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Subway Just Unveiled A New Logo For The First Time In 15 Years

Subway is getting an all new look.  The sandwich chain unveiled a new logo Friday for the first time in 15 years.

The new logo and symbol will be used worldwide to all Subway restaurants, worldwide beginning in early 2017.

“The SUBWAY brand is recognized throughout the world, and this new look reinforces our commitment to staying fresh and forward-thinking with a design that is clear and confident without losing sight of our heritage,” Subway said in a statement.

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The new look keeps the iconic arrows on the S and the Y, but gives the logo a cleaner, more minimalist look.  The arrows are meant to symbolize the choices guests have. They also have released a version of their symbol with just the S and the arrows.

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The new logo has already been used in two ads, released Friday.

This logo change is a part of more changes, as the restaurant chain attempts to improve after the second straight year of lower revenue.

Subway has already introduced menu changes, such as permanently adding rotisserie style chicken and carved turkey to the menu, and only using chicken raised without antibiotics earlier this year.  They also have set nutrition goals, such as removing all artificial colors, flavors and preservatives at North American restaurants by end of the next year, and converting to cage free eggs within 10 years.

 

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Restaurants

East Coast’s Tasty Burger Says Chipotle-Owned ‘Tasty Made’ Copied Them

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Chipotle isn’t even supposed to open its new burger restaurant until fall, but it already has beef with another restaurant. A burger chain is claiming that Chipotle copied their logo, mark and name.
The complaint was made by a growing East Coast burger chain named Tasty Burger, which is nicknamed Tasty. Tasty Burger said there has already been confusion from customers.

In a statement from Tasty Burger CEO Dubois, Tasty Burger said it sent Chipotle a cease and desist letter on July 19, and still haven’t heard anything from the company. Instead, Chipotle has continued to market and promote Tasty Made. The company said Chipotle copied not only their name, but their logo and mark.

Tasty Burger said they have several locations near Chipotle locations, and even share the same landlord at one, causing them to find it “reasonable to assume” that Chipotle is knowledgeable of their signage. On top of that Tasty Burger is also the official burger of the Red Sox.

It isn’t clear where this will go from here, but Tasty Burger isn’t going down without a fight.

“Despite the obvious David and Goliath scenario, we cannot simply stand by and watch an enormously powerful company like Chipotle move forward with opening a burger restaurant with a similar name, mark, and logo design,” the statement reads.

Looking beyond just the confusion of the names, Tasty Burger seems to have a right to complain.  A side by side comparison does make their claim a little meatier.

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The most obvious similarity is their red logos which are fairly simple, featuring the name in white on a red background of fairly similar shapes. The white and black logos also have overlap. Both are doughnut shaped, with the food product names in the outer circle. On the inner circle Tasty Made has their name rather than a burger center.

Originally, Chipotle trademarked the name Better Burger, in March. It’s unclear why they made the switch from the original name to Tasty Made, but coupled with Tasty Burger’s complaints it does seem a bit suspicious.

Photo: Tasty Burger

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This Restaurant Created A 100 Pound Burger For The Best Reason

What better way to celebrate your birthday than with a 100 pound burger? At least that’s what one restaurant thought.

Diringo Public House in Yarmouth, Maine, celebrated its one year anniversary by creating a giant burger and throwing a party where everyone got to eat a portion of the giant sandwich.

The patty alone weighed 70 pounds. The other 30 pounds comes from a combination of the massive homemade bun, cheese, ketchup lettuce, tomato and the works.

The giant burger and the party started as a joke. According to WCSH6, the owners were constantly getting jokes about making bigger burgers, so they finally decided to make it a reality.

The big burger wasn’t just a celebration. The proceeds from the event went to Good Shepherd Food Bank. Over Facebook, the restaurant said there were 60 participants, including some regular guests who showed up not knowing about the party. They raised $250 in donations, which the restaurant matched.

Attendees were encouraged to bring a bag of canned goods with the incentive to receive $5 off towards any other food or drink purchases that night. They estimate the total donated goods to be worth about $200.

The owners said this could potentially become a yearly tradition, but if they do it again they’re going even bigger with more additions and modifications. Clearly, these owners aren’t afraid of going big. Who knows what they’ll do if they continue?

Big burger, big birthday and a big cause? Sign me up for next year.

Photo: Diringo Public House

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This Guy Just Crushed The Beer Mile World Record, Twice


This man might be the world record holder of one of the weirdest (or at least one of the drunkest) sports in the world. And he didn’t just do it once.

Corey Bellemore, a 21-year-old Canadian man, broke the beer mile record running a speedy 4:39.56. The objective of a beer mile is relatively straight forward, run a four lap mile, drinking a beer between each lap.

Rather than take a few days off and relax with his new record he kept going like a champ.  Competing just three days later, he set ANOTHER record, this time for 4:34.25.

These also were just his third and fourth beer miles ever, not to mention a lot of adults can’t run this fast sober. These will be the top two fastest records, as long as they are officially approved. His records are still pending official approval by the beermile.com experts.

Attempting the beer mile isn’t easy.

The event may sound fun, but the actual beer mile rules are actually fairly specific, especially considering the blood alcohol level of its participants. They even recommend that anyone going for a record tips the empty bottle or can to prove it’s truly empty. The most basic rules specify that the beer must be at least 5% alcohol by volume, at least 355 ml, and consumed before the lap is begun.  If a participant pukes at all during the competition they are given an extra lap.

Could you finish this boozy run?

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Sweets

You Can Eat Your Own Face With These Realistic Portrait Cookies

Next time someone tells you “bite me”, you actually can with these highly-detailed portrait cookies. The customizable creations are the work of a patissier, sculptor and food stylist named Ayako Kurokawa. The cookies can be ordered from the patissierie burrow in New York. The pastry recipes, including the ones to make the portrait cookies, combine classic French recipes with Japanese and American influences.

According to her website, the technique was developed from stone carving a clay sculpting. The cookies can be ordered in three sizes. A medium 5″x6″ cookie goes for $60, a jumbo 8″x11″ cookie costs $150, or six small 2″x3″ cookies for $120. Customers are asked to send in a full face high-resolution photo of whoever they want the cookie to represent. They also have to include eye color and hair color. The cookies last for 3 weeks without opening.  They can be ordered online here.

The highly realistic cookies can be anyone.

From celebrities like Kate Moss,

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and Marc Jacobs,

To everyday people. 


The cookies are designed to look just like the people who order them.

The portrait cookies aren’t her only unsettlingly realistic baked goods. She also makes portrait cakes and other incredibly detailed creations.

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Get Free Ice Cream By Downloading The Baskin-Robbins App

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Your mobile addiction just came in handy if you’re an ice cream lover. Baskin-Robbins is offering anyone who downloads their new app a free four-ounce scoop. Downloading their new app also gives users access to more deals in the future.

Among other features, users can pay for their ice cream and send and reload Baskin-Robbins gift cards. You can carry around the entire menu in your pocket. The app also features nutritional information and ingredients on each of the flavors, and where the closest Baskin-Robbins location is to you.

The app can be found by searching Baskin-Robbins in the Google Play or Apple App Store.

 

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Here’s Exactly What’s In McDonald’s ‘Healthier’ McNuggets

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McNuggets just got much cleaner, supposedly. McDonald’s announced it will be serving an all new, healthier McNugget recipe nationwide.

Initial announcements didn’t include ingredient details, according to the Associated Press, they hadn’t announced that new recipe yet.

The new recipe calls has no artificial preservatives, and removed ingredients like safflower oil and citric acid.  McDonald’s said they also replaced them with “more familiar sounding’ ingredients, like pea starch, rice starch, powdered lemon juice.  

A McDonald’s representative revealed the full new ingredients list as follows, white boneless chicken, water, vegetable oil (canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil), enriched flour bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), bleached wheat flour, yellow corn flour, vegetable starch (modified corn, wheat, rice, pea, corn), salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, sodium acid pyrophosphate, calcium lactate, monocalcium phosphate), spices, yeast extract, lemon juice solids, dextrose, natural flavors.

The current recipe crams 32 ingredients into each McNugget. The ingredients they officially said will not be included are sodium phosphates, which is used to keep the chicken moist, an artificial preservative called tert-Butylhyroquinone, and the a change to the oil used to fry the nuggets.

The company originally started testing the new recipe back in April at 140 restaurants.  No specific ingredient changes were announced at that time either. According to Crain’s, the McNugget’s new packaging and advertisements both in-store and on social media highlight the lack of artificial colors and flavors in the new recipe.

The company has been attempting to market itself as more healthy for years, and on Monday, they announced that their goal was to stop using chickens that have been raised with human antibiotics. Other efforts include removing high fructose corn syrup from the buns. Revamps to get rid of artificial ingredients are expected to effect about half the menu. In 2014, McDonald’s even hired former Mythbuster co-host Grant Imahara to investigate and answer customer concerns surrounding McDonald’s food.

All this to try and convince us that their food is healthy. Are you buying it?

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IHOP Brings Back Waffle-Croissant Hybrid With New Flavors

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IHOP has new limited-time breakfast hybrids. The breakfast chain just added three new flavors of Criss-Croissants. The three new flavors are Salted Caramel and Banana, Strawberries and Sweet Cream Cheese, Spinach & Roasted Red Pepper.

The Criss-Crossants are made with croissant dough and cooked it in a waffle iron, creating a waffle-like texture with the flakiness of a croissant. This isn’t the first time IHOP has featured Criss-Croissants. Last year, the pancake chain debuted the idea when they created Blackberry Lemon and Strawberry Rhubarb Criss-Croissants. The items were featured for a limited time.

The Salted Caramel and Banana features dulce de leche cream, sliced bananas and a drizzle of salted caramel sauce. Strawberries and Sweet Cream Cheese is stuffed with sweet cream cheese and topped with glazed strawberries. Spinach & Roasted Red Pepper is filled with scrambled eggs, fresh spinach, roasted red peppers and topped with white cheddar, parmesan cheese and hollandaise sauce.

The chain also added a new item to the kids Made for Fun menu, the Cheesy Cheese Pizza. The item uses the Criss-Croissants as crust and tops it with tangy marinara sauce and Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses.

The new Criss-Croissant flavors will be available through September 25.