Hit-Or-Miss Technology

There’s An App That Figures Out What You’re Craving For Lunch

If you often find yourself sitting in a car with your friends, trying to figure out the perfect lunch spot, you know the frustration of searching for restaurant after restaurant, and not being able to figure out what you’re craving.

Fret not, my friends, as a little help is here in the form of an , of course.

It’s called FoodFaves, and it’s actually pretty similar to Tinder, as you swipe left or right on food photos you like, while it tries to figure out the perfect food match for you.

You start off by browsing and selecting some of your favorite restaurants, as it stores them all on your profile. From there, you take what they call a “Crave Quiz,” as photos from your favorite restaurants, and even some additional ones, appear for you to either swipe right in roval, or left if you’re not feeling it.

The more restaurants you select, the more food photos you have to choose from when you’re taking the quiz. After a few selections, it will suggest a restaurant for you. If you’re not feeling their selection, just take the quiz again.

The app’s founder Sydney Epstein, 24, is a New York City-native who felt our pain when trying to find somewhere to eat. She found that the best way to fix this problem was to crowdsource the best food pics restaurants have to offer, have users respond to the photos, and try to find results from it.

In a world where we spend hours on social media, often looking at food photos, there’s probably no better way to decipher what you’re craving than with those photos.

A lot of those food photos come from Instagram or Facebook, depending on what you sync it with. I tried out the , and synced it with my IG account. Some initial thoughts—I felt it didn’t really give great suggestions, but keep in mind that I didn’t have too many restaurants saved in there yet, as I just downloaded the . I chose several pizza photos on the quiz, and a few pasta dishes, yet it recommended In-N-Out for some reason. I’m not totally mad, as In-N-Out is the perfect restaurant when you’re in an indecisive state, but I don’t think it really fit with my swiped selections. It later suggested a New York restaurant, which really does nothing for me here in California. I double checked my location settings, and then peeked outside, and nope, I wasn’t in New York.

It’s still exciting that an like this exists, and I’m going to give it a shot for a while, hoping for some great suggestions. It beats the hell out of scrolling through Yelp for 45 minutes.

main pic via IG


We Combined Shake Shack and In-N-Out Burgers in the Single Place They Coexist

in-n-out shake shake burgers collab together

Photo by Geoffrey Kutnick

My hands are shaking. Minutes ago, I just executed the greatest idea my mind, and geography, would ever let me come up with.

I combined the iconic burgers of Shake Shack and In-N-Out to create quite possibly the greatest quick-service burger of all time. And of course the only place in the world to implement this sacrilegious act would be in the city of sin: Las Vegas.

A quick search of Shake Shack locations will show you that its Strip-side location at the New York-New York Hotel is not only the farthest west the restaurant group has ventured, but it’s also the only city in the world that also contains an In-N-Out location. To top it off? Google Maps will show you that there’s an In-N-Out location on Dean Martin Drive, less than one mile from the Shake Shack on the strip. You COULD walk it, although Vegas locals have told me about how the truck stop kitty-corner to the In-N-Out is hooker headquarters. But if you’re in a bind, you can walk it no problem.

I decided to get Shake Shack first for a few reasons. First, I didn’t have any FOODBEAST crew members with me. So sending out multiple squads wasn’t an option. Secondly, I wanted to make sure I got Animal Style on the In-N-Out Burgers, and the special sauce destroys those buns real quick. So as much as I enjoy both thousand-island-y sauces, I put Shake Shack’s on the side. The sauce was the only thing I added after the fact.

Within 10 minutes, thanks to the car and driving of a Vegas local, I had four Shake Shack burgers in tow arriving at the In-N-Out location: two Single Shack Burgers, one Double ShackBurger and a ‘Shroom Burger. The immediate goal was to pair the Double ShackBurger with the Double-Double, the Single ShackBurger with the Cheeseburger and a ‘Shroom Burger with the Cheeseburger. It crossed my mind to pair a SmokeShack, but I didn’t want to overpower the combination with bacon and cherry peppers since there would be layers of flavor already. Some of you will think that this is a mistake. I also got Animal Style, solely because that’s what I wanted. So sue me.


Double ShackBurger x Double-Double Animal Style

double shake shack burger double-double in-n-out innout

Photo by Geoffrey Kutnick

From the top bun to the second patty down is Shake Shack. From the third patty down to the bottom bun is In-N-Out.


Single ShackBurger x Cheeseburger Animal Style

Single x Single-7667

Photo by Geoffrey Kutnick

You’ll notice the slight difference in buns and Shake Shack uses a leafier lettuce. Same as before. Top half = Shake Shack. Bottom Half = In-N-Out.


‘Shroom Burger x Cheeseburger Animal Style

shroom burger shake shack cheeseburger animal style in-n-out innout

Photo by Geoffrey Kutnick

For those really looking to taste something different—look no further than this combination. Even though I’m a carnivorous meat-eater, I’ve always loved the ‘Shroom Burger at the Shack. This was next level.

Overall, I was ecstatic about all the taste combinations. For future trips, I would definitely try to send multiple groups to different locations to better time the warmth and freshness of the burgers. But even if you went to one location at a time like I did, I was eating my burgers within about 20 minutes of each other. Albeit it was on a Monday night after Super Bowl weekend at 11pm. If you end up making your own custom creation in Vegas, especially one that may also include the newly opened White Castle, make sure to tag #foodbeast so I can see your monstrosities. Godspeed.

Fast Food

In-N-Out, as Explained by Cartoons, a Comedian, and Jesus Christ


The cult of In-N-Out, to anyone who hasn’t yet been inducted into it, can seem a little insane. The lines are too long, the workers are too happy, the customization options are ridiculous, and why are there little religious verses everywhere?

Well, leave it to LA-based filmmaker and comedian Connor Kerrigan to come out and finally say what we’ve all been thinking. In a short animated clip, Kerrigan assays the ins and outs of the ironically named burger chain, from the number of cars in the drive-thru, even to how Jesus feels about the use of John 3:16 on the soda cups.

Spoilers: apparently even the Son of God isn’t safe from becoming an In-N-Out convert.

Check out the whole Monkey Style-fueled video below:

Fast Food

Finally, an In-N-Out-Inspired Gangnam Style Parody — Oppa Animal Style!

Working in food news, there are plenty of internet crazes we sadly don’t get to play along with, one of the most recent being PSY’s ridiculously entertaining video (and subsequent horse-inspired dance craze) for “Gangnam Style.”

Well my fellow food writers and readers, rejoice. Youtube user ActRecordingly has just released an In-N-Out inspired Gangnam Style parody, just in time to fit into that tiny window of ADD-riddled opportunity before PSY goes from being weirdly awesome to unbearably annoying.

And okay, so the lines aren’t particularly inspired and the production quality is only so-so, reminding everyone of just how far we’ve really come since Youtube’s early days, but it might be worth it just to hear the guy’s respectively creative (and always true) pre-chorus whoop: “I want Animal Style!”

[Via LAist]


Pic of the Day: Pepper Fries

Continuing my ongoing obsession with pepper, here is an older pic of one of my trips to In’N’Out


Pic of the Day: 1st In'N'Out Meal of 2009

Title says it all. You want some fries with that pepper?