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The Cheesecake Factory Just Opened A Fast-Casual Asian Restaurant Concept

The Cheesecake Factory just opened a new restaurant, but it’s not one of their establishments with a Bible-sized menu of massive portions at reasonable prices. Instead, they’ve launched a fast casual, pan-Asian concept that could be the next chain the restaurant group develops.

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Called The Social Monk, the inaugural location just opened for business in Thousand Oaks, California. The restaurant has been in development for two years, according to Nation’s Restaurant News, and comes with some significant culinary firepower. Helming the culinary team is award-winning chef, Mohan Ismail, a Singaporean native that specializes in Southeast Asian fare. His influence can be found all over the menu, which is all about the variety of rice and noodle bowls available.

Apart from some one-off items like an Asian fried chicken sandwich, The Social Monk’s lineup is all about these starches. They’re pretty well priced, with a basic noodle or rice bowl starting at $8.95. Built with base ingredients like turmeric daikon, fried eggs, and a chive relish, you get your choice of meat on top, including chicken satay, short rib, or even shrimp. There’s also more premium options, like a Dan Dan Noodles or Shaking Beef over rice, that you can choose instead.

Overall, the menu and vibe of the place definitely feels like a “Cheesecake Factory of Asian restaurants.” It’s a grouping together of a bunch of different items folks in the US are more familiar with, and sticking them all under one roof. That does kind of make it like a counter-service version of P.F. Chang’s, which has proven to be successful so far.

For now, it seems that just the one location of The Social Monk will be open. We’ll have to see whether it goes the way of Chipotle’s test concepts and falls flat, or can one day flourish into its own successful chain.

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The Cheesecake Factory Is Giving Out 40,000 Free Slices Of Cheesecake

In the past 40 years, The Cheesecake Factory has gone from a single California restaurant to nearly 200 locations. The cheesecake emporium’s reputation of massive portions and even bigger menu have made it the go-to spot for many.

To commemorate those four decades that have turned the chain into a seemingly cultural icon, The Cheesecake Factory is giving out a whopping 40,000 free slices on December 5th.

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Going to a physical location for this giveaway wouldn’t be the move, as the slices are being distributed via Doordash. On December 5th, at 11:30 a.m. local time, you can get your slice on the house by entering the promo code “FREESLICE” when checking out. They’re available on a first come, first serve basis.

The Cheesecake Factory will also be covering delivery fees during that giveaway, so there’s no extra charge for splurging on a slice from the comfort of home. The free delivery will run through the 11th, in case you aren’t able to score one of the free slices.

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Here’s What 2017’s Unhealthiest Chain Restaurant Meals Look Like [INFOGRAPHIC]

A food trend that we’re seeing more and more of this year is a movement towards more indulgent foods by the food and restaurant industries. From Bacon Mac and Cheese Pizza Rolls to Bacon Queso Burgers and Philly Mac Melts, “cheat day” is becoming more like “every day” on menus across the country. That’s definitely the case with multiple chain restaurants as well. Many have created gluttonous meals that easily go over the amount of food a grown person should normally eat in a day for ONE entree or side dish.

As put together by consumer advocacy group CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest), here are some of the worst caloric offenders you can currently find on chain restaurant menus across the USA.

IHOP

The equivalent of FOUR McDonald’s Sausage McMuffins drizzled with syrup, this mixture of eggs, hamburger, hash browns, and burger toppings is enough to set you back for an entire day on calories alone. With the obscene amounts of cholesterol and sodium in this, you may as well just have the cardiologist there at the table with you, defibrillator in hand.

Chili’s

Visually, this looks like it’s meant to be a platter for four people. Picking the three unhealthiest meats out of four for this platter (chicken tenders, sausage, and baby back ribs over BBQ chicken) should keep you full for at least a day. Based on that amount of sodium, you are gonna need a few pitchers of water to help take this thing down should you consume it single-handedly (which we DON’T recommend).

Dave & Buster’s

I’m not sure what the adult arcade was thinking when they created this dish, but they ended up constructing a true monster of an appetizer. This is what happens when a cheesy quesadilla and a meat-stacked pizza have a baby, and it’s definitely not good for anyone’s cardiac systems. One slice of this shouldn’t be too terrible on its own, but I’d walk away after that for your own health.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings has created an absolute monstrosity of a burger here, with deep-fried cheese curds, bacon, and spicy mayo all boosting the burger’s nutritional intake to insane heights. Go big or go home is one thing, but this creation is more like go straight to the hospital. Maybe stick to wings next time, BWW.

Texas Roadhouse

Thanks to a mountain of marshmallows and a flood of caramel sauce, Texas Roadhouse managed to conceive a sweet potato that wouldn’t be considered a health food. It’s served alongside a massive POUND of prime rib, Caesar salad, and all-you-can-eat peanuts, rolls, and butter. This steak dinner is probably the fastest one-way ticket to a food coma out there.

The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory is no stranger to gluttonous meals and oversized portions, but these new items are just ridiculous. The new Flying Gorilla probably gets its name from the caloric intake, which is enough to be a meal on its own. Not only that, but the Factory also decided to crank out a Meat Lover’s Pizza in pasta form, served in a creamy, buttery sauce that drives the calorie and saturated fat counts up the charts. Don’t plan on eating for a while after downing one of these meals.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill

We have to finish off any overindulgent meal with dessert, so why not go whole-hog and dive into one with enough calories to get you through a whole day? At Uno Pizzeria and Grill, you can with this titanic piece of chocolate cake that would even have Gabriel Iglesias saying “I’m good.”

All of these cheat day-worthy creations are massive, but you may have not realized it without reading this article or researching online first. Not all chain restaurants and fast food places have calorie counts and nutrition facts on their menus yet, and while a law was passed a couple of years ago to ensure that would happen, it’s been continually delayed and now reopened for public comment. That means that nutritional labeling on all these meals and transparency from restaurants may be even further away, which is why CSPI created this list in the first place.

Hopefully, by reading this list, you’re more informed on how much you’re really eating with this food. We’re not gonna say whether you should eat it or not, that’s up to you. But you should be aware of the nutrition going into your body nonetheless.

All images in this piece courtesy of the Center of Science for Public Interest (CSPI). 
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The Cheesecake Factory Is Launching An Instagram-Worthy FUNFETTI Cheesecake

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Prep your Instagrams, foodies, ’cause this kaleidoscopic cheesecake is ready to take over everybody’s feeds.

The Cheesecake Factory recently announced their launching of a brand new Funfetti-coated “Celebration Cheesecake” that’s playfully colorful enough to make people want to take about a million photos before diving into it. The new cheesecake features layers of original cheesecake, vanilla cake, strawberry mousse, chocolate mousse, and a sky-blue vanilla mousse that gets coated with cream cheese frosting and coated with Funfetti sprinkles.

You already know that Instagram is gonna be in love with this treat. Between all of the vibrant layers of the cake and the bright colors that glitter on the outside, this Celebration Cheesecake will pair just as perfectly with Instagram as the Unicorn Frappuccino from Starbucks did. I can already see lines of Instagram foodies lining up to get shots of this gorgeous sweet in the near future.

The new multi-layer dessert was made to celebrate National Cheesecake Day, which is coming up at the end of July. To mark the occasion, the sit-down restaurant chain is also offering half-priced slices of cheesecake (one per person, unfortunately) on July 30 and 31 to guests that dine in.

If you’re down to take pictures of the Cheesecake Factory’s sweet new addition, or just want to score the cheap deal on another slice, then make sure to grab reservations for the end of the month. I bet they’ll fill up fast now that news of this rainbow cheesecake has broken.

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This Is The One Dish Kobe Bryant Loves More Than Anything

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As the “Black Mamba” Kobe Bryant calls it quits, once and for all, we want to remember the food that fueled the greatest basketball player in the world.

Apparently, Kobe’s favorite dish of all time is frog legs dipped in honey garlic sauce.

I remember Kobe saying it on an ESPN Los Angeles radio show, could have been “Mason & Ireland,” but over time it became one of those common things that all Laker fans knew, like, that Kobe only gets 4 hours of sleep, or that he flies a helicopter to stay away from L.A. traffic.

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Regardless of the original source, Kobe is the primary reason you might hear Angelenos say that they love the French dish, because Laker fans are nuts like that.

Kobe has also been spotted at the Cheesecake Factory a few times, so don’t think he only shoots for the upscale, French delicacies— sometimes the greatest basketball player of all time enjoys affordable eats just like you and I.

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11 Little-Known Cheesecake Facts for National Cheesecake Day

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The thing about trivia is it’s, well, trivial. Unless they’re cake savants or dairy aficionados, most people aren’t going to care if the decor at Cheesecake Factory looks like the Eye of Sauron. They’ll never ponder the um, sweeter, applications of cheesecake-flavored lube.

Luckily, this list isn’t for other people. It’s for you, reading this website, on National Cheesecake Day, wondering why on earth there’s a National Cheesecake Day, asking who comes up with these food days anyhow, debating whether you should go get some cheesecake later on now that you know the occasion, deciding yeah okay maybe you will, and finally, realizing that even if it wasn’t National Cheesecake Day, you’d still be procrastinating online with something, so you might as well do it with something relevant. Like an article on random cheesecake facts, may haps.

So, without further adieu, may we present this year’s round-up of 11 Mildly Interesting Cheesecake Facts for National Cheesecake Day? (Plus a reminder to grab half off cheesecake slices from The Cheesecake Factory today and tomorrow, because you know it’s way too expensive otherwise.)

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1. Cheesecakes supposedly originated in ancient Greece and were even served to athletes at the first Olympic Games.

Evidence of early cheesecakes can be traced to the Greek island of Samos as far back as 2,000 B.C., though the oldest existing written recipe is credited to Roman politician Marcus Cato around the first century B.C. This version was also called “placenta” because of its resemblance to . . . you know.

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2. “American” cheesecake wasn’t invented ’til the late 1800s.

New York dairyman William Lawrence accidentally invented cream cheese in 1872 while trying to recreate a soft French cheese called Neufchatel. New York-style cheesecake, with its signature simple cream cheese and egg yolks make-up, was later created in the 1900s by German immigrant Arnold Reuben, because these guys say so.

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3. There are other styles of cheesecake besides “New York.”

There’s Pennsylvanian, Philadelphian, Farmer’s, country, Chicagoan, Asian, Australian, German, Italian, Dutch, Greek, Brazilian, Colombian, and probably dozens more, and they all sound pretty incredible. (Tried them before? Let us know in the comments!)

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4. You used to be able to buy cheesecake-flavored postage stamps.

Sure they were from the Austrian Postal service, but Haagen-Dazs still once made flavor-infused stamps which included Cookies & Cream, Macadamia Nut Brittle, and Strawberry Cheesecake. Best part? Zero calories.

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5. The price of ordering the whole Cheesecake Factory cheesecake line-up is almost $400.

Again, because these guys say so. That’s 33 different cakes and a whole lot of self-loathing.

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6. The “World’s Most Expensive” cheesecake isn’t even served at a restaurant.

It comes from Saks Fifth Avenue, and it looks like a pile of Christmas presents, literally. Made from a triple blend of mocha-flavored cheeses and encased in a filigreed chocolate shell, the Festive Two Stack runs $300 per cake. Though, considering how expensive shirts there cost, that’s actually kind of a steal.

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7. A “Cheesecake Shot” consists of vanilla schnapps and cranberry juice.

Yassss Cheesecake Factory happy hour.

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8. Cheesecake Kit Kats exist, and you can actually by them on Amazon Prime.

Here’s the link. You’re welcome.

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9. Blueberry cheesecake lube also exists.

Along with “Natural,” “Passionfruit,” “Kiwi Strawberry,” and “Strawberry Cheesecake,” from sex toy company O’My. According to Cracked, the Blueberry Cheesecake flavor tastes like “sucking the life force from the gelatinous eyeball of an Oompa Loompa.” Not the look.

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10. Other questionable cheesecake “inventions” include garlic-flavored and foie gras-flavored cheesecakes.

We’re assuming these taste more like cream cheese dips than “cake,” which isn’t bad. Just, you know, weird. Here’s a recipe for the garlic version, if you’re so inclined.

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11. The Guy Fieri Cheesecake Challenge in Vegas is a quarter slice of chocolate swirl cheesecake topped with hard pretzels, potato chips, and chocolate syrup.

It costs $12 and honestly, everyone complaining about it in this article is a pansy. There’s also no reward for doing it, except maybe demolishing something that kind of looks like Guy Fieri’s head.

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The Cheesecake Factory Now Offering Online Ordering and Delivery

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Thanksgiving needs to be a weeklong holiday. How else is anyone supposed to buy the turkey, thaw the turkey, fry the turkey, mash the ‘tatoes, jam the cranberry, avoid the coworkers, appease the relatives, bake the pie, scope the Black Friday deals, and still have time to drink all the drinks?

Luckily, The Cheesecake Factory has partnered with holiday re-gifting kingpins Harry & David to take some of the pressure off. Now available for online ordering and delivery from Harry & David are several Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes, including Pumpkin, White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, Key Lime, Tiramisu, and Ultimate Red Velvet, each priced between $45 and $55 (plus an extra $10 for special shipping and handling.)

The online cheesecakes are available exclusively through Harry & David and sent packaged with dry ice via two day shipping.

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Cheesecake Factory’s Best Dishes Ranked by Dankness

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If you’ve ever been to The Cheesecake Factory you know that their menus are more of an encyclopedia of dishes than something to order off of. If it takes you 45 minutes to go through the menu once, you know there’s a problem.

Lucky for us a pair of brothers over at First We Feast who frequent the chain put together a list of the top 15 dishes to help us all spend a little less time ordering and a lot more time enjoying those enormous portions.

Here’s a peep at our personal favorites of the bunch:

#12 on the list is the Ultimate Red Velvet Cheesecake. This dessert is a fusion between cake and cheesecake, with layers of Red Velvet alternating with a cheesecake stripe to bring you a four layered slice of dessert hybrid heaven.

#6 are the Buffalo Blasts, don’t let the picture fool you, those actually aren’t pieces of fried chicken, it’s better. This “Frankensteined” appetizer is a spiced wrapper filled with chicken, cheese and buffalo sauce and fried until golden brown. Um, want. Now.

Oreo Dream Extreme Cheesecake is quite the mouthful taking the #3 spot on this list. This slice of goodness is full of cheesecake, Oreo cookies, Oreo cookie mousse, and chocolate icing. If you’re worried about feeling guilty over devouring such a sinful dessert perhaps the fact that a quarter of each slice of this cheesecake sold is donated to Feeding America will make you feel better. But probably not.

Top honors go to the Louisiana Chicken Pasta, the menu’s token Cajun style dish. The only thing New Orleans about this dish is the seasoning and kick, but it’s American influence is showing with that fried panko crusted chicken.

Head over here to drool over the rest of the top ranking, glorious food porn.

H/T + Photo Courtesy First We Feast