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Everything In This Mexican Coffee Shop Is Made With Horchata

If you’ve ever been to a Mexican restaurant, you’ve probably had an Horchata to help wash down your meal, but there’s a restaurant in Paramount, California where the milky drink is the main attraction.

Meet Horchateria Rio Luna, where everything is Horchata-based, from their Horchata Iced Coffee, to their Horchata ice cream-topped churro sundae.

Horchateria opened its doors in March of 2016, and in those two years have become a go-to dessert spot in Southern California.

When the Foodbeast crew walked in, we were immediately greeted by not only a friendly staff, but images of Mexican culture adorning the walls. From sugar skulls to well-known Mexican luchador masks, you really feel the attention to detail swirling around you.

A quick look at the menu and you’ll notice the Horchata is used in ways you probably never thought possible. The traditional Mexican agua is presented in a whole different light with different drink mixtures and ice cream-based sweets.

The best thing about Horchateria might have been the quality. Instead of opting for pre-packaged products, we learned that everything, from their churros, coffee, and even Horchata ice cream, is all made in-house.

Along with cajeta and lechera drizzles that you can add to both the sundae and ice cream sandwich, you really get a taste of what it’s like to enjoy Mexican desserts.

It’s no surprise that they often have lines out the door, with quality desserts and flavor combinations you’ll have fun experiencing for the first time, and probably many more times over after you fall in love with the little coffee shop.

Check out some of the shop’s highlights below:

Horchata Iced Coffee

This should honestly be in coffee shops everywhere. The combination of iced coffee with the subtle cinnamon sweetness that comes from Horchata is the kind of morning pick-me-up I can get used to.


Oaxacan Horchata

This reminded me of a Mexican version of a Filipino favorite called Halo-Halo. The combination of a pitaya sorbet, melon chunks, coconut flakes, and walnuts mixed into a cup of Horchata worked pefectly.


Large Concha Ice Cream Sandwich

One of the most recognizable treats in Mexican culture is pan dulce. Cut one in half, load it up with Horchata ice cream, walnuts, and cajeta drizzle and you’ve got a Mexican ice cream sandwich on steroids.


Churro Sundae

Photo by Constantine Spyrou

While you can get their homemade churros a-la-carte, if you’re feeling really bold, you can get their sundae, which consists of four churros topped with horchata ice cream and cajeta drizzle.

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This Incredible Pineapple Dessert Will Make You Go Loco

Botana Express has made a name for itself over the years in Santa Ana by creating savory and satisfying authentic Mexican-style cuisine.

Located inside MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana, Botana Express has built a solid reputation in the food game. Known for its robust line up of Tostilokos and Churrolokos, Botana Express has become a one-stop-shop for delicious street-style Mexican food you can’t find anywhere else.

We’re super pumped because Botana Express has added a special creation to the menu — The Piña Loka, which is part pineapple and part fruit salad. This mouthwatering creation starts with a hollowed-out pineapple, sliced mangos, pineapple chunks, cucumbers, and is topped with Jicama, peanuts and Chamoy.

To spice things up, limón, Tajín and Tamarind candies are added to this extravagant fruit-based creation. Lastly, the Piña Loka is topped with a candy swirl, mango juice and Tamarindo sauce.

If you’re in the mood for some authentic snacks with no frills attached, Botana Express at MainPlace Mall has you covered. Better hurry though, the Piña Loka will only be available through September.

See you there!  

Created in partnership with MainPlace Mall

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The Extravagance Of The Torta Cubana Is A Sight To Behold

While the famously known Cubano sandwich is the product of Latin culture, originating on the East Coast, the Torta Cubana sandwich is a product of Mexican culinary practices, originating in Mexico City, Mexico.

While there are similarities in the name, and both are undeniably delicious, there are several differences between Cubanos and Torta Cubana sandwiches.

Today, the legacy of the traditional Torta Cubana sandwich is being kept alive at a vibrantly colored taqueria located inside MainPlace Mall.

Cancun Juice, a well-known  hot spot for burritos, tacos, tortas, smoothies and agua frescas, has introduced the Ultimate Torta Cubana sandwich, a torta piled high with fresh carnitas, grilled pineapples, onions and tomatoes, topped with a heap of jalapeños, chorizo and breaded steak.

But true Torta Cubana fans know that’s not all.

Cancun Juice then adds hot dog, ham, turkey, melted provolone, and a creamy avocado dressing to complete this Mexican-inspired culinary marvel.

If you’d like to experience the Ultimate Torta Cubana yourself, find it at Cancun Juice at MainPlace Mall.

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Here’s The Top 10 Freshest Fast Food Fashion You Can Buy Right Now

Loyalty is our strong feeling of allegiance to someone or something. Our loyalty isn’t easily gained, but can be lost in an instant. Our loyalty and devotion to our favorite fast food usually doesn’t waiver, because they almost always never let you down. They’re the perfect companion.

Aside from constantly eating at your favorite fast food joint multiple times a week, how else would you show your brand loyalty? Show off by rocking with their merchandise, of course. We went through the most popular fast food restaurants in the country to see who’s got the freshest gear.

If your favorite isn’t on this list, then either they’ve got wack merch, or they don’t even have a fashion line.

10. Taco Bell

fast food merchandise

Photo by: Taco Bell

Barely cracking our tenth spot is Taco Bell. Honestly, we can’t say anything special about their clothing because it’s kind of basic. A hard shell taco print tee and another one saying “You had me at “Let’s go to Taco Bell.”” Meh. The one cool and unique item they have is definitely the Taco Bell ring set pictured above.

9. Chick-Fil-A

Photo By: Chick-Fil-A

Chick-Fil-A’s line of clothing is just a step up from basic. Several vintage print tees, their classic picketing cow, and ingredient script tees are the staple of their tees — and a casual way to show how much you love America’s favorite chicken sandwich.

8. McDonald’s

Photo By: McDonald’s

I know what you’re thinking: “Why is McDonald’s ranked so low when they just dropped that fire sweat suit from the McDelivery line?” We’ll that’s because I didn’t include it. It was a limited, one day only promotional item that virtually nobody was able to cop. But they still got some low-key dope shirts featuring their world famous fries, and an OG happy meal bag.

7. Wingstop

Photo By: Wingstop

Wingstop’s lemon pepper flavor will be a legend forever, and there’s no better way to celebrate its legacy than rockin’ a fly pair of lemon pepper wings socks. Better yet, why not have your car smell like lemon pepper with a wing air freshener? They’ve also got a Wingstop food truck you can rent with a fully prepped staff and up to 1,680 wings made to order — but it’s definitely going to cost you a wing and a leg.

6. Chipotle

Photo By: Chipotle

While the restaurant side itself isn’t doing all that well due to all the health issues still plaguing it (pun intended), their merch line doesn’t need much help. Drawing inspiration from hispanic heritage, their tees include a Sugar Skull/Dia De Los Muertos theme, a dope Aztec maze-like pattern, and classic burrito related graphics.

5. Pizza Hut

fast food merchandisePhoto By: Pizza Hut

Pizza lovers, basic baddies, and IG fitness models rejoice! The Hut has got you covered with a “Pizza” crop top, pizza leggings, a “Pizza is BAE” hoodie, and much more. They aren’t all loud and obnoxious, but are sure to catch someone’s attention and make ’em do a double take.

4. Sonic’s Drive-In

Photo By: Sonic Drive-In

The definite dark horse in this whole list is Sonic’s. Who would have thought that they would have a line of wearable branded clothing that isn’t related to their retro style. Their outerwear collection consists of Columbia, Eddie Bauer, and Realtree camo collaborations, denim jackets, varsity jackets, etc. that are legit fire and something I would definitely not mind wearing out in the streets. They’re not hyped, but you should prepare to pay the price for this collection.

3. Shake Shack

Photo By: Shake Shack

Like Shake Shack’s burgers, their neon green logo is just as iconic and versatile. With locations worldwide, their collection pays homage to each location, ranging from Los Angeles to New York and Japan to Russia.

2. KFC

Photo By: KFC

The Colonel knows fashion. The man dressed to the nines in an untouchable white tuxedo recently dropped a limited collection consisting of fried chicken socks, sweaters, tees, accessories, and home goods that are sure to be solid conversation starters, while being of fairly high quality.

1. In ‘N Out

fast food merchPhoto By: In-N-Out

Without question, In-N-Out holds the top spot purely because their t-shirts are cultural icons itself. They’re timeless, retro art pieces that pay tribute to each city the restaurant is located. They’re conversation pieces that tell a story. It says “I’ve put an In ‘N Out burger in my mouth, enjoyed it, and have been to that city. Ask me about it!”


Elevated Mexican Cuisine Is Being Served Out Of This Former Mazda Garage

Who would ever think that inspired Mexican cuisine the likes of Santa Maria-style BBQ, wood-fired carne asada, and house made tortillas would be served right out of a former Mazda repair shop’s garage? As unlikely as that scenario may be, such is the premise for Los Angeles hotspot, Salazar.

From the outside looking in, the bustling Mexican restaurant’s facade doesn’t offer much beyond wrought iron gates and shaded trees, leaving little to the imagination. However, such a set up for the restaurant gives an oasis-like feel, as what’s within houses  a cozy open air patio that serves as the dining area and the said former Mazda garage-cum-bar area that oozes as much charm as the juices permeating from head Chef Jonathan Aviles’ grilled rib-eye steaks.

Weekend lines snake out the joint as many are eager to taste the inspired Mexican flavors Aviles is dishing out by way of the open grill that serves as the centerpiece of the kitchen. With a one of a kind build out for a restaurant that houses unique details borne out of the property’s former function, along with an elevated vision on Mexican cuisine, trust that Salazar is worth taking a deep dive into for a refreshing pause from the norm within Los Angeles’ thriving restaurant scene.


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Competitive Eater FreakEating CRUSHES 5 Pound Burrito Challenge

In the world of competitive eating, Naader “FreakEating” Reda is a household name. You’ve probably seen him before, once when he tried to smash a 50 X 50 In-N-Out burger, or when he ate a shit-ton of McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets to break the world record.

Or perhaps more recently, when he completed a 5 Pound Burrito Challenge in less than 25 minutes.

On July 6, more than 100,000 viewers tuned into the FOODBEAST Live Stream on Facebook to witness FreakEating take on a burrito so big it required two people to roll it.

“The Buehler,” a gargantuan burrito stuffed with carnitas, shredded beef, chicken, rice, beans, cheese, black olives, and covered in a spicy ranchero sauce, was created by the Santa Ana-based restaurant La Chiquita Mexican Food.

La Chiquita has been open since the 1950s, and since then only six brave souls have been able to sign their name on “The Buehler’s” shirt of champions.

In total, it took FreakEating 23 minutes to completely dust the five pound behemoth.  It’s safe to assume this challenge was just a walk in the park for FreakEating. The dude didn’t even finish a whole glass of water.

Think you can take on “The Buehler?” Pull up to La Chiquita, and tell them FOODBEAST sent you!

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QDOBA Brings The Heat With Fire-Roasted Shrimp This Summer

If there is a food that just screams summer, it is shrimp.

Thanks to QDOBA Mexican Eats, it’s time to get your shrimp on this summer with three new dishes from QDOBA. 

First in the new line-up: Surf and Turf Burrito Bowls loaded with juicy, grilled steak, cilantro lime rice, freshly made chimichurri sauce, and black beans, all topped off with Fire-Roasted Shrimp.

Also available for some fun this summer: Tropical Shrimp Tacos topped with sweet pineapple pico, creamy guacamole, shredded lettuce, cotija cheese, and wrapped in a corn tortilla. They are perfect for sharing on for those long summer nights.

QDOBA isn’t stopping there, however. For those of us paying extra attention to our beach bods, stay cool with their new Fire-Roasted Shrimp Salad topped with pineapple pico, lettuce and guacamole in a crispy fried tortilla shell, and drizzled with cilantro lime dressing, for a sweet and tangy taste that’s harder to pass up than a day at the beach.

If that still is not enough for you, you can add QDOBA’s Fire-Roasted Shrimp to any Qdoba entrée. But all you shrimp lovers better hurry, because just like summer, these new shrimp dishes are here for a limited time.

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Culture Video

Watch American Kids Try Authentic Mexican Food For The First Time

The kids from Cut are quickly building some pretty cultured palates with every new video they drop. The little tykes have had the opportunity to try authentic foods from Japan, the Philippines, breakfast around the world, and even Christmas foods.

Now, they’ll get to feast on some mouthwatering dishes from Mexico.

In their latest video, the panel of children get to taste some iconic Mexican entrees and desserts for the first time in their short little lives. Dishes featured in the video include: Molletes (bread topped with cheese and peppers ), Tamales (meat-filled masa husks), Pozole (soup featuring hominy and meat), and Flan (sweet custard dessert).

Kind of an awesome line-up.

Perhaps on their next venture, the kids can try some different cuts of taco meat. We’re talking cabeza (cow head), suadero (cow breast), and lengua (cow tongue) kind of tacos.