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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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Photos by Eric Reed/Invision for DEW/AP Images
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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.

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Uni ‘Banh Mi’ Is Hors d’oeuvres Done Decadently Right

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New York City is a town no stranger to fine dining done in inventive ways. The most creative of food items pop up with frenetic speed and make the news cycle on a daily basis. So it goes without saying that only the most genuinely unique new dishes end up distinguishing themselves as noteworthy. Even at the smallest of bites, hors d’oeuvres and appetizers like to resist the confines of conventional and every now and then and traipse into memorable territory.

Enter the uni “banh mi” at East Village Vietnamese eatery, Hanoi House. Much of the menu here is Chef John Nguyen’s way of combining Vietnamese classics, like banh mi, with a twist, like using the uni.

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Though the concept for this nouveau take on an hors d’oeuvre isn’t exactly a banh mi, it’s essence is capture well via a toasted baguette, pate, and pickled veggies. The uni is just the decadent topping to catapult this bite into flavor nirvana.

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Photos: Janet Kang
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Massive Pasta ‘Cake’ At NYC Eatery Is An Italian Feast In One Dish

Timpano is pasta, with a special crust. And it is shaped like a drum. Like a timpani drum. And the inside, only the most important things… in the world.

Such a description couldn’t have been said any better than Tony Shalhoub’s character, Chef Primo, in the classic foodie movie Big Night. For those familiar with Il Timpano from Big Night, it was, for the most part, a fictional dish. One of lore that seemingly would have never made it onto an actual menu.

That is, until the Left Bank in New York’s West Village neighborhood started serving the mystical and massive dish five years ago exclusively for family meals and private parties. Now, this show-stopping pasta feature is being served weekly there as part of a Sunday Timpano Supper series.

But to even begin to long for this fortress of pasta ‘cake’ is to become familiar with what makes it up. Think layers of fresh garganelli, meatballs, pork sausage, spinach, broccoli rabe, prosciutto cotto, sopressata, mozzarella, fresh ricotta, aged provolone, hardboiled eggs, and tomato sauce baked in a cast iron enameled basin and sliced to order.

What a mouthful. But then again, what else could you have expected with something that makes an effective fusion of layer cake and Italian feast?

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Here Are All The Details On The Museum Of Ice Cream Coming Soon To The West Coast

You know the age old adage, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for Museum of Ice Cream!” At least I think that’s how it went. Sorry, recent news of an actual Museum of Ice Cream coming to Los Angeles kind of got that whole notion stuck in my head. Epic right?

Well, for the specific deets, ice cream lovers can flock to Downtown Los Angeles’ Art District from April 22 to May 29 to experience their wildest ice cream dreams come true at the Museum of Ice Cream.

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The Museum of Ice Cream first popped up in New York City in 2016 and captured the hearts of all frozen treat lovers the world over. Now making its way to the West Coast, only four times larger, the highly anticipated Los Angeles debut will feature interactive highlights like a “banana split” comprised of ten thousand “bananas,” a mint “grow house,” a room dedicated to California, a melted popsicle jungle, and more. Even the swimmable sprinkle pool returns, full of one hundred million sprinkles that were custom designed and produced by Museum of Ice Cream.

Presale tickets are available exclusively for American Express Platinum Card Members starting on Thursday, March 30 at 9am PST, then all American Express Card Members on Friday, March 31 at 9am PST. Tickets are open to the public for purchase on Monday, April 3 at 9am PST at museumoficecream.com.

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Oh, and of course we can’t forget about the real ice cream. Local notables like McConnell’s, Salt & Straw, Coolhaus, My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream, and CREAM will be showcasing a “scoop of the week” throughout the Museum of Ice Cream’s residency.

Go ahead and get your culture on at the Museum of Ice Cream, open from April 22 until May 29 from 11am-10pm, Wednesday-Monday. Tickets include two curated ice cream tastings and surprise edible treats, with prices of  $29 per person, $18 for children (3-12) and seniors (60+).

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Meet The Diabolical Pizza / Burger Fusion That We All Deserve

Peanut butter and jelly, Kobe and Shaq, Barack and Joe. What do all three of these duos have in common? Two dynamic forces that only get better when combined with each other. Is there any more room left on that Rushmore’s facade? Yeah, throw pizza and burgers on there. And no, I’m not talking about two of them at the same party.

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What I’m about to break down to you might not be fathomable to many, but trust me when I say that a madcap mashup of pizza and cheeseburger exists at Meathead!, a new, leveled-up burger joint in Downtown Los Angeles, CA. Picture this: the meltiest, juiciest cheeseburger with all the fixins, triumphantly crowned by an equally cheesy pizza masquerading as the top bun! Ordering any of the Meathead! burgers “Meatzza” style makes this fever dream of fusion a reality.

And while we’re on duos, the one of co-owners James Reamy and Johnny Lee serves up other mouthwatering items on the menu like some killer tater tots in their “Notorious P.I.G. and bombastic breakfast burritos like the “Threesome,” which boasts eye-opening flavor.

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So for those who have dreamt of such a wondrous union in pizza and cheeseburgers (all of us), then venturing to Meathead! for their “Meatzza” style options makes the most sense out of any one thing at this very moment.

 

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