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20 Must-Try Hot Dogs in America

Hot dogs are near and dear to many Americans’ hearts – particularly this time of year, when warm nights beg for a couple of franks of the grill. But how you define a hot dog may differ vastly depending on whether you’re in, say, New Jersey, West Virginia, or Chicago: The brand of dog, the type of bun, and everything that goes on top is likely to vary. Is the hot dog steamed or grilled? Are the buns toasted?

Men’s Journal suggests 20 must-try hot dogs in America and you can check out the list HERE.

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Old-School Chili Dog (Pink’s, Los Angeles)

The classic chili dog combines ground-beef chili with mustard and onions – and maybe a few slices of American cheese.

Where to Get It: When it opened as a 10-cent hot dog stand in 1939, the owners of Pink’s, in Hollywood, could never have imagined the unrelenting lines and sheer variety of wieners for which the place is known today. Never mind all that – chili dogs are what Pink’s started with, pairing all-beef, natural-casing dogs by Hoffy’s with meaty chili in a soft steamed bun.

Pink’s
709 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

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Ben & Jerry’s Launches Two Saturday Night Live Themed Flavors: Lazy Sunday & Gilly’s Catastrophic Crunch

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Today ice cream purveyor Ben & Jerry’s launched two new flavors inspired by sketches from Saturday Night Live. They’re being made in honor of the show’s 40th anniversary this year. Ben & Jerry’s will also debut two more SNL-themed flavors later this year.

The first new ice cream is called Lazy Sunday, based on the famous sketch with Andy Samberg and Chris Parnel. In “Lazy Sunday,” Samberg and Parnell wax poetic about their love of cupcakes — Magnolia cupcakes, to be specific. Fittingly, Ben & Jerry’s new flavor contains a vanilla cake batter ice cream base with chocolate and yellow cupcake pieces and a chocolate frosting swirl.

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The second new flavor Ben & Jerry’s is debuting is called Gilly’s Catastrophic Crunch. Based on Kristen Wiig’s silly SNL character, the flavor contains a combination of chocolate and sweet cream ice creams, with caramel clusters, fudge-covered almonds and a marshmallow swirl.

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As of today, June 19th, both new flavors are available at scoop shops across the U.S. and Canada.

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Doritos Loaded Coming To A 7-Eleven Near You

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Free samples of Doritos Loaded, a nacho cheese-encrusted cheese stick product, are being handed out at 7-Eleven stores in Dallas on Tuesday and Los Angeles on Friday, with more locations to come.

Doritos Loaded will be available nationally at 7-Elevens starting in early July. A four-pack sells for $1.99 and has 350 calories.

The Doritos Loaded tour kicks off in Dallas on Tuesday, June 17, with free samples being given out in two sessions (10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) at two area 7-Elevens. The new item will also be handed out at one or more 7-Elevens in Los Angeles on Friday, June 20. Click HERE for the tour information and locations.

While 7-Eleven is selling the new hot nacho cheese sticks, it didn’t create them. The snack was developed by the Plano, Texas-based research and development arm of PepsiCo, parent of Doritos maker Frito-Lay.

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The 10 Hottest Food Trucks In The U.S.

New food trucks are hitting the streets every day in cities all over the United States. HERE are 10 new rolling restaurants worth checking out around the country.

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Los Angeles: Guerilla Tacos

Guerilla Tacos has been serving gourmet tacos from a table in Downtown Los Angeles since 2012. But last year they upgraded to a truck, allowing them to pop up all around Los Angeles. Chef Wes Avila’s menu changes every day, and everything is sourced from the best local farms. One day you might try a taco with octopus chorizo and pistachios; the next it’ll be Maple Leaf Farms duck with cashew chile, nectarine and hazelnut. And don’t let the truck’s name cause you to sleep on their awesome breakfast burritos.

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Chipotle Puts Short Stories By Famous Authors On Its Cups

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Short stories written by Malcolm Gladwell, Michael Lewis, Judd Apatow and a handful of other famous authors, actors and screenwriters will soon start appearing on Chipotle’s paper cups and bags.

The burrito chain teamed up with New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Safran Foer for the project, which Chipotle has branded the “Cultivating Thought” author series.

Foer told Vanity Fair that he came up with the idea years ago while he was eating a burrito and had nothing to read. So he wrote Chipotle CEO Steve Ells an email suggesting that the company print original essays by famous authors on its bags, and Ells loved the idea.

“We live in a world in which there is shrinking space for literature and writing, and less time than ever for quiet reflection,” Foer said in a release.

“The idea of expanding the space and time, of creating a small pocket of thoughtfulness right in the middle of the busy day, was inspiring to me — particularly given the size and diversity of the audience, which is America itself.”

Here are the authors whose work will be featured:

- Judd Apatow – Golden Globe nominated writer/director/producer, This is 40, Bridesmaids, Girls

- Sheri Fink – Pulitzer-prize winning reporter/author, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

- Malcolm Gladwell – New York Times bestselling author, journalist and speaker, The Tipping Point, Outliers, Blink

- Bill Hader – Emmy-winning comedian/actor/producer, Saturday Night Live, South Park

- Michael Lewis – New York Times bestselling author and journalist, Flash Boys, The Blind Side, Moneyball

- Toni Morrison – Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author, Beloved

- Steve Pinker – award-winning experimental psychologist, renowned writer on language, mind and human nature

- George Saunders – New York Times bestselling short-story and essay author, “Tenth of December,” “The Braindead Megaphone”

- Sarah Silverman – Emmy-winning actress/comedian, The Sarah Silverman Program, Saturday Night Live, School of Rock

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The 25 Best Burgers in the U.S.

The burger, America’s quintessential comfort food, can now be enjoyed in an impossibly endless number of ways. There are round-the-clock burgers at 24-hour-roadside joints and ephemeral late-night burgers sold out in mere minutes; burgers grilled in hundred-year-old cast-iron broilers and burgers steamed in state-of-the-art ovens; burgers crafted from Kobe beef imported from Japan and burgers made with Black Angus beef from just down the road. It’s clearly a great time to love the burger.

Food & Wine has singled out the 25 best burgers in the U.S. and you can check out the list HERE.

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Los Angeles: Father’s Office

Signature Burger: The Office Burger (dry-aged beef patty topped with Gruyère cheese, Maytag blue cheese, arugula and applewood-bacon compote). Among the finest in the country, they justify the strict no-ketchup policy. The 36 craft beers on tap change seasonally. fathersoffice.com

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Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day Is Today!

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Gourmet ice cream maker Häagen-Dazs will be offering free cones today Tuesday May 13, 2014 at 250 store locations across the country between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Customers can get one scoop each of one ice cream flavor; the full list of participating stores can be found HERE.

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R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set

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This set of R2-D2 Measuring Cups from ThinkGeek ($20) disassembles into 4 measuring cups plus 4 measuring spoons and reassembles in a snap (fortunately, it’s not as complicated as C-3PO).

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Each has its measurement written inside so you can’t forget what they are and handles on the back that don’t distract from R2′s aesthetic.

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Features:

- Set of measuring cups that look like R2-D2
- Officially-licensed Lucasfilm merchandise
- Body built from 4 measuring cups: 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, and 1 cup
- Detachable utility arms turn into nested measuring spoons: 1/4, 1/2, 1 tsp, and 1/3 tbsp
- Dome is both 1/2 cup and 1 tbsp
- Materials: Food-grade ABS plastic (BPA-free)
- Dimensions: 6 1/2″ tall x 5″ across x 3 3/4″ deep

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Ladies & Gentlemen, I Present To You The Alphabet Sandwich

Food Blogger, Nick Chipman of Dude Foods cooked up the Alphabet Sandwich, piled high with 26 toppings that each represent a different letter.

“As far as deciding on which toppings to choose, I sort of just started going through my refrigerator and freezer and finding whatever I could at home, so not having to run to the grocery store for too much probably played the biggest decision in what was on it,” Chipman shared.

Curious what’s on the sandwich? HERE’s the rundown. Job well done, Nick – You made Elmo and Dagwood proud!

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Trailer For Jon Favreau’s Chef

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Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and love.

The film is directed by Jon Favreau and open in New York and Los Angeles on May 9, 2014.

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