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  • Coke with Coffee is (finally) here

    01/26/2021 12:07:14 PM PST · by mylife · 42 replies
    cnn ^ | 1/25/2021
    Coffee is finally launching Monday in the United States after being available for years internationally. The product is made with Brazilian coffee and comes in dark blend, vanilla and caramel flavors. There's also a calorie-free zero sugar version. Each 12-ounce can has 69 milligrams of caffeine. That's about half as much as is in a 12-ounce cup of coffee but far more than what's in a can of Coke. The new product comes at a time when Coca-Cola (KO) is focusing on its core products, including Coke and Coke Zero Sugar. Last year, the company announced plans to cut its...
  • Pizza buffet chain Cici's files for bankruptcy

    01/26/2021 10:52:25 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 80 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/26/2021 | Jordan Valinsky
    In a court filing late Monday, Cici's blamed its Chapter 11 filing on the "unpredictable and unprecedented scale" of the pandemic, which decimated its bottom line and customer demand because it relies heavily on its dining rooms. The Texas-based company has more than 300 locations in 26 states — a sharp decrease from the roughly 650 restaurants it owned about a decade ago. Cici's dropped "pizza" from its name in 2015 and expanded its menu to focus on its unlimited soup, salad and dessert options. The company was bought by Arlon, a food and agriculture investment firm, a year later.
  • Frank's RedHot Sauce Will Soon Come in a Sandwich-Ready 'Slice' Form

    01/26/2021 8:15:01 AM PST · by mylife · 44 replies
    food and wine ^ | 1/22/2021 | Mike pomranz
    Back in 2018, a Kickstarter for a product called "Slice of Sauce" made headlines with an idea that is as mindblowing as it is a potential game-changer: packaged "slices" of ketchup billed as a "no-mess" and "zero soggy bun" way to enhance burgers, sandwiches, and wraps. The idea of sliced condiments has continued to bounce around in the public consciousness since, but Slice of Sauce has been relatively quiet… until recently. Officially launched last year, Slice of Sauce grabbed a larger spotlight last week after appearing on Shark Tank. Baseball legend and guest shark Alex Rodriguez bought into the concept...
  • Gluten-Free Oreos Are Being Turned into a Gluten-Free Stout

    01/26/2021 7:37:22 AM PST · by mylife · 14 replies
    food and wine ^ | 1/25/2021 | Mike pomranz
    As the world's best-selling cookie brand, Oreo excited gluten-averse fans when they announced they'd be releasing the first-ever gluten-free version of their cookies this January. But for one brewery in Colorado, this Gluten-Free Oreo announcement sparked another exciting concept: a Gluten-Free Oreo stout. Holidaily Brewing Company in Golden is billed as "100-percent dedicated to gluten-free," founded by Karen Hertz, a cancer survivor who went gluten-free as part of her treatment plan. The brewery's lineup features plenty of intriguing styles—from a hip hazy IPA to even a gluten-free spin on a wit beer, which is traditionally made from the very not...
  • What's in the milk bottle? Man in Indonesia caught feeding baby beer and energy drink

    01/26/2021 3:02:48 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | JANUARY 26, 2021 | QISTINA BUMIDIN
    Babies are cranky at times, but what lengths would you go to calm them down? It'd definitely not be feeding them a concoction of beer, energy drink and milk in a bottle, as what this Indonesian man did. A video of Andika feeding his four-month-old nephew milk that he mixed with beer and an energy drink recently went viral on social media in Indonesia, according to Kompas. According to the police, Andika and five friends were having a drinking party at his brother's place on Jan 20 night. His brother and sister-in-law, who are the parents of the baby, were...
  • Man catches 54 pieces of popcorn in his mouth in one minute

    01/25/2021 3:12:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    UPI ^ | 1/25\5/2021 | Ben Hooper
    A pair of Idaho men broke a Guinness World Record when one used both hands to throw popcorn that the other caught in his mouth. David Rush, who has broken more than 150 Guinness records to promote STEM education, teamed up with neighbor Jonathan Hannon to break the record for most popcorn thrown and then caught with the mouth in one minute (team of two). Hannon, who is ambidextrous, threw popcorn with both hands and Rush caught the flying snacks in his mouth. The men managed 54 catches in one minute, beating the previous record of 37, which was set...
  • The Great Chicken Sandwich (Meal) Wars, Settled

    01/25/2021 12:53:00 PM PST · by mylife · 75 replies
    the dispatch ^ | 1/23/2021
    As we drove through Warrenton, Virginia (population 9,913), it struck me and my husband, Scott, at the same time. In a quarter mile stretch of road, there was every major chain that has come to define the American fast-food landscape. We were hungry. We didn’t want to get COVID-19. I had forgotten the frozen pizzas in our rush to get out the door. And neither of us had tried the famous Popeyes’ Chicken Sandwich that had sold out across the country in 2019. We set our minds to our new mission. First, we devised rules: At every venue, we would...
  • Chef reveals trick to make perfect scrambled eggs using surprising ingredient

    01/25/2021 8:56:57 AM PST · by mylife · 132 replies
    metro ^ | 1/25/2021
    Scrambled eggs might be a simple dish but it can be surprisingly hard to get right. Everyone wants a fluffy texture and to avoid the eggs going too rubbery. And one chef says the key is his secret ingredient – mayonnaise. Food scientist Alton Brown says the condiment gives the dish a creamier and more delicious texture.
  • You Can Get Paid $30 An Hour To Eat Candy And It Sounds Like The Perfect Job

    01/23/2021 3:32:12 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 36 replies
    Delish ^ | January 21, 2021 | Kristin Salaky
    If your ideal workday is sitting around, eating candy, and judging (whose isn't???), well, I have great news for you! This is an actual job that exists, you can get paid serious cash to do it, and more than one person will get the honor! It's all thanks to Candy Funhouse. The company is hiring part-time and full-time "Candyologists," AKA Candy and Chocolate Taste Testers to help the company try out and narrow down which candies will be a part of the first-ever Candy Funhouse branded candy line. The line will feature 10 candies, but they'll first need to be...
  • Joe Biden Removing Trump's 'Diet Coke Button' From the Oval Office Prompts Wave of Jokes

    01/23/2021 2:16:12 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 41 replies
    Newsweek ^ | January 22, 2021 | Seren Morris
    President Joe Biden has removed Donald Trump's supposed "Diet Coke button" as part of the changes he has made to the Oval Office. While in office, Trump had a red button on his desk that was said to alert a butler to bring him Diet Coke. Some Twitter users are shocked that Biden had the button removed, while others are shocked that the "Diet Coke button" may have even existed in the first place.
  • Straight talk on Intermittent Fasting (does it work or not!?!)

    01/23/2021 11:00:07 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | Jan. 13, 2021 | Christine Sismondo
    Sometimes it seems as if the diet world is nearly as polarized as the political sphere. Especially when it comes to Intermittent Fasting (IF). I wrote a piece about it last year and, almost immediately, saw people sub-tweeting me to complain about promoting an eating disorder in the name of wellness. That’s a pretty stock response to the mere mention of IF in some circles. On the other end of the spectrum are the die-hard devotees of this popular weight-loss plan, which places more emphasis on when people eat than what they eat. Earlier this fall, when Dr. Ethan Weiss,...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - January 23-29, 2021

    01/23/2021 7:09:12 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 101 replies
    January 23, 2021 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is a non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack...
  • What A Fight Over $2,000 Checks Says About The Left’s Approach To Biden

    01/23/2021 3:45:09 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 1/22/20 | Daniel Marans
    When President Joe Biden announced his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill last week, the opening bid drew mostly positive reviews from progressive observers. But a handful of influential left-wing members of Congress, activists and commentators cried foul, arguing that Biden’s proposal failed to deliver on his promise to provide all lower- and middle-income households with $2,000 relief payments. **SNIP** In a note to a group of socialists, David Duhalde, a vice chair of the Democratic Socialists of America Fund, the DSA’s philanthropic arm, acknowledged the merit of the critique of Biden’s proposal before suggesting that an ill-fated battle to increase...
  • LA’s New Street Food Star Serves One Thing: Suckling Pig Tacos

    01/22/2021 10:43:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Eater ^ | Jan 22, 2021 | Bill Esparza
    David Delfin’s Los Sabrosos offers LA a rare treat from Nayarit, MexicoMany of Mexico’s most coveted tacos feature pork, from carnitas and cochinita pibil to the various tacos de trompo. There’s tacos árabes from Puebla, adobada from Baja California, tacos de trompo out of Nuevo León, and the nearly ever-present al pastor, with deep roots in Mexico City and many other Mexican states. Much the same is true in Los Angeles, which makes a new type of pork taco contender here in Southern California all the more rare, indeed. Suckling pig tacos, featuring whole roasted young pigs, are a rare...
  • Jill Biden thanks Guard members with chocolate chip cookies

    01/22/2021 9:55:32 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 52 replies ^ | January 22, 2021 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    New first lady Jill Biden took an unannounced detour to the U.S. Capitol on Friday to deliver baskets of chocolate chip cookies to National Guard members, thanking them “for keeping me and my family safe” during President Joe Biden’s inauguration. “I just want to say thank you from President Biden and the whole, the entire Biden family,” she told a group of Guard members at the Capitol. “The White House baked you some chocolate chip cookies,” she said, before joking that she couldn’t say she had baked them herself. Joe Biden was sworn into office on Wednesday, exactly two weeks...
  • After over 30 years in business, William Ho's in Shorewood has closed

    01/22/2021 12:42:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    OnMilwaukee ^ | Jan 14, 2021 | Lori Fredrich
    A longtime Shorewood staple has bid adieu.William Ho's, a restaurant which served Chinese fare at 3524 N. Oakland Ave. in Shorewood for over 30 years has closed. After finding the restaurant's ordering platform down and the restaurant's phone number disconnected, we reached out to Steph Salvia, executive director for the Shorewood Business Improvement District. She was able to confirm that, after persisting through many months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the owners recently decided to close the restaurant and retire. The restaurant, long known for both the decorative facade on its building (which sports large sea creatures, including a lobster), its...
  • Threads of God – The World’s Rarest Pasta Is Also One of the Most Difficult to Make

    01/22/2021 8:22:31 AM PST · by mylife · 39 replies
    oddity central ^ | 1/22/2021
    The small town of Nuoro, on Italy’s Sardinia island, is home to what many are calling the world’s rarest pasta, an intricate, hand-made treat that only a handful of people can make. Known as su filindeu (in Sardinia’s Sardo dialect), or Fili di Dio (in Italian), and translated as threads of God, this traditional pasta had been linked to La Festa di San Francesco, an ancient religious ritual celebrated every year, in May. For the past two hundred years, the only way to try threads of god pasta was to complete a 33km pilgrimage on foot or horseback from Nuoro...
  • Kimchi wars: South Korean academic takes spat with China to new level with tart ad in New York Times

    01/21/2021 1:43:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | JANUARY 20, 2021 | PARK CHAN-KYONG
    South Korean social media influencer Hamzy eating kimchi in a YouTube video. Chinese social media sites have banned Hamzy after she gave a thumbs-up emoji to a comment critical of China for claiming to be the origin of the dish. A renowned South Korean academic activist has taken the simmering row with China over which country invented kimchi to a new level – by placing an advertisement in The New York Times promoting it as a purely Korean culinary offering. Seo Kyoung-duk, a professor at Sungshin University in Seoul who specialises in publicity, said he launched the campaign announcing Kimchi...
  • Disney World’s New Grilled Cheese Is Made With Doughnuts Instead Of Bread

    01/21/2021 9:00:26 AM PST · by mylife · 40 replies
    simplemost ^ | 1/19/2021
    The original Grilled Cheeeeeese is $6 and comes on a soft, sweet, round bun, which Crave says is similar to King’s Hawaiian Bread. But, for an extra dollar, guests can substitute a griddled, glazed donut in place of the bun. “Our chefs grill the sweet bun halves on the cut sides, flip them over and then pile on the cheese — and we mean pile it on,” Crave says. “We use four slices of American cheese — the best for meltability. As the cheese begins to melt, the halves are put together and the sandwich is griddled until the cheese...
  • Is there any real difference in quality between brands of Quercetin? (Vanity)

    01/19/2021 8:07:52 PM PST · by Java4Jay · 48 replies
    I've been buying Thorne's Quercetin Phytosome but find it expensive. So I wonder is there any real difference in quality between brands of Quercetin?