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Foodbeast’s New Globetrotting Series Begins With Impeccable Italian Food In Verona, Italy

Globetrotting with the appetite of a Foodbeast can lead to some amazing things on our plate. When it comes to the definition of delicious, we’ll take it in any language and will cross any border to find out. It doesn’t matter where the foods at… LET’S GO!

For the first episode of Foodbeast’s new series ‘Let’s Go’, they travel to Verona, Italy. It’s said to be the city of love. And why wouldn’t it be? This was ground zero for the enduring tale of star-crossed lovers Romeo & Juliet. But does that love translate into the city’s cuisine? Finding out firsthand is the only way to go.

With Italy’s largest fresh pasta company (also available in the US), Giovanni Rana Pasta, hosting and leading us down the righty culinary paths, we knew we couldn’t go wrong. Walk with us and see the best that Verona had to offer.

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‘Brontosaurus Rib’ At NYC BBQ Joint Will Trigger Your Inner Carnivore

Take one gander at this hulking beef rib at Mighty Quinn’s in New York City and you’ll understand the prehistoric comparisons. Headed up by Pit Master Hugh Mangum, this meat centric paradise is an amalgamation of Texas and Memphis style barbecue techniques, resulting in what he calls as ‘NYC BBQ’.

One of the feature items at Mighty Quinn’s is the Brontosaurus Rib, a massive 6-pound beef plate short rib cut that’s rubbed with Hungarian paprika, salt, and pepper. To get the Jurassic-sized portion to become fall-off-the-bone tender requires 12 hours in the smoker, cooked low and slow.

The outcome? One giant excuse to eat like a Flintstone for a day. The duality of the Brontosaurus Ribs’ sheer size and its resulting supple meat makes for an unforgettable dining experience already. Pair that up with Mighty Quinn’s other excellent bbq offerings and you’d swear you were farther down south in the U.S.

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DiGiorno’s Facial Recognition Software Delves Into How Pizza Makes Us Happy

The joyfulness that pizza brings is a feeling ingrained in us since our earliest memories of ever having one. Childhood pizza parties in particular evoke the elation and wonder we all felt whenever we gathered with our best pals and dug into a cheesy slice or three. Fast forward to our grown selves and the equation of pizza and happiness still rings true.

Pizza makes us happy. Duh.

But have you ever wondered what exactly about it has us daydreaming about our next slice with a goofy grin on our faces? Could it be the toppings? Or maybe it’s the gooey, ‘Grammable cheese pull? Maybe it’s the intoxicating aroma of eau de deep dish?

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Well, thanks to a recent social experiment conducted by Digiorno Pizza, the levels of joy when pizza is to be had have been identified and pinpointed. The results? Quite surprising to say the least and can be observed through the video above.

To conduct this experiment, DiGiorno enlisted real folks to throw their own pizza party. During three separate parties, the room was set up with more than 40 high-resolution cameras that captured footage of guests throughout the affair. With the help of facial recognition and emotion-tracking software, the footage was then analyzed to identify patterns in emotion.

Yes, with pizza, everybody wins. But who knew there were levels to this kind of happiness?

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Foodbeast Helps Set Guinness World Record With Smithfield For World’s Largest Grilling Lesson

“Yo let’s build fam, I FW your vision,” me basically once I heard that Smithfield brand was trying to set the first-ever Guinness World Record for the world’s largest barbecue lesson. Though that really wasn’t explicit verbatim and likely just my inner thoughts, I was still hyped to check off a bucket list experience of being a part of a Guinness World Record.

Peep the setting: Kansas City, Mo, AKA the barbecue capital of the world. Over 300 eager participants seeking world record glory. Nine-time World Champion pitmaster Chris Lilly, Weber grillmaster Kevin Kolman, and Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Lineman Chris Jones leading grilling and tailgating fans through two recipes featuring Smithfield Prime Back Ribs and Roasted Garlic & Herb Marinated Fresh Pork Chops.

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The rules to set the record were simple: the one-hour long lesson which showcased the ease, convenience, and versatility of grilling fresh pork, must have all participants’ dishes cooked and completed within the given time limit. Very minimal social media posting was allowed during the lesson and anybody who left the designated grilling lesson area was eliminated from participation and inclusion in the record.

Though nature called for a few eliminated participants, triumph was ultimately achieved on April 27th and Smithfield officially set the first-ever Guinness World Records title for the largest grilling lesson with 336 participants at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., as announced by official Guinness World Records adjudicator Phillip Robertson.

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The event not only launched the brand’s national “Get Grilling America” campaign, but also celebrated National Barbecue Month and the Kansas City Chiefs’ Draft Party.

Foodbeast was really out here helping set world records and partaking in the world’s best barbecue. Twas lit like the hottest grills getting Guinness World Records’ attention, fam.

Smithfield Guinness World Record Attempt for "Largest Grilling Lesson"

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Spam Musubi Tater Tots Are The Ultimate Fusion Of Iconic Snacks

When you think of iconic appetizers, your list better feature two heavy-hitters: tater tots and Spam musubi. Now, let’s shake the universe up a little bit and combine the two. A mind-blowing concept, right?

Right.

Enter MFK By Aysee in Anaheim, California, a modern Filipino kitchen that’s flipping the script on traditional Filipino fare by injecting some vibrant and creative takes on many of the items in their menu. One prime example of such ingenuity is their Spam musubi tater tots. I know, I know. I drooled a little saying that, too. We can only hope to be as perfect as this appetizer concept.

Taking the crispiest of tots and topping it with all the goodness that makes up a Spam musubi — think lemon crema, Sriracha crema, musubi sauce — is an iteration of tater tots that’s ready to take the top spot in our collective bellies’ cravings. Snag a serving of them now and trust in your perfect intuition that fusions of life’s bests is the way to go.

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Mountain Dew Takes Over Entire Motel For Unique Desert Party Vibes

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The onset of Coachella brings about the dopest ancillary parties and functions to support the festival vibes and good times. At the top of this list of local activations that coincide with Coachella weekend was Mountain Dew’s DEW Label Motel in Palm Springs, Calif. during weekend of Coachella.

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After taking over the Musicland Hotel, Mountain Dew transformed it into a desert oasis filled with themed rooms with unique themes like Virtual Reality and live art from artist Bradley Theodore, an appearance from the Mountain Dew skate team like Sean Malto and Curren Caples, a VFILES pool party and pop-up shop featuring a capsule collection with Mountain Dew, and best of all, a mini-concert series that presented the likes of Virgil Abloh spinning a DJ set and rapper G-Eazy performing on the DEW Label Hotel stage.

All of this was thrown as a big celebration to launch the Mtn Dew Label Series, which feature specially crafted, bold, and refined new flavors of Mountain Dew in three iterations.

Check out some of the photos below to get a glimpse into all the festivities that truly defined all the good vibes partying in the desert can bring.

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This Bakeshop Has The Cutest Inspiration For Their Filipino-Inspired Sweets

When Kristine de la Cruz and Annie Choi decided to join forces and combine their respective expertise in confections and coffee, the result became one of Los Angeles’ best bake and coffee shops. The secret to the sweet success at their endeavor, FrankieLucy Bakeshop, may lie in de la Cruz’s mastery of Filipino-inspired treats from her already established Crème Caramel LA and Choi’s knack and know-how with coffee at her own Found Coffee.

Or perhaps the secret could be the inspiration behind their new shop’s name. For those curious, FrankieLucy was inspired by de la Cruz’s and Choi’s two cute pups whose names are — you guessed it — Frankie and Lucy.

Adorable dogs, yummy and unique treats, and top notch coffee? Yeah, the formula for success is all there.

Clearly FrankieLucy Bakeshop has something for everybody at their Silver Lake neighborhood location in Los Angeles. From delicious custards, quiches, brownies, cookies, and cakes flavored with deft Filipino influence to a unique craft coffee program featuring Demitasse and boutique beans, it’s no wonder that FrankieLucy has come out the gate with great achievement in their first few months after opening.

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Instagram’s Newest Interactive Photo Guide Highlights Coachella’s Best Food

After the desert dust had settled at the Empire Polo Club in conclusion of weekend one of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, all that’s left besides your sore feet and drained cell phone batteries are the memories captured and the hashtags to help us navigate them.

#Coachella, #Coachella2017 — the usual suspects are there to hit up and help recap the weekend. But for the first time ever, there’s an official hashtag for foodies to peruse all the mouthwatering eats one can sink their teeth into at Coachella. #EatAtCoachella is the new hashtag created in collaboration between Instagram and Coachella to debut a new food portrait series via interactive photo grid. Clearly this use of photography at Coachella is much better than what’s used on basics in flower crowns.

This year’s lineup of food vendors, chefs, and foodie influencers on hand were the source of the photos, which gave an in-depth and behind-the-scenes look at all of the most viral food content that went down this past weekend at Coachella. What’s even cooler is that Instagram expertly curated all the drool-worthy coverage into the first interactive photo grid of its kind related to all the eats at the music festival. You can even watch it all go up live here and get the latest on-the-fly updates like a glorious munchie highlight reel.

So if you’re ready to relive the biggest hits of Coachella’s food lineup, peep #EatAtCoachella and get ready to feel just how cavernous your stomach feels after you realize how many epic bites you missed out on. For Coachella weekend 2 warriors, get ready to feast your eyes on what awaits your palates and use this as your one-stop guide to figuring out just what your appetite needs.