Boba Milk Tea And Tamale Emojis Are Finally Arriving

Photo Courtesy of Emojipedia & Apple

There have been hundreds of afternoons where a quick pick-up of some refreshing honey milk tea with boba was desperately needed to fuel the occasional sleepy colleague and I. While an emoji wasn’t necessary to express our bubble tea cravings, it would have been more than welcome had it existed. 

Now it does.

Last Friday was World Emoji Day, and with it came the announcement of a new emoji update for Facebook, Google, and Apple scheduled to launch in the latter half of 2020. 

The new emojis revealed included a new ‘Bubble Tea‘ emoji and ‘Tamale‘ icon, reports Social Media Today

Hopefully, once this pandemic’s over and you’re trying to get some boba or tamales with friends, you’ll be able to express your excitement in emoji form. In the meantime, I’ll be working on a tamale boba truck concept. That sounds so fire right now. 

Fast Food

KFC’s New Meal Box Will Actually Charge Your Phone While You’re Eating

KFC has been very experimental in 2016. From tweeting a NSFW ad that obviously conceptualized a dude getting a hand job on a couch, to developing a line of edible nail polish that actually tasted like chicken, KFC’s been bringing the heat. With that said, KFC’s newest item is even more outside the box.

Well, actually, it is the box.

Aptly titled, Watt-A-Box, KFC India’s newest limited edition item is a 5-in-1 box featuring a chicken sandwich, a few chicken strips, a side, a beverage — and a phone charger. Yes, a phone charger.

The box has a USB port on the side and it supports both Android and iPhone smartphones, however, its reliability has already been questioned in various reports, stating that charger can’t hold a true charge.


Yum! Brands, KFC’s parent company, probably picked up the fact that no one talks to each other while having a meal together anymore.

That’s so 2015.

So in order to avoid any awkward silences or just to make sure KFC guests now have the opportunity to keep Snapchatting, or posting their KFC meals to Instagram. At least that was KFC’s plan.

Apparently, battery loss is a huge issue in the Indian community.

Featured image: KFC Youtube

Fast Food

Grab Your Chow Mein and Go With The New Panda Express Mobile Ordering App


Food court lines could very well become a thing of the past if fast food chains have anything to say about it. Following the mobile ordering trend, Panda Express is finally rolling out their own app nationwide.

Unlike other apps, Panda offers a special feature that allows group ordering across multiple platforms. This means you can order some Orange Chicken with Bacon, then sling the order along to your besties so they can order their favorite Panda dishes for the noms that shall ensue later. Admit it, the worst part of group ordering is trying to figure out how much everyone owes and how to make sure no one gets stiffed. Lucky for us, Panda’s new app lets each person on the order to pay their own bill towards the group order.

No word on whether the chain will join the Apple Pay movement, but for now, the Panda Express mobile ordering app is available on iOS and Android devices.

H/T + PicThx Eater


New iPhone App Lets You Pawn Off Half-Eaten Leftovers to Complete Strangers


Have you ever ordered way too much at a restaurant and said to yourself, “‘I don’t want to ask for a box. I wish it was socially acceptable to ask that dude over there if he wants my leftovers?”

Yeah, me neither, but in case you ever do want to give away your leftovers, there’s an app for that. (Surprise!)

Launching on Aug. 30, the Leftover Swap app will allow you to snap a photo of your leftover food, upload it to the app and alert others of its availability, from there you can arrange a pickup or delivery similar to Craigslist transactions.

Leftover Swap claims many benefits including reducing the amount of wasted food that ends up in landfills and helping reduce obesity. The idea behind the latter assumes that users will give away their food after being full, rather than forcing themselves to keep eating.

Co-Founder Dan Newman told the Daily News that 16 percent of the American population does not have enough food to live a healthy lifestyle and that he hopes the app will be a small step towards reducing world hunger.

However, health officials in San Francisco, California have warned of the dangers that might come with Leftover Swap, stating that most foodborne illnesses come from leftovers.

The app will be free and released on both iPhone and Android devices.

You never know what will catch on these days, but I don’t expect the doggie bag industry to hurt too much.

H/T + PicThx Daily News


Here, Have Some Pics of Smartphones Replaced with Sandwiches


People need to be more excited about sandwiches. Like the old Jake Gyllenhaal snack and sandwich memes, they need to grin from ear to ear and hold their sammies up as if they were the iPhones 20, 30 and 40 all wrapped up into one.

Well, leave it to Reddit to make it happen. A new meme showcasing stock actors smiling blissfully at sandwiches has made its way around the internet these past couple of days. Everyone from concert-goers to ethnically-balanced friend groups to tech-savvy grandparents – no one is safe from the mesmerizing, uplifting powers of a well-made BLT.

So the next time you decide to take a #selfie of your #OOTD, stop for sec and think about how you must look to other people. Primed, perky, smiling stupidly at a nigh-invisible little black box. Yep, to most people walking by, you probably look pretty damn ridiculous right now. But if you replaced that b*tch with a sandwich?

Nah, you still look pretty stupid.




H/T + PicThx Reddit


New Android App Helps Fast Food Consumers Avoid Common Allergens

Hold The Allergen Android Application App

Android allergics rejoice! Hold The Allergen (HTA), a new application just released on the Android Market, helps allergy-ridden eaters decide which fast-food menu items to eat or NOT to eat based on the product’s ingredients.

If you have ever tried looking up ingredients or nutritional information on that hidden back wall of a fast-food/fast-casual restaurant, you know it can become pretty tiresome in a hurry. This application attempts to relieve that annoyance by putting ingredient information in the palm of your hand, allowing consumers to make quicker and safer eating decisions on the fly.

Currently HTA has nutritional information for seven popular national fast-food/fast-casual restaurant chains including Burger King, Carl’s Jr, Chipotle, Domino’s, Five Guys, Jack In The Box and Subway. All of the staple menu items of the aforementioned brands seem to be available, but I did notice that brand new items, like Burger King’s Ranch Crispy Chicken Wrap or Jack In The Box’s Chipotle Chicken Club, were not listed.

It is still unknown how fast the application will update with new menu items, which will be crucial since the chosen restaurants implement dozens of new products every year. Seven restaurants is a decent start, but there are numerous more to be added if HTA wants to be considered a comprehensive resource. McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Panda Express, In-N-Out to name a few of the chains we’d love to see added to the application.


Angry Birds Burgers

It’s a fair assumption that those with a smartphone have at one time played or heard of the physics-based Angry Birds game. If you’re a fan of burgers, you’re definitely going to want to frequent burger artist Char.L.Ton‘s blog, of which we feature his amazing burger creations from time to time. In his latest piece, burgers, tomatoes, french fries, lettuce and condiments come together to resemble a level out of Angry Birds in one of its most finest iterations.

Fast Food

Five Guys Burger and Fries: $100 Million Credit Facility Priming Their Growth?

Earlier this month we reported on Five Guys restaurants leading the pack of expanding chains in the sector, numbering 740 locations in the United States and Canada. A report out of NRN yesterday highlighted one of the main aspects of their growth as it finalized a close on a $100 million credit facility, made up of a $45 million revolving line of credit and a $55 million term loan.

The past three years has seen more than 375 new Five Guys restaurant openings, the NRN article includes a quote from the brand’s chief financial officer Peter Hanson that, “GE Capital’s [their funding source] ability to grow with us, from a $14 million credit facility in 2008 to a $100 million credit facility in 2011, has been a critical part of our success.”