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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Sep 13, 2019 at 08:47. 23 comments

Taco Bell’s Toasted Cheddar Chalupa is solid gold

Taco Bell’s Toasted Cheddar Chalupa is solid gold

At first blush, you could have taken Taco Bell’s new Toasted Cheddar Chalupa for a phone-it-in “innovation.” Start with a beloved menu item, add cheese. Boom—innovation. But, upon biting into its cheesy, shatter-crisp exterior, I can say: Sometimes the most beautiful things in life are the simplest.

The new chalupa debuted nationally September 12 as part of Taco Bell’s larger menu shake-up...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Sep 12, 2019 at 23:12. 13 comments

Pepsi will Venmo you if you buy enough junk food

Pepsi will Venmo you if you buy enough junk food

Was anyone else as devoted to redeeming My Coke Rewards as I was in the mid-2000s? I was working in a restaurant that bought plenty of bulk Coke products, and the valuable codes on those babies were all mine. I amassed enough to redeem them for a waffle iron and a panini press, both of which came to college with me. I still have the waffle iron.

PepsiCo today introduced its own version of a...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Sep 12, 2019 at 07:40. 20 comments

What catching, killing, and cooking trout taught me about food

What catching, killing, and cooking trout taught me about food
FeaturesStories from The Takeout about food, drink, and how we live.  

Learning to catch, filet, and cook fish over a campfire is not something you can pick up from Google. You don’t watch a 40-second YouTube video, grab a pole, and set out to foil-roast your trout—no matter how simple the outdoor lifestyle magazines make it seem. In the real world, there are guts. There is tangled fishing...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Sep 12, 2019 at 04:12. 13 comments

Last Call: PBR has new competition in the hard coffee game

Last Call: PBR has new competition in the hard coffee game
Last CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.  

I didn’t dislike PBR’s hard coffee when it debuted earlier this summer, though I found it a bit too Yoo-hoo-sweet for serious coffee drinkers. The concept of hard coffee, though,...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Sep 12, 2019 at 01:22. 21 comments

In immigrant neighborhoods, everyone eats healthier

In immigrant neighborhoods, everyone eats healthier

People all across the world agree: One of the biggest perks of immigration is better food. But immigrants may not just make our food system more tasty, they might also make it more healthy.

Researchers analyzing data from the Los Angeles County Healthy Survey found native-born Americans who live in neighborhoods with high immigrant populations eat less fast food, get more fruits and...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Sep 11, 2019 at 22:49. 8 comments

#IAmCraftBeer hashtag pushes back against ugly insult

#IAmCraftBeer hashtag pushes back against ugly insult

Chalonda White is a Chicago-based podcaster, writer, and beer drinker who goes by Afro.Beer.Chick on her website and social media. If you spend any time on Twitter talking about beer, you know her name. On Monday, she tweeted a screenshot of an email she’d received full of racial slurs and “you don’t belong here” messaging. I can’t imagine what it would be like to read that, let alone to...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Sep 11, 2019 at 09:06. 21 comments

Do you eat the best part of a dish first or save it for last?

Do you eat the best part of a dish first or save it for last?

There’s a famous psychological experiment called The Marshmallow Test, in which researchers gave children between the ages of four and six a marshmallow. If the kids chose to wait, they’d receive more marshmallows for their patience. The late-1980s test concluded that the ability to delay gratification predicted success in life later on. It’s since been largely debunked by repeat experiments,...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Sep 11, 2019 at 06:46. 21 comments

The Takeout's fantasy food draft: Best snack cake

The Takeout's fantasy food draft: Best snack cake
Takeout DraftFood. Fantasy sports. Debating over Slack. Welcome to The Takeout Draft.  

Welcome, dear readers, to The Takeout Draft, our recurring feature that combines our love of food, fantasy sports, and arguing on Slack.

Every week, we will select a topic of conversation from the food and drink world. Takeout writers will then field a team via the snake draft format. After five rounds, The...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Sep 10, 2019 at 23:46. 23 comments

McDonald's has another plan to fix its slow drive-thrus

McDonald's has another plan to fix its slow drive-thrus

It’s already awful to have to call your cell phone provider or bank over some customer service issue. It just adds insult to injury when the voice that greets you on the other end of the line isn’t a human voice but a faux-friendly computer-generated noise that doesn’t understand how badly you need to talk to a human operator. Let’s hope that the “voice-based, conversational technology”...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Sep 09, 2019. 22 comments

Blaze is gunning to replace your favorite delivery pizza

Blaze is gunning to replace your favorite delivery pizza

If you’re familiar with the fast-growing pizza chain Blaze, you probably associate it with one of two things: fast, customizable pizzas, or LeBron James. (James is a big investor in the company, and appears in its new commercial.) But you probably don’t associate Blaze with delivery—and the company wants to change that.

Obviously, delivery is big business for pizza chains. But Blaze’s 11-inch...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Sep 09, 2019. 23 comments

If fast food’s meatless meats aren’t healthier, why are we eating them?

If fast food’s meatless meats aren’t healthier, why are we eating them?

The latest “woke” take on vegan fast food, like the Impossible Whopper and Del Taco Beyond Meats tacos , is this: They’re not any healthier than the standard meat versions of those items. Outlets from NBC News to Fox Business to CNBC are all sounding the alarm that these menu items often contain roughly the same amount of calories than their beefy counterparts—and often pack in more sodium....

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Sep 09, 2019. 13 comments

Ask Kate About Beer: What beers do you recommend for hops haters?

Ask Kate About Beer: What beers do you recommend for hops haters?
DrinkeryDrinkery is The Takeout's celebration of beer, liquor, coffee, and other potent potables.  

Welcome to Ask Kate About Beer, in which The Takeout’s resident beer expert answers everything you’ve ever wanted to know about beer but were too drunk to ask. Have a question? Shoot it to beer@thetakeout.com.

Sometimes readers email me questions for this column, and other times, they post ’em...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Sep 07, 2019. 5 comments

Say hello to The Takeout’s two new aces

Say hello to The Takeout’s two new aces

To say The Takeout is a small team is putting it mildly. We’re a tight-knit little crew, banding together daily to pound on our keyboards and cook up recipes until the digital sausage gets made. That team grew in size this month with the addition of two—count ’em, two!—new staff members.

It is my great pleasure to formally introduce them to you, readers and commenters. You are all part of our...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Sep 06, 2019. 3 comments

Guilty soul sends $500 to a Nebraska bar to right a 45-year-old wrong

Guilty soul sends $500 to a Nebraska bar to right a 45-year-old wrong

Friends, I am doing some soul-searching today as a result of this story. In fact, maybe we could all take a moment to reflect on our past mistakes—not to dwell on them, but to realize that no matter how much time has passed, there is likely still an opportunity to make things right.

If you need convincing, take this story of a Lincoln, Nebraska, bar called Zoo Bar, which on its recent 46th...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Sep 06, 2019. 14 comments

The best uses for summer tomatoes, beyond BLTs

The best uses for summer tomatoes, beyond BLTs
How Do You Take Yours?In How Do You Take Yours?, The Takeout solicits staff and outside expertise for secret tips on improving one dish.  

Nothing against BLTs—in fact, they’re one of the best canvasses for peak, ripe-to-bursting summer tomatoes—but we all know how to make BLTs. And mozzarella-basil salads. And avocado-tomato toast. It’s when we want to switch up our summer tomato routine...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Sep 05, 2019. 18 comments

Judge orders Bud Light to finally knock it off with the “no corn syrup” thing

Judge orders Bud Light to finally knock it off with the “no corn syrup” thing

The rivalry between Budweiser and its competitor beer brands, Miller and Coors, has in the past months become a messy, protracted battle. If such competition was once a nimble jiu-jitsu match, it now resembles something akin to mud wrestling. What sparked the down-and-dirty battle was a Bud Light ad that aired during the Super Bowl, in which the brand accused competitors of using corn syrup...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Sep 05, 2019. 12 comments

Postmates tries to scare us into ordering Postmates

Postmates tries to scare us into ordering Postmates

Like something from an “As Seen On TV” commercial, a new Postmates ad would like to convince you that cooking for yourself is fraught with peril. The message? Don’t even attempt it. Just order from Postmates instead.

In the internet-only commercial—which Postmates brags “we couldn’t run on TV”—a man watches a Martha Stewart cooking segment in which she’s giving instructions for preparing a...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Sep 05, 2019. 24 comments

Let’s share our worst date-food stories

Let’s share our worst date-food stories

Dating is hard enough without any curveballs in the mix. But add an X-factor like extreme sports, or unpredictable animals, or really bad food, and it gets exponentially more awkward. In the spirit of solidarity, The Takeout staff will share our worst date-food stories, the times we were on dates where the food threw a monkey wrench in our best-laid plans. We can’t wait to laugh-cry as we...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Sep 05, 2019. 3 comments

American women drinking more, living less

American women drinking more, living less

Though writing about alcohol comprises a significant chunk of my career, I try not to shy away from acknowledging its ill effects. Like cheeseburgers, sun exposure, and anything else remotely fun, alcohol is to be enjoyed in moderation, lest we risk serious health consequences. But American women especially aren’t doing well in moderating their alcohol use, says a new and alarming study from...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Sep 04, 2019. 7 comments

Taco Bell Chalupas: Soon with más cheddar

Taco Bell Chalupas: Soon with más cheddar

Quit playing games with my heart, Taco Bell. Following the difficult news that Taco Bell will discontinue its Cool Ranch Doritos Loco Taco on September 12 comes this whiplash: The chain will, the same day, introduce a new Toasted Cheddar Chalupa. I haven’t had this tough a time processing my feelings since the live-action Lion King reboot.

Per a press release from Taco Bell, the new Toasted...

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