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Restaurants

TGI Fridays Reveals Butcher Box Concept, Lets You Order Meats To Grill At Home

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With many of us staying at home as much as possible, at least until there’s an end in sight for this pandemic, recreating our favorite restaurants’ taste keeps us partially sane.

TGI Fridays’ latest Butcher Shop concept will let you grill up all your favorite Fridays proteins right from home. Sure, take out is always an option, but there’s nothing like biting into something that’s only seconds off the grill.

The Butcher Shop package comes with your favorite meats offered at the restaurant chain. This includes uncooked premium meats accompanied by accoutrements to build a hearty meal with:

The Surf & Turf Kit features two flat iron steaks, four chicken breasts, two salmon filets, and 18 garlic-marinated shrimp, sides, salad, and breadsticks with seasonings, butter, and the chain’s signature Whiskey Glaze.

Not gonna lie, the ability to control how much Whiskey Glaze I throw on my meat is a HUGE incentive to try this for me.

You can find these Butcher Shop Kits by ordering from the Butcher Shop section on the TGI Fridays Website.

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Packaged Food Plant-Based

Prego Reveals Their First-Ever Vegan ‘Meat Sauce’

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Italian Pasta Sauce brand Prego is hitting a major meatless milestone this summer with the debut of their newest vegan sauce.

The Prego Plus Plant Protein line is now offering a Meatless Meat Sauce that boasts a meaty taste and texture entirely without animal products.

Instead, consumers will find soy crumbles within the tomato-based pasta sauce.

The jars are currently being shipped to retailers nationwide this summer, reports VegNews. Expect to see them in the pasta sauce aisle of your favorite grocery stores.

For anyone practicing a vegan diet but want to enjoy the consistency of a meat sauce, this is something to check out.

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Technology

Boba Milk Tea And Tamale Emojis Are Finally Arriving

Photo Courtesy of Emojipedia & Apple

There have been hundreds of afternoons where a quick pick-up of some refreshing honey milk tea with boba was desperately needed to fuel the occasional sleepy colleague and I. While an emoji wasn’t necessary to express our bubble tea cravings, it would have been more than welcome had it existed. 

Now it does.

Last Friday was World Emoji Day, and with it came the announcement of a new emoji update for Facebook, Google, and Apple scheduled to launch in the latter half of 2020. 

The new emojis revealed included a new ‘Bubble Tea‘ emoji and ‘Tamale‘ icon, reports Social Media Today

Hopefully, once this pandemic’s over and you’re trying to get some boba or tamales with friends, you’ll be able to express your excitement in emoji form. In the meantime, I’ll be working on a tamale boba truck concept. That sounds so fire right now. 

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Theme Parks

Knott’s Berry Farm Reopens Theme Park For Outdoor Tasting Event

Photo courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm

Since the early days of the pandemic, theme parks have shuttered their turnstiles in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Among them was popular Southern California-based Knott’s Berry Farm.

Now, months later Knott’s is reopening their doors. At least partially.

In specific, the theme park will be hosting a Taste of Calico food and beer event. Held only on weekends through the end of July, the Ghost Town section of the theme park will reopen for guests to walk around and eat their way through some of Knott’s new culinary offerings, as well as shop.

Photo courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm

In early May, Knott’s reopened their fried chicken storefront for take-out only after being shut down since March. Now, guests will essentially have access to all the park’s food offerings.

This new menu includes dishes like Boysenberry Elote, Boysenberry Sausage on a bun, Boysenberry Steak Chili, Boysenberry stuffed churros, Mac n Cheese Bites, Pastrami Sandwiches, and Samosas.

With Knott’s announcement of Taste of Calico, we’ve wondered if it really is the right time to reopen their doors, especially with Governor Newsom’s order of closing down businesses to slow the spread of the pandemic only days ago.

Photo courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm

To address health and safety concerns, Knott’s announced a plethora of safety measures that adhere to CDC guidelines ahead of the event. Here are essential safety measures the theme park stated will be taking during this re-opening period:

  • Admission will be limited each day to ensure physical distancing
  • Upon arrival, guests will be asked to enter a temperature screening and security checkpoint at the main gate
  • All associates and guests must wear a facial covering while visiting Taste of Calico or the Knott’s California Marketplace store locations and restaurants – masks are not required while eating.
  • Frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected daily and sanitized frequently. This includes but is not limited to cash counters, scanners, EMV readers, pens at cashier counters, register screens, store fixtures, door handles, and shopping baskets.
  • Signage is present to aid guests in the proper direction of travel and as a reminder to practice social distancing.
  • Seating will be spaced out throughout the Taste of Calico event footprint
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the event area.
  •  All associates are screened, including temperature and symptom checks using CDC guidelines before being allowed on the property to work.
  • Associates have been trained on the importance of handwashing, physical distancing, and overall hygiene.Separate entrances and exits will appear at some store locations.
  • Store occupancy is limited to less than 50% of the normal building capacity. Queue lines outside of store locations with six-foot markers are present where applicable.
Photo courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm

Those interested in attending this event will need to order tickets ahead of time online through the Knott’s website.

The event will take place on July 17-19 and the following weekend July 24-26. Event hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 4pm to 10pm and Sundays from 12pm to 8pm.

Knott’s Taste of Calico opens the same day as Disneyland’s projected reopening date of July 17, which given the current state of things isn’t going to happen any time soon.

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Fast Food

Chipotle Tests Cauliflower Cilantro-Lime Rice In Select Stores

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Fans of cauliflower rice will be pretty happy to hear that the grain alternative will be tested at select Chipotle locations across the country.

The fast-casual Mexican food chain announced this week that they’ve begun testing Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower rice as a new plant-based option.

Made with grilled cauliflower that’s seasoned with fresh chopped cilantro, lime juice, and salt, the new test item adheres to vegan, paleo, keto, and Whole30 diets.

Chipotle Chief Marketing Officer Chris Brandt said in a statement that cauliflower rice is one of the most requested menu additions from customers.

Only time will tell if this will make a nationwide release on Chipotle menus. But if the stats are any indication, Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice is more than likely going to happen.

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Packaged Food

Trader Joe’s Stocks Shelves With New Garlic Onion Pistachios

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I’ve been looking for new snack options in the past few months, because there’s only so many Sweet Maui Onion Hawaiian Chips a guy can eat.

Enter one of Trader Joe’s newest arrivals: Trader Joe’s Garlic & Onion Pistachios. Man, this sounds like heaven to my palate.

With this new snack, California grown pistachios are dry roasted and dusted with a hearty blend of garlic, onion, and sea salt. The shells are intact and ready for you to simply pop into your mouth to get a full burst of flavor.

You can find a 13-oz bag for $6.99 at your local Trader Joe’s. Not gonna lie, this bag could very well be gone by the time I get home from the store.

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Drinks Technology

Coke Freestyle Machines Will Go Contactless By End Of Year

With the current state of the world, folks are trying very hard to limit the number of things they touch with their bare hands. Especially when it’s related to food and drink.

In response to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, Coca-Cola is upgrading their Freestyle machines to feature a new contactless option for those trying to avoid surfaces.

The touchscreen soda fountains offer over one hundred different soda flavor combinations based off Coca-Cola products.

While the new machines won’t even require you to download an accompanying app, there is one available that allows you to preset your drink combinations.

Those who would rather keep it simple, however, will only need to open their camera and point it at the on-screen QR code. An ordering interface will open up allowing the customer to select their beverage choice and have it poured out in seconds.

Coca-Cola plans to roll out 10,000 new contactless machines by the end of this summer and upgrade the feature to all existing machines by the end of the year.

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Packaged Food

Lay’s Debuts New Flavors Including ‘NASHVILLE HOT CHICKEN’

It’s been a minute since Lay’s dropped some new flavors on us, and with many avid snackers staying indoors these last few months any new variety is more than welcome.

The new line of Lay’s Potato Chip flavors all follow a restaurant-inspired theme. These include Carnitas Street Tacos (inspired by El Torito), Philly Cheesesteak (inspired by Geno’s Steaks), New York Style Pizza (inspired by Grimaldi’s), Chile Relleno (inspired by Cocina Azul), and Nashville Hot Chicken (inspired by Party Fowl).

Immediately after hearing the flavor list, my mind started wondering which of these flavors pair best dunked in some cold ranch dressing. Probably the hot chicken and pizza.

Those interested in checking out these new flavors will be able to find them launching at the end of July in participating grocery snack aisles. The Chile Relleno, however, will be exclusive to Walmart and 7-Eleven locations.