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Restaurants

A Los Angeles Pizza Joint Created A BIRRIA TACO PIZZA

I was in my mid-twenties when I first discovered the joy of a birria taco. A popular Mexican dish consisting of goat or beef meat, the protein is cooked in a spicy consommé, which is a rich broth. I would wait in line at the taco trucks on many late nights making sure I get a plate of fresh birria tacos. My friends and I would enjoy the juicy meat folded inside the tortilla and, if offered, dunk the tacos straight into the consommé.

Rose City Pizza in Rosemead, CA, is now offering another iteration you can enjoy the time-honored dish in, and thankfully, it’s a pizza. The Birria Pizza is the newest addition to the Rose City menu, joining the ranks of such iconic pizzas as the Elote Pizza, Al Pastor Pizza, and even a Filipino Breakfast Pizza.

To start hearty chunks of beef are braised with guajillo and ancho chiles, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, garlic cloves, and thyme overnight. They’re then seared, shredded, and added to the pizza.

On the crust, the birria is combined with mozzarella, diced onions, cilantro, lime juice, and a Chile de arbol salsa. Once sliced, it’s served with a cup of the consommé you can dunk your pizza straight into or enjoy on its own.

This isn’t Rose City’s first foray into taco-inspired pizzas either. The pizzeria went viral after offering an Al Pastor pizza a few years back where the marinated pork was sliced straight from a spit right onto the dough. It gained so much notoriety that it remains on the menu to this day.

How it’s birria-based brother will fare remains to be seen. Though, having tried it, I have a good feeling it will do just as well, if not better.

Fans of birria tacos may want to check this one out if visiting the Southern California area. While some may argue that soggy pizza is a sacrilege, Rose City’s crust game is so balanced, it’s like the pizza was made for the dunk. Just make sure to arrive early if you’re itching to try some. Due to its popularity, only a limited quantity of birria will be available daily.

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Hit-Or-Miss

We Owe Our Caffeine Addiction To Goats That Got High

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As you sip your cup of morning joe or cappuccino, don’t forget to thank goats. Why? Because, legend has it, it’s thanks to them that we even have coffee. As the story goes, an Ethiopian goatherd named Kaldi was minding his own business one day when he found his charges getting super-frisky. They were nibbling on the berries and leaves of a mysterious plant, leading them to dance on their hind legs.

Kaldi decided to take a bite of the berries and experienced a rush of energy. He took the berries to a holy man who tossed them on a fire, emitting the heavenly scent of coffee we know and love today. Someone wise took the roasted beans from the embers of the fire and used them to brew a cup of what we guzzle today! The word “coffee” itself may derive from the Ethiopian region of Kaffa, though Yemenites claim their country as the place of origin.

fro7xgrbfkq6gdlztqfq                               Look at this gorgeous cup of cappuccino! Thanks, goats. 

Whether or not goats actually led humans to discover coffee, Ethiopia was one place with a strong coffee history. The first written reference to coffee came in the tenth century, courtesy of the great Persian doctor named Rhazes, author of one thousand books, though the drink was probably made for centuries beforehand.

Rhazes referred to bunn, as it was referred to in Ethiopia, of which he quipped, “It is a drink that is good for those with hot nature, but it decrease[s] the libido.” Unfortunately, this probably wasn’t the exact same kind of brew that we drink today, which didn’t appear for another few centuries.

Feature image via World on a Fork

Written by Carly Silver, HistoryBuff

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Hit-Or-Miss

You Can Win A Goat Cheese Farm By Writing An Essay

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If you’ve ever wanted to own a fully-functioning goat cheese farm, here’s your chance. An Alabama couple is apparently accepting essays to decide who will inherit their goat cheese farm complete with 85 goats. Doesn’t sound to baaaaad, right?

The farm will come with all the tools and equipment one needs to profit from the farm.

It seems the couple plans to move to Costa Rica to build even more goat farms as a way to help the needy. While they initially tried to sell the Alabama property, they discovered most folks can’t afford the $350,000 cost.

After running the idea through a lawyer, the couple has begun taking essays from anyone who cares to explain what they’d do with the farm. Their current goal is $2,500 to cover the rest of the mortgage on the house and hope to give the new owner $20,000 for start-up costs.

The couple believes debt is the worst thing you can have as a farmer. Before jetting off to Costa Rica the farmers say they plan to hang around a bit to help the new owners get the hang of running a goat cheese farm.

Anyone interested can enter here. All you need is a persuasive essay and a $150 entry fee.

 

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#foodbeast

The Birthday Sex Burger Has a Savory Olive Cake and Truffle Cheese ‘Frosting’

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H/T PornBurger

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Health

Apparently, 65% of the World Drinks Goat’s Milk Over Cow’s Milk

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Despite America’s countless milk mustaches and the iconic “Milk, it does a body good” campaign, 65 percent of the world drinks goat’s milk over cow’s milk.

It’s worth noting that this worldwide preference for goat’s milk has happened without any high-powered marketing campaigns or celebrity endorsements. The simple reason for goat milk’s popularity seems to be the relative ease with which it’s produced.  One goat, which can produce an average of a gallon and a half of milk a day, more than enough for a single family, takes up less space and needs less feed than a dairy cow. This provides impoverished countries or homes without refrigeration, a cheaper and easier way to consume dairy.

Not only are goats easier to keep than cows, but goat milk is less likely to cause lactose intolerance (because it contains less lactose molecules) and is easier to digest than cow’s milk. It also contains less fat and is naturally homogenized, which means the fresh milk won’t separate, like cow’s milk tends to do.

While redditors are still contesting whether these statistics are true, there’s  little doubt that goat milk consumption is better for  the environment and for both cows and goats alike.  The jury’s still out on which one tastes better, but we bet milk from a happy grass-fed goat tastes pretty darn good.

Think “Got Goat Milk?” should be the new slogan? Let us know in the comments if you’ve ever tried it!

H/T Reddit + PicThx Goats on Things

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Hit-Or-Miss

TIL: The World Eats 70% More Goat Meat Than Bacon, Needs New Priorities

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We’ve always put bacon at the top of our meat hierarchy (because 100% bacon burgers, duh) and up until now we thought the rest of the world agreed with us. No other meat could really compete with the versatility, the taste, the sheer perfection of a good hunk of fried pork . . . right? Wrong. Apparently, the globe has decided to flip the bird at bacon and make way for a new champion. A bearded champion that really, really likes head butting you in the kidneys and eating your old t-shirts. Yeah, we’re talking goats. 

Turns out that goats are taking over the global meat market. This sounds pretty bizarre to those of us who are used to seeing a beef or bacon-based dish on every menu, but goats are a lot more popular in parts of the world where eating beef is a giant no-no. Goat meat is kosher and halal, meaning it fits the dietary restrictions of two major religions and is a heavyweight player in the international meat game. In fact, goat meat makes up 70% of red meat eaten worldwide. Add that to the fact that goat cheese is experiencing a rise in popularity (seriously, this stuff is on everything from pizza to cupcakes) and you’ll start to get a clearer picture of the billy-bearded domination happening.

It’s cool, though. We’re always down to embrace some solid burger diversity, and we don’t think bacon is in danger of disappearing any time soon. Until that day comes, long live the goat burger!

H/T omgfacts

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Food Trucks

Andrew Zimmern Gets into the Food Truck Game

Hate to break it to you, but this truck won’t be offering monkey brain sausages any time soon.

Bizarre Foods star Andrew Zimmern is opening his very own food truck with a scheduled August 25th launch date at the Minnesota State Fair. Dubbed the AZ Canteen, the new truck will serve dishes on the extreme end of the food truck spectrum, but not to the extent of things that Zimmern’s eaten on his show.

Stephanie March, senior editor at Mpls.St. Paul Magazine, reported that Zimmern’s truck plans to “expand the protein choices of Americans with the overarching goal of restoring health and wellness to our food system one plate at a time.”

According to March’s blog post, the Bizarre Foods star plans to dish up goat burgers and goat sausages that were created between Zimmern and acclaimed New York butcher Pat LaFrieda. Other menu items include cripsy pork belly, veal tongue sliders, and ice cream sandwiches made with ice cream from Izzy’s, a St. Paul-based, handmade ice cream shop.

As of now, it looks like there will be limited stops for the AZ Canteen as the truck is set to “make appearances at some local events throughout the year.” There is the prospect of more trucks popping up in other cities across the globe, so keep your hopes up if you’re nowhere near the Minnesota State Fair.

Who knows, maybe Zimmern will serve up some of the types of foods he’s eaten on Bizarre Foods by then. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

[Thx: MSPMag via TCBMag]
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Cravings

Craving: The Goat Roast

Meat in the shape of a goat on a bed of greens. You bustin’ my balls?