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Fast Food

Starbucks Launches A ‘Dragon Drink’ Just In Time For Game of Thrones

While it feels like spring just started, Starbucks has launched its summer menu early, and it conveniently coincides with the final season of Game of Thrones.

While Starbucks doesn’t outright say its new lineup was launched with Game of Thrones in mind, their newest drink is called the “Dragon Drink,” and if that isn’t meant to spark some GoT vibes, I don’t know what is.

The Dragon Drink is a mixture of their Mango Dragronfruit Refresher and coconut milk, with a dried dragonfruit topping.

Along with the Dragon Drink, Starbucks is also launching a new permanent menu item in its crispy grilled cheese sandwich with a three cheese blend sitting between toasted sourdough bread.

They’re also making sure to not forget about their plant-based customers, introducing a Baja Black Bean Veggie Wrap made with a salsa slaw and over a half cup of veggies.

Rounding out their summer menu is the return of some popular Frappuccino flavors. Coming back for a limited time is their S’mores Frap. Their Mocha Cookie Crumble Frap and Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frap have also returned and will be sticking around permanently.

Whoops, just kidding. They do have one more item, as the Frosted Doughnut Cake Pop sneaked into this lineup, as well.

 

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You don’t have to worry about the Dragon Drink disappearing, as Starbucks said it is going to be on the permanent menu. Even if they tried to make it “limited,” the two main ingredients are always available, meaning you could annoy your barista and ask for it anyway.

The S’mores Frap and Black Bean wrap are only limited time offerings, so if you want to try those, do it now and enjoy them while watching Arya Stark be a badass.

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Hacks Health

How To Cut And Prepare 7 Tropical Fruits [Infographic]

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Cutting up an apple or peeling a banana can be a cinch when you’re craving some fruit. Though if one of the more tropical fruits were to make their way through your kitchen, you’re gonna want to know how to handle it.

Pounds to Pockets created a handy infographic that teaches us how to carve up several tropical fruits step-by-step. This sweet selection includes: Pomegranate, Watermelon, Dragonfruit, Mango, Passionfruit, Pineapple, and Coconut.

The graphic even includes a handful of useful hacks to make the fruit-cutting process go as smoothly as possible.

Check out the infographic below in case you have to cut up some uncommon fruits sometime in the near future.

Courtesy of: Pounds to Pocket
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News

Hong Kong Customs Seize Over $2 Million Of Liquid Cocaine Hidden In Dragon Fruit

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Drug dealers recently tried to smuggle over $2 million worth of liquid cocaine in dragon fruits shipped from South America to Hong Kong.

On Wednesday, customs officials discovered liquid cocaine filled in the hollow centers of 98 dragon fruits that were a part of a large shipment of the fruit, which arrived at the airport. Authorities at the Hong Kong International Airport spent over four hours opening 160 crates of dragonfruit.

According to South China Morning Post, a source elaborated that the smuggling scheme was sophisticated and innovative:

“Part of the fruit layer was peeled off and pulp was removed before liquid cocaine was injected into the hollow center and the layer glued back on. From appearance, it was hard to distinguish the ones concealing illegal drugs. Officers had to inspect them one by one.”

The shipment was confiscated by customs who inspected nearly 2,000 dragon fruits, also known as pitaya fruit, on Tuesday. The 98 fruits concealed with drugs were spread out among 50 different boxes of fruit. The source added:

“Each dragon fruit carried about 130 grams of liquid cocaine. A total of 15 kg of liquid cocaine was seized inside the 98 fruits. The haul has an estimated street value of HK $15.7 million.”

The air freight reportedly made its way to Hong Kong from Colombia via Britain, reported The Standard. The dragon fruits were selected for inspection as fresh fruit shipped overseas by air are usually picked up on the same day of arrival.

The 36-year-old man tasked with picking up the cargo from the airport terminal on Tuesday night was arrested upon arrival and held for questioning. It is uncertain yet whether the shipment was destined for local consumption in Hong Kong or for export.

Written by NextShark

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Sweets

Would You Eat Crocodile Egg Ice Cream?

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Compared to the rest of the world, Americans can be a very unadventurous bunch when it comes to food. We turn our noses up at raw fish, squeal like girls at fertilized duck eggs, even get a little queasy when our steaks are undercooked. Still, times are a-changing, and if we can come to embrace kale and chia seeds as a food group, then by golly, crocodile ice cream should garner at least some attention.

Picky eaters and conservationists needn’t worry too much though, since the treat doesn’t actually contain any crocodile meat. Available at the Sweet Spot ice cream shop at the Davao Crocodile Park in the Philippines, the not-so-scaly confection simply trades out traditional unfertilized chicken eggs for crocodile ones. Because it can.

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Says shop owner Bianca Dizon, “You can really taste the difference and realize how the crocodile egg yolks enhance the texture of the ice cream. It’s so smooth and creamy.” Currently available in three different flavors: crocodile durian (a smelly, spiky custard-like fruit), crocodile pandan (a fragrant green leaf used as a wrap in several Asian cuisines), and crocodile dragon fruit (a mild, pink, kiwi-like fruit), it’s also probably the best way to close out a long, hot day at the zoo. Well, assuming mama croc won’t be able to smell her almost-offspring anyway.

H/T Rocket News + PicThx Sweet Spot

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Features

9 of the Prettiest Fruits and Veggies You Never Knew Existed

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There are some fruits out there that look like they could belong on another planet, but surprisingly, they hail from this one.

Their shapes, colors, textures and smells can be a completely unique experience at first, but that’s the beauty of new things, right? We asked our friend’s at Melissa’s Produce to send over some fruit we may not have have heard of before in order to expand our produce horizons. The result? An array of some of the prettiest fruit you’ve likely never heard about…and everything you need to know about them:

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Passion Fruit

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Region: Native to South America.

Uses: Salads, desserts and juices.

Taste: Guava-like, sweet and tart

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The pulp from passion fruits are rich with vitamins A and C and the seeds are a pretty solid source of fiber. Passion Fruit skins vary between red and purple hues. The passion fruits name comes from missionaries who when they first saw the fruit’s unique flower patterns, thought that it looked like Christ’s Passion on the cross.

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Baby Pineapple

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Region: South Africa

Uses: Same as pineapples though you can eat the core. Makes great centerpieces.

Taste: Bold, rich, sweet and tart.

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Goes by many different names depending on the country you find them in, Queen Victoria Pineapples being a common one. Baby pineapples are considered a super fruit because of its high nutrients and high antioxidants. Baby pineapples are actually used as much for decoration as actual consumption. They taste sweeter and are more aromatic than regular pineapples. Huh. Guess smaller can be better sometimes.

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Rambutan

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Region: USA, Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras

Uses: Desserts or eaten by hand.

Taste: Juicy and sweet cross between a strawberry and a muscat grape.

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Rambutans are packed with vitamin C, calcium, protein, iron and fiber. They also contain niacin, also known as vitamin B3, which lowers bad cholesterol and raises good. They share a relation to lychees. Rambutans utilize nutrients from not only fruit, but also bark, leaves and rinds as well. Its also known to treat ailments such as diabetes, fatigue and bloating.

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Dragon Fruit

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Region: Many parts of the world, primarily in Vietnam

Uses: Fruit salads

Taste: Earthy and slightly sweet.

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Dragon Fruits can be found growing on climbing cactuses. Their seeds are spread through bird droppings that scatter throughout the region. Dragon Fruits draw their name from the flowers that grow along with the fruit, often resembling a dragon. The dragon fruit is best known for its cleansing properties in the digestive system.

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Kiwano (Horn Melon)

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Region: Originally Africa, currently United States

Uses: Sorbets, fruit salads, ice cream and syrups

Taste: Cross between a zucchini, cucumber and kiwi.

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The kiwano has spiky points along its skin. If you crack it open, there’s a jelly-like flesh underneath filled with seeds. When you chill a kiwano, the flavor enhances so that it will taste even better. You can tell how sweet a kiwano is by the brightness of its skin (brighter equals sweeter). The melon is about 90% water and filled with vitamin C. Both seeds and flesh are edible.

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Pepino Melon

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Region: South America and Ecuador

Uses: Eaten like a melon when ripe or served on salads.

Taste: Cross between a honeydew and a cucumber

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Pepino is the Spanish word for cucumber, though the name carries through for the melon worldwide. They’re related to tomatoes and eggplants, but the texture is closer to a cucumber. Pepino melons are filled with beta-carotene antioxidants that prevent illness as well as lowers blood pressure and boosts cardiovascular health. They also contain vitamins C, A and K.

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Cherimoya

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Region: Chile, United States

Uses: Smoothies, yogurt, fruit drinks, desserts, or eaten by hand.

Taste: Cross between a strawberry, mango, pineapple and pear

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Though high in calories, the cherimoya is also high in fiber, vitamin C and calcium. It’s also known to boost the immune system. The cherimoya is often referred to as a custard apple because of it’s custard-like texture but sweet and aromatic taste. A ripe cherimoya will taste like a combination of many different fruits, creating a unique amalgam of flavors. The name cherimoya comes from the Incan word “chirimuya” which means “cold seeds.”

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Tamatillo (Tree Tomato)

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Region: South America and New Zealand

Uses: Salsas, sauces, salads or sandwiches.

Taste: Gelatinous pulp and edible seeds similar to red tomatoes

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Tomatillo translates to “little tomato.” Which is more or less true. The species of tomatoes is best known for its use in salsas and sauces and goes great with peppers. They’re covered in a paper-like husk that bears a resemblance to Chinese Paper Lanterns. Tomatillos, while low in calories, provide a decent amount of vitamins A and vitamin K.

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Baby Cauliflower

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Region: United States

Uses: Salads, sides or however you use regular cauliflowers.

Taste: Mild flavor that absorbs seasonings.

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Baby cauliflowers are high in vitamin C and fiber. They also contain selenium which is said to help boost the immune system. While smaller than regular cauliflower, they’re much easier to handle and prepare. The sprouts people eat are called buttons. Its bitter flavor pairs well with spices like curry, cumin or garlic.

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Vitamin Schtick

Lip care items are now available in your favorite Vitamin Water flavors: Power C (dragonfruit), Multi-V (lemonade), XXX (acai-blueberry-pomegranate), and Focus (kiwi-strawberry).  They come in two forms, a .17 oz roll-on lip gloss with SPF 15, or a .6 oz jumbo lip balm, which has SPF 20.  Each product contains Vitamin E to keep your lips healthy.  ($4.99 for gloss or $6.99 for balm @ Hot Topic)

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Hit-Or-Miss

Vitamin Water: Dragonfruit (C + Taurine)

‘Since the days of fighting fire-breathing, maiden-frightening reptiles are behind us (seemingly), we have to focus on other feats of strength. Like Crunches and push-ups. Evil workouts quiver when they see you and your taurine-packin’ sidekick coming. So go ahead and try a nice spot of fly fishing in a tank of hungry sperm whales. It’s time to ignite your inner beast.’ (Thx vitaminwater)