Grocery Packaged Food Plant-Based

Plant-Based Pork Rinds Spotted at Trader Joe’s

Vegan Foodbeasts and partakers in plant-based products rejoice! Recently potted by @traderjoesaficionado a couple days ago were bags of plant-based chicharones labeled as Spicy Porkless Plant-Based Snack Rinds.

According to, this new product is “made from rice meal, pea protein, and pea flour and seasoned with paprika, cayenne, and a pinch of habanero pepper powder, TJ’s Spicy Porkless Plant-Based Snack Rinds are vegan, gluten free, and kosher-certified.”

Fast Food Hit-Or-Miss

Popeyes Launches A Loyalty Program

Dubbed “Popeyes Rewards,” the new loyalty program from Popeyes looks to bless hungry patrons with exclusive offers like menu item deals, celebrations, merchandise, and member experiences.

It’s a genius move for the chain, given their recent boom in popularity due to their tremendous chicken sandwich, one that set off an intense fried chicken sandwich war all throughout the fast food industry. But those who know have already been championing Popeyes as the best fast food fried chicken for years now — myself included — which makes a loyalty program a brilliant stroke for rewarding regulars for their unwavering devotion.

To celebrate the launch of Popeyes Rewards, the fried chicken chain will be offering a “Welcome To The Popeyes Fam” meal that’s exclusive to members, featuring eight-pieces of fried chicken, four biscuits, and a large side of your choice. Customers who cop the mail from June 17 to July 1 will rewarded 500 bonus points.

You can sign up to Popeyes Rewards through the app or online via the Popeyes website, with each sign-up receiving an offer for a free apple pie, regular side or small drink.

Fast Food Restaurants

Wingstop Launches New Thighstop Concept

Wingstop has just unveiled a new concept, called Thighstop, that addresses many folks’ fears over a wing shortage in America. With recent demand for chicken wings skyrocketing, Thighstop takes aim at the issue and opens a lane for the tender, juicy thigh to get some shine.

Thighstop will be located at over 1,400 locations nationwide and has an exclusive partnership with DoorDash to make sure fried chicken lovers all over are covered.

Thighstop will draw upon the same 11 Wingstop flavors to be used on its crispy thighs, along with breaded boneless thigh options being available as well.

It’s a genius idea, really, since you’re getting more crispy, tender meat dolled up in the same beloved sauces and flavors that have made Wingstop a mainstay for fried chicken aficionados everywhere.


Beloved LA Chef Mark Peel Dies at 66

Chef Mark Peel on an episode of Taste the Details

Mark Peel, one of Los Angeles’ most influential and celebrated chefs, has died of cancer at the age of 66.

Peel was a key figure in shaping modern California cuisine, contributing his talents to kitchens at Ma Maison and Michael’s, before helping make Los Angeles a viable dining destination by helping Wolfgang Puck open Spago in 1982.

However, opening Campanile and La Brea Baking Company with ex-wife and acclaimed chef, Nancy Silverton, became Peel’s most enduring contribution to Los Angeles’ dining renaissance. And within such concepts and contributions we can credit him for transforming restaurant dining as a whole, from the farm to table format, to even the urban rustic aesthetic, to pop-up restaurants within a restaurant.

“Food is not a static thing. It is an ephemeral moment. So the only thing that remains is your memory of it,” he once told me on an episode of Taste the Details that highlighted his restaurant Prawn.

And thanks to Chef Mark Peel’s trailblazing ways, many of us will live on with many tremendous food memories tied to his outstanding contributions to food and dining.

Packaged Food What's New

Trader Joe’s Is Now Selling Dill Pickle Mustard

Summer’s right at our doorstop and with that comes grilling season and all our favorite summer flavors. Trader Joe’s, always with their finger on the pulse and their creative minds constantly brainstorming, is ringing in that scenario with an exciting new condiment: Dill Pickle Mustard.

Spotted by @traderjoesinsider, the Dill Pickle Mustard is a new item that channels the piquant utility of mustard and the tart zest of a dill pickle. This season-appropriate sauce is now available and will make for the perfect squirt onto your summer meal.


You Gotta See This Next Level Scotch Egg Recipe

So a deviled egg and Scotch egg walk into a bar…

It starts off as a joke but gets deliciously serious once we realize that their combined goodness translates into some next level Scotch egg action. Chef Michael Ponzio, executive chef at Union League Club Chicago, has managed to give this dynamic duo a collective glow up with his own recipe that creates a silky egg mixture using mascarpone, mayo, Tabasco, and salt. The creamy affair is then enrobed in Italian sausage for one smooth makeover.

I can only imagine that first bite being equal parts ecstasy and satisfaction with a side of ‘Lemme get five more, please.’

Fast Food Food Fashion

McDonald’s Debuts Highly Anticipated BTS Merch Collab

BTS is a global phenomenon at this point, and their collaboration with McDonald’s in the form of the BTS Meal has been a major hit. Continuing to ride that wave, The Golden Arches and the K-Pop boyband sensation have collaborated again, this time on a capsule collection of merchandise.

Dropping today are the “Saucy Collection,” which features characters hand drawn by BTS, and the “Melting Collection,” with merch inspired by their hit song, “Butter.”

To cop the goods, make sure to download the Weverse Shop app and create an account.


Banned Olympic Runner Blames Burrito For Positive Steroid Test

Photo: jenaragon94, license

American track & field star Shelby Houlihan has been banned from the sport for four years due to testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid called Nandrolone.

“In the following 5 days after being notified, I put together a food log of everything that I consumed the week of that December 15th test. We concluded that the most likely explanation was a burrito purchased and consumed approximately 10 hours before that drug test from an authentic Mexican food truck that serves pig offal near my house in Beaverton, Oregon,” explained Houlihan in a recent Instagram post on her account.

The world record holder in the 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters explained, “I have since learned that it has long been understood by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) that eating pork can lead to a false positive for nandrolone, since certain types of pigs produce it naturally in high amounts. Pig organ meat (offal) has the highest levels of nandrolone.”

Though Houlihan provided hair samples and passed a polygraph test, WADA was not moved to overturn their ruling against the star athlete.

“I want to be very clear. I have never taken any performance enhancing substances. And that includes that of which I am being accused. I believe in the sport and pushing your body to the limit just to see where the limit is. I’m not interested in cheating. I don’t do this for the accolades, money, or for people to know my name. I do this because I love it,” declared Houlihan.