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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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Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day is Today, April 8, 2014

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Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day is today, April 8, 2014.

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Visit your local scoop shop from 12:00-8:00 pm! For more info or to find a Ben & Jerry’s near you, please click HERE.

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Nabisco Unveils Bacon Flavored Ritz Crackers

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Nabisco has unveiled America’s ultimate new snack—Ritz Bacon flavored Crackers. On shelves now the bacon flavored crackers combine the classic taste of Ritz, black pepper seasoning and the savory flavor of bacon.

“Ritz recognized America’s love for the taste of bacon and wanted to help take bacon flavor to places it’s never been before,” said Katrina Cohen, Senior Brand Manager of Ritz. “Ritz crackers are an American favorite, and pairing them with one of America’s most popular, savory flavors is an exciting new step for snacks.”

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Darth Vader Toaster

The Darth Vader Toaster ($45) used the power of the Force (electricity) to transform regular bread into delicious toast, complete with the Star Wars logo on one side and a picture of the Dark Lord of the Sith on the other. But the best part is the toaster itself. It’s shaped just like Darth Vader’s helmet. It will be available July 2014 but it can be pre-ordered now for $45 at BigBadToyStore.com.

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Fun-Boy Brand Milk Chocolate From Uranus Lands Nationwide!

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Children’s book author & illustrator Ralph Cosentino’s Fun-boy Brand Milk chocolate bars have broken thru the distribution stratosphere! With the help of Michael Goodman from “The MLG Production Company”, Uranus bars are now available exclusively across the country in all IT’Sugar retail store locations. To check locations, click HERE.

Not only tasting “DEE-LICIOUS” as the Fun-Boy mascot exclaims on every wrapper, but having a unique brand of fun humor and retro aesthetic helped the chocolate bars fit perfectly within IT’Sugar’s humorous and edgy product sensibilities. Made from 100% Belgian Milk Chocolate and premium ingredients, these high quality chocolate bars are made in the U.S.A.

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Fun-boy brand Novelty Treats are an off-shoot of products based on Ralph’s main character from his whimsical childrens book, “The Marvelous Misadventures of Fun-Boy” originally published by Viking Childrens Books. Under his shop hub “Jumbee”, Ralph showcases many of his character properties thru a variety of product and media. Jumbee currently features a range of Fun-boy products including prints, t-shirts, desktop games and a digital version of the Fun-boy book for desktops and mobile devices.

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The 38 Essential Pizzerias Across America, March 2014

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Americans love their pizza, whether it’s thin-crust, New York, deep dish, Detroit, bar, New Haven, Chicago, grilled, California, tomato pies, or Neapolitan-style. 

Fortunately, there are pizzerias across the country catering to all of these styles and more, at just about every price point. But which of these restaurants qualify as absolute must-stop pizzerias for the novice as well as the pizza snob? Last Fall, Eater unveiled the first-ever Eater National Pizza 38 in the grand tradition of the lists local sites have been putting out for years. And now, it’s time to revisit and update this guide to the 38 essential pizzerias (and restaurant pizzas) across the country.

Check out the list HERE and see if your favorite pizzeria made the cut.

I’ve eaten at Apizza Scholls in Portland, OR, Di Fara Pizza in Brooklyn, NY, Ken’s Artisan Pizza in Portland, OR, Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles, Santarpio’s Pizza in Boston, MA and Serious Pie in Seattle, WA and they were all unique and delicious!

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Dunkin’ Donuts’ Introduces Peeps Donuts

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With spring finally here, one of the season’s most fun and iconic sweet treats has flown into Dunkin’ Donuts and landed on the brand’s beloved donuts. Dunkin’ Donuts today unveiled new Peeps Donuts, its first-ever donuts topped with a real Peeps Marshmallow Chick.

Perfect for spring and the Easter holiday, Dunkin’ Donuts’ Peeps Donuts are shaped like flowers, decorated with pastel pink or green icing and topped with a pink or yellow Peeps Marshmallow Chick. The new Peeps Donuts will be available for a limited time at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide beginning Monday March 31, 2014.

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X-Men’s Mystique & The Western X-tra Bacon Thickburger at Hardee’s

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Man up with 2X the bacon and watch Mystique devour the new Hardee’s Western X-Tra Bacon Thickburger. Served with onion rings, cheese, BBQ Sauce and 2X the bacon on a fresh baked bun.

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Justice League Super Heroes Comics Available In Select General Mills Big G Cereals

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Back by popular demand, select General Mills Big G cereals now include four collectible comic books featuring the iconic DC Comics’ Justice League characters, on shelves now through April 2014. Four specialty issues created exclusively for General Mills, in partnership with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, can be found in grocery retailers nationwide, with a bonus fifth issue available only in select boxes of Cheerios at Target.

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Each specially marked box of Big G cereal also features several DC Comics Super Hero costume piece cutouts on the back. Fans are encouraged to put them on to strike a Super Hero’s pose, with chest out and hands on hips, to participate in #SuperHeroing, a social media movement to show how to start off the day with confidence… just like everyone’s favorite Super Heroes. Photos can be shared over Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the hashtag #SuperHeroing.

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Like any good comic book with a nail-biting cliffhanger, fans who have read Part One of each in-box comic book can then visit www.BigGCerealHeroes.com to read Part Two.

Participating Big G cereals include Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Honey Nut Cheerios, Trix, Cookie Crisp, and Reese’s. Visit www.BigGCerealHeroes.com to get more information and view exclusive General Mills and DC Comics content.

To find Big G cereals near you, please visit http://www.generalmills.com/ProductLocator.aspx.

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Wake Up And Smell The Bacon With Oscar Mayer’s New iOS App

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Prepare yourself for a bacon awakening beyond your wildest imagination. Wake Up & Smell The Bacon is a multi-sensory alarm experience that starts your morning with the mouthwatering sizzle and smell of Oscar Mayer bacon.

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A new alarm app by Oscar Mayer lures you out of bed every morning to not only the sweet sound of frying bacon, but to the smell as well. A small gadget attached to your iPhone’s headphone jack sends a bacon fragrance your way as the alarm sizzles.

The bacon device isn’t being sold – you’ll have to win it through a sweepstakes on Oscar Mayer’s website.

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Star Wars Lightsaber BBQ Tongs

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Flip your burgers and franks with the ruthless precision of a Sith Lord. Star Wars BBQ Tongs (£19.99) are the pincers of choice for any galactic chef.

These handy barbecue tongs are based on Darth Vader’s lightsaber, circa Episode IV. With a handy pair of pincers at one end and the lightsaber’s iconic hilt at the other, these BBQ tongs are the perfect kitschy gift for any Star Wars fan/outdoor chef! May the Sauce be with you.

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Features:

- Barbecue tongs with removable transparent red cover
– Officially licensed Star Wars product
– Features classic Lightsaber SFX
– Requires 2 x AA batteries (not included)

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Ben & Jerry’s Unveils Four New ‘Core’ Flavors

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Ben & Jerry’s has released four new ice cream flavors. The new frozen treats are part of the “Core” line: The containers have two flavors, one on each side of a fudge or jam center. If that’s not decadent enough, there are chunks of candy or brownies in the ice cream.

“We wanted to blow out the concept of fun flavors, chunks and swirls and take it over the top,” said Eric Fredette, the lead flavor developer for Ben & Jerry’s.

The four new flavors are:

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- Hazed & Confused: chocolate and hazelnut ice creams with fudge chips and a hazelnut fudge core.

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- That’s My Jam: raspberry and chocolate ice creams with fudge chips and a raspberry core.

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- Peanut Butter Fudge: chocolate and peanut butter ice creams with mini peanut butter cups and a peanut butter fudge core.

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- Salted Caramel: sweet cream ice cream with blonde brownies and a salty caramel core.

The pints ($4.39 each) are rolling out to stores this month. In the spring, Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops will offer customizable Core Sundaes with a core of hot fudge or caramel between any two flavors.

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Pile High Snack Stadium For Super Bowl

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Feed a crowd at your next game day gathering or Superbowl party with a stadium made of snack food! 

The field is made from spicy guacamole, hummus end zones and beef stick goal posts. Take a chip or cracker from the stands, and dig in to this show stopping party platter!

The Pile High Snack Stadium contains enough dip, chips and sandwiches to feed an entire football team.

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Shocking News: Froot Loops Are All the Same Flavor

The delicious, multicolored O’s that make up Froot Loops don’t actually represent different fruit flavors. Reddit’s Today I Learned series recently unearthed a 1999 article from the Straight Dope, which confirms that “according to Kellogg’s, all of those delectable loops are flavored the same.”

Food Beast performed scientific blind testing and found that the rumors are indeed true: Froot Loops all taste the same. In their words: “Each loop does in fact taste like mildly sweetened cardboard, with negligible or no differences between them.”

Don’t feel bad as Trix and Fruity Pebbles yielded similar results.

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Oreo To Launch Two New Cookie Flavors In February: Cookie Dough & Marshmallow Crispy

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Oreo wants to unlock some new magic — with two new flavors next month: Cookie Dough and Marshmallow Crispy.

Cookie Dough will feature the traditional chocolate sandwich cookies filled with a tan-colored crème, flecked with “chocolatey chips.” The Marshmallow Crispy version is reminiscent of a Rice Krispie Treat, with vanilla-flavored sandwich cookies and sweet cream spotted with crisped rice.

The new flavors arrive on February 3, 2014 and are expected to be available for six to eight weeks.

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Submit The Next Great Potato Chip Flavor Idea For The Chance To Win $1 Million Dollars

Back by popular demand, Lay’s announced the return of its “Do Us A Flavor” contest, which invites fans nationwide to submit their ideas for the next great potato chip flavor for the chance to win a $1 million grand prize.  

Building on its previous success, this year’s contest offers Lay’s consumers even more opportunities to demonstrate their passion and creativity for potato chip flavors. Fans will now be able to choose from three potato chip forms – Lay’s Original, Lay’s Kettle Cooked and/or Lay’s Wavy – for their flavor ideas, and this time around, a fourth finalist flavor will be created and brought to store shelves. 

Submissions are now open at www.dousaflavor.com. Here is the flavor that I created that incorporates America’s favorite comfort food, grilled cheese, bacon and tomato soup. You can vote for my flavor HERE.

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BuzzFeed Tests Out Burgers & Other Items From The McDonald’s Secret Menu

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In this video, BuzzFeed tests out a variety of secret menu items from McDonald’s including the Monster Mac comprised of a Big Mac with eight meat patties and the Air, Land, & Sea, which is a Big Mac, a McChicken, and Filet-O-Fish combined into a single sandwich.

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The 17 Most Influential Burgers of All Time

TIME interviewed burger historians and experts to determine which patties made the biggest impact on the burger industry—and the world at large. Check out the 17 most influential burgers of all time HERE.

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The In-N-Out Burger – Whereas McDonald’s focused on fast, In-N-Out focused on food—its signature burger, which debuted in 1948, was made from locally sourced ground beef and fresh vegetables. That approach may have prevented In-N-Out’s expansion (it has just 294 locations today, compared with McDonald’s 34,000-plus), but it certainly hasn’t dampened foodie enthusiasm: the In-N-Out burger routinely tops best-of burger lists, and has inspired the launch of other higher-end fast food chains, such as Five Guys.

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The Great Chicken Wing Hunt – A Journey To The Heart of America’s Greatest Food

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Called The Big Lebowski of Documentaries, The Great Chicken Wing Hunt  is an award-winning is a documentary comedy directed by Matt Reynolds about Buffalo wings and the band of misfits who set out to find the world’s best one. 

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of America’s greatest food.

Celebrate now by watching The Great Chicken Wing Hunt, out in select theaters and on-demand everywhere January 14, 2014.

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The World’s First Burrito Kiosk Opens In Los Angeles

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Just walk up to Burritobox and choose from their menu of six hand-rolled burritos, watch a 60-second ad while your meal heats up and enjoy a hot fresh tortilla wrapped treat!

The ingredients in their 100 percent natural burritos have no hormones or antibiotics and their breakfast burritos have cage-free eggs. The varieties include roasted potato with egg and cheese, uncured bacon with egg and cheese, chorizo sausage with egg and cheese, free-range chicken with beans and rice, and shredded beef and cheese. You can also add sides such as sour cream, Tabasco and guacamole to your order on the touch screen for an additional fee.

The burritos cost $3 plus tax. The first kiosk is now open inside the new Mobil Station at 8380 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles and a second machine is slated to pop up at the 76 Station in Century City on January 18th.

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Joseph Joseph Nest 100 9-Piece Food Preparation Set

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The Joseph Joseph Nest 100 ($100) is a practical, space-saving 9-piece food preparation set which includes two sizes of stainless-steel mixing bowls, both with non-slip bases; a fine stainless-steel sieve; a large stainless-steel colander and a set of five measuring cups ranging in size from 1 teaspoon up to 1 cup.

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The innovative design of Nest allows the individual elements within each set to be stacked neatly together, thereby occupying the absolute minimum amount of space.

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The mixing bowls, sieve and colander are all made from high quality 18/8 stainless steel, providing exceptional durability.

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18 Standout Burgers You Should Try Now

If America has a national sandwich, it’s the hamburger. 

George Motz, noted host of Travel Channel’s ‘Burger Land,’ and author of ‘Hamburger America’ (and producer of a film by the same name) guides us through this varied landscape and provides us with a short list of truly notable burger establishments from across the country

Motz says there are a few key components to any great burger, but the most important is that it’s made of freshly ground, single-source beef. He’s also especially fond of shining a light on classic spots that frequently go unmentioned in gourmet top tens. “When you walk into a burger restaurant, and all they’re talking about is their beef blend or how much they love their butcher, you know you’re in the right place,” he says. In that spirit, here are 18 dining spots that Motz says make burgers that deserve special recognition – some classic, some exotic, some bizarre, all delicious – and that should be on any devotees burger bucket list.

Check out the list HERE.

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Two Boroughs Burger, Two Boroughs Larder (Charleston, South Carolina)

Like Halley’s Comet, a Two Boroughs burger ($11) is a rare thing of beauty. If you’re lucky enough to score one – just 24 are made every Wednesday, and only after 5 p.m. – you will achieve a kind of Motz-ian burger bliss. The main event here, which is cooked in a black-steel pan, is made from two five-ounce patties of local beef, ground with a proprietary spice blend, topped with slices of Nueske’s bacon, a drippy Mornay cheese sauce, and an ever-changing special pickle, all on an artisanal benne-seed bun. Once, when Motz brought in about six people and nearly decimated that night’s supply, he found his burger topped with a kale-kimchi combo as that night’s pickle option. He won’t stop talking about it to this day. “The people who make these are burger savants,” he says.

Two Boroughs Larder
186 Coming St. Charleston, SC
843-637-3722

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Do We Really Need This? The Crock-Pot Lunch Food Warmer

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Is that Beef Stew I smell cooking at Bob’s desk? Who can resist the smell of steamy clam chowder wafting through the office? Wish you could have hearty swedish meatballs for lunch but don’t want to leave your cubicle, then this time saving miracle is for you…

Enjoy warm, hearty lunches without leaving your desk. The Crock-Pot Lunch Crock Food Warmer ($20) is a lunch tote and food warmer in one that warms while you work for delicious on-the-go meals that are ready when and where you are.

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Heats leftovers, soups, oatmeal and any number of favorites into amazing meals away from home. Superior portability features include an outer lid, cool-touch exterior, easy-carry handle and cord storage. 20-ounce capacity is perfect for a personal, portion-sized meal. Container is removable for filling and transporting, eliminating need to travel with entire unit.

Features:

- Serves 1 person
- 20-ounce capacity
- Tote-like handle for easy carrying
- Travel lid seals food during transport
- Cord storage
- Removable, dishwasher-safe food container and lid

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THE FIRE WIRE 2013 Holiday Must-Have List: Beecher’s Flagship Cheddar Cheese

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This is my all-time favorite cheddar cheese in the world and if you have a cheese lover on your Holiday shopping list, surprise them with this delicacy! Who doesn’t love cheese in their stockings?

The first wheel of Flagship, Beecher’s signature cheese, was handcrafted just as Beecher’s Handmade Cheese opened its doors in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market in November of 2003.

Flagship is a semi-hard cow’s milk cheese with a uniquely robust, nutty flavor. It is carefully aged for 15 months under the watchful eye of the cheesemaker to fully develop its complex flavor and ever-so-slight crumble. Outstanding on a Beecher’s Cracker!

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Delivered in two pieces weighing approximately 8 ounces each for $20 + shipping. Order HERE.

Available at fine cheese shops and supermarkets Nationwide or visit their two locations:

Seattle:
Pike Place Market
1600 Pike Place
Seattle, WA 98101
206-956-1964

New York:
Flatiron District
900 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
212-466-3340

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