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Taco Bell Adds New Dollar Grande Burritos To Value Menu Lineup

 

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You can always count on Taco Bell to be there for any type of situation: late night snack runs, when you’re in the need for a quick and satisfying fast food option, the perfect inexpensive meal for a hungry college student, and of course, a quarantine.

And since the cravings don’t stop within our confined spaces, Taco Bell just released new $1 Grande Burritos nationwide, and it comes in two varieties. First off is the Loaded Taco Burrito, which includes seasoned beef, crunchy red tortilla strips, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and cheese, all wrapped in a flour tortilla. The Chipotle Chicken Burrito has marinated shredded chicken, seasoned rice, and a creamy chipotle sauce laced inside.

The best part about these burritos is that they only cost a dollar each, which means you can fill up one or both of the burritos without breaking the bank. And hey, in a situation like this, sometimes burritos are what you need to get through this weird time.

T-Bell’s $1 Grande Burritos are available nationwide, and you can grab them at the drive-thru or order them from the comfort of your own home with free delivery through GrubHub.


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Taco Bell Debuts Three New TOASTED Breakfast Burritos

Taco Bell has carved a lane for themselves in the fast food breakfast game by continually introducing new items to its morning menu since its launch in 2014. Keeping this momentum, The Bell will roll out three new breakfast burritos on March 12: the Cheesy Toasted Breakfast Burrito, the Hash Brown Toasted Breakfast Burrito and the Grande Toasted Breakfast Burrito.

Shown in our newest News Bites, the Cheesy Toasted Breakfast Burrito keeps it true to Taco Bell by using its signature nacho cheese along with a classic combo of egg and sausage, and only costs $1.

The Hash Brown Toasted Breakfast Burrito is carried by an entire hash brown patty inside of it, but also has eggs, a three cheese blend, and your choice of sausage or bacon.

The Grande Toasted Breakfast Burrito is a beast of a burrito. It comes with eggs, a three cheese blend, fresh pico de gallo, potato bites, and your choice of bacon, sausage, or steak — making it one of the most hefty and most satisfying things on the breakfast menu.

Now, Taco Bell has indeed had breakfast burritos before, but this is their first time introducing this toasted burrito lineup. And, realistically, crisping up the tortilla and melting the cheese automatically makes any breakfast burrito 50% better, at the very least. Trust me, this math is tried and true, so I’m here for the toasting.

Like anything at The Bell, what’s actually listed as the ingredients on the menu won’t limit customization. So, naturally, resident Foodbeast Elie Ayrouth got a tip to put the Cinnabon Delights inside the burritos, to which he immediately obliged. Lo and behold, out came three breakfast burritos brimming with those lustfully sweet balls of cinnamon. Don’t ask why, just do it.

If you want to peep what a breakfast burrito looks like with Cinnabon Delights stuffed inside it, or just want to catch a view of the new items, check the video embedded above.


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Yogurtland’s New Create Your Own Smoothie Bowls Are Made With Real Fruit

Yogurtland will soon become the land of not only frozen yogurt, but all things fruit, as the California-based frozen yogurt shop launches its newest treat, Smoothie Bowls, this spring.

Premiered in our most recent News Bites, the new dairy-free, vegan Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl is made with real blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and bananas — no sugar added*! Grab a bowl, pile up as much as you want, and in typical Yogurtland fashion, from there it’s up to you.

Yogurtland’s topping bar is a Foodbeast’s dream, with 30-plus options to choose from. And, just like their swirls of frozen yogurt or ice cream, you’re free to top your smoothie bowl with any of them. While the treat goes best with fresh fruit and crunchy granola, if gummy worms in smoothie bowls are your thing, go crazy.

We think the best addition to the smoothie bowl, is Yogurtland’s new Plant-Based Chia Pudding. The velvety, creamy delicacy has popped up in recent years as a popular addition to acai bowls and provides a boost of nutrients, including fiber and omega-3. But, unlike your average smoothie bowl shop, the amount of chia pudding in your bowl is at your disposal. Want some chia pudding with a side of smoothie bowl? Go for it.

We couldn’t help ourselves and, drunk with topping power, ended up making a massive Foodbeast version of the humble smoothie bowl. It’s unfathomable to think that it could get any bigger, but if you think you can make a better smoothie bowl then show us by taking a picture and post it using the hashtag #smoothiebowldare.

If this made you want to dive headfirst into some fruit, you’re not alone. They’ll be available at Yogurtland locations nationwide from March 2 to May 31, or until supplies last.

*Not a low-calorie food.

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Between 2 Meals: This Isolated Restaurant Can Only Be Reached By Horse-Drawn Sleigh Or Skis

When I heard that the Foodbeast team was going to Aspen for the new episode of Between 2 Meals, I was worried. There was no doubt in my mind they could do what they set out to— create a utility guide of good eats and a possible excursion for any curious travelers in Aspens, that is. But a bunch of Southern Californians in the mountain cold? I was sure someone was going to end up like Jack Nicholson in The Shining.

Luckily, it appears they kept the Java Monster flowing and their bodies moving. Indeed, only once did they come close to a frozen Foodbeast when the episode’s host Geoff Kutnick mistook how to cross-country ski (walking in the snow on skis, for the uninformed) and tried to, literally, ski two miles uphill.

Needless to say, this did not go well, but it did provide for one of the episode’s best moments. And that’s saying something, as Geoff explored two of Aspen’s prime eateries and one of its signature activities.

At the first stop of the episode, Geoff explores the accidental history behind Aspen hotspot Bamboo Bear’s signature fried chicken, which is double fried for a remarkably crispy skin. The dish has become a staple for Aspen eaters, along with the restaurant’s traditional banh mi that uses fresh baguettes from a local Vietnamese bakery. Judging by the look of pure bliss on Geoff’s face after dunking a wing in the restaurant’s Bear’s Breath sauce, there’s no doubt that this is a must visit in the Colorado town.

Before the next meal, our host was joined by twelve-time X Games medalist Jackson Strong. The two tour Aspen’s main attractions, the slopes, via snowmobile. While most people opt for skis or snowboards as their mode of exploration, when an X Games contender approaches you with snowmobiles, you take the snowmobile. Once Geoff had a snowmobile ride that was a little more than he bargained for, it was off to the next restaurant.

After the aforementioned uphill trek, the two reach the Pine Creek Cookhouse, a local stronghold that’s only accessible by sleigh or cross-country ski, to check out it’s surprising specialties. The first is the massive Kurt Russell burger, sourced straight from the actor’s cattle farm. The second, a type of Nepalese dumpling called momos, is a tribute to Pine Creek owner John Wilcox’s extensive experience in the Himalayas. The restaurant’s forte is handmade by actual sherpas, who staff much of the kitchen.

Check out the full episode at the top of this article to see these delicious eats, Geoff’s misadventures, and the beautiful snowy mountains of Aspen.


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8 Foodbeast-worthy Restaurants And What To Order In Aspen, CO

Aspen, the stunning mountain town in Colorado, can be quiet at times. This doesn’t mean the restaurant scene cannot boast a formidable roar when it comes to mouthwatering eats.

Java Monster fueled us up as we took a culinary tour through some of the best eats Aspen Colorado had to offer. Whether you’re visiting to get a lung-full of the fresh mountain air or eager to see the world famous Winter X-Games, you have to keep yourself charged. You just have to know where to look.

Check out this list below of MUST-TRY spots in the stunning mountain destination. This list is powered by our earnest recommendations of places that are delicious, in a beautiful backdrop, that won’t break the bank.


Butcher’s Block

There’s nothing that will warm you up like a hearty sandwich, and Butcher’s Block’s famous meatloaf sandwich doesn’t get any heartier in Aspen. It features your choice of bread (I strongly recommend the French Roll) and is loaded with mayo, mustard, lettuce, and tomato. The meatloaf itself combines juicy pork and beef along with a medley of spices coming together to form a unity of flavor in your mouth.

CP Burger

Anyone looking for a bit of casual recreation in the city can stop into CP Burger. The fast-casual burger shop serves up not only mouthwatering gourmet burgers, but also hot dogs, fries, and Spiked Shakes that will warm you up in the middle of winter.
The restaurant also features Aspen’s only outdoor skating rink. When the season heats up, the rink transforms into a mini-golf park. Activities galore!

Home Team BBQ

Home Team is a local spot on Buttermilk Range with a cozy interior and some legit barbecue. The habanero jelly and creamy white Alabama sauce with their wings are a winner. They also fuse together barbecue and brunch or breakfast, with items like a brunch burger, BBQ breakfast burritos and enchiladas, and more on the menu.

Hops Culture

You don’t have to go camping to enjoy s’mores. In fact, Hops Culture bar serves up a tableside s’mores platter that takes the camping experience straight to the bar, letting you enjoy some craft brews all while getting your childhood fix of graham crackers, chocolate, and roasted marshmallows in a casual setting.

Meat & Cheese Restaurant

Rich artisanal cheeses, savory meats, and bread so fresh you can smell it from a block away. Meat & Cheese specializes in a variety of boards, and one of their most popular ones draws its name from the restaurant itself: The Meat and Cheese Platter. Great for small groups to share, once you crush the entire platter, you can walk it off inside the farm shop and peruse through their selection of speciality charcuterie, cheeses, seafood, soups, and sauces.

Paradise Bakery & Cafe

 

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Paradise bakery makes a ton of baked goods, from stuffed croissants to freshly made cookies. If you’re looking for some frozen treats on the mountain, the affogatos are a must! They can be made with any of Paradise’s ice cream flavors, such as birthday cake, acting as a creamy companion for your coffee.

Su Casa Mexican Restaurant

For anyone trying to find shelter from the icy weather, Su Casa Mexican Restaurant specializes in a pretty fiery dish. Called the “Crazy Pig,” this seafood dish is served inside a whimsical pig-shaped molcajete and filled with a red tomatillo sauce, scallops, mussels, cheese, and garnished with fried shrimp. A little latin heat to this chilly hamlet.

The Red Onion

One of the oldest bars and restaurants in Aspen, The Red Onion has been around since 1892. A stunning establishment, the building boasts a gorgeous Victorian aesthetic that’s been gradually updated through the ages.

On the menu you’ll find American classics like the Colorado Burger, as well as The Red Onion’s popular customizable Mac and Cheese. Seriously guys, you can load this plate of mac up with all your favorite meats: bacon, shrimp, or even pulled pork and top them with roasted jalapenos.

According to owner Brad Smith, The Red Onion serves more Coors Banquet than any other single outlet in the country.

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Yes, Nashville Hot Chicken Breakfast Burritos Exist

Nashville hot chicken has exploded in recent years, leaving ample room for chefs to experiment with the regional specialty. Featured in our latest News Bites, one of the most exciting creations is something that could’ve only been made in California: the Nashville Hot Breakfast Burrito from Cluck & Blaze in Long Beach.

As with most great dishes, they’ve kept the ingredients list simple: cheese, egg, tater tots, ‘comeback sauce’, and, of course, chicken tenders. What’s unique is their preparation, with the 360-degree cheese and egg skirt being the most visually striking element here.

By placing what equals to an unflipped omelet over a cheese-topped tortilla, the tots, tenders, and sauce are ensnared by a three-headed snake the likes of which can be akin to the 2017 Golden State Warriors.

These aren’t your average fair chicken tenders either. These guys are hefty, like if you actually deboned a chicken breast.

After getting a light slathering of oil, the tenders are covered in a smokey spice mix and chopped into bit-sized pieces. The mix comes in five varying levels of heat: Chicken?!, You Can Do Better, Better!, Feel It Twice, Call Mom, and Call the Morgue. I’ll let you take a guess at which one is the spiciest.

The whole thing is then doused in ‘comeback sauce’, which is Cluck & Blaze’s house sauce that’s made with a secret blend of spices.

Unsurprisingly, the five instruments of flavor work in harmony like it’s that one four-second part of a song where the melody hits just right. With fluffy egg, gooey cheese, crispy tots, and hot chicken in every bite, it’s hard to imagine where this could’ve gone wrong, and how someone hasn’t done this before. It’s a unique take on hot chicken, one that separates itself from the pack of sandwiches that have come to represent hot chicken’s supposed height.

It’s real height comes in the form of the Foodbeast-sized burrito shown below. Ask for the Foodbeast version, and Cluck & Blaze will chef up a burrito fit for Man Vs. Food. With double the egg, cheese, tots, sauce, and, tenders, this thing could feed three with ease.

Hats off to Cluck & Blaze, and check out the video to catch an in-depth look at this unique item and it’s gargantuan sibling.

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Simple Gradient Chia Seed Pudding Looks Like A Sunrise In A Jar

Whether it’s coming out of a sea blue bottle or fresh from a newly cracked coconut, coconut water evokes thoughts of a calming ocean breeze, sun-kissed everything, and tropical vibes. But, winter is here for us Northern Hemisphere folks. With the holiday season’s cloudy days, some coconut water can go a long way towards adding a bit of sunshine into daily life. One way to do that is with this unique recipe for ZICO Sunshine Chia Seed Pudding.

Chia seed pudding has made its way around the internet in the past couple years, usually in the form of an addition to acai bowls. But, it very much works as its own dessert so long as you use the right flavors.

Here, this recipe uses coconut water, coconut milk, and pitaya to give it a fresh, fruity flavor that doesn’t overpower itself with sugar as many chia puddings can. It’s a fine line to walk, but this pudding finds that balance.

Making the base for the pudding is relatively easy, as it’s nothing more than a few minutes of mixing and then leaving that to thicken in the fridge for an hour or so. From there, the finished product isn’t far off. Separate the base into four containers, mix each with increasingly larger increments of a pitaya and ZICO Coconut Water puree, and then lay these on top of each other.

The result should be a vibrant chia seed pudding that’ll add some color to any day or season.

For a more in depth view of the dish, check out the recipe below or the video above!

 

ZICO Sunrise Chia Seed Pudding 

Makes 4 Servings

1 C Chia Seed

24 fl oz ZICO 100% Natural Coconut Water

1 C Coconut Milk

¼ C Honey, Optional

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

½ tsp Kosher Salt

Pitaya Puree, Recipe Follows

Assorted Tropical Fruit

 

Pitaya Puree 

1 ½ C Red Pitaya

¾ C 100% ZICO Coconut Water

Method

  1. In a large bowl, combine the chia seed, ZICO coconut water, coconut milk, honey (if using), vanilla and salt. Stir well to prevent lumps and allow to thicken for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  2. Meanwhile, in a blender, combine the red pitaya and ZICO coconut water. Puree until smooth. Set aside until ready to use.
  3. Once the chia seeds have fully gelled and thickened, separate the chia seed pudding into 4 bowls.
  4. In the first bowl, add 2 tablespoon of the pitaya puree. In the second bowl, add 4 tablespoon of pitaya puree. In the third bowl, add 6 tablespoons of pitaya puree. In the fourth and final bowl, add 8 tablespoons of pitaya puree. Adjust the color to your liking as needed with any remaining puree.
  5. To serve, layer the first bowl of pudding into a clear glass jar or cup. Layer the second bowl and continue with the third and fourth bowl to achieve a gradient effect.
  6. Top the pudding with your choice of assorted tropical fruit and enjoy.

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Recipe For Gingerbread Overnight Oats Is Easy and Pinterest-level Impressive

As the temperatures begin to cool, I am always looking for ways to get in the holiday spirit with balance and ease. Lately, my favorite grab-and-go breakfast has been this overnight oat recipe, made with ZICO Coconut Water. It’s provided my last couple mornings with a much-needed energy boost and kept me in the festive spirit with a zesty gingerbread kick.

The preparation for these, like most overnight oats, isn’t a complicated process. Take all the ingredients listed below and give them a thorough mixing. Then dole the mix out into as many servings as needed and let them cool for at least four hours. That’s it! After that, breakfast is as easy as reaching into the fridge.

This recipe is perfect for those cool, winter mornings where getting out of bed is hard and staying in the holiday spirit is even harder. But, a quick, nutritious breakfast with little preparation, especially one that reminds me of holidays spent as a kid eating gingerbread flavored everything, has made my mornings that much easier.

The best part of this, for me, has been switching up the toppings. From giving my breakfast some added nutrition with fresh fruit, to making it more indulgent with crumbled gingerbread cookies, the options for toppings are endless, so get creative! I like to also add some more spices, like allspice and nutmeg, to give it a more intense gingerbread flavor.

Check out the full recipe below, and a detailed recipe video above, if this sounds like your cup of eggnog. Make sure to let us know your favorite topping combos.

ZICO Gingerbread Overnight Oats 

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients

3 1/2 C Rolled Oats

32 fl oz. ZICO 100% Natural Coconut Water

¼ C Brown Sugar, Optional

2 T Molasses

1 tsp Ground Cinnamon

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

½ tsp Kosher Salt

½ tsp Ground Ginger

¼ tsp Ground Cloves

Assorted Toppings (i.e. Gingerbread Cookies, Nuts, Fresh Fruit, Dried Fruit, Cinnamon, etc.)

Method

  1. In a large bowl, combine oats, ZICO Coconut Water, brown sugar (if using), molasses, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, ginger and clove.
  2. Stir well to combine.
  3. Allow to sit in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Stir before serving and top with your favorite toppings like cinnamon, crumbled gingerbread cookies, granola, nuts, dried fruit or fresh fruit and enjoy.

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