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This Cheeseburger Sub Highlights The Exciting New Menu Items At SoFi Stadium

Los Angeles Rams and Chargers fans have something delectable to look forward to once the brand spanking new SoFi Stadium opens up to the public and it comes in the form of a Cheeseburger Sub. As the picture above suggests, this is a meaty dream and is one of the exciting new food menu items featured in SoFi Stadium’s culinary program, which is expertly reimagined by Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, the duo responsible for iconic LA restaurants Jon & Vinny’s, animal, and Son of a Gun.

Los Angeles’ food culture will be celebrated in SoFi Stadium’s menu offerings as a part of the overall LA Eats program, which include other stand outs like a Chicken Salad Sub, City Link Hot Dog, Vegan Chili, and Jalapeño Cheddar Sausage.

The LA Eats program will leverage local food purveyors, seasonal offerings and farmer’s markets, taking advantage of the abundance of fresh ingredients that Los Angeles is in immediate proximity to.

No doubt Los Angeles is a foodie town and to reflect it in its newest major stadium’s culinary program is only right if one is to truly represent the city.

Fast Food What's New

Jack In The Box Announces New Jumbo Egg Rolls

The bigger is better mantra has for the most part lead to better options when it comes to food. A surplus of anything delicious is always a welcome treat. Jack in the Box recognizes this and applied such sound logic to their latest offering: Jumbo Egg Rolls.

Creating an egg rolls that’s 50% larger than its predecessor Jack in the Box now offers more diced pork, cabbage, celery, carrots, onions, and spices. At $4.39 for three Jumbo Egg Rolls, participating Jack in the Box locations have quite a deal on their hands.

Grocery Packaged Food Plant-Based What's New

Plant-Based SPAM from OmniPork Makes Its USA Debut This Month

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In the United States, the plant-based giants we think of are Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. While these titans specialize in the vegan beef category (Beyond Meat does make a pork sausage substitute, however), a third titular vegan brand is finally hitting US shores after years of hype abroad.

Called OmniPork, this plant-based SPAM and pork substitute was created by Right Treat, a vegan brand under the Green Monday group (Right Treat changed their name to OmniFoods in 2020). Green Monday is a global organization based in Hong Kong advocating for a sustainable future of food, and OmniPork is one of the key ways they’ve been spreading awareness.

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OmniPork comes in a few varieties: Luncheon (their take on vegan SPAM), Strip, and a plant-based ground meat. While they make some of their own grocery store products, like frozen dumplings or rice dishes, you can also find it at fast food chains like Taco Bell and McDonald’s in Asia, Australia, and the UK.

For those wondering what’s inside OmniPork, it’s made with a blend of shiitake mushroom, pea, non-GMO soy, and rice. OmniPork claims to have 68% less calories than regular pork, while touting other nutritional benefits like calcium, iron, and fiber.

The brand also touts itself as cruelty-free and an alternative to consuming pork, which is the most consumed meat in China by far (65%). In the USA, about a quarter of the meat we consume comes from pigs.

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Eating plant-based meats isn’t necessarily meant to be “healthier,” but what OmniPork does provide is a way to enjoy the flavors and textures of pork while eating a more sustainable and environmentally friendly diet.

OmniPork’s USA debut will happen on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2021, with 8 restaurants getting the honor of serving up the vegan pig first.

In Los Angeles, you can find OmniPork at renowned spots like CHIFA, RiceBox, Little Fatty, MANEATINGPLANT, and Ramen Hood. San Francisco will get OmniPork from Chef Reina and Shizen, while Tane Vegan Izakaya and GOEN in Hawaii will also serve up meatless pork dishes using the product.

The restaurants will have all of their dishes available via delivery as well, and the overall launch is a sneak preview before OmniPork hits grocery stores nationwide this coming summer.

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OmniPork’s launch in the USA is monumental for multiple reasons. First, Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat now have a third oligarch in plant-based meat to compete with, and OmniPork’s existing relationships with fast food brands will help it proliferate quickly in the restaurant scene.

Because of its well-established name in Asia, Australia, and the UK, OmniPork also comes with a lot of global street cred, with the USA launch being the latest step on its quest to bring a more sustainable future of food.

As OmniPork continues to grow, we should see plant-based pork offerings of all different kinds pop up across the USA. Personally, I’m rooting for a vegan McRib.

What's New

Would You Try a Hummus Shake?

Let’s give it up for hummus for entrenching itself as a mainstream snack that’s a go to for a healthy and convenient munch. With its mainstream status comes different iterations, all of which have been pretty tasty so far, like this Nutella hummus we came across earlier this year. Which brings us to a new form of hummus on the block: a hummus shake.

On paper it sounds like an unlikely concoction, but if Nutella hummus has proved, never underestimate the power of the chickpea. Created by The Hummus & Pita Co. in New York City, the Chickpea Chiller is sure to raise some eyebrows.

Chickpeas, tahini, banana, dates and almond milk are the main ingredients in the Chickpea Chiller, which sounds easy enough to make at home. Thanks to The Hummus & Pita Co.’s latest partnership with Goldbelly, sipping on a hummus shake can be a reality, as they’ll be offering some of their most popular and creative menu items shipped nationwide.

Fast Food What's New

Taco Bell Is Testing A TON Of New Items To Add To Their Menu

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As 2020 drew to a close, Taco Bell deleted over a dozen items from its menu, including fan favorites like potatoes and the iconic Mexican Pizza.

While potatoes are back on the menu now, the rest of the lineup slots look like they might be filled by some test items Taco Bell has run. There’s a lot being trialed right now, including the addition the viral Chicken Sandwich Taco that’s sparked some roasting from fellow fast food chains.

In total, Taco Bell has over a half dozen items testing right now. One set of items, pictured above, is the new “Primo Burritos,” currently testing in Kansas City. There’s no clear distinction as to what makes these “Primo,” although it appears the model for these is “look weighty but be on a budget.”

The two versions, Loaded Taco and Chicken Enchilada, cost no more than $1.50 each (the Loaded Taco one being just $1), and are packed with sour cream, rice, cheddar cheese, and ingredients that give each burrito their distinct flavor.

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Stackers are also making a reappearance, this time in Grilled Cheese form. Taco Bell didn’t provide any details on this item other than the name, but it looks like the tri-folded quesadilla may come with a cheesy crust, as the Grilled Cheese Burrito of old did. This item is currently being tested in Houston, Texas.

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Over in Columbus, Ohio, Taco Bell is looking at tacos that are all about the heat. This set of $1 Spicy Tacos feature the chain’s proprietary beef, lettuce, cheese, and one of three different spicy sauces. Customers can opt for Mild Jalapeño, Medium Chipotle, or a “White Hot” Ranch made with ghost chili peppers.

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Portland Taco Bell fans can try out a new trio of bowls currently being tested in the area. Called the “Stacked Bowls,” each comes with a double portion of meat. From there, ingredients may vary, with seasoned rice serving as a base, but other ingredients like refried or black beans, a variety of sauces, or even a new purple cabbage topping all available.

The Stacked Taco Bowl contains beef, rice, refried beans, a blend of purple cabbage and lettuce, crunchy red strips, a three-cheese blend, sour cream, tomatoes, and guac. There’s also the Avocado Ranch Chicken Bowl (chicken, seasoned rice, black beans, a blend of purple cabbage and lettuce, a three-cheese blend, and avocado ranch sauce) and a Stacked Steak Melt Bowl, which goes double on both steak and cheese with rice, crunchy red strips, black beans, tomatoes, and chipotle sauce.

The bowls are the most expensive new item being tested, costing $4.49-$4.99 each.

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Outside of the plethora of new test items, Taco Bell also dropped a new Strawberry Lemonade Freeze nationwide. The new slushy beverage is made with what the chain describes as “wild strawberries” and lemonade, and is available for a limited time.

Taco Bell is clearly looking to stack their menu with a variety of new options, but we’ll have to see which of these make it out of the test locations and into nationwide launches.

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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.

Created in partnership with Chipotle.

Drinks Fast Food What's New

SONIC’s 2021 Drink Lineup Includes Booze-Inspired Slushes

Sonic just unveiled a massive amount of drinks that will be coming to their menus throughout most of 2021. Among these are some intriguing blends, including a series of beverages inspired by boozy favorites.

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These Uncorked Slushes, which will arrive on August 30th, take flavors like Peach Bellini, Red Berry Sangria, and Strawberry Frosé and turn them into frozen treats. These don’t have any alcohol, but nobody is saying that spiking them isn’t encouraged.

Each of the drinks will be available until September 26th, and represent a lean towards the grown-up category for SONIC, who also just announced their hard seltzer lineup that will be launching in May.

A more recent addition to the drive-in’s menu that’s available now is an OREO Cookie Dough Blast and Sundae. Each comes with bits of OREO cookie dough inside, but also contains an indulgent scoop that’s loaded on top of each sweet treat.

These are available through May 2nd, and are just the beginning of the indulgent shakes SONIC will have to offer this year. A Cheesecake Blast, Strawberry Cheesecake Blast, and a Banana Pudding Shake will all be arriving later this year. The cheesecake varieties will be available May 3 to June 27, while the Banana Pudding Shake arrives August 2-29.

SONIC is also an early arriver to the popping boba and boba game, joining Del Taco as one of two early adopters of the fun drink addition. Available from May 31st to August 1st, green apple “Bursting Bubbles” can be added to any drink, but there will also be Cherry and Blue Bursts available that contain them by default.

Foodbeast was able to obtain the ingredients to make the Cherry Burst from SONIC, and it includes Cherry syrup, Sprite, and the popping bubbles. These drinks will also be available in a slush variety.

This is just some of what SONIC will have to offer over the next year, with representatives noting that 2021 would be a big year for innovation for the chain. We’ll have to see what else is in store down the line.

Cravings Packaged Food Sweets What's New

Key Lime Pie Kit Kats Are Arriving This Spring

A burst of refreshing citrus is making its presence known this spring season in the form of Key Lime Pie-flavored Kit Kat bars. The newest flavor is a sweet ode to the zesty and tart pie that’s known for it’s fluffy merengue crown and lip-puckering appeal.

Candy shelves will be well-stocked with the new Key Lime Pie Kit Kat bars this spring, though only for a limited time. So if you’re itching to crunch into Kit Kat’s iconic wafer with a rush of sweet Key Lime citrus cream, act fast once winter melts away.