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Restaurants

Slater’s 50/50 Follows Up 100% Bacon Burger With Something So Spicy You Need a Waiver to Try

Hot off the success of their limited-time ‘Merica Burger (100% bacon patty anyone?), southern California burger chain Slater’s 50/50 is trying to make headlines once again — this time with their new ‘50 Alarm Burger.’

Coinciding with one of the hottest months of the year for Southern California, the chain’s burger of the month for August features their signature fire beef patty, topped with sliced jalapenos, three-alarm Colby Jack cheese, beer battered unseeded and aged cream cheese stuffed habanero poppers, and a ghost chili bacon spread on a white brioche bun.

Naga Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Chilies) have a Scoville Heat Unit rating in the millions, ten times hotter than a concentrated habanero. So it should be noted that when going to purchase this at Slater’s 50/50, you will be asked to sign a liability release to eat the 50 Alarm burger. You know, just to save them from any legal battles you try to wage after you get an ulcer from the eating the burger:

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Hit-Or-Miss

Bear Republic, Fat Head’s and Stone TBA Collaboration Homebrew

Stone Brewing Co. was founded in 1996, and since then has been voted the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” and will soon become the first American brewery to have a European brewhouse location.

As part of the brand’s success and growth, they have the ability to do special edition beers on demand. In 2008, Stone released a new series of collaboration beers. The goal was to get three brewers from three different breweries to create a beer with no boundaries.

Along the same vein, we introduce their first collaborative project of 2012, with Bear Republic and Fat Head’s, a tribute to a lost style of brewing; TBA. The acronym alludes to a classic but little-known beer style called Texas Brown Ale, which, actually comes from California.

In the 80s, there was a homebrew recipe for a hoppy brown ale, made with Cascade hops, hopping (word play?) around northern California. Even as it gained some popularity, it didn’t do well in homebrew competitions since it didn’t fall under any recognized category. It was way too hoppy and bitter to be considered a traditional brown ale. But eventually it caught on, and a competition in Houston, TX decided to judge these entires in a ‘California Dark’ category. The American Homebrewers Association soon allowed these entires in their own competitions, and changed the category name to Texas Brown Ale.

This TBA is yet another interesting creation from the Stone team out of Escondido, CA. TBA pours a beautiful auburn brown with a light tan head. The initial smell is a bit piney, but becomes sweeter probably due to the molasses introduced by Richard Norgrove from Bear Republic. The taste begins with a strong blast of malt flavors, followed by some fruity flavors mixed with the brown sugar also introduced by Richard. And finally finishes with an intense hoppy bitterness, that lightly lingers in your mouth.

I had a chance to try this a few days back, it’s super easy to drink and incredibly refreshing. If you like brown ales or IPAs of any sort, you will absolutely love this beer.

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Hit-Or-Miss

New: Jeremiah Weed Roadhouse Tea

I don’t know when I became so transfixed on seeing different alcohols, but every time I go into a grocery store the first place I go is the beer aisle just to see what’s new. Today I came across this Jeremiah Weed Roadhouse Tea. Jeremiah Weed isn’t anything new, I’ve been enjoying their sweet tea vodka for awhile now, but this caught my eye being a new malt beverage so I had to try it. Natural flavors and caramel color; this 5.8% (Alc by Vol.) southern style tea is refreshing and sweet to the taste. I might have found a new summer sipping drink!

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Sweets

iPhone Cupcake Toppers

So you and your friends are iPhone fanatics? You want to make some super creative cupcakes to give to them for their birthdays? Well here is the best possible thing you could bake. Newport Beach, CA-based StudioSweets is offering up a 12-pack of the apps of your choice, approximately 2″ in size to place on top of your cupcakes. All apps are hand-made, hand-painted and individually designed using edible ingredients, mainly vanilla fondant. ($24 @ StudioSweets)

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Products

Italian Style Meatball Bubble Gum

Being a foodie, the most common question I hear within the community between fellow foodbeasts is, “What’s your favorite food?” For most, this is a damn near impossible question to answer. For me, I think I may have narrowed down my list to about 45 things, and spaghetti and meatballs is definitely in one of the higher positions.

I also very much enjoy gum, so this Hearty Italian Style Meatball Bubble Gum that was just brought to my attention had me rather giddy all morning. Each piece looks like it should be sitting on top of a big plate of pasta, but it actually tastes like delicious bubble gum. You could play a pretty funny practical joke with these, by switching out for the real thing with this chewy twin brother. ($5 @ Amazon)

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Products

Wasabi Lip Balm: Instant Spicy Lips

So your girlfriend has been asking you to spice things up, and you already know that she loves sushi, which means Wasabi Lip Balm is the perfect product for you. Enjoy a unique flavor of that weird condensed, powdery, green stuff without the feeling of not being able to breathe. It’ll heat things up for you real quick either with her or when eating sushi. ($4 @ Amazon)

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Products

Aristocakes Cupcake Mold

The media has declared this week to be Royal Wedding Week, so what a perfect way to celebrate someone’s wedding that you don’t care about, by making crown shaped, noble cupcakes. If I had been in Monty Python’s Search for the Holy Grail, this is what I probably would have thrown at the evil bunny to keep it at bay. ($11.95 @ Neatoshop)

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Sweets

Chocolate Mountains

This might be one of the most detailed desserts I’ve ever seen. Designer Brynhildur Pálsdóttir working with Iceland’s premier chocolate company, Hafliði Ragnarsson, developed and produced these incredibly complex treats. There are four multi-layered mountains that are edible models of real geological structures. (Thx CoolHunting)