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British Medical Journal found that people who ate spicy foods almost every day had a 14 percent lower risk of death!

December 30, 2015

Most new year's resolutions require restraint or limits. Here's one that gives you more yummy stuff and has been proven to help you live longer! Eat chili peppers every day!!!Max Lugavere of Yahoo Health, published "10 Discoveries That Made Us Healthier in 2015." Coming in at number 3, "Eating spicy food may help you stay alive longer." "Observational studies are great at finding interesting links between variables such as specific dietary patterns or components and health — a great starting place for further inquiry. This study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that people who ate spicy foods almost every day had a 14 percent... Read more


Damn!!!!

December 29, 2015

NOTICE OF LABEL ERROR!!!On Christmas day we received an important email message regarding an error in our nutritional facts. "Hello. I'm using your Poblano hot sauce this morning (which, by the way is awesome), but I noticed a potentially concerning item on the nutrition label. It states 1 tsp contains 65 GRAMS of sodium. Is this correct? Usually sodium is measured in milligrams, so 65 grams would equal 65,000 milligrams. I am hoping it is actually 65 milligrams so I can continue using it. Could you please clarify?" ~ Evan "Wow! You are correct. It should be milligrams. So keep enjoying the sauce!!! We... Read more


People’s Food Co-op is much more than a grocery store!

December 10, 2015

In 1971, the idea for a co-op began as a graduate student project under Professor Al Conner at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work. Two students started a “buying club” as a way for low-income people to get fresh, healthy food. They brought food from the Eastern Market in Detroit and divided it into bags costing $5 a week. The project grew quickly as faculty and students joined the group. Today, People’s Food Co-op is member-owned and carries a full-range of groceries, produce & environmentally sensitive cleaning products. They buy from local businesses when at all possible and... Read more


Folgarelli's is warming things up in Traverse City!

December 05, 2015

If you like yummy food and old-world charm, you need to get into Folgarelli's Market and Wine Shop. This place has everything needed to make your tongue dance. And now it has HELL FIRE DETROIT!"At Folgarelli’s Market we strive to find the best products from across the globe. Our store is filled wall to wall with hard to find and unique items. We have EVOO from Italy, smoked salmon from Norway, sausage from Detroit, and plenty of other specialty goods you didn’t even know you were looking for. Stop in, take a look, and before you know it your cart will be filled with foods to... Read more


Evergreen Market has the sauce!

December 05, 2015

Tired of the city hustle, Paul decided to pack his life into a truck, drive around the coast of Michigan, and take root at the first chunk of land that spoke to him. I like that story! Evergreen Market is local foods market, specializing in Michigan-made products and locally grown foods. It supports over 50 local farmers, a wide variety of local food producers, and produces many unique products itself. Evergreen Market is conveniently located just a few minutes North East on M31 just outside of Traverse City. Please take a trip to Evergreen Market and tell Paul HELL FIRE... Read more


Cloverleaf Fine Wine and Craft Beer Offers Hell Fire Detroit!

November 29, 2015

For more than 40 years, Cloverleaf has been the best source in Metro Detroit for fine wines and artisanal beers. Most wines they carry cannot be found anywhere else in town. Because they collaborate with niche winemakers who have no advertising budgets or massive trucking systems, they can offer a much better wine for the same value as mass producers. Cloverleaf stocks craft beers from around the world, but the crux of their collection lies in small-batch, handcrafted beers from Michigan breweries. The experts at Cloverleaf taste EVERY wine and beer before it goes on their shelves. (Not a bad job!) They can... Read more


Pure Detroit becomes HFD’s first Detroit retailer!

November 28, 2015

Before it was hip to be a hipster in Detroit, Pure Detroit was dodging potholes, slaying zombies and paving the way for all to follow. Pure Detroit is more than just a clothing store. It’s a lifestyle brand that has come to represent the city itself. Since 1998, Pure Detroit has invested in street level brick-and-mortar businesses in Detroit via retail, coffee shops and more. Additionally, Pure Detroit has enhanced the cultural cache of the city through one-of-a-kind cultural programs, events, projects and initiatives. Pure Detroit has expanded its retail presence to three of the most architecturally significant landmarks in Detroit... Read more


ZMC Pharmacy becomes HFD’S third retail location!

November 28, 2015

How does a fire-roasted artisan hot sauce fit into your local pharmacy? For one, chili peppers are extremely healthy for you and should be incorporated into every meal! And two, ZMC carries a wide variety of unique personal items and gifts. Located in a historic building just south of downtown Royal Oak, ZMC pharmacy embodies new-fashioned style with old-fashioned service. Thank you ZMC for supporting HELL FIRE DETROIT! Always support your local merchants first. Please visit ZMC and pick up some doctor-recommended HFD. 1041 S. Main St., Royal Oak, MI 48067   Map Check out their website. Hell Yeah! Don Read more


Gearbox Rx becomes HFD’s second retail location!

November 21, 2015

This is so cool. Along the way, I was hoping to get HFD into unpredictable places like cigar shops, wine shops, barber shops, skate shops, tattoo shops, ski shops, etc. Because HOT SAUCE IS GOOD WITH EVERYTHING! But I never considered a CrossFit outfitter. Probably because I could be fitter. But HFD is a good fit. As owner Allen Parent states, “It’s Paleo friendly and a great addition to a clean-eating lifestyle.” Wow! Now you can feel better knowing HFD will improve your lifestyle. : ) GearBox Rx is the midwest’s premier shoe, clothing, accessory and nutrition retailer for functional fitness athletes who participate... Read more


Pronko Enterprises

November 21, 2015

I met Al Pronko a while back when he owned a tasty restaurant in Hamtramck called Maria’s Comida. Every meal was amazing. But his salsa was the buzz. So he and his daughter, Marie, started producing jars of Maria’s House Made Salsa to sell at the restaurant. As its popularity grew, they transformed the restaurant into a food manufacturing facility and eventually expanded their business to offer co-packing services for other micro-batch food entrepreneurs. I have to admit, I was a bit nervous to present my concoctions to Chef Al (and Sean, a professional foodie. More on Sean in another post.) It’s one thing... Read more


FIRST LATE-NIGHT DELIVERY TO WESTBORN MARKET!

November 17, 2015

It’s been a busy week full of excitement and lack of sleep. But the best part was Westborn Market became HELL FIRE DETROIT’S first real-live merchant. Thank you Westborn Market for helping HFD move to the next stanza. Westborn Market Locations: Berkley - 27659 Woodward Ave., Berkley, MI     Map Dearborn - 21755 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI     Map Livonia - 14925 Middlebelt Rd., Livonia, MI     Map Please support our local merchants and show Westborn Market some love. With gratitude,Don Read more


HELL FIRE DETROIT WINS BEST OF SHOW!

November 16, 2015

On November 10th, HELL FIRE DETROIT attended its first event, the 2015 Making It In Michigan Trade Show and Conference in Lansing, Michigan. We met so many really nice, smart and helpful people at this event. Buyers, distributors, restaurateurs, manufacturers, MSU students, farmers, entrepreneurs, journalists, foodies, lawyers, etc. Yes, even the lawyers were nice! Our minimalist booth was all the buzz. Thanks for the good vibes everyone!!! But one visitor was very special. A really nice MSU student (sorry, I can’t remember his name) came to tell me HFD was selected as one of three winners for the 2015 Westborn... Read more


IT'S ALIVE!!!!!

November 09, 2015

HELL FIRE DETROIT is officially here! Hooray! Yeah!!! (Website only for now but in stores soon.) I know I’m a tad bit biased, but this hot sauce is delectable. Everyone who has tasted it agrees. Except for one guy. But he’s no longer with us. Teehee. : ) Unlike most hot sauces (which are mostly tinted-vinegar), this hot sauce respects the purity of each pepper. When you taste Poblano, you will know Poblano. When you taste Cherry Bomb, you will discover something completely different. Same goes with Manzana and Habanero. I can’t give away the secret formula, but we only add... Read more


AL BO CO

November 09, 2015

When Al Bodrie told me I need a neon sign for my new hot sauce company, I thought to myself, “that’s the last thing I need.” Or to put it another way, there are a million other things I need to do before I ever consider a neon sign. Well, Al doesn’t go down that easy. He demanded my logo in two sizes and went ahead and bent neon for both. From this point forward, Al found himself in a nutty collaboration with me. Sorry Al. I wanted pure materials, just like the hot sauce. I wanted to eliminate any... Read more


Aloha Don!

November 05, 2015

Michael and I were so pleased to have been gifted your array of hot sauces to try for our very own. We also appreciated receiving your labels today in the mail, because having tried to reach your website, which hadn’t been launched, and just short of calling you, we were holding back on “cherry bomb,” thinking it was the closest thing to ghost peppers (you know, bomb and all.) Well, to our amazement, today your labels taught us not to fear. Read more