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New ‘Resy Drive Thru’ Experience Shows How Food Festivals Could Operate In COVID

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Food festivals haven’t exactly been a thing since the COVID pandemic hit, as having a ton of people in an area clamoring for food has been a tough challenge. A new collab event between Resy and American Express, however, could provide blueprints on how to run them during a pandemic.

The “Resy Drive Thru” experience, happening in Los Angeles on October 15th and 16th, will have guests go through a driving tour of some of Los Angeles’s best restaurants. At each stop, they will be served a course inside of their car and then guided to the next one by a socially distanced waiter.

Restaurants featured in the experience include L.A. favorites Chi Spacca, Night + Market, Jon & Vinny’s, LASA, and Trap Kitchen. Other restaurant stars in the mix include Konbi, Gwen, Alta Adams, and a dish from chef Nyesha Arrington. Majordomo and Kismet will also provide special items.

The event is going to a good cause, as Resy and American Express will team up afterwards to make a donation to World Central Kitchen. However, it will also serve as a strong example of how one could get multiple restaurants to come together and serve food in a festival-like setting during a pandemic.

Tickets for the Resy Drive Thru go on sale for the general public on September 30th (American Express card holders can buy them 2 days earlier). They can be bought individually or as a group, although group ticket holders must all arrive and travel in the same vehicle throughout the event.

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Filipino Family Owned Restaurant Turned Community Kitchen Now Needs Your Help

At the heart and soul of every community, you’ll usually find a place where people gather to feel at home, at peace or whole.  A lot of times that place is around a table — a kitchen table, where loved ones gather to do more than just break bread. 

Since late 2019, Bebot has set that table as Long Beach, California’s first modern Filipino Soul Food restaurant.  But when a worldwide pandemic forces you to shut your doors and re-strategize, chef and owner, A.C. Boral, and his team realized that the only way to get through the pandemic was together with the community that supported them.  

In true Filipino fashion, A.C. and his team asked their community: “Have you eaten yet?” and added “Community Kitchen” to their title; then partnered with various community organizations to help feed the most affected families and frontline workers in their neighborhood.  Over the course of six months since the COVID lockdowns and closures began, Bebot Community Kitchen has provided over 5,000 meals to those in need.

Unfortunately, an accidental electrical fire ripped through the restaurant in the middle of the night on August 18th, leaving irreparable damage to their kitchen, their home.  For a new restaurant that has not even had its first anniversary, having to face a worldwide pandemic and a fire within the same year, most others would fold — but not Bebot.  A.C. is optimistic for the future and realistically hopes to have a place to reopen in the Spring of 2021.  

With all they’ve done for people in need, they are the ones who now need our help — so they can get back to being great ambassadors for the community.  

A GoFundMe page has been set up in hopes of recouping some of their losses, going towards a temporary space to continue their community kitchen operations, and subsidizing lost wages.  

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Cracker Barrel Is Adding Alcohol To Its Menus Nationwide

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Cracker Barrel is known as a country family restaurant chain, with old school American dishes gracing the menu. As a pretty conservative establishment, it hasn’t had alcohol on the menu in its 51 years in service.

Starting this year, however, the chain has decided to give booze a shot, and is adding beer, wine, and mimosas to roughly 600 of its restaurants nationwide.

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Cracker Barrel has been testing the alcoholic options at 100 locations recently, following feedback from its customers that they would love to have adult drinks on the menu. So far, the program has had convincing results, influencing Cracker Barrel to expand the program to most of its 660 locations.

These options include to-go mimosa kits, according to CNN, as well as a selection of beer and wine. Mimosas have also been popular with breakfast and lunch guests, so they’ll be available in the restaurant as well.

Cracker Barrel plans to have alcohol available in 600 locations by July 2021, and also looks to expand their current options to include other boozy choices. We’ll have to see what that exactly includes as time goes.

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Red Lobster x MTN DEW Collab Reveals ‘Dew Garita’

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Two iconic brands are coming together in a pretty outlandish way. This week, Red Lobster has announced a partnership with PepsiCo. The first result of that collaboration? A MTN Dew cocktail served at Red Lobster Restaurants. 

Yep, that’s right. 

Called the DEW Garita, the alcoholic beverage is said to pair nicely with the restaurant chain’s iconic Cheddar Bay Biscuits. 

While Red Lobster hasn’t revealed exactly what’s inside the cocktail, deeming it top-secret in a statement, it kind of fits the spirit of MTN Dew itself. You don’t really know what’s in it — and you kind of don’t want to know — but it tastes pretty good nonetheless.

Hopefully, that includes tequila, though. 

Fans of Red Lobster or MTN Dew can find their new collaborative drink in restaurants sometime this fall. 

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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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A Sweet Look Inside Krispy Kreme’s New NYC Flagship Store

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Not too long ago, Krispy Kreme announced that they would be opening up a flagship store in New York City that not only sold their fresh donuts, but would feature tons of other merchandise and donut-themed items for customers to buy as well.

Today we got a look inside the NYC store and, being the veritable Mike TV of this Willy Wonka Tour, wanted to see as much as possible behind the scenes.

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Located in Times Square, the flagship store features many attractions that set it apart from a standard Krispy Kreme doughnut shop.

Upon walking in, guests can shop around and buy a plethora of Krispy Kreme merchandise, including mugs, tumblers, and New-York specific gifts.

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To the left, guests and walk past the Doughnut Theater, where they can see doughnuts being made by the hundreds within minutes as they’re finished through a massive Glazed Waterfall.

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Other highlights of the flagship store include stadium-style seating made to look like you’re inside a giant Krispy Kreme doughnut box, the World’s Largest Hot Light, and a 24-hour streetwise pickup window. There’s even an exclusive New York City “Big Apple” Doughnut that can only be found at the flagship store.

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Krispy Kreme has stated that with the shop now open, they will be strictly adhering to COVID-19 safety regulations and guidelines for both guests and employees. This includes employee health screenings, wearing face masks, social distancing floor stickers, regular hand washing protocols, protective barriers at ordering points, and additional disinfecting throughout the shop.

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The flagship store is set to open Tuesday, Sept. 15.

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MENUDO RAMEN Makes Head-Turning Debut at LA Restaurant

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A Southern California menudo specialist, Don Chon Menudo, is turning heads on Instagram with the recent debut of their newest creation: Menudo Ramen.

Debuted just a few days ago, the Menudo Ramen takes Don Chon’s traditional red menudo and adds noodles to the mix. Each cup of the order also gets topped off with corn, lime, cilantro, onion, oregano, and chili peppers.

While the traditional menudo bowls Don Chon specializes in contain hominy, the ramen version swaps the hominy for noodles.

Don Chon, located in Pacoima, California, is known for specializing in both red and white menudo, but also makes their own handmade tortillas for dipping. They’re a sister restaurant to Birrieria San Marcos, a restaurant that sizzles on Instagram with their birria creations.

When it comes to the Menudo Ramen, the comments so far have been mostly positive, with folks on Instagram curious to try it or saying that it looks good. Others are curious about the addition of corn to the top of the ramen, while some would rather just have the traditional bowls.

Regardless of how you feel about menudo ramen, it’s definitely an interesting combo worth sampling.

Don Chon Menudo is only open on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from 8 am – 2 pm, so those wanting to try a bowl should head there then.

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A Sour Patch Kids Store, First Of Its Kind, Just Opened In NYC

Fans of the iconic Sour Patch Kids candies just got a whole new experiential way to enjoy the treats, as Mondelēz International, the conglomerate who owns the brand, just opened a Sour Patch Kids store.

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Now open to the public in New York City, the Sour Patch Kids Store is a permanent experience that sells a variety of takes on the iconic sour-sweet candy. In addition to plenty of merch, there’s an entire menu of treats like freak shakes and ice cream sandwiches that incorporate Sour Patch Kids in multiple ways.

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All of these treats were built for Instagram, whether it be the clouds of Sour Patch Kids Cotton Candy or the kaleidoscopic waffle treat, which is surrounded by a layer of the cotton candy as well.

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While the building is exclusive to New York, one facet of the shop is now available to everyone nationwide. By heading to Sour Patch Kids’ website, you can create your own custom packs of the candies that can get shipped to your home.

With the opening of a store during the COVID-19 pandemic will obviously come concerns of health and safety. For now, Sour Patch Kids will be limiting the creations their store sells to take out orders only. Additionally, a 50% capacity limit will be set on the store, and all guests will be required to wear face masks. Any tongs and scoops at candy stations will be sanitized, and guests using them will also have to wear disposable gloves.

More details on how the store will implement safety measures to prevent potential spread of COVID-19 can be found here.

The Sour Patch Kids store is a unique new way to enjoy the candies, and the treats they’re making look colorful and should be a hit with those who love them.