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Everything Costs $3 At This Brandless Online Grocery Store

Ever notice the huge mark up of prices between popular name-brand groceries compared to the generic store-brand ones? We’ll stick to Hydrox, thanks. If you’re not one to care about the most popular brands and everything essentially tastes the same to you, you might want to check out Brandless.

Brandless is an online grocery store that sells non perishable foods like coffee, dressings, peanut butter, snacks, sauces, and candies but without any sort of brand name tied to them. Essentially, peanut butter is just labeled as peanut butter and costs you $3.

In fact, everything sold in the store costs $3, reports TechCrunch.

Other than food, Brandless also sells things like kitchen utensils, personal care products, cleaning supplies, and office supplies. The store boasts hundreds of brand-free items customers can get for cheap.

Kinda awesome that one single place exists that you can get so many household items and foods for just $3.


No One Knew Neiman Marcus Was Also An Expensive Online Grocery Store

Up until this point, department store Neiman Marcus had been known for carrying expensive designer clothing that catered to a more wealthy clientele. However, it’s been revealed that the high-end retailer has discretely been selling more than just luxurious garments and unmentionables.

We’re not quite sure when this happened, but we became aware that Neiman Marcus is currently selling frozen handmade tamales for $92 — plus shipping for $18 — on its website.


Marketed as, Red River Tamales by Pedro’s Tamales INC., the Red River Tamales come with a choice of beef, chicken, pork or assorted. However, it doesn’t stop with the tamales. Not even close.

We learned quickly that the well-established department store had built an entire line of food products advertised as “Gourmet Food” that contained subcategories listed as, “Meat and Poultry”, “Complete Meals,” and “Boxed Treats” on its website.

From boxed chocolates to a $72 Enchilada dinner, the list is seemingly endless. There’s even breakfast options that you can order. So, next time you’re browsing for a pair of Gucci heels or Christian Louboutin red bottoms, add an Alewel’s Country Meats 5-lb. Stuffed Beef Tenderloin, for only $320, plus $32.00 for shipping. The Stuffed Beef Tenderloin looks pretty standard and the website indicates it will feed 10-12 people, at 7 oz. per person.

That’s about $32.00 a person, which seems steep, because that doesn’t include, a side or a beverage.

Described as a, “beef tenderloin stuffed with a mix of julienned bell peppers, spinach, mushrooms, and feta cheese,” and includes a “16 ounce truffled red-wine sauce.”

It’s hard to determine what the most astonishing part is. It could be the fact that Neiman Marcus considers itself a legitimate food retailer that employs a food “buying team.”

In an interview with the Huffington Post, a spokesperson said the company outsources its food from “a variety of different vendors,” then Neiman Marcus’ “buying team determines what they consider the very best that [they] can offer,” a spokesperson recently told the Huffington Post.

However there are limits to Neiman Marcus’ culinary reach. The company only delivers perishable items on certain days, “to ensure freshness,” meaning some perishable items cannot be delivered on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, or on holidays.

Leave it to Neiman Marcus to make ordering food online as trendy as celebrities wearing Calvin Klein underwear. Maybe they should consider a name change to, “Neiman Market.”

Fast Food

Domino’s Knocks Half Off All Online Pizza Prices


Who: Domino’s Pizza.

What: Customers get 50 percent off any regular menu price for pizzas if ordered online. Essentially, you can order a really cheap pizza or order two for the price of one. Either way, pizza.

Where: Available at Domino’s online, customers will need Internet access to place their orders. Kids, ask your parents.

When: The deal will be available through Sunday, Dec. 7.


This Online Cooking School is a Collaboration Between Roy Choi and 50 Other Professional Chefs


Learning to cook can be rough. One could either sift through a stack of cookbooks, shadow a talented loved one, peruse through an endless supply of websites, or shell out some major bucks for classes. Looks like Salted, the new online school for home cooks combines all of those things.

Salted is essentially a new spin on cooking schools with more than 50 master chefs throughout the United States. Completely accessible via the internet, the cooking school is aimed at home cooks looking to learn from the comfort of their own kitchens albeit with affordable prices. One can browse through recipes, each step complete with video instructions and explanations. The school is said to offer something for cooks of any skill level.

Chefs contributing to the Salted school include Roy Choi, Ricardo Zarate, Neal Fraser, Carmen Quagliata and Jonathan Benno who all seem more than happy to share their talents with the internet. Good for them.

Check out the trailer below and anyone interested can reserve their spot early. If not, just continue on that YouTube train. Hey, it’s got us this far:


Starbucks to Sponsor Higher Education for Thousands of Employees

Here’s one way to deal with that whole minimum wage controversy.

It was revealed in a press release Sunday that coffee giant Starbucks would be partnering with Arizona State University (ASU) to pay college tuition for full and part-time employees who work 20 hours a week or more. Officially named the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, the program will allow qualified employees of company-operated stores (as well as employees of other Starbucks-owned brands like Teavana and Seattle’s Best) to be reimbursed for part or all their education, without requiring them to stay with the company post-graduation.

Eligible employees (dubbed “partners” in the official press release) who are able to meet ASU’s admission requirements will not only benefit from over 40 online undergraduate courses, but also academic advising, flexible scheduling, and other forms of support. Students admitted as juniors or seniors will receive a full-ride, while students with fewer credits will be eligible for partial scholarship and need-based financial aid.

Says CEO Howard Schultz:

In the last few years, we have seen the fracturing of the American Dream. There’s no doubt, the inequality within the country has created a situation where many Americans are being left behind. The question for all of us is, should we accept that, or should we try and do something about it. Supporting our partners’ ambitions is the very best investment Starbucks can make. Everyone who works as hard as our partners do should have the opportunity to complete college, while balancing work, school and their personal lives.


Hulu x Pizza Hut To Roll Out In-Commercial Online Pizza Ordering


You’re in the middle of a 5-hour, binge-watching session. If you’re on Netflix, normally, the big red screen is nice enough to ask if you’re still alive and watching, but now, green competitor Hulu wants to do streamers one up, by letting you order pizza during your commercial breaks.

At its Hulu Upfront press junket earlier this week. Hulu announced its new “in-stream purchase units,” which, in current partnership with Pizza Hut, would allow viewers to order pizzas for pick-up or delivery in the time they would normally spend hearing about cars or birth control pills or car insurance. Because Hulu’s ads are mostly un-skippable, the announcement is a welcome upgrade to its previous attempts at interactive, consumer-specific commercials.

The pizza spots are set to roll out later this year, along with new cross-platform, multiple device interactive ads they’re currently calling “Hulu 360.”

The TL;DR of it all? It’s official: you really never have to leave your house again.

H/T Venture Beat + Picthx Hulu


New Cronut Online Ordering Lets You Evade the Massive Lines


For those of you who thought the cronut was just a phase that’s already had its day in the sun, think again. The cronut is back thanks to the new online pre-ordering system, which allows you to order cronuts online two weeks in advance. Unfortunately, this service doesn’t include shipping; you still  have to physically pick them up at the store. Life is hard sometimes.

The man behind the madness (genius?) of the cronut is French pastry chef Dominique Ansel, the inventor of this croissant-doughnut hybrid that has stolen the heart of many New Yorkers/the world. The online pre-ordering system is designed to spare the poor bakery staff from spending hours a day jotting down cronut orders by phone, email, carrier pigeon.

Similar to the phone system that’s already in place, the online system  starts accepting orders each Monday starting at 11 am and allows you to “reserve” up to six cronuts for pickup two weeks from the date you ordered. The first execution of this system took place on Monday and the cronuts sold out in about a minute. Say what?! The good news is (don’t cry yet), the site opens every Monday for this service, so you still have plenty of chances to get in there before the holidays.

The price per cronut is $5 (pre-tax) and can be pre-ordered via the following link.

H/T Gothamist + Picthx NY Serious Eats


The Cheesecake Factory Now Offering Online Ordering and Delivery


Thanksgiving needs to be a weeklong holiday. How else is anyone supposed to buy the turkey, thaw the turkey, fry the turkey, mash the ‘tatoes, jam the cranberry, avoid the coworkers, appease the relatives, bake the pie, scope the Black Friday deals, and still have time to drink all the drinks?

Luckily, The Cheesecake Factory has partnered with holiday re-gifting kingpins Harry & David to take some of the pressure off. Now available for online ordering and delivery from Harry & David are several Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes, including Pumpkin, White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, Key Lime, Tiramisu, and Ultimate Red Velvet, each priced between $45 and $55 (plus an extra $10 for special shipping and handling.)

The online cheesecakes are available exclusively through Harry & David and sent packaged with dry ice via two day shipping.

H/T Brand Eating + PicThx Harry & David