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Adventures

Smoked Salmon Benedict & Crab Vermicelli From The Upcoming Food and Wine All-Star Weekend

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The 4th Annual Food & Wine All-Star Weekend is coming to Las Vegas this Friday-Sunday (October 4-6) and includes participation from notable chefs including Joel Robuchon, Jean Georges Vongerichten, Michael Mina and many others. FOODBEAST will be live-blogging and tweeting from the Las Vegas event that includes over a dozen food and beverage tastings across multiple MGM properties including The Aria, MGM Grand and The Bellagio.

Pictured are two of our favorite dishes (so far) to be featured including Crabmeat Vermicelli (above) from the sold-out Far East to Champagne Brunch at the Bellagio and the Smoked Salmon Benedict (below) from All-Star Brunch at American Fish located in the Aria. Be sure to check out the site over the next week for debuts of all types of cuisine over the 3-day fest. Also make sure to follow @foodbeast on twitter and instagram to follow the live play-by-play updates.

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Hit-Or-Miss

Enjoy a Boozy Brunch All Day Long With Mimosa Jelly Shots

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Here’s what your choice brunch drink says about you: Coffee: “I’m hungover.” Bloody Mary: “I’m hungover and hungry.” Mimosa: “I’m hungover and still trying to look like a classy b*tch. I’m also probably hungry.” Don’t worry dear, everyone does it. And sooner or later all those years spent reading Cosmo and studying the profundities of He’s Just Not That Into You are going to pay off and you’ll be taking your brunch not at a buffet at the Cosmopolitan, but in your backyard by the lake with your five least threatening girl friends. Except now you’ll have time to whip up a batch of these Mimosa and Orange Flower Water Jelly Shots – you know, what with your husband’s seven-figure salary and all.

Michelle of Jelly Shot Test Kitchen mixed fresh-squeezed orange juice, gelatin, champagne, orange flower water and edible flower petals and skewered the whole thing in threes on adorable curlicue silver sticks. Supposedly it’s really quick to make – about seven minutes prepping and then however long it takes to set – which will leave you plenty of time to finish all those leftover bottles of champagne you’ve had lying around. What else are you supposed to do all day?

Check out the recipe for yourself here.

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Cravings

Bacon Weave Breakfast Taco Cures Your Weekend Hangover

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Thank you thank you thank you incredible genius at Dude Foods who came up with this creation. The search for the perfect hangover food is finally over.  Forget pancakes, omelets with not enough salt, and the sad excuses for nachos you get at your local brunch spot.  Forget (I can’t believe I’m saying this) IHOP, Denny’s, and the 24-hour diner.  Because bacon reigns supreme, and this spectacular Bacon Weave Breakfast Taco is king.

We’re super excited to see what other varieties of delicious tacos Dude Foods comes up with.  Personally, I’d love to see one with some pepper jack and bacon scrambled eggs (because yes, I need more), topped with some crispy onion crunchies.  For now, I’ll have to settle for a sad bagel and loads of water.

H/T  + PicThx Dude Foods

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Packaged Food

Brunch Up with Maple Bacon, Pancake & Glazed Donut Liqueur

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They say (and by “they” I mean “me”) that the perfect hangover cure is a shot of whiskey before a healthy serving of fried eggs, toast and bacon. That being said, Mama Walker’s line of breakfast liqueurs was bound to happen. The flavors are available in Maple Bacon with a “faintly burnt smokiness,” Blueberry Pancake with “hints of maple syrup and butter pancake,” and Glazed Donut with “the warm aroma of fresh-from-the-oven glazed donuts.” At 70 proof, these morning wonders are the winning combinations of said hangover cure.

Mama Walker, that dear woman, even recommends a  recipe for each flavor — our favorite being “Mama said WHAT?” The drink calls for 2 parts Maple Bacon liqueur and 1 part Jameson. Throw in a bit of ice, shake, strain and imbibe. Ugh, just the way breakfast/lunch/dinner ought to be.

Breakfast Liqueurs $tba @Mama Walker 

H/T + PicThx Cool Material

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Hit-Or-Miss

Top 10 Dating Trends for Foodies Across America, According to a Dating Site

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Lucky for us hungry data gatherers, the folks at “offline dating” site HowAboutWe have just released a visual compilation of the dating network’s first 1 million dates recorded.

The results? Enough information for us to get an idea of top food dating trends across the United States, noting the top 10 cities in the country with the highest percentage of dining dates and a little bit about each. You can imagine our excitement when Philly cracked the top 10, and BYOB was a key selection when choosing a date in the city. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fans are proud today.

Here’s a look at the rest of the data:

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1. Atlanta: ⅓ of all date ideas in Atlanta suggest getting a bite to eat. Artisan pizza is a hot trend.

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Admittedly, when I think pizza, I think New York or Chicago. Yet while Atlanta isn’t the first thing on my mind when I think of wood-fired pizzas topped with fresh local ingredients, I’m not complaining. Kudos to all those singles feasting on gourmet savory pies.

 

2. Philly: BYOB date spots have a higher response rate than other dining dates in Philly.

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Bringing your own PBR and Two Buck Chuck to your favorite Italian date spot? Stay classy my friends.

 

3. Boston: Bostonians are 3x more likely than average to suggest tapas on a first date.

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Boston is known for its wealth of history and culture, so it’s no surprise that taking out a date for tapas, a Spanish tradition, is more common in this city. Note: In Spain, Tapas consist of appetizers usually eaten during the time between the end of the work day and dinner, as well as weekdays around noon. Tapas are seen as dishes that encourage people to socialize and mingle, so we can see why they’d be an excellent option for a date.

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4. Austin: Food trucks are more popular in Austin than in any other city, accounting for 1 in 5 dining dates.

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We can jump on this bandwagon food truck. Ranked as one of the World’s Best Cities for Street Food by Food & Wine, Austin steals the show when it comes to getting grub on wheels.

 

5. New York: New Yorkers love a progressive meal: 28% of their dining dates involve multiple stops.

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New York restaurants alone bring in a projected $31.9 billion in sales and for a city famed for it’s vast collection of ethnic enclaves, we understand why it would be difficult to settle on just one spot.

 

6. Chicago: 1 in 11 dining dates in Chicago is veggie-friendly, the third highest in the country.

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I suppose this means that Chicago is the place to be if you’re trying to find your veggie-eatin’ soulmate. Consequently, the Foodbeast Staff would probably be single for eternity if we lived there.

 

7. Los Angeles: There are more breakfast dates in Los Angeles than in any other city.

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We’re thinking that this has more to do with late-night hookups making breakfast the default date of choice, than an actual preference for bacon and eggs. Hey, we don’t judge. There’s a reason LA alone has two Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles.

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8. D.C: Cupcakes are extremely popular in D.C., accounting for 1 in 7 of their dining dates.

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Cupcakes are the top choice for eats in D.C, as 14.1% of dates involve feasting on this petite towers of icing. But really, who doesn’t like cupcakes? They’re like the bacon of desserts and if you don’t like bacon… smh.

H/T Our Kitchen

 

9. St. Louis: Going out for tacos is suggested 3x more often in St. Louis than in any other city.

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Busch Stadium is the most popular date spot in St. Louis, because sharing a hotmess of tacos while cheering on your team screams sexy.

 

10. San Francisco: S.F. has more brunch dates than in any other city, accounting for one-third of their dining dates.

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Apparently, San Francisco is chock full of genius singles. It’s about time we’ve recognized brunch as the most important meal of the day. When else is it socially acceptable to get boozy at 12 noon off delicious mimosas while simultaneously munching om french toast and gruyère sandwiches? SF, we see you.

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H/T HowAboutWe

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Adventures

Pineapple Banana Rum French Toast And The Rest of Brunch at Canyon Ranch Las Vegas

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Canyon Ranch Grill was stop number two on our Las Vegas food extravaganza, and to be honest you’re not just going to stumble upon this place while walking the strip. Nestled on the spa/pool level of the Palazzo hotel, you would have to be on a specific mission to the find the Ranch – but sometimes taking the road less traveled by makes all the difference.

Don’t forget to set your alarms after that long night of freeing tigers out of Mike Tyson’s zoo and being the best man at your work colleague’s drive through wedding, because the Ranch is only open for breakfast and lunch. So waking up at 3 PM, watching a $16 movie through your hotel TV and snacking on $12 peanuts won’t get you there before closing time (insert Semisonic lyric here).

Before we dove into the brunch specialties we wet the palette with Spinach & Artichoke with Homemade Lavosh and the Crispy Kale Chips with ranch.

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Kale seems to be creeping onto more and more menus these days. It’s almost like the healthy man’s Nutella. Or bacon.

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We almost didn’t order the spinach and artichoke dip, since it’s on the menu of most every restaurant in the United States. But that would have been a mistake. The lavosh paired nicely, and left us excited for what was to come. Onto the main dishes:

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The most innovative item turned out to be the Sweet Potato Hash served with ham and a poached egg. Plated in a tuna tartare fashion, this dish was a favorite among the group specifically for its combination of flavors. I was a bit stunned when looking back at the menu where the dish was listed at a mere 230 calories, a bit absurd for the amount of flavor involved.

The rum-flavored Caribbean French Toast topped with Bananas and Pineapple was a subtle twist on a classic breakfast item. Again, we were stunned at the caloric intake – with the french toast listed at 375 calories, yet still filled the stomach. Big eaters might be left with a yearning for more, but the un-American-like portions might be the look after 6 buffets.

Pictured above is the Sonoran Scramble, which includes tomato, corn, green chiles, chorizo, onion, garlic, avocado, cilantro, tortilla strips and cheddar cheese. There was a smoky, dare I say curry-like spice that we couldn’t put our finger on. While it made the taste original, we could sense that it would polarize eaters into a deeper love or distaste of the item. For us it was the former.

If you’re looking for a calorie-smart eatery that doesn’t skimp on the flavor CanyonRanch might just be for you. Breakfast and Lunch options range between $15-$20, allowing you to spend that extra cash doubling-down with that dealer showing 4. Every single breakfast item is listed below 400 calories and all lunch items are under 500. Make sure to make reservations and/or tell the elevator police that you’re headed to the spa.

Canyon Ranch Grill at the Palazzo
Off the 3rd Floor Suite Elevators
Las Vegas, NV
(702) 414-3600

 

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Video

Watch Epic Meal Time Create an Entire Brunch of Booze [VIDEO]

It’s about time the boys from Epic Meal Time took to their roots and made some food that actually looks like it might be edible. Don’t get me wrong, they make some fabulously grotesque things that still make my mouth water, but in reality, I’m not going to recreate a dish that consists of 10 pigs sewn ass-to-mouth.

Yes, their show is a weekly novelty act, supplemented by host Harley Morenstein’s funny drunken rants about haters and insufficient amounts of bacon, but it’s refreshing to see some tangible recipes every so often.

Ham and egg cups, check! Shots of “Jack and [egg] Yolk”, topped with bacon salt, locks and cream cheese pizza, breakfast club sandwiches, eggs cracked into the holes of donuts, it’s all up for grabs here. With their entire spread totaling 4,287 g of fat and 43,256 calories, it’s still not part of a Weight Watcher’s plan, but if you’re watching Epic Meal Time, you weren’t expecting it to be, were you?

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Video

Brunchables — Lunchables for Hipsters [VIDEO]

“Because breakfast is BLAH and lunch is LAME. Introducing, Brunchables!” Feeding the little hipster in all of us. This mini skit by the good folks at College Humor skewers the concept of a tasty, albeit incredibly bourgeois, brunch meal by catering it to some of the most discerning palettes around: Kids. Each meal comes complete with things like a mimosa pouches, couscous, and an independent cinema word jumble.