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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli yesterday at 05:31. 2 comments

Last Call: Aren’t we all emotional support animals?

Last Call: Aren’t we all emotional support animals?
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Truly, what pet is not an emotional support animal? Who among us has adopted a pet for a reason other than having a little buddy around to improve your...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli yesterday at 02:37. 6 comments

Shipwreck turns up century-old liquor that might be worth millions

Shipwreck turns up century-old liquor that might be worth millions

Over a century ago, during the height of World War I, the S.S. Kyros—a Swedish freighter full of fancy booze meant for Russian aristocrats and very possibly for Czar Nicholas II himself—set sail from France. It was almost at its destination of St. Petersburg when it encountered the German U-boat UC-58, which did not care much for either the Russians or their czar’s appetite for Benedictine.

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 15, 2019 at 00:51. 6 comments

Twinkies are now an acceptable breakfast

Twinkies are now an acceptable breakfast

Did the world need a Twinkies cereal? Probably not, but this December, we’re getting one anyway.

According to a press release issued by Post Consumer Brands, “Twinkies Cereal replicates the distinctive taste and familiar oblong shape of the golden-colored snack cake, delivering delightful sweetness in every bite.” There is no mention of any creamy filling inside these oblong nuggets, so...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 13, 2019 at 21:44. 3 comments

McDonald’s Cinnamon Cookie Latte needs more cookie, less everything else

McDonald’s Cinnamon Cookie Latte needs more cookie, less everything else

Since 2014, Starbucks has released, by my own estimation, at least 700 limited edition seasonal beverages. The number of seasonal beverages released in that time by McDonald’s McCafe: zero. While the rest of the coffee universe was so busy that they were able to invent multiple unicorn-themed drinks , McDonald’s has abided by the old “slow and steady wins the race” axiom, waiting until it...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 13, 2019 at 00:32. 6 comments

New Jersey's wild turkeys seek revenge on senior citizens, former MLB third baseman

New Jersey's wild turkeys seek revenge on senior citizens, former MLB third baseman

Just in time for Thanksgiving, wild turkeys appear to be unionizing. Their first order of business: forcing a community of senior citizens to experience the sort of terror that turkeys live with ever single day of their goddamn lives.

Residents in Holiday City—a 55+ community built on the site of a razed pine forest in Ocean County, New Jersey—have told local station News12 that a vicious...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 12, 2019 at 23:30. 9 comments

Man has the nerve to complain about Popeyes chicken sandwich with half a joint inside it

Man has the nerve to complain about Popeyes chicken sandwich with half a joint inside it

On Monday, November 4th, New York City resident Jeremy Merdinger wanted the same thing as every other red-blooded American: a Popeyes chicken sandwich. He ordered two sandwiches—one plain, one spicy—brought them back to his apartment to enjoy, and discovered he’d been given a little something extra special in his order:

Speaking with The New York Post Merdinger said that he first ate the...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 12, 2019 at 20:51. 2 comments

You’ll go yam for sweet potato chutney

You’ll go yam for sweet potato chutney

If everybody loved cranberry sauce as much as they say they do, they’d eat it more than once a year. I daresay there are some who don’t like cranberry sauce at all! Now, I’m not suggesting we eliminate cranberry sauce from our Thanksgiving tables, oh no. I’m suggesting that we expand the condiment selection to offer a variety of flavors and textures. Just as you should never force someone to...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 12, 2019 at 01:33.

Chipotle expands mental health services for employees

Chipotle expands mental health services for employees

With around 3.6 million fast food workers in America, change to the industry comes slowly—especially, it seems, when it’s change for the better. So when a fast food giant announces an initiative to improve the lives of its employees, it feels like a huge deal.

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced in a press release that it will be providing access to mental healthcare services for more than 80,000...

Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 12, 2019 at 00:19. 16 comments

Cities ban gas stoves in favor of electric

Cities ban gas stoves in favor of electric

I’ve never once met a person who said, “I love my electric stove.” Culinary experts and food media alike have always driven home the point that these stoves are supposedly inferior in every way: They don’t get hot enough, and it’s harder to control their heat levels. There’s only one reason why anyone would say that electric is superior to gas, but it’s a good enough reason to ditch your gas...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 09, 2019 at 05:17. 4 comments

Last Call: Is Snoop Dogg vegan?

Last Call: Is Snoop Dogg vegan?
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Not only did Snoop Dogg hand out sandwiches at Dunkin’ this week to celebrate the release of its Beyond Meat breakfast sandwich, but he also beat out...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 09, 2019 at 01:47. 18 comments

McDonald’s takes another big step in going green

McDonald’s takes another big step in going green

Last year McDonald’s announced it was about to get serious about climate change, vowing to reduce their carbon emissions by 36% by 2030 . This week, Nation Restaurant News reports that McDonald’s has invested in two renewable energy companies: Aviator Wind West, a wind farm in Coke County, Texas, and an unnamed solar power startup, also headquartered in Texas. Between them, the companies are...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 09, 2019 at 01:04. 3 comments

Everyday heroes step up to help lone Waffle House employee

Everyday heroes step up to help lone Waffle House employee

Sometimes you just have to be the change you wish to see in a Waffle House.

Last Saturday night, thanks to a scheduling error, a gentleman named Ben was the only employee who showed up to work the late night shift at a Waffle House in Birmingham, Alabama. According to what witnesses told AL.com, around midnight, a mysterious man in a blue shirt stood up from the counter, asked Ben for an...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 08, 2019.

Chicken Parm Pot Pie is even better than you’re imagining

Chicken Parm Pot Pie is even better than you’re imagining

Nobody remembers who first uttered the phrase “chicken parm pot pie” in the Takeout staff meeting. We do not remember how it came up, or how the words jumbled themselves together into something we began to chant in unison. We did not care how we got to that point; all we cared about was that chicken parm pot pie must become a reality posthaste. A cheesy, garlicky reality.

A good pot pie is...

Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 08, 2019. 2 comments

Let’s solve every pie problem you can throw at us

Let’s solve every pie problem you can throw at us
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The leaves are changing, the temperature is dropping, the holidays are drawing ever nearer, and you know what that means: It’s pie season. But pie can definitely be fickle, and tricky, and infuriating to make. You deserve an expert on pie—someone whose pies have been recommended by everyone from the

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 08, 2019. 3 comments

Australia sees Iceland’s 10-year-old cheeseburger, raises it a 25-year-old Quarter Pounder

Australia sees Iceland’s 10-year-old cheeseburger, raises it a 25-year-old Quarter Pounder

The last McDonald’s cheeseburger in Iceland made headlines last week as it turned 10 years old with no sign of rot . That burger spent several years at the National Museum of Iceland before being moved to a hotel, where it continues to be on public display. Australians laugh at this burger’s supposedly impressive life span—because they’re in possession of a quarter-century-old Quarter...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 07, 2019. 9 comments

Unicorn cake botched in exactly the way you’d expect

Unicorn cake botched in exactly the way you’d expect

Alexandra Schroeder of Lansing, Michigan wanted to celebrate her daughter’s fifth birthday at a local bakery with a unicorn cake. Though perhaps she wasn’t clear when communicating what part of the unicorn she wanted the cake to resemble.

“The horn came out in a shape that was so embarrassing,” Schroeder said in an interview with WILX. “It had finger prints on it and was not gold. I could tell...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 07, 2019. 12 comments

Denver airport hopes you like prewrapped hummus platters

Denver airport hopes you like prewrapped hummus platters

There aren’t many enjoyable things to be found in a crowded airport terminal besides food. For business travelers, there’s something wonderful about being able to eat alone. For families, a trip to the food court is a guaranteed way to get kids to sit down, be quiet, and convince their parents not to cancel the entire vacation. This week, air travel might be less pleasant than usual for...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 06, 2019.

At long last, energy drinks can advertise on NFL games

At long last, energy drinks can advertise on NFL games

The NFL has at long last decided to allow energy drink brands to advertise during televised football games, as well as on all NFL owned-and-operated media. While they will be able to run commercials, energy drink companies will not be allowed to become official sponsors of the NFL, an category that is reserved for healthy, responsible food and beverage options, like beer, candy, pizza, soda,...

Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 06, 2019. 2 comments

Arby’s keeps getting classier with LaDainian Tomlinson’s Arby’s Steakhouse

Arby’s keeps getting classier with LaDainian Tomlinson’s Arby’s Steakhouse

If you thought that there was no possible way for Arby’s to get classier, think again! Following the introduction of the petite filet sandwich , Arby’s is teaming up with legendary NFL running back LaDanian Tomlinson to transform one of its New York City locations into a very fancy steakhouse— for one day only.

The Grand Opening and Grand Closing of LaDainian Tomlinson’s Arby’s Steakhouse will...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 05, 2019.

Use the Instant Pot to combine the best of lentil and French onion soups

Use the Instant Pot to combine the best of lentil and French onion soups

Lentil soup does not need to be made in an Instant Pot, as you can whip up a good lentil soup in less than 40 minutes on the stove. Recipes for Instant Pot lentil soup will say the process takes eight minutes, but once you’ve sautéed your vegetables (in batches, as to not overcrowd), brought your pot up to pressure, cooked for “only eight minutes” and then vented the steam, you’ve still...