is somewhere in this picture. Dozens of school-based teachers of the year vie to become Marion County’s Teacher of the Year this month. Recently, they gathered at BMW/VW/ Porsche of Ocala to enjoy food, fun and plenty of driving style. A PUBLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION endeavor, the Golden Apple program recognizes Marion County’s finest teachers each year.

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VHS TOPS IN STATE Attitude and determination. These attributes helped the Lady Knights from Vanguard capture the Class 6A state high school volleyball championship title. Defeating St. Augustine in a tie-breaker set, this team is Marion County’s first top-finishing high school volleyball team. Way to go!

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ITH THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF THE WINTER “SNOWBIRDS” AND SPRING-BREAKERS MAKING THEIR WAY TO OUR STATE’S FAMOUS THEME PARKS, FLORIDA’S COUPLES OFTEN TAKE THIS TIME OF YEAR TO LOOK ELSEWHERE FOR WEEKEND GETAWAY IDEAS. HISTORIC AMELIA ISLAND OFFERS VISITORS A WEALTH OF ACTIVITIES AND SIGHTS FOR THE NATURE LOVER, ANIMAL ENTHUSIAST OR BEACHGOER. THOUGH ONLY 13 MILES LONG AND A MERE 4 MILES WIDE, THERE’S NO SHORTAGE OF ADVENTURES TO EXPLORE.

WATER WATER EVERYWHERE You can easily while away the hours basking in the sun on one of Amelia Island’s picturesque sandy beaches. But for those looking for a bit more of an aquatic adventure, there are countless opportunities to explore the island’s waters. River cruises are a great way to see the area’s sights. For experienced or first-time fishermen, a fishing charter will have you reeling in the red bass, trout or flounder by the boatload, and a private sunset cruise is the perfect way to cap off a romantic evening for two. Work up an appetite boating, kayaking or on a stand-up paddleboard tour before you head out to one of the area’s fine restaurants.

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SEE THE SIGHTS WITH FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS If you’ve ever jogged, bicycled or strolled down a stretch of beach, then it’s high time you tried something new. One of just a few beach horseback riding opportunities in the nation is located on Amelia Island. Saddle up these gentle experienced horses and ride with your guide along one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in the state. As you ride, observe dolphins, shorebirds and other native wildlife that call the island home. Both the Kelly Seahorse Ranch and the Stay ‘N Country Ranch offer visitors a unique view of the island from atop a horse. If you’re more into driving than riding, you can still experience Amelia Island with an equine companion. Horse-drawn carriage tours through historic downtown Fernandina take visitors back in time with an historic narrative of the area and a look at some of the unique faces and places that have called the island home over the years.

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Amelia Island is teeming with historic landmarks and sights. The Amelia Island Museum of History is Florida’s first spoken history museum and offers narrated 90-minute walking tours. Visitors are introduced to the great historical figures that helped shape the architecture and businesses of the island. A visit to Fort Clinch is a must for any history buff. One of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country, Fort Clinch is brought to life daily with re-enactors depicting the garrison life of yore. And no trip would be complete without a stroll down historic Centre Street. The 50-block historic district features many of the original Victorian-style mansions and cottages dating back to the late 19th century, along with an array of trendy boutiques as well as modern-day shopping options.

THE LAP OF LUXURY After a full day of sightseeing, treat yourself to a few hours of pampering at any of the island’s luxurious spas. Full-service salons and spas offer everything from pedicures and facials to massages and skin treatments. And for those on a romantic getaway, this is the perfect atmosphere to try a couple’s massage. If your idea of relaxation isn’t found in a spa but instead out on the fairway, then visit any of the islands signature courses. Omni Amelia Island Plantation offers a whopping 54 championship holes, while the Fernandina Beach Golf Club boasts 27 holes on one of the finest public courses in the Southeast.

YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME Amelia Island offers an abundance of options when it comes to selecting your home away from home. Beachside hotels, camping under the stars at Fort Clinch or renting a private condo are among the many available opportunities. If you’re looking for more quaint accommodations where you can get a chance to share your daily

adventures with other visitors to the island, the awardwinning Williams House is among the top bed and breakfasts in the state. Built in 1856, the historic Williams House is one of the oldest homes in Fernandina Beach. Each of the 11 distinctive guest rooms are named for a significant historical figure and are beautifully decorated to reflect that character’s contribution to Amelia Island’s past. While guests feel as though they are transported through the ages to a simpler time, each room is equipped with the modern luxuries of today, including wireless Internet access, an HD TV, hair dryers and telephones just to name a few. “We’re on island time around here; no one is ever rushing around,” says Innkeeper Byron McCutchen who along with his wife, Deborah, have been greeting guests at the Williams House for eight years now. Together, Byron and Deborah invite guests to relax in the picturesque surroundings of their home, where they can stroll through the grounds leisurely and rest a while under the shade of a 500-year-old live oak tree in the courtyard or head to town to see the sights. “Everything is in walking distance. You can park your car when you arrive and not have to use it until you leave,” says Byron. Each guest is also treated to an exceptional two-course breakfast to begin their day and invited to reconvene in the evening for a wine and hors d’oeuvres hour with fellow guests. A visit alone to Amelia Island is certainly a worthwhile getaway, but a stay at the Williams House is a truly exceptional experience.

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Two upcoming equine events bring Olympic-level competitors to Ocala.

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By Bonnie Kretchik

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here’s a reason Marion County is known as the “Horse Capital,” and it’s most evident in February. Along with dressage shows, rodeos and, of course, HITS, Marion County is certainly a horse-lover’s dream. Another event equine enthusiasts need to mark on their calendars is coming up this month at the Florida Horse Park. The Ocala Horse Properties International Event offers stiff

medalists to beginners just starting out,” says Jon Holling, who together with Peter Gray is the co-founder and co-director of Equiventures LLC, the host of the event. “It’s great for amateurs to be out there riding alongside the top names in the sport, and spectators always enjoy getting to watch all three phases of eventing,” says Jon. The February event runs February 8-10 and is attended by 500 horse and rider combinations. Spectators can expect to see all three phases, which include dressage tests, crosscountry jumping and show jumping over the course of the three days with professionals competing in all three phases on Friday, and amateurs and

IT’S EXCITING TO WATCH. A DROPPED RAIL CAN COST A RIDER $10,000 IN PRIZE MONEY SO IT’S PRESSURE PACKED. competition for some of the top horse and rider teams in the sport as well as junior and adult amateur riders. “We’ve got competitions for everyone, from Olympic Gold

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junior riders competing over the weekend. “The February event is the most heavily attended, and the April event is a championship, so only between 200 and 300 riders will qualify,” say Jon. He explains that the April event is run under International rules and is a very important event for the qualifying competitors. “It’s exciting to watch. A dropped rail can cost a rider $10,000 in prize money, so it’s pressure packed,” he says. The Florida Horse Park is not only an outstanding venue for competitors, but it’s also very user friendly for spectators. Where most cross-country courses are so spread out that spectators rarely get a chance to see all of the obstacles, Jon explains that the Horse Park’s

Wondering how eventing is different from HITS? Eventing is much like a triathlon, consisting of three phases: dressage, cross country and show jumping. Each horse and rider will compete in each phase, accumulating “penalty points” along the way for errors such as a poorly executed dressage movement or refusal on course. The competitor with the least amount of penalties at the end of the competition is the winner.

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course, while sprawling, also places most of the obstacles on a central line so spectators won’t miss any of the action. “Within 40 minutes of walking, you can see every jump, which is quite nice for spectators,” Jon says. He also explains that the water-jump complex is always a fan favorite and the newest addition for April’s event, the ominoussounding “coffin complex,” is sure to be a thrill. Both events will feature an extensive vendor village along with a bounce house for the kids on Saturday and plenty of food vendors and other activities throughout the weekend.

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PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

Josh and Brittanie Hart help auto-enthusiasts realize their dreams of owning the car of their dreams.

THE NEED FOR SPEED

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osh and Brittanie Hart, owners of Burnyzz Speed Shop in Ocala, know one thing for sure: They are doing the job they were born to do. “There are only two things I’ve ever been sure about in my life and that’s marrying my wife and cars,” says Josh, 29, who as of January realized his dream of co-owning one of the top speed shops around with his wife, Brittanie. Burnyzz Speed Shop is a sister company of America Classic Motor Cars, and the two recently merged to form a top-of-the-line classic show car dealership. “If you dream it, we can build it,” says Josh, noting the resources he and Brittanie have access to throughout the country to help find potential buyers the cars they desire. Burnyzz has also bought

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and sold a number of iconic cars in places as far away as Australia, Europe and Brazil. With the shop’s online inventory selection, prospective buyers who may have a unique or rare request can easily search for their dream car. “We have over $3 million in inventory, with 50 to 60 cars for sale at all times,” says Josh. And while sales is certainly a part of the business, it’s not the only one. “We’re also a full-service shop; we do everything from oil changes, tune-ups and now we install vintage air systems,” he explains. Along with the sales and service centers, Burnyzz recently opened a body and paint shop on-site as well. The 17,000-square-foot facility truly is state of the art, with five ASE certified technicians on staff,

Younger generations don’t appreciate these cars. We want to pass these great cars along and preserve the hobby.

and is the only one in the county with a Dyno Machine. “The Dyno Machine really sets us apart. It’s the best diagnostic tool available,” he says. Josh and Brittanie explain that the Dyno allows the technicians to fully access a vehicle and drive specialty cars at top speeds to evaluate the performance. “Cars can be driven onto the Dyno and driven at 200mph without going anywhere, and drag cars can get their quarter-mile strip time right on this machine,” says Josh. Drag racing vehicles are no mystery to Josh. He became involved with the sport five years ago and since has been a regular competitor at many venues, including Gatornationals, and has made appearances at many

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HITS RIDES INTO OCALA

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It’s that time of year again. You’re seeing a lot more men and women wearing riding boots and breeches at the grocery store, and there are plenty of out-of-state trucks and horse trailers in the parking lots of area restaurants and equine businesses. HITS is back in town. This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, which has an estimated $50 million economic impact on Ocala and the surrounding area. Short for “Horse Shows in the Sun,” HITS, Inc. is the largest horse show operator in America. Since holding its first horse show circuit in Gainesville in 1982, HITS has grown dramatically. No other hunter/ jumper circuit on the East Coast features such a wide-ranging opportunity all the way from young “short stirrup” riders on up to the sport’s most elite competitors. WRITTEN BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND

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iders from across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe travel to Ocala to compete. A wide array of classes is offered for all levels of riders, including everyone from elementary schoolage beginners to Olympic-level riders. HITS president and CEO Thomas G. Struzzieri says, “We bring thousands of competitors together at all levels and give them a chance to compete for money, fun and success.” It was Struzzieri’s goal to offer more competition opportunities for the majority of contestants—not just the small percentage at the highest levels. His idea became a resounding success. Today, HITS produces major shows in Florida, Arizona, California, New York and Virginia— more horse shows than any other event company. Struzzieri was recently honored for all he’s accomplished with HITS when the University of Louisville Equine Industry Program presented him with the John W. Galbreath Entrepreneurship Award for 2012.       

Another exclusive to horse shows is the fact that men and women are not separated by classes. “Horse sports are the only sports where men and women compete on an equal level,” Vale points out. “In car racing, for example, they make a big deal about a woman competing, but that’s not the case in horse sports. There’s no real advantage to being male or female. It’s not about age or size; it’s about how you ride.” A good number of HITS contestants are school-age junior riders. Since HITS takes place during the school year, there is an on-site school so students don’t fall behind in their studies. Youth riders bring assignments from their home schools, in whatever city and state that may be, and attend the HITS on-site school during the week. During these concentrated sessions, they are assisted by teachers who are local and often retired from teaching. All subjects and grade levels are covered, even labs, AP courses and foreign languages. If you’ve never ventured out to the HITS show grounds, make this the year you pay a visit.

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Photo by Cynthia McFarland

Since 2002, HITS has been

held at the Post Time Farm show grounds on U.S. Highway 27, just 15 minutes outside of Ocala. The Post Time facility covers 300 acres and has 26 permanent barns. Horses are generally stabled at the farm as early as November, and some stay through April, although the heaviest concentration of horses is found during the HITS competition. At any given time, there will be close to 2,000 horses on the grounds. With that many horses, 10 show rings and more than 250 classes scheduled per week, there is always a flurry of activity. “HITS is on par with any professional sport. It’s the start of the season for show jumping,” notes Kristen Vale, HITS office manager, who is based in their Saugerties, New York office. “Our championships, like the Super Bowl or World Series, happen in the fall, so this is more like the regular season, and we have classes for all levels of competitors.” “We have riders and horses that have been to the Olympics and competed internationally. Spectators can see someone riding at their very first show, while in the other ring, there may be a two-time Olympic gold medalist. No other sport offers this. The HITS mantra is, ‘something for everyone.’”

“You can go in the morning or just for the afternoon. It doesn’t have to be an all-day thing,” says Crystal Fernung, chairperson of the Equine Ag Committee of Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP). “Most people don’t know there are a lot of vendors at HITS. You can even have lunch there.” Fernung adds that spectators can go and enjoy HITS just for the sheer beauty of watching the horses and riders compete.

A quick glance at the HITS schedule

reveals there are three disciplines: equitation, hunter and jumper. Here’s a quick rundown so you’ll better understand what you’re watching. Equitation classes are divided by rider age and skill and may be judged over fences or “on the flat” where no jumping is involved. Judging is subjective. Riders wear formal hunt coats, which are not flashy or brightly colored. In equitation classes, the rider is judged, not the horse. Of course, if the horse makes a huge mistake, it’s likely a result of rider error, so the judges want to see a good


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HITS Q&A rider position and control, which should translate to a quiet, smoothmoving, responsive horse with nice form. Hunter classes are divided either by the rider’s age and skill or by the horse’s level of training and/or skill. In these classes, the judging focuses on the horse, not the rider. Horses are judged on maintaining a consistent pace and classic jumping style with its knees tucked up tight and body in good form. Fence height starts at 2 feet and goes up to 4 feet, depending on the class. “Hunter classes are judged subjectively on the style of the horse, on how pretty and smoothly the horse performs,” explains Vale. “It’s a lot like figure skating that way. The jumps aren’t fancy because they’re meant to resemble the natural fences a rider would encounter out in the field fox hunting.” Jumper classes tend to be crowd favorites because of the speed and challenge involved. Show jumping became an Olympic sport in 1912, but top-level competitions didn’t come to the United States until 1965. Think of show jumping as a cross between horse racing and downhill skiing. It’s more about function than form; the most important thing is that a horse jumps “clean” and in the allotted amount of time. With jumpers, “pretty is as pretty does.” Judges will give the horse penalties or “faults” if it refuses a jump, knocks down a rail, falls or exceeds the time limit. A rider is disqualified if he or she falls off. The goal is to finish the course of approximately 16 jumps without penalties while not exceeding the time allowed. When several riders complete the course without faults, there will be a timed “jump off ” to determine the winner. “In jumper classes, it’s a little easier to follow the scoring because it’s objective,” notes Vale. “The winner is the horse that doesn’t knock anything down and goes the fastest.” Unlike the hunter classes, fences in the jumper ring are colorful and dramatic. There are different levels and fence heights (starting at about 2 feet), and competitors include everyone from amateur riders to professionals. In Grand Prix jumping competition (the highest level of the sport), fences are up to 5’3” tall and as much as 6 feet wide. Riders competing in the lower levels of jumping can wear more casual attire, but at the Grand Prix level, they wear formal hunt coats. If you can attend only once, make it a Sunday afternoon and catch one of the big Grand Prix jumping classes, which start at 1pm each Sunday. You may just get hooked on horse shows!

Want To Go?

Kristen Vale, HITS office manager, took the time to talk about the HITS basics.

What are the times, and is there an admission fee? The show starts January 16 and runs through March 17. Classes take place Wednesday through Sunday, starting at 8am until about 4pm. Grand Prix jumping starts at 1pm on Thursday and Sunday. There is no admission except on Sundays when it is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under. There is no parking fee. Where are the showgrounds, and how do I get there? HITS Post Time Farm is located at 13710 U.S. Highway 27. From Ocala, drive north on U.S. Highway 27, about 12 miles from I-75. You’ll see the showgrounds on the left. Can I bring my dog to the showgrounds? Yes, you can bring dogs, but they must be on a leash. Is there wheelchair access? The grounds are wheelchair accessible but not paved, so there are some restrictions as to where you can go simply because of footing and terrain. Can I bring a stroller? Yes. Children are welcome, and kids under 12 are admitted free. What it if rains? It’s an outdoor sport, so the show goes on, rain or shine. Bring an umbrella! Is there a place where spectators can get out of the sun? Some of the seating is shaded by large oaks but not all, and the seats are not covered by a roof, so you can bring an umbrella if you want to be sure of having shade.

Can I buy something to eat? Yes, there’s a restaurant on the grounds that opens at 6am. It’s not a sit-down restaurant, but you can order breakfast and lunch items. They serve everything from breakfast burritos to salads, quesadillas, sandwiches, hamburgers, pasta, smoothies, milk shakes and more. They also serve beer and wine. Are there souvenirs or items for sale? There are usually at least 15 vendors offering goods for sale. Most are equine-related and offer horse products, but they’re not limited to just horse equipment. You’ll find lots of clothing, jewelry, art and gift items. Mona’s Monograms is the store that carries our souvenir merchandise, so be sure to check it out! What kinds of horses compete? There’s no restriction on breeds. You’ll see everything from ponies to Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, but the majority are warmbloods, including Hanoverians, Trakehners, Holsteiners, Oldenburgs and more. Warmbloods, which are European breeds from different countries, have become popular because of their temperament, size and ability. Do riders compete for money or just ribbons and prizes? At the lower levels, riders are showing for ribbons and experience. The prize money increases as the level of difficulty increases. Grand Prix jumpers are competing for $25 to $100,000. There are two Grand Prix events each week—on Thursday and Sunday—with the highest prize money on Sundays.

Visit hitsshows.com or call (352) 620-2275 for all event dates and times.

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By the time February rolls around, the snowbirds have made their annual migration, the horse show people have set up shop for the winter season and quiet Marion County sees its population and activity level skyrocket. And while

THE SOUTHEASTERN YOUTH FAIR:

KIDS, COWS & SO MUCH MORE

it’s perfect theme park-going weather, there’s one event right under our noses that highlights some of the hardest-working kids around—local kids at that. The

Southeastern Youth Fair is the largest all-youth fair in the state of Florida and the oldest-running fair without a midway. This not-for-profit event is completely volunteer-run and consists of Marion County’s 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) clubs’ members. Whether it’s learning how to raise

and produce quality lamb, steer or swine; bake decadent desserts; serve up the best BBQ or show off a multitude of artistic talents, these kids have dedicated long hours and juggled rigorous academic schedules—and even a few minutes of free time—for a chance to be the best of the bunch.

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“I want to be the best roper there ever was.”

Taylor Baldwin and Colt Papy

RIDING ‘N’ ROPING

A COLT PAPY

Ask most 14-year-old boys what they want to do for the rest of their lives and you’ll probably get a blank stare followed by a “huh?” That’s not the case for Colt Papy. Ask this outgoing and confident young man what his future holds and he’ll look you straight in the eye and answer “to be the best roper there ever was.” “Colt will rope just about anything,” laughs his mother, Joy, who says Colt not only ropes targets of the four-legged variety but friends, family and even a miniature calf model that sits on the table while Colt ropes it with a shoestring. Roping cattle comes as second nature to Colt, who lives and works on his family’s 600-acre Baldwin Angus Ranch in Northwest Ocala. He’s been a participant in the Southeastern Youth Fair for seven years now, competing in the homegrown steer competition. He explains that he’ll select a steer out of the herd when it’s about seven or eight months. “Everyone kind of has their own idea on what they’re looking for. The more you do it, the more you know what you want,” he says. Being an active participant in the livestock judging program through both 4-H and the Junior Cattleman’s Association, Colt has some experience selecting prospective champion steers. “You have to be able to look at the frame and how long they are,” he says. “After a while, you can tell which animals will be winners.” Colt explains that the steer starts off at around 500 to 600

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pounds but has to weigh-in at a minimum of 900 pounds by the time the fair starts. “They have to put on at least 2 1/4 pounds a day, so you have to make sure they get enough food and that they are eating what you feed them. If they don’t like it, you’ve got to try other feeds and combinations,” he says. Along with feeding the steer, Colt has to get them halter broke, brush them, lead them around and prepare them for the show ring. At only 14, Colt is too young to compete in the rodeo portion of the fair this year, but he’s been extremely successful on the Junior High Rodeo circuit, competing in New Mexico for the national finals. “We’re at competitions almost every weekend,” says Colt, who is homeschooled, allowing him more time to work with his cattle and hone his rodeo skills. “I don’t watch DVDs, and I don’t know how to hook up a Wii,” he says. “I want to be a professional rodeo rider; that’s my dream.”

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LIFE ON THE RANCH

Though these animals are primped and groomed to perfection and sold to the highest bidder, the purpose of these projects is to educate the participants on the business aspects of raising market animals as well as developing the skills necessary to be successful in any professional field. Children as young as 8 years old are responsible for selecting, caring for and training their animal. They must have knowledge of the animal’s needs and keep strict records on their feedings,

TAYLOR BALDWIN Fifteen-year-old Taylor Baldwin knows a thing or two about life on a ranch as well. Cousin to Colt Papy, Taylor also lives on the Baldwin Angus Ranch and spends much of her time working cattle and riding horses. “Colt and I work together on our projects,” she explains. And even though they compete in separate rodeo events, they train and travel to competitions together. Taylor has experienced quite a bit of success of her own over the years at the Southeastern Youth Fair, winning in the homegrown steer division as grand champion as well as winning the carcass contest twice, where judges evaluate the marbling of the animal’s meat via the use of an ultrasound. “I’ve been blessed. It’s a lot of work, but it pays off in the end,” she says modestly. Along with the steer competition, Taylor has won awards in the Skill-AThon, a quiz bowl format where competitors need to understand and identify different aspects of their project, whether it’s a steer, lamb or swine. Similar to her cousin, Taylor spends most of her time on the ranch. Preparing the steer for the fair is a major time commitment on top of an already full schedule of caring for the horses, chickens and dogs that also call the ranch home. A typical day includes waking up early to feed the animals and start barn chores followed by school, which for Taylor consists of Florida Virtual School this year to allow her to focus on her animals. After studying, it’s back to the barn to work the steers and horses followed by end-of-the-day feeding and barn chores. “It doesn’t leave much time for anything else,” Taylor says. She explains that while they spend a lot of time preparing the animals for the fair in February, there’s a lot more involved. All entrants have to keep record books throughout the process, which are also judged, as well as send out handwritten letters to potential buyers.

weight gain and expenses throughout the project. Understanding market price-per-pound is key and documenting all associated costs teaches participants budgeting techniques. The kids also learn crucial time-management, marketing and communication skills, as each participant must either visit potential buyers or write letters introducing themselves and their products.


“We’ll also set up interviews to personally meet buyers,” she says. “A lot of times it helps to have a face to go with the name.” And when the fair draws to a close, the awards are handed out and the steers are all sold to the top bidders, farm life doesn’t end for Taylor and her cousin. Her goal is to earn a rodeo scholarship for college and one day become a professional rider. “It’s a lot of work, but I love it,” she says with a smile. “I definitely wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

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Rather than ask 18-year-old Kyle Konrath which projects he has competed in at the Southeastern Youth Fair, you’d get a much shorter answer asking him which he hasn’t competed in. “I’ve done dogs, swine, heifer, shooting, tractor driving, home arts, garden, citrus, plants, BBQ and probably some others I don’t even remember,” he says. This year, he will compete in the tractor driving competition and participate in the swine, plant and home arts shows as well. But one of his most successful projects has been working with his dogs, Sandie, a boarder collie; Ruger, a German Shepherd; and Angel, a now-retired Aussie mix. “I’ve been showing dogs since I was 5 years old,” Kyle says. What’s even more impressive is the fact that Kyle does all his own training, competing successfully in obedience, agility, rally, showmanship and brace, which consists of obedience tests with two dogs as opposed to one. Unfortunately, this year, Ruger suffered a ruptured spleen and Sandie was diagnosed with lupus. And while both dogs are recovering, Kyle doesn’t want to push them to compete. Rather, he’ll spend his last year of eligibility in the fair competing in some of his other favorite areas, one of which is the tractor driving competition, where he’s already achieved plenty of success. “I’ve been competing on the tractor since I was 9, but I’ve been driving them on the farm since I was even younger,” he says, referring to his family’s 40-acre farm in Summerfield. One of his most notable accomplishments came as a freshman in high school when he qualified for the state finals and finished second out of 13 seniors. “I had a great teacher, Mr. Sam Love, who pushed me and

“I’ve been competing on the tractor since I was 9, but I’ve been driving them on the farm since I was even younger.”

told me I could do it. He inspired me and found my potential,” says Kyle, who has now taken on the role of mentoring the younger kids in his FFA program at Belleview High School. “I love teaching,” he says. “I do all the maintenance on the tractors at school and love having a few kids who really want to learn.” To list all of Kyle’s accomplishments over the years would take pages. He can barely remember them all himself. He’s done everything from building replicas of horse barns to baking apricot nut bars. “It’s amazing how much I’ve done when I think about it,” says Kyle modestly. And while extremely successful over the years, he’s also been incredibly generous with his winnings, donating some to various charities and 4-H clubs

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after putting some into a college savings account for himself. “It’s important to give back to the community,” he says. Though one can hardly fathom how Kyle manages all of his projects with a full school schedule, he also runs his own tractor business and works at the Mulberry Dog and Animal Hospital.

“I couldn’t have done all this without my dogs. It takes a lot of determination and patience to train. They’ve taught me to picture who I want to be and then go be it,” he says. “When I want something, I’ll work for it and I’ll get it.”

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There are two words that best describe Samantha Dailey’s year so far: full schedule. This 17-year-old junior at Vanguard High School is not only taking a rigorous course load in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, but she has also fully immersed herself in the Southeastern Youth Fair on multiple levels. “It’s been an interesting year so far,” laughs Samantha, who is a state officer in the Junior Cattleman’s Association and a member of the County Council. “It can be hard, but somehow, I fit it all in,” she says. A Southeastern Youth Fair competitor since age 9, Samantha got her start with a lamb. “But then I wanted to try steers once I thought I could handle it,” she says. Samantha, who serves as a fair ambassador, has also successfully shown rabbits and heifers as well as participated in the home arts and kitchen shows. “I’ve made cookies and jams, decorated a cake, made scrapbooks and pajamas, there’s so many things you can do,” she says, reflecting on her past projects.

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over again. I’ve met so many friends and learned so much.”

Samantha lives at her family’s farm in Anthony, right beside the horses, cows and heifers, and steers she shows in the fair. She was also recently successful in breeding her first bull calf, Dusty, who, because of a difficult delivery, has to be bottle-fed by Samantha twice daily. “I wake up early before school to feed him and then once again when I get home in the evening,” she says, admitting that though there’s added work involved, there is great satisfaction from working so closely with the young animal. Samantha cares for the animals on the farm herself, which involves dedicating a fair amount of time to handling the steer and teaching it how to lead, though she admits this year has presented its share of challenges so far. “He’ll either take off running sometimes or just won’t move. This one’s a little difficult,” she says with a patient smile. Samantha acknowledges that it can be difficult at first to raise an animal for sale but says that gaining an understanding of the industry is the purpose of the youth fair projects. And Samantha has plans to remain in the industry, hoping to pursue a degree in either agricultural business or marketing. “I’ve learned so much from my years in 4-H,” she says, explaining that next year will be her final year of eligibility. “I would do it all over again. I’ve met so many friends and learned so much,” Samantha adds. “The fair is my favorite week of the year. The community support is really something special.”


“You learn a lot about responsibility and time management from working with the animals.”

Photos courtesy of Danette Philpot

BEYOND THE BARN

Michelle Mack

Allison Mack

A FAMILY AFFAIR

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MICHELLE & ALLISON MACK Sixteen-year-old Michelle Mack and her sister, 14-yearold Allison, are learning first hand the importance of teamwork. The two girls live on their parents’ small farm in Northwest Ocala and have a family history of Southeastern Youth Fair participation. “My mom and dad are both from Ocala and were both in 4-H. That’s how we got started,” says Michelle, who first took part when she was 8 years old. Her list of accolades include grand champion in the lamb show, two blue ribbons and a red in the rabbit show, a fourth-place finish in the carcass contest of the steer show, an overall high-point award and multiple record book awards—though the table heaped with awards in the family’s living room suggests there are plenty more. This year, Michelle will enter the steer show with Walter, a steer she bought from Hal Phillips Ranch in Williston. “My dad helped me pick him out. He taught me what to look for when selecting one to enter,” says Michelle. She explains that while confirmation is one aspect, looking for a steer with a gentle disposition is just as important. “If they’re too hard to work with, they can’t show. They have to be able to stand for a judge,” she says. It’s Michelle’s job to make sure Walter is handled regularly and fed properly and to know as much about the beef industry as she can. The end goal is for Walter to be auctioned for a fair price at the fair’s conclusion. Her father, Larry, explains that the fair isn’t about the animals; it’s about educating the kids about the agricultural industry. “It’s not about whose steer brings in the highest price. What’s important is that the kids learn how to select and bring along an animal. It’s all about the kids,” says Larry. Allison will show her lamb, Emma, this year, her third time entering the lamb show. “I knew I wanted to enter an animal but didn’t really feel ready to handle a steer or a hog yet, so I started with a lamb, and I just liked it,” say Allison.

“I started with a lamb, and I just liked it.”

Along with caring for their animals, which they do before and after school and on weekends, the girls are required to research and prepare presentations on their animals, a key component to the fair that both girls agree has helped them in the realm of public speaking. “You learn a lot about responsibility and time management from working with the animals,” says Michelle. Her sister agrees. And while their animals certainly keep the girls busy, the two are also active in sports. Michelle plays lacrosse, while Allison is a gymnast and tennis player. And just like many of their fellow fair entrants, though the work is tiresome, these sisters wouldn’t trade it for anything and will be back again next year with new projects.

Steer and Swine not your thing? The fair highlights the achievements of the area’s youth in multiple arenas both in and outside of the barnyard. After getting an up-close view of the different breeds of rabbits, lambs, goats, sheep, chickens and horses, go check out the home arts, horticulture and kitchen shows, where you’ll see everything from culinary creations to floral displays. Stop by the conservation trays to learn about different ways to conserve our natural resources, and be sure to hit one of the highlights of the fair, the BBQ contest. As if that weren’t enough, you can’t miss the High School Rodeo on February 15-16, where you’ll see some good oldfashioned roping, riding and barrel racing. For a complete list of everything the fair has to offer and a schedule of events, visit seyfair.com.

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The event kicks off with the rodeo on February 15-16. The Youth Fair gets underway on February 17 and runs through February 24. For more information, visit seyfair.com or call (352) 629-1255.

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& Culinary creativity will be showcased at the Food Network’s 2013 South Beach Wine & Food Festival. By Cynthia McFarland

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If you’ve ever wanted to experience in person some of the lavish entertainment and competitive culinary skills seen on some of the popular culinary shows, then the 2013 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival is right up your gastronomic alley. Presented by Food & Wine magazine, this 12th annual destination event is recognized as one of the country’s premier gourmet gatherings. The four-day extravaganza takes place February 21 through 24 in Miami Beach. From tastings and parties to seminars and dinner events, the who’s who of chefs, television

Up close & personal w/festival celebrities CHEF HUGH ACHESON

personalities, winemakers, spirit producers and mixologists are participating in this year’s SOBE Festival. “I’m thrilled to welcome some incredible talent to the festival this year,” notes Lee Brian Schrager, festival founder and director. “This year’s mix of events, including one-of-a-kind dinners and late night cocktail parties, along with everyone’s favorite tastings, really celebrates what the festival is all about: enjoying a world-class wine and culinary experience to benefit Florida International University.”

Can’t make it down to Miami Beach this month? We’ve rounded up personal favorite recipes from participants and learned more about some top chefs so you can feel a part of the action and pick up some tasty tips. First, meet the celebrity chefs who graciously took time to share their thoughts with Ocala Style readers:

is chef/partner in three Georgia restaurants, Five & Ten and The National in Athens and Empire State South in Atlanta. You’ve seen him on Top Chef Masters, Season 3 and as a judge on Top Chef. He is the author of A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for your Kitchen.

CHEF SEAN BRASEL has partnered with David Tornek in several successful restaurants in Colorado and South Florida, including Touch in Miami’s posh South Beach, where Brasel’s “ambitious contemporary American cuisine” earned high marks. Most recently, Brasel and Tornek launched Meat Market, a contemporary steakhouse in South Beach.

CHEF SCOTT CONANT

CHEF ANGELO ELIA is

is chef and owner of Scarpetta restaurants in New York City, Miami, Toronto, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. He also owns D.O.C.G Enoteca, a wine bar, at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. You’ve seen him on the Food Network, where he’s a frequent judge on Chopped. Conant has published two cookbooks: New Italian Cooking and Bold Italian.

a chef/restaurateur whose impressive culinary accomplishments include three Casa D’Angelos in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Paradise Island/Bahamas; D’Angelo— Pizza, Wine Bar and Tapas in Fort Lauderdale and Weston, Florida; and D’Angelo Trattoria, just off Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach.

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CHEF ANDREW CARMELLINI’s résumé includes L’Arpège in Paris; Café Boulud; Lespinasse; A Voce; Le Cirque; and Locanda Verde. With two partners, Carmellini opened The Dutch, and in 2011, the partners opened an encore of The Dutch in Miami. Carmellini and his wife, Gwen Hyman, have authored two cookbooks: Urban Italian and American Flavor.

CHEF ROBERT IRVINE, a native of England, has more than 25 years of culinary experience, having been a chef at fine hotels and also having served the royal family on board the Royal Yacht Britannia during his service in the Royal Navy. You’ve seen him on the Food Network in Restaurant: Impossible, Dinner: Impossible and Worst Cooks in America. He’s written two cookbooks: Mission: Cook! and Impossible to Easy.

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What is the most exciting aspect, for you personally, about being part of this year’s SoBe Wine & Food Festival? CHEF HUGH ACHESON: I love Miami!

The art deco hotels, the beach, the food... awesome. It’s a fun-filled event where we get to cook and live it up... what could be better?

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CHEF SEAN BRASEL: I love the

excitement that the wine and food experience brings every year. Chef parties, paired with amazing food vendors, wines and product showcases. I’m excited that I’m in three events this year—Burger Bash, Thrillist BBQ & Blue’s and Swine and Wine.

CHEF ANDREW CARMELLINI: I’ll be

hosting two new events this year on our home turf at the W South Beach, one with Nigella Lawson and another with a great roster of chefs from all over the yard called Chicken Coupe—Fried Chicken & Champagne.

CHEF SCOTT CONANT: First of all,

getting out of the NYC winter is top priority for me. I also enjoy sharing the experience with my friends in Miami as well as the customers from around the country who come to attend SOBE Wine & Food Festival. It’s always fun to see how impassioned and into food/cooking/entertaining they are.

CHEF ANGELO ELIA: The mix of all the amazing culinary professionals because you get to meet so many interesting people. You can always learn something new from someone who shares your passion for cooking.

CHEF ROBERT IRVINE: For me as a chef, the most exciting part of SOBE is being around so many great chefs and having time to relax and talk shop with them. As chefs, we really don’t get much down time, but SOBE is the one time a year we all do.

topped with braised ossobuco and micro mint lavender.

Are you coming up with something new specifically for the festival, and if so, what can attendees look forward to experiencing?

What’s the best thing a person can take away from this festival that can make a lasting impact when it comes to their appreciation of food/wine?

ACHESON: We are doing the Fried Chicken and Champagne Bash, and that should be fun. For that, we are debuting a cherry bomb hot sauce, which is a fermented wonder. Tasty and fiery! BRASEL: I am currently working

with Goya, developing a new beef cut of Wagyu beef using their products that I will unveil at Sunday’s Swine and Wine event.

CARMELLINI: Afraid not. The people are coming for my Fried Chicken at Chicken Coupe and Italian cooking with Nigella and me; we will not disappoint.

IRVINE: Well, I am coming up with a custom dish for The Q; all I can tell you is that it is awesome and I can’t wait to serve it up. Think classic BBQ with a modern twist!

ACHESON: A renewed enthusiasm

for great food events that give a ton to charity.

BRASEL: This event isn’t about just good food, celebrity chefs or cooking demonstrations. It also represents what wine and food pairings are all about: iconic memories of a delicious wine, a perfect taste of something you might not have tasted before and

CONANT: I think the goal every year is to create dishes that people can find in the restaurant, so hopefully they crave them and want to make reservations at my restaurants. That being said, we like to put fun twists on the dishes, but ultimately for me, it’s about showcasing what we do at the restaurants. ELIA: Yes, at Best of the Best, we are

serving black truffle cheese crostini

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the fun of having them both in a unique setting and ambiance.

CARMELLINI: Try as many new things as you possibly can, don’t go back to the same places you typically frequent, try and discover your new go-to spots at events like these.

regularly, but it’s what they stand for as iconic childhood flavors. Losing these fond memories is like losing drive-in theaters and cotton candy.

CONANT: A perfectly ripe watermelon.

ELIA: I can come up with 1,000

dishes using only 5 ingredients in a matter of minutes.

IRVINE: I really, really dislike

cinnamon and bell peppers… yuck.

When friends stop by unexpectedly, IRVINE: I absolutely would need what’s the single salt, pepper, vinegar and some sort best appetizer and of spice. With these basic items anyone can develop flavors in a drink combination ELIA: Trying & learning about new wide range of foods. you always dishes. It is always interesting to see what others have come up with. want to have on What is one thing hand for spurthat people would of-the-moment Thinking of the entertaining? be surprised to classic 'if you ACHESON: Carnitas tacos and beer were stranded on learn about you from when it comes to street.the supermercado down the a desert island' food? scenario, what’s BRASEL: I keep naan bread and the food/dish you ACHESON: I hate gin and cottage white truffle butter on hand, so I can always whip up a roasted simply could not cheese. Separate or together. garlic flat bread and can top it with live without? BRASEL: Roasted garlic is my magic fried chicken, vegetables, Boursin ACHESON:

Carrots! Love ‘em.

BRASEL: Hostess cupcakes and Twinkies, and now they are gone! It’s not that I eat them

ELIA: Spaghetti & aglio e olio (oil, garlic and anchovies).

‘go-to’ ingredient in all the food I cook at home. I shave it, sauté it, crush it, powder it with dry garlic, roast it, mash it. I love garlic on so many levels to intensify what I eat without ever having that heavy garlic flavor.

CARMELLINI: The amount of miles I have clocked on back country roads I’ve had no business being on over the years gathering all of the stories in my second cookbook, American cookbook,  Flavor, would make even Guy Fieri nervous. CONANT: I think people would be surprised that my dining habits are pretty simple and straightforward. 

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cheese, blue cheese, goat cheese. It’s a perfect appetizer for company with an amazing flavor.

CARMELLINI: It really depends on who’s stopping by and what the occasion is, but I genuinely always have two things well stocked in my house: the spice cabinet and the bar. If you have those two things, you’ll always manage somehow, because the rest is easy to pull together with a nice piece of cheese, a fresh loaf or your favorite cracker. CONANT: Champagne and popcorn. ELIA: Cheese and petite sirah. 

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CONANT: The lasting impact is the passion and love that every chef brings with them to the festival. How all of us just want to make people happy. We do what we love, and we love what we do.


Get Cooking!

Whether you’re planning a get-together or just want to liven up your weekday dinner menu, try your hand at some of the recipes our celebrity chefs provided.

All rights reserved on recipes. Recipes printed with chefs’ permission.

CHEF HUGH ACHESON’S

CHEF HUGH ACHESON’S

GRILLED MAHI MAHI W/HOT SAUCE BUERRE BLANC

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(6-ounce) mahi mahi filets

SERVES 4

4

lemon wedges

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Place the sliced cucumber in a 2-quart mixing bowl and season with 1/4 teaspoon of the sea salt. Drizzle the cucumbers with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice, add the parsley and toss to combine. Let sit at room temperature as you complete the other steps. If you are grilling on charcoal, light grill about 45 minutes before you will be grilling to let the briquettes get gray and cooked down. Meanwhile, start the sauce. In a 1-quart saucepan, combine

English cucumber, thinly sliced

¾ tsp Maldon sea salt 2

tbsp olive oil

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tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

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tbsp minced flat-leaf parsley

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shallot, minced

½ cup cider vinegar 2

tbsp hot sauce (Louisiana-style, such as Texas Pete, not Tabasco)

CHEF ANDREW CARMELLINI’S

BOILED PEANUT HUMMUS MAKES 2 CUPS

ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS W/BACON AND PECORINO

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cup shelled boiled peanuts

1½ lbs (about 1½ pints) Brussels sprouts

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tbsp tahini

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medium clove of fresh garlic, minced

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tbsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed)

¼ tsp ground cumin

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heaping cup diced bacon (5-10 slices) medium onion, diced (1 cup)

¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp coarse-ground black pepper ½ cup grated Pecorino

Tiny pinch of cayenne 2

tbsp olive oil salt to taste

Combine the boiled peanuts, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, cumin and cayenne in a food processor and turn on low. Add the olive oil to emulsify. Add 2 tablespoons of water to thin and blend until the mixture is the consistency of spreadable hummus. Season with salt.

¼ pound (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cubed

Boil a large pot of water. Prep the Brussels sprouts: cut the stem end off each sprout and cut it in half lengthwise. When the water boils, blanch the Brussels sprouts for 2 to 3 minutes, until they’re bright green but still have some good crunch on ‘em. While the Brussels sprouts blanch, put together a bowl of ice water. Pull the Brussels sprouts out of the pot with a slotted spoon, and plunge them into the ice water to stop the cooking process. Once they’ve cooled, drain them and lay them out on a paper towel. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in

a large saucepan over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds to prevent sticking, until it begins to render and crisp up. Stir in the onions and keep cooking, stirring and shaking the pan to keep things from sticking, for another 2 1/2 minutes or so, until the onions start to caramelize and color. Pour the bacon and onions into a bowl, leaving a little of the bacon fat in the pan (make sure there are no onions left). Put the pan back on the heat, add the Brussels sprouts and cook them in the bacon fat for about 2 1/2 minutes until they start browning up, moving them around with a wooden spoon every so often so they cook evenly. Add the onions and bacon back to the pan, season everything with the salt and pepper and let it cook together for about 2 minutes, stirring things up and shaking the pan so nothing sticks or burns, until the Brussels sprouts and the bacon have caramelized and the flavors have come together. Pile everything onto a big serving plate and scatter the grated cheese on top. Serve immediately.

the shallot, cider vinegar and the remaining tablespoon of lemon juice. Place over medium heat and reduce to almost 2 tablespoons of liquid. Add the hot sauce, reduce heat to a bare simmer and begin slowly whisking in the cold butter. Season with a pinch of salt, and keep warm in a water bath. Place the mahi mahi portions on a plate and season with remaining sea salt. Drizzle the last tablespoon of olive oil over the fish. Grill over high heat for 3 minutes, then flip and cook for 3 minutes longer, or until fully cooked with nice grill marks. Arrange cucumbers on a platter and place the grilled mahi mahi on top. Drizzle with buerre blanc and serve with a wedge of lemon.

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SPAGHETTI SALSICCIA E BROCCOLI RABE SERVES 2-4 2

tbsp sea salt

1

lb spaghetti

½ lb Italian sausage (sliced) 3

cloves of garlic

2

tbsp olive oil

1

bunch broccoli rapini or rabe (washed & dried)

½ oz crushed red pepper Parmesan cheese (as much as you prefer) salt & black pepper (to taste) Put enough water to boil pasta in a large pot; add sea salt and bring to a boil. Add pasta to boiling water, and cook until al dente (slight firmness). Reserve pasta water. In a separate deep skillet, add olive oil, garlic and sliced sausage. When garlic turns golden brown, add broccoli rabe with 10 ounces of reserved pasta water (this will help steam the broccoli). Keep on stove for another 5 minutes. When water evaporates, add pasta to the pan and mix well. Add crushed red pepper to taste. To serve, add Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

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CHEF SEAN BRASEL’S

SPICY GRILLED MAHI MAHI W/BLACK TOMATO SALSA, CORN AND GRILLED ASPARAGUS SERVES 4 4

6- to 8-ounce mahi mahi filets olive oil Southwestern or blackening seasoning black tomato salsa (prepared in advance, recipe below)

Lightly brush fish with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning on both sides. Place on a grill on high heat for 5 to 7 minutes per side. Note: It’s best to eat mahi still opaque so it’s not dry.

CHEF SCOTT CONANT’S

CREAMY POLENTA SERVES 4-6 2

cups heavy cream

2

cups milk

1½ tsp kosher salt, more to taste 2⁄3 cup cornmeal, preferably coarse ground 1

tbsp unsalted butter

2

tbsp freshly grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano

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tsp chopped fresh chives

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BRAISED BEEF/BISON SHORT RIBS W/HOISIN DEMI GLACE SERVES 16 8

lbs beef short ribs (1 inch thick, 3 bone racks)

2

qt beef stock

2

cups mirepoix (combination of chopped carrots, celery and onions) salt and pepper

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cup tomato paste

1

tbsp minced garlic

½ cup merlot

FOR THE SALSA: 1 small white onion, quartered

FOR THE VEGETABLES: 24 pieces of large asparagus

1

oz chile pasilla, dry

2

corn cobs, cut in half

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fresh jalapenos cut in half, long way

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tbsp chopped basil

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whole garlic clove

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tbsp chopped mint

juice of four limes

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tsp smoked paprika

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lb Roma tomatoes, cut in half

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tsp garlic powder

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ounces scallion, diced

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tbsp sea salt

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ounces cilantro, roughly cut

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tbsp extra virgin olive oil

olive oil Lightly toss onions, jalapeño, garlic and tomatoes in a small amount of oil and place under a broiler until almost black on top. Remove peppers and roast for another two minutes at 350°F. Once dry and puffed, remove seeds. Using a blender or food processor chop onion, jalapeño, chilis, garlic, peppers and tomatoes. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add lime juice. Mix in scallions and cilantro by hand; reserve for up to 24 hours.

Mix all the dry seasonings together. Blanch the asparagus and corn for 3 to 5 minutes in slightly salted, boiling water and cool in ice bath immediately. Rub the oil over the blanched asparagus and corn. Sprinkle with the seasoning mixture and grill until all sides have grill markings.

In a heavy-based saucepan, combine the cream and milk and heat over medium-high heat just until small bubbles begin to appear on the surface. Add the salt, and whisk the cream and milk until quite frothy. Add the polenta, and continue to whisk the mixture as it comes to a boil. Continue whisking for an additional 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to very low, cover the pan and cook the polenta, switch to a wooden spoon and stir every 5 minutes or so until the cornmeal is completely cooked and quite tender, about 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours. It may seem very thin initially, but it will gradually thicken. As the polenta cooks, a skin will form on the bottom

and sides of pan (if you are not using a nonstick pan), which is proper and gives the polenta a slightly toasty flavor. Just before serving, stir in the butter, Grana Padano and chives. The polenta should pour from the spoon as you serve it and will thicken as it cools. If necessary, you can thin the polenta with a little milk just before serving. Divide the polenta among heated bowls or plates.

Season ribs with salt and pepper, and add ribs to roasting pan. Next in pan, add 1/2 cup red wine of choice (merlot) and tomato paste, mire poix, reserved pan drippings and stock. Tightly cover and bake at 350°F for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Remove pan from oven, check tenderness of ribs, should be fork tender. If need be, continue cooking to achieve desired tenderness. Remove ribs, and save reserve liquid. Cool ribs for “plating” cooking. To serve, top ribs with Asian demi, even coating and dab top with goat cheese butter, roast for 8 to 10 minutes ensuring hot ribs. Serve on 10-inch rectangle with warm Asian demi and merlot gastrique on bottom of plate, top with ribs.

HOISIN DEMI GLACE: YIELDS 1 GALLON ½ gallon reduced stock 3

cups hoisin sauce

1

cup pineapple juice

¼ cup ginger juice 1

cup soy sauce

1

cup light brown sugar

In sauce pan, mix all above ingredients, over low heat and cook or blend flavors for 30 minutes. Season to taste. Thicken with slurry or amalgamate to nappe consistency (thick enough to coat the back of a spoon). Chill and hold.

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oday, we idolize celebrities who seem to change marriages almost as frequently as they change outfits. We’ve accepted the sad fact that nearly half of all marriages end in divorce. Here in Florida, we have some of the most lenient divorce laws in the United States. While Nevada has the highest divorce rates, according to the National Vital Statistics Report and 2009 data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, Florida ranks No. 8 and has 11 of the country’s top 50 cities with the highest rates. Don’t move to Panama City unless your marriage is rock solid; almost 16 percent of the population there is divorced, giving that city the nation’s highest per capita divorce rate. Yet, some couples have beaten the odds and not only have a long-term marriage but a genuinely happy one. To find out what makes these relationships last, we visited with two area couples.

High School Happiness Bert and Lynn Mickel celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary on September 3, 2012. “I’ll always remember when Lynn and her twin sister, Gwen, came to our high school in Pennington, New Jersey,” says Bert, 74, “because they were the ‘wild and crazy girls’ from New York.” Lynn, 72, clearly recalls the first night she and Bert “officially” met, but it’s questionable who was really wild and crazy, as Bert and a buddy caught her attention on Tic Tac night (the night before Halloween) by throwing rotten eggs at Lynn, Gwen and their friend, Francine. Shortly thereafter, Bert left for the Army Reserves and was gone for six months. When he returned to New Jersey, he found a job working on a cattle farm. One night he and a friend attended a sock hop featuring Dick Clark and American Bandstand in Lambertville, New Jersey. Lynn and Gwen happened to be there. Bert danced with Lynn, who was a high school junior at the time, and before the night was over, he got her number. “I knew I really liked one of those twins, but when I called and asked for Lynn, I didn’t know which one I was getting because I couldn’t tell their voices apart,” Bert chuckles. Three years later they married and today are the proud parents of four children—Shari, Kim,

Bret and Kelly—and six grandkids, ranging in age from 23 to 10: Gavin, Dawson, Kray, Sydney, Kade and Abby. They feel blessed that all their family lives in the Marion County area and are able to get together frequently. Both are retired from their professional careers—Lynn as an elementary school teacher and Bert as a farm manager—but remain extremely busy. Bert stays active with his own cattle EVERLASTING and hay operation and does farm ADVICE consulting work. Lynn is an avid quilter, crafter and reader who “You don’t performs with her church’s bell always have to agree, but group. Together, they sing in the you have to choir and are active in church respect each other and work functions. They walk regularly, work in their yard and it out, even if sometimes you blueberry patch, and go out just agree to to eat with friends. disagree.” These days together - Bert Mickel are especially sweet

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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> because for so many years, the EVERLASTING demands of Bert’s job limited his ADVICE time at home. “You’re going “I loved my work managing to have to give and take. farms, but I missed out on a lot Sometimes, of stuff with my kids and family you’ll give because of the long hours and more than the having to travel a lot,” he reflects. other person, “At one point, he had to leave but that’s OK because they’ll home about 4:30 in the morning give more in because he was driving 50 miles some other one way to work. He wasn’t home area, so don’t until after dark six, sometimes sweat the seven, days a week,” says Lynn, small stuff!” remembering one of the toughest - Lynn Mickel periods they experienced. “I had four kids at home, and he was always gone. After about seven months, I finally sat him down and said, ‘You have to get another job or something because this is not going to work.’” Shortly after that, Bert took a job in Florida, and the Mickel family moved to High Springs, then eventually to the Ocala area. “I remember that first Christmas in Florida,” says Bert. “It was 75 degrees, and the kids were missing snow and their cousins in New Jersey. We were sitting in our yard in the sunshine, and I said, ‘Isn’t this nice?’ and they all started crying.” “That brought us even closer together though,” says Lynn. “When we moved to Florida, we had just our family, but God was in the middle of it, and we grew in our relationship with each other. There was never a time we thought we wouldn’t make it.” What do they see as the key to a long, happy marriage? “It takes a lot of faith in each other and respect,” says Bert. “It also takes commitment, but if only one person’s committed, it doesn’t work. It takes both people.” “You need respect and love for each other but also for God and your family,” adds Lynn. “You need commitment. I knew when I got married, it was going to be forever.” The Mickels emphasize that both partners should complement each other when it comes to strengths and weaknesses. “I used to be all emotional about things, and Bert would always tell me, ‘Don’t worry, everything’s going to be OK,’” says Lynn. “He always takes care of things, and he never gets upset, even back when he taught me to drive a stick shift and I ran the car into the side of the barn.”

Sweeter the Second Time Around On October 27, 2012, Jerry & Sally Theodora (“Teddie”) Gause celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary. Jerry and Teddie, both 73, grew up in Ocala; as children, they were next door neighbors and both attended Ocala High School, graduating in 1957. They never dated as teens, however, and married other people. In the early 1980s, Teddie found herself in a position she never anticipated: widowed and working three part-time jobs to support herself and her two teenage daughters, Cammie and Cindy. One of those jobs was at a dress shop in The Cascades shopping center. When Jerry Gause came in one day before Christmas to buy a blouse for his mother, Teddie had no trouble remembering the boy-next-door who’d matured into a handsome man and who also happened to be divorced. She’d already noticed him earlier that year when she and her sister were having lunch and Jerry walked in. “He’s sharp; you should get a date with him,” her sister said at the time. When Jerry offered her a job in his family’s jewelry store the day he came shopping for his mother, Teddie realized it was an offer she should EVERLASTING take seriously. Soon, she was working for him part time. “We’d gone out for coffee, but our first big date was the U.S. Open in ADVICE San Francisco in 1981,” recalls Teddie. “It was so romantic. If you can’t fall “Go buy that in love in San Francisco, where can you?” book Men are from Mars, Within two years, they were married. Both say there’s nothing they Women are would do differently if they had the chance. Perhaps part of the reason is From Venus. It that they married in their 40s and had already learned a great deal from will save a lot their first marriages and life in general. of arguments. I Teddie’s daughters now have children of their own, giving the Gauses wish I’d had that book when I got four grandchildren: Bobbie, Kevin, Amanda and Tyler. Their youngest married the first daughter, Cammie McLeod, also works in their business. time at 21!” Jerry and Teddie enjoy golf, tennis, boating, working out and - Teddie Gause dancing. They make a point to stay in shape because, even though looks

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certainly aren’t everything, they feel it’s important to stay attractive and healthy for each other. Not every marriage would thrive if husband and wife spent so much “Give each time together, but for this couple, working together is icing on the cake. other their Their type A personalities mesh together seamlessly, and they find that own space, treat them as work adds meaning to their lives. an individual So what makes a marriage succeed over the long haul? and don’t try to “Jerry is such a gentleman, and I respect him,” says Teddie. “That smother them.” respect has always got to be there, and it’s also important to have the same - Jerry Gause core values.” “You have to be friends first and to like being around each other,” says Jerry. “I think the reason so many marriages fail is lack of communication and financial burdens but also because so many people never become best friends.” “So many of us, particularly when we’re younger, expect the moon over Miami and white picket fences when we get married, which is not reality,” he observes. “I think with second marriages you are more realistic. I wanted a great friend who would blend with me and go through life with me. Teddie makes life interesting, so it’s never dull. We’ve had the same goals. She’s always been very encouraging in our business ventures, and that makes it exciting for both of us.” “The good thing about second marriages and getting married older is that you know what you like and dislike more than when you get married at 21,” adds Teddie. “We have date nights on Thursday nights and still create a lot of time for each other. People ask if we get tired of each other, but that’s never happened and we’ve worked together for 33 years. So many people can’t relate to each other’s work. Maybe it helps that our work is often based around happy people getting married! Recently, we had a 92-year-old man come in with his girlfriend who is in her 80s and they were so in love.” “I think marriage is better as you get older. You get to know your partner’s idiosyncrasies,” adds Jerry. “I like Teddie more now than when I met her.” EVERLASTING ADVICE

“These couples support, respect and trust one another. They’ve made it; they’re the experts!” says Nancy Storch, LMFT, (licensed marriage and family therapist) of Storch & Associates, PA, in Ocala, who has been practicing since 1992. Storch says having common core values is crucial for a lasting marriage. “Core values vary from couple to couple, and some are non-negotiable. You have to know what qualities you want in a partner, and you can’t go into a marriage expecting your partner to change a core value.” Many couples choose to “try marriage” by living together, but Storch says this isn’t necessarily wise. “Courtship tells it all. That spark in courtship is what you want to carry throughout a marriage, but most people are too much in a hurry to take a couple years to really get to know someone,” she notes. “Many couples move in together just to have a better lifestyle financially. Dating someone and seeing them every day would be better than moving in and being financially EVERLASTING connected with someone ADVICE you may not even want “Be true to to talk to in six months. yourself and If you love someone and loyal to your own beliefs and take time to learn about core values, but each other, you’ll have also respect a stronger basis for the your partner and relationship.” your partner’s Her recommendation core values. The for a successful marriage? underpinning to love has to “You need friendship be respect. with a partner who has Remember the same core values and what you similar beliefs. Practice admire and communication—not just respect about your partner— talking—but listening and remember and coming back together that this is the and developing a plan,” person you chose to love— advises Storch. “And no matter how busy you are, even when you’re angry.” make it a priority to have - Nancy Storch, time together just as a couple.” LMFT

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UNLIKELY

SUSPECTS WRITTEN BY JOANN GUIDRY

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eart disease remains the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States. According to the American Heart Association, about 600,000 Americans die annually of heart disease. More than 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease every day—an average of one death every 39 seconds. Every year, about 935,000 people in the United States have a heart attack. Of that number, 610,000 were first-time heart attacks. Among the most well-known conditions, or the usual suspects, that can lead to heart disease are high LDL cholesterol numbers, high blood pressure and diabetes. The existence of those three conditions together is called metabolic syndrome. Other conditions such as obesity, arrhythmias and congenital heart defects can also play a significant role in heart health. But there are other lesser-known health conditions and lifestyle factors than can contribute to heart disease. With the assistance of Ocala Cardiologists Dr. Rakesh Prashad and Dr. Prem Singh, here’s a look at perhaps some surprising, unlikely suspects with links to heart disease.

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“The National Cholesterol Education Program recognizes that the postmenopausal state is a risk factor for heart disease.”

CHILDHOOD OBESITY

MENOPAUSE

According to a Centers For Disease Control and Prevention population-based sample of 5 to 17 year olds, 70 percent of obese youths had at lease one risk factor for heart disease. Also, obese children are likely to be obese adults, putting them at greater risk for heart disease. In addition, obese children have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol and triglycerides—all risk factors for heart disease. An Australian health study of obese children and teenagers found evidence of hardened artery walls and the high cholesterol numbers one would normally find in a 45-yearold adult. “There is more and more evidence of elevated cholesterol numbers and artery plaque buildup in obese children,” says Cardiologist Dr. Prem Singh of Marion Heart Associates. But according to Cardiologist Dr. Rakesh Prashad of Heart and Vascular Care of Ocala, there is a solution to the situation. “The key is weight loss through diet and exercise as soon as possible,” says Prashad, who is also a clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Medicine. “And it all begins at home, because obese children generally have obese parents. So parents must set the example of good health.” Prashad added that studies show “with no already existing heart disease, obese children who lose weight return to a baseline of a low risk group.”

Estrogen provides heart health benefits by naturally increasing good HDL cholesterol levels and lowering bad LDL cholesterol levels in the blood. The decrease in estrogen production during menopause has a detrimental effect on cardiovascular function and metabolism. The latter can lead to weight gain, increasing the risk for high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated LDL cholesterol levels. A Johns Hopkins research study of more than 2,500 women found that women who underwent menopause before age 46 were twice as likely to develop heart disease. “The National Cholesterol Education Program recognizes that the post-menopausal state is a risk factor for heart disease,” says Prashad. “Early menopause, between 44 and 46, increases the risk factors.” But Prashad says, “Surprisingly, longterm studies have not shown that hormone replacement therapy decreases the risk of heart disease.”

SIGNS OF AGING A University of Copenhagen study of 11,000 people over 35 years reported that looking older than your age was an indicator of poor

SLEEP DISORDERS / SLEEP HABITS

A West Virginia University study of 30,000 adults reported the following: People who sleep less than seven hours a day, including naps, have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. People who sleep less than five hours a day, including naps, have a cardiovascular disease risk three times that of people who sleep seven hours a day. People who slept for nine hours or more a day were one and a half times more likely to develop heart disease than those who slept seven hours. While lack of sleep can certainly leave you feeling groggy and unable to concentrate, lack of sleep can also lead

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to high blood pressure, reduced insulin sensitivity and impaired glucose levels— all high risk factors for developing hardening of the arteries. “The health value of a good night’s sleep is very underrated,” says Singh. “It is very important to consistently get good, quality sleep.” A Yale University study followed more than 1,000 people with sleep apnea over the course of four to five years and reported the following: Long-term obstructive sleep apnea increases a person’s risk of having a heart attack by 30 percent.

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cardiovascular health. The study results were presented at the 2012 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions conference in Los Angeles. Danish researchers documented signs of aging, such as crow’s feet, wrinkles, receding hairlines and baldness, for evidence of the difference between biological and chronological age as a link to heart disease. Over the course of the study, those with receding hairlines, baldness at the crown of the head, earlobe creases or yellowish fatty

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Sleep apnea activates the body’s “fight or flight” stress response, which decreases the amount of blood pumped to the heart. Over the years, this continued response can starve the heart of oxygen. Snoring caused by sleep apnea also activates the “fight or flight” stress response, which can increase high blood pressure and cause irregular heart rhythms. Poor sleep quality also increases inflammation throughout the body, a contributing factor in developing heart disease.

“Those with severe obstructive sleep apnea do indeed show an increase in developing the high risk factors of heart disease,” says Prashad. “There is not as strong an association in those with mild sleep apnea.” Singh adds that “sleep apnea is an under-diagnosed condition.” He says, “Being overweight significantly increases developing sleep apnea. A good indicator is a shirt collar size of 18 or higher.” Both Prashad and Singh point out that when those with sleep apnea receive treatment, their risk of heart disease is reduced.

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“People who don’t smoke should be very vigilant about not exposing themselves to secondhand smoke.” —DR. PREM SINGH

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deposits around the eyelids had a 57 percent greater risk for a heart attack and a 39 percent greater risk of heart disease. There was an increased risk of heart health problems with each aging sign present at the start of the study. This was the case among men and women, even taking into account a history of heart disease in the family. Of the original 11,000 study participants, 3,400 developed heart disease and 1,700 suffered a heart attack. Interestingly, facial wrinkles and gray hair did not show any link to heart disease. “These types of studies give us interesting data to look at, but my opinion is that they are not always that definitive,” says Prashad. “Their value lies in awareness and pointing out ways we should better manage our health.”

SMOKING/ SECONDHAND SMOKE

Most people connect smoking to lung disease, but according to the American Heart Association, 20 percent of all deaths from heart disease in the United States are directly related to cigarette smoking. People who smoke have two to four times greater risk of developing heart disease than someone who doesn’t smoke. The longer a person smokes, the risk of a heart attack increases significantly compared to a non-smoker. Also, women who smoke and use birth control pills also greatly increase their chances of having a heart attack. Even non-smokers are in danger if they are consistently exposed to secondhand smoke. The CDC estimates that nearly 70,000 non-smokers die from heart disease annually because of exposure to secondhand smoke. “We think that smoking, even being exposed to secondhand smoke, increases the activation of white blood cells,” says Prashad. “It also increases the oxidizing of bad cholesterol, which leads to hardening of the arteries.” The nicotine in smoke: • Decreases oxygen to the heart • Increases blood pressure and heart rate • Damages the cells lining coronary arteries and blood vessels • Increases risk of blood clots “There is no doubt that smoking has a very negative effect on the heart,” says Singh. “And people who don’t smoke should be very vigilant about not exposing themselves to secondhand smoke.”

PERIODONTAL DISEASE According to the American Academy of Periodontology, people with periodontal disease are almost two times as likely to develop heart disease. Bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream through the gums, causing an inflammatory response in the body and possibly leading to artery blockages. In a case of which came first, the chicken or the egg, periodontal disease can also be a sign of already existing heart disease. The AAP cites several studies that show a link between gingivitis, cavities and missing teeth with heart disease. “Despite some studies, my opinion is that there isn’t a conclusive link of periodontal disease as a high risk factor to heart disease,” says Singh. Prashad agrees that it’s a controversial topic with not enough scientific evidence. “In my opinion, patients with chronic poor oral health, particularly with tooth loss and cavities, have, in general, poor health,” says Prashad. “The periodontal disease may be associated with a moderate increase in heart disease factors. But these patients tend to have other high risk factors for heart disease that have little to do with periodontal disease.”


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DEPRESSION A Wake Forest University study of 4,500 elderly participants with no history of heart disease but with signs of depression, found that the participants had a 40 percent higher risk of developing heart disease in the future than a person who didn’t show signs of depression. A University of Maryland School of Medicine study reported that depressed people of all ages were four times more likely to have a heart attack. Part of the reason could be that depressed people are more likely to suffer from fibrosis, a stiffening of the heart muscles, which impedes blood flow to the heart. “The association between psychosocial factors, such as depression, with increased risk of heart disease is not clear,” says Prashad. “But in those patients with existing underlying heart disease, then the risk of a heart attack increases. These patients should be treated aggressively.” Some factors contributing to depressed people maybe being at a greater risk of developing heart disease include: • Depressed people are more likely to smoke, drink excessively and not exercise. • Depression possibly increases free radical and fatty acid production, which damages blood vessels lining the heart. • Depression is a stress response that can increase plaque buildup in coronary arteries.

“In those patients with existing underlying heart disease, then the risk of a heart attack increases. These patients should be treated aggressively.”

—DR. RAKESH PRASHAD

VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY A University of Copenhagen study of 10,000 participants showed that those who live in climates with less sun exposure (the body needs sunshine to produce vitamin D) are at a greater risk of developing high risk heart disease factors. These include high blood pressure, angina, diabetes and peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Other epidemiologic studies have shown a correlation between low vitamin D levels and an increased risk of heart attack, especially in men. At Utah’s Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, more than 9,000 patients, mostly women, who tested for low vitamin D levels were monitored for a year. Researchers found that 47 percent of the patients who increased their levels of vitamin D through doctor-prescribed supplementation showed a reduced risk of heart disease. “If other factors have been eliminated, I will do a blood test to determine if a patient is vitamin D deficient,” says Singh. “If they are, then I will prescribe vitamin D supplementation.” But Prashad has a different approach, saying, “In my opinion, there’s not strong enough evidence yet to support

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vitamin D deficiency as a high risk factor for heart disease.” Prashad cites two recent meta-analysis studies reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine (2010) and the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism (2011) that concluded there was no significant effect of vitamin D supplementation on cardiovascular disease risk factors.

FLU

Flu viruses increase inflammation in the body, usually the lungs, but also in the heart. Some British medical studies indicate that in those with high blood pressure or who are overweight, the flu could cause a heart attack. The same research found a consistent link between the flu and heart attacks in those with heart disease, diagnosed and undiagnosed. According to the American Heart Association, flu-related complications may be a stressor for underlying heart disease. “The flu viruses may cause systemic inflammation in those with heart disease,” says Prashad. “Those with heart disease can and should get an annual flu vaccine.”

“The flu viruses may cause systemic inflammation in those with heart disease. Those with heart disease can and should get an annual flu vaccine.”

CHEMOTHERAPY/ RADIATION CANCER TREATMENTS Harvard University research showed that, although rare, chemotherapy might increase risks for heart disease, including weakening of heart muscles (cardiomyopathy); rhythm disturbances (arrhythmias); high blood pressure and heart attack. “There is an association of certain chemotherapy agents with the development of heart dysfunction,” says Prashad. “This is especially so in breast cancer patients.” If the area receiving radiation therapy includes the heart area, there can be an increased risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), cardiomyopathy and heart attack. It often takes many years after radiation therapy to see any signs of heart disease. “We believe that radiation increases free radicals, which can lead to heart disease,” says Singh. A combination of chemotherapy and radiation can further increase the risk of heart disease.

SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS A 2011 University of California at Davis Health System study reported that people who had lower incomes and less education were at a 50 percent greater risk of developing heart disease. The study included more than 12,000 people (ages 45 to 64) in four states who were

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tracked for 10 years. Limited access to health care and prolonged stress were the two most important highrisk factors. Sources: heart.org; cdc.gov; webmd.com; mayoclinic. com; sciencedaily.com; clevelandclinic.org; health.harvard.edu; usatoday.com

COCAINE USE The American Heart Association reports that cocaine use increases heart rate and blood pressure while constricting arteries supplying the heart. This can lead to arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy, inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis) and inner lining of the heart (endocarditis), as well as an enlarged heart (dilated cardiomyopathy) and heart attack. The AHA reports that young men ages 18 to 25 are the largest group of cocaine users. “Most people, especially young people, who use cocaine are not aware that it can cause a heart attack,” says Singh.

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ESS STRESS MEANS A HEALTHIER AND HAPPIER YOU. STRESS, ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION CAN LEAD TO A WHOLE HOST OF HEART-RELATED MEDICAL ISSUES, INCLUDING BLOOD PRESSURE SPIKES AND AN IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT. NOT ONLY DOES STRESS INCREASE YOUR RISK FOR HEART PROBLEMS, BUT IT ALSO MAKES YOU IRRITABLE, ANXIOUS AND RESTLESS. THE CAUSES OF STRESS ARE MOST COMMONLY MONEY, WORK, THE ECONOMY, EXISTING HEALTH CONDITIONS AND PERSONAL ISSUES. FOLLOW A FEW OF THESE HELPFUL TIPS TO KEEP YOUR HEART, HEALTH AND WHOLE LIFE A BIT HAPPIER. » Identify what causes your stress. » Try yoga or meditation to help relieve tension. » Discover what you’re passionate about, and make it part of your life. » Pick up a hobby. » Listen to music, or read a book. » Exercise, or take up a sport. » Do something for others by helping those in need.

STRESS BY THE NUMBERS

Women report higher levels of stress than men.

29%

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PROTEIN POWDER P

ROTEIN IS AN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT FOR GENERAL HEALTH. IT IS ESPECIALLY NEEDED TO REPLENISH AND REPAIR MUSCLE TISSUE, PARTICULARLY AFTER EXERCISING OR A SEVERE MUSCLE-WASTING ILLNESS. GOOD FOOD SOURCES OF PROTEIN INCLUDE LEAN RED MEATS, POULTRY, EGGS AND BEANS. THE AVERAGE HEALTHY PERSON NEEDS 0.8 TO 1 GRAM OF PROTEIN PER KILOGRAM (2.2 POUNDS) OF BODY WEIGHT TO AVOID PROTEIN DEFICIENCY. FOR EXAMPLE, A PERSON WEIGHING 150 POUNDS WOULD NEED 55-68 GRAMS OF PROTEIN DAILY.

Recovering from a serious illness or strenuous exercise increases how much protein is necessary for muscle recovery. Most fitness experts recommend ingesting about 20 grams of protein within 30-60 minutes postexercise. You can also use protein prior to exercising to fuel your workout. An easy way to take in protein before and/or after exercise is to use a protein powder shake or smoothie. Protein powders can be animal-based (casein, whey or egg) or plant-based (soy, hemp, rice or pea). Protein powders are rated fast (whey), moderate (soy) or slow (hemp) depending on how quickly they are broken down into essential amino acids and absorbed into the bloodstream. Adding another protein source like nuts or seeds to a protein powder smoothie will slow down digestion; adding natural carbs or a sugar source such as fruit will speed up digestion.

POWER DECODING PROTEIN POWDER LABELS BV: BIOLOGICAL VALUE is the proportion of a protein that can be metabolized and used by the body’s cells. Whey and egg have the highest BV of 104 and 100, respectively. PDCAAS: PROTEIN DIGESTIBILITY CORRECTED AMINO ACID SCORE measures

both amino acid profile and digestibility, with the highest number being 1.

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ISOLATE: More pure form of protein powder; less fats and carbs. HYDROLYSATE/HYDROLYZED: Purest form of protein powder; quickly absorbed into bloodstream.

PROTEIN POWDERS PRIMER WHEY: Milk derived by-product of cheese making; has high BV (104) and PDCAAS (1.14) ratings; isolate form is most concentrated and generally lactose-free; good before and after workouts; fast digestion profile. EGG: Available in only egg whites free of saturated fats and whole eggs, which contain the antioxidant choline; has better amino acid profile than whey; not for those with an egg allergy; moderate digestion profile. BV (100) and PDCAAS (1). SOY: Derived from soybeans; BV (74) and PDCAAS (1); phytoestrogens may raise estrogen levels and have a negative impact on thyroid function; moderate digestion. PEA: Extracted from split yellow peas; similar to soy protein but less allergenic and free of estrogenic compounds; some products add rice protein for a more complete amino acid profile; fast digestion profile. RICE: Isolated protein from brown rice; good choice for

those with food allergies; low in the amino acid lysine and can be combined with pea protein to improve amino acid content. BV (83) and PDCAAS (.47); fast digestion profile.

HEMP: A variety of cannabis sativa that is free of

psychoactive compounds of marijuana plant; good source of essential fatty acids but lower in overall protein content; BV not available and PDCAAS (0.46); slow digestion.

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GERD CAUSES DIAGNOSTIC TESTS

» Hiatal hernia

» Overweight/obese

» Acidic/citrus foods

» Esophagram (barium swallow)

» Caffeinated/ carbonated drinks

» pH Monitoring

» Smoking

» Esophageal manometry

» Lying down after eating large meals

» Endoscopy

» Biopsy

» Pregnancy » Meds such as ibuprofen, aspirin, muscle relaxants or blood pressure

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HEN WE EAT, FOOD PASSES THROUGH THE BARRETT’S ESOPHAGUS: Pre-cancerous LOWER ESOPHAGEAL SPHINCTER esophageal condition that occurs 3-5 times (LES) AT THE OPENING OF OUR more often in those with GERD than STOMACH, WHICH THEN SHOULD people without CLOSE AS SOON AS THE FOOD GOES THROUGH. BUT IN SOME PEOPLE, THE LES DOESN’T COMPLETELY SHUT OR IT OPENS FREQUENTLY WHILE EATING. THIS ALLOWS STOMACH ACID TO BACKWASH OR REFLUX INTO THE ESOPHAGUS, TYPICALLY RESULTING IN HEARTBURN. OTHER SYMPTOMS INCLUDE A SOUR TASTE IN THE THROAT/ MOUTH, BURPING, NAUSEA AND WHEEZING. IF THESE SYMPTOMS OCCUR MORE THAN TWICE A WEEK, YOU LIKELY HAVE ACID REFLUX DISEASE, ALSO KNOWN AS GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE (GERD).

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TREATMENTS LIFESTYLE CHANGES

» Antacids (Maalox, Mylanta, Rolaids)

» H2 Blockers (Tagamet, Zantac, Pepcid) » Foaming Agents (Gaviscon) » Prokinetics (Reglan, Urecholine)

» Eat smaller meals throughout the day » Avoid eating at least 2-3 hours before bedtime » If overweight, lose weight

» Don’t wear tight » Proton Pump clothes/belts Inhibitors (Prevacid, » Don’t smoke Prilosec, Nexium) » Use blocks to raise head of bed 6-8 inches

FUNOPLICATION: Last resort surgical procedure for GERD, usually done laparoscopically, which involves wrapping upper portion of stomach around LES to prevent acid reflux and/or repair hiatal hernia.

10-20%

Percentage of Americans, according to the NIH, who have GERD symptoms every day

GERD IN CHILDREN

SILENT REFLUX

Normal reflux with spitting/vomiting is common in healthy babies and usually outgrown by the first birthday. Reflux that continues past that age may be GERD. Symptoms can include arching of the back, irritability, repeated regurgitation, coughing and wheezing during or immediately after feeding.

Known as laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR), it is difficult to diagnose because heartburn may be absent and other symptoms subtle. Symptoms may include repeated throat clearing, hoarseness, persistent feeling of lump in throat, sore throat and trouble swallowing. LPR is common in infants because of shorter esophagus and spending many hours lying on the back. In children, LPR can cause recurring ear infections and fluid buildup in the middle ear.

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WEEKEND WARRIOR

RISK FACTORS

WOES

» Inconsistent exercising with overexertion

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» Sports such as

(hairline breaks in lower leg bones)

» Flat feet/overpronation » Leg imbalance (one leg shorter than other)

» Running/playing sports on concrete/ uneven surfaces

WHAT YOU CAN DO » Rest

» Use a neoprene sleeve

» Ice shins for 20-30 minutes every 3-4 hours for 2-3 days

» Take anti-inflammatory meds (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.)

» Get fitted for orthotics for flat feet/overpronation

1.

3.

for support and to warm up muscles prior to exercise

» Try non-impact exercising like swimming or biking

» Undergo physical therapy to strengthen leg muscles

SHIN SPLINT PREVENTION EXERCISES

1.TOE RAISES:

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basketball, tennis and soccer with frequent stops and starts

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» Stress fractures

OO BUSY TO EXERCISE OR PLAY SPORTS DURING THE WEEK, MANY PEOPLE TRY TO MAKE UP FOR IT BY BECOMING “WEEKEND WARRIORS.” THEY JOG, MAYBE EVEN RUN RACES; JOIN IN PICK-UP BASKETBALL GAMES; RACE UP AND DOWN THE SOCCER FIELD OR THE TENNIS COURT. COME MONDAY MORNING, THEY PAY A PRICE WITH SORE MUSCLES, PARTICULARLY A DULL, ACHING PAIN IN THEIR LOWER LEGS. SAY HELLO TO SHIN SPLINTS.

“Shin splints are caused by overuse, usually from repetitive activity, which leads to inflammation of the tissue that covers the tibia bone in your lower leg,” says Dr. Paul J. Rucinski of Ocala-based The Orthopaedic Institute. “Continued activity, before the breakdown can be repaired, leads to inflammation of the lining of the tibia bone, as well as the connective tendons.” Officially called medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), shin splints cause discomfort and, in serious cases, extreme pain. Severely swollen muscles can irritate nerves in the feet, leading to numbness. Shin splint pain can be felt only during exercise or, sometimes, constantly. Some shin splints cases can heal in 2-4 weeks; more serious cases can take 3-6 months and require care by an orthopedic doctor.

» Improper/worn-out

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LIVINGWELL

While standing, slowly rise up on your toes, hold for 2-5 seconds and then slowly lower heels to floor. Repeat 10 times. Can later add hand weights to increase difficulty.

KNEE ANKLE DORSIFLEXION & 2.BENT CALF STRETCH:

Sit on the edge of a table with legs hanging over side; without bending knees, flex ankle and bend foot toward your shin and hold for 10 seconds, then lower foot, pointing toes toward floor and hold for 10 seconds. Do 3 sets of 10, 3 times a day; increase

to 3 sets of 30, 3 times a day. Can later add weight to foot; for example, drape an ankle weight or 3-pound bag of rice across foot.

3.STANDING HEEL STRETCHES:

Stand with back against wall; lift front of foot off the floor and keep heels down, hold for 10 seconds, then slowly lower foot back to floor. Do 3 sets of 10, 3 times a day; increase to 3 sets of 30, 3 times a day.

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RAYNAUD’S RIDDLE R

AYNAUD’S IS A RARE CIRCULATORY DISORDER IN WHICH AN EXAGGERATED BIOLOGICAL RESPONSE TO COLD CAUSES BLOOD VESSELS TO GO INTO VASOSPASMS. THIS ACTION SEVERELY CONSTRICTS THE BLOOD VESSELS, RESTRICTING BLOOD FLOW TO THE HANDS AND FEET AS WELL AS POSSIBLY THE TIP OF THE NOSE AND EARS. THE AFFECTED BODY PARTS FIRST TURN WHITE, THEN BLUE. WHEN BLOOD FLOW RESUMES, SKIN TYPICALLY TURNS RED AND CAN BE ACCOMPANIED BY SWELLING, THROBBING AND TINGLING. Severe cases can cause deformities, skin ulcers and gangrene, particularly in toes and fingers. Episodes can be triggered by cold weather, reaching into a freezer, holding hands/feet under cold running water or immersing them in cold water. Also extreme stress can cause a Raynaud Raynaud’s response in those susceptible to the disorder. An episode can last less than a minute to several hours.

PRIMARY: Known as Raynaud’s disease, this is the most common form and has no other underlying diseases or medical conditions that could induce vasospasm. SECONDARY: Known as Raynaud’s

phenomenon, this form is less common but more serious. Caused by underlying medical conditions, such as scleroderma, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, arterial diseases, pulmonary hypertension, carpal tunnel syndrome or thyroid gland disorders. Can also be caused by certain medications, such as beta blockers, migraine meds, chemotherapy or over-the-counter decongestants like pseudoephedrine.

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RISK FACTORS FOR PRIMARY RAYNAUD’S CLIMATE: More common

RISK FACTORS TREATMENTS FOR SECONDARY » Prescribed meds that keep blood vessels RAYNAUD’S open, such as calcium

in colder climates

» Underlying diseases or medical conditions

channel blockers and vasodilators

GENDER: Affects women

» First symptoms occur at 40 and older

AGE: First symptoms

» Occupations with consistent use of power tools such as a jackhammer that cause repetitive joint trauma

» Using gloves and socks to keep hands/ feet warm in cold weather

nine times more than men

15-30

FAMILY HISTORY: About one-third of those with primary Raynaud’s have a parent, sibling or child with the disorder

RHEUMATOLOGIST: Doctor who generally treats Raynaud’s

» Soaking hands/feet in warm water at first signs of attack

» Smoking; taking meds that affect blood vessels; exposure to chemicals such as vinyl chloride

MAURICE RAYNAUD: French doctor who first recognized the disease in 1962

Sources: raynauds.org, nlm.nih.gov/medicineplus, mayoclinic.com

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THEDOCTORSAREIN

5 WAYS TO COOL OFF A FIERY HEALTH WRECKER BY

., OIZEN, M.D MICHAEHLMRET OZ, M.D. & ME

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s your body doing the slow (invisible) burn that fires up cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and brain drain—and even increases wrinkles and hurts your sex life? You can’t really feel inflammation until its damage is obvious, but the answer could be “yes” if you’ve got a wide waistline, a stressedout schedule, a taste for fast and processed foods or a neglected container of dental floss in your bathroom cabinet. If you’re mumbling, “Yikes, that’s me!” don’t panic... yet. The pay-attention-to-this news: You get a do-over! It’s true that inflammation makes cancer-stopping genes (you have ‘em) impotent,

leading to the development of new cancer; plus, it fuels existing small cancers and the buildup of heart-menacing plaque in artery walls. But you can turn off inflammation, and that’s key to controlling those gene switches, beating cancer and dodging heart disease. Inflammation is an immunesystem reaction designed by Mother Nature to protect your body. How? By getting the warriors of the immune system (your T-cells) marching off to war against invading disease-causing bugs and other cell-damaging intruders. But excess body fat, stress, major-ager foods like sugars and bad fats, simmering infections or even more candles on your birthday cake can cause the immune system to boost inflammation and keep it boosted. (And some people have a genetic predisposition to it, too.)

IF YOU’RE MUMBLING, “YIKES, THAT’S ME!” DON’T PANIC... YET.

As a result, your bloodstream gets overloaded with inflammatory chemicals that can do serious damage, messing with the way your body processes blood sugar; dislodging plaque that lines your arteries, causing blood clots or heart attacks; feeding cancers; and fueling brain changes that destroy neural connections, brain cells and increase your Alzheimer’s risk. Drugs, such as lousy-LDLcholesterol-lowering statins, cool off inflammation. And so can do-it-yourself behavior like being physically active, quitting smoking, getting a flu shot and losing belly fat. But don’t stop there. Here are five feel-good, drug-free strategies proven to douse inflammation’s slow burn:

DIVE INTO A BOWL OF BERRIES, CHERRIES OR BOTH. Raspberries, blueberries,

strawberries and cranberries contain polyphenols that shut down inflammatory signals triggered by chemicals in your body. Add tart cherries, too. They boost antioxidant levels inside your cells, cooling down inflammation.

PAIR CITRUS AND DARK CHOCOLATE. Flavonones in oranges and grapefruit can reduce inflammation enough to help lower your risk of stroke by 19 percent. Add just a few bites of very dark chocolate (70 percent cocoa that’s low in added sugar) to further chill out the fire within.

GRILL SALMON OR TROUT, OR POP SOME WALNUTS AND TAKE A SUPPLEMENT. Regularly getting good omega-3 fats (in fish and supplements) can reduce inflammation levels by 10 percent or more. And the omega-9s in olive oil also cool inflammation. If you’re not eating fish at least twice a week (and even if you are), we recommend taking 600 milligrams of DHA omega-3 fatty acids daily (900 mg for age 50 or older) and, based on incoming data, maybe 420 mg of omega-7 daily, too. (Speaking of supplements, get a daily dose of 1,000 IU of vitamin D-3; 1,200 IU for age 60 or older.)

CHILL OUT WITH MEDITATION. We started our daily meditation practices to ease stress, then found out it reduces inflammation. It will quell yours, too. Sit in a comfortable chair in a quiet room, close your eyes, follow your breath—in, out, in, out—as you tense and relax each body part from toe to head. UPGRADE YOUR SMILE. Gingivitis, gum

disease that leads to inflammation, starts simmering within days when you take a break from flossing. Floss every day, and see your dental professional regularly to maintain a sexy, healthy smile.

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of The Dr. Oz Show, and Mike Roizen, M.D. is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. For more information go to www.RealAge.com. (c) 2013 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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Touching our hearts Our ICE staff share a few of their patient stories that touched thier hearts

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utting-edge technology, state-of-the-art facilities, and patient-centered care and education are what patients can expect when treated at The Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence. Dr. Qamar and his staff do more than just practice medicine. They conduct specialized testing and perform life-saving procedures, and as new and old patients learn, they take pride in building lasting relationships with each and every patient, which truly makes the difference. Every day, people may enter your life for a brief moment, a few months, several years, or a lifetime. Dr. Qamar and his staff feel fortunate to have had the pleasure to touch the lives of those who make up the heart of their practice — the patients. With February being American Heart Month, the staff at ICE wanted to take time to share some of the moments and people who have made such a difference in their very own HEARTS.

Way to go, Joe!

All in the family

“I’ve been with Dr. Qamar for eleven and a half years, and I think I have known Joseph Del Quaglio for nine of those years. Joe is always happy and smiling. On any given day, he comes for a visit. He makes sure to stop in each department to say “hi.” He has even left breakfast on my desk. Having known Joe for a very long time, he

“Ed is not only our patient, he is my father. He has been a patient as long as I have worked for ICE, fourteen plus years. He has overcome many medical obstacles and

he is here today because of ICE.

really thinks of ICE as his extended fam- With the love and care from the ICE family, ily since his kids live up North. He loves Dr. he will be around even longer!” Qamar and thinks he is amazing and the best doctor in Ocala.”

— Diana Hunt

— Tina Loughrey

Patient Education Coordinator

Medical Assistant Supervisor

Caring for Coop “In the past few months, Mrs. Robin Coop has been seen several times to have echocardiograms performed. She is battling breast cancer and comes to our office to evaluate her ejection fraction, which can be diminished by chemotherapy. She always has a positive attitude throughout her treatments. Sometimes we

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talk during the entire scan; other times we are quiet. Every

time I see her, she has a smile on her face, and it reminds me to cherish every moment of the day.” — Jessica Garand Registered Cardiac & Vascular Sonographer


Heart to Holt “We have been performing stress tests on Brett Holt for years. For such a young person, he has already had a pacemaker defibrillator placed, suffered from heart attacks, and has even been declared deceased at one time. He makes the most of every day as if it is his last. Brett always has a smile on his face and seems to never let anything get him down. Every time we see him, either for testing, an office visit, or if I run into him in public, he is 100 percent grateful for being alive. He has been in law enforcement and served our city and county proudly. It makes me feel good that we can pro-

vide to him a high level of care to thank him for the safety and service he has provided to us in the past as a public servant.”

Big Jim

— Julie Green Imaging Lab Supervisor

The picture of health “I am the patient liaison for ICE and have been with Dr. Qamar for many years. It is very hard for me to pick just one patient that touches my heart because they all do. I have had the privilege to help take care of so many people through the years, and I enjoy every minute of it. Edward Boozer is so kind and sweet and

he always shows me pictures of his beautiful grandchildren. He and his wife are a pleasure, and I enjoy seeing them every time they come in.”

— Michelle Stopher Patient Liaison

“I met Jimmy through another patient of ours who suffered a terrible stroke and was completely immobile. Jimmy took complete care of him for many years. My father has had a stroke, and I know how difficult that can be. Most family members in this situation wouldn’t be able to handle such a difficult task, but Jimmy did it with dignity and class with no thought of reward or praise. Our friend passed away recently, and it broke my heart. With all the horrible things going on in the world,

it’s good to know there are people like Jimmy who give you hope that there are still plenty of good people in the world.” — Danny Valentin Cath Lab Nurse

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EBRUARY IS AMERICAN HEART MONTH, WHICH MAKES IT THE PERFECT TIME TO FOCUS ON HEART HEALTH AND HEART-HEALTHY EATING. IT’S NO SECRET THAT A MAJOR FACTOR FOR KEEPING A TIMELY TICKER IS GOOD NUTRITION. THIS MONTH PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO YOUR DIET, AND BE SURE TO START INCORPORATING SOME OF THESE HEART-HEALTHY FOODS INTO YOUR REGULAR ROUTINE.. IT’S ONE WAY TO KEEP YOUR HEART MUSCLE PUMPING STRONG ALL YEAR LONG.

BEANS: High in fiber with a cholesterollowering effect RAISINS: Fight bacteria that can cause inflammation leading to heart disease

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SALMON: Omega 3s can lower triglycerides in the blood that cause clotting TOMATOES: The combination of lycopene, vitamins C and A and potassium all found in tomatoes help prevent cardiovascular disease BERRIES: Help raise “good” cholesterol while lowering blood pressure BANANAS: High in potassium that helps maintain normal heart function and balancing sodium levels GREEN TEA: Tea’s antioxidants help fight inflammation throughout the body

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NOWN FOR BEING A BIT ON THE SPICY SIDE, TRADITIONAL CAJUN FARE OFTEN HAD TO STRETCH A LONG WAY TO FEED LARGE FAMILIES, HENCE THE EMPHASIS ON HEARTY STEWS AND RICE. AND BEING SO CLOSE TO THE GULF OF MEXICO, CAJUN RESIDENTS OF LOUISIANA OFTEN INCORPORATED FISH, SHRIMP AND, OF COURSE, CRAWFISH INTO THEIR EVERYDAY MEALS, ALONG WITH A UNIQUE BLEND OF HERBS AND SPICES FOR A LITTLE EXTRA ZIP. THIS MONTH, WHIP UP A FEW OF THESE DISHES THAT COME COMPLETE WITH THAT AUTHENTIC CAJUN KICK.

PEEL AND EAT SPICED-SHRIMP WITH CHIPOTLE REMOULADE

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1/2 cup coarse kosher salt

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tsp freshly ground black pepper

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tbsp whole black peppercorns

1/4 1/4 1/ /4 cup mustard seeds

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

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tbsp whole allspice

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tbsp whole cloves

1/2 cup vegetable oil

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tbsp chopped, fresh thyme

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lb andouille or other spicy smoked sausage, cut into 1/2-inch rounds

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dried chiles de árbol

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cup all-purpose flour

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Turkish bay leaves

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medium onions, chopped

36 uncooked large shrimp, unpeeled

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scallions, sliced (white and pale parts separated from dark)

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celery stalks, chopped

2 quarts ice cubes Combine water and first eight ingredients in large pot. Bring brine to rolling boil, stirring until salt dissolves. Turn off heat. Cover; let stand 5 minutes. Return brine to boil. Add shrimp; boil 3 minutes. Pour off most of brine, leaving enough to cover shrimp. Mix in ice; let cool 10 minutes. Arrange shrimp in large bowl.

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green bell peppers, chopped

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tbsp chopped garlic

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cups low-salt chicken broth

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bay leaves

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tsp chopped, fresh thyme

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cups 1/2-inch-thick sliced okra, divided

FOR CHIPOTLE REMOULADE: 11/2 cups mayonnaise 3

tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

21/2 tbsp fresh lime juice 2

chipotle chiles from canned chipotle chiles in adobo, finely chopped

Coarse kosher salt Whisk first four ingredients in bowl. Season with coarse salt and pepper. Add desired amount remoulade to spiced shrimp and serve.

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lbs skinless, boneless chicken thighs

11/2 tsp Worchestershire sauce 1

tsp hot sauce

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tsp filé powder

Steamed rice Combine salt and next three ingredients in a small bowl; sprinkle over chicken. Heat oil, and sear chicken until golden brown. Transfer to a plate. Cook sausage until browned. Transfer to plate with chicken. Strain drippings from pot, and reserve 1 cup drippings, adding more oil if needed to measure 1 cup. Return drippings to pot and heat. Whisk in flour. Whisk constantly until roux is the color of milk chocolate, 15-20 minutes. Add onions, stirring occasionally, until soft. Stir in scallions and next three ingredients, stirring often. Slowly whisk in broth. Add bay leaves, thyme and reserved chicken and sausage. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer gently, skimming fat from surface and stirring occasionally. Stir in 1 cup okra, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Simmer until chicken is very tender and flavors meld, about 45 minutes. Stir in remaining okra; simmer until okra is crisp-tender. Remove from heat. Season to taste with salt. Serve gumbo over rice.


CAJUN CRAWFISH WITH COCKTAIL SAUCE

12 ounces applewood-smoked bacon, diced

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Turkish bay leaves

11/2 11/ 1/2 1/ /2 pounds smoked, fully cooked sausage cut into 1/2-inch-thick semicircles

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3-ounce bag crawfish, shrimp and crab boil (such as Zatarain’s)

1/2 1/2 1/ /2 pound tasso or smoked ham, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

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large onion, peeled, quartered

11/2 11/ 1/2 1/ /2 pounds onions, chopped (4 to 5 cups)

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lemons, thinly sliced

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large celery stalks, chopped

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celery stalks, cut into chunks

red bell pepper, chopped

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large garlic cloves, peeled

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green bell pepper, chopped

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lbs fresh crawfish

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large skinless boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1- to 1 1/2-inch pieces

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tablespoons paprika

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tablespoon chopped, fresh thyme

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tablespoon chili powder

Lemon wedges Combine first six ingredients in 10to 12-quart large pot. Add 4 quarts water and 2 tablespoons salt. Bring to boil over high heat, stirring until salt dissolves. Boil 5 minutes. Add crawfish; boil 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add ice cubes to pot to stop cooking. Let crawfish sit in cooking liquid 15 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer all crawfish to large bowl. Reserve 10 whole crawfish for garnish. Working with remaining crawfish, hold head and body with one hand and twist off tail portion with opposite hand. Peel shell off tail, and clean tail. Place tail in medium bowl. Divide cleaned crawfish evenly among 10 dishes. Garnish with whole crawfish. Serve crawfish with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges.

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pound andouille sausages, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1/4 teaspoon (or more) cayenne pepper 3

10-ounce cans diced tomatoes and green chiles

21/2 cups beef broth 3

cups long-grain white rice

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green onions, chopped

Chopped fresh parsley Position rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 350°F. Cook bacon in large pot over medium-high heat until brown but not yet crisp, stirring often. Add smoked sausage, andouille and tasso. Sauté until meats start to brown in spots. Add onions, celery and bell peppers. Cook until vegetables begin to soften, stirring occasionally. Mix in chicken. Cook until outside of chicken turns white, stirring often. Mix in paprika, thyme, chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne. Cook 1 minute. Add diced tomatoes with chiles and broth; stir to blend well. Add more cayenne, if desired. Mix in rice. Bring jambalaya to boil. Cover pot. Place in oven, and bake until rice is tender and liquids are absorbed, 45-48 minutes. Mix chopped green onions into jambalaya; sprinkle jambalaya with chopped parsley and serve.

FOR COCKTAIL SAUCE: 11/2 cups bottled mild tomato chili

DINNER WITH A KICK

Want to add a touch of Cajun kick to your favorite dishes? Prepare this blend of spices to add to turkey, chicken or fish for Cajun cuisine in a snap.

CAJUN VS. CREOLE?

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tsp ( or more ) prepared white cream-style horseradish Whisk first four ingredients in bowl. Season with coarse salt and pepper. Add desired amount remoulade to spiced shrimp and serve.

The term CAJUN describes the French colonists who settled in the Acadia region of Canada and who were later forced to leave their homes and eventually settle in Louisiana. CREOLE describes the people who were born to settlers in French colonial Louisiana. Cajun dishes emphasize using every part of the animal and stretching the dishes to feed large families on a budget, whereas wealthier Creoles had access to a variety of spices and ingredients with servants and chefs to prepare similar, yet more intricate dishes.

Black beans & rice © MSPhotographic; Gumbo© 4736202690; Wood © 2nix; Chilis © Vitly Korovin; Shrimp © Hong Vo; Picnic Cloth © Jiri Hera / Shutterstock.com

CHICKEN AND SAUSAGE JAMBALAYA

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First Watch, The Daytime Café, opened in Ocala in October 2012. This national chain, based in Bradenton, now has 105 restaurants in 12 states. Open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week, First Watch is located right on State Road 200 in the plaza in front of Home Depot. There are always seasonal specials and chef creations. For lunch, many patrons opt for the “2 for You,” which lets you mix and match between sandwiches, salads and soups. “Everything is fresh,” says Cherie Moore, regional manager. “There are no fryers, no microwaves, no heat lamps.” Open daily 7am-2:30pm. 3411 SW 36th Ter., Ocala (352) 291-2344 firstwatch.com

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The Swanky Victorian Café is a well-appointed café tucked into the boutique Tres Chic at the Swanky Victorian. Formerly Muse, the café changed management teams at the end of the summer. Chef Dale—who worked at the café when it was barbaradudzinska / Shutterstock.com Muse and earlier yet when it was The Veranda— is still working his magic in the kitchen. You’ll find salads, sandwiches and Kobe beef burgers. The flat bread and quiche change daily, as do the homemade Continued on page 72

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1/2 cup baked, mashed sweet potato 2

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1/2 tsp Allspice 1/4 tsp nutmeg 2

large eggs

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1/2 cup vegetable oil 2

tsp pure vanilla extract

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Preheat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, mix dry ingredients together. In medium bowl, whisk eggs and sugar together. Add oil and vanilla; whisk again. Fold in mashed sweet potato. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients, all at once. Using a spatula, mix until no flour remains dry. Fold in chocolate chips. Scoop cookie dough, by the heaping tablespoonful, onto greased baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool for 10 minutes before placing on wire rack to cool completely.

CURRIED SWEET POTATO & WILD RICE SOUP Recipe and photo courtesy of The Happy Herbivore Cookbook by Lindsay S. Nixon. 1

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1/4 tsp garam masala 1/2 cup plant-based milk 1/4 cup wild rice, cooked Preheat oven to 425°F. Bake sweet potato until fully cooked, about 45-60 minutes. Allow to completely cool then peel away the skin and discard. Transfer potato to a blender. In a medium saucepan, combine onion, garlic, broth, curry and garam masala. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until onions are translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Transfer to the blender, add nondairy milk and blend until smooth and creamy. Return to saucepan, and heat thoroughly. Adjust seasonings, adding 1/4 tsp more of curry or garam masala if desired. Put soup in bowls, add wild rice and sprinkle ground cinnamon for garnish.

10 SURPRISING SWEET POTATO FACTS 1. The Center for Science in the Public Interest calls the sweet potato a nutritional all-star and ranks it as the No. 1 food. 2. Despite popular belief, sweet potatoes and yams are not the same. 3. Sweet potatoes are the perfect additive to almost anything, from applesauce to cookies to pies. 4. One cup of sweet potatoes provides 65 percent of our daily vitamin C intake. 5. Vardaman, Mississippi is considered the “Sweet Potato Capital of the World.”

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1/2 whole sweet onion, diced

6. Studies have shown that sweet potatoes are excellent at fighting wrinkles. 7. Sweet potatoes are easy to grow at home or even on the windowsill in a jar. 8. This vegetable is native to the tropics but spread to other parts of the world because of explorers. 9. Sweet potatoes are actually storage roots called tubers that are part of the morning glory family. 10. If stored in a dry, cool and dark place, sweet potatoes can last up to four weeks.

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VERYONE LOVES SWEET POTATOES! SO IN FEBRUARY, NATIONAL SWEET POTATO MONTH, MAKE A POINT TO TRY THESE RECIPES AND LEARN WHY THE CENTER FOR SCIENCE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST HAS RANKED THIS THE NO.1 FOOD.

Recipe and photo courtesy of A Clove of Garlic, A Pinch of Salt, Tiffany dos Santos.

Sources:: naturalnews.com, cspinet.org, msfb.com, health.usnews.com, about.com

POTATOES WITH A SWEET SIDE

soups.Visit their Facebook page to see daily postings. Serving lunch at 11am Monday-Saturday. Last guests seated at 2:30pm. 416 SE Fort King St, Ocala (352) 867-1199 theswankyvictorian.com

SWEET POTATO CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Big Rascal Bar-B-Q & Grille continues to cook up some of the most popular BBQ in town. Known for their ribs and brisket, they also pull their own pork. Big Rascal uses a traditional pit cooking method over seasoned wood. The menu offers plenty of single and combinations of BBQ, whether you’re in the mood for pork, beef or chicken. Lots of Southernstyle side dishes and desserts, including some tasty seasonal choices. Beer (draft and bottle) and wine (by the glass or carafe) available. Serving lunch Denia Vrublevski/ Shutterstock.com and dinner TuesdaySunday. Open 11am-9pm most days. Close at 8:30pm on Sunday. 3437 NW Blitchton Rd, (US Hwy 27), Ocala (352) 732-0344 bigrascalbbq.com

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Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-3151 / tonysushi.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sun Noon-10p With abundant menu choices and over 100 off-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the wait staff is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs make for a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese sake and beer selections. Like us

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Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala / (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thu 6a-8p / Fri-Sat 6a-9p / Sun 7a-3p Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from a wide variety of homemade soups and chili to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts, too! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-care-to-eat catfish. Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.

Located at the crossroads of NW 80th Ave. and Hwy 40 West. No matter what you have a taste for, Crossroads Country Kitchen is sure to become a new favorite. Former owners of “The Spiced Apple” restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale

Island Grove Wine Comapny 24703 SE 193rd Ave, Hawthorne / (352) 481-WINE(9463) / IslandGroveWineCompany.com / facebook.com/islandgrovewinecompany Open Mon-Fri 10a-4p / Sat with Reservations Love wine? Love free winery tours and wine tastings? Then you should take a day trip to the Island Grove Wine Company, just a short drive north of Ocala off Highway 301. Residing in the heart of old Florida, the winery sits on a 200+ acre blueberry farm. The wines up for tasting are a collection of fruit wines, like the 100 percent blueberry wines, Kinda Dry and Sorta Sweet, which are made exclusively from berries grown on the farm. Our wine family also consists of our NEW Backporch Peach Chardonnay, Southern Strawberry Riesling, Rustic Raspberry Zinfandel, Crisp Green Apple Gewurztraminer and Bold Blackberry Merlot.

Like us on Facebook for specials and events. Come on out with a friend or two; groups are welcome! Call for our Valentine Special at the winery!

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Best-sellers include their chicken salad, Phillies, burgers and Reubens. Great sweet tea! Patrons give Melanie’s a thumbs up for quick, friendly service, home cooking and good prices. Open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch from 6am-2pm and until 9pm on Fridays. 112 E Nobel Ave., Williston (352) 529-0133 facebook.com/pages/ Melanies-Restaurant

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IPS AND SPREADS ARE STAPLES AT SUPER BOWL PARTIES AROUND THE COUNTRY. THIS YEAR, SWITCH THINGS UP A BIT AND INTRODUCE HUMMUS TO YOUR MENU. THIS MIDDLE EASTERN DISH CONSISTS OF CHICKPEAS, TAHINI (MADE FROM SESAME SEEDS), OLIVE OIL AND LEMON JUICE AND CAN BE SERVED AS A DIP WITH PITA CHIPS, FLAT BREADS OR VEGGIES. HUMMUS IS EASY TO MAKE AS A DIP AND ALLOWS HOSTS TO GET CREATIVE WITH THEIR RECIPE. SIMPLY ADD IN THE INGREDIENTS AND FLAVORS YOU LIKE FOR A UNIQUE (AND HEALTHY) PARTY TREAT. TRY SOME OF THESE VARIATIONS AND EXPERIMENT WITH YOUR OWN. .

GOT A HANKERING FOR HUMMUS?

HUMMUS KNOW-HOW • For an extra zippy hummus, add jalepeno peppers, cumin, curry and red pepper to the mix. • Roasted red peppers, cumin and fresh parsley create a spiced sweet hummus. • For garlic lovers, don’t be afraid to add in a few extra roasted cloves. • Include other bean varieties for added nutrition.

HUMMUS AS A HEALTH FOOD

»Swap out cream cheese for hummus on your morning bagel. »Make a vegetarian wrap with hummus, tomatoes, cucumber, sprouts and any other veggies you enjoy. »Add to salad to replace dressing.

Traditional dips and spreads can be high in saturated fat and calories. But hummus is packed with protein and fiber. Chickpeas or garbanzo beans are higher in folic acid than other beans and are also loaded with zinc and magnesium. Tahini, an optional ingredient, adds additional protein and fiber as well as a healthy dose of monounsaturated fat. Add in your favorite veggies, herbs and other seasonings and serve with whole grain pita chips, veggies or flatbreads and you’ve got a low-fat, healthy party snack.

TRY SOME OF THESE OTHER INGREDIENTS: Eggplant Artichokes Sundried tomatoes Black beans Salsa Herbs Pesto Pine nuts Spinach

YOUR HUMMUS BASE 2

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Spoon with Chickpeas © Marco Mayer; Wood © PicsFive; Hummus © martiapunts / Shutterstock.com

Try these other tasty ideas: »Spread on sandwiches, wraps and burgers instead of mayonnaise and other fatty condiments. »Add to toasted baguette, and top with tomato, garlic and onion for a protein-packed bruschetta.

Add chickpeas to a food processor or blender, and process until they begin to purée. Add in additional ingredients until desired consistency. Hummus can be refrigerated for up to one week.

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Blue Highway Pizzeria ownership recently signed a lease on a building on East Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala. The old Arby’s location across from The Wing House is undergoing renovations, and Blue Highway Owner Frank Ruffino is hoping for a March opening. The original Blue Highway opened in Micanopy in 2004. In 2009, a second location opened in El Nariz / Shutterstock.com

Gainesville at Tioga Town Center. In addition to its ever-popular pizza, Blue Highway is known for its great flatbread, hearty sandwiches and tasty salads. And don’t miss their Bruschetta—yum! Until the Ocala location opens, you’ll have to get your fix in Micanopy! 204 US 441, Micanopy (352) 466-0062 bluehighwaypizza.com


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Tilted Kilt 3155 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 / tiltedkilt.com Mon-Thu 11a-11p/ Fri-Sat 11a-Midnight / Sun 11a-10p Looking for some fun with a great meal? Besides our great service, hospitality and delicious food, you’ll feel at home watching your favorite HD sporting events on the big screen TVs or enjoying live music on the patio. From poker to cruise-ins, there’s always something happening at the Tilted Kilt. Big or small, celebrate your next party or special occasion with us. Our menu features an array of options, from snacks to full meals, plus a complete bar, all served by beautiful lasses in kilts. You’ll want to make us your hometown pub. The Tilted Kilt – where a cold beer never looked so good!

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El Toreo

3790 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 694-1401 / 7 Days 11a-10p SR 200, Ocala / (352) 291-2121 / 7 Days 11a-11p Happy Hour Daily 4p-7p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Monday, $3.95; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $3.95; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $5.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $4.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $3.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $7.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $6.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $6.95; Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $6.95; and Enchilada Fridays, $6.95. Don’t miss Margarita Mondays with $1.95 margaritas. On Tuesdays, kids 12 and under can get 99¢ children’s meals (takeout not included). Wednesday you can get 99¢ margaritas and $1.95 for domestic and imported beers. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day.

Join us every day for happy hour from 4-7p and get 2-for-1 wells or drafts. Whether it’s delicious food, great drinks or a festive atmosphere, there are more reasons than ever to visit either El Toreo location today.

THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD

Cody’s Original Roadhouse 2505 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-8182 / codysamerican.com Doors Open at 11a. Serving Lunch and Dinner Daily. “Where Quality and Value Come Together!” Hand-cut, USDA Choice, certified Angus steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ baby back ribs, chops, fresh fish, half-pound burgers, salads and more! Kids eat free Mondays and Tuesdays. Buy One Get One Free Fajita Wednesdays, $10.98; Thursday Steak Day with $12.98 specials! Daily 2-4-1 happy hour, 11am-7pm, includes draft beer, wine and all liquors (top shelf, too). Try these Valentine’s specials with all the fixins’ from February 10th-14th: Twin Cold Water Lobster Tail Dinner, Bacon Wrapped Petite Filet Mignon with Lobster Tail, Bacon Wrapped Petite Filet Mignon with Grilled Garlic Shrimp, Fresh Grilled Salmon with Grilled Garlic Shrimp and Roasted Prime Rib of Beef.

Take-Out Service Available. Locations also in Gainesville at 3100 SW Archer Road and The Villages at 1041 Lakeshore Drive at Lake Sumter Landing, and our new location in Tallahassee. Welcome HITS!

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Pavarotti’s Pizza & Restaurant 8075 SW HWY 200, Canopy Oak Center, Ocala / (352) 291-9424 Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p Be sure to check out the new bar area and expanded dining room. Pavarotti’s also caters. Welcome HITS!

PAVAROTTI’S Pizza & Restaurant

Pavarotti’s Pizza and Restaurant in Dunnellon is known for their famous old-fashioned pizzas, hand-tossed and baked on a stone deck oven as well as their array of classic Italian entrées, fresh salads and subs, and hearty pasta dinners. Their newest location in the Canopy Oak Center means Ocala residents can now enjoy Pavarotti’s famous fare. Veal or chicken is served Parmigiana, Marsala or Picatta style and the seafood dishes are served fresh over linguini. Pizza lovers can’t get enough of the homemade pies, and don’t forget about the subs, stromboli and calzones!

Bamboo Bistro 700 North Hwy 441 (In Front of Target), Lady Lake / (352) 750-9998 Mon-Thu 11a-9:30p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun Noon-9p Dim Sum Hours: Mon-Sat 11a-4p; Sunday-All Day Chef Wu and co-owner Jian Daniels have created a wonderful new Asian fusion dining experience in town that manages to be both elegant and casual.

Celebrating two years in business! Experience the unique and unforgettable taste of Bamboo Bistro in The Villages! Offering Asian dishes from China, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand along with a full sushi bar, Chef Wu incorporates the best variety of authentic Asian ingredients while using an array of cooking techniques. Our specialties include Peking Duck, Pepper Seared Filet Mignon and Seafood Delight, along with other seafood choices. Many wok entrées and noodle dishes are available as well. A variety of Asian beers and the extensive wine list will complement any meal.

The Attic’s Cafe 801 N Magnolia Ave, Ocala / (352) 369-9300 Serving Lunch Mon-Fri 11a-5:30p / Sat 11a-4:30p Located inside of My Designer’s Attic, in the heart of the old business district, 8 blocks north of the historic square! Don’t forget to explore the 8,000 sq ft of consigned furniture and estate pieces. You’ll never know what you’ll find at My Designer’s Attic.

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Let’s talk about great food! Let’s talk about a unique and fun place! Let’s talk about the Attic’s Café! The Attic’s Café is located inside My Designer’s Attic. (You know, the “Not Your Average Furniture Consignment Store” located downtown.) Chef Andrew uses his culinary skills to create some of the best-tasting food around! Specializing in scrumptious galettes (savory crepes) and incredible dessert crepes, Chef Andrew also does a super job with his distinguished sandwiches, fresh salads and soups. Whether it’s his signature Roasted Veggie Galette with goat cheese, the Hot Night Club Sandwich or a fantastic lemon crepe, you can’t go wrong!


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Blanca’s Café Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club / 5000 N US Hwy 27, Ocala / (352) 867-0001 Tue-Sat Lunch & Dinner 10:30a-9p Tucked in among the rolling greens of the Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club, Blanca’s Café is a gem of a find for diners looking for excellent food served in a warm, friendly environment. Italian dishes and delicious homemade desserts are the café’s specialty. Patrons enjoy a full service bar and live entertainment weekly as well as spacious seating for up to 150. Try one of the weekly dinner specials Blanca’s offers, or schedule catering for your next event through the café. Whether you’re a newcomer in town or a local looking for somewhere new to dine, Blanca’s Café offers something to please every palate.

Welcome HITS. Now taking reservations for Valentine specials. Each Friday, we are offering 1 ½-pound Maine lobster. Reservation required. Homemade pizza served daily. Lunches now feature Beef on Weck & Monte Cristo Sandwiches. Weekly entertainment, call for details.

Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill 2711 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / (352) 390-8188 Mon-Thu 4p-2a / Fri-Sun 11a-2a Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill is the place for hungry sports fans to go. With 32 high-definition televisions lining the walls, including a 133-inch and a 70-inch 3-D screen, airing every televised game, you won’t miss a minute of the action. A great menu and an incredible selection of 40 beers on draft means Tony’s can cater to any appetite. Not into the big game? Not a problem. With a pool table, dart boards, video games and an incredible jukebox, patrons are sure to find plenty of entertainment. Visit Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill and Tony’s Sushi within 48 hours and receive a free domestic beer when you show the receipt.

Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4p-7p, 10p-close. Along with other drink specials.

Ipanema Brazilian Steak House 2023 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-1741 / www.ipanemaocala.com Lunch Fri 11a-2:30p / Dinner Tues-Thu 5p-9p, Fri & Sat 5p-10p, Sun 4p-9p / Brunch Sun 12-3p / Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5p-7p / Closed Monday A Churrascaria (Portuguese for barbecue) is a dining experience where roaming Gauchos slice and serve fire-roasted meats from skewers in a continual fashion. Ipanema Brazilian Steak House boasts 12 of the finest cuts of meat complemented by an opulent salad and vegetable bar, delectable desserts, and delicious wines, beers and cocktails. Brazilian native and executive chef Ortencia DeAlmeida invites you to embrace the flavors of her homeland and experience the magnetism of Ipanema for yourself. Become a fan of Ipanema on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ipanemasteakhouse. Great discounts online!

Make this Valentine’s Day special at Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse. Dine with us in the most elegant and elaborate dining room in Ocala–perfect for a romantic dinner experience to remember. Taste Brazil! Happy Hour Tues-Fri 5-7pm, Wed 2-for-1 Caipirinhas all night!

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Braised Onion 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala / (352) 620-9255 Tue-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p Open Valentine’s Day Feb 14th for lunch and dinner. We would like to welcome HITS riders and participants!

Betty and Raoul Lemieux, Nicole Lassiter and Marge and Loring Felix welcome you to Braised Onion, where you can experience a fun, colorful meal in a casual atmosphere as your taste buds dance away with the many exciting flavors of our “comfort food with attitude.” Treat the special ladies in your life like a queen for a day—make your reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner. They will be treated like royalty in a romantic setting at Braised Onion! Chef Loring Felix will be serving our Special Holiday Menu for dinner, so call to make your reservation; she will love you for it! Felix was recently the winner of Culinary Combat Iron Chef.

Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant 2463 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala / (352) 237-3900 / kotobukiocala.com Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30a-2p Dinner: Tue-Thu 4:30p-9:30p / Fri & Sat 4:30p-10:30p / Mon & Sun 4:30p-9:30p Happy Hour daily 4:30-6:30p Check out our full sushi bar. Celebrating 26 years! WELCOME HITS!

For an authentic Japanese meal in an award-winning restaurant that has been serving Ocala since 1986, try Kotobuki. Enjoy traditional Japanese favorites like tempura, teriyaki and broiled seafood and vegetables. For a memorable experience, gather around the hot grill and watch as your chef prepares steak, chicken and seafood favorites right before your eyes.

The Ivy House Restaurant 917 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala / (352) 622-5550 Sun 11a-2p / Tue 11a-2p / Wed-Sat 11a-9p / Closed Mon 106 NW Main St, Williston / (352) 528-5410 Sun-Wed 11a-2p / Thurs-Sat 11a-8p / ivyhousefl.com For more information on catering, please contact Waica Huggins or Evelyn Nussel at wmhivyhouse@yahoo.com. No reservations are required, but a courtesy call for parties of more than 10 is appreciated. Call both locations for Valentine’s reservations.

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Tucked comfortably in the heart of Williston and with a new location in Ocala, this family-owned establishment is a pleasure to visit. The restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years now. Lunch is served seven days a week and features a Southern-style daily special, and supper is served Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings only. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious steaks and their famous Baked Krispy Chicken, along with a complete full menu.


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That’s right! A flag football league sponsored by NFL FLAG will be taking place in Ocala beginning this month. The league is open to children 5-17 and promotes sportsmanship, teamwork and football fundamentals. The season will kickoff on February 9 with a free NFL skills clinic with NFL player Clinton Hart, and the regular season take place February 16-March 23. Games will takes place each Saturday at the Ocala Regional Sports Complex. Registration is $55 and can be completed online or at the Recreation and Parks Administration Offices. ocalafl.org/recpark or (352) 401-3919 or (352) 629-8389.

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Time to dust off your blue suede shoes and get ready to dance the night away for a good cause. THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF MARION COUNTY is once again hosting Rock With The Docs, a major fundraising event held at Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club. Guests will be treated to elegant cuisine followed by live entertainment. Be prepared to dance the night away to the music of a band comprised completely of the doctors themselves. And be sure to bid on great items at both the live and silent auctions. Tickets are $125 per person or $1,500 for a table of 10. bgcofmarion.com or (352) 690-7440.

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It’s that time of year again. TRINITY CATHOLIC will host its annual Winter Carnival on the school grounds for four days of rides, slides, games and, of course, everyone’s favorite carnival goodies! Think funnel cakes, corn dogs and cotton candy… just not before a ride on the tilt-o-whirl! Armband days are on Thursday and Sunday, and VIP tickets are available at Pastuer’s Sports for unlimited rides any one day of the carnival. Keep your eyes open for $5 off coupons throughout the community. trinitycatholichs.org or (352) 622-9025 ext. 6047.

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You heard it right, the BUNCO BABES OCALA have gone country for a cure and are giving cancer the boot! The fifth annual tournament, Boots, Boobs and Bunco will take place at the Hilton Ocala with doors opening at 5pm. There will be raffles, auctions and, of course, Bunco with some great prizes, all to raise money for the Michelle-O-Gram Foundation. The game starts at 7pm, but come early for some good ol’ country fun. Tickets are $40 and include light appetizers with a cash bar available. Tickets sold online only.

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Show your support for the PACE Center for Girls of Marion County at the annual VOICES OF PACE LUNCHEON. Presented by the PACE Center’s Board of Directors and community members, this special luncheon highlights the individuality of each girl with songs, poems and stories all presented by the girls themselves. The luncheon will be held at the Hilton Ocala from 12-1pm and will serve as a fundraiser and help bring awareness to this special program for adolescent girls in Marion County. RSVP required. (352) 369-0571.

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HIDE TANNERS AND BOW MAKERS Get a feel for what Marion County was like before planes, trains and automobiles. The third annual SILVER RIVER KNAP-IN will take place once again at the Silver River State Park from 9am-4pm. Expert flint knappers specializing in stone tool-making will be on hand to demonstrate this unique craft along with archaeologists, potters and many other craftsman of prehistoric skills and techniques. Test your hand at a bit of tomahawk or spear throwing, or take a ride down the Silver River in a canoe and be sure to check out the ongoing demonstrations all day long. Admission is $5 per person and free for children under 6. silverrivermuseum.com or (352) 236-5401.


CLASSES AT THE MANOR (ONGOING) The Artist Hub of Ocala will host a variety of classes throughout the month. Visit their website for specific classes, times and dates. Pre-registration is required. thecherishedbride.com or (352) 390-6801. UPCOMING EXHIBITS AT THE APPLETON MUSEUM (ONGOING) Artist Chick Schwartz will present 34 works of sculpture, ceramics and oil on canvas depicting both city life and relaxed Cedar Key living. The works will be on display through February 24. Rebels With a Cause: American Impressionist Women features paintings, drawings and sculptures by many of the most prominent female artists of the mid 19th and mid-20th centuries. The exhibit will be on display from February 2-March 31. New World Treasures: Artifacts from Hernando De Soto’s Florida Expedition features artifacts discovered in Marion County and will be on display February 9-December 31. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. FREE ENGLISH CLASSES (WEDNESDAYS) Free ESL classes will be held each Wednesday at 6pm at College Road Baptist Church. (352) 854-6981. PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT (FEBRUARY 1) The Discovery Center will host Parents’ Night Out from 6:30-9:30pm. Children ages 6-12 are invited for an evening of games and activities. Limited to 25 participants. $15 per person. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. TRUCK AND TRACTOR PULL (FEBRUARY 1-2) The Ocala Truck and Tractor Pull will take place at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion Tickets are $12 at the gate. Continued on page 84

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HUNDERING HOOVES, RICH ACOUSTIC MUSIC AND DEATH-DEFYING STUNTS—IT’S TIME FOR MA’CEO TO COME STORMING BACK TO OCALA. THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND CHOREOGRAPHED EQUESTRIAN SHOW FEATURES NEARLY 10 DIFFERENT BREEDS OF HORSES PERFORMING A MULTITUDE OF RIDING STYLES IN AN ACTION-PACKED EVENING THAT TAKES THE AUDIENCE BACK TO THE ROOTS OF THE GYPSY HERITAGE. OWNER AND PERFORMER OLISSIO ZOPPE EXPLAINS WHY THIS UNIQUE EVENT IS LIKE NOTHING ELSE AROUND.

Explain in a nutshell what Ma’Ceo is all about. The show is a theatrical acrobatic equestrian show featuring some of the most beautiful breeds of horses. Each piece includes incredibly difficult gymnastic skills and acrobatics that will keep the audience on the edge of their seat.

What types of equestrian disciplines will be featured? Every specialty you can imagine! There will be dressage, bareback, liberty and so much more!

What is “bareback riding?” Bareback is one of the most difficult equestrian disciplines. The riders stand on top of the moving horse performing acrobatics, gymnastics, building pyramids and more. It’s amazing to watch.

How did you get involved in this kind of show? It’s a family tradition. My brothers and I come from a family of bareback riders on both sides.

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In fact, we are the last family in North America performing and one of the few remaining in the world. It has never been a question of if I would follow in my family’s footsteps. I’ve loved doing this since I was a young child.

How long does it take to become skilled enough to perform? For the horses, it takes about two years of training before they are solid enough to perform, but they are continuously working on new things. For the performers, it takes about 10 years before you feel good enough to go on stage. It’s not easy; you take a lot of falls along the way.

How often do you train and perform? We train five or six days a week and up to seven hours per day. The days are long but go by fast, and at the end of a long day, you can’t believe how much you have done. Our performance schedule varies, but we generally do 15-20 shows a year throughout the country.

How do you all travel? It takes a lot to get everyone on the road. Some of us will stay in RVs or in hotels. But we trailer the horses ourselves. We couldn’t put them in the hands of strangers; they are like family.

SHOW TIMES: FEB. 28, 7PM MAR. 1, 7PM MAR. 2, 3PM & 7:30PM MAR. 3, 1PM & 5PM

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Choose from 20 different selections ranging from a more traditional Chardonnay or Merlot to unique fruity blends. It’s your wine, your way. You’ll then add different components based on your preferences. Choose a specific oak or add more tannins—it’s all up to you. Then Kelli and Joe will “babysit” the wine for one to two months depending on the mixture before you come back to bottle it.

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Bottling is the fun part. You’ll come back and bottle and label up to 30 bottles of your unique blend. Choose from The Corkscrew’s labels or make your own custom labels with your own pictures and fonts. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

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weddings or parties. » Come with a friend and you can split the batch. » Drink them yourself! (Not all at once though!)

There’s always something going on at The Corkscrew. Regular bottling and wine tastings occur each week complete with food pairings and live entertainment. Sample some unique blends like Blueberry Pomegranate White Merlot or Green Apple Riesling, or rent out a room for a private party of your own.

On February 14 from 6-8pm, you’ll have a chance to make wine the “old-fashioned” way—with your own two feet! Special shallow barrels will be brought in for the occasion, and couples can get right in and stomp away at fresh strawberries and grapes to make a unique romance-inspired strawberry wine. What better way can you spend the most romantic night of the year than stomping grapes and strawberries together? No, this freshly stomped wine won’t be ready to drink, but don’t worry, couples will get to sample the finished product as they stomp and take a bottle home to enjoy later. There will also be live entertainment, delicious chocolates, cheese and other tasty finger foods that, of course, go hand in hand with a good glass of wine.

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Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale

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Jimmy Buffet

Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena

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Bellamy Brothers

Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale

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Merle Haggard

Phillips Center, Gainesville

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Kenny Rogers

The Peabody, Daytona Beach

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Steve Miller Band

Florida Theatre, Jacksonville

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Fishbone

State Theatre, St. Petersburg

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Kid Rock

Germain Arena, Estero

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Muse

Tampa Bay Times Forum

02/23

Easton Corbin

Silver Springs Adventure Park, Ocala

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Ray Price

Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale

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Pink

Amway Center, Orlando

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Sarah Brightman

Tampa Bay Times Forum

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Muse

Amway Center, Orlando

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Pink

Tampa Bay Times Forum

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Bon Jovi

Tampa Bay Times Forum

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Daryl Hall & John Oats

St. Augustine Amphitheatre

03/01

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Hard Rock Live, Orlando

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Three Days Grace

Amway Center, Orlando

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Creedence Clearwater Revisited

Silver Springs Adventure Park, Ocala

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Lady Gaga

Tampa Bay Times Forum

03/13

Lisa Loeb

Florida Theatre, Jacksonville

03/15

Kenny Chesney

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa

03/16

Miranda Lambert

Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena

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Matchbox Twenty

St. Augustine Amphitheatre

03/17

Moody Blues

The Mahaffey, St. Petersburg

03/17

One Night of Queen

Florida Theatre, Jacksonville

03/22

Deftones

Hard Rock Live, Orlando

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Jamey Johnson

Silver Springs Adventure Park, Ocala

03/23

Alicia Keys

Tampa Bay Times Forum

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Eric Clapton

Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena

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Maroon 5

Amway Center, Orlando

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FIRST SATURDAY CHILDREN’S ART PROGRAM (FEBRUARY 2) The Appleton Museum will host a children’s art education series from 1-3pm. Children will partake in a hands-on art project with instruction. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. BOOK SALE (FEBRUARY 2) The Ocala Public Library will host its quarterly book sale from 10am-4pm at the main library. Hardcover books will be on sale for 50 cents and paperbacks for 25 cents. friendsofthelibrary.org or (352) 368-4591. SUPER SUNDAY SPORTS EXTRAVAGANZA (FEBRUARY 3) The Ocala Entertainment Complex will host a family-friendly event from 2-6pm. There will be punt, pass, kick and agility drills along with five 50-inch Plasma televisions broadcasting the Super Bowl. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children under 14. (352) 369-8777 or (352) 851-1000.

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The pre-show begins at 4pm with the main show starting at 7pm both days. ocalatractorpull.com or (352) 843-1046. HOGGETOWNE MEDIEVAL FAIRE (FEBRUARY 1-3) This event takes place at the Alachua County Fairgrounds. Hours are 9:30am-3pm on Friday and 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday. gvlculturalaffairs.org or (352) 334-ARTS.

RAISE YOUR GLASS! One of the top names in music is coming to Central Florida this month. 24,27 Alecia Beth Moore, better known as “PINK,” skyrocketed to fame in 2000 when her first hit single There You Go peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Since then, she’s released a number of top hits, including Get The Party Started, Who Knew and Raise Your Glass. She’ll be making stops at the Amway Center in Orlando on February 24 and the Tampa Bay Times Forum on February 27. ticketmaster.com or

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ROLLER DERBY (FEBRUARY 3) The Ocala Cannibals will host the 2013 season opener at Skate Mania and take on the Lakeland Derby Dames. The doors open at 6pm, and the bout begins at 6:30pm. Admission is $12 at the door, $8 in advance and free for kids under 12. ocalacannibalderby.com.

APPLETON AFTER HOURS (FEBRUARY 7) The Appleton Museum will host its after hours social featuring live music, dancing and refreshments. Doors open at 5pm, and music begins at 5:30pm. Admission is free for members and $8 for non-members. appleonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. MASTER GARDENERS’ LECTURE (FEBRUARY 7, 18, 21) The Marion County Master Gardeners will host a series of free lectures this month. Topics include weeding and vegetable plants. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 438-2500 or (352) 438-2570. CONCERT PERFORMANCE (FEBRUARY 8) The Ocala Civic Chorale and the College of Central Florida Patriot Singers present The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass at the Charles R. Dassance Fine Arts Center at CF. The program will begin at 7:30pm. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for non-CF students and free for CF students and faculty. tickets.cf.edu or (352) 873-5810. OCALA HORSE PROPERTIES INTERNATIONAL EVENT (FEBRUARY 8-10) The Florida Horse Park will host an event featuring dressage, show jumping and eventing starting at 8am. equiventures.com or (352) 425-6302. VALENTINE’S DINNER/DANCE (FEBRUARY 9) The Silver Springs Shores Presbyterian Church will host a dinner/dance at 6pm. Tickets are $25 per couple, and reservations must be made by February 4. (352) 687-1119. CRAFT SHOW (FEBRUARY 9) The Spring Sweetheart Craft Show will take place at the Cherrywood Estates from 9am-2pm. There will Continued on page 86


ALWAYS HERE FOR YOU If anyone would’ve told me a year ago that I’d be working as a wellness coach and fitness instructor, I would’ve thought they were making fun of how out of shape I was. My name is Breeanna Moore, and this is my Y story. In late 2007, I experienced what many would refer to as a “bottom.” I felt like I was falling apart. I was unhappy, unhealthy and miserable. Something (meaning everything) had to change. My quest for a healthier, happier “me” was on its way, though I had no idea at the time. The first time I stepped into a gym I felt overwhelmed, intimidated, and like everyone was looking at how out of shape I was. I could barely do ten minutes of cardio. Getting started was challenging, but I began eating healthier and started seeing results. Over the next 3 years, I had lots of ups and downs with my size. When my husband and I moved to Ocala, we wanted to join a gym, and the Y seemed like the best option. I started going twice a week, but kept to myself on the cardio machines. I was curious about their Zumba classes, but was too scared to do one by myself. After 3 months of peeking into the classes then slinking away, I finally got up the nerve to take a class. I loved it! I started taking as many classes as I could. Last March, my dad passed away from cancer. Dealing with his loss has been one of the hardest things I have ever been through. I turned to the Y, a supportive, positive place to release my sadness. God put the Y in my life—I don’t know how I would have made it through the last year without it. Now, regular exercise is a habit, and I’ve learned it’s never too late to get back to your best “you.” It’s not easy, but when you have the Y to support you, it sure is helpful. It can even be a lot of fun.

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Sense and Sensibility

The Shakespeare Theatre, Orlando

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The Odyssey

The Shakespeare Theatre, Orlando

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Ocala Civic Theatre

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The Vogue’s

Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale

02/16

Jeff Dunham

Tampa Bay Times Forum

02/22

Cherish the Ladies

Curtis Peterson Auditorium, Lecanto

02/24

Cherish the Ladies

Charles R. Dassance Fine Arts Center, Ocala

02/25

Harlem Globetrotters

Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena

03/01

Royal Comedy Tour

Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena

03/02

Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Beach Theatre, St. Pete

03/02

Harlem Globetrotters

USF Sun Dome, Tampa

03/02

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival

Tampa Bay Times Forum

03/02

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RACE FOR THE KIDS 5K (FEBRUARY 9) Spruce Creek Preserve will host a 5K to benefit the Covenant Children’s Home of Dunnellon. The run will begin at 8am with a 1-mile walk/kids’ fun run at 8:30am. cchfl.org or dcrsports.com or (352) 861-4502. AUTHOR PRESENTATION (FEBRUARY 10) Author Darcie

MacMahon will be at the main library in Ocala to discuss her book Fort Moose: Colonial America’s Black Fortress of Freedom. The presentation will begin at 2pm, and refreshments will be served. friendsoftheocalalibrary.org or (352) 368-4591. PARTNER YOGA (FEBRUARY 10,16) Power Yoga Ocala will host two partner Yoga classes this month. The February 10 class runs 12-1pm; the February 16 class runs 10:3011:30am. poweryogaocala.com or (352) 361-3619. DANCE PARTY (FEBRUARY 13, 23) Dancin’ Around Studio will host a dance party at 7pm. Admission is free for students and $10 for guests at Wednesday’s party and $5 for students and $10 for guests on Saturday. Refreshments will be served, but BYOB. danceocala.com or (352) 690-6637. TRIPS N’ TOURS (FEBRUARY 14, 20) The Appleton’s Trips ‘N’ Tours program will take participants to Tampa Bay Downs where they will enjoy a private suite overlooking the finish line and enjoy a custom buffet. Price is $60 for members and $70 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4456. SCRAPBOOK FOR BREAST CANCER (FEBRUARY 15) Bring your scrapbook or any craft to the Marion County Extension Auditorium from 6pm until the last person leaves. Admission is $5 and benefits breast cancer research. (352) 732-5982. PLEASURE DRIVING COMPETITION (FEBRUARY 15-17) The Grand Oaks Resort will host a pleasure driving competition featuring top competitors from around the country. Competition begins 8am on Friday and Saturday

and 10am on Sunday. thegrandoaks. com or (352) 750-5500. PSYCHIC FAIR (FEBRUARY 16) Soul Essentials will host a psychic fair from 12-5pm. There will be a variety of activities including readings, Thai massage and more. (352) 207-0281. HORSES FOR HOSPICE TRAIL RIDE (FEBRUARY 16) The 13th Annual Horses For Hospice Trail Ride will take place at the Florida Horse Park. The first ride leaves at 9:15am with 2-3 hours on the trail. Following the ride, there will be a lunch by Tommy’s BBQ, live entertainment and door prizes. Nonriders may purchase a lunch ticket for $10. Proceeds benefit patient care programs. hospiceofmarion.com or (352) 854-5218. KINGDOM OF THE SUN BAND (FEBRUARY 23-24) The Kingdom of The Sun Band will perform A Musical Memory Concert Series at the Marion Technical Institute. The Saturday performance will begin at 2pm, and the Sunday performance will begin at 3pm. Both performances are free. kingdomofthesunband.org or (352) 624-9291. OCALA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (FEBRUARY 23, 24) The winners of the Young Artist Competition will perform Respighi’s Pines of Rome at the Ocala Breeders Sales Auditorium. The February 23 performance will begin at 7:30pm, and the February 24 performance will begin at 3pm. ocalasymphony.com or (352) 351-1606. SOUTHERN GOSPEL CONCERT (FEBRUARY 24) The Silver Springs Shores Presbyterian Church will host a Southern Gospel Concert at 3pm. “The River Jordan” will be performing. Admission is


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GOLF TOURNAMENT (MARCH 2) The Saint John second annual golf tournament will be held at the Candler Hills OTOW Golf Course. Registration begins at 7:30am with an 8:30am shotgun start. Registration is $75. (352) 236-3355. KICKING KIDNEY DISEASE 5K (MARCH 2) The Marion County Kidney Foundation will host a 5K run/walk at the Florida Greenway Baseline Trailhead. The run/walk will begin at 8am, with a kids’ fun run at 9:15am. Pre-registration available through February 28. marioncountykidneyfoundation. org or (352) 622-4231.

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On November 29, supporters of Helping Hands came out to Hilton Ocala for the organization’s inaugural “Auction and Dinner” fundraiser, which kicked off its inaugural Golf Invitational held at Golden Ocala the following day. Proceeds from both events totaled $79,000 and will be used to further Helping Hands’ mission of helping displaced and desperate people with housing, food and other needs.

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In December, Dr. Jim Henningsen hosted his first holiday reception as college president, held at the Appleton Museum of Art. The museum was beautifully decorated with “The Urban Holiday Collection: A Dickens’ Christmas,” and the guest list included college and community leaders. PHOTOS BY DIANA BARGE

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The Bridge at Ocala hosted its 3rd Annual Wreaths of Hope Festival November 26 through the 29. Beautifully decorated wreaths were donated by local businesses, individuals and organizations from the Ocala community with proceeds totaling $5,400 and benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Marion County.

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Black Friday Tough Day Golf Tournament OCALA GOLF CLUB

On November 23, the Ocala Golf Club hosted Black Friday Tough Day, a golf tournament that challenged the area’s finest golfers. The event raised over $12,000 for Pennies for Faith, a new non-profit organization in Marion County. This year, the proceeds from the tournament benefited abused children and those with Down syndrome. PHOTOS BY DANIELLE GRIFFIN

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