This Simple Infographic Shows What Fruits Are Safe For Dogs


It’s tough keeping track of what’s safe and unsafe for dogs to snack on. There’s so many foods out there that can be harmful to your canine buddy if mistakenly eaten. Even those with the best of intentions, an owner can sometimes feed their pets the wrong thing.

Dr. Edward Cooper, Associate Professor at the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences in College of Veterinary Medicine, contributed to this easy-to-read infographic that pretty much tells you all the fruits that are safe and unsafe for your dog to consume.

Keep these in mind next time you leave a bowl of cherries or raisins lying around the house.


Photo: Clint Davis/E.W. Scripps Company


How To Never Get Food Poisoning Again


Food poisoning is rough…I think we all can attest to that. In lieu of the recent Blue Bell recall, it’s important to know what foods are potentially risky.


1. Berries


Remember the Hepatitis A in berries recall? Always make sure to wash your berries. Don’t skip this step, even if you buy the berries frozen.


2. Lettuce


According to the CDC, there were 8,836 reported cases of foodborne illness between 1998 and 2008 that were due to consumption of leafy greens. In case your lettuce is dangerous, make sure to thoroughly wash it before you add it to your salad.


3. Meat


You probably saw this one coming. Chicken, not beef, is the most common cause of meat-related foodborne illness. Don’t wash the chicken before you cook it because it will just put all the bacteria all over your sink. Follow these tips when cooking meat.


4. Raw Eggs


I know how tasty cookie dough is, but when it has raw eggs in it, you run the risk of ingesting Salmonella, which is associated with raw eggs. Choose scrambled eggs over sunny side, and eat your cookies once they’re out of the oven.


5. Sprouts


Not only do sprouts grow in warm, wet conditions, but they are very difficult to clean. In fact, it is recommended that the elderly, young children and those with weakened immune systems or those who are pregnant just stay away from sprouts. If you just have to eat them, however, sauté them first.

Go here for a list of outbreak investigations by year.

Written by Maia Vernacchia by Spoon University

Fast Food

Burger King Japan’s Holiday Burger Is Topped with Berries


Nothing says holidays more than berries and mushrooms. At least that’s what Burger King Japan seems to think as the fast food chain prepares to launch its duo of Berry Kristmush burgers early next week.

The Premium Berry Burger features a regular burger patty and what appear to be bacon, lettuce and tomatoes. It’s then sauced with a spread of cranberries and topped with additional blueberries. Actually, that sounds amazing.

Cheese and mushrooms are a very common pairing when stacked on a regular beef patty. Mostly because they work well together. Although, there’s got to be a better name to give it than Mush ‘n’ Cheese.

Patrons of Burger King Japan can find the Mush n’ Cheese for 480 yen ($4.12 US) and the Premium Berry for 590 yen ($5.06 US). They’ll be available for the holidays at participating Burger King Japan locations beginning Nov. 17.

H/T First We Feast


JUST IN: Strawberries Are Not Berries, Yet Avocados and Watermelon Are


Ready to have your mind blown, your childish innocence shattered, your ideas of everything right in the world torn asunder? Strawberries are not really berries, but watermelon, pumpkins, bananas, and avocados are. It’s okay. Take a few deep breaths. We’re right here with you.

While we’ve tended to define berries as any small edible fruit, the official definition of a berry is “a fleshy fruit produced from a single ovary.”  By this definition, oranges, kumquats, blueberries, and even tomatoes can be considered part of the berry family.

Strawberries, on the other hand, are known as “accessory fruits,” which makes it sound like they did something wrong.  They’re just trying to exist, man! In these fruits, the surrounding flesh around the seed isn’t derived from the fruit’s ovaries but from the receptacle in which the ovaries are found.  When fully developed, these aggregates have merged together into one single fruit.  Hows that for fruitception?

Mind blown. Drops mic.

H/T Reddit


4-Year-Old Creates the World’s Most Epic Breakfast Cereal


The folks over Thrillist recently consulted the expertise of a 4-year-old in order to create “the ultimate breakfast cereal.” To create this Frankenstein concoction, all the best parts were delicately picked out of four different cereals. A box of Lucky Charms was pillaged for just the marshmallows, the “reds” taken from Froot Loops, the Honey Bunches pried (and the Oats left for dead), and the berries picked from a box of Crunch Berries. The whole shebang was eaten with a half-gallon of just Cinnamon Toast Crunch leftover milk — which is arguably the best part of that particular cereal.


We bet health food nuts are having a field day with this but c’mon, ya’ll are just mad you didn’t think about it first.

Check out the full story over at Thrillist.


Dairy Queen’s August Blizzard is A Triple-Berry-Brownie Threat


Chocolate covered strawberries. Chocolate covered raspberries. Chocolate covered blackberries? We’ve never had the last one, which is why we’re super excited to try Dairy Queen’s Blizzard of the month: The Tripleberry Brownie.  The newest addition to the Blizzard family boasts strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry purées, blended with classic vanilla soft serve and stuffed with brownie and chocolate chunks.

While it may not beat fresh picked berries from the berry-patch, it sure as hell beats going to the berry patch in the first place.  We’re more than ready to trade brambles, bug bites, and lots and lots of sweat for a cool frozen treat in our hands.  So let’s raise a blizzard to new summer traditions, ones that are decidedly lazier, but likely just as delicious.

The Tripleberry Brownie Blizzard is available throughout the month, in four different sizes and as a Blizzard Cake.

H/T + PicThx Ice Cream In Format


IHOP’s Brioche French Toast is the Best Thing Since Sliced (French) Bread

IHOP has changed the lives of French toast fans forever by rolling out a line of brand new Brioche French toast. For the unenlightened, Brioche is the French bread equivalent of sinking your teeth into a cloud — a buttery, fluffy, slightly flaky cloud with just a hint of sweetness. Now imagine that as the foundation for French toast, and you’ll see why IHOP’s announcement has everyone all hot and bothered. And because apparently drowning us in a sea of buttery goodness wasn’t enough, they decided to add a bunch of delicious fruit toppings. Toppings, people.

There’s the Banana Foster French Brioche

Bananas Foster Brioche French Toast

The Berry Berry Brioche French Toast

Berry Berry Brioche French Toast

And the Peaches & Cream Brioche French Toast.

Peaches Cream Brioche French Toast

I’ll be honest, I hated French toast for years. Something about the whole egg and bread combination threw me off, but I really wish I could go back in time and shove my past self’s face into a plate of Brioche French toast. Pretty sure that would fix everything. Happy eating!


Homemade True Blood Because A Good Neck Is Hard To Find

To all the Truebies, Twihards, and vampire enthusiasts: let’s be honest, a good neck is hard to find. Fresh blood is scarce these days. And the show True Blood‘s official drink, which isn’t sold in the HBO Store anymore, is waaaaay too expensive everywhere else. So what’s a true fan to do?

Make your own “blood” of course!

For this recipe from the page-to-platers at Fictional Food, you start with their original ‘V’ recipe, which is basically strained berry puree. It’s disgustingly viscous and surprisingly delicious!

Then, you dilute that with Cran-Grape juice at a 1-1 ratio, like O Negative Lite. Pour the vital fluid into an empty bottle and paste on these handy labels. All the flavor without the bite.

via Fictional Food