• KFC Outdoes Itself With Double Down Dog

    KFC restaurants the world over continue besting each other in sandwiches made with friend chicken buns as KFC Philippines reveals the Double Down Dog. The original Double Down, released in the US in 2010, was a simple sandwich with bacon and cheese and sauce between two fried chicken filets. Then KFC South Korea unleashed the Zinger Double Down MAXX, adding a hashbrown and salsa. Finally, we thought the apex of Double Down innovation arrived last year with the Zinger Double Down KING, featuring a bacon cheeseburger and two sauces betwixt the bun of fried chicken patties. We were wrong. The Double Down Dog, like all Double Down sandwiches, eschews traditional bread for a bun made of fried chicken. And this time, the chicken surrounds a plump hot dog and what appears to be some sort of cheese sauce with chunks of something in it. If you want one, get to your local KFC Philippines ASAP because for some reason, only 50 will be sold each day. Source: Imgur

  • You Can Now Get a Better Fast Food Burger Than In-N-Out in New Jersey

    The long underwhelming history of chain burger joints have left a sour taste in many-a-mouth after years and years of plunging quality around the world, but with a demand for change and healthier product so came the supply. Fast food chains like McDonalds and Burger King are struggling to keep their margins thin, while smaller chains who focus on quality over quantity are making great strides. In no way are we saying a Shake Shack burger, fries and shake are healthy, but compare them to a Big Mac meal and you’ll see and taste a stark difference. Plus this year Shake Shack’s IPO put them at a $1Billion valuation. The people have spoken. The statistics are proof of a shifting demand around the country. Consumer Reports surveyed 32,400 subscribers who ranked 65 restaurants during 96,000 dining experiences across the country. While Shake Shack was curiously left off the list of rated restaurants, McDonald’s, the largest chain in the world, came in dead last in the rankings, only slightly worse off than Burger King. So which Better-Burger joint took the crown this time? Has to be In-n-Out Burger, right? Nope. New Comer Smashburger? Nope. The Habit Burger Grill, operated by The more »

  • David Chang’s Ramlet Is Haute Cuisine For Poor College Students [Video]

    David Change, world famous chef and founder of the Momofuku restaurant group, is a master when it comes to every ppor college student’s favorite meal, ramen noodles. Admittedly, Chang’s ramen dishes are a bit more complicated than the instant ramen packets available for pocket change at grocery stores, but he believes that the instant version has its place, too. To illustrate that point, Chang used the deliciously awful for you seasoning packets from an instant ramen meal and used them to make a cheap yet classy traditional omelet dubbed the ramlet. Time to search the couches at RSVLTS for change to I can pick up a few ramen packages on the way home.

  • Beer Pairings for Girl Scout Cookies [Link]

    It’s just about that time of year when Girl Scouts accost us in front of grocery stores and force us to break our New Year’s resolutions and buy way too many cookies. We all know we’re going to buy them, so we might as well make the best of it and enhance the already delicious cookies great beers. But with so many beers and cookies to choose from, where do you begin? Craft Beer and Brewing asked the experts to ensure we get the most out of our cookie indulging.

  • Churro Quesadillas, Smore-Stuffed Banana Boats and More Grilled Desserts to Warm You Up

    The culinary visionaries over at Food Beast have managed to create three of the most over the top, mouth watering dessert recipes with a toasty twist. They’re all made on your barbecue. While you might think it’s too frigid to sit outside grilling tastey treats, think again. A delectably sweet treat might be exactly what you need to rid yourself of the winter blues. Picture this; it’s snowing, you’re sitting in the sanctity of your home eating another delivered pizza, longing for a post supper goodie, but that tub of Ben & Jerry’s is all but empty. Throw on your winter coat and mittens, heat up the grill and get to work. The Churro Quesadillas, Smore-Stuffed Banana Boat and Strawberry Shortcake Kebabs are easy to make and great for putting on some winter hibernation LB’s.   Read about the whole experience and get ingredients here.

  • Ralph Lauren Opens Polo Bar In New York City [9 Photos]

    This past fall, superstar designer Ralph Lauren opened his Fifth Avenue flagship Polo store, attracting fashion shoppers from all over the world. And today, Ralph Lauren is hoping to win over diners (and drinkers) with the opening of his first NYC restaurant, Polo Bar. The Fifth Avenue eatery promises a “casual yet refined setting,” being the sort of place where you’d expect Ralph and his buds to exchange fox hunting stories or something while sipping on brandy and wondering what the poor people are doing. Of course, being a Fifth Avenue bar with Fifth Avenue prices ($24 burger), Polo Bar probably won’t become a regular hangout for schlubs like us, but with its extensive cocktail menu, including an impressive selection of single malt scotch, the Polo Bar will definitely be a place to imbibe on special occasions.

  • The Amazing History of Sriracha As Revealed By It’s Creator

    CEO and founder of Huy Fong Foods, David Tran, walks us through the whole process of the iconic condiment’s lifespan, from inception of idea to execution of product. David started the company in 1980 by hand packing the infamous sauce by hand with a miniature spoon, sourcing only the freshest ingredients to be sure that the element of spice was just right. Now, 35 years later, the only thing that has changed is the process of manufacture, with the quality and origin of Sriracha chillies remaining the same. Quality control is of utmost importance to David with an idealistic business projection to make the sauce spicier in the future. Every detail is painstakingly monitored, even down to the ingenious packaging whereby the color of the lid serves a significant purpose. David Tran says Sriracha can be used on any food so squeeze some onto your breakfast/lunch/dinner and enjoy the video.

  • KFC Goes Full Hipster Down Under, Attempts to Sell Cider & Beer

    Your favorite bucket-o-fried chicken distributor is following suit of a growing trend of fast food chains in Sydney, Australia. KFC has applied for a liquor licencse for a new style concept store. According to Mashable the “new concept store in Parramatta in Western Sydney, which will be known as KFC Urban, Fairfax Media reported” The restaurant will hopefully have a list of beer and cider available for purchase as well. The new concept is targeting a young, hip crowd with design traits like exposed ceiling beams and wood window frames, a higher end, but more “craft” style of decor. The growing trend of health conscious millennials has obviously gotten the fast food industry struck, which is obviously why they’re attempting to throw alcohol at every “of age” youngster, because after a few pints no one and I mean no one could resist a bucket of sultry fried chicken and a biscuit. Our apologies for attempting to make the Colonel more hipster, when he is already, by definition, a hipster. Buddy Holly Glasses, check. Non committal goatee, check. Ironic southern bowtie, check. Gluten Free, eh.  

  • 10 Need-To-Know Tips for Cooking With Wine

    With the holidays behind us, you may find yourself with a few (dozen) bottles of unfinished wine. But before you start pouring it down the sink, resolving never to drink a drop of alcohol again, try using it in your cooking. Red or white, still or bubbly, all wine has a place in cooking. Plus, the alcohol cooks out of it, so you’d still be keeping your temperance resolution. Here are 10 tips to help you get the most out of your leftover wine.

  • White Castle Unveils Veggie Sliders; Apocalypse Imminent

    I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a veggie slider from White Castle. Revelation 14:14 Doomsday cults are rejoicing the world over as White Castle, a place where you can purchase burgers by the sackful, announced that Veggie Sliders will be available beginning today, December 30. It’s only a matter of time before our righteous neighbors are raptured while the rest of have our eyes eaten out by our pets while we sleep or something (please excuse our tenuous grasp of the Bible). Actually, it’s not that bad. Burger King has offered a veggie burger for years and the world keeps spinning. And White Castle actually tested the sliders in select New Jersey and New York stores last summer to great acclaim. The patties are made by Dr. Praeger’s, which is a popular brand available in the freezer section of many grocery stores. White Castle says each patty is “chock full of lots of vegetables like carrots, zucchini, peas, spinach, broccoli, and more.” The 99 cent burgers also come with a choice of three sauces: honey mustard, more »

  • These Chobani Flavors Are Getting Out Of Hand

    You’ve got to hand it to Chobani. They took a healthy product that’s been around for thousands of years and loaded it with sugar and fruit flavors to make it palatable to Americans. Hell, they even released a Pumpkin Spice flavor this year which was vile and which we bought three cups of for some reason. Where will they go next? Chobani_Flavors on Instagram has come up with a couple hundred ideas for the yogurt maker. Some are hip flavors such as Sriracha; some are brilliant cross-promotions such as Burt’s Bees; and some are just confusing such Right Triangle. Actually, Pine Needle would probably sell with the Greeks. They already eat mastic with everything which is basically Pine-Sol flavored gum.

  • Red Robin Reveals Secret Hangover Cure Burger

    No matter what your New Year’s Eve plans are, one thing you can count on is that alcohol will be involved. Well, unless you’re a Mennonite or something, in which case you probably wouldn’t be using a computer and reading this. But if you’re going to be drinking, you’ll be looking for a hangover cure January 1. And Red Robin has just what you need. The burger chain has conducted a survey that found 46% of drinking-age Americans rely on food to cure their hangover. And the top foods are eggs (51%), breakfast meats (49%), and burgers (45%). With this knowledge, Red Robin concocted the ultimate hangover cure, a burger topped with chili, cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, mushrooms and a sunny-side up egg on a sesame seed bun. The Hangover Burger will only be available for seven days beginning January 1–and only by request. And best of all, Red Robin also serves alcohol, for an extra “hair of the dog” cure.

  • Mashed Potatoes On Burgers?? Wendy’s Japan Just Won The Fast Food War

    In celebration of the holidays, Wendy’s Japan is offering a “Turkey Special” made up of what they think we Americans eat. If only it were true. Two sandwiches are part of the promotion, Pretzel Turkey Mashed Potato Burger and Pretzel Turkey Spicy Chicken Burger. Don’t let the names fool you, both have mashed potatoes along with turkey slices on a pretzel bun. The Mashed Potato Burger has a beef patty and cheese while the Spicy Chicken Burger features a chicken filet. Get yours before they’re gone any Wendy’s in Japan for 680 yen (~$5.69 US). So…anybody want to send us a few?

  • This Pizza Has 99 Cheeses; Your Move, Donatello

    Remember that scene in TMNT when Donatello calls a 99-cheese pizza a “culinary impossibility?” Well master pizza chef Johnny di Francesco remembered and decided to take on the challenge. The Melbourne chef, who is the first Australian ever trained in Naples to the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana VPN rules and who recently won first place at the pizza world championships in Italy, decided to try his hand at the first pie of its kind. He begins by melting down a mix of 96 cheeses in a pot, which can take up to an hour. Then he builds the pie and sprinkles buffalo mozzarella, goat cheese, fior di latte, ricotta, and raspadura to reach 99. Becuase of the time it takes to prepare each 99-cheese pizza, the $23 pie was only served at di Francesco’s Gradi restaurant in the Crown casino complex during a two-hour block at lunch time on Saturday. What do you think America? How about we steal the recipe and add one disgusting slice of American cheese on top and claim the first 100-cheese pizza? via NDTV

  • 10 Mouthwatering Cheeseburgers Inspired by 10 American Cities

    The Cheese and Burger Society was created by Wisconsin’s milk marketing board to pay tribute to the state’s unbelievable line-up for cheeses. If you’ve never had authentic Wisconsin cheese curds you haven’t lived. In addition to all things cheese the society created a website called cheeseandburger.com that features mouthwatering burger recipes from across the U.S. of A. So far 40 burgers have been profiled, which you can view here, and we’ve narrowed the list down to 10 that are inspired by American cities.

  • Shake Shack + Breakfast Sandwich = New Elated Reality

    Christmas, hanukkah, Kwanza and Festivus come early. How early? Between the hours of 7 AM to 10:30 AM on weekdays at the Grand Central Terminal Shake Shack. That’s right Shake Shack breakfast can now be had at it’s first Manhattan location, until today’s announcement the burger joint only a breakfast menu at it’s JFK Airport locations. The announcement makes complete sense for it’s Grand Central location which accounts for tens of thousands of daily foot traffic. The menu will have a sausage egg n’ cheese sandwich, an applewood-smoked bacon egg n’ cheese sandwich, and a simple egg n’ cheese sandwich. The meat versions will cost $4.75 while the meatless egg n’ cheese will cost $3.75 served on the usual potato rolls with American cheese. Shack Shack will also have hot drip and cold brew coffee, as well as hot breakfast teas. The full menu can be seen below.

  • Would You Pay $8 To Build Your Own McDonald’s Sandwich?

    McDonald’s store sales continue to fall as younger consumers opt for casual fast food restaurants such as Chipotle and Panera over the yellow arches. How can the home of the Big Mac win back these millenials? With longer wait times and more expensive choices, of course! McDonald’s has been testing “Create Your Taste” kiosks at four locations in California. Using a touchscreen, customers can choose exactly how they want their burger or chicken sandwich, with a variety of fresh toppings offered. Surveys have showed that younger people have no problem waiting for food (the customized sanwiches take about seven minutes) as long as they can get it how they want it with fresh ingredients. And it’s a win for the stores, who charge $8.29 for the sandwich with medium drink and fries, considerably more than most menu options. The program is immediately heading to 30 more stores, with an additional 2,000 locations receiving the kiosks in 2015. We’re sure we’ll try it once, just for the novelty alone, but will it the program be enough to keep us Gen Yers coming back? Best burgers around – I found my new obsession

  • Pizza Hut Australia Is Offering Doritos Crust

    While Pizza Hut here in the US recently unveiled a new menu complete with balsamic drizzle, honey sriracha crust, and fresh spinach, the pizza maker’s Australian counterpart has gone the Taco Bell route and opted to add Doritos. A press release states that the company spent months developing the new Doritos Crunchy Crust, which is amazing because it seems to be nothing more than crushed up Doritos stuck to crust using mozzarella cheese, then covered in cheddar. Perhaps they meant that they spent months getting high and talking about how great of an idea it would be before anyone sobered up enough for five minutes to actually make it. Don’t get us wrong, we’re enjoying the new US Pizza Hut offerings (pretzel crust!), but we can’t help but feel a tinge of regret that we’ll never know the glory of Doritos Crunchy Crust. We know it’s terrible for us, but this Tweet sums up our feelings perfectly: There's cheese hiding under the Doritos and I know I should be disgusted but I'm not. #PizzaHutCrunch pic.twitter.com/jcTHapcXeK — Rae Johnston (@miss_raej) December 2, 2014 Yeah…so how long would it take to get a pizza delivered from Australia? We’re really good tippers.

  • Pizza Hut Can Read Your Mind [Video]

    Now that Pizza Hut has unveiled their new menu and the millions of possibilities available to you, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you go to order your pizza. Although you may feel a nervous breakdown commencing (honey sriracha or salted pretzel crust??), you can now relax, knowing that your subconscious will make the correct choice for you. Using a special tablet that tracks your eye movements, you will now be able to build a pizza without uttering a single word. The screen has pictures of the various toppings and judging by where your eyes go, your perfect pizza will be created. Right now the system is being tested in 300 UK Pizza Hut locations and may soon find its way to the US. Thank God, because I tried to order from Pizza Hut on Saturday and ended up feasting on the tears I shed trying to decided on my toppings and drizzle and crust.

  • Burger King Japan Offers Bizarre Holiday Options

    Are you all alone on Thanksgiving or Christmas with no family to prepare a home cooked meal for you? And are you also in Japan? Well if you don’t find yourself in the Land of the Rising Sun, you’re going to have a pathetic holiday season. But if you do, you can at least enjoy some bizarre twists on holiday food at Burger King Japan. To celebrate “Berry Kristmush,” the fast food giant is offering two new sandwiches. The disgustingly named Mush’N’Cheese burger features a black pepper beef patty topped with chopped mushrooms, a four-cheese sauce, and parmesan on a sesame seed bun and is available for $4.15. The Premium Berry burger is topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and a berry sauce made with with raspberries, cranberries, blueberries, and red wine. And just for added berry bliss, some whole blueberries are added atop the burger, which costs about $5.10. But if you’re looking for something a bit more traditional, Burger King is also offering Turkey Legs. Somehow that seems more odd than something called a Mush burger.

  • Win Thanksgiving with These Toasted Marshmellow Shots

    Move over cookies & milk shots, there’s a new shot-sheriff in town. Food blogger, Cheri Alberts from The Watering Mouth, is about to blow your tastebuds right out of your mouth. Alberts gives step by step directions on how to toast marshmellows to absolute perfection then fill them with a boozey accent of your choice. Go. Go to the grocery store right now and pick up regular-sized marshmallows, two forks, your preferred booze. Then make fire. Stove, electric grill, garbage can fire, whatever works for you. The brilliant trick in all of this is using the forks to burn the sides of the mellows causing a natural implosion. Take a look at how Alberts perfects her craft below or check out a step-by-step guide here.

  • The First-Timers Guide to Roasting a Turkey [Infographic]

    There will come a time in your life, where you’ll have to step up and endure the pain and anguish of preparing a Thanksgiving feast. It’s not all about kicking back in your recliner and watching football while the elders prepare dinner anymore, you’re older now and must carry on the tradition. But where do you start, Google? Paula Deen? Charlie Brown? How do you even begin to fathom cooking a full turkey? We got you covered. From portioning, defrosting, prepping and roasting, anyone can figure out how to produce the best possible product this Thanksgiving, even if they’re a first-timer. Column Five created this Thanksgiving-novice-proof infographic for roasting your first turkey, turkey. Yeah, I just called you a turkey.

  • How To Recreate Buffalo Wild Wings Sauces At Home [Infographic]

    What’s better than greasy meat smothered in a delicious sauce? That’s a tough one. After all, there’s a reason that restaurants such as Buffalo Wild Wings rake in the business. Of course, if you find yourself besieged by a craving for chicken wings and spicy garlic dip, in all likelihood you’re going to have to shell out some cash in order to find satisfaction, and chances are you’re going to have to do it amid a crowd of people. On the other hand, you can save money and hassle by cooking up your own wings at home. And what about the sauces? Well, we’ve got you covered there as well. Take a look at this handy infographic, and get ready to enjoy some wild wings, without needing to go to the restaurant to do it.

  • America’s Most Popular Burger, Pizza & Coffee Chains Visualized [infographic]

    Flowing Data has created a series of popular burger, Pizza and Coffee joints across the U.S. Using AggData, the map above shows the nearest burger chain out of the selected seven. I chugged along every twenty miles, checked within a 10-mile radius, and then colored each dot accordingly. In their original data they used 29 burger chains, but cut the number down to show the most popular 7. With Pizza FD used 9 chains at a 5 mile radius and with Coffee they used every 10 miles. Pizza Hut absolutely dominates the country in the Pizza category, while Coffee is a bit more complicated. Starbucks is spread throughout the country evenly, more so in the major cities, but Dunkin Donuts has a stronghold on the entire East Coast. Take a look at the three graphs below.

  • A UK Pub Has A Double Doughnut Burger Because You Have To Die Of Something

    Legend has it, the original doughnut burger was created in a bar in Decatur, Georgia called Mulligan’s. It was called the Luther Burger in honor of singer Luther Vandross, who was said to enjoy the deliciously unhealthy sandwich (and who also died form a heart attack at the age of 54). But like so many disgustingly American staples, someone overseas has upped the ante and challenged our proud heritage of gluttony. The aptly named UK family pub chain Hungry Horse has unveiled the 1,996-calorie Double Donut Burger. Consisting of two beef patties, cheese, four pieces of bacon and barbecue sauce between two glazed doughnuts, the monster sandwich is horrible and we are so jealous that we can’t get one on this side of the Atlantic. Advertised with the tagline “So wrong, it’s right,” just the thought of the Double Donut Burger has been giving nutrition experts coronaries. Sure, the 53 grams of saturated fat probably aren’t good for you, but good news, gym rats—there’s also 75 grams of protein! UK folks might want to get one before health nuts ruin the fun for everyone. And please, send one to RSVLTS HQ.

  • Sriracha Sauce, Pretzel Crust, “Skinny” Slices, and More: Your First Look At Pizza Hut’s Major Rebrand

    Pizza Hut has been a favorite during parties at RSVLTS HQ for a long time, just check out our buddy Matt in the photo above crushing some Pizza Hut at our office warming party back in April. But even though we’ve been ordering our fair share of delivery, Pizza Hut has been struggling for two years as consumers are becoming more interested in exotic flavors and personalized options. One look at Tony Boloney’s menu will show you where the market is headed. To combat slumping sales the world’s largest pizza chain on Monday announced a drastic plan to turn upside down almost every facet of its identity with all new branding, the doubling of its available ingredients, including sriracha, curry and buffalo, a 250 calorie “Skinny Pizza” and the largest ad campaign in it’s history, as reported by USA Today.

  • Huge Changes Coming To Pizza Hut Starting Nov 19th. Here Is What We Know…

    Pizza Hut has been a favorite during parties at RSVLTS HQ for a long time, just check out our buddy Matt in the photo above crushing some Pizza Hut at our office warming party back in April. But even though we’ve been ordering our fair share of delivery, Pizza Hut has been struggling for two years as consumers are becoming more interested in exotic flavors and personalized options. One look at Tony Boloney’s menu will show you where the market is headed. To combat slumping sales the world’s largest pizza chain on Monday announced a drastic plan to turn upside down almost every facet of its identity with all new branding, the doubling of its available ingredients, including sriracha, curry and buffalo, a 250 calorie “Skinny Pizza” and the largest ad campaign in it’s history, as reported by USA Today.

  • Katz’s Deli Creates A Roast Beast Sandwich; Whoville Rejoices

    The New York City indigestion inducers at Katz’s Delicatessen, known for creating sandwiches that would even sate Monty Python’s Mr. Creosote, have unleashed a special sandwich for this holiday season—the Roast Beast. The giant sandwich, made up of roast beef, turkey, salami, coleslaw, and Russian dressing, is actually a promotion for “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical,” which opens at Madison Square Garden December 5. The sandwich will set you back $22, which is about average for Katz’s, and will only be available from November 17 to December 28. Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a deli. But I still wouldn’t mind some Roast Beast in my belly. Source: Grub Street

  • 50 Things to Do with Sriracha

    The cult following of Sriracha is at an all time high. You guys love it. Every story we do on the wonder condiment blows up. Time to keep the good times rolling. The bottle has a few suggestions for what to do with the sauce nut there are so many more uses. The following list of ideas compiled by Chow.com will help you use more of the “crack” condiment in your cooking.

  • The Great Burger Debate: Which Fast Food Chain Does It Best? Take Our Poll!

    It’s a topic that is often debated, and now we’re finally going to get a definitive answer to the question of which fast food chain has the best burger. Our poll is inspired by a YouGov poll of 1,157 U.S. residents that revealed Five Guys and Burger King are tied for the nation’s favorite fast food burger, garnering 15% of the vote each. Yet with In-N-Out getting just 9% of the over all vote for best burger we’re feeling like this poll is a big f&%ked up because nothing tops In-N-Out (in our opinion). So we decided to launch our own poll.

  • The Pizzadilla: Do you like pizza? Do you like quesadillas? Prepare to have your mind blown.

    The pizzadilla is what happens when the pizza and the quesadilla get together and make sweet, greasy, cheesy, carby love. And, thanks to J. Kenji López-Alt at Serious Eats and his simple recipe, this food hybrid is no longer something that exists only in your dreams. So now you can make it. Tonight. Y’know, after that post-work ‘relaxing’ beer. It will take 15 mins and you need a cast-iron skillet, or just a thin frying pan if the concept of a skillet escapes you at 1am. Ingredients include two tortillas, a lot of cheese and a tomato base, plus whatever toppings you want *empties out entire fridge*. The cooking process seems fairly fool-proof. There is frying and grilling involved, plus a little light flipping. What you need: 1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 large flour tortillas that just fit inside your cast iron skillet 3/4 cup store-bought or homemade pizza sauce 5 ounce shredded whole milk low moisture mozzarella cheese 2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese, divided 2 basil leaves, roughly torn Additional toppings, as desired Step-by-step directions: Step 1. Adjust oven rack to 6 to 8 inches below broiler element and preheat broiler to high. Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet over high more »