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How To Make ‘California Style’ Ramen

Those on the West Coast know that one of the best ways to get your fries is loaded up like a certain California burger chain’s secret menu. For those of you that don’t have a location nearby, or just want an easy way to get the taste of their legendary sauce at home, this inspired Top Ramen recipe is the way forward.

This recipe swaps out fries for Nissin Top Ramen to make it easier from both a cooking and accessibility standpoint. By using Nissin Top Ramen, everything you need to make the recipe is a pantry staple and requires little time to prep and cook.

You get the satisfaction of gooey, melted American cheese, sweet grilled onions, and the zesty sauce, just by adding ramen to the mix.

It’s a hearty and simple recipe that pays tribute to a California classic and can be whipped up in no time at all. Plus, it’s vegetarian if you use Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce or Chili flavor, which makes it enjoyable for both carnivores and herbivores alike.

You can view the whole recipe for this fast food-inspired Ramen below.

1 yellow onion, thickly sliced
1 package Nissin Top Ramen, without seasoning packet (Use Nissin Top Ramen Soy Sauce or Chili flavor to make it vegetarian)
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons ketchup
½ teaspoon yellow mustard
1 Tablespoon “Dill Relish” (not sweet relish)
½ teaspoon white vinegar
2 slices American cheese

Servings: 1


Step 1
Heat an empty medium frying pan on high heat. Once hot, place onion slices face down onto the pan and sear until lightly charred. Set aside.

Step 2
Next, bring a pot of water to boil for your Top Ramen. Once boiling, add ramen and cook for 3 minutes.

Step 3
While water is boiling and noodles are cooking, assemble the sauce! Add mayonnaise, ketchup, yellow mustard, dill relish, and white vinegar to a bowl and stir until combined. Set aside.

Step 4
Drain water from Top Ramen noodles and transfer to a skillet. Pour your sauce on top and mix. Then add American cheese slices and grilled onions. Place a plate or lid on top of the noodles for 1 minute and allow the heat to melt the cheese. Transfer to a plate. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Created in partnership with Nissin Top Ramen

Celebrity Grub Culture

Watch Seth Rogen Taste Test Secret Menu Burgers

Seth Rogen is arguably one of the funniest men on the planet, so you know he’s going to have his mind blown in a hilarious way when trying new food.

On First We Feast’s latest episode of The Burger Show, host Alvin Cailan made Rogen choose between the Tupac and Biggies of the burger world.

Trying both In-N-Out’s Animal Style Burger,\ and Shake Shack’s Peanut Butter and Bacon Shackburger, Rogen reviewed and made a choice between the two secret menu items.

Rogen, a true gentleman and scholar, chose California’s Animal Style Burger over the East Coast burger. The convincing point seemed to be In-N-Out’s chopped chilies, as the  comedian said they were a revelation and added a dimension to In-N-Out that he didn’t know existed.

Is the debate between In-N-Out and Shake Shack now settled through the words of Seth Rogen? Probably not.  Fans will forever fight over the two burger spots. It also didn’t help that Rogen said he once got food poisoning from In-N-Out, but he did say he immediately went back, because In-N-Out is worth it.

Fast Food Hit-Or-Miss

This Couple Loves In-N-Out So Much, They Had Their Wedding Reception At One

Californians, myself included, are brought up to have an undying love for In-N-Out Burger. The passion is real and we never get tired of it. We’ll defend In-N-Out they way rabid sports fans defend their favorite team. I don’t know if there are any other restaurants around the country with fans that are that insane about a restaurant, but that is 100 percent the case in California.

If you don’t believe me, peep this couple who held a wedding reception at an In-N-Out this past weekend.

Juan and Vanessa Cervantes had just said “I do” at a Rowland Heights church, and soon after all the flash and pageantry, the couple went straight to the fast food joint, according to KTLA.

The newlyweds ordered a couple of Double-Doubles with Animal Style fries and enjoyed their wedding party at the restaurant, along with family and friends.

You’re probably thinking, “Why the hell would you have your wedding reception at a fast food restaurant?!” Well, it’s hard to explain fanaticism, but that’s what they felt was the best way to celebrate their union.

You’ll be happy to hear that they’re taking a trip to England for their honeymoon, so that more than makes up for the strange choice of wedding reception.

Best of luck to the newlyweds. May their relationship be as strong as In-N-Out’s secret menu options.

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These Adorable Grandparents Always Taking Selfies At In-N-Out Is #RelationshipGoals

Any time you see older couples doing adorable things together, it warrants some sort of “#relationshipgoals,” response. These grandparents took that cuteness to the next level by showing their mutual obsession for In-N-Out.

Heather Daniels of California tweeted out photos of her grandparents, saying that, “Every time my grandparents go to In N Out together, my grandma takes a pic of my grandpa and texts it to me. I hope to be like them one day.”

She wasn’t messing around either, as she put up a collage of her grandpa getting down with Double Doubles, at least 20 different times.

Of course, whenever lovable characters arise, people beg Ellen DeGeneres to bring them on her show and hook them up with something.

If getting old and eating Animal Style Double Doubles with your loved one isn’t the ultimate relationship goal, I don’t know what is.

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What Happened When An East Coast Native Tried In-N-Out For The First Time

I come from a family of burger fanatics. Whether it was a lamb burger made by mom or a greasy heap of cow from whatever beef-slinging joint was closest in proximity, we didn’t discriminate. There is just something about a juicy hunk of ground meat that really gets the Trimber clan going.

Growing up in the DC-area, I’ve been inundated by East Coast favorites such as Five Guys, Shake Shack, and, one of my personal favorites, Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff Eatery. I began to acclimate to Good Stuff’s milkshakes that are so thick you practically need a spoon, Shake Shack’s classic crinkle-cuts, and Five Guys’ legendary Cajun fries which are so greasy you have to hold the paper bag out in front of you like a child with a stinky diaper so as to avoid from your entire wardrobe becoming oil-stained for all of eternity. This was my normal.

That is, until I came to the West Coast., a.k.a. In-N-Out territory.

Despite several trips across the country to visit family in various parts of California, I had never eaten at In-N-Out. It was kind of embarrassing. It was like I needed an In-N-Out stamp on my passport for people to believe I actually traveled beyond the coast I’ve always called home.

After an embarrassing amount of times on the West Coast with no gastronomic In-N-Out experiences to speak of, I decided it was finally time to see what the hype was all about.

This is my story:

10:30am: It’s Sunday morning. Rather than go to a bougie bottomless brunch in WeHo, I decide it’s the perfect day to pop my In ‘N Out cherry. On the Lord’s day, I’d like to believe God was proud. The place literally just opened for the day, so I decide to play it cool and pace around my apartment for at least five more minutes before heading out. I’m not ready to be the first person at In-N-Out. There is more strength in numbers.

10:35am: I hop on the 2 Freeway with my best friend in tow, mentally and physically preparing for the experience that lies ahead of me. It’s kind of surreal, like that feeling when the lights dim before you finally get to see your favorite band in concert for the first time.

10:45am: I pull into parking lot and see the classic red and yellow sign. I have butterflies in my stomach – partly from hunger, partly from excitement, but butterflies nonetheless.


10:46am: I get out of my car and immediately take a picture of the In-N-Out sign. Alas, I finally have proof that I have indeed traveled to California. Throngs of In-N-Out devotees begin to flood the entrance – the church rush, I’m assuming – each staring at me like the tourist I am as they walk past. My friend is embarrassed, mostly for me, but also for herself.

10:48am: I walk through the front doors and am met with the most pristine fast food restaurant I have ever laid eyes on. The white walls, generic tile, and shocking cleanliness of the place make me feel like I just walked into a hospital. I can’t decide whether this is comforting or not.

10:49am: I walk up to the counter with false bravado, ready to pretend I know what I’m doing. I tell the kind, vaguely Mormon-looking cashier that I would like a “Double Double Animal Style.” I let the sentence linger for a few seconds, gauging whether my online studying paid off and I seemed legit, or if the cashier calls my bluff. He can definitely tell I’m a newbie, but is nice about it. My friend orders the same, and we complete our order with Animal Style fries, regular fries, and a chocolate shake.

10:50am: After paying, I leave the cash register and immediately throw away my receipt. I gravitate towards a table close enough to the register so that I hear an employee calling out numbers for respective orders. I realize my number is on the receipt I just threw away. Such a noob.

10:51am: I walk back to the counter, clearly embarrassed and blushing, and ask the cashier what my number is. He tells me, and I walk back to my table with defeat.

11:00am: They call number “29,” and I jump out of my seat so quickly I nearly trip over myself. I regain my balance, look around to make sure no one sees what just happened – they all do – and walk to the register to claim my meal. I clasp the red tray and slowly lift it up to eye-level, taking in the beauty and smelling all the smells, knowing this is a moment I will never forget.


11:02am: After staring at my food for an entire two minutes, I grab the Double Double and sink my teeth in. The lettuce is crisp. The burger is juicy. The sauce is creamy. I lose myself in the burger for a few moments. I’m brought back to the present as my friend asks, “How is it?” I wait an inappropriately long time to respond, partly because I’m still chewing, but mainly because I’m in awe of how good this burger tastes. At this moment, I believe the hype is real.

11:03am: It’s time to go in for the kill on the fries. Visually, they are one of the more perfect orders of fries I’ve laid eyes on. Each fry is uniform and all appear to be cooked perfectly and evenly. I take the first bite and my stomach drops. They’re terrible. Crunchy. Flavorless. Unsubstantial. Possibly the three worst words that could ever be associated with a French fry. My friend and I meet each other’s gaze, both recognizing the look of disappointment in the other. We were doing so well.

11:04am: I take another bite of my burger, desperate for any other taste in my mouth other than the French fries. As I chew, I decide maybe I just got a bad couple of fries. Yes, that has to be it. I go in on them again, because everything deserves a second chance. Still bad. I put even more salt on them. Barely tolerable. I try extra Animal sauce. Still weirdly crunchy considering the sauce-to-fry ratio. The consistency of these fries are so wack they’re basically invincible to all of my attempts. It feels like I’m eating stale potato chips instead of fries. I am perplexed.


11:06am: As I continue to think about my current situation, I go from perplexed to distraught. In-N-Out is supposed to be good. What is happening? Is my entire life a lie?

11:07am: The only thing left to taste is the chocolate shake, although I really don’t want to based on my friend’s face. See, she is the type of person that is almost always smiling, especially when it involves good food. But after one sip of this milkshake, she looks like she’s sucking on a lemon rather than sipping a chocolate shake. She says the poor quality of the ice cream is obvious and the milk to ice cream ratio is just off. Damn it.

11:08am: I silently eat the rest of my burger, clinging onto the only good tasting thing from the meal for dear life. There is an entire order of French fries left untouched, the only time this has ever happened in my life. My friend looks at me forlornly and says, “I feel bad wasting food, but they’re just not even worth the calories.”

11:10am: We silently gather the remaining sad fries and chocolate shake and head towards the garbage. I feel extremely guilty. I throw the fries in the trash and stare at them for a few seconds, consumed by a feeling of betrayal.

Even though the burger had me seeing angels, the crunchy French fries, and the unfortunate taste they left in my mouth tainted my entire In-N-Out experience. As soon as I got back in my car, I found myself daydreaming about my beloved fries from Five Guys, tempted to Google the nearest location and drive there, ready and willing to travel any distance.

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An Entire Menu Of ‘Football Fries’ Just Launched At Slater’s 50/50


With football season just beginning, you’re gonna want something to munch on while you’re watching the game. Southern California burger chain Slater’s 50/50, known best for their customizable bacon burgers, introduced an entire line of Football Fries to enjoy the game with.

Here are the five starchy variations you can order from the restaurant chain.

Pizza Fries


Your favorite spuds are covered in a layer of marinara sauce and topped with pepperoni, green pepper, olives, and mozzarella cheese. If you’re that guy that likes to order pizza at a burger joint, this might be a pretty easy choice to curb those cravings until you get your hands on a pie.

Shmanimal Fries


A take on Animal Style Fries, because who doesn’t love those, the ‘Shmanimal’ features American cheese, bacon, grilled onions and a drizzle of bacon thousand island dressing. This might be the one item we’ll have to practice saying a few times before we try to order it.


Beer Cheese Fries


Alcohol aficionados will want to do a pull from these Beer Cheese fries. The deep-fried potatoes are topped with a house-made beer cheese, pepper jack cheese, jalapeños, and a Guinness bacon chili.

Carne Asada Fries


This beast is loaded with carne asada, cheddar, pepper jack, cheese sauce, jalapeño, green chiles, green onions, cilantro, guacamole, and chipotle sour cream. If you’re looking for a mouthful of meat and seasoning, this might be the football fries for you.

Pulled Pork Fries


BBQ lovers will want to dive into the Pulled Pork Fries. The dish is made with cola-braised pork and topped with Slater’s BBQ sauce, pickled jalapeño, pickled red onion, green onion, cheddar, pepper jack, and chipotle sour cream.


We Have Really Good News About In-N-Out Burger’s Chile Shortage

We were pretty bummed to report that In-N-Out Burger was experiencing a yellow chile shortage this summer. Well, In-N-Out lovers may soon be able to drench their Animal Style meal in yellow chile juice once again.

It appears whole yellow chilies are making their way back into stores — as early as this week — according to an In-N-Out issued memo sent out to “All Stores” dated July 29. The memo’s first sentence could confirm the end to California’s second largest drought, “Next week, whole chilies will be back in stock at the warehouse.” Although it is partially cut off, the memo continues: “Upon delivery, immediately resume serving chilies normally …


Before I found the memo on Twitter Monday night, I visited my local In-N-Out to order my standard No. 1 and asked if they had chilies.

To my amazement, the gal at the drive-thru wasn’t completely annoyed and replied, “Not yet, we’re hoping by Wednesday.”

After hearing the good news, I searched Twitter for “In n out chilies” and instantly found a memo, with the subject line, “Resupply of Whole Chilies.”


The image, was tweeted by Esmeralda Valerio with the caption, “RT to save a life chilies are back at In-N-Out *burger emoji* @innoutlife”

It’s been a bland summer without the mouth-watering drops of delicious yellow chilies on my Double-Double.

Hopefully, we’ll never have to experience another shortage, but it’s safe to say no one will ever take the whole yellow chile for granted, again.

Welcome back, chilies. You’ve been missed.

Fast Food

Chef Perfectly Recreates In-N-Out’s Animal Style 6×6 Burger

We’re lucky enough to live in Southern California where we can hop into a car anytime we’re craving In-N-Out and have a mouthful of cheeseburger about 15 minutes after those cravings set in. Unfortunately, half the country doesn’t have that luxury. Sorry, East Coast.

However, the dude from HellthyJunkFood decided he wanted to make In-N-Out’s infamous 6×6 Animal Style burger. This means you don’t have to grab a plane ticket to enjoy the one.

Just make it at home.

Check out his method of grilling and stacking six cheese-topped beef patties with the tangy spread of the beloved West Coast burger chain.

While you do this, we’re gonna hit the drive-thru.