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Impossible Burger vs. Beyond Burger

Fake meat, or faux meat, is becoming the “in” thing in 2019 and we can’t blame people for jumping on the bandwagon either! Where previous fake meat products were obviously, well, fake meat in terms of appearance, texture and taste, many of these products released in recent years actually look, feel and taste like real meat. We have to say that there are two fake meat – or vegan meat, as many people like to call it – products that are dominating the market. We’re talking about the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger patties that are taking the vegan world by storm. Both Are Vegan Burgers Both the Impossible Burger and the Beyond Meat Burger are vegan. This means that neither of them contains any animal products and by-products, a piece of good news for people who want a change from meat products for any reason. Vegans are obviously happy…

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KFC vs. Popeyes vs. Church’s Chicken vs. Chick-fil-a vs. Raising Cane’s vs. Zaxby’s

Fried chicken has revolutionized we eat! We can enjoy fried chicken with and without sides, such as mashed potatoes, French fries, and jambalaya rice, and we can cook it at home and order it in dozens of restaurants. Of the hundreds of restaurants offered fried chicken, we can mention the likes of KFC, Popeyes, Church’s Chicken, Chick-fil-a, Raising Cane’s and Zaxby’s dominate the market. Which one is the best chicken-centric restaurant? Let’s take a look by comparing their fried chicken offerings, among others. KFC Colonel Sanders’ fried chicken is the original fast-food fried chicken and it’s still among the most popular of its kind. Thanks to its secret spices, KFC’s fried chicken is delicious from its crunchy skin to its juicy meat, not to mention that it’s served in a generous portion. We believe that nothing beats the original and it applies to Colonel Sanders’ fried chicken! Through the years,…

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These are The Most Bizarre Things Found in Fast Food

The following are some of the most bizarre things found in fast food meals in the past. 1. Condom In 1999, in a McDonald’s in Easton, Pennsylvania, William Smith found a condom in his Big Mac. 2. Knife In 2008, New Yorker John Agnesini said he discovered a 6-inch knife baked in his subway sandwich. He was given $20,000 for the restaurant’s mistake. 3. Chicken Head In 2000, a Virginia resident, Katherine Ortega, claimed to have found a whole chicken head deep fried within her chicken nugget. This claim has yet to be proven true or false. 4. Human Finger In 2012, a mother and son found a human finger inside their Arby’s sandwich. An Arby’s employee had apparently cut her finger on a meat slicer and left without reporting it to anyone. 5. Dead Mouse In 2015, a customer in Lincoln City, Orgeon had discovered a dead mouse in…

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Kids Eat Free (or Close to it) in These 10 Restaurants

If you’re a parent in the midst of summer, you might be hard-pressed to find time to get out of the house, with the children free from the clutches of school. Going out is made even less attractive when one takes into consideration finances. With a few children in tow, eating out starts to get expensive. Luckily many restaurants realize the struggles of parents when it comes to getting an outing together, and some have tried to make it easier – or more tempting. The restaurants listed below offer either kids eat free days, or deals that are hard to pass up! Perhaps without having to worry about the cost of going out for a family dinner, you’ll have more motivation to get everyone together and out the door. 1. TGI Fridays Although it varies by location, TGI Fridays offers Kids Eat Free days on Mondays or Tuesdays. The atmosphere…

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Kolache: The Czech Import We Love

The United States is a culinary melting pot and it’s evident in the enduring popularity of the kolache, a type of pastry popularized by Shipley Donuts in Texas and other states. Indeed, these sweet and savory pastries appeal to kids and adults alike because of their delicious flavors, ease of eating, and affordable prices. But do you know where these treats came from and how these are made? While these things may not matter when you’re digging into your first box of kolaches, you will have a deeper appreciation for it, from its history to the care with which its bakers make them. Here’s a few interesting facts that you may want to know about the popular Czech import. Of Czech Origin The word “kolache” comes from the Czech word “kolo” meaning “wheel” or “circle” and it’s obviously a reference to the pastry’s round shape. Other spellings for the term…

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Impossible Whopper Review: Burger King Hits a Home Run with This Burger

Today, on April 1st, 2019, Burger King introduced the Impossible Whopper to locations in the St. Louis area. This is a product derived from the popular plant-based “burger that bleeds” Impossible Burger. We went out to a local Burger King to see if they have one of these burgers, and sure enough, they do. In fact, it’s posted prominently on their menu board as seen below. As you can see, it costs $5.79 for a burger and $7.99 for a meal. Compared with $4.79 and $6.99 for the regular Whopper. (View all Burger King menu prices here.) First Impression On the first glance, this thing looks like a real Whopper. Very similar size, weight, and smell as well. As you can see in the picture above, it has all the same ingredients as regular Whopper. In our test case, we went with no onions and added the slice of cheese….

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Awamori: It’s Not Just Sake

The Russians have their vodka and the French their wines. The Okinawans, for their part have their awamori, a locally produced liquor that brings people together, mixes well for cocktails, and pairs well with nearly every type of food. The Okinawans, indeed, have reason to be proud of their awamori, and it’s a pride that increases with awamori’s increasing popularity outside of the island. Here are a few interesting things about awamori, a Japanese liquor that goes beyond your usual sake. Ask your favorite Japanese restaurant, such as Benihana, if it carries awamori and enjoy it, if it does. A Living History in Liquid Form Awamori is actually an import from Thailand to Okinawa but it has since become the island’s de facto official liquor. According to historians, it was introduced when Okinawa was still known by its old name, Ryukyu Kingdom, which was present from 1429 to 1879. The…

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A Basic Guide to The Restaurant Types

Restaurants are classified according to their price range, type of service, and men, among other aspects. For ordinary consumers, it can be slightly confusing to know which one is which, although there are notable exceptions like the general knowledge that McDonald’s is a fast-food restaurant chain. Here, we will take a look at the basic characteristics of several of the different types of restaurants. At the very least, you can set expectations when a new restaurant brands itself as, say, a family-style establishment. Fast Food With international chains like Burger King, McDonald’s, and KFC, the fast food restaurants are the most familiar for people in and out of the United States. These are known for their cheap prices, speed of service, and convenience, as well as their varied menu, usually with a focus on a specific cuisine. For example, Taco Bell is known for its Tex-Mex fare, McDonald’s for its…

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Dessert and Dread in Japanese Cuisine

Food should nourish, sustain and comfort, and everything’s alright with the world when it provides us with these things. But what if food may also result in people meeting their maker prematurely? Each culture has two or more dishes that aren’t completely safe to eat and the Japanese have theirs – the fugu. Fortunately, there are also desserts that sweeten the deal, sort of, when putting your life on the line with fugu in your mouth. Manjū This is dense dessert made from a combination of rice powder, flour, and buckwheat, which are then shaped into unique shapes. In Hiroshima, for example, the manjū is shaped like a maple leaf, a pretty dessert indeed. The dough is typically filled with red bean paste, or anko, and then steamed until cooked. There are also novelty flavors available, especially in grocery stores and gift shops, but red bean paste is the traditional…

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Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse vs. Morton’s Steakhouse

Steakhouses are like churches for meat-loving Americans for, indeed, the love of steaks can take on near-religious proportions. The likes of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Morton’s Steakhouse have an enduring popularity for this reason. But which one is better? Review of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Founded in the 1960s as a casual dining restaurant, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse has undergone many changes in its menu, prices, and atmosphere. Such are the changes that it’s now among the country’s better-known upscale steakhouses, a far cry from its casual dining days. With more than 100 locations across the country, as well as several more abroad, it’s a steakhouse chain that caters to the steak-loving population and more! Let’s first teal about the quality of its steaks, as befitting a steakhouse. Every steak that comes out of its kitchen is made of USDA prime meat, the highest grade. The meat then has the perfect balance…