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Red Lobster x MTN DEW Collab Reveals ‘Dew Garita’

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Two iconic brands are coming together in a pretty outlandish way. This week, Red Lobster has announced a partnership with PepsiCo. The first result of that collaboration? A MTN Dew cocktail served at Red Lobster Restaurants. 

Yep, that’s right. 

Called the DEW Garita, the alcoholic beverage is said to pair nicely with the restaurant chain’s iconic Cheddar Bay Biscuits. 

While Red Lobster hasn’t revealed exactly what’s inside the cocktail, deeming it top-secret in a statement, it kind of fits the spirit of MTN Dew itself. You don’t really know what’s in it — and you kind of don’t want to know — but it tastes pretty good nonetheless.

Hopefully, that includes tequila, though. 

Fans of Red Lobster or MTN Dew can find their new collaborative drink in restaurants sometime this fall. 

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Kevin Hart Shares The Surprising Spot That He Gets His Fried Chicken Fix At

Kevin Hart is a household name that universally is associated with his comedic prowess and movie blockbusters. But are you ready for Kevin Hart the MTN DEW spokesperson?

Yes, one of the hardest working men in showbiz has managed to squeeze in another gig on his extensive and impressive resume by becoming the new face of MTN DEW and their Kickstart line of beverages. As an addition to this brand new partnership, MTN DEW Kickstart has created a unique campaign where they’re giving fans a chance to sit courtside with Hart as his personal ‘CourtSidekick’.

Through March 19, fans can enter the #CourtSidekickContest by creating a social post showing Kevin Hart and MTN DEW KICKSTART why they’re the perfect CourtSidekick and tagging #CourtSidekickContest on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. The contest winner will be announced on April 5.

We recently caught up with the blockbuster actor during this past NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles to learn what he’s looking for in a ‘CourtSidekick’ and in the process, found out just how cheap LeBron James is and what’s Hart’s favorite fried chicken.

 

Foodbeast: How did you and MTN DEW end up in this collaboration with each other?

Kevin Hart: First of all I’m a fan of theirs, and I found out they were a fan of mine, through mutual friends. We got in touch with one another, and they felt that I would be a great face to attach to the product, and I could be a potential partner to the brand. Together we wanted to do something amazing and have a good launch. We want to build off of it. It isn’t something we want to have coming and going, we want it to last and become a conversation piece, and the best person to put there is me.

FB: So you have this CourtSidekick campaign with MTN DEW Kickstart where you’re looking for the perfect sidekick to sit next to you courtside during the NBA playoffs. What are you looking for from fans to be your CourtSidekick?

KH: Well they got to understand what good courtside etiquette is. A lot of people sit courtside at a basketball game but don’t necessarily know the proper etiquette. There’s a lot of dos and don’ts, there’s a lot of good and bad. What I’m doing is filtering through to see who understands what the good and bad is. ‘Cause you can’t sit next to me if you’re going to be embarrassing, but you also can’t sit next to me if you’re not going to be a good time. So you gotta be a good time, but you can’t be embarrassing with it.

FBSo like, no selfies all the time?

KHHere’s the thing, I’m not saying no selfies but there’s a line, you don’t wanna take the selfie all the time, but you can take it some of the time.

FBHow about food?

KHYou can eat, but you can’t eat all the time. You can eat a little bit, but you can’t eat alotta bit. You don’t wanna be the guy with five different trips. What if a loose ball come over there? Then your clothes are finished, and my clothes, too! Now my courtside outfit is messed up because you kept eating. See there’s a lot of dos and dont’s.

FB: So what are you ordering courtside?

KH: What am I ordering? I’m a chicken finger, French fry guy — here’s why. French fries, easiest thing to eat courtside, because you’re gonna smash them, you’re so into the game they don’t stand a chance, they’re done. If something happened and you needed to get out of the way, chicken fingers won’t cause a major mess, ’cause you’re dipping them. Now if you’re dipping, 9 times out of 10 you got the sauce tucked off in the corner of that little tray, and if you gotta get away it’s an easy move. Now if you go burger, and you’re the guy with the cheesesteak, you get very sloppy. The bites, and cameras catching you with the bite with stuff coming out the back of the sandwich — that’s a bad meme, you don’t wanna be that meme.

FBYou mentioned cheesesteak. Being a guy from Philly, what’s the best place for one?

KHMax’s, Broad and Erie. I don’t care what anybody says, if you’re in Philadelphia, PA and you want a good cheesesteak, go to Max’s.

FB: Okay, so here at Foodbeast we play a food version of ‘Smash or Pass’. Food-wise what are you smashing on?

KHBuffalo Wings. You’re looking at the best entertainment food. They go with any environment. There’s never an environment where you’re like, “Yo man, I can’t eat these buffalo wings.”

FB: So what do you pass on?

KHI don’t eat seafood. So anything seafood I’m passing on. I don’t eat none of it.

FB: What if it’s fried up like a fish stick?

KH:  I’ll throw it out the car. Nothing.

FB: We’re here ready to get geared up for NBA All-Star Weekend, so I’m sure you’re going to meet up with some of your NBA friends. Say you and LeBron James go out to dinner, who’s offering to pick up the tab first?

KHBron cheap. Bron is cheap, man. Bron not even reaching for his wallet. He’s a cheap son of a gun, man. [laughs] He’s so cheap! He’s so frugal! Bron is going to ask to split it, unless he put the dinner together. If he put it together, he’ll pay for it. Other than that, it’s a conversation.

FB: What if you’re in his area and you call him up to get a bite to eat?

KHHe’s going to expect me to pay for it because I called him. Bron cheap, man [laughs].

FB: So speaking of going Dutch, if someone is on a date, would you be the type to split the bill?

KHWell, being that I don’t date, I’m married, I don’t even know what that means [laughs]. I think back in my time, I was never a split the bill guy even when I didn’t have the money. Even if it hurt me, and put me in the worst financial position after, I’d pay just so the female would have the feeling of “Aw that’s so sweet he took care of it,” not knowing that I’m not eating for three days after that meal.

FB: Before we close out here, do you have any words for all the Foodbeasts out there who are Kevin Hart fans?

KHI’m an avid, AVID lover — I may be in the top two biggest fried chicken lovers in the world. I am looking for what can be considered as the best fried chicken in the US.

FB: Howlin’ Rays.

KH: Where is that at?

FB: Chinatown [Los Angeles]. They got like lines that are always two to three hours long. [Shows Kevin Hart picture of Howlin’ Rays on Instagram].

KHI’m literally going to send my driver to go to Howlin’ Rays right now. Hold on bruh, that’s the sandwich?! If I’m not hellbent after this meal, you’re to blame [laughs]. Also, here’s what I want to tell you — and I don’t even know if people know this — Ralphs, the supermarket, has great fried chicken! I don’t think people give Ralphs enough credit! This is the only conversation I’ll have about food, it’s always going to be about fried chicken — shocker. This is a serious thing. Tell your people to go check out Ralphs.

 

Photos: Peter Pham / Foodbeast
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Mountain Dew Takes Over Entire Motel For Unique Desert Party Vibes

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The onset of Coachella brings about the dopest ancillary parties and functions to support the festival vibes and good times. At the top of this list of local activations that coincide with Coachella weekend was Mountain Dew’s DEW Label Motel in Palm Springs, Calif. during weekend of Coachella.

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After taking over the Musicland Hotel, Mountain Dew transformed it into a desert oasis filled with themed rooms with unique themes like Virtual Reality and live art from artist Bradley Theodore, an appearance from the Mountain Dew skate team like Sean Malto and Curren Caples, a VFILES pool party and pop-up shop featuring a capsule collection with Mountain Dew, and best of all, a mini-concert series that presented the likes of Virgil Abloh spinning a DJ set and rapper G-Eazy performing on the DEW Label Hotel stage.

All of this was thrown as a big celebration to launch the Mtn Dew Label Series, which feature specially crafted, bold, and refined new flavors of Mountain Dew in three iterations.

Check out some of the photos below to get a glimpse into all the festivities that truly defined all the good vibes partying in the desert can bring.

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Photos by Eric Reed/Invision for DEW/AP Images
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Here’s Absolutely Everything You Can’t Eat If You Boycott Pepsi

People got a little pissed at Pepsi’s Diet Woke commercial, where Kendall Jenner brought about world peace with nothing more than a sexy walk and a can of Pepsi.

While boycotting Kendall Jenner is easy, things get a little more complicated should you decide to boycott Pepsi.

PepsiCo’s reach is pretty deep and they own products that you probably wouldn’t even think were associated with the brand.

Let’s start with the big names such as Pepsi-Cola, Lay’s, Tropicana, Quaker, and Gatorade. All of these brands are global and household names that are all owned by PepsiCo.

Let’s dig into Yum Brands, which isn’t owned by Pepsi, but has a lifetime contract to carry Pepsi products. That’s why every time you walk into KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut or Long John Silver’s, they are exclusive Pepsi drink slangers.

Then they have the “Good for You” division, with brands that they deem healthier alternatives. These brands consist of several favorites such as Kevita, Naked Juice, Sabra Hummus, Aquafina, and Sunbites.

Then we get a little deeper with the “Better for You” PepsiCo division, with healthy-ish brands such as SoBe, Stacy’s Peta Chips, Alvalle Juice, Grain Waves Chips, and Propel Water.

The “Fun for You” division has a lot of notable names such as Cheetos, Doritos, Mtn Dew, Fritos, Tostitos, and the most unlikely item of all, the Starbucks Ready-to-Go beverages.

That’s a lot of brands to memorize. Even if you tried your hardest, you’d probably accidentally eat or drink something Pepsi related. It’s not impossible though, and if that commercial really pissed you off, give it a shot, player.

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Kid Scientist Shows How Bad Mountain Dew And Coca-Cola Rot Teeth [WATCH]

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We all know that drinking sugary sodas aren’t good for us, but we hardly ever get to see a good visual of its effects — until we ran across this kid scientist’s video.

Young Chase Wiley of the ScienceC YouTube channel used two of his little sister’s wisdom teeth, weighed them, and left them to dissolve in nothing but Mountain Dew and Coca-Cola to compare the varying results. After three weeks, the findings were quite startling.

After Wiley took out the teeth from each soda, he weighed them again and found that the tooth submerged in Mountain Dew lost 14 percent of its initial mass, while the tooth in Coca-Cola only lost 7 percent of its mass.

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While Coca Cola is more acidic than Mountain Dew, Dew actually has stronger acid and does more damage.

“… It has more acid than Coca Cola. this means that it takes longer for the saliva in your mouth to dilute that acid.”

Both of the teeth look pretty grody, and while our’s usually aren’t sitting in soda for weeks, it’s pretty gross to think that these drinks have such an effect on our pearly whites.

Check out the decaying results from Tom Scott’s featured upload below:

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REJOICE: Bottles Of Mtn Dew BAJA BLAST and SANGRITA BLAST Will Be Available Soon

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Starting April 20th, bottles of the popular Taco Bell-branded Mtn Dew Baja Blast will be available for sale once again.

Last year’s hype surrounding the availability of the Taco Bell Dews in bottle form drove roughly 1.2 million tweets and had their limited supply sell out in 8 weeks. No word yet on what retail locations will carry the bottles, but if you’re impatient, both flavors will be readily available from the fountain machines at your local Taco Bells.

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For those unfamiliar with the flavors, here’s a quick flavor profile for each:

BAJA BLAST: A tropical lime storm.

SANGRITA BLAST: Mountain Dew w/ a citrus punch.

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5 Important Baja Blast Cocktail Recipes for Cinco De Mayo

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It’s Cinco de Mayo, folks, which means — you know, besides all the Battle of Puebla celebrations —that Mountain Dew’s Baja Blast is finally available in stores. For a limited time, the formerly Taco Bell-exclusive flavor will soon be popping up at your local groceries and vending machines and maybe even a few backyard summer barbecues (loaded with all the necessary booze of course).

To celebrate, we’ve whipped up a few Baja Blast-inspired cocktail recipes for you to enjoy without ever having to step foot inside a Taco Bell. Sweeter than Sprite and significantly cooler-looking, Mountain Dew’s blue Listerine-colored concoction is the perfect upgrade to everything from margaritas to jello shots. What a time to be alive.

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Baja Blast Shandy

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Ingredients:
1 part light beer
3 parts Baja Blast

Mix with ice. Squirt in a bit of lime juice for an extra tart kick.

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Baja Blast Skinny Margarita

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Ingredients:
2 teaspoons lime juice (approx. 1 lime)
1/2 teaspoon powdered lemonade
1 ounce tequila
5 ounces Baja Blast

Sweet and zippy, this skinny Baja margarita is our favorite of the bunch. Mix all ingredients together with ice, salt the rim with some kosher salt and enjoy poolside. It’s only right.

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Baja Blast Bruiser

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Ingredients:
1 1/2 ounces gin (we used Seagram’s Lime Twisted)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
5 ounces Baja Blast
1 splash grenadine

Mix together the BB, gin, juices, and grenadine for a citrus-y Shirley Temple, or enjoy layered, because it just looks cooler that way.

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Baja Blast Santo Libre

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Ingredients:
5 ounces Baja Blast
2 ounces rum
1/4 ounce lime juice
Optional: mint leaves for garnish

Technically a drink from the Dominican Republic, but every bit as summery as the rest of the list. Try with white rum for a cleaner drink or a dark spiced rum for a livelier/sweeter burn.

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Baja Blast Margarita Jello Shots

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Ingredients:
Makes 10 – 12
2/3 packet lime gelatin
1 cup water
4 ounces triple sec
4 ounces tequila
4 ounces Baja Blast
5 – 6 limes

Yas Spring Break. Where many jello shot recipes can be a little bitter, the soda here keeps everything light and sweet. Boil water, add gelatin until dissolved, then remove from heat and add alcohol and soda. When ready, cut limes in half lengthwise and scoop out citrus flesh. Pour gelatin mixture into emptied lime halves and place in fridge for 4 hours, or until set. Finally, cut halves into separate wedges and sprinkle with salt.

Be warned though, scooping the lime flesh can be a little time-consuming, so try freezing limes beforehand and using a good paring knife or grapefruit spoon.

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Watch Us Throw a Piñata Stuffed with Bottled Mtn Dew Baja Blast Off the Roof of Our Building

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Back in March, we announced that Taco Bell’s 10-year monopoly of Mtn Dew’s Baja Blast was ending. The lime-flavored beverage will be available for a limited-time this summer in 20 oz plastic bottles, 24 oz cans and 12-packs of 12 oz cans.

In anticipation of their retail launch on May 5, Taco Bell mailed us a bottle of the blue-green cult soda… stuffed into a piñata. Naturally, our curiosity was piqued. Since it was Friday and happy hour officially started at 11 am at our office, we decided to find out what would happen if we threw a piñata with Mtn Dew Baja Blast innards off our building’s roof.

For the sake of science, of course.

Here’s what happened: