Category Archives: Food

The Chef Show: Volume 2 Returns To Netflix On September 13

Roy Choi and Jon Favreau are back for another six episodes of The Chef Show. They pick right up where they left off in Volume 1 with more episodes of the duo talking about food, cooking food, and most importantly, eating food!

Guests include Seth Rogan, chef Daniele Uditi of Pizzana, chef Wes Avila of Guerilla Tacos, Andrew Rea, and chef David Chang.

New episodes begin streaming on Netflix Friday, September 13.

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Milky Way Salted Caramel Bars To Hit Shelves In 2020

Milky Way is a classic candy bar that lovers of nougat, caramel, and chocolate have been eating for decades. And in a few months, the candy bar is adding a brand-new offering to its lineup — the Milky Way Salted Caramel bar.

The brand announced via social media that this salted-caramel flavor is officially joining its candy-bar lineup in January 2020.

Eager snackers will get to try the candy in October. Walmart will be selling “share-size” (3.16-ounce) versions of the salted-caramel bar at select locations later this year.

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Oscar Mayer Hot Dog Ice Cream Sandwich With Candied Hot Dog Bits & Spicy Dijon Mustard Gelato

Oscar Mayer announced that they have partnered with il laboratorio del gelato to create a hot dog-flavored ice cream sandwich with candied hot dog bits and a spicy dijon mustard ice cream. This “Ice-Dog” will be offered in New York City via an ice-cream themed Weinermobile during the week of August 12, 2019.

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Funko Announces Oogie Boogie & Ursula Disney Villain Cereals For Halloween

Funko has announced two Disney villain cereals that will fill your little spooks breakfast bowls in time for Halloween.

The cereals feature two of the most iconic Disney bad guys from our childhoods: The Little Mermaid‘s Ursula and The Nightmare Before Christmas‘ Oogie Boogie.

These villainous characters will join four others (to be revealed at later dates) in a line of Funko cereals (or FunkO’s). Each box comes complete with several servings of delicious, sugary cereal, and also includes a Pocket POP! of selected character.

The Disney villain FunkO’s cereal will be available at Spencer’s and Spirit Halloween in late August and early September, and are currently set for preorders on the store websites HERE and HERE, with an expected ship date of September 11.

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French’s Announces Limited Edition Mustard Ice Cream 

Today, French’s announced the availability of a French’s Mustard Ice Cream just in time for National Mustard Day this Saturday.  This limited-edition ice cream was developed with Coolhaus Ice Cream to bring together two all-American classics, ice cream and mustard, in a surprising yet delicious offering. Served with an accompanying pretzel cookie, the French’s Mustard Ice Cream will be available in Los Angeles and New York City for a limited time beginning on August 1.

Coolhaus’s location in Culver City, CA will have the ice cream available for customers to try on August 2-4 and August 9-11 to celebrate National Mustard Day on the West Coast. New Yorkers can look for the French’s Mustard Ice Cream truck in the streets of New York City on August 1 and 2, before making its way out to the Hamptons on August 3. 

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Stranger Things Themed Ice Cream Shop Scoops Ahoy Pops Up In Burbank

The wildly popular Netflix series Stranger Things has transformed a Baskin-Robbins in Burbank into a retro style ice cream parlor.

Through Sunday, July 14, the shop will double as Scoops Ahoy, the nautical-themed ice cream parlor (and employer of Joe Keery’s character, Steve) that is a favorite hot-weather hangout for Hawkins’ heroes. The immersive takeover will transport Stranger Things fans to the summer of ’85. Even the staff’s uniforms and the drive-through got a makeover.

The menu features a bunch of new Stranger Things frozen treats!

To transform Baskin-Robbins’ L.A. flagship, Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer granted the ice cream company exclusive behind-the-scenes access: “We read the scripts back in October; [the Duffer brothers] allowed us in their offices and we got three hours to read,” David Nagel, Baskin-Robbins senior director of consumer engagement, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Naturally, the store houses an Instagram-worthy, ship-themed photo opp wall with wood paneling, brass portholes and a working brass bell. The shop’s floors and walls were covered in blue-and-white checkered and striped vinyl, freezer door handles were swapped out with nautical rope and every visible Baskin-Robbins logo (even on napkin holders and the sliding glass doors) was replaced with the fictional dessert counter’s anchor logo. Of course, there are plenty of Easter eggs for fans to discover.

To pull it all off, Baskin-Robbins worked closely with Stranger Things set designer Jess Royal on the interiors. “She was talking about all the detail and research that she goes into, so we started doing our own research about the ’80s and how we could be totally authentic. Everything we’ve done, we’re matching to the show, even down to our TV commercials,” says Nagel. The brand’s research and development team (“They are the best anywhere; they’re a mix of food scientists and chefs”) whipped up the menu.

Baskin-Robbins, 1201 South Victory Blvd., Burbank; baskin-robbins.com

Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter

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KFC Cheetos Sandwich

Kentucky Fried Chicken and the fan-favorite Cheetos brand announced the nationwide launch of the Cheetos Sandwich with assistance from its newest Colonel, the most mischievous cat around: Chester Cheetah.

Chester is the first brand icon and spokescheetah to portray KFC’s famous founder, Colonel Harland Sanders. He will take the reins on KFC’s social channels and appear on TV screens in ad spots (beginning June 30) to promote the iconic co-branded partnership and remind Cheetos and KFC lovers everywhere that the new Cheetos Sandwich is only available at KFC through the end of July.  

The Cheetos Sandwich – a juicy, hand-breaded Extra Crispy chicken filet drizzled with a special Cheetos sauce, layered over Cheetos and mayo, placed on a toasted bun – will satisfy all your crunchy, cheesy wishes.

To prepare for the role, Chester donned his best white Colonel suit, posed in a digital billboard spot and even took over a New York City KFC (242 E. 14th Street), hosting an Instagrammable and exclusive pop-up event on June 27. The party featured one-of-a-kind KFC and Cheetos mashup menu items available only at the event and an exclusive first taste of the new Cheetos Sandwich for consumers.

Chester took it upon himself to “Cheetos-fy” the entire restaurant, including a 28 feet by 12 feet long wall mural painted outside the restaurant by artist, Vizie, in what he calls “an explosion of flavor.” The abstract and colorful mural is a symbolic representation to show the merging of two renowned brands, KFC and Cheetos, and is available for fans to snap a selfie in front of through the end of July.

As part of the launch, KFC will also introduce the Cheetos Lovers Box meal, which includes the Cheetos Sandwich, Popcorn Nuggets drizzled in Cheetos sauce, mac and cheese, wedges and a medium drink (prices and participation may vary).

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Here Is A First Peek At The Taco Bell Pop-Up Hotel In Palm Springs

Taco Bell shared a first peek inside its much-anticipated pop-up hotel in Palm Springs, California named ‘The Bell’.

Reservations open Thursday, June 27,  with availability to guests this summer from August 8 through August 12 for $169 per night.

“The hotel draws on Taco Bell’s vibrant palette to create a unique and flavor-filled destination that is the ultimate expression of the brand, unlike anything the brand has done before,” says Taco Bell’s senior director of retail engagement and experience, Jennifer Arnoldt.

The branded hotel, which will temporarily take over the V Hotel Palm Springs hotel at 333 E. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, will offer 70 rooms. It will feature a “Freeze Lounge”—inspired by the chain’s “Mountain Dew Baja Blast” beverage—where presumably guests can enjoy antifreeze-colored slushies, try to not bounce off the walls in the ensuing sugar rush and ultimately crash into a puddle on the floor.

Other entertainment will include “dive-in movies” and performances from musical acts participating in Taco Bell’s long-running “Feed the Beat” food-for-touring-bands program, as well taco-themed nail art.

While guests will be able to eat Taco Bell-inspired resort fare and new (as-yet-unveiled) menu items, Taco Bell is also hinting that Taco Bell breakfast in bed will be available.

Click HERE for more info.

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What Is The Best Sandwich in Every U.S. State?

From the humble grilled cheese to slow-cooked pulled pork, there’s something for everyone at sandwich establishments across the nation.

Preferences vary widely from state to state: Some can be held in your hands, much like the original; other’s require a fork and knife to dig into. For purists, a sandwich is anything between two slices of bread or halves of a roll (burgers and hot dogs notwithstanding), and every one of the 50 states has something exciting in that regard to offer.

To create this list, Far & Wide did a deep dive into the culinary history and local specialties of each and every state in order to identify its emblematic sandwich. Once they zeroed in on the dish that best represented the local cuisine, they delved into reviews on Yelp, Facebook, Instagram and TripAdvisor to find the restaurants, sandwich shops and food carts that locals claimed were making the very best examples of what their state had to offer. 

I’m going to go off the list and give a shout out to Portland, Maine where I grew up and their iconic Italian sandwich. For those unfamiliar, a Maine Italian sub is prepared using a long soft Italian bread, ham, American cheese, tomato, onion, sour pickle, green bell pepper, black olives, olive oil, salt and black pepper. I know that everyone loves Amato’s for this New England treat but I prefer Dipietro’s Market in South Portland. If Sam is working say hello from me and feel free to ship me a sub, I sure miss them!

Check out the list HERE and see if your favorite sandwich made the cut?

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Burger King Created An Upside Down Whopper For Stranger Things Season 3

Burger King is unveiling an Upside Down Whopper—named in honor of the show’s Upside Down parallel dimension. The tie-in is a co-promotion with Coca-Cola and Netflix.

The Upside Down Whopper sandwich features exclusive packaging and the same ingredients as the original Whopper, served upside down. The burger will only be sold in 11 locations, a reference to the show’s protagonist Eleven. The limited-time product goes on sale June 21 at these locations:

10494 West Sample Road, Coral Springs, FL, 33065
25560 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, TX, 77494
128 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02108
415 Bullsboro Drive, Newnan, GA, 30263
2400 Caster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19134
2009 Coit Road, Plano, TX, 75075
2840 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60647
35 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102
4918 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90027
327 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036
1437 West Patapsco Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21230

The 11 restaurants will also have limited edition T-shirts, crowns, ketchup packets and pins with a Stranger Things theme.

The campaign also includes a contest in partnership with Coca-Cola. By purchasing any soft drink at participating Burger Kings, 100,000 customers every day will have a chance to win swag, free food, cash, airline tickets, a car or a Stranger Things VIP Experience. Plus, a “Hopper Meal” (named after the police chief in the series) that is ordered through delivery service DoorDash with code “STRANGER” unlocks exclusive content from the third season from June 13 through June 20.

Stranger Things returns to Netflix on July 4.

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