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The LA Spot Where You Can Grill Your Own Filipino Street Food Favorites

There’s something to be said when you catch a vibe from cooking your own food in a setting that’s normally not in your own kitchen. You can find that simple pleasure when barbecuing, campfire cooking, and even sitting down to a Korean bbq meal. But a spot in Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown called Dollar Hits is adding its name to that list, by channeling the energy of Filipino street food and letting diners cook it themselves on grills out doors.

Step inside and you’re greeted with a wide array of Filipino street food options. Imagine heaping stacks of meat skewers ranging from traditional pork and chicken barbecue, to other favorites like fish balls, pork and chicken intestines (isaw), chicken feet (adidas), chicken head (helmet), pig ears (walkman), chicken hearts, quail egg (kwek kwek), and more.

After picking your lot to grill, simply step outside to three outdoor grills and cook your choices to taste. As far as dining experiences go in LA, Dollar Hits is quite memorable as there’s not many like it in the city.

With outdoor dining being the norm these days, Dollar Hits should serve as a great choice to add to one’s list of spots to safely eat out at, all while catching the whole Filipino street food vibe that many have yet to experience.

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Las Vegas Food Truck Serving Up BIRRIA-STUFFED Tamales

Birria has been booming in the food scene outside of those in the know recently. For those that have been up on it, they’ll probably tell you, “What took y’all so long?”

And I get it, birria, from its origins in Jalisco, Mexico to the widespread appeal it enjoys today, is something that shouldn’t be treated as some new trend. Proponents (which I assume would be pretty much anyone that’s had it because it’s f*cking delicious) will extoll the virtues of its savory allure all day, all the while pointing you in every direction to where you can enjoy it in different iterations and contemporary takes. This then can take you into a fantastic journey that will have you feasting through creative takes like birria ramen and birria pizza.

However, keep going further in that journey and you might find yourself in Las Vegas, Nevada, just like I did, where birria takes on the form of tamales. Yes, the concept of birria has now found a home inside a warm tamal, with melty cheese as its roommate, all courtesy of El Tamalucas, the city’s first tamale food truck.

Since opening El Tamalucas in 2014, owner Saul Talavera has innovated his recipes and expanded the repertoire of his takes on the iconic dish, which include unique selections like chicken alfredo tamales and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos tamales. His next hit is the BirriQueso Tamale Dunkers, which I described earlier, and is a holy trinity of birria, consomé, and cheese. My mouth just watered typing out that sentence and now I’m fighting the urge to buy a plane ticket to Las Vegas. That’s because these tamales were one of the best things I’d eaten this year and the memories of having it look like a rush of the rich, bold consomé-soaked, cheese and birria-stuffed tamale cascading down my greedy gullet.

If you’re trying to catch a glorious fever dream off one bite, absolutely look up El Tamalucas when you’re out making questionable decisions in Las Vegas.

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This Is The Loaded Garlic Bread of Your Dreams

Prepare to throw out any notion of what you thought good garlic bread is, because a pop-up in Los Angeles, CA is coming through with some garlic bread that is more loaded and more melty than any one you’ve had.

Thanks to Calic Bread, they’ve brought to light a plump, round loaf of garlic bread that’s stuffed wall to wall with garlic cream cheese. Not only that, they’re also serving up different flavors that come laden inside with mozzarella and cheddar cheese, with another being filled with Korean corn cheese.

The sight of busting one open is damn near explicit, making for a drool worthy visual that’s deserving of any craving. Now if you’re punching the air right now after noticing they’re in LA, worry not, as renowned national food delivery service, Goldbelly, is now shipping them across the nation. Just hit up the site and make your selection to have your favorite garlic bread’s favorite garlic bread sent straight to your door — or gaping mouth, I don’t judge.

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Fried Chicken Skins Are Made For Snacking

Look, today is National Fried Chicken Day, truly a day that is worth celebrating with full on festivities. One way to do that? Snacking on some chicken skins. If that possibility sounds too enticing to be true, prepare your butts for a delicious dose of reality.

That’s because Flock chicken chips exist and are made with just chicken skin and seasonings, none of that artificial stuff and more of that natural goodness. Now mind you, growing up in a Filipino household, fried chicken skins were a regular thing for me. Hitting up the local Filipino market for a bag was always a treat that I wished the rest of the world would have the pleasure in enjoying.

And now here’s their chance, in three different flavors at that: Original, Sea Salt & Vinegar, and BBQ. With 13 grams of protein and 1 gram of carbs or less per packet, they also seem to be the smart choice in snacking for the keto-minded folks.

So if you want to indulge in celebration of National Fried Chicken Day or any other day for that matter, you can purchase Flock on their website.

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LA Filipino Restaurant Selling Whole Kamayan Feast Kits To Recreate At Home

The Filipino practice of kamayan essentially ditches the utensils and lets diners get into the meal by eating with their bare hands. Such a technique is the usual call to action when faced with a Filipino feast known as a boodle fight, which is a large communal spread presented on banana leaves. Dishes making up the bounty consist of traditional favorites like fried fish, grilled veggies, fresh mangoes and tomatoes, lumpia Shanghai, crispy pork belly lechon, and various barbecued meats.

This extravagant meal is usually experienced at large family parties and gatherings or in restaurant settings, but now, a whole kamayan feast can be your next weeknight dinner thanks to take-home meal kits from Silog, a Filipino restaurant in Torrance, California.

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“We want to continue to promote our culture through our food. Since food heals everything, it’s perfect for this unprecedented quarantine time,” states chef and owner, Lemuel Guiyab. “If people can’t go out yet and gather in restaurants, it’s all good, we can still provide everything they need for a kamayan feast right in their own home.”

To order, reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance, with a minimum order good for four adults at $39.95 per person. The sumptuous feast is for sure a fun and unique dining experience that you can have at home to spice things up from the usual or if you have a special occasion you’d like to celebrate with the family.

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Photos: Nicole Daphne
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Auntie Anne’s Now Offering A DIY At-Home Pretzel Kit

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With the current status of the norm right now, I’m not sure when we’ll all be back in a shopping mall. One of my favorite memories being in one? The magnetic scent of freshly baked Auntie Anne’s pretzels wafting through the air, snatching you from reality, and capturing your attention long enough to fork out the couple bucks it takes to satisfy the sudden, intense onset of craving.

Thankfully, Auntie Anne’s has come up with a workaround to that fantasy scenario by now offering DIY at-home pretzel baking kits on their website. Each kit comes with 10 Auntie Anne’s Original or Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels that you can bake all from the comfort of your home. At $20 a pop, this is a more than satisfactory replacement for the aforementioned scene I described abvove. At least you don’t have to go through the pain of finding parking at the mall.

Take note that these kits are limited, so if you’re keen on reveling in pretzel nirvana at home, make sure to act quickly.

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Krispy Kreme Debuts Three New Kreme-Filled, Fruit-Flavored Glazes

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When the crimson glow of Krispy Kreme’s “Hot Now” neon sign lights up, its a veritable bell to Pavlov’s dogs, with we the people being the drooling pooches. Why? Because the thought of freshly baked Krispy Kreme doughnuts enrobed in their undeniable and iconic glaze is as good as any reason to lift the floodgates in our tastebuds. Now what if I told you that Krispy Kreme is rolling out a trio of new donuts featuring fruit-flavored glazes and filled with a fruity kreme? The forecast in your mouth would be predicting a torrential downpour, yes, I know.

Well friends, grab your scuba suits because we’ll all be swimming knowing that Krispy Kreme will be releasing a set of Fresh off the Line Doughnuts: Key Lime Glazed, Key Lime Kreme; Strawberry Glazed, Strawberry Kreme; and Lemon Glazed, Lemon Kreme. So if you’re feeling for an OG type bite, grab the glazed. If you’re more so inclined for an extra dose of sweetness, by all means treat yourself to the Kreme-filled variety.

Krispy Kreme’s roll out of these new doughnuts will start with Strawberry being available from April 28-May 1. Next up is Key Lime with a time frame of May 5-8. Lemon anchors the trio with an availability of May 12-15. So we’re talking limited here. All the more reason to mark your calendars if you’re eager for a taste.

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Skittles Premieres New Sour Skittles-Infused Ice Cream Bars

As spring transitions to summer, so too do snack cravings. Gone are the big bags of sweets that are to be devoured under three blankets while watching movies. It’s time for ice cream. But, as we sit in the in-between period of the change — too hot for a sweater, but not hot enough for a t-shirt— a cravings crisis begins to form. Much like choosing an outfit, choosing the appropriate snack can be a downright challenge.

Enter, Crazy Sour Skittles Coolers, the hybrid ice cream-candy. 

The new treat is the latest in the candy’s ice cream bars, the first of which dropped last February. The premise remains the same: deliver the Skittles experience, but make it ice cream. Except now, the humble Sour Skittle is the star of the show. 

This is accomplished by dipping a fruit-flavored, Skittles-infused ice cream bar in a “sour fruit sorbet.” 

The results can be seen on the Instagram page @newfoodsuk, who reported the find at an Iceland Foods supermarket. 

The response to the account’s post were, unsurprisingly, mixed. But, it’s hard to imagine ice cream and candy not being good together (or at least good enough to try) so this seems like an easy move for candy fiends.

Unfortunately, this is a UK-only product, so any stateside Skittles fanatics will have to find something else to fulfill their cravings.

I’m sorry, Marshawn