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If You’re Offended Over A Whole Camel Being Roasted, Then Hop Out Of That Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Line

“I’m never eating meat again.”

“This is truly sick.”

“I see why people are eating less meat. This looks sick.”

“Unfollowing”

“No one wants to see this shit.”

And this was just a sample of the 791 comment avalanche that hit the Foodbeast account the other week after we posted footage of Turkish restaurant, Ercan Steakhouse, smoking a whole camel.

The outrage was puzzling, though. Aren’t we the same country that does whole hog barbecue, whole roast pork, and salivates over whole roasted ducks with nary a peep of backlash or vitriol aimed at anything and anyone? Isn’t there a viral epidemic going around of folks lining up and acting an outright fool over chicken sandwiches? What difference is there that millions of chickens are plundered for specific parts just to meet the demand for a Popeye’s chicken sandwich these days? Yet here we are — I myself included because that sandwich slaps — without an ounce of guilt accompanying the satisfying crunch of it.

In the immortal words of Nate Dogg: “I’ve got 21 questions, and they’re all about us.”

Sure, it’s a heady topic over some chicken sandwiches, but in the latest episode of The Katchup, hosts Geoffrey Kutnick and Elie Ayrouth dive into the hypocrisy this situation exposes.

Yet I must admit, the sight of a whole camel being pushed into a smoker large enough to accommodate the size of the animal was jarring at first. But the initial shock gave way to curiosity, fascination, and awe. It’s not everyday you see a camel being consumed in such a way — at least to mine, and so it seems a lot of our audience’s Western eyes. And I get it, camels aren’t exactly the most common protein we’re eating regularly in our part of the world. Key words: our part of the world. Imagine the audacity to think that how we eat is the same as how other folks eat in various parts of the world. Step into another region in your own state and they’re even dining differently. What’s shocking to some may be the norm to others; the availability of different food and ingredients relative to its location is ultimately affecting how we eat, after all.

Besides the indignation shown for the actual animal being consumed, another point can be made that we just aren’t ready to see where our food comes from. That sandwich we’re lining up for? Imagine the visual of the thousands of dead chickens needed to fulfill our viral cravings.

This now brings up the issue I never wanted to think about — where does Popeyes source their chickens? Frankly, it’s a conversation that we’re not ready to delve into. I don’t have answers, and I know that Popeyes chicken sandwich tastes just as good as the ignorance to those facts.

The same lot of us up in arms over the sight of an entire camel being cooked, are often the same ones waiting in line for a chicken sandwich. Nothing wrong with eating said sandwich at all, but if we’re still appalled by that, then maybe we shouldn’t be elbows deep in some Popeyes sandwiches.

Conversations and quotes in this article have been transcribed from the Foodbeast Katchup podcast: “#102: Camel Meat and Popeyes, We’re All Hypocrites,” out now on Spotify, the Apple Podcasts App, and all major platforms where podcasts are heard.
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Watch A WHOLE CAMEL Get Smoked For 24 Hours

Within the confines of bbq, you can smoke anything from beef, pork, duck, and salmon. But I bet you never in your life thought you can smoke a camel. And we’re not referring to the cigarettes.

Well, Ercan Steakhouse in Turkey not only smokes camel, they smoke whole camels, and if you’ve never seen a fully-skinned camel, the footage can be a little shocking to say the least.

 

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Ercan is known as the world’s largest meat restaurant, but even with that title, the ability to smoke an entire camel is pretty nuts.

The restaurant’s Instagram posted a particularly attention-grabbing video earlier this week, as they were advertising their very particular catering services.

The very first thing you see in the video is a thicc camel’s backside, as its about to be ushered into the larger-than-life smoker. The caption emphasizes that the camel is smoked for 24 hours under halal standards, and can feed up to 250 people at your massive party.

This camel is then shown being stuffed into the custom Ercan smoker, and after being cooked all the way through, the pitmaster on camera munches on a piece of the camel’s rib, and inexplicably dusts some rose petals on the meat, Salt Bae-style. For the cherry on top, he then stabs the rose stem into the camel, as it seems to be his signature move based off of other videos on their Instagram profile.

Not gonna lie, I’d be down to try some smoked camel.

It’s not something that’s too common in the U.S., but is a staple overseas. A Somali chef even tried incorporating it into his Minneapolis restaurant back in 2017. It was not received too well at first, but later caught on upon serving it kabob-style, according to NPR.

If you’re ever in Turkey, and have a chance to dine at Ercan Steakhouse, be sure to ask about the camel.

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Amazon Now Delivering Your Groceries For FREE

It was only a matter of time before Amazon tried to take a stranglehold on the recent grocery delivery trend, and they just made a move that other grocery outlets would have to think long and hard before even considering.

Amazon is now adding free “Ultrafast” grocery delivery for its Prime members.

The “Ultrafast” perk, which promises 2-hour grocery delivery from Amazon “Fresh” or a Whole Foods Market, used to have a $14.99/month fee attached to it.

That means if you’re trying to grab a carton of eggs, some fresh seafood, or even just snacks, you can do so on Amazon without worrying about paying an additional delivery fee.

Big player supermarkets that offer delivery, currently do so with fees attached, so Amazon’s ability to forego the extra cost offers consumer a potentially more cost effective alternative when doing their online grocery shopping.

As of now, the delivery is only available in a little over 2,000 U.S. cities and towns, but based on location, Amazon will let you know if you are within the eligible distance for their grocery delivery service.

For those unfamiliar with Amazon Prime, it is subscription-based membership that not only provides 2-day shipping on orders, but access to perks such as Amazon Prime Video (Their Netflix equivalent), Amazon Drive (for file storage), and now this free grocery delivery perk.

From the moment Amazon bought Whole Foods in 2017, you kind of knew they were going to turn the grocery industry on its head, and it has been evident with huge supermarkets such as Walmart and Kroger joining the online grocery delivery train of late.

It is likely Amazon is just getting started, so sit back and watch as they slowly continue their goal of world domination.

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This Breaking Bad-Themed Restaurant Is Like Stepping Into Heisenberg’s World

From the team that brought your childhood dreams to life with Saved by the Max, Good Burger, and The Peach Pit pop-up restaurants comes a new and exciting world of the Breaking Bad Experience which will opened in Los Angeles this past Wednesday, October 16th. As the ‘Breaking Bad’ franchise celebrates its debut full-length film ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’, fans of the television series can now get a taste of the world of Walter White and company. Literally.

The Breaking Bad Experience is an interactive restaurant that will consist of the television series’ set re-creations throughout the venue and a food and drink menu fit for Walter White himself. Get into character with the do-it-yourself chemically-reactive cocktails and enjoy food items such as the Heisenburger Sliders, the Full Measure Grilled Cheese (or the “Half Measure” sandwich without the crust), and the Loaded SAULsa Nachos served via a hazmat tableside. To make sure everyone can participate in this experience, gluten-free and vegan options are also readily available along with other appetizers and desserts.

The ‘Breaking Bad’ show creator, Vince Gilligan, expressed his anticipation for the Breaking Bad Experience by stating that it’s “exciting to be able to give the folks who supported the show for all these years the chance to experience Walt’s world firsthand.”

General admission to the Breaking Bad Experience will include a 90-minute timed-entry, a choice of your first drink concoction, and a food item. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://breakingbadexperience.com.

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The Origins Of The Chicken Sandwich Wars Of 2019

Back in 2017, we at Foodbeast broke a story that caught the eyes of many outlets around the country that came to be known as #PopeyesGate. It involved a restaurant named Sweet Dixie Kitchen in Long Beach, CA that incurred some backlash from the public after being caught using store bought Popeyes chicken, and repurposing it to be served in their chicken and waffles dish. An angry yelper recounted his dismay when he saw the boxes being brought in, feeling bamboozled, especially for having to pay for a meal that would cost significantly less at Popeyes. That led to a sneering reply from owner, Kim Sanchez, who defended her actions on the premise that “Popeyes was the best chicken.” We even paid them an incognito visit, in hopes of getting a better understanding of the whole story.

The whole thing blew up, and long story short, the internet agreed that an ethical line was crossed. Without full disclosure to customers, Sweet Dixie Kitchen passed off someone else’s work as their own. It’s just like school, nobody likes the weak link in the group project that still gets the same grade as everybody else.

While food plagiarism is indeed controversial, the practice isn’t illegal, and who knows if this specific case is even grounds for filing a lawsuit? At the end of the day, Sweet Dixie Kitchen embraced their infamy, benefited from it and continued with operations as normal but with a bit of added transparency.

Fast forward to August 2019, after all was thought to be said and done: Sweet Dixie returns to the spotlight after two years, but this time, with help from an unlikely collaborator: Popeyes!

“To be honest, I thought they were calling to sue me,” detailed Sanchez. Instead, Popeyes invited them to debut their biggest product launch in thirty years! Apparently, the folks at Popeyes were so honored by the whole #PopeyesGate situation that they felt a little collaboration was in order. What better way to show their appreciation than to allow Sweet Dixie Kitchen the honor of launching the new chicken sandwich into the world? How odd is it that a series of strange moments of virality led to a neighborhood eatery having the Popeyes chicken sandwich before Popeyes itself.  Nobody could have guessed that things would come around full circle, and we would end up with a sudden cultural phenomenon in our hands.

The internet is a wild place where things happen in the blink of an eye, and word just gets around real fast… like that one time you gave your friend a piece of gum during recess, and suddenly you’re surrounded by parasites with their hands out. On the day that Popeyes dropped their new chicken sandwich at all their stores, #BlackTwitter set social media ablaze, pronouncing a (chicken) coup d’etat set to dethrone Chick-Fil-A’s hold on the matter.

Honestly, I’m just glad we’re done with licking tubs of ice cream at the grocery store—that was a dark time for all of us.

Let’s be real, up until the past month, Chick-Fil-A was “Top Cow,” the heavyweight champ, the superhero (but the one everyone would be ashamed to be saved by…you know, cause of the homophobia thing). No one challenged the status quo until Popeye’s dared to rinse the pickle juice out of our eyes and showed us how to throw some Cajun into the mix.

Popeyes Initial Announcement 8/12

Chick Fil A Tweet:

Popeyes clapback:

It was at that moment, the dam broke, and any fast food chain who felt they had a say in the matter, did—which is why the Internet stays undefeated. From petty clapbacks to side-eyed comments, the “Chicken Sandwich Wars” between the nation’s top fast food chains had the internet at a standstill, with everyone and their mama trying to get their opinions in.

While the exchange between Popeyes and Chick-Fil-A was mild at best, Wendy’s wasn’t afraid to get into it, tweeting: “Y’all out here fighting about which of these fools has the second best chicken sandwich.”

Wendy’s Gets In The Ring:

Popeyes Counter:

Wendy’s Huge Hook:

Shake Shack somehow enters this royal rumble, tweeting: “If you’re looking for a chicken sandwich (without the beef), you know where to find us.”
Shake Shack:

I See No Lie There…:

But swiftly gets tossed out by this short tweet.

Popeyes Sold out announcement 8/27

After just fifteen days of long lines, brawls, and countless “Come Back Later” signs, Popeyes just could not keep up with the demand and announced a temporary SOLD OUT sign on their beloved chicken sandwich. Like a bright comet, it came and went, with a brilliant flash that blazed through our timelines. Until it’s return, we wait (or just go back to contaminating tubs of ice cream).

Twitter reactions/memes:

Chick Fil A employee @ Popeyes:

Flu Game:

AAHS:

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90s Kids Rejoice, Cheez Balls are Back and Better Than Ever

Ahh, yes!  Who would have thought that the sweet scent of nostalgia would also be so Cheez-y!  All you 90s babies asked for it, and finally Mr. Peanut is ready to give it to you — Cheez Balls are back, and this time it’s here to stay!  

The limited release of Cheez Balls in 2018 sent nostalgic hopefuls into a frenzy when it didn’t last long, so PLANTERS put the work in to bring the neon orange snack to this decade.  Fortunately for the hordes of cheese lovers out there, Cheez Balls didn’t return alone. Also available now are pocket-sized shakers of Cheez Powder to use on just about anything you want!  

To celebrate, 350 lucky fans can win their own bottle of Cheez Balls Cheez Powder by commenting or tweeting @MRPEANUT what food they would top off with the new powder using #CheezBallContest starting today, August 20, until September 1st.  

If you’re also lucky enough to be in New York City on Wednesday, August 21st, you are invited to indulge in a Cheez-y one-of-a-kind pop-up by food truck Made From Scratch and Chef Richard Blais.  Stroll over to Astor Place between 11am-7pm to try tenders, lobster rolls, tots, and many more — dusted in all the Cheez Powder your heart can take.  

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A ‘Beyond Sausage’ Egg and Cheese Is Dunkin’s Latest Addition to Their Revitalized Menu

The plant-based protein takeover continues. 

Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. announced this morning that, starting today, July 24th, a breakfast sandwich with Beyond Meat Inc.’s plant-based protein will be available in all of their Manhattan locations.

The new item is a version of the classic sausage, egg, and cheese with a plant-based sausage patty. They throw their hat into the ring of fast food joints using Beyond’s plant-based protein, along with Tim Horton’s, Del Taco, and Carl’s Jr.

It’ll be sold for $4.29, about the running price of a normal breakfast sandwich at Dunkin’. Each franchise can set their own price, but if that’s the price of it in one of the most expensive places to live on Earth then it shouldn’t be too much of a problem when the sandwich goes nationwide. 

When that will actually be is a mystery, though. Dunkin’s representative said that the company plans to bring the sandwich to every location soon, but they’re not sure exactly when. 

The question is, as it is with all plant-based products, does it taste like the real thing? Luckily, fellow Foodbeast Reach Guinto got an early taste.

“I would take it over any other sausage sandwich.” he said. “It tastes exactly like the real deal, except it won’t give me a heart attack.”

If you ask me, that’s about as good as it gets — all the health, none of the heart attack. The meat industry is shaking in its boots.

 

Hopefully, soon all health-conscious Foodbeasts (if I eat plant-based the next morning, it evens out the carne asada fries I had last night, right?) will have a chance to try this plant-based breakfast. Until then, live it up Manhattan.

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Bud Light Releases Special Edition Area 51 Cans

You’ve probably seen all the Area 51 memes you can handle, and made all the Area 51 jokes you can possibly make with your buddies, but Bud Light is offering one last burst of relevancy with its special edition Area 51 label. No, seriously.

It all started with Bud Light jumping in on the Area 51 hype, offering free Buds to “any alien that makes it out” of the proposed September 20 “raid.”

They then promised to release the limited edition Area 51 label if their tweet received 51,000 retweets. The Twitter world bit, and actually made it happen, so that out of this world Bud Light can and bottle are now a reality.

The labeling says a few different things, the longest being a greeting that reads, “Greetings Earthlings. This is the famous Area 51. We know of no space beer by any other life form which is brewed and aged to be more refreshing. Our cryogenic aging procedures a light bodied space lager with a fresh taste, a crisp clean finish, and a smooth drinkability. Take us to your leader… for drinks.”

At the bottom of the can, there is a “We come in peace,” sign, which I don’t fully trust, because, you know, aliens.

Although the whole Area 51 stuff is a bit hokey, this label is pretty cool, and should be a fun addition to the summer bbq.