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Restaurants

This Humble Deli Is Also A Living Sketchbook Featuring Artwork From Famous Cartoonists

Nestled amongst some of the film and entertainment industry’s most celebrated animation studios, lies a deli that exalts the illustrators who bring to life many of the beloved cartoon characters seen on televisions all across the planet.

Moore’s Delicatessen in Burbank, CA, offers a canvas for these artists to express themselves through their natural talents — by letting them draw directly on its walls.

The deli is run by Robert Moore, a former executive chef for Dodgers Stadium and the Staples Center. During his time as an executive chef, Moore found that working with huge customer volume and millions of dollars in sales burnt him out.

He wanted to start his own smaller, more intimate, enterprise.

“I always wanted my own deli, and I came across a picture of Moore’s Delicatessen that my grandparents owned back in 1946 in San Francisco,” he said. “Then this opportunity came along and now my dream had come true.”

That opportunity was a space in Burbank, and after scraping the money together, Moore opened his own Moore’s Delicatessen, inspired by his grandparents’ former business.

Walking into the dining area of Moore’s Deli, guests are immediately transported inside a magical sketchbook: The walls of the deli are garnished with drawings from animators who hail from neighboring studios, illustrating characters they’ve put on television or simply a creative doodle they want to share with the deli.

“Originally the walls were just white,” Moore explained. “We used to be open in the evenings, and the animators from Adventure Time would show up and they’d watch their new episodes air back in 2011.”

Moore recalled he would see the professionals doodle on napkins and had the idea to give them some Sharpies and let them draw on the walls. With those literal strokes of genius, Moore’s infamous cartoonist wall began gradually evolving into a living sketchbook over the course of the decade.

Even the late Stephen Hillenburg, creator of the prolific animated series SpongeBob Squarepants, would frequent Moore’s Deli about once a week.

“He loved the tempeh sandwich,” Moore recalled. “He always ate very healthy.” One of the wall’s earliest sketches was from Hillenburg himself, an illustration of Patrick Star.

Moore’s always open to artists and animators adding more to his wall, though he has just one condition before you put pen to plaster.

“You have to get a paycheck, probably,” he laughed, explaining that he would prefer the wall space be reserved for professional animators. Moore says that parents would come in and let their kids draw all over the walls in the earlier days, and he would have to paint over it in order to keep the professional aesthetic.

Today, artists are still frequenting the deli from nearby studios and Moore says that one of his favorite things about coming into work is finding additions to his wall. He welcomes all to visit and take in the creativity that flows through that dining room.

The pastrami reuben is pretty good, too.

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Grocery Video

Meat Expert Explains The Differences Between Quality And Cheap Deli Meats

By no means am I an expert on deli meat. I enjoy eating meat, and occasionally grilling up a hot dog or two, but my expertise is as limited as what I see in the butcher section of my Italian deli.

There’s always a nagging in the back of my head when I buy meat, whether or not it’s actually quality stuff or just older cuts the store is trying to get rid of to customers who don’t know any better.

Well, Epicurious brought in meat expert Eli Cairo to point out the different between cheap and expensive deli meats in a fascinating YouTube video.

The meats Cairo covered included salami, ham, bologna, hot dogs, and prosciutto. In the video, he talked about the things you should look for when purchasing those meats, such as colors, regulated labels, and marbling. Cairo was given two meats, and was tasked with deciphering which of the two was more expensive through the sense of sight, smell, and taste.

Pretty useful if you’re one who frequents a deli, or simply enjoys snacking on deli meats. Check out the video and perhaps you’ll be a little wiser on your next meat run.

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Fast Food

Subway Brings Back Popular REUBEN Sandwich

Last year, Subway introduced a Reuben to their sandwich lineup for a limited time. Sure, it wasn’t as good as something you’d find in an authentic deli, but it was a pretty fantastic attempt for a fast food chain. Especially if you need a quick fix to curb those reuben cravings.

To capitalize on the sandwich’s popularity last go around, Subway is bringing back the reuben this year for a limited time, reports Brand Eating.

The sandwich boasts slices of tender corned beef, sauerkraut, Thousand Island sauce, and Swiss Cheese. It’s served on loaf of toasted rye bread.

As with every other sandwich at Subway, you can customize it with any breads or cheeses available. Patrons can also order a Turkey Reuben that replaces the corned beef with slices of roast turkey.

You can find the reuben sandwiches available at participating Subway locations. They’ll likely stick around through the end of the month.

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Cravings

Meet The ‘Chum Killer’, The King Of Cajun Fries

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“They’re closed.”

The sentence oozed out my mouth, slick with defeat and disappointment.

“Damn dude. Where do you want to go now?”

My fellow Foodbeast, Pete, also reached the same depth of discouragement that I now wallowed in. His voice wavered, hoping that we didn’t drive all the way out to Downtown Los Angeles from Orange County for nothing.

Knowing damn well that gas is expensive and not being able to eat at our intended target restaurant on our Foodbeast adventure of the day is but a mere setback, I snapped myself back to reality and started to rifle through my extensive mental index of all things food related.

The objective: a Foodbeast-worthy meal of the usual epic proportions.

I was able to hone in on a fabled dish that I had only heard of in passing; one that was a diabolical surf ‘n turf iteration that went by a name so badass that one could easily fathom its magnitude of legendary: Chum Killer.

To know the legendary Chum Killer is to know three levels of gastric bliss: the first, crispy french fries steeped in ground beef, spicy sausage, savory gravy and fiery Cajun spices; the second, velvety cheese, melted right over said fries creating a glorious, oozing buffer between the fries and the third and final level made up of golden, succulent fried shrimp crowning its entire majesty.

We’ve found our Plan B.

Since Google is everyone’s friend, I soon found myself on the phone with Samir Akel, manager of Orleans & York Deli in Downtown Los Angeles, home of the Chum Killer. I told him of our intention to go toe-to-toe with the mythical dish and that we were in the area, ready and willing. With approval from Samir to come through, Pete and I were soon on the chase.

Upon arrival at Orleans & York, we were met by Samir, who was more than happy to introduce us to our formidable opponent for lunch. At last, the once unreal revealed itself onto our appetites, letting our palates get acquainted with its all at once savory, peppery, and zesty profile. There was proper crunch from the fries and shrimp in every bite, met with the melty goodness of cheese, then anchored by a luscious kind of savory from the gravy.

Wait, what dimension were we in again? The varying levels of deliciousness weren’t computing with mine and Pete’s minds initially. Clearly, the adjustment to such a delectable dish was a good thing.

All in all, the Chum Killer was surreal. Just one imposing heap of Cajun temptation. With all the storied hoopla surrounding it, having finally indulged in the Chum Killer was definitely a unique enough experience to qualify it as a legit Foodbeast-worthy meal adventure, one that salvaged a mission that in the end didn’t derail from the original objective of epic taste and eye-popping visuals.

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Hit-Or-Miss

Pets Deli is literally a Gourmet Pet Deli For Your Furry Companions

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As if we needed our pets to be even more finicky than they already are now we’re giving them their own restaurants? Germany based Pets Deli is exactly what it sounds like, a deli for pets. Pet owners can customize their companion’s meal to their individual tastes by choosing one item from each menu: meats, vegetables and carbs. Don’t worry about fido packing on the pounds from indulging in a gourmet meal every once and again, Pets Deli’s menu options have all been approved by the staff nutrition expert. Menu options include everyday ingredients such as beef, broccoli and rice but also includes more interesting proteins such as kangaroo.

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With its old school deli look complete with chalkboards Pets Deli looks like it belongs more in Williamsburg than Germany. A meal at Pets Deli will run you between €3-€6 or $4-$8 USD. The price seems a bit high considering you can get a weeks worth of dog food at that same price. Cue the cute factor because meals eaten on location are served in metal bowls. Pets on a schedule can get their dishes to go packed away in a less adorable plastic container. According to Eater the deli “opened to mix reviews, with some detractors arguing that the shop is “decadent.” It’s a restaurant for pets, what the hell did you think it was going to be?

H/T Eater + PicThx Facebook

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Features

Gratuitous Food Porn: Pastrami Edition

PastramiCover The week has barely started, and we’re all probably jonesing for the weekend. I know I am. But maybe some mouth-watering photos of juicy pastrami will give you that extra boost to get you through the week. I present to you, both hardcore and soft core images for pastrami food porn. If you haven’t eaten lunch by now, proceed with caution. Enjoy!

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Barbecued Pastrami

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Recipe: Serious Eats

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Home-Smoked, Homemade Pastrami Slab

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Recipe: Three Squabbling Asians

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Pastrami and Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese

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Recipe: Half-Baked Harvest

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Chili Cheese Fries Topped with Pastrami

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From: The Hat

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Pastrami Rueben

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Recipe: Jeff Mauro

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This Juicy Slab of Pastrami Meat Can Really Make a Guy Blush

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Recipe: Cherry On My Sundae

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From: Tommy Pastrami

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Venison Pastrami

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Recipe: Make Delicious Happen

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Pastrami Burger

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From: The Hat

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Pastrami Pizza Topped with Pickles

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Recipe: The Gingerbread Blog

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Pastrami Quesadilla

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From: Golden Ox

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The Guido

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Recipe: Hodad’s

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Elk Pastrami

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Recipe: Food52

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Homemade Pastrami Does it Proper

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Recipe: The 99 Cent Chef

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Pastrami, Swiss Cheese and Cole Slaw Sammich

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From: Langer’s

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Pastrami Pizza

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Recipe: Cooking Stuff

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Open-Faced Apple Butter Pastrami Sandwich

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Recipe: Damn Delicious

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Hash and Pastrami

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Recipe: Three Squabbling Asians

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Cravings

The Colossal 12-Pound Big Fat Fatty Sandwich Challenge – Anyone Game?

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Josh Stone had a dream. His dream was to create the biggest, fattest sandwich around. And perhaps he has. The owner of Fat Sal’s Deli, located in Pacific Beach, set out to make a monster behemoth of a sandwich. And, weighing in at 12-pounds, he might have accomplished his goal.

Broken down to its basics, this phat sandwich includes:

Five cheeseburgers, 1.5 pounds of pastrami, 1.5 pounds of cheesesteak, 10 chicken fingers, 10 onion rings, 10 jalepeno poppers, bacon, five fried eggs, two cups of chili, two cups of marinara sauce, and a basket of french fries topped off with a cup of Fat Sauce. 

Stone told NBC San Deigo he wanted to have a competition sandwich that would attract an adventurous man, woman or child.

The Challenge: Eat the entirety of the Big Fat Fatty within a 40-minute time frame and it’s free. Winners also get to create a sandwich named after them. However, fail to do so and you have to cough up $49.95.

Any Foodbeasts out there think they can handle it?

H/T NBC San Diego + PicThx Yahoo

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Humor

Grocery Store Turns Burglary Footage Into a Hilarious Commercial [Video]

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What do you do when life gives you lemons? You make lemonade. Add vodka. Make a crude electrical battery. Free sh*t is awesome. You make a TV ad. At least, that’s what Kent Pfrimmer, owner of  Kent’s Meats and Groceries in Redding, California, decided to do. The initial video of the attempted burglary became an internet sensation thanks to Reddit and brought the grocery store a wave of publicity.

Naturally, Pfrimmer decided to turn the footage of the unsuccessful break-in into a hilarious commercial. Watch below as a man dressed in pajamas, loafers and stockings (so chic!) attempts to hurl a rock through a window and as pastrami sandwiches get face time. It gets no better.

H/T Neatorama