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This Guy Hacked Hot Chicken & Pickle Chips And We’re Obsessed

The best part of any Nashville Hot Chicken dining experience is arguably the red-hot skin and the refreshing cool of the accompanying pickle slices. Can you imagine an appetizer that combined those two elements in one convenient bite, though?

Josh Elkin, Montreal’s Magistrate of Maple, dreamt up what no one before him dared to: Hot Chicken Skin Pickle Chips.

After removing the skin from a chicken breast, Elkin wraps it around a thick pickle slice and coats it in egg wash and flour before dunking them into white-hot cooking oil. Then, he combines a plethora of hot spices to create the Nashville Hot Chicken sauce.

The idea was first brought up on a Friend Chicken episode trip to Howlin’ Ray’s, a widely popular Los Angeles Nashville Hot Chicken Joint.

Check out the video for a step-by-step on how to bring these crispy beauties to life.

Think I need to hang out with this guy more. It’s rare to find someone who’s down for breakfast 24/7 and can lull you to sleep with his sweet rhetoric.

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This Pizza Baklava May Have Just Become Our Summer Romance

The minute celebrity chef Josh Elkin left Canada and moved to Los Angeles, he’s been firing on all cylinders when it comes to dope recipes.

The former Prime Minister of Poutine is considered a jack of many trades. He can cook, he can rap, he’s romantic, and he can style hair better than most people we’ve met.

In his latest video, Elkin creates an amalgam of Italy and the Middle East in the form of this wonderful Pizza Baklava.

Baklava is a Middle Eastern dessert made from phyllo dough that’s layered together meticulously with chopped nuts and honey. Pizza, as we all know, originates from Italy and is life.

We don’t say this lightly, but we might be in love.

Check out the video to see how you can make this insane item from the comforts of your very own home. Because it’s part pizza, feel free to get creative with your toppings.

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How To Make A Cheetos-Crusted Sushi Burrito At Home

Whether it’s fresh cucumbers, or a crispy tempura crust, we find the greatest pleasure in the crunch of biting into a fresh sushi roll. So what gets more crunches than Cheetos?

Josh Elkin, the man behind In-N-Out egg rolls, decided to get cheesy with some sushi burritos using the popular cheese-flavored corn puffs.

Here’s what you’ll need:


Mix together all the ingredients in a bowl. Lay out a sushi mat and place a piece of nori (seaweed) on top. Place some vinegared rice along one side of the nori and carefully flatten it so it’s even. Then, flip it over and place your ingredients as a thin strip along the edge of the nori.

Carefully roll the sushi mat.

Next, take some Cheetos and throw them into a blender. Spread the “dust” out evenly on a surface and roll your sushi burrito so that it’s generously coated in the divine orange crumbs.

You can now either snap a couple quick glamour shots of this wondrous creation with your phone and spend the next 15 minutes thinking up a punny caption, or simply tear into this orange-coated beauty.

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Jack In The Box Released A Hilarious 360 Virtual Reality Video

Recently, Jack in the Box developed an entire brunch menu they called “Brunchfast.” The all-day menu included items that combined the best of breakfast and lunch, with a dab of dinner.

To future hype Brunchfast, the fast food chain released a new virtual reality experience that’s completely in 360 viewing.

The video, created by David & Goliath and VR Playhouse, features a journey into a trippy world made of Jack in the Box’s menu items.


Prominent social influencers include Bart Baker, Josh Elkin, and Daym Drops. Baker, the self-proclaimed king of music video parodies, wrote and performed the original song for the video himself.

Check out the video, above. You can move your cursor throughout the video to take in the complete experience.


Nothing Says America More Than This Donut-Stuffed Cake

After all that barbecue we’re gonna crush this weekend, we’ll need something sweet to go with all that savory.

Luckily, Canadian superstar Josh Elkin is here to help his sister country out. We rolled with Josh into the Foodbeast Kitchen and knocked out another sweet recipe to get you in the patriotic mood. Nothing says American sweets more than donuts and cake.

Behold, the Krispy Kreme Donut Cake. Check out the video to for the complete recipe, in detail.


Photo: Marc Kharrat

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Shawarma Egg Rolls Are A Real Thing And Here’s The Recipe

shawarma egg rolls

If you don’t know what Shawarma is then you’re missing out on one of the most important Middle Eastern dishes you’ve never had. Shawarma is a Middle Eastern dish comprised of either lamb, chicken, or beef that is prepared on a vertical rotating spit. A typical beef shawarma sandwich is served in a pita with gherkin pickles, turnips, parsley mix and a drizzle of tahini.

I’ve always been inspired by my Lebanese heritage and cuisine, considering that it was what I grew up with. So when Canada’s bad boy Josh Elkin came through the office this week, we grabbed some shawarma sandwiches in Little Arabia, located in the always sunny Southern California. As we were coming up with ideas for some new recipe videos, the thought of rolling up an entire shawarma sandwich inside an egg roll came to mind. Having an Asian girlfriend was my inspiration, but Josh had the know-how to make it possible.

On our way to the store we wisely consulted my Lebanese mother on how to get the the shawarma recipe just right. Although we don’t have a vertical spit for our shawarma, there’s still a way to to make our dreams come true using an oven and the right spices. Here’s the recipe below and check out the video for a detailed visual look.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 deep fryer or large pot
  • 1 basting brush
  • 3 liters of cooking oil
  • Egg Roll Wrappers
  • 1 plastic bag
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 pound of thin sliced flank steak
  • 1 cup of sliced pickled turnips
  • 1 cup of chopped gherkins
  • 1 cup of tahini paste
  • Salt and pepper
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/3 cup of red vinegar
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of shawarma spice
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 5 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 largely sliced onion with pedals separated
  • 1 cup of finely chopped parsley
  • ½ cup of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of sumac spice

Preheat the cooking oil to 375 degrees F.

Step 1

Slice the flank steak into small bits and add it to a plastic bag. Add the red vinegar, olive oil, minced garlic, onions, shawarma seasoning, lemon juice, and lemons and mix well. Put this in the fridge for about 2 hours (overnight is better).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2

Add the contents of the bag to a baking tray and cook for about 20 minutes or until the onions become wilted.

Step 3

Combine the parsley lemon juice and sumac in a small bowl and mix well.

Lay out one egg roll wrapper. Paint the perimeter of the egg roll wrapper with the beaten egg.

Step 4

Lay out some turnips in the center of the egg roll wrapper. Add the sliced pickles and some of the parsley mixture. Top it off with a few strips of the shawarma beef.

Step 5

Roll the wrapper from one corner to the next. Pull it back to create a cylinder.

Step 6

Fold in the two side corners of the wrapper over the cylinder and roll it up closed.

Place the egg roll into the hot oil and fry until golden brown and bubbly.

Step 7

Combine the tahini paste with water and 1 teaspoon of salt and mix until the tahini becomes a light, beige color. Season with more salt to desired taste.


This Noodle Pizza Is Simply Un-Pho-Gettable


When homie Josh Elkin rolls into town, I like to pick his brain about two things: food and comic books. After hearing his thoughts on the movie Deadpool, the topic of pho came up (for some reason). The Vietnamese noodle soup has become quite mainstream in the last few years, even as far as getting fusion creations like the Pho Burger and the Phorrito.

There was a fire in that Canadian rapper’s eyes and, shortly after, the Pho Pizza was born.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • steak
  • chili powder
  • olive oil
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • lime
  • rice noodles
  • 2 eggs
  • spicy garlic sauce
  • Hoisin sauce
  • onion
  • Thai basil
  • sprouts
  • jalapenos
  • Sriracha

Here’s what to do:

Throw a cut of sirloin steak in a freezer bag.

Add your chili powder, olive oil, salt, lime and garlic powder and let it marinate.

Boil your rice noodles and allow them to drain and cool a bit.

Fry up your steak.

Add your two beaten eggs to the rice noodles and fry them up in the shape of a pizza crust.

Mix together your Hoisin sauce and spicy garlic sauce. Three tablespoons each should be more than enough.

Pour your sauce mixture on your pho crust and spread it around.

Slice up your steak.

Now, start topping your pizza with sliced onions, basil, sprouts, jalapeño and steak slices.

Finally, add a drizzle of Sriracha on your Pho Pizza before slice that bad boy up.

Photos: Marc Kharrat


I Bet You’ve Never Seen A Tater Tot Volcano


Since the days of Napoleon Dynamite, we’ve been in love with the simple tater tot. There’s something about a deep-fried potato cube that’s so satisfying to snack on. So what if many, many, of those cubes came together to form a cheesy volcano of chili.

Our pal Josh Elkin, the playboy of poutine, rolled into the Foodbeast Kitchen with us and hammered out this insane tater tot volcano made with cheese and chili. Probably one of the sexiest things to come out of the 4th street market since that chili cheese churro burger we made a while back.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • tater tots
  • cheese slices
  • 1 cup of chili
  • green onions

Here’s what to do:

  1. Cook up some tater tots and arrange them in a circular base the size of a hamburger patty.
  2. Add a slice of cheese and now start stacking them so there’s an opening in the middle.
  3. Layer your volcano with tater tots and cheese slices alternating between both.
  4. After the first layer, leave a hole in both the tots and cheese. (See video)
  5. Create five or six layers of tots and cheese.
  6. Carefully bake it in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  7. Remove from the oven and fill your volcano with chili. (Store bought or homemade will do)
  8. Garnish your volcano with some green onions.
  9. Now, you can either cut you volcano into slices (like a lasagna), or play a hot and sticky game of Jenga.