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  • 27 Bizarre Laws and Customs American’s Better Know Before Traveling to These Countries

    Americans—how to say this nicely—tend to offend a lot of people when they’re traveling. Shouts are normal noise levels. Patriotism—’murica—reigns supreme. And sticking to McDonald’s astounds even the greasiest Italian pizzerias. Even as recently as two years ago, Americans ranked themselves as the worst tourists. What kind of masochism is that? One of the biggest American offenses involve ignoring cultural customs and substituting our own—like fanny packs and jorts. To prevent American ignorance, we decided to list a few weird customs and laws from around the world. Break these and you’ll probably be labeled a “silly American,” if you already haven’t been.

  • Man Meal: The Secret’s In the Sauce, 5 Summer BBQ Sauce Recipes

    A summer barbecue is only as good as the sauce that flavors the meats. Everyone know’s this. Or do they? Most people seem to think Sweet Baby Rays or the elusive Dinosaur BBQ sauce is all you need to season or marinate a good set of ribs or piece of brisket, but oh boy are they wrong, sweet baby wrong. While SBR and Dino-BBQ are great quick solutions for a quick meal, a good BBQ sauce is the unsung hero of every barbecue. We’ve pulled a collection of sauces to last you the whole summer, so simmer down now and get to work and by Labor Day weekend, your sauce will be the nectar of the Gods.

  • Haute Dogs [Book]

    Everyone’s favorite summer meal, the Hot Dog has been a staple in American history since George crossed the Delaware. “Haute Dogs” is a collection of recipes stretched from Mexican influenced to Japanese fusion. Of course they also have plenty of modern and classic American dog recipes as well. With over 100 recipes and 168 pages of Hot diggity dog summer goodness, “Haute Dogs” is worth a glance to spice up your boring summer barbecue. Haute Dogs

  • When Life Hands You A Giant Spatula, Make A Giant Burger. With Pizzas For A Bun.

    What’s better than a regular-sized burger with mini-pizzas for a bun? A 12-inch burger with two full pizza pies for a bun, of course! Nick Chipman of Dude Foods had made a regular-sized burger with 6-inch personal pizzas for the bun and enjoyed it, but he always wondered “What if?” Salvation came in the form of a ridiculously oversized novelty spatula. Chipman finally had the means of flipping a 12-inch burger. Using 4 pounds of beef and 2 12-inch pizzas, Chipman created the ultimate burger and will be forever worshiped by hungry men and cardiologists the world over. 

  • Poll: In The Battle For Sriracha Supremacy Who Ya Got? Tabasco or Huy Fong Foods

    As HiConsumption reports, like a thief in the night, the Tabasco company has quietly created its own Sriracha sauce. Here’s the thing: It’s not being promoted at all, and Tabasco says it’s for a limited time only, but we have our suspicions—especially given the problems at Huy Fong Foods, the company that pretty much all Americans associate with Sriracha. Tabasco’s new Sriracha Sauce is being described as “a masterful blend of spicy, sweet and savory flavors that is authentic to South East Asian cuisine.”  It all sounds very similar to the Huy Fong Foods brand we’ve all come to know and love so it begs the question. 

  • 27 Japanese Fast Food Items That Are More ‘Murican Than Anything In America

    Sure, America is the world’s big fat joke. Everyone else likes to point and laugh at our 27.7 percent obesity rate (a new record!). They blame all the junk food we eat, but with more and more American fast food chains opening international locations, our unhealthy exports aren’t just being accepted, they’re being improved upon! Chocolate on a burger? Bacon in a sundae? A pizza made of hot dogs? Fried Kit-Kats? Japan might laugh at us now, but just wait. After a few 7-patty Whoppers, they’ll know what it’s like to be the world’s biggest punchline. Oh, and could someone in Japan send me one (or six) of those Wendy’s lobster burgers? It’s lunchtime and I’m a bit peckish.

  • The Mac + Cheese Cookbook

    Because summer. This incredible cookbook with over 50+ recipes highlighting the most delicious combinations of macaroni and cheese recipes is exactly what you need to shed those winter lbs. The book offers up a wide range of recipes you can make with simple household ingredients like Sriracha Mac, decadent delights like Truffle Mac, and even the logic-defying Vegan Mac. Close your mouth, you’re already drooling and we’re not finished, With a basics section on perfecting mac sauce, choosing the best noodles, and customizing add-ins and toppings, plus an emphasis on quality ingredients and simple techniques, this fun, playful cookbook shows cheese-loving readers how to take this comfort-food staple to creative. The Mac + Cheese Cookbook $14

  • 11 PIZZERIAS WORTH GOING TO STATEN ISLAND FOR

    The dump is long gone, some of us do have axcents, and yeah, you may see a few overly tan folks and a velour tracksuit or two while you’re here. But for the sake of your stomach, I ask you to push aside your stereotypes and fear of the unknown, and allow me, a lifelong Islander, to take you on a tour of the 11 best pizzerias on Staten Island. Consider this your delicious first step into the borough that has much more to offer you than you originally thought. 

  • RSVLTS Ultimate Guide To Summer Barbecue

    Summer is coming. It shouldn’t be long before the smell of burnt meat pervades the weekend breeze, as men up and down the country display their imagined mastery of the BBQ. But this year will be different. This year you will come armed with the knowledge of how to get the best out of every piece of meat you so-heroically throw to the flames. Here’s a page you should bookmark for the summer.

  • Maximize Your Taco Bell Spending With This Hack

    Have you ever found yourself at Taco Bell at 3 AM with only a few bucks, wishing you could calculate the best way to maximize your purchase? Your first thought may be to just get a bunch of the cheapest item, but that might not be the greatest choice to get the most amount of calories. Unfortunately, you opted to major in communications rather than Taco Bellology. Thanks to clever and hungry developer Kunal Batra, you can now send an email and get a response with the most calorie dense combination for your budget. Batra used info from Taco Bell’s website and some programming know-how to create a bot that does all the work for you. All you have to is a send a message with just the dollar amount (no dollar sign) in the subject to tacobell@sendmail.io, and you’ll be able to eat till you puke on just a few bucks. Nice knowing you!

  • #HackTheMenu: Thin Mint Frappuccino at Starbucks

    The Starbucks “Thin Mint Frappuccino” is another one of the Starbucks Secret Menu Frappuccinos that puts its own spin on a classic dessert. Who in their right mind doesn’t like the taste of thin mint girl scout cookies? So, obviously it had to be recreated as the Starbucks Thin Mint Frappuccino that’s available only at Starbucks if you know the secret. The cool mint flavor accentuates the rich chocolatey syrup & java chips all in a Green Tea Frappuccino. It’s quite delicious. So, go out and order the Starbucks Thin Mint Frappuccino off their secret menu before it’s too late.

  • The Most Popular Drunk Foods Around The World

    BuzzFeed Yellow has produced a rather insightful video on the choice food for a late night drunk snack around the globe. In America the perfect compliment to a long night of boozing is pepperoni pizza, while in Japan a bowl of ramen hits the spot. Italians keep it fairly light with a porchetta sandwich they enjoy a bowl of champ (whipped potatoes).

  • Punk Legend John Joseph Gives Juicing Tips [Video]

    Even punk rockers get old. It’s hard to believe that John Joseph, of the legendary Cro-Mags, is 51, and it’s even harder to believe that he is now giving tips on how to make juices and smoothies. He’s traded hard drugs for red chard and algae, but he’s as entertaining as ever in this video form Munchies. Also, if you like John Joseph’s no-nonsense, straight-talk style in this video, be sure to check out his NYC walking tour when it starts back up in May. For more info and tickets, head over to Rocks Off.

  • American Food Aisles From Around The World [15 Photos]

    Go into pretty much any supermarket in America and you’ll find the “ethnic foods” aisle which undoubtedly stocks all sorts of Mexican food, and, depending on your neighborhood demographics, British, Indian, Korean, Estonian, etc. But if you go to another country will you find “American” food in a special aisle? Hell yeah, you will! And apparently American food to everyone else is either high sodium or high sugar junk food. It’s good to know that wherever you are in the world, you will be able to buy marshmallow fluff and peanut butter. What’s that, garcon? You want me to eat escar-huh? Ain’t that a snail? No thanks, dude, I got me some fluffernutters.

  • Man Meal: The $5,000 Burger

    Let’s face it, America has a borderline dangerous obsession with the burger. Restraining order status. With limitless variations and recipes the burger has become a medium for restaurants to concoct entire menus from. Coastal varieties like California’s “In-n-Out” burger and New York’s “Shake Shack” have established themselves by highlighting one delicious patty served in a variety of styles, but leave it to Fabulous Las Vegas to really take things up a notch. Fleur, a restaurant located in the Mandalay Bay Hotel now has a $5,000 burger on the menu. The burger is made of wagyu beef with foie gras, full black truffles, a truffle soaked bun and served with a bottle of 1995 Chateau Petrus. Happy feasting.

  • Foodini Will 3D Print Your Dinner

    The future of food has arrived and it is the Foodini. The first real food 3D printer, Foodini allows you to take fresh ingredients, jam them in a capsule, and turn the paste into ravioli, gnocchi, dinosaurs, or whatever else you can think up. The Kickstarter campaign has just started and they are already half-way to their goal, with 27 days remaining, so chances are pretty good that the Foodini will be a mass-produced reality soon. The device, which comes with 5 reusable capsules, is expected to retail for about $1300, but through the Kickstarter campaign, you can reserve one from the first mass-production run, expected in January of 2015, for just $999. If you’re a bit more cautious, you can head on over to the Foodini website and sign up for an email alert when it becomes available. If they figure out how to print Oreo O’s, they’ll make a fortune.

  • People Posing With All The Food They Eat In A Day [6 Photos]

    Award-winning photojournalist Peter Menzel examines the differences in diet the world over in his latest book, “What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets.” The book features both those who are active with healthy diets and those who lead a more sedentary existence and may not make the best eating choices. The dichotomy is a striking way for the reader to recognize the huge effect of diet and maybe make some changes in their own life. Along with the 80 profiles of people from 30 countries are calorie totals of their daily diet and essays form experts discussing the effects of diet on our personal health and the health of the planet. “What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets” is available now form Amazon for $30.

  • What Hamburgers Can Teach Us About Design

    Christopher Simmons and Nathan Sharpe of San Francisco-based design firm MINE™ believe that inspiration can be found anywhere, as long as you look for it. To prove this point, they’ve started work on the year-long project “The Message Is Medium Rare,” wherein they will eat one hamburger per week, review it, and then expound on the lesson learned from the experience. The reviews are brilliantly poetic, adding an air of haute cuisine to even the $2 burgers from In-N-Out, but where the project truly succeeds is with the lessons. They serve as a perfect summary of the dining experience with a touch of Zen guidance for all aspects of your life, creative or otherwise. So far, the project is 11 weeks in and shows no signs of losing steam. The creators also promise that a McDonald’s burger will eventually be reviewed, which should be a fun read. Keep up with the burgers at The Message Is Medium Rare and on Facebook. 

  • How to Make Your Own Chocolate Chip Cookie Shot Glass

    Of course we’d all like to try cronut creator Dominique Ansel’s chocolate chip cookie shot glass, but not everyone lives in New York. And not everyone in New York wants to leave their apartment. But just because you’re depressed knowing that the cookie shot glasses are all the way in New York while you’re wherever you are, doesn’t mean you should stick your head in the oven just yet. Plus, your oven is electric not gas, and that’s no way to go. Professional actress and amateur baker Karin Lee has come up with a recipe that even a poor, pathetic soul who would kill themselves over not getting a fancy cookie could follow. So what are you waiting for? Head over to Instructables and get baking. Pour a little vodka and Kahlua in mine, please. Source: Instructables  

  • Man Meal: Loaded Sriracha BBQ Sloppy Joe Fries

    Impress your pals come game day with these nacho-inspired Siracha BBQ Sloppy Joe Fries. The delicious, protein-packed recipe sees a host of goodies such as beef, teriyaki sauce, sliced onion and shredded cheddar cheese chucked over steaming waffle-cut French fries. We recommended washing that down with a bottle or two of ice cold suds.

  • How sound affects the taste of our food [Link]

    Although it may not seem like it, sound can have quite an impact on how our food tastes. Studies have shown that high-frequency noises enhance sweetness while low frequencies bring out bitterness. Will this affect what music we hear while eating out? And will sugar be replaced by sound instead of an endless succession of chemicals that we decide are poisonous every few years?

  • PornBurger Can Turn A Vegan into a Carnivore

    Our new favorite foodie website is a Tumblr dedicated to the art of a good burger. What PornBurger has done is found the perfect formula to visually articulating different delectable variations of the burger into super high quality photos with detailed ingredients noted on each photo. Simple, but effective. I literally just ate a burger before viewing the site and I’m already jonesin’ for another. Each burger is described in elegant detail just underneath the photo, here’s an example of the Dirty Birdy Burger “This is a classic case of a racy burger flown a-fowl: A duck confit burger, scandalously dressed in fried chicken hearts, smothered in fig catsup, and bedded on a creamy spread  of chicken liver pâté. This is certainly one bird you won’t be bringing home to umami and daddy.” Now go. Enjoy all that is the naughtiest burger site on the internet. PORNBURGER

  • In Honor Of National Pancake Day Make This Bacon-Whiskey-Syrup Immediately

    It’s National Pancake Day. You know this. You can go to IHOP and get a batch of freebies or you can make your very own fluffy discs of deliciousness with this incredibly spiked syrup that will make you wonder how you’ve never put the pieces together. A wonderful blend of whiskey, bacon and maple syrup will put all your troubles behind you. This recipe is perfectly acceptable for breakfast, lunch and certainly dinner.

  • Whiskey Barrel-Aged Sriracha

    Anything aged in whiskey barrels is better. Fact. Anything with Sriracha added to it is better. Fact. So when Lisa Murphy founded Sosu Sauces, Kickstarter went crazy. Earning $20,000 in less than two days. Over $70,000 to date. Sosu takes their combined philosophy of using fresh, locally sourced ingredients with the age-old craft of fermentation. Aged with a secret pepper mash in whiskey barrels for between 1-3 months. The sriracha takes on complex flavors from the oak barrels and the natural fermentation process. Each bottle is handcrafted and made in small batches to ensure the most intense flavors. Sosu Barrel Aged Sriracha

  • 74,476 Reasons You Should Always Get The Bigger Pizza [Link]

    The eggheads over at NPR’s Planet Money used the prices of 74,476 pizzas from 3,678 different restaurants around the country to see how much the prices changed with the pizza size. They constructed a handy interactive graph that illustrates just how much you save by going with the larger size. The results may surprise. That 20″ pie for $20? On average you’d have to spend $51 on 8″ pies to get the same amount of food. Now you don’t have to feel so bad for always ordering the biggest pizza, fatso!

  • Ben & Jerry’s Just Changed the Game and There Ain’t no Goin’ Back

    Ben & Jerry are Innovators of a generation. Saviors of summer days and binge eating nights. The dynamic duo of delicious. The Vermont based ice cream company has just changed the game forever. They recently released new ice creams feature a flovor column that runs down the center of the ice cream container. That column is a delicious accent to the ice cream of fudge, caramel or raspberry jam. The flavors to hit and sell out fast are Hazed & Confused, Peanut Butter Fudge, Salted Caramel and That’s My Jam.

  • Man Meal: Chipotle Crusted Pork Tenderloin

      This ain’t yo grandmama’s pork tenderloin. Well, maybe it is if your grandma cooks a bad-ass loin with a serious kick. Next time you have a craving for pork give this recipe a try for a unique blend of sweet and spicy that tastes more impressive than the time it takes to make it.

  • Man Meals: Maple-Glazed Chicken

    Keep warm on the chilliest winter nights with this hearty meal you can make in a pinch. Toss chicken with apples and maple syrup for a delicious dinner that’s ready in just 30 minutes.

  • All Other Smokers are Inferior to This Yoder Smokers Kingman Competition Cart

    The Yoder Smokers Kingman Competition Cart should be all you’re thinking about right now. With a brutal winter sinking it’s teeth into 2/3 of the U.S. the only thing you should have on your mind right now is the thought of a summer BBQ with a cold beer and meat smoked to perfection. With Yoder’s cook-approved Heat Management System, slide out 2nd shelf, square firebox, 304 Stainless Steel front shelf, small footprint, large pneumatic tires and a robust 2-position handle for easy positioning (Enter Tim “the Toolman” Grunt here) all your winter worries will fall by the way side. This behemoth beast of wood burning steel will guarantee you the blue ribbon of backyard BBQs in the summer of 2014. The Yoder Smokers Kingman Competition Cart

  • Pizza That Lasts For Years, Because Science and America

    If there’s one complaint about pizza, it’s that…um…uh…are there any complaints about pizza? Well if you’re a soldier, you’re pizza problem is probably that you can’t just can’t get any. Lucky for them (and all of us, really), scientists at  the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Natick, Massachusetts have developed a pizza MRE, or meal ready to eat, that can last for up to 3 years without any refrigeration or freezing. Although one of the most requested items, pizza has long thwarted science’s attempts at preserving it due to the moisture in the sauce and cheese seeping into the crust over time, resulting in the most unpopular of pizza toppings, mold and bacteria. But by adding ingredients called humectants that bind to water and by altering the acidity of the sauce and cheese to ward off any nastiness, science has finally come out on top. Soon enough, soldiers (and lazy folks) will be able to tear open a pizza MRE and get a mouth full of America…and 3 year old pepperoni. Source: AP