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This Woman Ate Nothing but Starbucks for All of 2013, Spent $500 a Month

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Beautiful Existence (legal name), claims to have eaten nothing but Starbucks food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the entire year of 2013. The 365-day diet included everything on the Starbucks menu or “Starbucks-inspired” brand, from it’s pastries, salads, Evolution Fresh line to its espressos and the “F word.” Existence documented the experiment on her blog, although it seems to officially begun on January 2, 2013. Still, we’ll give her the benefit of the doubt.

When explaining the reasoning behind her year-long goal, the mother of two explained:

WHY? am I doing this challenge? Or WHY? will I do any challenge in the future? Because I LOVE being human and I LOVE the privilege of being able to ask the question WHY? in the first place! I love the question WHY? because sometimes I find that the answer leaves me with even more questions about life… and then, my circle starts all over again and I wouldn’t want my WHY? any other way.

While Existence still shopped and cooked for her children as usual, she remained steadfast towards her goal even on Thanksgiving and other tempting holidays. She spent an average of $500 to $600 per month on Starbucks meals and by the end of the year shed a few pounds. To celebrate the completion of her challenge, Existence chowed down of fish and chips from Ivar’s, a seafood chain based in Seattle. “My taste buds have been freaking out for the last 24 hours,” Existence told The New York Daily News. “Starbucks doesn’t really have anything that’s fried, and you can only eat so much after you haven’t had stuff like that for a year.”

Well, isn’t that a shocker.

H/T NY Daily News + Picthx Beautiful Existence

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13 of the Most Extraordinarily Useless Food Inventions of 2013

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It’s hardly news that forks and knives have been replaced with crank-fitted cutlery and laser-cutter pizza slicers. If you even try to stab your salad with an ordinary utensil, you risk being shamed by your contemporary diners. For those tech-savvy ladies and gents reverse-chilling their beer and popping out Twinkies in waffle makers, this one’s for you.

Oh, those silly, clever and inevitably useless gadgets that make mankind’s genius all the more wonderful. While I’m sure we’d get along perfectly without them, sometimes the invention of the whimsical is just the thing you need. So, enjoy this list of the 13 Most Extraordinarily Useless Food Inventions of 2013.

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13. Finger Tongs

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Rather than going face first into a pile of buffalo wings, you can now daintily pick at them with a pair of Trongs, aka finger chopsticks. Or, you could go face first into a pile of buffalo wings. Mmmm…

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12. The most gorgeous possible way to squeeze a lemon

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We’re just going to file this one under “Stuff people with diamond cufflinks like”.

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11.Chopstick Straws are exactly what they sound like

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Oh my goodness guys, someone reinvented the straw!!$%&??!!!

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10. 2-in-1 glass lets you drink two different beers at the same damn time

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Have you ever seen sheer drunken genius? Well, here you go, the boozy form of eating your cake and having it too.

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9. Roll-on Olive Oil

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The idea behind the “Oil-On” dispenser is to prevent you from sogging up your bread with massive amounts of olive oil. Because bread has flavor too, you know. *Proceeds to chug olive oil out of bottle*

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8. The Ultimate Video Game Beer-Dispensng Hybird

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A keg with three separate taps, a 60-inch HDTV screen, a built-in fridge, and 140 classic video games all in one beer-flowing arcade hybrid. Sounds too good to be true? That’s because it is, unless you have $5000 lying around.

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7. The ‘Mini Me’ Nibble Pan

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Apparently, nibbling at bits of your freshly-made cake is a bad thing. Looking to prevent unsightly snackholes from ruining your cake, the Nibble Pan comes attached with a small silicone cup that lets bakers sample their creations botch-free. Also, snackholes.

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6. OCD Laser Pizza Cutter

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Does the sight of a crooked slice of pizza irk you? If so, this laser-pointed pizza cutter lets you cut your pies with precision. Another option is to eat the entire pie to yourself to avoid the situation all-together.

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5. Reverse Magical Microwave will chill your beer in 45 seconds

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The V-Tex uses a a “start stop rotational sequence” to create a Rankine vortex that won’t disturb the drink’s carbonation while bringing down the temperature at rapid speeds. I know, you see my mouth moving but all you hear is “drink beer faster.”

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4. Get this Homemade Twinkie Machine then never use it, just like the real thing

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Let’s ignore the fact that no one actually eats Twinkies anymore, and just be stoked that we can now make cream cakes stuffed with juicy bacon bits soaked in maple syrup. We can feel our arteries clogging just thinking about it.

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3. Anti-Loneliness Bowl

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What’s sadder than eating alone? Crying kittens Broken tacos  Apparently, nothing. Luckily, this Anti-loneliness Ramen Bowl exists so that you can FaceTime while simultaneously Instagramming photos of yourself eating ramen.

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2. Water Bottle Growler

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Behold: a stainless steel flask that will keep your beer cold and preserve its carbonation for up to 24 hours. I know, there’s a lot of booze on this list. If you’re mad, go home, you’re not drunk enough.

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1. Twist-Off Wine Cork

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No more jabbing your corks with a kitchen knife when your wine opener is nowhere to be found. The Helix features a cork with a threaded finish and matching threaded bottle neck that lets drinkers effortlessly open and reseal the bottle thanks to the product’s airtight barrier. Ok, now the bad news: it’ll be another two more years ’til we see this ingenuity hit shelves.

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Halloween Freebies Round-Up 2013

Sweet costume: check. Candy for the kiddies: check. Real food so you don’t starve to death: say what now? As much as we’d love to believe otherwise, you can’t make it through Halloween night on candy alone. Luckily, there are plenty of restaurants out there just itching to throw free (or at least discounted) food at you. And I don’t know about you, but after everything I spent this Halloween, the extra moolah is very much appreciated.

 

Boston Market:

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Free Kid’s Meal with Purchase of Any Individual Meal.

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Chipotle:

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$3 Burrito, Bowl, Salad, or Tacos with Costume, 4:00 p.m. to close.

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IHOP:

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Free Scary Face Pancake for Kids 12 and Under, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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Krispy Kreme:

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One Free Donut with Halloween Costume

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Olive Garden:

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Free Kid’s Meal with Adult Entree. Newsletter subscription and coupon required.

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Outback Steakhouse:

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Free Kid’s Meal with Adult Entree

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Red Lobster:

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Free Kid’s Meal with Adult Entree. Coupon available on Facebook.

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Wendy’s:

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$1 Coupon Booklet for 10 Free Jr. Frostys. Proceeds go to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

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Welcome to Your First Hangover Breakfast of 2013

GOOD MORNING SWEETIE! WELCOME TO 2013!!!

Oh, was that too loud?

Sorry, just got a little excited there. How’s this? Better? Good.

Well, here we are. We finally made it, past the bath salt zombies, past the last Twilight movie, past Call Me Maybe and Gangnam Style, to the other side of the 2012-2013, post-Mayan Doomsday divide. So if you spent last night throwing the finger at the absolute shitshow that was 2012, I don’t blame you.

Your memory might be a little spotty, but at least you know it was a good time right?

But now the party’s over and you probably feel more like this:

So, whenever you’re ready to face the New Year (or heck, even the new day), here are a few hangover breakfast recipes to help get you through to January 2.

Coconut Water Chiller

According to TIME Magazine, coconut water can be used in medical emergencies as an alternative to other IV liquids. And I don’t know about you, but that fact, combined with the heavenly elixir’s light and sweet taste, is more than enough reason whip up a nice cool glass of this stuff. Or you know, two or three.

H/T A Passionate Plate

 

Sriracha Bloody Mary

Another liquid, because the thought of solids probably doesn’t sound all that appealing right now. The added sriracha instead of tabasco could also help give you that extra kick to at least try and start your day. And trying has got to count for something.

H/T White on Rice Couple

 

Homemade Gatorade

And the final drink on the list, in case coconut water’s too fruity and Bloody Mary’s are too housewifey and you didn’t have the foresight to grab yourself a bottle of regular Gatorade as chaser.

H/T Katy She Cooks

 

Maple Bacon Donuts

If and when you are ready to have some solid food though, these maple bacon donuts could be perfect for the drunken muncher with a sweet tooth. Because you probably already hate yourself anyway.

H/T How Sweet It Is

 

Sliced Bread Pizza

Pizza for a hangover is amazing, that’s a no-brainer. But sometimes the phone is too far or you just don’t want to wait the 30 minutes it’ll take for your (probably also hungover) pizza truck driver to get there. Luckily there’s such a thing as a microwave and sliced bread, halle-freaking-lujah.

H/T Dil Se

 

Fried Ramen and Eggs

Kind of a layman’s pad thai. Thankfully also super cheap to make, you know, in case you blew all your cash at the bar. Because you did. Just FYI.

H/T UniqueandGood

 

Banana and Nutella Stuffed French Toast

Mushy, gushy and potassium filled, bananas take very little effort to eat and don’t sit nearly as heavily as most other foods do in your stomach the morning after. The Nutella and deep fried bread just happen to be very delicious bonuses.

H/T Just a Taste

 

Spicy Cheesy Beef Tater Tot Hangover Casserole

Last but not least, the cheesy, greasy, potatoey motherlode. Now supposedly all these things are actually really bad for you, especially when you’re nursing a hangover. But for some reason they taste amazing and frankly, if it’s wrong, I for one don’t want to be right.

H/T Fat and Happy

Now, we understand that even though it’s probably 12, 3 or even 6 in the afternoon right now, you’re probably not ready to be up and about. So we’re just gonna leave this list right here. So go ahead, close your eyes, close the curtains, maybe change out of your party dress into your comfy PJs and sleep off the rest of the booze.

Just come on back when you’re ready for some New Year’s breakfast noms, ya hear?