• Study: Americans Live Paycheck to Paycheck Because They Dine Out Too Much

    Does your restaurant habit leave you broke? You’re not alone. Now a new study from SunTrust bank show that a number of households who earn $75,000 a year are living paycheck to paycheck because they’re spending too much on “lifestyle expenses” like dining out. Nearly one-third of the participants of the study that made $75,000 or more admitted that they are not “reaching their savings goals.” Of those participants, just under 70 percent blamed their lack of savings on how much they spend at restaurants. This is not surprising considering that Americans are spending more on dining out than ever before. Last month, news broke that Americans officially spend more on dining out then it does on groceries. In January, the country spent $50.475 billion at restaurants alone.

  • A Japanese Fast Food Chain Made The Laziest Sandwich Ever

    What do you do when you’re a Japanese fast food chain known for shrimp burgers but you run out of shrimp? Sell the bun sans shrimp, of course! At least that’s what Lotteria decided to do. The Ebi Nashi Baagaa, or “no-shrimp burger,” is a bun with iceberg lettuce and tartar sauce. And that’s it. It costs 210 yen ($1.76) and for some reason people seem to be buying it up. In reality it’s just a publicity stunt before a new sandwich is released but for now, they’re probably making a fortune off of these sandwiches that can’t cost more than a few cents to make. Let’s just hope that US chains don’t hear about this. エビなしバーガー、わりといけるやん! pic.twitter.com/XD9G2IsLNU — 常盤かぐら(福沢和音) (@tokiwakagura) April 4, 2015 これが噂の■ッテリア「エビなしバーガー」か!意外とスキ♪( ̄▽ ̄;)ノ #Scandal 開場まち pic.twitter.com/yevbOjSjdl — marusu sapporo (@marusu_spr) April 4, 2015 via RocketNews24

  • The FoodBeast Bros Attempt to Clean Up Their Act…

    Geoff, Elie and Rudy of Foodbeast went on a journey to find out what it’s really like to get your colon cleansed. What exactly is a colonic? As per Wikipedia; Colon cleansing (also known as colon therapy) encompasses a number of alternative medical therapies claimed to remove nonspecific “toxins” from the colon and intestinal tract. Colon cleansing may be branded colon hydrotherapy, a colonic or colonic irrigation. During the 2000s internet marketing and infomercials of oral supplements supposedly for colon cleansing increased.

  • Burger Pairing Advice From New York’s Top Sommeliers [Link]

    It seems like years ago wine was only imbibed by the haute cuisine folks who ate weird organ meats off of oddly-shaped plates while burgers were only eaten by the hoi polloi at greasy spoons…and never the twain shall meet. But now good wine is available to all and burgers have become big business for even the swankiest of eateries. So if you’re looking to up your pairing game from Boone’s Farm and White Castle, here’s where you can start.

  • Celebrate 4/20 With Ben & Jerry’s Brrr-ito

    Yesterday we learned that ice cream gods Ben & Jerry’s are teaming with New Belgium Brewing for a Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale. But that’s not all they’re up to. In celebration of 4/20 (Hitler’s birthday?), Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops will be offering BRRR-itos, featuring two flavors, topped with a fudge drizzle and cookie crumbs, wrapped in a soft and chewy waffle wrap. I can already hear myself getting fatter. And best of all, they made the announcement via this video parody of Apple’s iconic “1984” ad directed by Ridley Scott.

  • Instagram Chef Transforms Junk Food Into Art

    Are you sick of overly verbose descriptions on tasting menus and plates that look more like modern art masterpieces than food? Well you’re not the only one. An Instagrammer using the pseudonym Jacques LaMerde (pardon my French) has spent the last couple months plating common junk food and transforming the stomach churning meals into haute cuisine. Just look at that Kraft Handi-Snack plate! That must be what rich tots eat during snack time at Tribeca daycares. For more from Chef Jacques, follow him @chefjacqueslamerde. UH OH BROS !!! DRS VISIT FRYDAY DID NOT GO WELL !!!! APPARNTLY I HAVE A PROBLEM W/ MY CHOLESTROL AND IM MAYBE A LITTLE DIABETIC !!!! SO I NEED 2 EAT LESS MEAT FOODS AND MORE LEGUMES AN HOLE GRAINS LIKE CORN, SOY AND TOAST !!!!!! KRAFT HANDI-SNAK WITH ACCOUTREMENTS OF KALE CHIPS, RANCH CORN NUTS, YYVES VEGGIE-BOLOGNA, STRUBBS SANDWICH SAVER PICKLE!!! REINFORCED W/ THOUSAND ISLAND DRESSIN !!!! #drsorders #stillsoigné #theartofplating #gastroart #plateswagger #foodporn #chefsofig #healthy #eattherainbow #kale A photo posted by @chefjacqueslamerde on Apr 11, 2015 at 10:50am PDT WHOS READY 4 SRVICE ???!!! BOOM WE'VE GOT THE BLINK 182 BLASTING AND ARE READY TO GRILL IT AND THRILL IT 2NITE !!! READY 2 more »

  • Man Meal: How To Dry Age a Cut of Beef Yourself

    If you’ve ever had yourself a cut of aged meat, it’s no wonder why it costs nearly double then regular cuts at most restaurants who serve it. While it’s known that most fresh beef is aged for a few days to allow enzymes in the meat to break down muscle tissue, giving the meat better texture and flavor, the process of long dry aging beef is a bit more ambiguous. The difference between dry-aged beef and the steak you pick up, shrink wrapped at the grocery store is drastic. Drastic enough to never second guess the price on a dry-age cut again. Grocery store steaks are whats known as wet aging, holding in all the moisture after the cut is sealed, while dry aging is exposed to air, so dehydration can further concentrate the meat’s flavor. So why isn’t every piece of meat dry aged? Because it’s expensive and the dried meat has to be trimmed off the cut, making the cut lighter as well, so for some that extra exquisite flavor and texture isn’t worth a lighter, more expensive cut. Though the dry age option might not be cost effective, it’s a great special occasion option for any meat more »

  • Hello, Bacon Fried Oreos; Goodbye, Beach Body

    Oh, Bite It is not exactly known for sharing healthy recipes. In fact, one look at their homepage, with such insanely mouthwatering “foods” as Bacon Fried Mozzarella Sticks and Pound Cake, Bacon, and Nutella Melt and you would think you’re a Midwestern state fair. And in the winter, there’s nothing wrong with (over-)indulging in such delectable treats since all your layers make you look like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man anyway. But now that the the sun is finally shining, it’s time to reclaim your beach body. Which is what makes this recipe so horrible. Bacon Fried Oreos are just what the name implies–Oreos wrapped in bacon, then fried. You can read the recipe, but this isn’t exactly brain surgery. We especially appreciate the commenter who recommended using Double Stuf Oreos. Those will be perfect for any 4/20 celebrations…we’re talking about the Feast of St. Agnes of Montepulciano, of course.

  • This 1991 Sizzler Ad Needs to Be Examined for Science

    Last week I watched an enlightening documentary on the “religion” of Scientology. Embedded deep within the loins of that doc was a wildly ’90s and enthusiastically scientologific, which I couldn’t help but notice resemblances to this 1991 Sizzler promo video. The Sizzler video will undoubtedly take over the internet in the coming days, but we still feel the need to call out the most outlandish sequence of events captured in a single video, we’ve ever seen. Enjoy the video then scroll down.  

  • The Whole Damn Farm Burger Is Like Noah’s Ark On A Bun

    When you’re trying to decided on lunch, do you find yourself overwhelmed when choosing which animal’s flesh to devour? Well good news for gluttons–Sam Longhurst, head chef of Manchester’s Splendid Kitchen, has created the Whole Damn Farm Burger comprised of chicken, beef, and pork. The 10-inch tall, 2,000 calorie uber-sandwich contains two beef patties, homemade bacon jam, chunks of ham, a whole fried chicken thigh, pulled pork, and four pieces of bacon on a brioche bun. The Whole Damn Farm Burger will set you back about $20, but the satisfaction of eating such an opulent burger is priceless…and short-lived due to the inevitable massive heart attack that follows.

  • Phillies Unveil 9-Patty Burger; Has Stadium Food Gone Too Far?

    Want to go see the team that finished last in the NL East last season? No? Well what if while you watched them undoubtedly lose, you could chow down on a nine-patty burger? That could work… That last two seasons haven’t been great, or even okay, for the Philadelphia Phillies but at least they’re compensating with incredible stadium food. Wayback Burgers is coming to Citizens Bank Park this season and they’re bringing the Wayback Triple Triple with them. The nine-patty behemoth also features nine slices of American cheese, lettuce, and tomato for a whopping 2200 calories and 139 grams of fat. Sounds like a great deal for Phillies fans! After eating a Wayback Triple Triple they’ll probably succumb to heart failure before they have to see the Phillies lose to the Red Sox April 6.

  • UK Cereal Cafe Has Invented The Ultimate Easter Breakfast

    Manchester, UK’s Black Milk Cereal Dive is an interesting and unique concept, where you choose from a variety of breakfast cereals, flavored milks, and rich toppings to create the ultimate meal that your mom would never let you eat as a kid. But if that’s not enough to entice you to stop in, maybe the Easter Feast will do the trick. Created by owner Olly Taylor, the Easter Feast is a 4,000-calorie marvel consisting of two types of cereal, a brownie, Cadbury Creme Egg, Cadbury Mini Eggs, Cadbury Flake bar, dulce de leche, salted caramel sauce, three types of flavored milk, marshmallows, M&M’s, and baked caramelized white chocolate all served in a giant Cadbury Dairy Milk egg. So far nobody has been able to finish the gluttonous meal, but if you’re up to the challenge (and not worried about the immediate onset of diabeetus), check out Black Milk Cereal Dive.

  • These Samoa Girl-Scout Cookie Donuts Should be Illegal

    Sometimes the world doesn’t deserve to be #blessed with such sweet perfection. This is one of those instances. Perry Santanachote and Thrillist have created a franken-donut that looks too delicious to be ingested; A piping hot fresh donut with a chocolate base sprinkled with toasted coconut and topped with fudge. As a human race, we’ve accomplished so much good in the world, so much happiness and so many technological advances that should be praised, but we don’t deserve it, it’s too perfect. Maybe in a hundred years, when we’ve solved global crisis’ and the world is at peace, we can dust of this recipe and create 10-billion of these for the people of the world, but we’re not ready. Not now.  Read the full recipe at Thrillist, but be warned, no good can come of this.

  • RSVLTS Exclusive: Sandwich King, Jeff Mauro Creates the “Teddy Roosemelt” Just For Us

    Here at the RSVLTS, when it comes to choosing our favorite Man Meal creations, we often look to employ the unofficial “holy trinity of B’s” toward our selections: Burgers, Brats and Beer. And hot dogs too…stadium dogs rule. So when the good people at Amstel Light (the official beer of the burger ™) approached us with an opportunity that checked off 2/3 of the above – including a custom recipe by chef/“The Sandwich King” Jeff Mauro – we jumped at the chance to make it happen, especially with Spring and grilling season right around the corner. So after providing a few very RSVLTS-style suggestions, The Sandwich King took the task to grill and came up with this insanely delicious-sounding burger: The Teddy RooseMelt See below for the full description, recipe and interview, courtesy of Mauro himself. Also stay tuned for a recreation of the recipe as part of the next RSVLTS Man Meal post. How did you partner up with Amstel? They realized that me being the sandwich and Amstel being the official beer of the burger and the burger being the ultimate sandwich it was a match made in heaven. I also love beer and down in south beach more »

  • Morton’s Unveils “Million Dollar Burger” For A Fraction Of The Price

    Although Morton’s The Steakhouse may be best known for their steaks (duh), the restaurant chain all began with a hamburger. Arnie Morton and Klaus Fritsch were working together at Montreal’s Playboy Club in 1978 when Fritsch prepared a burger for Morton to sample. Morton said it was the best he’d ever had and the duo teamed up to open Morton’s of Chicago, the first of the chain’s 70 restaurants. Morton’s is celebrating the humble hamburger with their over-the-top Million Dollar Burger. It’s the classic Morton’s burger topped with foie gras, black truffle butter, and braised short ribs on a brioche bun. The decadent burger comes with fries and a glass of Stags’ Leap Winery “The Investor.” The meal will set you back $39 at most locations or $45 at New York-area locations. When you think about it, that’s a pretty decent deal for a Million Dollar Burger. Just be sure to get yours before they disappear April 12.

  • We Tried The Habit-Burger, The One Burger Rated Higher Than In-n-Out This Year

    Even if you’ve never tasted an In-N-Out Burger then a) you’re missing out and b) as you know it’s renowned across the universe as the most delectable fast food burger you can ever have. The untouchable burger is a thin patty smothered in cheese and an optional animal style sauce that we can only guess is ketchup, mayo and caramelized onions. You can order these by the singles, doubles, 4×4 and so on. For a New Yorker who frequents LA, In-N-Out is usually a first stop after the airport for most. It’s that good. So when Consumer Reports released their statistics on the new burger king (definitely not Burger King), it was hard to wrap our heads around the possibility that a burger chain virtually unheard of surpassed our beloved In-N-Out in their best burger category. Habit Burger, the new crowned prince of fast-food burgers, beat out In-N-Out by .1 on a 10-point-scaled score to which Habit recieved a score of 8.1 based on the 53,745 answers Consumer Reports received. The Habit Burger Grill is a California-based burger chain that started in Santa Barbara in 1969. It has locations all over the Golden State, six locations in Arizona, five in more »

  • Calling Out Restaurants That Are Too Hip For Plates

    We understand that different cultures serve their food in different ways. When we go to an Ethiopian restaurant, we know we’re going to eat with our hands and we enjoy it. But in what culture is it normal for sandwiches to be served in a bookcase? Or bread in a newsboy cap? Give up? None. Unless you count hipster. You know the place. It probably has a punny name and lots of poorly stained reclaimed wood. The next thing you know, you’re eating charcuterie off of a shovel. But the Internet has had enough! We Want Plates is a new Twitter account where people call out these hip restaurants that have deemed plates passé. We wish them nothing but luck.

  • Here’s How To Make Awesome ‘Deep Fried Sriracha’ Poppers

    Amy Erickson, food blogger extaordinaire of “Oh, Bite it!” is famous for creating deep fried snacks that are a bit more clever than dipping a twinkie in hot oil. For her latest trick Amy will create nuggets of deep fried Sriracha using a box of cornbread mix, egg, vegetable oil and that spicey red/orange stuff. Amy describes her genius creation as “a beautiful combination of slightly spicy, nutty, sweet tender, crispy, cornbread bites of serious, succulent, Sriracha goodness!” Go make these now. Head over to Oh, Bite it for the full recipe.

  • Mad Men Dining Week Coming To NYC

    The final season of AMC’s Mad Men begins next month and although we’re sad to see it go, we’re pretty excited about this latest promotion for the show. From March 23-29, New York City restaurants will be celebrating Mad Men Dining Week. For just $19.69 (clever) you can get two cocktails or a two-course lunch of entree with appetizer or desert. The food is a great deal, especially considering the participating restaurants include swanky joints like Le Cirque, but it’s the cocktail deal that really excites us. Usually if you’re paying less than $10 for a cocktail in Manhattan, it’s made with paint thinner and malice, so enjoying a Maker’s Mark drink in some of Manhattan’s classiest bars for such a great price is something special. For more details on the promotion and the menus at participating restaurants, check out NYCgo.

  • This Frog Burger Is A Bun Full Of Nope

    Japan, the nation that infamously tricked the rest of the planet into eating uncooked fish, is at it again! Sega and the Sunshine Aquarium have teamed up to bring the Deadly Poison Exhibition to the Orbi Yokohama nature museum. The exhibit features 25 poisonous animals, such as frogs, from all around the world. And after viewing the dangerous creatures, you can head on over to the museum cafe where, for just 1,000 yen ($8.34), you can enjoy a frog burger. Whereas most oddball burgers at least grind up the bizarre meat so you don’t know what you’re eating, this frog burger is just battered and fried frog legs. Oh, and for extra weirdness, the bun is black. There’s no way Japan will trick us into eating this. Well, not until it shows up at a hip New York restaurant for at least twice the price…

  • How To Make Award Winning Chili For National Chili Day

    February 26th is National Chili Day. Rejoice! We found a simple, easy to make recipe that will have you damn close to winning the award for best chili ever. But first there are a few things to keep in mind. The perfect chili recipe calls for a slow cooker—it’s the easiest way to get the richness of a long-simmering stovetop chili. You can buy one for like $15 at Target. Totally worth it. To start developing the flavors, sauté vegetables, ground beef, and spices, then put the mixture into the slow cooker along with tomatoes and kidney beans. Let the chili cook overnight or all day until it’s thickened and has a nice beefy flavor, then stir in jalapeños for a kick of heat. Serve it with cornbread or atop tortilla chips and cheese. Let’s get started. Ingredients: 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 medium yellow onions, medium dice 1 medium red bell pepper, medium dice 6 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped 1/4 cup chili powder 1 tablespoon ground cumin 2 pounds lean ground beef 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes 1 (14-ounce) can tomato sauce 2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed more »

  • Say Hello To The World’s Hottest Burger

    Is this Hell? No, it’s Iowa. And it just might be worse. That’s because Washington, Iowa restaurant Xtreme Smokehouse and Grill has unveiled the Hellfire Burger and it sounds brutal. Owner Loren Gingrich believes it to be the world’s hottest burger and judging by his recipe, he may be right. He starts with his homemade pepper relish, made with habanero, jalapeno, and serrano peppers. Then he infuses the beef patty with ghost and cayenne peppers and pure chili extract. Then the burger is covered in Hellfire Sauce and a splash of grain alcohol so it can be lit on fire. It’s absurd and we love it. Gingrich believes the burger rates around 1,000,000 on the Scoville Heat Scale, which measures pepper potency. A jalapeno ranks around 5,000 and pepper spray about 2,000,000. That’s probably why Gingrich requires any masochist that wishes to eat the Hellfire Burger be 18 years of age and sign a waiver. So…road trip?

  • Is This Ice Cream Worth $816?

    People like to joke that everything in Dubai is covered in gold. But that can’t be true, right? I mean, it’s not like they put gold on their ice cream. Oh wait, they do. Dubai’s Scoopi Café, a newly launched chocolatier and ice cream café on Al Wasl Road, has begun selling the world’s most expensive ice cream, the “Black Diamond.” Priced at $816 per scoop, the ice cream is made with exotic Madagascar vanilla, Iranian saffron, and black Italian truffle. It’s then topped with 23-karat edible gold. But the good news is you get to keep the Versace bowl and spoon. And in a place where ostentation is encouraged, the “Black Diamond” is sure to be a hit.

  • Bacon Mac Lasagna, Will Love You Then Kill You (Man Meal)

    All hail the king. The Vulgar Chef is the king of the food world. His newest creation is a frankensagna of two of the best paired foods of all time. A combination of two comfort foods that will have you way too comfortable on the couch pants unbuttoned, unzipped and most likely off within 10 minutes of hawking down your last bite. “I wanted to create something I gave a fuck about. I wanted to create something all of you would give a fuck about. I wanted bacon and I wanted that shit stacked the fuck up because food tastes better when its stacked.” says Dr. Frankenstein himself, The Vulgar Chef, a food blogger who prides himself on the delicious and more so than not, unhealthy recipes that make your mouth water and heart palpitate. The Bacon Mac and Cheese Lasagna is a beautiful collaboration of weaved bacon sanwhiched in between humps of mac and cheese and sauce. Take one pound of bacon, slice each piece in half then do as follows according to the chef “6 slices per weave and cooked the tits out of it”. Then layer bacon, cheese, sauce and repeat followed by a final layer of cheese more »

  • 38 Ways To Enjoy Coffee [Infographic]

    We have some great news for coffee drinkers! The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, the top nutritional experts in the US, have lifted their decades-long silence on the subject of coffee and it’s nothing but praise for the beverage: Currently, strong evidence shows that consumption of coffee within the moderate range (3 to 5 cups per day or up to 400 mg/d caffeine) is not associated with increased long-term health risks among healthy individuals. In fact, consistent evidence indicates that coffee consumption is associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in healthy adults. Moreover, moderate evidence shows a protective association between coffee/caffeine intake and risk of Parkinson’s disease. Therefore, moderate coffee consumption can be incorporated into a healthy dietary pattern, along with other healthful behaviors. The bad news is that the majority of Americans are barley drinking two cups per day. If you want to drink three to five cups but you feel regular coffee is just too boring, try one or twenty of these coffee drinks. But be careful, the added calories from sugar and dairy can negate some of the healthful benefits.

  • DIY Giant Twix Bar

    My Cupcake Addiction shows us how to make a giant Twix-like chocolate bar. It takes just 30 min., involves no baking or cooking whatsoever and uses just three ingredients: shortbread biscuits, caramel chews and lots of milk chocolate.

  • Little Caesars Has Blessed Us With Bacon Wrapped Pizza

    While many trendy foodies bemoan the bevy of bacon concoctions that restaurants are constantly creating, you won’t see us complaining. We love bacon. We’ve always loved bacon. And we will love bacon until we die, undoubtedly from complications related to bacon binges. We believe those delicious strips of pork belly make everything better, even already amazing pizza. And Little Caesars agrees. On Monday, the top dogs of take-out pizza will begin offering Bacon Wrapped Crust Deep! Deep! Dish Pizza. At $12 a pie, it’s on the pricey side for the chain, which offers up $5 pepperoni pizzas, but it’s certainly not expensive. But what exactly is it? As the name states, it’s a deep dish pizza with bacon wrapped around the crust and topped with pepperoni. And they’re not skimping on the bacon. Three and a half linear feet are used to wrap each crust. It’s certainly not the healthiest choice you can make, with each slice containing 450 calories; 23 grams of fat; 830 milligrams of sodium; and 40 milligrams of cholesterol, but we think it’s worth it. Just don’t dawdle! The Bacon Wrapped Crust Deep! Deep! Dish Pizza is only available for a limited time.

  • Pancake Day: Which Beer Makes The Best Batter? [Link]

    Apparently the day preceding Ash Wednesday is known as Pancake Day, which just happens to be tomorrow. We weren’t aware, but we’re not going to fight it because pancakes are delicious. But what would make them more delicious? How about beer? Sure, it’s worth a shot! Beer makes pancakes light and flavorful, but with so many types to choose from, which beer should you go with? Find out with this guide from The Guardian comparing pancakes made with an amber, pale, blond, milk stout, and bitter.

  • Heinz Sriracha Ketchup Is Now a Thing

    The condiment creators at Heinz have combined the old-school appeal of everyone’s favorite tomato-based standby, ketchup, with the spicy kick of sriracha. Does this mean Heinz has teamed up with David Tran’s Huy Fong Foods, who produces the original sriracha in the rooster squeeze bottle? Absolutely not. Tran never trademarked the sriracha name, believing other products to act as free advertising for his brand. But with Heinz now capitalizing on his creation, will Tran be left in the dust? We’ll have to wait and see. Pick up Heinz Ketchup Blended with Sriracha Flavor for a suggested $2.69 at your local grocery store and let us know how the flavor holds up to the Huy Fong Foods classic.

  • Lunch Around The World [Infographic]

    It’s lunch time! Are you hungry yet? If not, you will be soon. This infographic shares the history of lunch and how the midday meal is enjoyed around the world. It’s funny that what was once considered a ladies’ snack between meals is now the most important meal of the day for those of us with normal nine to five jobs. And it’s a damn shame that bars don’t still offer free lunch. That bobotie stuff sounds pretty good…anyone know of a South African joint around Hoboken?

  • 30 Bizarre Pizzas For National Pizza Day

    According to people on the Internet who need a reason to eat pizza, today is National Pizza Day. We can’t find out what makes February 9 so special and to be honest, we don’t care. As the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles taught us, pizza is awesome and should be eaten at every meal. Even these bizarre pizzas look pretty good. Well, most of them do. We’re not too sure about that cold fish pizza and we have no interest in finding out.

 

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