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What Superstitious Fans Should Eat For The Super Bowl

If you’re the type of sports fan who wears your hat inside out when your team is losing, or sits on the left side of the couch at the end of games, you’re going to want to listen up for the food versions of your Super Bowl superstitions.

Whether you’re a Rams fan, Patriots fan, or just a degenerate who put down $2,000 on one of those teams, Grubhub, the popular food delivery app, put together a recipe for success using eating trends from both Los Angeles and the greater New England area.

The gist of it is, Rams fans should eat beef shawarma, and Patriots fans should eat sausage pizza if they want their teams to win.

Grubhub came to these conclusions by analyzing the most popular orders put in on days the Rams and Patriots won this season.

On days the Rams won games, beef shawarma was 163 percent more popular in Los Angeles than any other order food order. Followed by mac & cheese, shrimp scampi, chicken alfredo, and ramen.

When the Patriots were victorious, sausage pizza was 181 percent more popular among New Englanders. After that, the most popular foods on victory days were eggplant parmesan sandwiches, ham and cheese sandwiches, pork wonton soup, and cheeseburgers.

Most Popular Food Orders For Rams Wins

1. Beef shawarma (163% more popular)
2. Mac and cheese (115% more popular)
3. Shrimp scampi (110% more popular)
4. Chicken Alfredo pasta (105% more popular)
5. Ramen (103% more popular)
6. Chicken shawarma pita (103% more popular)
7. Penne bolognese (98% more popular)
8. Chicken masala (91% more popular)
9. Baba ganoush (91% more popular)
10.Lamb shank (77% more popular)
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Most Popular Food Orders For Patriot Wins

1. Sausage pizza (181% more popular)
2. Eggplant parmesan sandwich (171% more popular)
3. Ham and cheese sandwich (155% more popular)
4. Pork wonton soup (149% more popular)
5. Cheeseburger (127% more popular)
6. Pulled pork sandwich (127% more popular)
7. California club sandwich (123% more popular)
8. Garden roll (116% more popular)
9. Spicy edamame (101% more popular)
10.Eggplant parmesan (92% more popular)

Now you know what your Super Bowl party spread should look like. If you stray away from this formula, expect your team to lose. Hey, I don’t make the rules, I just tend to follow the supernatural ones.

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What California’s Largest Fish Market Looks Like On Its Busiest Day

The San Pedro Fish Market and Restaurant is one of the most highly trafficked restaurant locations on the West Coast, seeing more than 20,000 visitors on weekends.

If you’ve ever been there, you already know that timing is everything. With only a few freeway entrances leading into the Port of Los Angeles, the West Coast’s largest fish market becomes overrun with traffic, creating long lines and an ocean of hungry people.

Still, the Kings of Fish, the family of principal owners of San Pedro’s legendary seafood market, are prepared to deal with the hoards of seafood hungry crowds that are willing to wait hours in line for a table.

Well, they would be if they were actually in the state.

With three members of the Kings Of Fish family more than 3,000 miles away from the sunny skies of San Pedro, the San Pedro Fish Market is tested on one of its busiest weekends, and actually needing to close the doors in order to accommodate the massive demand for shrimp trays and giant Coronas.

While Tommy “The Boss” Amalfitano, is trying to quell historically large crowds, his counterparts are “working” at the Boston Seafood Expo, trying to market a frozen seafood product.

But, by the looks of it, the Three Stooges of San Pedro can barely read the expo map to find their product booth and seem to be struggling after a long night in Boston.

While Tommy Sr. is over his head in clientele, he hopes the boys in Boston won’t let him down. But, being the veteran that he is, Tommy Sr. doesn’t believe anything until he sees it.  And on the busiest day at San Pedro Fish Market, all he sees are long lines — with his Kings of Fish nowhere in sight.

Tune in every Friday for a brand new episode of Kings Of Fi$h Season 3. Or, if you need to catch up on past episodes, or just to binge watch, all KOF episodes can be found on FOODBEASTYouTube and Facebook.

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Are The Kings Of Fi$h Working Hard Or Hardly Working?

In episode 12 of the Kings Of Fi$h series, the old adage, “when the cat’s away, the mice will play,” could be the best analogy for any member of the The San Pedro Fish Market family, especially when Tommy “The Boss” Amalfitano is not in sight.

Having returned to his day-to-day routine of running the San Pedro Fish Market after a mini-stint in retirement, Tommy “The Boss”Amalfitano is more fired up than ever. But, that doesn’t mean he’s a happy camper.

Adding to his frustration, Henry, Mike, and Tommy Jr. head to Boston, Mass. — during St. Patrick’s Day weekend — for the annual Boston Seafood Expo to market the company’s frozen seafood product. However, the Three Stooges of San Pedro seem to be celebrating St. Patty’s Day nearly 3,000 away from Tommy Sr. — and loving every minute of it.

While the boys are away, Tommy Sr. is left to oversee daily operations in San Pedro, and as a result, expresses his concern about what the trio is actually accomplishing. The only thing that Tommy Sr. seems confident in is the fact that his seafood market is running efficiently without them.

“Who the hell needs ’em? This place is running just fine. Whether they’re here or not — we’re rollin!” — Tommy “The Boss” Amalfitano

As Mike, Henry, and Tommy Jr. head to the seafood expo after a long night of celebrating Irish heritage, it’s clear they’re in over their heads — since they can’t even find their booth.

Still, the future of the company rests on the success of the frozen product, and if the boys don’t get their act together — the entire company will be on ice.

Tune in every Friday for a brand new episode of Kings Of Fi$h Season 3. Or, if you need to catch up on past episodes or just to binge watch, all KOF episodes can be found on FOODBEAST TV, YouTube and Facebook.

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Fast Food

Finally, An ATM That Spits Out FREE McDonald’s Big Macs

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Where do you go when you’re short on Big Macs? The Big Mac ATM, of course.

According to Metro Boston, a Big Mac-themed pop-up in Boston will feature an ATM that dispenses McDonald’s iconic burgers. Not only will the ATM feature the classic Big Mac sandwiches, but also the two new variations introduced this year: The Mac Jr. & Grand Mac.

Located at 540 Commonwealth Ave. at the Kenmore Square McDonald’s, the machine will feed patrons free burgers until Jan. 31 between the hours of 11am to 2pm each day. There will be a constant stream of fresh Big Macs loaded into the ATM on a daily basis.

Sounds eerily like one of my three wishes as a child.

If you’re in the Boston area for the next week and you’ve got some Big Mac cravings, but you’re short on cash, this is definitely a cheap option to feed your bellies.

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Woman Hasn’t Let Down Syndrome Stop Her From Being A Cookie Queen

For years, Boston native Collette Divitto had trouble finding work. Whether it was because of her disability, or something else, who knows, but she took matters into her own hands and decided to start a business on her own.

Divitto, 26, was born with Down syndrome, but wasn’t going to let that stop her from being a kick-ass cookie-baking boss.

She went from selling 100 cookies a week at a small Boston market, to now having to pump out 4,000 orders, totaling up to as much as 50,000 cookies.

After people became aware of Collette’s cookie business from a CBS News report, things really took off, as the support poured in, heavily. There has even been a Go Fund Me page started, where people can donate and really help get her business going.

Collette’s mother, Rosemary Alfredo, told CBS News that she believes Collette was driven by the job rejections, and turned a negative into a positive.

Collette doesn’t have to worry about job-searches anymore, as she is now baking and shipping out thousands of her chocolate chip and cinnamon “Amazing Cookies.” No, seriously, that’s what they’re called. How can you not want an “Amazing Cookie?”

Divitto seems to be fully aware that her business is getting worldwide attention, and hopes that others with disabilities will see what she is doing, and be inspired.

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Irish People Try American Cakes For The First Time [WATCH]

People trying foods they’re not familiar with for the first time is always fascinating to watch. Facts., the YouTube channel that features Irish people reacting to various foods and experiences they’ve never had before, recently made a video of our European brethren trying popular American cakes.

These cakes include Boston Creme Pies, Brown Derby Grapefruit Cakes, Whoopie Pies, Coca-Cola Cakes and Kansas Dirt Cakes. Each cake is most popular within a different region of the country.

Check out the video for their reactions to these American-made desserts. This segment seriously needs to come with a glass of milk.

Photo + Video: Facts.

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Fast Food

Angry Mother Gets The Ball Rolling With First Chipotle Norovirus Lawsuit

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Earlier this month, Boston became ground zero for a massive norovirus outbreak originating from a Chipotle near the campus of Boston University. With about 150 cases reported, the first lawsuit is underway.

The mother of a 16-year-old kid who ate a burrito and caught the norovirus sued the chain for damages her son suffered through, the Globe reports.

Currently, their attorney Bill Marler has represented a fair amount of Chipotle customer lawsuits. His credentials include those who got sick recently from the E. coli outbreak in the West Coast.

Marler spoke to the Globe and told them he’s also been speaking with students from Boston College who also got sick from Chipotle.

The restaurant was inspected by Health officials and was cited for three major violations which included failure to cook chicken and beef at the proper temperature and an employee being sick while on the job.

Currently, the restaurant location remains closed.

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Trader Joe’s Ex-President Launches Grocery Store That Sells Healthy Food At Fast-Food Prices

It looks like your common boutique supermarket, and with its aisles brimming with fresh produce and friendly staff assisting customers, it has nearly everything you would find in your typical suburban food store.

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But under the Whole Foods facade of carrot crates and egg carton stacks, something special is going on inside new store Daily Table that is hard to miss — the supermarket’s prices are so low that it seems like they are competing with fast food.

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Well, actually yes. Trader Joe’s president and now Daily Table founder Doug Rauch says that it actually is the point.

“Our job at Daily Table is to provide healthy meals that are no more expensive than what people are already buying,” said Rauch in an interview with the Boston Globe.

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“We’re trying to reach a segment of the population that is hard to reach. It’s the working poor who are out buying food, but who can’t afford the food they should be eating.”

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Following Rauch’s studies at Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative in 2012, he crafted a model that is a nonprofit but somehow runs like a business that is able to sustain itself.

With pricing that includes $1.19 for a dozen eggs, $1.99 for a block of cheddar cheese and 55 cents for a can of tuna, the store clearly isn’t built on generating huge profits. Their cheap prices are made possible by sourcing surplus foods or goods classified as nearing their expiration from farmers, supermarkets, manufacturers, and food distributors.

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This model actually solves not only most people’s lack of access to affordable, healthy food but also the significant amount of unsold food disposed of every day.

Daily Table’s mission is clear on the company’s website: “Our healthy meal options will be priced to compete with the fast-food alternatives in the neighborhood.”

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“We’ll be doing all of this by recovering food from supermarkets, growers and food distributors that would otherwise have been wasted. Hunger & wasted food are two problems that can have one solution.”

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Right now, there is only one store in Boston. But with the way the community in Dorchester is responding, expect more stores to pop up soon. Rauch is eyeing more stores in the Boston area and in cities such as Detroit, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.

Written by NextShark