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Sweets

OREO ‘Trolls’ You With A Glittery New Flavor

OREO’s latest limited-time flavor is a collab with the upcoming Trolls World Tour movie.

To keep with the Trolls theme, OREO’s classic creme will be colored pink, and bedazzled with glitter.

 

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To ensure the creme’s color pops, they’re foregoing their chocolate wafer and going with the golden wafer instead.

They’ve also come up with a fun interactive promotion for the kiddos, creating an AR experience where you can point your Instagram camera at the box of OREOs and a little Trolls, Queen Poppy, pops up to dances for you. A barcode can be found on the OREO site if you do want to mess around with that feature.

Try out the new OREOs for yourselves, let us know if they’re good and if they turn your poop glittery pink, like the Peeps OREOs.

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Drinks Sustainability

Straw Stars: A Straw Alternative Power Ranking

Last week, Foodbeast’s lead TikTokker/editor-in-chief Elie Ayrouth posted a video of an enormous, 1-pound bag of boba milk tea. Why exactly this product exists, I do not know. But, what I do know is that one of my favorite reactions to the video was a comment that asked him not about the boba, but about the environmental ethics behind his consumption of said gluttonous bag of tea. More specifically, the plastic straw he used was in question. 

Now, I’m all for not using plastic. You’re talking to the person who used to force his coffeeshop coworkers to use glass cups with no straws while at work. But, if you see a bag of boba big enough to give someone a concussion should a fight come its way, and the first thing you think of is how wasteful the straw usage is, you might be on a path towards being overkill. 

Anyways, as the Foodbeast editorial team sat in our meeting room and discussed this comment during our weekly meeting, we started to wonder: what ARE the best straw alternatives? Besides coming to a communal agreement that paper straws would be better off staying a tree, the results were varied. But, after much deliberation, here we have it, a power ranking of straws:

10. Biodegradable Plastic Straws

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Ideally, biodegradable plastic straws would be the answer to all our problems, and would make this list irrelevant. But, like anything that sounds too good to be true, it is. These types of straws are only biodegradable in certain, commercial compost facilities, meaning you have to dispose of them in a way that definitely doesn’t include tossing it away with your iced coffee before you enter work, a fate similar to that of most of our straws.

9. Pasta Straws

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Pasta straws are indeed highly functional, but they’re still single use and are ruined after an hour’s time. Pass. 

8. Silicone Straws

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Silicone straws are flexible, easy to clean, and heavily reusable. The only problem is most lend a distinct taste to any drink they’re served in. No flavor compliments everything you drink quite like an undertone of rubber, right?

7. Paper Straws

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Personally, I have no qualms with most paper straws. In my experience, most paper straws take over an hour until they start becoming flimsy. But, alas, it seems as if the general consensus is that paper straws become soaked and useless after a couple minutes in liquid and have a weird “lip feel.”

6. Hay Straws

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Surprisingly, straws are named after straw. Like, the stuff in hay bales. More surprisingly, there are companies selling straw straws. From my research, it seems as if they work well, too. The issue is that it’s difficult to produce a consistent product, as each stalk of straw grows to a different diameter. Until these are able to be mass produced, they’ll stay in the middle of the pack (hay bale, if you will).

5. No Straw

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This would be higher up if it wasn’t for the active lifestyle that most people live. For sitting down at a meal, or kicking it at a coffee shop, no straw is the best straw. But, the moment you have to take a drink to go, choosing to go no straw turns your commute into a perilous mission.

4. Glass Straws

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By all means, glass straws work great. Easy to clean, cheap, and essentially acting as an additional part to the glass you’re drinking out of, glass straws are amongst the best straw alternative options. But, while many glass straws are indeed tough, the off chance that a glass straw shatters in your bag, backpack, or drink brings it’s ranking down.

3. Sippy Lid

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It’s like no straw, but with some protection from the elements. The only issue is that some people don’t feel right drinking things without a straw, apparently. For me, this is not an issue. But, hey, if you absolutely need a straw, who am I to judge?

2. Bamboo Straws

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Sustainable, economical, smooth on the lips, and resistant to soaking, bamboo straws are about as good as it gets. The only downside is that they do eventually wear out, which brings them down to second on our list. But, on the bright side, it’s a stick. You can properly dispose of these straws by simply tossing it in the dirt. 

1. Stainless Steel Straw

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There’s really no downside to stainless steel straws. They’re hard to break, easily cleaned, not too expensive, and some come with silicone tips to give an improved lip feel. If you’re going to use a straw alternative (you should), this is the Foodbeast approved answer.

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Hit-Or-Miss

Popeyes Hints At Their Chicken Sandwich Returning Soon

The Popeyes chicken sandwich became a bit of a phenomenon, and as quickly as it came, it left with mobs of fans upset at the decision.

Popeyes said they “sold out,” which didn’t make a whole lot of sense, but none of that matters, because it’s coming back after a two month hiatus.

Recently, Popeyes is sending out targeted Instagram ads saying, “The sandwich is coming soon.”

The catch is that they want you to download their app first, so you can be the first to know about the launch. If you do download the app, you’re greeted with a “Chicken Sandwich, Be Right Back,” as a little teaser.

Unfortunately, Popeyes has not even hinted at a timetable, so we have to go off their “coming soon,” ad.

Being punked into downloading a fast food app is never fun, and restaurants try it often, but if you really miss the Popeyes chicken sandwich, it might be worth it for the potential of an in-app deal, as most restaurants tend to give out on their apps.

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FOODBEAST Restaurants Twitch

Two Of Instagram’s Hottest Chefs Are Duking It Out In A Fried Chicken Battle

Two of the most viral foods you can find on the internet these days are a 20 pound ramen challenge and a “Magical Burger” that is decorated with colorful marshmallows and sprinkles. The culinary masterminds behind these two dishes are squaring off for the first time in one of the more unique cooking battle formats out there.

On September 26th, chef Michael Pham of Shomi Noods and Hotties Fried Chicken will take on chef Fernando Valladeras of Groundhouse Burger and Fowl Play OC in the Foodbeast Kitchen League. The two will pit their fried chicken recipes against each other, competing to see whose poultry is prime.

In the Foodbeast Kitchen League, chefs each have 45 minutes to compete against each other, and the entire battle is streamed live on Twitch. While the battle is going, viewers directly interact with the chefs via sabotages. Various amounts of Twitch bit donations can take away valuable assets like knives, hands, and even sight for a short period of time.

Twitch viewers will also heavily influence which of the two chefs wins the battle, as they get to vote on the chefs’ visual presentation and swagger throughout the course of the stream.

To tune into the stream, you can check out the Foodbeast Twitch channel at 11 am PST on the 26th.

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Features Feel Good Food Fashion Hit-Or-Miss

Turn Yourself Into a Literal Burrito With These Food-Themed Blankets

The Simpson’s might be the most meme’d cartoon not named Spongebob Squarepants. It’s so meme-able that there’s a Twitter account that just tweets out-of-context Simpsons screenshots every day. But, the one that’s always stuck with me is Homer Simpson wrapped up in a blanket, impossibly content, and mumbling “Ahhhh, I’m just a big toasty cinnamon bun.” I think about it every time that I’m wrapped up in my blanket, dreading the thought of getting out of bed.

Well, thanks to the good folks at Gourmet Blankets & Company, I can now, literally, wrap myself in a giant cinnamon roll and pretend that I’m as comfy as Homer.

Just like the real thing, this cinnamon roll is soft, warm, and leaves you feeling like you just received a hug. There are other blankets too: pizza, donuts, burgers, and also baby sized, tortilla-patterned blankets to wrap your little one(s) up like a burrito.

Gourmet Blankets is doing more than just blankets, too. There’s pillows, slippers, pins, and much more, of all foods and sizes. They’ve got all your food-themed needs covered. 

What could produce a better night’s sleep than cozying up to a giant piece of bread? Not much for my carbo-loading self. Just look at how comfy Foodbeast’s very own managing editor, Reach Guinto, is catching some well deserved Z’s.

 

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Personally, I’m rocking the peach pin on my backpack as we speak, and I’ll be looking to cop a pair of those lettuce slides. If you see me pulling up to the corner store in a couple pieces of lettuce and some Nike socks, now you know why. 

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Restaurants Sweets

10 Photogenic Donut Shops You NEED To Track Down

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Did you know that we happen to have some of the most picture-worthy donuts right in our backyard? In Orange County, donut shops are not only known for their delectable donuts, but also for their unique designs and artistic expression. Browse our list of shops below, and indulge in French crullers, Boston cream, jelly-filled, glazed and old fashion donuts with flair — and don’t forget to capture the moment!

Afters Ice Cream

Multiple locations, aftersicecream.com

We know what you’re thinking — Afters sells ice cream. But home to the infamous milky bun, a donut-like pastry, we felt that Afters had to be included on our list. Since their opening in 2015, Afters has taken Southern California by storm. Join the thousands of others posting to Insta and Facebook with these colorful and creative creations. Pick your flavors — Cookie Monster, Vietnamese coffee or jasmine milk tea — and enjoy it within a warm, soft milky bun.

 

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Crafted Donuts

Multiple locations

Star Wars, Simpsons or Frozen-themed donuts, you name it, and Crafted Donuts will make it. Place your custom order for a special occasion, or stop by the shop to see what they’ve come up with for the day. They offer classic choices like the maple bacon donut, but they also serve unique flavors like lemon poppy seed. Plan to be there early or check Insta before arrival because they are open until they sell out, and they sell out fast.

 

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DK’s Donuts of Orange

3744 E. Chapman Ave, Orange

DK’s Donuts has one of the most colorful menu we’ve seen yet. They make the most of their sprinkles and toppings, creating gorgeous unicorn and mermaid donuts, to name a few. Their panda donut even uses Oreos for the little guys’ ears, adding another layer of flavor and cream. Quick, snap a pic before you devour that donut.

 

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The Donuttery

17420 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, thedonutteryhb.com

Forever dedicated to crust and crumb, The Donuttery offers a unique variety of donuts, including cake, specialty and vegan donuts. Just thinking about their red velvet and carrot cake donuts makes me want to head to H.B. and sample for myself. If you’re in the neighborhood and feel like breakfast or lunch, the shop also serves a breakfast menu, sandwiches and coffee.

 

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I used to scratch my head over the mania behind red velvet cakes. Its popularity was so pervasive at one point in time that I believe I even came across a recipe for red velvet dog biscuits 🤦🏼‍♀️. My snafus with the red velvet cake (1) the skimping out on cocoa with only a trace amount to justify its chocolate-esque existence, (2) the role acidity actually plays in setting it apart from conventional chocolate cake is questionable, and (3) why the red? Why not green or yellow or blue?… Then, came red velvet—deep fried with a crumb so balanced that all questions and cynicism subsided. It’s a seriously good donut that deserves fanfare in its own right. It needs no categorizing, no analysis. It is what it is. And I’ll admit, the red is eye catchingly pleasing. 😍 #redvelvet #redvelvetdonut #redvelvetcake #creamcheesefrosting #sublime

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Friendly Donuts

4442 E Chapman Ave, Orange

Head to Friendly Donuts for a dossant. Okay, so maybe it’s just another word for a cronut, a croissant and a donut, but it certainly sounds exotic and delicious. In addition to their cronut sandwiches, Friendly’s has some pretty amazing topping choices, including Fruity Pebbles, Captain Crunch and M&Ms. Taste the rainbow in every bite.

Glee Donuts & Burgers

Multiple locations, gleednb.com

With mom-and-pop shop vibes, Glee Donuts is a great destination for family outings. Their freshly baked, assorted donuts pair perfectly with a fruity smoothie. Choose from 12 smoothie options at Glee Donuts with flavors like Passion Orange Guava or Pina Colada. If you just simply aren’t in the mood for a donut, browse their extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menus for protein bowls and specialty burgers.

Good Town Doughnuts

2930 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, @ The Lab, goodtowndoughnuts.com

Calling all donut freaks! You don’t want to miss out on Good Town Doughnut’s handcrafted delights. They offer a wide variety of vegan donuts, so don’t let your diet interfere with your love of sweets. Situated among the Gypsy Den Cafe and Habana Bakery at The Lab, Good Town certainly earns its place as a hot spot for foodies.

Poqet Donuts

17655 Harvard Ave., Irvine, poqetdonuts.com

Poqet Donuts is the very first donut shop in OC to offer build-your-own donuts. It’s as easy as 1-2-3. Just select your base, filling and toppings to create a perfectly customized and perfectly you donut. Not sure what to order? Don’t worry, Poqet’s signature creations are pretty amazing too. With flavors like lemon meringue and pistachio créme brulée, your options to explore are endless.

Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee

Multiple locations, sidecardoughnuts.com

The team at Sidecar Doughnuts is committed to creating the “world’s freshest donut,” and boy do they deliver. Although Sidecar does not offer customizable options, every month they come out with new original creations. Their past flavors have included the pumpkin donut in the fall, chocolate peppermint for the holiday season, hibiscus lime margarita in the spring, and passion fruit in the summer. With these new and renewed flavors (they love bringing back favorites!), Sidecar always keeps us on our toes.

Zombee Donuts & Bakeshop

802 E. Chapman, Fullerton, zombeedonuts.com

Every day feels like Halloween at Zombee Donuts. Their themed menu includes the Zombee Mascot, Coffin, Cereal Killers and so much more. Not only do their donuts look great, they taste even better. Zombee Donuts fry their donuts in Palm Oil instead of Lard, eliminating an aftertaste. We know you’re dying to try, and they are dying to have you.


Fun Facts

  • Donuts may have been created by mistake. One story explains that a cow kicked over a pot of oil into a mixture of pastry.
  • The word “doughnut” was shortened to “donut” in the late 19th century and popularized by Dunkin Donuts’ name.
  • The largest donut ever made was an American-style jelly donut, made in 1993 in Utica, New York. It weighed 1.7 tons, and it was 16 feet wide and 16 inches high.
  • As of 2013, the U.S. alone makes over 10 billion donuts a year.
  • National Donut Day is June 2nd.

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Hit-Or-Miss The Katchup

Finding Authenticity In A Fake Instagram Food World

One of the best kept secrets in the food world, is that many of your favorite food-based social media accounts flaunt beautifully shot photos, but never actually taste the food they’re posting.

It’s all about getting the coolest looking pictures, getting those likes and follows up, and not even giving the food’s essence due diligence.

No one would ever dare accuse the Foodbeast crew of these atrocities, and we have the bellies and grease stained shirts to prove our innocence, but we do see it often in the wild. Food influencers on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and everywhere else try to hit you with the fake-out.

June Quan, who runs the popular @stirandstyle food Instagram and blog, spoke on The Katchup Podcast about the falsities that go around in the food world, and why it was important for her to show authenticity.

 

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“I definitely want to stress that everything on my page is something that I’ve eaten, and that I recommend,” Quan said.

She went on to say that she would get questioned all the time in comments, and accused of not eating the food she photographed. To counter those haters, Quan simply started eating her food in front of a camera, and giving on-the-spot reviews of the restaurants she visited.

“It was when video just started (on Instagram),” Quan said. “It was something like, ‘Hey, I’m already eating on my own time, but now that I’m capturing it, it’s something that people actually want to watch.'”

By building the trust of her followers, June quickly grew from 40,000 followers, to 100,000, and now 308,000 followers on Instagram.

That transitioned well into her journey as a restaurateur, opening not one, or even two, but three different restaurant concepts in Shrimp Daddy, Sip Matcha and Chichi Dango.

June Quan’s story shows that while “likes” don’t translate into success, earning the trust of the masses sure does.

When surfing through Instagram accounts and see those beautiful photos, be sure to show extra love to those who go the extra mile to highlight the food, as June has, and Foodbeast does, wink wink.

To hear the full interview with June, be sure to tune in to The Katchup, and subscribe to hear more on iTunes, Spotify and anywhere podcasts can be heard.

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Adventures Culture FOODBEAST Restaurants

How Foodbeasts Around The World Champion Their Breakfast

Breakfast is the essential morning kickstart our bodies need to refuel and recharge so that we have the energy to power through the day ahead. While we could just go for the basics and load up on the 87, many of us like to go for special fuels and craft the morning meal we don’t just need, but deserve.

Whether it’s a loaded cheeseburger breakfast burrito, or some scratch-made waffles with syrup, we know how to treat ourselves when it comes to morning meals. Below is just a smattering of the dope breakfasts all you fellow Foodbeasts have shared with us, whether it be from a local restaurant or your own culinary wizardry.

It’s a global affair of morning fare that may inspire you to try something new or different the next time you wake up. Or it could just be an insane collection of soothing, oozy egg yolk porn to help you get through the rest of your day.

Cheese-Crusted Breakfast Burrito

 

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Low Key Burritos adds a cheesy blanket of deliciousness to a breakfast staple in the Los Angeles area. With a layer of melted cheese that’s both crispy and gooey at the same time, the intense flavors provide a whole new dimension to what’s possible with breakfast burritos.

Creme Brulee Cupcakes

 

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This blend of creme brulee and cupcake can be found at Molly’s in New York City, and they recommend you eat this within an hour of ordering. Personally, I could see myself scarfing down the entire thing within seconds of receiving it, although I’d spend a little extra time enjoying the shattering crunch of that caramelized sugar on top. Technically, this creme brulee counts as breakfast, right?

Shrimp Tempura Benny

 

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Treating yourself in Vegas can mean many things. Spending hours at the slots, enjoying a fancy steak, or perhaps going in on a juicy, delectable fried shrimp benedict. Found at the aptly named SKINNYFATS, it comes with a spicy buffalo hollandaise and is served on buttermilk biscuits, providing plenty of fatty and greasy goodness to help sort out whatever level of hangover hell you’re pushing through.

Crepe Bretonne

 

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This breakfast hails from Lower Brittany, and has become popular across France along with other European countries. Featuring a buckwheat crepe and the possibility of sweet or savory toppings, Instagrammer @elena.nti loaded hers up with ham, cheese, and a perfectly runny egg that altogether screams “comfort food.”

Egg Bagel Sandwich, Food Baby Approved

 

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They may not have the teeth to bite into this yet, but even babies can appreciate the deliciousness of Brooklyn-based Hunky Dory’s breakfast egg bagel. Instagrammer @foodbabyny’s kids clearly already have refined palates, as they’re locked in on the intense aromas of grated cheese, caramelized onions, and arugula that come loaded into this sandwich.

Pork And Plantain Hash Sandwich

 

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The streets of downtown Los Angeles are home to Don Francisco Coffee’s Casa Cubana. The local roasters put the same attention to detail in their breakfast menu as they do their brew, with this pork and plantain hash sandwich being one of the cafe’s culinary crown jewels.

Dim Sum In Glasgow

 

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With the world as connected as it is, you can find cuisines from around the world in places you may not expect at first. Case in point, would you expect to find traditional Chinese dim sum in the middle of Edinburgh, Scotland? The pieces of cheung fun (rice noodles) encasing crispy strips of youtiao (Fried dough) are especially appealing to my stomach.

Thick Sausage Patty Sandwiches

 

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There’s something mesmerizing about the drippy, juicy sausage patty serving as the base to this breakfast sandwich. Is it the size of three regular sausage patties, or the way the cheese drapes over an almost transparent blanket of flavor? Whatever the reason may be, I’m drooling just staring at this breakfast sandwich from Due West in New York City.

Giant Cinnamon Rolls

 

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This cinnamon roll is the actual definition of “Go big or go home.” In the case of Florida Instagram user @soflofooodie, they went really, REALLY massive with this gigantic cinnamon roll. As huge as it is, though, it still manages to remain a work of art that looks simply gorgeous.

Breakfast Roti

 

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Head to Makati City in the Philippines, and you’ll come across a place called Roti Shop that’s turning the flatbread into a ton of creative eats. This breakfast, for example, features a fried egg on top of murtabak, a roti that’s stuffed with your choice of filling (corned beef, lamb, veggies, tuna, amongst others). Definitely a dish to add to anyone’s “must-try” list.

Beautiful Breakfast Waffles

 

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It’s fitting that this plate of waffles, syrup, and fruit comes to us from the Museum District of Richmond, Virginia. Based on the above photo, it looks like this breakfast should belong in some type of gallery.

Artistic Full English Breakfasts In Thessaloniki

 

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Who says you can’t find an amazing Full English Breakfast outside of the UK? This one was spotted in Thessaloniki, Greece, and comes with a sausage expertly cut in multiple directions to add levels of crispy texture. With bacon, beans, eggs, and plenty of potatoes, this is truly a complete meal.

Vibrant Plantain-Stuffed Breakfast Burritos

Who knew a breakfast burrito could look so kaleidoscopic? With the plantains, rice, and everything else going on in here, this “El tradicional” from La Pupusa in Downtown Los Angeles is an ideal morning meal to add to your Instagram feed.

Savory-Meets-Sweet Breakfast Sammie

 

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If you can’t choose between sweet or savory for breakfast, finding the options that satisfy both cravings are like a gold mine. Case in point, this “Lean Cuisine” sandwich from Dear Mama Coffee in New York City. It’s got homemade breakfast sausage, soft scrambled eggs, and a blueberry serrano jam inside of two fluffy pancakes for a tasty explosion of flavor.

Epic Turkish Breakfast Spread

 

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Now THIS is what I call an epic breakfast spread. Put together by Turkish food Instagrammer Burak Özdemir, it’s got everything you’d dream of for breakfast: Eggs, meat, pastries, cheeses, fresh produce… truly a Foodbeast-worthy meal perfect for the whole gang.

Mangu Tres Golpes

 

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Mangu Tres Golpes is a Dominican breakfast that consists of mashed plantains, Dominican salami, fried cheese, and crispy, sunny-side-up eggs. For those not able to head to the Dominican Republic to track this down, you can find this particular plate at Mambo’s Dominican Kitchen in Chandler, Arizona.