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Deadpool 2 Pop-Up Bars Are Happening, And Yes, There Will Be Chimichangas

Avengers: Infinity War thought it could escape the hype of Deadpool 2 by moving its release date up a week, but the Merc with a Mouth’s always got something extra hidden up his magic satchel. And no, I’m not talking about his chimichanga (well, I guess I kinda am).

Deadpool and Co. are now messing with the release of Marvel’s mega team-up by dropping Deadpool 2 pop-up bars on both ends of the country. Sponsored by Mike’s Harder and Fox, Sister Margaret’s School for Wayward Girls (the bar in the movie, for the non-DP fans) will make two appearances. The pop-ups start in Brooklyn’s Alligator Lounge from April 26-28, followed by a stop in Los Angeles’s Slipper Clutch from May 10-12.

The fourth wall transmutation runs from 7-11:30 pm each night and includes pool tables, a betting “dead pool” like the one from the recent Deadpool reboot, exclusive flavors of Mike’s Harder based on the film, and the chance to see some real-life mercs. No word if a barfight will break out between DP and Cable, however.

In terms of food, Brooklyn won’t be getting the chimi, unfortunately. That pop-up will serve up pizza instead, which makes sense for New York, I guess. LA will be getting a taste of Deadpool’s chimichangas, though.

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You can RSVP for the Brooklyn and LA events now, but make sure you come first anyways. Otherwise, you may be denied passage through the doors of these Deadpool 2 pop-up bars.


This Dude’s Pancake Art Is Mesmerizing To Watch

While scrolling through my Facebook timeline one afternoon, I stumbled upon a detailed image of a crying Kim Kardashian pancake. I had no idea this type of art was possible. Instantly, I knew the story behind this batter-based creation had to be told.

Had I discovered the Vincent Van Gogh of pancakes? I did, and his name is Dan.

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Specifically, Dr. Dan The Pancake Man, and he is quickly becoming a pancake art rockstar by taking edible art to a level never before seen.

It started as an ambitious attempt to earn extra tips while working as a chef at a run-of-the-mill-diner. Then, Dan Drake, began experimenting with artistic creations with one simple twist — he created his images with pancakes. And people started to notice.

“I’d been making pancake art at my diner day job for about 5 years,” Drake wrote in an email. “The very first time I served a customer a simple smiley face he told me he’d never seen anything like it and he gave me a $15 tip.”

Now, eight years removed from the diner job, Drake’s transformed himself into Dr. Dan The Pancake Man, who travels anywhere in the world creating incredibly detailed images of celebrities, sports icons and basically anything you can dream up. All with the help of some pancake mix, a hot skillet and a spatula.

We wanted to know who the badass behind the batter was, so we caught up with Dr. Dan to find out what it takes for him to flip this edible art so flawlessly.

The world met Dr. Dan on The Today Show in 2013. He didn’t use color in his mix then and stuck to pretty basic designs, but since then, he’s been spending his time trying to level up his mastery of color mixing, theory and techniques.

“After the Today Show happened, I was finally able to bid the diner adieu a year later, I started devoting a lot of my energy to mastering the craft,” he said.  “It’s been wonderfully expansive, and I can do things with color that most people wouldn’t believe was possible until I show them it is.”

What’s even more inspiring is Dr. Dan has no formal art school training of any kind, nor did he attend college. He said he occasionally jokes that he’s just, “an untrained schmuck,” but his willingness and dedication to his craft kept him focused on his art.

“The universe just sort of opened up and thrust this path on me, so it hasn’t been terribly hard to convince myself to keep improving,” he said.

But, in order to be the best — you have to beat the best — and Dr. Dan is up for the challenge. In fact, he says he LOVES a challenge. But strangely, as Dr. Dan explained that there’s not much of a competitive pancake art world, and to add insult to injury, his two biggest ‘rivals’, Australia’s TigerTomato and Washington State’s Saipancakes, don’t really seem like they’re interested in battling Dr. Dan just yet.

“When we reached out to TigerTomato he kind of wanted nothing to do with us, and I once mentioned the branding value of playing up a rivalry to Saipancakes and he told me that ‘competition is antithetical to my art’,” Dr. Dan explained.

“Nothing is more cringe-inducing than being dismissed by people who work in your medium.”

Dr. Dan explained that he is constantly pushing the limits of his craft, to credit this, he suggests that others may not be as blessed with a zen-like disposition that makes failure less painful.

“I usually just tell myself that they can’t come close to my level of realism because they don’t embrace failure the way that I do,” he said. “And with such a tricky medium you have to be willing to mess up in order to learn.”

Dr. Dan The Pancake Man is never just chilling. He responded to our questions via email, while in Santa Monica, Calif., for a day. Then traveling to Wisconsin, then to Texas, then spending a weekend in Houston. All to make pancakes for people requesting his services.

“The flying gets to be a hassle, sometimes, but I never lose sight of what a blessing it is, he said. “‘flying around the country too much’ is my biggest life problem right now.”

As for now, Dr. Dan said he believes he’s doing what he was destined to do — become a rockstar. He considers himself beyond blessed to be able to showcase his talents wherever he goes.

“There’s a rush from successfully illustrating a concept so that other people see and understand it,” he said. “I just happened to discover a novel medium that has built-in showmanship, and people seem to have fallen in love with it.”

When asked to define his “Dancakes” in one word — food or art — Dr. Dan had an interesting take.

“I haven’t spent much energy improving or changing the ‘food’ aspect of what I do (plain buttermilk batter, served with syrup), so when people call me a ‘chef’ I feel a little wrong,” he said. “Some of the crazy hurdles true chefs go through to earn that title. They earned ‘Chef,’ it’s not mine to use!”

Regardless if it’s food or art, it’s safe to say that most people are blown away by each “Dancake” created. Simply put, Dr. Dan is living a dream come true.

“I always wanted to be a rock star,” he said. “Now I just happen to be a Pancake Art Rock Star. That’s still technically a rock star!”

Celebrity Grub

This Restaurant Created An Enormous Deadpool Poutine-Chimichanga

Deadpool loves timely witticisms, guns, and his roommate Blind Al. Still, nothing comes close to the Merc with the Mouth’s undying love for chimichangas.

One Philadelphia-based restaurant called Cantina Dos Segundos decided to show the crimson clown some love by dedicating their new poutine-stuffed chimichanga to him.

On top of that, Ryan Reynolds is Canadian-born, which is why Cantina gave a nod to his heritage by stuffing Deadpool’s favorite dish with the food of Reynolds’ people.

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According to their Instagram account, the enormous dish comes with, “braised short rib, fried cheese curds, French fries and Jack cheese all safely enveloped in a deep fried tortilla, served atop some au jus, topped with pickled onions and bacon.” 

Deadpool is currently out in theaters and IMAX.



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Deadpool Uses A Giant Chimichanga To Explain IMAX In This Hilarious Promo


With a new Deadpool trailer set to launch this Friday, 20th Century Fox released this teaser for the upcoming comic book movie. It features the titular character using chimichangas to explain the difference between IMAX and regular movie screens.

Deadpool fans will know that the Merc with a Mouth’s favorite food is the deep-fried burrito. Hopefully the upcoming film features quite a few of them.

Check out Ryan Reynold’s play Deadpool in the short teaser below.

Also, peep this sweet IMAX poster for the movie. Deadpool hits theaters in the US Feb. 12, 2016.