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Red Robin Is Offering A Build-Your-Own Wing Bar For Home Delivery

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A few months back, there were times when I would eat wings two or three times a week either after work or during lunch. Being at home these days, frequenting wing bars isn’t as easy as it used to be. That, however, hasn’t stopped me from finding alternatives to enjoying wings at home.

That’s because Red Robin Catering is offering a massive box of wings that you can order for the family, that comes with their own sauces, dips, and sides.

Each Big Red Box of Gourmet Wings & Sides come with 50 juicy bone-in chicken wings. While naked wings are delicious, it wouldn’t be considered a wing bar without your choice of sauces and the build-your-own box includes the chain’s signature Buzzard Sauce, Teriyaki Sauce, and Whiskey River BBQ.

Finally, because no wing experience is complete without dipping sauces and sides, guests will also have sides of Ranch and Bleu cheese to dunk their wings into and some carrot sticks.

Wing lovers can get their hands on this box through the Red Robin site. Each package is about $50, serves 10 people, and is available at all participating Red Robin locations.

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This Bar Dedicates Their Entire Menu To French Fries

‘Fry Madness’ is a fry bar in Los Angeles, California, dedicated to making fries the main course rather than the side dish. And with the flavorful variety of specialty fries, plus the fact that everything on the menu is based off of fries, it makes it hard to keep it on the side.

Located on Spring Street, it is a small shop that shares a kitchen with Springtime in NY (a Mediterranean-influenced cafe).  By partnering with the neighboring store, Fry Madness came into fruition and, “pushed every delectable boundary of culinary acceptability.”

After checking this place out, I never knew how versatile a fry entree could be. It is fairly simple to pair something with fries, however, the harmonious flavors of the toppings are what matter more. And with each specialty fry we tried, it really did not disappoint. From the Buffalo Chicken Wing, Hawaiian BBQ Chicken to the Caribbean Jerk Shrimp fries it was all packed with savory punches. Yet, none of the elements from the sauce to the seasoning were overwhelming.

One or two plates of the fries could definitely stuff a group of two or more. But, if you’re trying to avoid a large amount of carbs and meat there are other options.

In a smaller portion, they have float fries. Essentially it is a trio of fries, distinguished by the glass of sauce they are submersed in. The sauces range from spicy to sweet: Chipotle Mayo, Spicy 1000 Island to Lemon Basil Aioli and Chutney Mayo.

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The completion of a dinner or lunch always ends with dessert, and they offer fry-based dessert concoctions as well.

With the dessert fries, the base changes to sweet potato. From there, there are 3 options: Nutella, S’mores, and Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. At this point, it gets a bit intense, so really loving sweets is a requirement for these desserts.

All of the entrees are monstrous, and with all the carbs, meat and toppings it is always good in the moment but a little regrettable after (but worth it).

Fry Madness is the perfect place for a cheat day — where you can be a shameless glutton with gourmet fries and a beer. Despite the gluttony, it is a quaint spot to enjoy fries on another level, all while observing the bustling foot traffic of Angelenos in Downtown, Los Angeles.

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You Can Order MASSIVE Loaded Pretzels At This Korean Gastropub

I’m always in search of some great bar food. Whether those come in the form of chicken wings, burgers, or pretzels — I’m game. In fact, I love a good pretzel. While my body rejects cheese like a C-student’s application to an Ivy League, there was a time I would enjoy a soft pretzel dunked in rich beer cheese. Man, do I miss beer cheese. Biergarten, located in the Koreatown are of Los Angeles, CA,  doesn’t just do a simple pretzel. In fact, the Korean fusion gastropub created three massive loaded pretzels to appease any and every kind of craving. Let’s dig into the delicious details:

Best of Wurst Pretzel

The Nuremberg bratwurst, kielbasa sausage, and Spam topped pretzel is essential for meat lovers. Garnished with plenty of sauerkraut and spicy mustard, the bar also adds some sautéed kimchi, perilla leaves, and pickled daikons to marry German and Korean flavors. It’s served with a side of… *sighs*… beer cheese.

Supreme Nacho Pretzel

Nacho lovers will want to revel on this loaded work of art. This supreme pretzel is topped with Spam bits, sliced knackwurst sausage, nacho cheese, Angus chili, pico de gallo, and jalapeños.

Dessert Lover’s Pretzel

Finally for those born with an incurable case of the “sweet tooth,” there’s the Dessert Lover’s Pretzel. Sweet with a hint of salty, the soft pretzel is topped with chocolate syrup, sugar cinnamon powder, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, Heath toffee bits, and pretzel chips. Just be sure to bring a friend before diving into these things. Sure you can knock one out on your own, but these should be enjoyed with some beers and good company.

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10 Drinks That Are Guaranteed To Induce A Hangover

Alcohol can be a best friend one night and a sworn enemy the next day. It’s a fickle relationship, to say the least. That sworn enemy part? It comes in the form of a hangover, which will greet you in the morning with the gentle warmth of a sledgehammer to the face.

Now, while there are many variables at play when it comes to a hangover — drinking on an empty stomach, not enough water in the evening, etc — it all comes down to pretty simple reasons. You get hangovers because of things like, sugar, carbonation, and congeners.

Instead of going through the science outright, though, let’s get all hyped up on science by walking it through a few drinks that are sure to do damage to your body.

Red Wine

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Red wine may be a class-act accessory the night before, but it’s an aggressive bully the morning after. Congeners, a fermentation byproduct that strikes up the morning hangover band, contribute to a wine’s color. So the darker a wino goes, the worse they’ll feel. White wine may not always prove its worth as an evening drink, but it’ll keep a drinker’s head from caving in the next day.

Darker Liquors

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Likewise, liquors of a darker shade —  your bourbons, your brandys, your dark rums — are ready to sabotage the morning-after for the same reason, those dang congeners. Bourbon’s actually the fiercest culprit, having the 40 times the quantity of congeners than in vodka.

Cheap Liquor

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Liquor tends to have higher alcohol concentrations than its beer and wine brethren. And the cheaper the spirit, the more congeners. So scooping the cheapest booze is the fastest route to a forced day in bed. Honestly, though, who’s surprised that the most affordable thing at the bar betrays you in the end?

Champagne

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Why a more lofty drink like champagne ends up as a head pounder always seems to be up for discussion. It’s a go-to celebratory toast drink, but it’ll knock out the brain come sun-up. The reason is it comes down to the fact that it’s jam-packed with bubbles. That carbon dioxide helps get the alcohol into a drinker’s blood stream faster than other kinds of alcohol.

Booze Mixed With Soda or Juice

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This is basically just pouring sugar down the gullet, so it’s no surprise it makes a person feel like hell come morning. The fact that alcohol is involved is doing absolutely nobody any favors — except maybe the tastebuds. Whether it’s whiskey and cola or vodka and orange juice, if the mixer is super sweet, there’s a chance the next day will come with a super headache.

Fruity Colorful Cocktails

This is going to strike the same way soda and juice do, mostly because they may be hiding beneath that tiny umbrella. Anything that has a pretty color to it has a good chance of becoming your frienemy. It’s going to be an entire witch’s brew of booze that then disguises the whole festive monstrosity with sweeteners. Witchcraft, I say!

Booze with Energy Drinks

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Not only are energy drinks major players when it comes to hangovers, but mixing a depressant and a stimulant together is no good for a human being from the start. It basically has the potential to rile a person up to drink more for longer than one’s body would initially agree to. Plus, the sugar content of energy drinks is bonkers to begin with.

Gimmicky Nonsense Shots in a Dive Bar

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This will priority mail your brain a hangover for a number of reasons. It could be a goofball sugary concoction with some innuendo name, it could be the cheapest booze in the house that they hide with sugar, or it’s some maniac pour like a ‘bar mat shot’, which is exactly what it sounds like — all the spilled liquid on the bar, squeezed into a shot glass. This kind of lunacy is best (and hopefully only) limited to a 21st birthday, and even then, like, why?

Long Island Iced Tea

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If anyone orders a drink that at its core is a selection of gin, rum, tequila, vodka, and triple sec — especially one that hides them vixens and villains with sour mix and a splash of cola — it can’t really be that much of a blindside once everything goes haywire. These will deliver a boxer-like hangover because the drinker is simply downing all the booze together in what will surely be an accidental half dozen orders.

Literally Any Drink With ‘Adios’ or ‘Goodbye’ or ‘So Long’ or ‘911’ in the Title

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These kinds of drinks essentially take the spirit of Long Island Iced Teas, but turn it into more direct chaos. Sometimes, they’ll act like it’s a mystery concoction that just randomly showed up one day. This could be anything from a Slushee that’s, like, three-fourths Bacardi 151 to a blue lagoon fishbowl of tequila that looks like someone could swim in it. Anything that hints at a blackout in its name can, will, and should absolutely beat a person up like crazy. This is how you lose an entire weekend.

 

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This Karaoke Bar Created An Entire Sanrio Menu To Snack On While You Sing

Sanrio x Energy Bistro & Karaoke

Not too long ago, Sanrio did a collaboration with a Japanese restaurant chain Curry House. The restaurant crafted a special menu that featured popular Hello Kitty character Gudetama. You may recognize him as a butt-naked anthropomorphic egg that’s perpetually lazy.

Well it looks like Sanrio is going full speed ahead with their collaborations and has just begun another team-up. This time, the popular Japanese brand has partnered with California-based Energy Bistro & Karaoke for a collaboration featuring one of their newest characters: Aggretsuko.

The metal Aggretsuko Room

Aggretsuko is a red panda that works in an accounting office in Tokyo. Because she can be somewhat of a pushover, her superiors take advantage of her and pile on deadlines. Unbelievably stressed, she dons an afterwork persona of a heavy metal karaoke singer.

Sounds pretty intense.

The deluxe Hello Kitty Starry Room

In a two-year collaboration, the karaoke bar transformed five of their 15 rooms into Hello Kitty-themed hangouts.

The eggs-cellent Gudetama Room

Each room has a design unique to a popular character in the Japanese franchise.

Along with the change in decor, Energy Bistro & Karaoke also created an entire menu based on the popular characters with the help from their own Chef Cindy who conceptualized the menu herself.

Here’s what you can order:

The karaoke bar offers a bounty of Hello Kitty themed items for customers to order and snack on while they belt their favorite tunes. Unlike the Gudetama collaboration at Curry House, each item on this menu can be ordered a la carte rather than prix fixed.

Here are the three savory options patrons can choose from.

Hello Kitty Okonomiyaki Hot Dog with fried tofu.

Gudetama Last Waffle Sandwich with sweet potato cheese tots

As for dessert, guests can choose from either Hello Kitty-shaped waffles and ice cream, or baked ube and ice cream in the shape of the titular feline.

Hello Kitty & Mimmy Waffle & Ice Cream

If you happen to be near Hacienda Heights, CA, and are an avid fan of Hello Kitty, you definitely want to check this place out. Just make sure to grab a few friends to join you in this experience. While, you definitely don’t have to sing to try the menu, you won’t get the full experience unless you immerse yourself.

Wonder what their slow jams selection looks like?

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Reptar Bars Being Sold This Week, Take A Big Bite of Nostalgia

Fans of the ’90s, prepare to take a bite out of so much nostalgia your tongue will turn green.

FYE, For Your Entertainment, will begin selling Reptar Bars at their stores sometime within the next week. The announcement was first made on the pop culture and merchandise chain’s Facebook stating that they are stocking their shelves with the popular chocolate candy from the hit ’90s animated series Rugrats. In the show, the coveted candy bar was molded after the ferocious fictional dinosaur idolized by the titular Rugrats.

Like the cartoon, these real life Reptar Bars boast a milk chocolate exterior and a green frosting interior. Consumers should expect to have their tongues bright green for a few hours after consumption.

You can find your nearest FYE retailer here. Fans of Rugrats will also want to check out FYE’s Reptar cereal and exclusive Funko Pop, which are available for pre-order now.

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Meet An Actual Architect Who Designs How Your Favorite Bars Should Look

A guy walks into a bar… and notices its beautiful design? Well, not always but if you’ve ever watched an episode of “Bar Rescue,” then you know that, in addition to Jon Taffer’s pleasant demeanor, the key to any successful bar is the way its designed. It has to be beautiful yet functional. But who makes them so?

Griz Dwight of the Washington, D.C.-based GrizForm Design Architects does. A dual major in Studio Art and Physics at Williams College, Dwight actually became an architect when he had a beer in hand. “I was sitting around drinking a beer, thinking about what I wanted to be when I grew up,” says Dwight. “A woman passed by and asked what I was doing. When I told her, she said, ‘Oh, I thought you were an architect!”

So, who better than Dwight to ask about how backbars — the area behind a bar with shelves for holding bottles and other supplies — are designed, what he drinks when he ponies up to a bar, and how you can give your home bar that professional look.

How did you get into focusing on backbars?

I moved to D.C. in ‘99 with two goals: to get the girl and get out of DC. Half of it worked [laughs]. I’ve been married 17 years but I also fell in love with D.C. My first job out of grad school was with a restaurant design firm. One day, I got a call about starting my own firm and that day I quit. Our first was Oya [an Asian fusion restaurant]. It was terrifying and great because I knew I only had one shot.

What’s the first rule of designing a backbar?

There is no “first rule.” It has to be eye-catching. People need to get excited and think it’s a cool place. It also has to be functional. You can’t have things that bartenders can’t reach or they can’t make a drink. Some bars have every liquor displayed — they’re all about the booze. Maxwell [a wine bar] is all about the wine glasses. So, you have to show you what you’ve got.

Walk me through the process you take clients through.

You have to spend time talking about the kind of bar it is and what you’re serving. We just did a space in State College, Pennsylvania that has 100 beers on tap. It was a bit overwhelming. How do you make it easy to pick a beer? So, we put up giant flat screens with beer menu highlights. At Proof [a new American cuisine restaurant], they wanted to have proverbial “10 lbs in a 5 lbs bag.” They wanted to have TVs that weren’t a focal point unless they were on, a wine keeping system, beer, cocktails and to relate to the neighborhood. We worked with portrait gallery across the street to find photos that could be displayed on the recessed televisions when they’re not on — that also tied in the neighborhood.

What do you notice when you walk into a bar as a customer?

When we walk into a space that we didn’t design, my wife knows not to talk to me for the first 10 minutes [laughs]. I am looking at the details and function. I am watching servers and bartenders with a learning eye. I want to know what’s working and what’s not and how are people using the space.

What recommendations would you give home bartenders to make their bars stand out?

Lighting is essential for hospitality bars. Home bars are usually in a cabinet or tucked away, so I would suggest that they start with the lighting.

What is your go-to drink when you’re in a bar?

It depends on the season. In warmer weather, its usually a Hendrick’s & Tonic with a cucumber. The rest of the year, its a big glass of Barolo or a Manhattan, depending on the kind of day I have had [laughs].

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Netflix’s Cease-And-Desist Letter To ‘Stranger Things’ Bar Is The Best Thing We’ve Read All Week

The new season of Stranger Things is a little more than a month away and we’re stoked. Netflix’s hit series has gained an overwhelming amount of traction since it premiered in 2016. Now with the much-anticipated second season debuting a few days before Halloween, an unauthorized Stranger Things pop-up bar is in for a bit of a scare.

According to DNAinfo, a Chicago Bar was transformed a while back into the Upside Down – the spooky, scary parallel dimension from the show. The pop-up opened on Aug. 18 and is set to run through Oct. 1.

Unfortunately, any plans for them to go beyond the six-week period were squashed by Netflix. The two gentlemen behind the popular pop-up received this letter from the entertainment company’s legal team.

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Arguably one of the funniest cease-and-desist letters we’ve seen in our years. It’s nice to see that Netflix has a bit of humor regarding the pop-up. If you happen to be in the Chicago area and haven’t had a chance to visit the Upside Down, be sure to do so before Oct. 1.