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KNOW Foods Just Launched Grain-Free, Keto-Friendly Waffles

We all know there’s nothing better than a warm, fluffy waffle drenched in butter and maple syrup. There’s no words to describe what happens to our nether regions as that warm pad of butter sensually slides down the waffle stack carried by a pool of sweet syrup – a phenomenon true waffle-lovers know well.

This tantalizing image is one typically associated with gluttony and unhealthy indulgence on a Sunday morning. But we’re here to tell you it’s possible to engage in this type of food porn on a daily basis with all the flavor and none of the guilt.

KNOW Foods has decided to break into the breakfast game with their KNOW Better grain-free waffles. Yes, they have created yet another grain-free wonder chock full of good-for-you,  superfood ingredients – like coconuts, chia seeds, and almonds – that tastes just like the original, if not better.

The secret is a rare sugar called allulose, that has 1/10 of the calories of regular sugar. Allulose allows these waffles to have a lower glycemic index than most veggies, which is a crazy feat.

After one bite of this beauty, you might start thinking your entire life has been a lie. The first time we tried them, we felt caught up in an avalanche of disbelief – that is until the vibrant flavors caught up to us and snapped us back into reality.

Hopefully you don’t faint out of sheer shock and awe, because these waffles won’t eat themselves, ya dig?

You can pop these waffles in the toaster just like anything else you’d find in the freezer aisle, or use them to make pretty much anything that requires bread.

Here at FOODBEAST, we like using KNOW Foods waffles as buns for oozey grilled cheese sandwiches to create the ultimate cheese pull, the best ever chicken ‘n waffles, rich bread puddings to satiate our sweet tooth, or even some churched up FRENCH TOAST to kill the breakfast game even further.

KNOW Better Waffles come in classic or chocolate chip, for when you feel like bein’ a little bad. Stock up by visiting Pro tip: you can also by KNOW Foods products on Amazon!

Created in partnership with KNOW Foods


If A Monte Cristo Sandwich Had Sex With A Cinnamon Roll, This Is Their Baby


Last week, members of the FOODBEAST Family took part in a Monte Cristo challenge in honor of National Monte Cristo Day.

Typically, a Monte Cristo is a croque-monsieur made of a lean meat (ham, turkey), Gruyere cheese, jam and powdered sugar. Deep fried.

Knowing I was competing with the likes of DudeFoods, The Vulgar Chef, PeepMySneaks and Tym Bussanich was a daunting task. I needed to step things up

Thus was born:

The Monte Cristo Cinnamon Rolls


I took Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls and flattened them out with a layer of Black Pepper Bacon Jam. On top of the jam, I added thin pieces of pancetta and shredded Gruyere. I rolled them up and sliced them.

The rolls were baked for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees. I took them out of the oven and placed them in the freezer for 20 minutes to cool down. I then threw some egg wash on the rolls and coated them with crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Did a quick flash fry for 20 seconds and topped them with powdered sugar.

Tasted surprisingly bomb.

Check out this quick video showcasing all the steps it took to make my Monte Cristo Cinnamon Roll.

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Monte Cristo Donut Is a Real Thing in Orange County


OC Donut Bar, a Fountain Valley, CA-based donuttery is showing off a new mouthwatering fried donut that’s stuffed with ham, cheese, jelly and covered in powdered sugar.

It’s called the Monte Cristo Donut and we picked up a few of them on our way to work this morning to make sure it passed a taste test. It did:


Each donut is humongous, easily shareable among two people, and will run you $5 a piece.

OC Donut Bar

18011 Newhope St.

Fountain Valley, CA


15 Stunning Disneyland Foods and Drinks Worth Waiting in Line For


Disneyland: home of fantastical fireworks, rip-roaring rides, more souvenirs than you can shake a four-fingered glove at — and, it so happens, some of the best theme park food this side of Arendelle.

Bars and restaurants at the Disneyland Resort have figured out what guests crave, from sweet, buttery pineapple soft serves to boozy green screwdrivers made with five different kinds of rum. We’ve compiled some of our favorite must-eats and drinks to put on your Disney Bucket List. Yep, turns out that, in addition to bringing joy to the lives of suburbanites everywhere, the Mouse sure knows how to fry a mean beignet.


Peanut Butter & Jelly Soda


What: A light, pinkish grape soda infused with hints of peanut and topped with a fizzy foam. The secret here is in the subtlety, since neither the PB nor the J is too overpowering, but just present enough to remind you of after school snacks.

Where: Carnation Cafe, Main Street, Disneyland


The Uh-Oa!


What: The name Uh-Oa! can be one of two things: a sizable Tiki fishbowl filled with light and dark rums, various tropical juices, and a pinch of cinnamon; or what you’ll say when you order the damn thing. Find it in the Enchanted Tiki Room-like Trader Sam’s Bar at the Disneyland Hotel, along with plenty of chanting and a high chance of showers.

Where: Trader Sam’s Bar at The Disneyland Hotel


Wine and Cheese Box


What: Gorging indiscriminately on turkey legs and soda is so 1955 (we’re guessing). In any case, Disney’s classed it up a bit since Walt’s days, and you can too, by pairing your own wines and cheeses on the Mendocino Terrace. The box also comes with extra packets of breadsticks, score.

Where: Mendocino Terrace, Pacific Wharf, California Adventure


The Zombie


What: This one’s a doozy. Recipes vary by bartender, but expect three to five different kinds of rum including Bacardi 151 and just a “splash” of fruit juice. Just the thing to snap you out of zombie mode after a long day at the park, or send you right back into it.

Where: Cove Bar, Paradise Pier (behind Ariel’s Grotto Restaurant), California Adventure


Matterhorn Macaroon


What: This mini-mountain is basically a crunchy, coconut crag crowned by delicate snow “cream.” It’s sweet and simple, and best of all, totally Insta-worthy. #vacationcaloriesdontcount

Where: Jolly Holiday Bakery, Main Street, Disneyland


Dole Whip, Salted Caramel, Strawberry Cream-Flavored Churros


What: When regular cinnamon just won’t cut it, don’t fret. These sundry flavored churros found outside the park are edgier and more inspired than your average deep-fried sugar stick. Pro-tip: save a pineapple one for dipping into your Tiki Room Dole Whip for an unimaginably indulgent treat.

Where: California Churro Cart, Downtown Disney (near The Lego Store)


Dole Whip


What: Speaking of, Disneyland’s Dole Whip soft serve is quite possibly the closest thing you’ll get to tasting an orgasm in a cup (or whatever the PG version of that might be). Available as a plain soft serve or in a pineapple juice float, its lush, buttery, and tart flavors shine best when eaten slowly and deliberately, Ratatouille-style.

Where: The Enchanted Tiki Room, Adventureland, Disneyland


Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Sandwich


What: Perfectly sized and perfectly peanut buttery, the Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Sandwich is a bit more cookie than sandwich, but ideal for an in-park Reese’s fix.

Where: Pooh’s Corner, Critter Country, Disneyland




What: Consider these your next-level churros, deep fried dough breathed out into pillow form and dusted with a healthy amount of confectioner’s sugar. We prefer the Jazz Kitchen versions because they’re square and therefore slightly larger, but the Mickey-shaped ones really get you into the spirit. (You are, after all, in the happiest place on earth).

Where: Mint Julep Bar, New Orleans Square, Disneyland (also The Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney)


Lobster Roll


What: There are plenty of hidden gems on the back side of the park, but perhaps none as smack-yourself-upside-the-head surprising as the Lobster Roll at Harbour Galley, right by the exit of the Haunted Mansion. Inside a fluffy, butter-toasted roll goes a sparingly mayo’d lobster salad just tasty enough to make you forget it’s mostly filler. Will it be the best lobster roll you’ve ever had? No. But is it one of the best foods you’ll find inside the park? Abso-freaking-lutely.

Where: Harbour Galley, Critter Country, Disneyland


Carnitas Nachos


What: We suggest skipping the pool after trying these fellas. Tucked inside the Grand Californian, past the hotel entrance to California Adventure, is White Water Snacks, a cute place to grab a quick bite to eat . . . or knock yourself into a food coma for a few hours with any of their angus cheeseburgers or shredded beef nachos. Swap the carne asada for carnitas and you’re onto some serious black magic.

Where: White Water Snacks at The Grand Californian (by the pool)


Broasted Chicken


What: I’ll just out and say it: this chicken is crack. Deep fried, golden brown, salted-to-perfection crack. Forget the usual trumpets of turkey. The Plaza Inn serves up dinner just like mom used to when guests were over — fully dressed with green beans, mashed potatoes, and dinner rolls. Altogether it’s as filling and homey as theme park food can be.

Where: Plaza Inn, Main Street, Disneyland


Barbecue Chicken Stuffed Baked Potato


What: The chicken comes juiced up in a sweet orange glaze and spooned unfussily — along with chives, cole slaw, sour cream, and butter — into a steamy crevasse of baked starch. You’ll need every bit with every bite (the chicken can be too sweet otherwise), but there’s nothing better for fueling you up at snack time.

Where: Harbour Galley, Critter Country, Disneyland


Lobster Nachos


What: No trip to Cove Bar is complete without washing everything down with a heavy helping of Lobster Nachos. There’s nothing too crazy here: lobster pieces, cheese, black beans, gorgeously thick tortilla chips. The good news is there’s plenty to go around, so bring a friend or four.

Where: Cove Bar, Paradise Pier, California Adventure


The Monte Cristo


What: The ultimate indulgence, this sugar-powdered deep fried ham and cheese sandwich will set you back an not-insignificant $17 — (that’s a whole parking pass!) — but it’s well worth it, trust. Surprisingly ungreasy, the melty slabs of toast are sure to satisfy for an entire day. Sides of fruit and jam add a nice, fat-cutting, finishing touch.

Where: Cafe Orleans, New Orleans Square, Disneyland


Honorable mentions: Corn Dogs at Little Red Wagon and Corn Dog Castle, Red Velvet Push-Pops at Hearthstone Lounge, Cookie Bakes at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus at Bengal Barbecue, Elote (chili-lime corn on the cob) on the Boardwalk, House Biscuits at Carthay Circle, Chorizo and Eggs Breakfast Scramble Cone at Cozy Cone


Here’s a DIY Recipe on Umami’s Monte Cristo Burger, Because #PaulaDeanLife


The popular Umami Burger chain left food porn connoisseurs foaming at the mouth last week with the announcement of their Monte Cristo Burger, a limited-time menu item created for the restaurant by Top-Chef winner Michael Voltaggio.

Umami’s take on the Monte Cristo smothers a beef patty in gruyère fondue and prosciutto, then sandwiches it between two custard-soaked fried buns, sprinkled with powdered sugar and is served with a side of maple syrup.

For those that live out of proximity of an Umami Burger, the folks at YumSugar have pieced together an equally mouthwatering version inspired by Voltaggio’s creation…with a full recipe to boot:


For the prosciutto chips:

  • 8 slices prosciutto

For the gruyère fondue:

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 6 ounces gruyère, grated
  • 2 tablespoons flour

For the fried brioche buns:

  • 1 quart vegetable oil
  • 4 brioche buns
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the burger:

  • 2 tablespoons dried portobello mushrooms, finely ground
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef

Powdered sugar and maple syrup, for serving


  1. Make the prosciutto chips: Preheat oven to 375°F. Arrange slices of prosciutto on a greased baking sheet, and toast for 5 to 6 minutes, or until crispy.
  2. Make the gruyère fondue: In a sauce pot over medium heat, heat the wine until simmering. Mix grated cheese with flour, and then add handfuls of cheese to the wine, stirring continuously until all of the cheese is melted and the fondue is completely smooth. Reduce the heat to the burner’s lowest setting to keep the fondue warm until serving.
  3. Make the fried brioche buns: Heat the oil to 365°F in a large dutch oven or electric fryer.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. Dip each bun into the mixture, and then fry for 2 minutes per side or until golden.
  5. Make the burger patties: Mix together the ground mushrooms, salt, and pepper to make seasoning. Add the seasoning to the ground beef, mixing gently with your hands to incorporate it throughout the meat. Divide the ground beef into 4 equally sized patties.
  6. In a nonstick skillet, cook the patties over medium-high heat until done to your liking.
  7. Assemble the burger: Slice the fried buns in half. Assemble each burger in this order: bottom bun, burger patty, gruyère fondue, 2 prosciutto chips, and the top bun. Dust with powdered sugar, and serve hot with maple syrup.

Recipe by Beryl Cohen, Narrated by Brandi Milloy


More YumSugar goodness:


The Monte Cristo Burger is Made with Custard-Soaked Fried Buns and Maple Syrup

Umami Burger Monte Cristo

This Monte Cristo Burger was created by Top-Chef winner Michael Voltaggio for the Umami Burger chain. I’m gonna let you have a second to take in all that goodness above before I go on.

Made with Umami’s signature beef patty, the Monte Cristo is smothered in gruyère fondue and prosciutto. It’s then sandwiched between two custard-soaked fried buns and sprinkled with powdered sugar. For good measure, each burger comes served with a side of Umami’s special maple syrup.

The Monte Cristo burger will be available to order across the nation Tuesday, Jan. 28. A dollar from each burger sale will go towards the Los Angeles Mission.

H/T + Picthx First We Feast


Craving: Monte Cristo

“Deep fried ham, turkey American and Swiss cheese sandwich with raspberry preserves and topped with powdered sugar.” Whenever I get the chance to make it into the Blue Bayou at Disneyland, this is one of my top picks. It’s extra fatty and extra yummy.