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Ireland Supreme Court Says Subway Bread Isn’t Bread

There’s something about Subway bread that’s always so addicting. I always chalked it up to extreme hunger every time I order from the fast-food sandwich chain. Turns out that there’s something in the bread. 

CBS News reports that a recent ruling by the Ireland Supreme Court deemed that Subway bread isn’t technically bread at all. 

A tax dispute from an Irish Subway franchisee, Bookfinders Ltd., brought forth this decision after they argued that items such as teas, coffees, and heated sandwiches should not be subjected to value-added tax. 

The appeal was rejected earlier this week by a panel of judges and ruled that the bread at Subway had way too much sugar to be considered a “staple food.” Staple foods are typically not taxed. 

To be considered “bread,” the sugar content in the flour cannot exceed 2%. Subway’s contained 10%.

Maybe that’s why I find their bread so delicious. 

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With Just Two Ingredients, You Can Make Bread For Life

With everyone at home right now, the possibilities that all this extra time have unlocked have manifested into Tik Tok videos, Tiger King memes, and throwing down in the kitchen. Now it’s been said that man cannot live on Joe Exotic’s drip and hitting the Whoa alone, as sustenance is key to survival. And though it’s universal to all how much good use of our time has been spent on unlocking our inner Gordon Ramsays, the fact remains that groceries are at a constant flux of being fully stocked to bare shelves in such a short amount of time, with essentials like bread becoming scarce.

But what if I told you that you can literally make your own bread for life with just two simple ingredients? A raised eyebrow of skepticism is what I’d expect, sure, but the overall simplicity of what it takes to bake bread really is just that — simple.

I asked Aaron Caddel, CEO and owner of Mr. Holmes Bakehouse in San Francisco and Los Angeles, why bread seems to be the unlikely hero right now and also to help us understand just how easy it is to make bread for you and yours for life.

“It’s just the survival component with people. Folks got really worried for a short amount of time that there was going to be a food shortage and I think that frenzy is still there,” Caddel explains. “Then also, folks just need to stay in the house. Making bread is cheap living and an essential part of a lot of folks’ dinner tables.”

Now just like the countless businesses and restaurants that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse has had to pivot their regular business model to still serve their customers. In light of this, while also recognizing the need for bread right now, Caddel has now shifted priorities to offering Bread Starter Kits, with shipping available nationwide. Inside you’ll find everything you’ll need to bring your bread starter to life, including instructions on how to “maintain this bread starter for 100+ years,” as said on the bakeshop’s website.

But how exactly is it even possible to have a lifelong supply of bread from just two ingredients? Well first, one needs to identify that these two ingredients are literally just flour and water. But how does yeast play into this whole process? Isn’t it essential as well? These are questions I myself had at the beginning of my research for this story. To help answer that, I tapped fellow Foodbeast and resident food scientist, Costa Spyrou, for some of his gems:

While you can purchase dry active yeast from stores, it’s not necessary to make your own bread starter. The most unique custom ones come from letting your dough capture the yeast from the surrounding air. Starters of flour and water left out at room temperature (but safely covered) will capture yeast and bacteria from the area. Many wild yeast strains are species that will ferment the dough: the most common yeast species is Saccharomyces cerevisiae. As vital as these yeasts are to turning dough into bread, you also need some bacteria to help the yeast along. It’s a symbiotic relationship between the yeast and bacteria that help produce the many signature flavors of dough.

Ah science (and Costa), thank you for all the clarity you bring. And also, thank you to establishments like Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, who are still finding ways to service the community even during these challenging times. The phrase ‘let’s get this bread’ resonates now more than ever.

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Ike’s Sandwiches Is Now Delivering Their Famous Dutch Crunch Loaves

Turn any sandwich from your fridge into Ike’s Dutch Crunch? Heck yeah we’re down. While everyone is hunkering down for yet another month thanks to COVID-19, we find some comfort knowing we can crunch on some Dutchy goodness.

Ike’s Love and Sandwiches just announced that they’ll be selling their world-famous Dutch Crunch bread for home delivery this week. Effective immediately, fans can order six loaves of Ike’s bread either through the store or through the mobile app and have it delivered to their homes for $5.99.

A game changer since many of us Ike fans frequent the fan-favorite sandwich shop specifically for the Dutch Crunch option.

Imagine the possibilities having Dutch Crunch at home can entail. As you can see in the images above, I grabbed a bag of Dutch Crunch loaves for myself and created an Animal Style Dino Nugget-stuffed Dutch Crunch sammich.

Yes, it’s as Dino-mite as it sounds.

If you’re interested in ordering some, check out your nearest Ike’s location to see when you can get your loaves.

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If You Have These Ingredients In Your Cupboard, Come Stress Bake With Us LIVE

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Like a lot of other places, the Foodbeast team has all been working remotely throughout the “shelter in place” orders that have been set. That hasn’t stopped us from creating the food content we love, especially in our “Foodbeast Kitchen” series on Twitch.

Foodbeast Kitchen League judge, Chris Abouabdo, has decided to jump on this week for a “Stress Baking” edition that will see fresh bread, biscuits, and more get made live — and we’d love to extend the offer for anyone to come cook and hang with us.

The main focus of the stress baking will be on some biscuit creations. Chris has come up with some Breakfast Biscuit Boats, as well as the recipe for a sweet Oreo Biscuit Bread Pudding that are both simple yet scrumptious. He’ll also be embarking on a longer project to make some fresh bread, a process that requires an overnight slow fermentation.

Below, you can find all of the ingredients Chris will be using throughout this week to make his bread dough, biscuit recipes, and some home fermentation projects he’ll be starting. Those include a hot sauce, French fries we’ll make from fermented potatoes, and a fruity blueberry base for a potential future barbecue sauce.

Check in on our streams on March 26th (at 2 PM PST) and 27th (at 12 PM PST) on Twitch to see these come to life! As part of the stream, we’ll also be looking at the pantries and fridges of anyone who wants to let us know what they have, and help come up with some dope recipes you guys can make. To chat with us, make sure to head to the Twitch stream and click the “Follow” button.

For those that want to follow along with the stream, we’ll be placing the ingredients list below so you’ll have it on hand. Once the stream is over, we’ll also be posting highlights within this piece that show the process of the biscuits and the bread!

Throughout the coming weeks, we’ll also be keeping track of those home fermentations as we keep streaming food recipes and our competition series, the Foodbeast Kitchen League. Make sure to stay tuned to see when those events are happening!

For now, though, if you want to jump in on the stress baking with us, the full ingredient lists are below:

Bread

  • Bread Flour
  • Wheat Flour
  • Yeast
  • Salt

Biscuits

  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Buttermilk

Biscuit Boats

  • Frozen hash browns
  • Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Cheese

Oreo Biscuit Bread Pudding

  • Oreos
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract

Fermenting Shopping List

  • Tomatillos
  • Habaneros
  • Onion
  • Cilantro
  • Potatoes
  • Blueberries
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Dave & Buster’s Unveils LOADED RIBS As Part Of New Hawaiian Menu


Dave & Buster’s has been stepping up their food game introducing new, chef-driven dishes, and they’re continuing that trend with a Hawaiian-inspired menu that features ribs loaded with pineapple and bacon.

While ribs normally come just glazed served with other sides, Dave & Buster’s Smoky BBQ Bacon Hawaiian ribs come topped with grilled pineapple slices and chunks of crispy bacon. The entire rack is glazed with KING’S HAWAIIAN Smoked Bacon BBQ Sauce and comes with caramelized mango pineapple salsa.

You can also order a smaller portion of the ribs that comes with some Crispy Hawaiian Chicken Sliders. These are made with toasted KING’S HAWAIIAN rolls and karaage-style chicken tossed in KING’S HAWAIIAN Sweet Island Ginger BBQ Sauce.

These ribs and sliders are all part of Dave & Buster’s special menu created for Hawaiian Foods Week. Other dishes in the lineup include the Hawaiian-Style Ginger Salmon, made with mango pineapple salsa and served with stir-fried veggies and rice. 

There’s also some tropical-inspired cocktails to wash everything down, including the Jamaican Mai Tai, which brings together Appleton and Aperol for a refreshing, boozy drink.

You can find all of these items at Dave & Buster’s locations nationwide for a limited time.


Created in partnership with King’s Hawaiian.

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Dog Haus Restaurants Selling Fried Chicken Sandwich Inspired By Karate Kid Films

Dog Haus, a chain renowned for their unique takes on hot dogs, has just created a fried chicken sandwich that pays tribute to an all-time movie classic.

Their new Karaage Kid, named partly in tribute to the old school karate film, takes karaage chicken, or Japanese-style fried chicken, and places it into a sandwich that has a burst of umami flavor in every bite.

Dog Haus’s Karaage Kid is a special sandwich created for Hawaiian Foods Week, and with the karaage style of frying being popular in the Aloha State, it made sense to bring it to this themed sandwich.

Apart from the karaage chicken, there’s also KING’S HAWAIIAN Sweet Island Ginger Sauce, spicy basil aioli, a layer of furikake seasoning, and an Asian slaw, all piled inside of a toasted KING’S HAWAIIAN Hamburger Bun.

The resulting sandwich is one with a unique combination of flavors and textures, from the crispy, juicy karaage chicken to the creamy and fragrant aioli, crunchy slaw, and pillowy, sweet bun.

You can find the Karaage Kid at Dog Haus locations for a limited time. While it’s on the menu, $1 from every purchase of the sandwich will go to No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit fighting to end childhood hunger in the United States.


Created in partnership with King’s Hawaiian. 

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Restaurants What's New

The Croncha Combines French Croissants And Mexican Concha Bread Into One Mega Pastry

One of my favorite concepts about anime series like Dragon Ball Z and Digimon is the idea of fusion — the combining of two different, well-established characters into a entirely new entity that features the best elements of both predecessors. In the past decade, that fascination has carried over into the food world. Whenever I see two dishes come together in perfect harmony, my curiousity gets the best of me.

Said curiosity, is what drew me to the Croncha.

A hybrid of a croissant and sweet Mexican concha bread, the breakfast item boasts the buttery flakiness of a croissant with the sweet, eye-catching frosting that’s found on top of concha bread.

Donut Makers, located in Garden Grove, CA, curates a batch of the unique cronchas every morning for customers to feast upon.

The donut shop starts off by crafting a traditional croissant and flattens it. Then, a mold is created from the icing and shaped by a cookie cutter before it’s placed on top of the croissant. Once in the oven, the pastry takes shape and is finally finished with a variety of flavored icings like strawberry, chocolate, or vanilla.

While a novelty dish, the croncha definitely holds its own in terms of tastiness. That’s no surprise, as Donuts Makers also happens to be the donuts provided to the insanely popular ice cream chain Afters Ice Cream.

Pairs nicely with a cup of black coffee, too.

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Hit-Or-Miss

The Terrifying Complications That Eating Moldy Bread Can Cause

I probably don’t have to do much to convince you to stay away from moldy bread, but if you did somehow get into the habit of being “OK” with eating that spotty, green and white bagel, there are some pretty scary effects.

Digg consulted with Professor of microbiology Randy Worobo, and he said that there are different types of mold that can latch on to your bread, and unless you’re a microbiologist, you can’t really tell which type is on your bread.

In some instances, the mold could be toxic enough to screw up your respiratory system. There is a house mold called stachybotrys that can stick to your bread, and if you ingest enough of it, your mouth, throat and nose can get irritated and can even make you go into shock.

Even sniffing the mold can lead you to inhale mold spores and screw up your respiratory system, according to NY Times.

Another terrible occurrence, if you decided to eat moldy bread on a regular basis, is cancer. There are certain molds that create mycotoxins which carry cancer-causing carcinogens. But don’t get too scared because that’s one of the least likely scenarios.

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Those are the absolute worst-case scenarios, though, and  Professor Worobo said that most of the time, the “risks are minimal.”

While you’re probably fine if you accidentally eat some moldy bread, keep an eye on it, and throw it the hell out if it looks remotely sketchy.