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5 Reasons to Take Your Tinder Date to Costco

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If you’re fearing another “Netflix and chill”-style Tinder date, you might want to up your game a little bit. But getting creative doesn’t need to be costly, and amateur Casanovas should muster up the chutzpah to ask their dates to Costco. Before you scoff, Costco can be both a spendthrift’s wet dream and a sneakily impressive first date. Put on some comfortable shoes and get ready for a meander to remember.

 

Free Samples

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Having a snack attack? Not very likely at Costco, since you’ll have plenty of opportunities to taste bagel bun hot dogs, Kirkland cheese, or red snapper. The free sample tables make it easy to get your munch on without breaking your stride.

 

Dinner for Two Costs $10

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If you don’t get your fill of the free stuff, head over to their dining section with prices that are too awesome to avoid. You can get four hot dogs (and a very gassy date) for around $10. Or split one of their pizzas on your way out and discuss your favorite toppings.

 

Packed with Conversation Starters

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Why would someone need that many ear plugs? What’s the most powerful vacuum cleaner at the store? Who do these children belong to and why are they everywhere? Search for these answers and countless more as you get lost in the superstore. Plus, these talking points keep the conversation perpetually unpredictable, so you don’t have to fall back on scintillating topics like the weather.

 

Show Your Date How Thrifty You Are

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Saying, “that’s a great price on quinoa” demonstrates: A) You know what quinoa is in the first place. B) You’re aware of the quinoa market in general. C) You are a budget conscious individual who will not blow shared income by purchasing too much quinoa at a terrible price. Who wouldn’t be impressed?

 

Tons of Aisles to Explore (Hide and Go Seek)

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If you’ve got a playful date, then a game might be in order. Have you or your date hide somewhere in the store then text an “I spy…” style clue. By the time you find him or her, you’ll also find the carefree love of your life. Conversely, you could also just run out of the store without saying an awkward goodbye if your date’s a dud.

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The 10 Best College Dining Halls In The US

In addition to cliches about discovering yourself and broadening your horizons, most of what you learn in college will center around what does or doesn’t qualify as a pizza topping. Many top-tier universities in the U.S. have begun drawing students in with the sweet aromas of build-your-own burger bars and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. This list highlights the creme-de-le-creme of reasons to cut French class and expand your waistline instead of your mind. It’s not too late to apply.

1. Bowdain

Your Bowdain College culinary adventure begins with a lobster bake at orientation, offers easy access to organic fruits and veggies from the campus garden center on a daily basis, and culminates with korean barbecue tacos. The first thing you’ll learn is what “freshman fifteen” means.

2. Roger Williams University

How about a little surf and turf at this Rhode Island liberal arts college? Not good enough for you? Maybe you’d prefer a turkey carving station for a Thanksgiving feast, complete with all the trimmings and trappings just like your Grammy makes it? Still not impressed? How’s about three types of chocolate fountains (white, dark and milk) on Valentine’s Day? BOOM!

3. Virginia Tech

Get as technical as you want with Virginia Tech’s build-your-own burger restaurant, featuring top choice cuts from the institution’s Meat Sciences Department (best science=best department). The dining hall will also cut you off a slice of ribeye any old day of the week. But this Old Dominion institution doesn’t stop there, with fresh lobster and wood-fired pizza on the menu as well. Maybe there’s some vegetables in there too, but who cares?

4. Washington University

The St. Louisan student body enjoys the late night dining options at WashU, which feature chicken and waffles as well as chicken fingers and fries until 2 AM. But it’s not all battered chicken: other options include Parmesan cream potato gnocchi, ahi tuna rolls, and braised pork cheeks with cinnamon candied apples. Also, there’s a Dr. Seuss themed night, so I hope you like Green Eggs and Ham.

5. Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins produces Nobel laureates almost as fast McDonald’s makes french fries, but unlike McDonald’s it also provides swanky college dining experiences that probably won’t make you vomit. There’s no snootier complement for the live jazz music than the baked brie, bananas foster, and shrimp cocktails that they typically serve at this meal—which is more impressive than the average American’s life.

 

6. University of Massachusetts Amherst

Sure, many of the schools mentioned above go out of their way to import exotic foods and broaden students’ cultural horizons, but UMass Amherst throws in a live DJ set to kick it up a notch. Brazilian churrascaria with a side of Skrillex for dipping. There’s also a daily pho bar that will have you in beef broth and beansprout heaven.

 

7. Columbia

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“Zero trans fat” is probably the last thing that students care to hear, next to “written mid-term.” But when attached to dishes like Thai chili wings, eggplant roulette and “JJ’s Philly Cheesesteak,” it doesn’t sound so bad. If that all seems too high-falutin for your particular Ivy League sensibilities, you might want to check out the peanut butter and jelly bar.

8. James Madison University

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Fifteen unique dining locations serve the students of James Madison University, including tandoori ovens and Chinese woks to offer some multi-cultural variety. Of course, students away from home for the first time will likely appreciate the made-to-order grilled cheese station and the home-made ice cream options just as much.

9. Cornell

Ithacan students have taken to the create-your-own omelette and pancake bars—giving students access to ingredients like M&Ms, sprinkles and fruit to add to pumpkin or blueberry batter. Whether you’re literature fan or food fanatic, you’ll also appreciate the “Hogwarts Night” featuring chocolate frog legs, butterbeer and other Harry Potter-themed eats.

10. Northwestern

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Northwestern’s campus dietitian oversees the menu at this Chicago university, but don’t worry: the dining service still manages to put on exotic theme evenings like Moroccan and Jamaican nights. The real highlight is the weekly hot cookie bar, which features bakery treats so piping hot and delicious that they will make your mother’s cookies taste like an inedible declaration of war.

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12 Guilty Pleasures You Might Not Know Are Vegan

Contrary to popular belief, Oreos are not vegan (due to cross contamination with milk). Bummer. But before you jump off a bridge, take a look at these other great cruelty-free options that will satisfy your snack attack. Munch on!

1. French Fries

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Oui, oui! It’s true. You can bite into on an entire Foreign Legion of these delectable spuds, just so long as they’re fried in vegetable oil.

2. Onion Rings

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Similar to french fries, this is a diner staple that can be a vegan’s best friend after a night of partying. Add a little ketchup (also, obvi vegan) for the win!

3. Uncrustables

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4. Lays

Worried that you might get milk or eggs in your bread? Not with Uncrustables! This new twist on classic PB&J’s got you covered.

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While junk food brands are synonymous with processing, the Lays recipe is simple: vegetable oil, potatoes, salt. And other flavors (Barbecue, Deli Style Original, Dill Pickle, and Lightly Salted) are also cruelty free!

5. Fritos

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Just like it’s potato chip counterpart, this big shot corn chip is completely free of animal products.

6. Jolly Ranchers

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This is the only rancher that vegans can eat, but that’s part of what makes them so jolly.

7. Peanut Butter Crunch

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Crunchatize me Cap’n! You can enjoy a bowl of Peanut Butter Crunch with almond or soy milk every morning if you’d like.This is the only rancher that vegans can eat, but that’s part of what makes them so jolly.

8. Kool-Aid

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Oh YEAH! This sweet beverage can’t be beat on a hot day, especially if you’re trying to please vegan taste buds.

9. Monster/Red Bull Energy

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Meat-eaters shouldn’t get the edge when it comes to getting a buzz, and both Red Bull and Monster are vegan-friendly.

10. Nesquick Syrup (Strawberry and Chocolate)

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So long as you’re not squeezing it into cow’s milk, Nesquick Syrup will bring back some childhood memories without ruining your lifestyle.

11. Airheads

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Someone at Airheads was pretty smart to make these taffy treats without any animal products.

12. Swedish Fish

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The only way a vegan can go fishing completely guilt-free, and you won’t need any special equipment!

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6 Facts About GMOs

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have become something of a dirty word in nutritional fields lately, especially with raw and paleo diets preaching a gospel of organic living. While the area of study is relatively recent, there are somethings that are already clear about GMOs—and it’s about more that just what’s going into your body. These spliced crops and livestock have far-reaching impacts on the environmental, personal, and legal well-being of our entire country.

The Genetic Modification Boogie Man

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It’s worth noting that most all food intended for human consumption has been genetically modified at one point or another. This started thousands of years ago with the domestication of crops (wheat and corn) as well as animals (cows and pigs). Through selective breeding/pollination, we’ve been able to create cows that are better at producing milk and apples that don’t taste like a mouthful of garbage disposal scraps.

Most people seem to draw a line when scientists move away from selective pollination into a more scientific procedures like gene splicing. For the purposes of this article, we’re only discussing the side effects of gene spliced GMOs, which have become increasingly more prevalent and appear in 80 percent of our foods.

Poisoned Apples

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In an effort to make GMOs more resilient to weeds and insects, scientists have attempted to engineer plants that can withstand herbicides and pesticides. Essentially, we can use stronger poisons to kill off weeds and insects which should in theory produce bigger harvests. There are two main problems with this in practice:

1) As we spray our plants with more deadly poisons, we are introducing more poisonous foods to the population. Obviously, some of this is absorbed through the plant’s skins, but it also gets into the soil, which could affect the flesh of the plants and the groundwater.

2) Insidious plants and animals are counter-evolving. Just like Jurassic Park, nature finds a way and a sequel: using stronger pesticides kills the weaker members of the species, leaving only the strongest to reproduce. This creates superweeds and superbugs that are also immune to the pesticides, meaning we have to use stronger chemicals, starting the cycle over.

They Mess With Bees!

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As a subsection of the latter point, the insecticides used on GMOs don’t just affect the undesirable insects eating plants, they also kill the insects that are necessary for the plants survival. You see, unlike you and I, plants don’t have a means of passing their genetic material to each other (i.e. sex). Enter honey bees: nature’s answer to Marvin Gaye. Bees gather nectar from flowering plants, picking up pollen in the process, which they then carry to other plants. This mixes up the genes in the plant world and effectively turns flowers in fruits, which is what makes nature tick. And science still hasn’t found a good alternative for pollination, meaning that the end of bees is essentially the end of agriculture. Dun, dun, DUN!

Dubious Nutrition

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While the increase in GMO foodstuffs has been linked to everything from increased diagnoses of autism to brain cancer, most of the science supporting this has been made on a tenuous basis. Specifically, we can see the correlation, but can’t prove the causality. Also of note, GMO-interest groups have a vested interest in convincing you that their products don’t increase the risk of Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and reproductive disorders. In addition to their well documented lobbying efforts, companies like Monsanto and Pepsico can also launch their own scientific studies, stacking the deck in their favor. They’re co-opting science, ferchrissakes!

Label Suppression

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Have you ever wondered why organic foods receive a special label and genetically modified foods don’t? Well, it turns out that a lot of the people producing and using GMOs don’t really want to be associated with terms “GMO” because of the unnatural, mad-scientist-y vibe it gives off. Lobbying groups acting on behalf of GMO and processed foods have even blocked measures from states like California, Colorado and Vermont to require labeling of all GMO foods. But for the time being, organic foods are the ones that have to make the distinction on their label, which is — like a genetically modified donkey — ass backwards.

Farmer Sovereignty

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Farmer sovereignty is a fancy way of saying that a farmer can decide what crops to grow on his or her own farm. How do GMOs impact that independence, you might ask? Large seed sellers like Monsanto own patents on their genetically modified seeds, meaning that you have to buy the seeds from them to grow their plants. If these patented organisms from a GMO farm drift into a non-GMO farm, the company holding the seed patent is allowed to sue the unauthorized grower. This is awful because this drift will occur naturally from honey bee or wind pollination. In case you aren’t aware, farming isn’t exactly a money-making enterprise, making large seed suppliers like something of a reverse Robin Hood—stealing from the poor to overfeed the rich.

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5 Foods Scientists Claimed Cause Cancer, But Don’t

These days, it seems like even smiling causes cancer. Fortunately, there’s no conclusive evidence on that, but so many of our favorite things have been linked to cancer in one way or another, it couldn’t hurt to be cautious.

But science is also quick to revise their analysis, if you take any solace in that. Studies are often conducted to achieve a certain result, or sponsored by someone with a biased agenda. For instance, if I owned Splenda, it would benefit me to sponsor a test on the effects of Nutrasweet — especially if I chose rats that were genetically predisposed to cancer.

As you’ll see examples like the one above aren’t rare… in fact, that’s one of the literal examples below. Including that example, here are six things that the greatest scientific minds (or sometimes, just the uninformed masses) assumed to cause cancer, which were later dispelled as hokum.

1. Aspartame

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You might know aspartame by a number of names: Nutrasweet, Equal, or simply just “that stuff that ruins my coffee.” But, according to an article written by JW Olney and published in the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology in 1996, it was also the cause for the rising number of brain tumors between 1975 and 1992. Which is a funny coincidence, because aspartame only became a popular sweetener in diet colas and sugar-free gums starting in 1982.

In case you’re not a scientist or a mathematician, let me break it down for you: aspartame could not have caused tumors before it was commercially available. Also of note is that the rats in the study were exposed to the human equivalent of anywhere between 8 and 2,000 cans of soda daily. If that sounds like your diet, you might have bigger problems than cancer. Yet rumors have persisted, and the American Cancer Society even has a page dedicated to debunking the myth.

2. Genetically Modified Foods

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“Genetically Modified” is a very loaded term for a lot of political groups. But, strictly speaking, all food is genetically modified in one way or another—be it through natural selection, horticulture, or the heavy duty gene splicing happening on the mysterious island of Dr. Moreau. But it’s the latter that usually rankles people the most, as genes are inserted into a developing plant to enhance certain traits, creating a Genetically Modified Organism. Which, by the way, I’m still waiting for my freaking dragon.

These GMOs are perceived as unnatural and therefore unhealthy, but so far any link between GMOs and cancer is inconclusive. Molecular biologist Gilles-Eric Séralini even used rats that were genetically predisposed to cancer to try and sway popular opinion before a public vote to include GMO labeling on all non-organic foods. The Séralini Affair, as it’s since been dubbed, is one of the most notorious cases of abused scientific data and poorly constructed research in recent memory.

3. Drinking Cold Water After Meals

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When it comes to linking things to cancer, the motto should be “the more innocuous, the better!” Even something as essential as water could turn into dreaded cancer. It’s like 80% of our cellular composition is out to get us. Fortunately, these people are incompetent boobs and the only time water can cause cancer is when you’re stirring it with a rod of Plutonium-239.

At any rate, this ode to pseudoscience began circulating on the internet in 2006, just in time to terrify your grandmother whose dialup modem you installed a week earlier. It still gets a little play now and then, its proponents arguing that cold water makes fats congeal in your intestines, which, you know, totally causes cancer somehow. Well, rest assured that your insides are better for drinking water at any temperature below scalding.

4. Fluoridated Water

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Water fluoridation is one of the few times that a social service actually did some real freaking, undeniable good for the greater population. By adding a little fluoride to our drinking water, we cut down on the number of cavities in the population by decreasing the wearing away of natural enamel—and all without changing the water’s flavor. But anytime you add anything to anything, people are sure that cancer is lurking just around the corner. Fears were confirmed with a study conducted by the National Toxicology Program in 1990, which found increased incidents of bone tumors in fluoridated rats. Since then, however, the test has been repeated over 50 times and found no link between cancer and fluoridated water. What caused the increase in 1990 study, then? Statistical anomaly. And the fact that the study was conducted in Chernobyl. (That last part is not true.)

5. Cooking with a Microwave

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I mean, if you can’t see it, it’s probably cancer… right? That’s the basic logic underlying this urban legend, either claiming that the microwaves give off excess radiation or add a little nuclear flavor to your microwave burritos. Scientist Hans Hertel tested the theory by locking a bunch of his buddies in a hotel room to eat nothing but vegetables and milk heated in a microwave. Two weeks later he popped his head out of that fart barrel and released the damning info: the men’s blood work exhibited signs of early cancer activity. But this study was done in an unsupervised manner, not published in a scholarly journal, and didn’t prove any conclusive link between their activity and cancer.

Other (respected, less flatulent) scientists maintain that the low-level, non-ionizing power emitted by microwaves just doesn’t have the power to alter anyone’s DNA. Again, the helpful folks at the American Cancer Society has an entire page dedicated to quelling your fears on this non-threatening appliance. The page also covers cell phones, radio waves and full-body security scanners, so crackpots beware.

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Amp Up Your Recipes With These 7 Ways To Cook With Energy Drinks

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Let’s be honest: the only thing wrong with bacon is that it won’t get you jacked on caffeine. But you can end all of that nonsense with our hyper charged energy drink cooking ideas below. From sauces to sautes, there are tons of completely underutilized excuses to bring an extreme edge to your edibles.

Rockstar Glazed Ribs

Colas are already a staple in BBQ sauces, so why not take it a twitchy step further? You can really get those ribs cracklin’ by putting Rockstar or any other energy drink in that sauce instead of standard pop. Not only will your sauce be sweeter with a splash of soda, but your pork ribs will be glistening like a mofo.

Parboiling Brats

Pros know that the best way to rock sausage is by cooking it in beer first to help soften the casing and give the brats that hefeweizen flavor. With a sweet or spicy sausage cooked in your favorite energy drink, though, you could have yourself a truly swinging sausage party. Just pour a couple energy into a sauce pan, add the sausage and let the supercharged stew simmer.

Red Bull Bacon

Eggs, bacon, and coffee is the classic breakfast, but who has time to cook all that? Skip a few steps in your morning prep by making Red Bullified bacon. Just look up a recipe for brown sugar bacon and replace the sweet powder with a can or two of your favorite energy drink for the ultimate meal on the go.

Monster Mango Habanero Chicken Wings

Looking for a sweet and spicy kick? Try adding energy drinks into all sorts of glazes. For instance, this hot wing variation is just begging for you to add a can of Monster Energy drink and unleash the beast on your taste buds. That’s one kickin’ chicken!

Red Bull-Battered Onion Rings

Beer-battered onion rings? You clearly don’t have a huge English paper due tomorrow. For a deep fried and totally jacked take on this fast food favorite, sub out beer in your batter for a little Red Bull.

Rockstar Marinated Steak

As mentioned above, sodas are already a favorite for glazing meats and a necessity for barbecue sauces. But you can take it other level if you marinate a t-bone in some energy drink—in other words, soak it overnight. The carbonic acid will soften the meat, while the sugar will seal in the steak’s flavorful juices. The copious amounts of caffeine are solely for your pleasure.

Red (Bull) Velvet Cupcakes

And finally, dessert. The only thing extra you’ve ever wanted from this beetroot-dyed classic is a little buzz. The Red Bull allows you to replace buttermilk or sour cream with a little whole milk without sacrificing flavor. Add some Red Bull to mix the dry ingredients in your batter to give your red velvet cake a fizzy airiness, or splash some into the cream cheese frosting to your tastes to truly give your cupcakes some wings.

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These Meals Were The Favorite Foods Of Famous Dictators

An old adage states that an army marches on its stomach. If that’s the case, then military dictators fuel up on some pretty quirky shit. Running the gamut from bran flakes to dog soup, the world’s most brutal dictators have feasted on foodstuffs ranging from childish to grotesque.  Check out some of the more peculiar items that have made the grocery list of history’s greatest monsters below.

Adolf Hitler – Petits Poussins à la Hambourg

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It is often misremembered that Hitler was a lifelong vegetarian by choice. But Hitler only switched to a bland diet of mashed potatoes and celery broth in an effort to combat his lifelong digestive issues that included chronic flatulence and constipation. (Could this be the real reason he and wife Eva Braun commit suicide in their bunker?)

Before he gave up meat for gastrointestinal problems, he expressed a particular fondness for the exotic dish Petits Poussins à la Hambourg. It’s this preparation of a fledgling pigeon or squab stuffed with tongue, liver, and pistachio nuts that should actually go down in history books as Der Fuehrer’s favorite meal. Sorry, carrots.

Saddam Hussein – Raisin Bran

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When you’re hiding out from Dubya, you’ve got to start the day off with a balanced breakfast. And, according to Saddam Hussein, nothing but two scoops of raisins got the job done.

Reportedly, one of his soldiers incurred the dictator’s wrath, prompting the Iraqi President to shout, “NO FROOT LOOPS!” when offered with the multicolored breakfast rings. Which, in retrospect, is more of an endorsement for Froot Loops than Raisin Bran.

Idi Amin – People, but also Oranges

minneola-429383_1920Based on his Kakwa tribe’s belief that if you ate the flesh of your enemies, their souls could not return to haunt you, Idi Amin once dove teeth­first into a pile of his victims’ heads. Military coups—you know how it goes.

Far from his favorite meal (he complained that the meat was “too salty” for his taste), the President of Uganda was more fond of oranges, eating up to 40 a day and claiming they were a natural aphrodisiac.

Benito Mussolini – Raw Garlic

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Garlic is good for your heart and all, but this Axis dictator took it to epic proportions, even going so far as to call it “the elixir of life.” Mussolini’s preferred salad was allegedly comprised only of roughly chopped garlic, olive oil, and lemon, meaning that his breath was probably more than enough to keep the Allies momentarily at bay. My condolences, Mrs. Mussolini.

Kim Jong-­il – Shark­fin Soup and Dog Soup

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You might not have figured it out from Team America: World Police, but Kim Jong-­il was an expert gourmand, housing stacks of cookbooks in his palace. In addition to fugu, cognac, and Iranian caviar, the Supreme Leader of North Korea favored a couple soups greatest of all. The first was shark fin soup while the second was bosintang, or dog meat soup, which he believed would confer virility and immunity.

Maybe he should have compared notes with Idi Amin first.

 

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Five Cuban Sandwiches You Need To Try

Judging from the sandwich options below, President Obama might have lifted America’s embargo on Cuba because he’s less interested in nuclear subs and more interested in good sub sandwiches. The handheld meal options hailing from the Pearl of Antilles offer a wide variety of sweet, savory, and spicy options that are sure to please any palate. Our island neighbor knows exactly what to put between two pieces of bread, so let’s get started with the one you probably know already…

Cuban Sandwich

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The granddaddy—excuse me, “abuelo”—of all Cuban sandwiches is this take on a ham and cheese, which has become an iconic classic both of the eponymous island and the city of Miami. Made popular by the cigar rollers that travelled freely between Cuba and Florida, this classic consists of Serrano ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese and dill pickles slathered in yellow mustard on Cuban bread. Every bit as robust and tangy as the cigars that came out of Miami factories all those years ago, the Cuban is still a flavorful feast for anyone that wants a bite.

Medianoche

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A close cousin (or “primo”) of the Cuban, the Medianoche differs only in that it is made on soft egg yolk bread instead of the typical crumbly Cuban bread. The name Medianoche is Spanish for “Midnight,” giving you a hint at the time this club-goer favorite should typically be ordered. In other words, it’s the Havana equivalent of driving through Taco Bell after a night of heavy drinking.

Frita

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This delicious take on a hamburger doesn’t do away with beef, but it does add 25% pork or chorizo to the meat mixture, along with bread crumbs and seasoning. Shoestring fries and cuban bread soak up the juices from this unique patty, but typical burger fixings like lettuce, onions, or spiced ketchup can be added if you like. And be sure to wash it down with the traditional accompaniment, a batido de trigo, which is a milkshake made with puffed wheat—i.e. Honey Smacks.

Elena Ruz


Another late night favorite, the Elena Ruz is the best turkey sandwich since a Thanksgiving leftover special. Instead of gravy and cranberry sauce, though, one slice of bread is covered in cream cheese and the other is covered in strawberry jam. The first person to order this was a young socialite named Elena Cruz, who explained the kooky-sounding recipe to chefs at an all-night dinner. From that point on she would order it every time she came in, referring to it using her name and eventually helping the sweet and savory sandwich catch on.

Choripan

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If you thought that chorizo was good with eggs, then you should sink your teeth into a Choripan. It’s not going to win any style competitions, but it’s hard to argue with a sausage sliced down the middle and served on a soft white baguette. The simplicity of this classic is its greatest strength, and its name is even a combination of “chorizo” and “pan” (Spanish for “bread”), meaning you’ll never forget the recipe for this winning combo.