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Hangry Woman Stabs Ex-Boyfriend In The Back For Refusing to Make Her Food

I promise you, I couldn’t make this headline up even if I wanted to. But I guess when your stomach invades your mind and clouds your judgement, things could get a little messy.

Police reports indicate that 29 year-old Stranesha Buford was charged with aggravated (hangry) assault with a deadly weapon on July 26th for stabbing her ex-boyfriend in the back with a kitchen knife. Fox News in Nashville reports that the victim told police that after he refused to feed her, Buford unsuccessfully threw a glass object at him, after which he attempted to subdue her, which earned him a knife in the left side of his back for his troubles. I guess when you’re hangry, you begin to lose track of right and wrong and act on impulse as long as you get your fix right away. Well shit, I guess food really is a drug then.

In all honesty, I don’t think this police report is telling the whole story because I’ve still got some questions:

1. Were they ex-lovers before OR after the stabbing?
2. How well does this man cook?

Buford is currently being held in Davidson County Jail on $35,000 bail.

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Food Fight: Miller Lite vs. Bud Light

It’s time for two of the most well-known light beers in history to go head-to-head in an alcoholic showdown.

In one corner, we’ve got Miller Lite, also known as the original light beer. Standing in at 4.2% alcohol by volume, this pilsner’s got some pizazz on the market and is a main staple in several bars.

On the other side stands Bud Light, a formidable and wildly popular lager that’s one of the most sold bottles from beer giant Anheuser-Busch. The “World’s Favorite” light beer, it’s also got around 4.2% alcohol like it’s Miller counterpart.

Both are good beers in their own right, but we’re here to crown a boozy champion, folks. To do that, myself and fellow Foodbeast Chris put the two beers into an unbiased, blind taste test in a recent Facebook livestream. Neither of us knew which beer was which, but graded the two on color, aroma, and flavor before choosing a final beer that we preferred.

Both Chris and myself both picked the same beer, so there’s no dispute on who we believe to be the top of the two light beers. Watch the livestream for yourself and see if you agree or disagree with our final decision.

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Watch 7 Of TV and Screen’s Most Epic Food Fights Ever

Real-life food fights are few and far between. No one wants to waste perfectly good food in a heated argument, especially when there are tons of malnourished people around the world who would kill to get a morsel of the Salisbury ammunition.

Film and television, however, are a completely different story. Because nothing you see on the screen is real, directors are given the opportunity to create pandemonium with peas and some mashed potato mayhem.

Check out these seven epic fictional food fights that could only be found on-screen.


Cheers

The Cheers gang finds themselves alone on Thanksgiving after a series of unfortunate circumstances and decide to spend the holiday together. Tensions from their less than ideal holiday situations comes to a head in a brutal food fight, marking this as one of the sitcom’s most memorable moments.

Kung Fu Panda

Leave it to DreamWorks to come up with a beautifully choreographed animated montage where the titular Kung Fu Panda is being trained by Dustin Hoffman. In the “food fight” scene, the young Panda is given the simple task of successfully eating a dumpling. However, this proves more difficult than he thinks, leading to a ballet of kung fu food fightery.

Hook

Speaking of Dustin Hoffman, a memorable fight scene comes straight out of our favorite film of all time: Hook. A grown-up Peter Pan, played by the late Robin Williams, forgets what its like to use his imagination and is nudged to recall his youthful sense of wonder with the help of The Lost Boys, leading to quite possibly the most colorful food fight you’ll ever see.

Animal House

One of the most memorable food fights in cinema has to be from Animal House. John Belushi’s character inadvertently starts a food fight after getting into some trouble with the smug One Theta Pi fraternity members. We recall the zit-popping moment fondly.

Rest in peace, Mr. Belushi.

Family Matters

This memorable sitcom food fight comes from Family Matters, where main character Laura Winslow gets into a catty dispute with her frenemy Myra. The two pour different cafeteria foods down each others’ clothes, which eventually leads to an all-out food fight in the middle of the high school cafeteria.

Recess

Another animated example, this food fight from the Recess episode “The Tattletale Heart” is a focal point of the beloved Disney animated series. A brutal food fight breaks out in the Third Street Elementary School cafeteria, leading to a school-wide interrogation to find out who threw the first ball of food.

The 3 Stooges

From the classic short In The Sweet Pie and Pie, the Three Stooges engage in one of their earliest pie fights.

According to Larry Fine, this was one of the most difficult scenes to shoot from the film, because after they ran out of pies to throw, the prop guy would sweep up the used fillings (which had collected nails, splinters, and tacks) and smack each other with them until the director was happy with the shots.

SmackDown: Del Rio v. Randy Orton

The then-rivalry between pro wrestlers Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio led to a brutal brawl between the two professional wrestlers on the WWE’s SmackDown program. The fight carried over to the craft services section where tons of dishes fell victim to the heated dispute between the two sweaty behemoths. This was but one of the many food fights seen in the WWE, as they’ve had more than an epic few go down over the years.

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Food Fight: Mars Bars vs Milky Way

Now, you might be thinking to yourself “aren’t these the same thing?” Well, my dear chocolate-loving friend, that’s where you’re wrong. While these two candy bars look very similar (re: Olsen twins status), a taste test can easily tell them apart. This week, the battle crosses the pond, reigniting Revolutionary Era grudges, to see which red, white, and blue flag will be hoisted in victory.

Know Your Candy Bar

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Photo: The Evening Standard

Just to clear things up, once and for all, British Mars Bars and Milky Ways are similar to American Milky Ways and Three Musketeers, respectively. The U.S. version of the Mars bar typically resembles a Snickers bar, unless you find a store that imports directly from the U.K.

Backstory to the Beef

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Though both bars are manufactured by the American company Mars Inc., their difference lies in their creators. Forrest Mars (pictured above) ran all the way to England in 1932 to create a chocolate bar similar to his father’s popular Milky Way bar (fashioned after the taste of a milkshake). Ever since, Mars Bars have cemented themselves into hearts (and teeth) of Brits. Let’s find out who did it better, shall we?

Calories (per bar)

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Photo: The Harcombe Diet and Milky Way

Mars Bar: 259

Milky Way: 240

Ingredients

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Photo: Mars Chocolate and Milky Way

Mars Bar: sugar, glucose syrup, skimmed milk powder, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, sunflower oil, milk fat, lactose and protein from whey (from milk), whey powder (from milk), palm fat, fat reduced cocoa, barley malt extract, emulsifier (soya lecithin), salt, egg white powder, milk protein, natural vanilla extract.

Milky Way: milk chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, skim milk, chocolate, lactose, milk fat, soy lecithin, artificial flavor), corn syrup, sugar, hydrogenated palm kernel oil and/or palm oil, skim milk, less than 2% – milkfat, cocoa powder processed with alkali, malted barley, lactose, salt, egg whites, chocolate, artificial flavor.

Taste and Consistency

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Mars Bar: The chocolate tastes slightly more processed and artificial, but is ultimately enjoyable. The nougat, significantly more powdery, creates a bit of a mess whilst eating. The caramel can often be a bit hard, adding to the mess, but the flavor makes up for it once you finally get a chunk in your mouth.

Milky Way: The chocolate quality is noticeably better (an unusual comment when comparing U.S. and U.K. sweets). The creamy nougat curls with the chocolate and caramel on each bite, making the experience a more delightful, melt-in-your-mouth adventure.

The Good, The Bad, And The Delicious

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While both bars have similar ingredients, one main difference sets them apart.

Mars Bar: There isn’t actually any full-on chocolate in it. Many of the ingredients are derived from powders rather than natural substances.

Milky Way: This bar has its fair share of processing (where would the confectionary world be without emulsifiers?), but is ultimately the culmination of many natural ingredients.

Winner: Milky Way

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Photo: World of Snacks

From taste to sheer quality, the Milky Way is the obvious winner here. Sorry Brits, but let us have this one. You have Cadbury-grade chocolate in almost everything. Almost.

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Food Fight: In-N-Out Vs. Shake Shack

In another matchup of East vs. West, New York’s Shake Shake takes on California’s In-N-Out to determine who’s the real top burger. Along the way, let’s break down the other staples of a great burger joint to see which chain can really handle the heat.

 

Atmosphere

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Photo: Joe Handelman and Boston Eater

In-N-Out: Imagine a 1950s diner had a baby with a modern McDonald’s and you’ll understand the vibe at any In-N-Out. There’s an old-timey charm to each location, but the customer turnover is impressively fast.

Shake Shack: A much more modern take on what a burger joint could be, Shake Shacks could easily feel at home in an interior design magazine. Abstract and sleek lines mingle in their decor, but are often softened by wood accents and plants.

 

Treatment Of Employees

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Photo: Jennie DeMarco and My Central Jersey

In-N-Out: According to Glassdoor, 91% of In-N-Out employees would recommend working at the company, probably because they’re some of the best paid workers in fast food. Employees can also receive health benefits, vacation days, and 401(k)s.

Shake Shack: A publicly traded company, Shake Shack also offers their employees salaries above minimum wage and provides the same benefits as In-N-Out. On top of that, through a program called Shack Bucks, every employee receives a cut of the company’s monthly sales, which can raise base salaries as much as a dollar per hour.

 

Burgers (Double Cheeseburgers)

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Photo: Fast Food in USA and All Sandwich

In-N-Out: (670 calories) The Double Double is grilled with consistent finesse. The special sauce will turn you into an animal, if you let it, but the veggies are fairly lackluster.

Shake Shack: (770 calories) In the other corner, the Double ShackBurger impresses with its potato bun and fresh vegetables. The patties themselves are noticeably seasoned, but the sauce tastes like a rookie.

 

Fries

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Photo: Fast Food in USA and Popsugar

In-N-Out: (395 calories) Hand-cut and deep fried on the premises, In-N-Out fries rarely need the salt packets that come with them. They’re living proof that food can be fast and fresh.

Shake Shack: (470 calories) Crinkle-cut just like the frozen food aisle used to make, Shake Shake’s Yukon potato fries hit a nostalgia point, but don’t always remember to bring the flavor.

 

Shakes

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Photo: Spoon University and Smilingrid

In-N-Out: (~590 calories) The Neapolitan shake isn’t officially on the menu, but we needed a heavy hitter to go up against Shack’s Black and White shake. A delightful blend of real ice cream, this milkshake brings all the industrial strength straws to the yard.

Shake Shack: (760 calories) Made with hand-spun custard, the Black and White shake hits a sweet middle ground between vanilla and chocolate… maybe too sweet. Its consistency ranges from Goldilocks’ thickness perfection to forgotten, melted ice cream.

 

Winner: In-N-Out

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Photo: The Hale Telescope

In-N-Out barely ekes out in front to claim victory. Based on this information alone, it’s clear that In-N-Out has the fundamentals nailed down at lower prices and calorie points. Sure, you can get beer and bacon at Shake Shack (and a lot of other things that aren’t shakes or burgers), but you don’t need all the bells and whistles to crank out consistently delicious food.

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Food Fight: Creme Brulee vs. Flan

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In one of the tastiest tussles to date, this week le petit creme brulee and feisty flan are coming head to head, or rather, plate to plate, to see who reigns supreme when it comes to desserts of cream.

Maybe you assumed the two were one in the same. Maybe you scoff at the idea that they could even be considered comparable. Nevertheless, we’re diving straight into the facts to determine who’s the king of custard.

 

Texture and Consistency

Flan:

The body of a typical flan is eggy and gelatinous, with plenty of jiggle-room. It’s essentially baked custard—eggs, gelatin, vanilla, and cream or milk.

Nuances will vary subtly or not so subtly depending on if you’re enjoying, say, a Spanish flan versus a Mexican one. For instance, your flan will most likely be drenched in a sweet milky-caramel syrup if it’s Latin-style, like dulce de leche. Or, it might be presented with a layer of burnt or caramelized sugar on the bottom—almost like an upside-down creme brulee (almost)—if it’s European.

 

Creme Brulee:

Cream, eggs, and vanilla extract are all whisked up and boiled into a pudding-like custard base for the creme brulee. After the base has been refrigerated and is nice and chilly, sugar is sprinkled on top and browned with a torch to create a delicate layer of caramelized goodness (creme brulee translates to “burnt cream”).

 

Where You’ll Find It

Flan:

Flan’s roots trace way back to Europe (the ancient Romans considered it a “health food”). Today the dish is most popular among Latin American countries, as well as the Philippines and the US—which explains why you can find it in both independent/specialty and chain restaurants (El Torito, anyone?).

 

Creme brulee:

Creme brulee also traces to Europe, the name itself is French. Now, the brulee is a household name, but more often in the houses where chefs or eager-to-learn foodies live. It’s not likely you’ll come across a creme brulee labeled for individual sale per se, but there have been creme brulee findings at dessert bars of various buffets (like Vegas, baby).


What’s Working For You

BOTH:

The flan and the creme brulee are not for the amatuer chef. Both require patience, dedication, expertise, and a lot of your time. A decent creme brulee might take you about three to four hours from start to finish, whereas a flan might set you back six.

It’s probable you won’t be able to master either of them on the first try, and that’s the beauty of it all. If you want it, you need to work for it. Follow your dreams. Follow your creams.

 

What’s Working Against You

BOTH:

Though both desserts are undeniably complex in more ways than one, their essence can still be too easily captured, reformulated, and ultimately, cheapened for the masses. To put things into perspective: Starbucks has already tapped into both desserts to create the Creme Brulee Latte and Frappuccino, and the Caramel Flan Latte and Frappuccino, within the last few years.

Though, it’s also worth mentioning that one is more likely to come across mass-produced flan than dollar-creme brulee.

 

Winner:

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Creme Brulee

For this round, we’re calling creme brulee the custard champ. It’s complex, refined, and exquisite—not that the flan isn’t, but did we mention you need a torch to complete the creme brulee? This is definitely the creme of the crop.

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Video of the Day: Recess Food Fight!

The old Disney Channel Episode of Recess brings back good memories of food fights and coming home early from school to get my snack attack on! In this clip the cafeteria breaks out into an epic foodfight and good old Gus gets some pudding to the face! Ahhhhh!

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Video of the Day: Food Fight (Smart Guy)

Just another of my favorite shows from the quality Disney Channel line up they used to have. Here we take a look at the Smart Guy television show and one of my favorite characters, Mo. Food fight anyone? Check out Mo’s sense of smell, it’s crazy!