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Playboi Carti, John Cena, Sarah Jessica Parker and Other Celebs Get Into Canned and Bottled Cocktails

Moscato but make it “hard.” That’s the idea behind rapper Playboi Carti’s new ready-to-drink cocktail with Thomas Ashbourne Craft Spirits, Hardscatto.

A 20% ABV blend of premium vodka and flavors of grapes, peach, apricot and elderflower, the ready-to-drink has already been awarded a gold medal by the Drinks Business & Spirits Business 2022 Spring Tasting.

Carti is just one of a handful of celebs who’ve teamed with Thomas Ashbourne for signature canned and bottled cocktails. The all-star team of founding partners also include John Cena and his Classic Old Fashioned, Rosario Dawson and her Margalicious Margarita (with Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens) and Sarah Jessica Parker and her Perfect Cosmo… obviously.

“We’ve been focused on sourcing high-proof, premium spirits with the best natural ingredients to elevate the Thomas Ashbourne portfolio above the pre-made cocktail standard. With the help of our celebrity partners, each flavor profile was meticulously crafted and demanded the highest standards in taste, quality and sophistication,” said Thomas Ashbourne CEO Cara Kamenev via a statement.

The Hardscatto and other cocktails from Thomas Ashbourne retails for $59.99 for eight 200mL cans.

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Hit Music Producer Polow Da Don Launches His Own Gluten-Free Vodka

From making beats that slap to a liquor that does, hip-hop hitmaker Polow Da Don looks to share more of himself and his world with the launch of YoCo Vodka. 

Representing his “Young Country” culture, this all natural Tennessee vodka is made from corn and is certified gluten-free. YoCo’s bottle represents “a backstage pass to one hell of a time.” 

Known for his work with Fergie, Nicki Minaj and Usher, Polow has created numerous number one hits. His stated mission to connect creatives, spawned his very own Young Country 96.7 FM Nashville in June of 2019. Now with YoCo, Polow aims to bridge together the music industry with a lifestyle, solidifying the connection between music, cultural events and social gatherings.

“Young Country, or YoCo, is the manifestation of our inner circle — judgement-free and welcoming,” Polow says. “We created Young Country Radio with the purpose of breaking down the stereotype of country music and giving young artists the space to be their true selves and create freely. Now, with the introduction of YoCo Vodka, we’re taking it one step further and providing consumers the liquid to elevate and enjoy their experiences.”

Now available in Tennessee and online nationwide, YoCo Vodka will soon be available in Georgia, California, Florida, New York and more for $19.99.

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Celebrity Grub Pop-Ups

Tupac’s Pop-Up Restaurant ‘Powamekka Café’ Hits Los Angeles for Limited-Time

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Originally launched back in 2017 in New York City’s Lower East Side, Powamekka Café is a pop-up restaurant concept inspired by hip hop legend Tupac Shakur. 

The original iteration was housed in Sweet Chick, a restaurant owned by rapper Nas and partner John Seymour. It was conceived to celebrate Shakur’s induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Starting today, westsiders curious to experience a taste of Tupac can visit its new location at Fixins Soul Kitchen in Downtown Los Angeles. Hungry fans can expect a menu featuring Pac’s comfort food favorites like fried chicken wings, gumbo and meatloaf.

Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The Estate of Tupac Shakur

Originally envisioned while Tupac was alive, according to notes found by his family, Powamekka Café was a place he wanted people to “play and parlay.” The pop-up aligns with the Tupac-focused Wake Me When I’m Free museum experience which has been a popular attraction for Angelinos and is located across the street at The Canvas.

The Powamekka Café will be open for two weeks only, starting today through June 30. The restaurant’s hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

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Shaq Buys Dinner For an Entire Restaurant’s Diners and Staff

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We all know Shaquille O’Neal as having a big personality that’s always entertaining and fun, but he also has a penchant for generosity that’s just as big. In that past he’s been known to randomly treat folks and their families to shopping sprees. He’s even helped a man buy an engagement ring for his future fiancée. In his latest benevolent exploit, Shaq treated a whole restaurant’s staff and its diners to dinner.

O’Neal’s business acumen is well-documented, as the former NBA star and current NBA on TNT personality has made wise investments in a diverse portfolio of fast food franchises and more.

He recently put his net worth of around $400 million to compassionate use by paying the dinner bill for over 40 tables and the whole server team at Jue Lan Club in New York, as reported by Page Six.

Shaq ultimately foot the $25,000+ bill for all, even including a very thoughtful and unselfish gratuity for the Jue Lan Club’s staff.

O’Neal has had many nicknames throughout the years, from The Big Aristotle to The Big Diesel. Now we have to add The Big Generosity to that long list of AKAs.

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Singer Chlöe Bailey Teams With DoorDash for Exclusive Hot Sauce Collab

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Multi-talented R&B artist Chlöe Bailey has partnered with DoorDash for their first-ever custom hot sauce. Available exclusively for DashPass members free-of-charge, ‘Make Em’ Sweat’s’ spicy drip was inspired by Bailey’s fiery personality and hot, chart-topping music. 

Being no stranger to fire hot sauce, Chlöe achieved the perfect spice level with the help of DoorDash’s sauce scientists. The collaboration resulted in a bold and fierce flavor profile that pairs well with everything from ice cream to the plant-based protein of your choice. In addition to helping ensure the hot sauce was flavor ready, she helped with the label design and product presentation. 

“It is definitely different. Producing, acting, singing, performing is very natural to me. But I always love to push myself and try new things. In some ways, that’s natural for me, too. It was fun creating this hot sauce. Everything from thinking about the label to trying out different profiles, it was a very fun new process,” she shared about the creation process. 

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‘Make ‘Em Sweat’ sauce serves sweet and heat using a blend of ghost, peri peri and cayenne peppers with chili sauce and a tomato base. The combination of ingredients creates a rich and fiery flavor enhanced by a smooth consistency. 

DashPass members looking to add a new kick to their favorite DoorDash orders can grab a bottle of ‘Make ‘Em Sweat’ by following the instructions below:

  • Sign up for DashPass here to ensure you can access the drop and other exclusive perks. 
  • On June 9, at 3pm ET, head to the DashPass Exclusives Drops store here or Chlöe’s Instagram here and swipe up on the link in stories to be directed to the drop.
  • Add the ‘Make ‘Em Sweat’ sauce to your cart and check out (limit one per person).

If you don’t have a DashPass, the first 30-days are free. ‘Make ‘Em Sweat’ hot sauce is only available for a limited time, so sign up while supplies last.

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Celebrity Grub Fast Food What's New

Jack Harlow Breaks Down Details of His KFC Collaboration Experience in Exclusive Interview

Jack Harlow’s exclusive KFC combo meal has been causing quite a buzz in fast food, with fans enjoying the specially curated meal featuring the brand’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Mac & Cheese, Seasoned Fries, Lemonade and a side of Ranch.

I caught up with the star Kentucky-bred rapper out in Atlanta, Georgia to talk shop about his new KFC collab. Harlow nonchalantly shared details of the whole collaboration experience with an infectious brand of mellow, even relaying how he tried to mix lemonade with KFC Mac & Cheese at the fast food chain’s headquarters.

Check out my interview with Jack Harlow above and you’ll even catch who he’d pull up with to the KFC drive-thru to order his exclusive meal.

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UFC President Dana White Drinks a Mac & Cheese Milkshake for National Cheese Day

UFC boss Dana White is celebrating his #FuckItFriday today and National Cheese Day tomorrow in adventurous fashion with a wildly unexpected concoction — a Mac & Cheese Milkshake.

The base of the milkshake starts with vanilla ice cream and cooked mac & cheese, which is then topped off with whipped cream and shredded cheese. “I’m not excited about this one,” confessed White right before he took a healthy sip of the stuff.

The verdict? “It doesn’t taste bad, but I’m not a fan,” said White, half relieved that it wasn’t as disgusting as it sounded on paper. Cold mac & cheese in drink form? Might have to pass on this one, fam.

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Jack Harlow and KFC Announce a First-Class Meal

KFC is the latest fast food chain to jump on the celebrity meal trend and they’re coming in finger lickin’ good with a one-of-a-kind Jack Harlow meal.

Curated by the Kentucky native himself, Harlow spent time at KFC’s Louisville, Kentucky headquarters tasting the entire menu to hand pick this “first-class” meal. The custom meal is a mix of KFC classics and new fan favorite menu items including the KFC Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Mac & Cheese, Secret Recipe Fries, a side of ranch and a cold lemonade, all served in custom Jack Harlow x KFC packaging.

“From releasing ‘Come Home the Kids Miss You’ and now launching my own meal at KFC, I’m having a super blessed summer” said the chart-topping rapper. “When KFC asked me to create my own meal, I knew it couldn’t be just any meal. My meal brings together my childhood favorites from growing up in Louisville, the KFC Mac & Cheese, with my new go-to Spicy Chicken Sandwich (with plenty of ranch), Secret Recipe Fries and lemonade — it doesn’t get much better.”

If you’re looking to get an early taste and you happen to live in Atlanta, well you’re in luck. Jack and KFC teamed up to transform an Atlanta KFC to a real life Jack’s Meal HQ located at 2637 Cobb Pkwy SE, Smyrna, Georgia. Here, Atlantans will be the first to try the Jack Harlow Meal while they listen to Jack’s new album from a KFC x Jack Harlow bucket speaker.

For the rest of us, we’ll have to wait through the weekend for a taste. Beginning on Monday, June 6, fans can order the meal at any KFC restaurant nationwide or on the KFC app and site.