Barbecue & Pizza Come Together In This EPIC 4th Of July Collab

Photos courtesy of Little Coyote (Left) & Peter Pham (Right)

Two of my favorite foods, together at last.

Legendary California Barbecue spot Heritage Barbecue is teaming up with Long Beach Pizzeria Little Coyote to create an exclusive Pizza that will only be available for 4th of July weekend.

Called the LCPK, the pie features smoked chicken, barbecue sauce, red onion, mozzarella, and cilantro.

Heritage Barbecue will be providing the bacon-cured smoked shredded chicken in a collaboration with the pizzeria celebrating Little Coyote’s one year anniversary.

Photo courtesy of John Troxell | Heritage Barbecue

The pizzeria will be collaborating with other local restaurants in a month-long “Pie of the Week” event.


The Co-Founder Of CPK Just Opened A Roman-Style Pizza Spot

Photo courtesy of ROCA Pizza

We don’t see many Roman-style pizza concepts. So when we heard that the co-founder of California Pizza Kitchen has opened a new spot in Los Angeles, CA, our interest was piqued. 

Rick Rosenfield, co-founder of CPK, and his wife Esther are bringing an elevated fast-casual rendition of Roman-style street food pizza to the Glendale called ROCA Pizza

The artisan dough is long cold fermented for 72 hours, creating an airy rise and satisfying crunch. 

Produce is also sourced from the nearby Santa Monica Farmers’ Market and specialty cheese ordered from Italy. 

Pizza highlights include Soppressata & Burrata, Potato & Porcini, Italian Sausage & Potato, Mixed Mushroom, Pepperoni, Margherita, and Bell Pepper. 

The name “RO” is taken from the Roman origin of this pizza style and “CA” from the restaurant’s California-inspired spirit. 

Currently ROCA is are currently operating as a pop-up at The Americana at Brand in Glendale, and plan to open on the Westside at the Palisades Village and Waterside at Marina de Rey later this year.


This Restaurant Serves A Calamari Steak Parm And It’s Beautiful

Photo courtesy of Constantine Spyrou

Even when he’s on vacation, Foodbeast Costa never really takes his finger off the pulse. The resident food scientist discovered a seafood restaurant in Monterey, CA, serving a unique take on chicken parmesan.

Monterey Fish House replaces the chicken with a hearty piece of calamari steak.

Photo courtesy of Constantine Spyrou

Once known as the Sardine Capital of the World, the seafood industry of Monterey is actually primarily calamari. Pretty much every restaurant offers some kind of iteration of the squid on their menu.

In the case of Monterey Fish house, a large Mexican Squid steak is breaded, grilled, and prepared parmesan style — with both the calamari cutlet, eggplant, and some pasta and vegetables on the side. A hearty portion of marinara and parmesan cheese sits at the top of the entree.

It’s a seafood-oriented Chicken Parm take nonetheless that is cooked perfectly, so the squid is tender – making it actually an arguably more tasty alternative to traditional fried chicken in the role of lead protein for parm.

Constantine William Spyrou

For seafood lovers who want to try a fresh take on Chicken or Eggplant parmesan, definitely check out Monterey Fish House. It’s also a few miles from the famous Cannery Row and Monterey Bay Aquarium. Might as well make a day out of it.

Packaged Food

Stouffer’s LASAGNA MAC Stuffs Mac & Cheese Inside A Lasagna

Photo courtesy of Stouffer’s

In April, Stouffer’s announced one of the freshest mashups to hit the frozen food aisles this year: LasagnaMac

Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Stouffer’s Classic Lasagna but with an additional layer of Mac & Cheese thrown inside. 

Many a sleepless night, we’ve sat awake debating whether not to heat up some lasagna or Mac & cheese. This amalgam of the two hearty dishes would finally bring unity to our late-night cravings. 

Here’s the catch, though. 

The Lasagna Mac is only available through an online sweepstakes Stouffer’s is hosting. If successful, however, this could easily hit stores in the not-too-distant future. 

Hey, if fast-food chains can test menu items…

Deals Fast Food

Taco Bell Brings Back Flamin’ Hot Doritos Locos Tacos

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For anyone who’s missed that extra kick of heat in their Taco Bell Doritos Locos Tacos, the wait is over. 

Flamin’ Hot Doritos Locos Tacos are returning to Taco Bell. 

The fast-food chain is bringing back the spicy crimson shell along with their “Steal a Game, Steal a Taco” promotion for the NBA Finals. 

Essentially everyone in America can claim a free Flamin’ Hot Doritos Locos Taco the first time a Comeback happens. This is when a team is losing during halftime and comes back to win the game. 

There is no exact word yet on when the tacos will drop but expect them to arrive in stores sometime this month! 


This Jersey Spot Serves Hot Cheetos And Doritos Crusted Soft Shell Crab And It’s Blowing Our Minds

Photos courtesy of @CheatDayEats and @EatCallahans

Is the Hot Cheetos trend finally over? If you asked me a year ago, I would have said yes. Yet, a restaurant has found an innovative way to feature the viral ingredient that’s kind of blowing our minds. 

Callahan’s, formally in Norwalk, NJ, featured a Flamin Hot Cheetos-breaded soft shell crab served with pale ale queso, even more Cheetos, arugula salad, and was served on a fresh double Martin’s potato bun. You can see from influencer @CheatDayEats‘ video, the entire mouthwatering process of this sandwich.

The restaurant even offered a Cool Ranch Doritos version of the soft shell crab sandwich not long after. 

In 2020, Callahans had to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic but continues to offer catering to patrons. During this time, they’ve been operating through their food trucks for catering and private events. 

However, the restaurant announced that there will be a new storefront opening up in September 2021. 

Film/Television Packaged Food

LOKI CHARMS Cereal Debuts In Exclusive Drop For ‘LOKI’ Disney Plus Premiere

Marvel’s Loki series is only days away from premiering on Disney Plus. While the world eagerly awaits the launch, Lucky Charms has already undergone a transformation in the spirit of the god of mischief.

Photo courtesy of General Mills

Starting Wednesday, June 9, a limited-edition batch of Loki Charms will drop — featuring an exclusive design swapping Lucky the Leprechaun with the titular Loki.

About 3,500 boxes will be available at at 11am EST on June 9. You can get them for about $8 each, while supplies last.

Fast Food Sweets

Baskin Robbins Adds SLIME As Their Latest Summer Topping

Photo courtesy of Baskin Robbins

Summer’s officially kicking off, and with it comes new summer flavors at your local haunts. One eye-catching addition to the Baskin Robbins menu comes in a fresh topping. 

Sour Berry Slime joins the menu this June and the chain’s Flavor of the Month Summertime Lime

Paired together, the bright green topping adds a sweet and sour flavor to your choice of scoops or shakes. This refreshing topping addition takes us back to the Nickelodeon Double Dare aesthetic. 

Guests can add the Sour Berry Slime as an additional topping for 99 cents or take home a bottle for emergency sliming for $6.99.