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Food News: New bakeries, scenes from a gourmet market and more

Catching up on food news from the past week and food happenings around the region, with a sprinkling of other interesting tidbits from around the Web. Look for this every Thursday. Submit events to

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Those double-coupon days at Bloom, when customers could buy three grocery carts full of deodorant and soap and pay next to nothing, will soon be over. Amy Umble reports on local shoppers’ reaction to the area’s loss of Bloom and Bottom Dollar stores here.

Downtown Orange has two new bakeries offering from-scratch breads and other treats. Read about them here.

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The owners of the Tides Inn Market in Colonial Beach have turned to online fundraising site Kickstarter to seek the capital for their planned expansion project. Watch their video here, it’s a nice glimpse at life in this little gourmet market.

Capital Ale House, which has locations in Richmond and Fredericksburg, has now opened a new restaurant in Harrisonburg. In case you’re headed there and want to try it, the address is 41-A Court Square.

Jin’s Garden Chinese Restaurant has opened at 263 Garrisonville Road, Suite 101, in North Stafford.

Chick-fil-A is now open in the food court at the Spotsylvania Towne Centre. The business recently moved there from its original mall location.

Kenzo Japanese Restaurant in Fredericksburg appears to have closed. Attempts by the newspaper and the restaurant’s leasing agent to reach the owner have been unsuccessful.

This week’s review: Bistro Bethem in Fredericksburg

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Interested in adding vegan recipes to your repertoire? Janet Marshall’s “In Moderation” blog has a good sampling here.

News of Paula Deen’s type-2 diabetes, and her gig selling diabetes medication for a big pharmaceutical company, sparked quite a discussion on our Facebook page, as well as on this blog post.

Looking for something out-of-the-ordinary to add to your home kitchen menu? Fondue is making a comeback, and it’s a lot cheaper at home than at a restaurant. Read our story here.

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The ExploreIt! Children’s Museum’s exhibit on where our food comes from will be available for kids to see at no charge this Saturday at the Bragg Hill Family Life Center. See details here.

Eating yogurt makes you healthier, says nutrition columnist Jennifer Motl. Get some of her tips on navigating the ever-growing selection in the yogurt aisle here.

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