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Amazon Studios Donates $1 Million to Jon & Vinny’s to Help Feed Those in Need

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As COVID’s curve on the world gradually flattens out, we’re seeing slow beginnings towards normalcy. Maybe a different normality than we’re accustomed to, but living life again nevertheless. It’s part of the human spirit; rather than simply conform, we’ve chosen to confront. This strength has manifested in a multitude of ways, from the courage of essential workers, to local farms helping to distribute food, even the spike in video chat apps is an indicator of how we come together in challenging times. 

Joining the fray, Amazon Studios has announced that it will be donating $1 Million to the award-winning Los Angeles-based restaurant group, Jon & Vinny’s. Existing well beyond their two brick & mortar locations in Brentwood & Fairfax, Jon & Vinny’s Joint Venture Restaurant Group also encompasses Caramelized Productions, their full-service catering company, as well as a slew of popular LA staples. Suffice to say, with Amazon Studios’ donation, Jon & Vinny’s is certainly capable of making a positive impact. 

Additionally, donations will be made to other local restaurants. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to work with local businesses in preparing and delivering meals to No Kid Hungry, Off Their Plate, the Los Angeles Mission and the Motion Picture & Television Fund. Through this social outreach, those in need will receive fresh meals prepared by talented chefs and contributing local restaurants will have financial support to continue serving the community. With over 10 farms and nearly 10 more businesses contributing to this initiative, everyone involved stands to feel real support during this time.  

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“This unprecedented crisis has impacted all of us in immeasurable ways, and it’s more important than ever that we all do our part to give back at every level — and particularly to our own community,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “At Amazon Studios and Prime Video, we’re truly honored to be able to show our support to the community that has always supported us, and to team up with Jon and Vinny’s to provide food to those who so desperately need it along with a lifeline to local businesses.” 

To further reinforce its support, Amazon Studios has converted its “For Your Consideration” billboards into “For Your Community,” with each highlighting COVID-related non-profit organizations.  These billboards are now live across Los Angeles. To learn more about Amazon’s efforts to support communities and non-profits, click here.

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Amazon Now Delivering Your Groceries For FREE

It was only a matter of time before Amazon tried to take a stranglehold on the recent grocery delivery trend, and they just made a move that other grocery outlets would have to think long and hard before even considering.

Amazon is now adding free “Ultrafast” grocery delivery for its Prime members.

The “Ultrafast” perk, which promises 2-hour grocery delivery from Amazon “Fresh” or a Whole Foods Market, used to have a $14.99/month fee attached to it.

That means if you’re trying to grab a carton of eggs, some fresh seafood, or even just snacks, you can do so on Amazon without worrying about paying an additional delivery fee.

Big player supermarkets that offer delivery, currently do so with fees attached, so Amazon’s ability to forego the extra cost offers consumer a potentially more cost effective alternative when doing their online grocery shopping.

As of now, the delivery is only available in a little over 2,000 U.S. cities and towns, but based on location, Amazon will let you know if you are within the eligible distance for their grocery delivery service.

For those unfamiliar with Amazon Prime, it is subscription-based membership that not only provides 2-day shipping on orders, but access to perks such as Amazon Prime Video (Their Netflix equivalent), Amazon Drive (for file storage), and now this free grocery delivery perk.

From the moment Amazon bought Whole Foods in 2017, you kind of knew they were going to turn the grocery industry on its head, and it has been evident with huge supermarkets such as Walmart and Kroger joining the online grocery delivery train of late.

It is likely Amazon is just getting started, so sit back and watch as they slowly continue their goal of world domination.

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Eddie Huang Goes Vegan Amidst Amazon Rainforest Crisis

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Incase you’re living under a rock or somewhere off the grid like Tibet, you’ve probably heard that the Amazon rainforest has been on fire for over three weeks. In a time where climate change is a hot button issue, this news should alarm you.  The Amazon is the world’s largest tropical rainforest, covering over 5.5 million square kilometers and producing more than 20% of all oxygen. To give you an idea of how significant 20% is, the Amazon is referred to as our planet’s lungs.  Suffice to say, it plays a major role in the fight against climate change.

There have been a reported 72,843 fires in the rainforest this year, the highest rate since Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) began tracking them in 2013. What’s really crazy about all of this is the fact that news outlets only began reporting on the fire this past Wednesday. Word of the fire set the internet ablaze as news spread throughout social media, with news outlets receiving heavy scrutiny for the three-week coverage delay.  

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Thankfully, information on how you can help is now reaching the masses. In addition to speaking out, one celebrity is taking it a step further in an effort to show solidarity. Announcing that he is going vegan in response to the environmental crisis, writer, host, chef and restaurateur Eddie Huang had this to say:

“After watching videos of the Amazon on fire this week, I’ve decided that this corned beef I ate at Junior’s last week will be the last piece of beef I ever eat,” he wrote on Instagram. 

As a famed restaurateur and former host of Vice’s HBO show “Huang’s World,” Huang is no stranger to eating meat. He continued, “[I love food] but I don’t love what food tv and more importantly what food has become in our culture: a drug.”

With a newfound beef with beef, he explained further, “I’m going to go vegan because it takes 20 times less land to feed a vegan than a meat eater and over 90% of the land cleared in the amazon rainforest since 1970 is used for grazing livestock, but if all of us just stopped eating BEEF it would solve huge problems.”

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After watching videos of the Amazon on fire this week, Ive decided that this corned beef I ate at Junior’s last week will be the last piece of beef I ever eat. I love beef, I love ox tails, I love Peter Luger’s, I loved growing up in a steak house cutting NY Strip on xanax. It was soothing but beef is fucking us. Actually, we are fucking ourselves on multiple levels and we need to make changes. Im going to go vegan because it takes 20 times less land to feed a vegan than a meat eater and over 90% of the land cleared in the amazon rainforest since 1970 is used for grazing livestock, but if all of us just stopped eating BEEF it would solve huge problems. Eat fish, eat chicken, eat pork until the next crisis but if all u can do now is quit beef, please do it. I know a lot of ass backwards people think vegetarianism or veganism is some uppity white girl thing to do but its not. There have been Asian Buddhist Vegetarians for thousands of years, Ital Rasta, Hindu as well, this is not some new age thing to laugh at. We are getting back to roots, healing the Earth, and ourselves. Ive eaten my last bite of meat. I wish I had planned this better and ate my mom’s ox tail soup but fuck it. There really isnt time to waste. Some things have to start today. I started to get these feelings shooting the last season of Huang’s World and fasted for 5 days because my producer David’s mom said I looked sick. She was right. The 5 days not eating fundamentally changed me and I shot the second half of the season while intermittent fasting. Ive made a lot of food videos because I love food but more than anything because food was fertile ground for exploring difference, but I dont love what food tv and more importantly what food has become in our culture: a drug. I had a really rough 2018- early 2019, got high and just ate myself to sleep watching Harry Potter a lot lol but Im getting back on my shit. Take a moment, think about it, and reexamine your relationship with food because it’ll make the Earth and ourselves very very sick if we keep abusing it.

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Whether or not he sticks to his guns and truly switches to vegan, the stance alone is a powerful one. Oftentimes it takes celebrities speaking out to inspire action on a large scale and Huang’s actions are certainly commendable. You definitely don’t need to go vegan in order to help, but everyone should feel inspired to do something. It can be as simple as sharing a post. Let’s hope climate awareness continues to grow as the world comes together to save the Amazon. 

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According To Amazon Customer Reviews Food Is Too Sweet Nowadays

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New research looking at Amazon customer reviews suggests that food is too sweet these days. But the customers aren’t just talking about desserts here. 

This study was done by researchers from the Monell Center, who analyzed about 400,000 food reviews posted by Amazon’s customers. Their goal? To gain insight into the food choices that people make. And the results show that many of those people think that food is too sweet these days.

“This is the first study of this scale to study food choice beyond the artificial constraints of the laboratory,” said study lead author Danielle Reed, Ph.D., who is a behavioral geneticist at Monell. “Sweet was the most frequently mentioned taste quality and the reviewers definitively told us that human food is over-sweetened.”

Thousands of people think food is too sweet

The analysis was done with the help of a sophisticated statistical modeling program. Because the figures of the research are staggering: 393,568 unique food reviews were analyzed, of 67,553 products, posted by 256,043 Amazon customers over 10 years.

The scientists identified words connected to taste, odor, spiciness, texture, cost, health, but also customer service. Having the words, researchers counted the number of reviews that mentioned these categories.

“Reading and synthesizing almost 400,000 reviews would essentially be impossible for a human team, but recent developments in machine learning gave us the ability to understand both which words are present and also their underlying semantic meaning,” said study co-author Joel Mainland, Ph.D., an olfactory neurobiologist at Monell.

Sweet taste was mentioned in over 10 percent of food reviews, but also over-sweetness was mentioned 25 more times than under-sweetness. Almost 1 percent of the food reviews, so about 4,000 used the phrase “too sweet”.

This comes in the face of more and more scientific data figuring out that sugar is one of the biggest dietary villains we have. Sugar is hidden in plenty of products that are not even supposed to be sweet.

If you’re thinking about cutting back on sugar, here are some ways you can do that.

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Article by Ruxandra Grecu from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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These Food Cubbies Help Those With Motor Skill Difficulty And Keep Your Food From Touching

If you have a child who is still working on developing their motor skills or know someone who is just plain OCD about their food touching, these food separators are a godsend.

It is called the Food Cubby, and is meant to keep food items apart from each other.

If you don’t want your veggies touching your protein or your fries touching your burger, these silicone little half circles would be your best friends.

They actually have suction at the bottom, allowing them to stick to your plate without moving out of place.

That feature is pretty golden when it comes to helping strengthen motor skills, as the cubby helps one scoop the food along the surface of it, and getting it on to your eating utensil.

They’re also technically portable, so if you want to take these into a restaurant, you’re likely nuts — but more power to you.

The Food Cubby is currently being sold for $14.99, and can be found at either the Food Cubby site or Amazon.

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The Amazon Gadgets Everyone Should Have In Their Kitchens In 2019

The end of December is quickly approaching, y’all, which means it’s time to set some New Year’s resolutions. If you’re hoping to step your cooking game up next year, you might be interested in some of Amazon kitchen gadgets for 2019. Whether you’re looking for high-tech butter knives or stainless steel dumpling molds (yes, they exist), you can find ‘em online. Once you get your hands on a few of these devices, you’ll be able to channel your inner chef in no time.

Back in February 2018, the Foodbeast team rounded up 15 must-have Amazon products for your kitchen, and the list was pure fire. Between vegetable peelers, defrosting trays, “thaw claws” and more, it was packed with items that would take your kitchen to the next level. However, Amazon stepped its game up for 2019 and is currently selling gadgets that you’ll definitely see in yours and your friends’ houses this year.

Let’s get to it, shall we? Make some room on your counter, because you’re going to want to stock up on these kitchen toys ASAP.

1. French Fry Cutter, $64.97

Sure, this commercial grade french fry cutter looks like a fierce, metallic counter kitten. But, it’s also extremely efficient and will help you cut fries like a champ. Using its stainless steel rod and cast iron body, you’ll be able to easily cut ⅜” fries without breaking a sweat. Plus, it has suction feet that’ll prevent any counter slippage. (If you’re anything like me, that’s a very good thing.)

2. 3-In-1 “Magic” Butter Knife, $12.95

This 3-in-1 “magic” butter knife will bring your butter-spreading skills to the next level. Not only does it spread the goods, but it also grates it, slices it, or curls it. Whether you’re planning on adding butter to your bread or adding a fancy side to your steak, this knife will have you covered.

3. Stainless Steel Dumpling Mold, $14.49

Why order takeout dumplings when you can make your own? These stainless steel molds will let you fill your dumplings with whatever your heart desires. Plus, they’ll crimp the edges of each one to give ‘em that “pie crust” aesthetic.

4. Portable Soda Dispenser, $5.53

If you’re sick of flat soda, you should definitely give this portable soda dispenser a try. All you have to do is twist the device onto your bottle and start serving up the fizz.

5. Stainless Steel Corn Peeler, $3.00

Peeling corn the old fashioned way can be a total drag, and this gadget is going to help you do that without flaw. All you have to do is rotate your cob through the device and watch the kernels fall.

6. Stainless Steel Pineapple Slicer, $5.99

Cutting pineapples can be tough, but this stainless steel slicer will help you cut the juiciest pieces without the hassle. All you have to do is slice the top of the pineapple off and start twisting the blade into the fruit. It’s literally that easy.

7. Whisk Wiper, $19.95

If you’re someone who likes licking the spoon when you’re done baking, this gadget might not be for you. However, it’s great for anyone who hates cleaning in between all of the metal rods on a whisk. All you have to do is glide the device from the bottom to the top of the utensil, and it’ll collect leftover residue as it goes.

8. Salad Bowl Cutter, $16.95

Chopping the perfect salad can be tough, but this salad cutter bowl will help you cut your lettuce like a champ. All you have to do is add your greens into the bowl, flip it over, and slide your knife through the holes on the sides of the container. Then, voila! You’ll have a perfectly chopped salad.

9. Prepara Herb Savor Pods, $34.96

If you’re hoping to preserve your herbs (and make your fridge look futuristic AF), buy some Herb Savor Pods. By adding herbs to a pod and putting fresh water into the cap, you’ll triple the lives of your greens. That’s a pretty huge deal.

10. One-Step Cake Cutter, $3.59

Cutting cake can always get a little messy, and it’s always kind of annoying to measure out everyone’s individual pieces. This one-step cake cutter eliminates that process, because it’ll help you cut the perfect piece with one swift movement.

11. No-Slip Tomato Slicer, $12.99

Slicing tomatoes can get a little slippery, and this gadget will eliminate the chances of accidentally gliding the knife into your hand. All you have to do is place the tomato (or onion, or potato) into the grip and use the device’s ridges to help you cut thin slices.

12. Dirty-Or-Clean Dishwasher Magnet, $13.99

If you’re stocking up on kitchen gadgets for the new year, that probably means you’re going to be doing a lot of cooking. Therefore, you’re probably also going to be doing a lot of dishes. This magnet will help you warn your fam about whether or not the dishes in your washer are clean, which will avoid the dreaded, “Are these dirty?” question.

As you can see, there are a ton of kitchen toys waiting for you — and by trying them out, you’ll be starting 2019 on a delicious note. Go ahead and set your New Year’s cooking resolutions so you can start having some fun.

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The Ideal Times To Use Every Food Delivery App [GUIDE]

It’s 2018, and it seems like the food delivery apps out there are a dime a dozen. However, if you read between the lines and look at the features of each program, you may find some surprising differences that make each one useful in different situations.

Depending on your preferential eating habits, level of convenience, and ability to spend, one app may make better sense to use in one scenario versus another. To illustrate that, here’s a look at a few of the different major delivery apps out there and the optimal time to get your grub through each.

UberEats

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UberEats has a unique model for its delivery fee system: The closer you are to a particular location, the cheaper the delivery fee is. If you’re within about a mile of a restaurant, you basically get free delivery and just pay for the food. It’s perfect for those who are too busy to step out and get lunch.

The Ideal Usage: Use UberEats when you want food from nearby but are too swamped at work (or whatever else taking up your time) to go pick it up yourself.

GrubHub/Eat24/Seamless

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Out of all of the apps on this list, Grubhub (who recently bought Eat24 and also owns Seamless) has the most extensive list of takeout options. It can be used for delivery, too, but if you want to skip the associated fees and have a massive online database of takeaway menus on hand, this app makes perfect sense.

The Ideal Usage: Use Grubhub when you’re craving takeout and don’t want to pay delivery fees. Or if you’re like me and just want a massive collection of takeout menus to choose from.

Doordash

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Doordash just recently added their own pickup option, but it’s still a fledgling, so many restaurants haven’t hopped on board yet. Still, Doordash’s new DashPass and loads of “Try Me Free” delivery discounts make it a go-to app for the adventurous diner who would rather have someone else cook for them.

The Ideal Usage: Use Doordash if you get meals delivered to you all the time and want to be as diverse in your dinner options as possible.

Postmates

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Postmates is so much more than a meal delivery app, because you can get groceries, sundries, and other items delivered to you on demand as well. You can also pay into a monthly program to get free delivery all the time, making it a clutch move for when you really need that pound of ground beef right now.

The Ideal Usage: Similar to Doordash’s, but for all different kinds of items and for those who cook regularly as well.

Amazon Restaurants

To compare Amazon as a whole to all of these apps would be like comparing Superman to the rest of the Justice League, so we won’t go there. In terms of the restaurant app, though, it doesn’t offer much yet in terms of discount options, but has a ton of local eats available. If you prefer to have one program or website that you get everything from, aka the perfect Amazon user, this is great.

The Ideal Usage: If you already get literally everything on Amazon.

GoPuff

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GoPuff is an app at the intersection of convenience store and delivery. It can get you basically anything you need from the mini-mart, but isn’t meant to get entire meals from. Great if you have a sudden urge for bags of chips or some alcohol, however.

The Ideal Usage: When you need something from the convenience store ASAP.

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Whole Foods Accidentally Reveals Amazon Prime Member Discount Plans

When Amazon acquired Whole Foods Market, we all waited to see what that would mean for the grocery industry. Since the August merger, we’ve seen some scattered grocery discounts at the popular market, along with some unfortunate layoffs. We also saw Amazon launch a cashier-less convenience store, and there’s even a Amazon Prime grocery delivery option being tested in certain cities.

Now it looks like Amazon Prime members could soon enjoy additional discounts for shopping at Whole Foods. According to CNBC, a few Whole Foods stores in Austin, Texas put out signs showing 10 percent discounts being offered to Prime members.

The stores might have done so prematurely, though, as the banners were posted March 28, then removed the next day. A Whole Foods spokesperson even stated that they are not testing anything, like if nobody saw these signs all over its stores.

 

The banner claimed that there were hundreds of discount for Prime members, and to look out for items with “yellow signs” as they would indicate an additional 10 percent discount.

Some sort of Prime discount seems inevitable, as that was one of the initial plans mentioned when the Amazon purchased the grocery chain.

We’ll have to wait and see if Whole Foods does follow through on these discounts, and if they do, Prime members should definitely be excited about their future shopping experiences.