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Here’s How To Plan the Perfect ‘Eat-cation’ in Costa Mesa, California

For most foodies like me, travelling consists of an itinerary that’s dictated by what I want to eat at that particular destination. Call it an “eatcation,” if you will. And for this eatcation, my appetite leads me to Costa Mesa, California.

The charming Orange County city is a host to a wide variety of restaurants that cater to all types of cravings and palates. Whatever cuisine you’re in the mood for, Costa Mesa has you covered. Trust, because I have my personal favorites in the city that always satisfy. And since we’re all friends here, I’ll share them with you on my eatcation through Costa Mesa.

First stop on this eatcation is a hearty breakfast at Paragon Café, where they’re serving up creative takes on the most important meal of the day. If I’m yearning for something sweet, I go with the wild Strawberry Flambé French Toast — the combo of sweet and tart jolts my senses in the most delicious way possible. Now if I’m feeling savory, for sure I’m crushing a Chicken Katsu Breakfast Sandwich. Gratuitous yolk pops are always a crowd pleaser, however, this sandwich also has ideal crunch and stimulating spice locked in.

Next, it’s time for a comforting bowl of udon at Marugame Udon. Nothing beats their Curry Nikutama, featuring a rich curry sauce that has a deep flavor that clings to every last of your tastebuds. Pair that up with some perfectly crisp tempura from their wide selection of tempura choices and you’ve got lunchtime tamed.

The last, but certainly not least, is dinner at 2145, where the food is so good that I wish I’d be eating there 24/7. Do try the insanely delicious and unique duck carnitas pizza, where a house made chili oil crowns this savory achievement. The duck carnitas are fork-tender, to the point of unforgettable, so for sure it’ll be on your mind the next time you think about pizza. Besides that perfect pie, a robust bowl of Elote Rigatoni will have you obsessing over your next visit to Costa Mesa.

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Foodbeast and Pieology Link Up to Create A Western BBQ Pizza

In the long history of fast food, few burgers have had quite an impact and unique flavor than a Western BBQ Cheeseburger. The tangy hit of barbecue sauce, the scintillating crunch of fried onion rings, and the luscious ooze of melty cheese make for one memorable burger — each and every time you order it.

Foodbeast recognizes the legend that is the Western BBQ Cheeseburger, but since we always take pleasure in amping up our food experiences, we thought, ‘How awesome would it be to have a Western BBQ Cheeseburger in pizza form?’

We must have been thinking out loud because custom pizza innovator, Pieology Pizzeria, seemingly heard us and said, “We got you fam.” The result: The limited-time Foodbeast Western BBQ Pizza. This pie is loaded in true Foodbeast form, boasting a one-of-a-kind bbq sauce and ranch base, melty mozzarella cheese, crispy bacon, juicy meatballs, crunchy French’s fried onions, and topped with a zesty bbq sauce drizzle. Yee-freakin’-haw.

Pull up to your local Pieology and ask for the Foodbeast Western BBQ Pizza starting October 12 and see for yourself just how deliciously crucial fusing a Western BBQ Cheeseburger with a Pieology pizza really is. Available at all locations nationwide for a limited time.

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Chipotle Adds a Bold, New Smoked Brisket to the Menu for a Limited Time, Starting This Fall

Chipotle adds a new protein option to their menu, just in time for the changing seasons. The new Smoked Brisket at Chipotle takes a distinct, purposefully different approach to smoked meat, and stays true to the authentic Chipotle taste. The tender brisket is seasoned carefully with Mexican spices, roughly chopped and hand-mixed in a unique sauce, delivering a bold, new flavor profile to the Chipotle dishes you know and love.

Starting on Monday, September 27, the tender and delicious Smoked Brisket option will be available at all Chipotle locations for a limited time, fresh and ready to be burrito wrapped, or topped with guac in a bowl. If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, Chipotle’s new customizable quesadilla is a wonderful way to be introduced to the flavor — complete with perfectly paired sauces.

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Chili Glazed Donuts Have Touched Down and You Need to Try Them

Chili is no stranger to versatility. Hot dogs, fries, nachos, burgers, all are trusted companions of chili that formed unions with it that resulted in some of America’s favorite foods. But never has the humble donut entered the ring. Until now.

With bright eyes, empty stomachs, and a can of Hormel’s chili in tow, we recently fried up our newest delicacy, the Chili Billy Donut, in honor of the release of Hormel’s new Chili Creations cookbook.

Taking inspiration from a Texas staple, the corn chip pie, the Chili Billy Donut comes with all the fixings. It starts with an easily made donut made from canned biscuits. A savory combination of Hormel Chili frosting and queso icing lie on top of the plush dough, which is then topped with salty corn chips. The result is undeniably as good as it sounds. 

Just check the video above to see for yourself. The proof is in the puddingー er, chili. 

The full recipe for the Chili Billy Doughnut can be found in Hormel’s yet-to-be-released Chili Creations cookbook, which you can be a part of as well! 

Up until August 29th, Hormel will be accepting recipe submissions, the most creative and tastiest of which will be featured in the upcoming book, right next to our donut and Hormel’s own inventive dishes. These can be anything from something you’d bring to the cookout to a midnight snack, so get wild and get cookin’!

Details for the competition can be found here, and be sure to share your chili creations with @foodbeast and @hormelchili on social media once you’ve submitted your entry.

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SPOTTED: Taco Bell Testing A Plant-Based Naked Chicken Chalupa

Ring the alarms and tell a friend: Taco Bell is testing a new plant-based Naked Chicken Chalupa shell! Spotted at a Taco Bell location in Irvine, California, The Crispy Plant-Based Shell is a take on their own hit innovation a few years ago that changed the whole game.

This time it’s made from a pea protein-based proprietary blend, which is then breaded and shaped into a one of a kind Chalupa form and crisped up. This shell is certified vegan by the American Vegetarian Association, so you know it’s valid. The tasty shell is then filled with delicious deets like lettuce, cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes, and a rich, tangy avocado ranch sauce to complete a mouthwatering mouthful. 

The new Naked Chicken Chalupa with Crispy Plant-Based shell will be testing at the Taco Bell location on 2222 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine, California, from now until June 27, 2021.

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White Cheddar Chex Mix Arrives In Stores Just In Time For Summer Snackin’

Tried and true, whenever I get my hands on a bag of savory Chex Mix, it’ll tide me over for any mundane event in my day-to-day life. Whether it’s something to snack on during the commute to work or the pre-lunch snack if a meeting’s running late, you really can’t go wrong with a medley of cereal, pretzels, and crackers seasoned and roasted. 

Chex Mix has just announced the addition of their newest flavor: White Cheddar. 

The new flavor brings together the iconic bevy of morsels such as cheez cereal, pretzels, rye chips, and crackers and blends them with the rich profiles that you can only get from white cheddar. 

White Cheddar Chex Mix is hitting stores now at Stop & Shop locations and will be available nationwide at grocery stores and retailers starting mid-June.

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Get Rewarded By Sharing Your Family’s Favorite Lent Friendly Recipes

If you’re familiar with the Lenten tradition, you would know that it involves an offering associated with abstinence from red meat every Friday for the forty days leading up to Easter Sunday.  It’s a time where people observe a sacrifice as a practice of faith.  With such tradition, beef, pork and poultry are abstained from — bringing seafood, vegetable and cheese dishes to the forefront.  FUD, the food brand boasting rich Hispanic heritage, is conducting a Lent recipe contest, sure to excite with $50,000 worth of prizes, including a $10,000 kitchen remodeling grand prize!

Have fun with FUD and share your family’s favorite “best lent secret” recipe with the world — using any of the fine, unique and delicious Lent friendly products that FUD has available

To help inspire your creations, Foodbeast’s very own Chris Abouabdo (@small_town_mayor) shared his favorite recipe that his brother taught him: a spicy shrimp quesadilla pizza, using FUD brand Queso Oaxaca. 

We’ve also asked our Foodbeast fam, Nicole Triebe (@windycitydinnerfairy),  Jenny Martinez (@happybelliesbyjenny) and Fabrizio Villalpando (@theemoodyfoody) to show us how their families are celebrating the season.   

With amazing prizes at stake, what are you and your family waiting for? Share your family’s favorite Lent friendly (no red meat) dish using FUD products and you could win a coveted kitchen remodeling!  Don’t wait, enter the FUD Lent contest now!

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Chipotle Adds Quesadillas Nationwide Complete With Dipping Sauce Tray

Every so often, I find myself torn between ordering a burrito or tacos when stopping at Chipotle. While the bowls have their own magic, there’s something special about biting into a layer of warm tortilla paired with fresh meat. It’s euphoric.

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Imagine how much tougher that decision has become, knowing that Chipotle has now added mouthwatering build-your-own Quesadillas to their plethora of menu options. 

Oh, man.

Customers can choose from any of their favorite proteins. This includes Adobo Chicken, Steak, Barbacoa, Carnitas, and plant-based Sofritas, before filling it with their favorite accoutrements.

You can personalize it with any of their salsas and dips, so your meaty quesadillas will never be without sauce options.

The Quesadillas are available at Chipotle locations nationwide and can only be ordered online or through the Chipotle mobile app.

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