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Here’s How To Plan the Perfect ‘Eat-cation’ in Costa Mesa, California

For most foodies like me, travelling consists of an itinerary that’s dictated by what I want to eat at that particular destination. Call it an “eatcation,” if you will. And for this eatcation, my appetite leads me to Costa Mesa, California.

The charming Orange County city is a host to a wide variety of restaurants that cater to all types of cravings and palates. Whatever cuisine you’re in the mood for, Costa Mesa has you covered. Trust, because I have my personal favorites in the city that always satisfy. And since we’re all friends here, I’ll share them with you on my eatcation through Costa Mesa.

First stop on this eatcation is a hearty breakfast at Paragon Café, where they’re serving up creative takes on the most important meal of the day. If I’m yearning for something sweet, I go with the wild Strawberry Flambé French Toast — the combo of sweet and tart jolts my senses in the most delicious way possible. Now if I’m feeling savory, for sure I’m crushing a Chicken Katsu Breakfast Sandwich. Gratuitous yolk pops are always a crowd pleaser, however, this sandwich also has ideal crunch and stimulating spice locked in.

Next, it’s time for a comforting bowl of udon at Marugame Udon. Nothing beats their Curry Nikutama, featuring a rich curry sauce that has a deep flavor that clings to every last of your tastebuds. Pair that up with some perfectly crisp tempura from their wide selection of tempura choices and you’ve got lunchtime tamed.

The last, but certainly not least, is dinner at 2145, where the food is so good that I wish I’d be eating there 24/7. Do try the insanely delicious and unique duck carnitas pizza, where a house made chili oil crowns this savory achievement. The duck carnitas are fork-tender, to the point of unforgettable, so for sure it’ll be on your mind the next time you think about pizza. Besides that perfect pie, a robust bowl of Elote Rigatoni will have you obsessing over your next visit to Costa Mesa.

Created in partnership with Travel Costa Mesa.

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Domino’s Australia Debuts New Cheesy Vegemite Pizza

Vegemite is an iconic Australian food spread that’s made from leftover brewer’s yeast extract. The flavor of Vegemite can best be described as an intensely savory and salty smack to your palate.

Though the condiment can be quite polarizing to folks outside of Australia, locals swear by it. Domino’s Pizza locations in the Land Down Under are catering to Aussie tastebuds with the debut of a new Cheesy Vegemite Pizza, which pairs the iconic Australian condiment with melty mozzarella.

The limited-edition pizza carries a suggested price of $7.95 AUD, or about $5.84 USD and will be available for only three weeks.

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Foodbeast and Pieology Link Up to Create A Western BBQ Pizza

In the long history of fast food, few burgers have had quite an impact and unique flavor than a Western BBQ Cheeseburger. The tangy hit of barbecue sauce, the scintillating crunch of fried onion rings, and the luscious ooze of melty cheese make for one memorable burger — each and every time you order it.

Foodbeast recognizes the legend that is the Western BBQ Cheeseburger, but since we always take pleasure in amping up our food experiences, we thought, ‘How awesome would it be to have a Western BBQ Cheeseburger in pizza form?’

We must have been thinking out loud because custom pizza innovator, Pieology Pizzeria, seemingly heard us and said, “We got you fam.” The result: The limited-time Foodbeast Western BBQ Pizza. This pie is loaded in true Foodbeast form, boasting a one-of-a-kind bbq sauce and ranch base, melty mozzarella cheese, crispy bacon, juicy meatballs, crunchy French’s fried onions, and topped with a zesty bbq sauce drizzle. Yee-freakin’-haw.

Pull up to your local Pieology and ask for the Foodbeast Western BBQ Pizza starting October 12 and see for yourself just how deliciously crucial fusing a Western BBQ Cheeseburger with a Pieology pizza really is. Available at all locations nationwide for a limited time.

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DiGiorno Announces New Mac & Cheese Pizza

Mac & cheese is a beloved dish for many a reason, but we can assume unanimously that its main appeal lies in its melty, cheesy goodness. The same can be said for pizza. Combine those two and you have yourself a pizza that I suddenly grew a massive craving for right in the middle of this sentence.

Well, thanks to Digiorno, this dreamy pie is a reality, as it was just announced its new Original Rising Crust Mac & Cheese Pizza, inspired by Stouffer’s signature Mac & Cheese.

Nationwide release isn’t for a while, though, being slated for Spring 2022. However, fans can win an exclusive first taste now during October’s National Pizza Month. Here’s how:

  • What: DiGiorno is giving away a preview of its new Original Rising Crust Mac & Cheese Pizza in an online sweepstakes.
  • When: Now – Oct. 27, 2021
  • How to Enter: Fans can enter to win online and follow the directions on-screen.
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Check Out This Mega Slice of ‘General Tso Pizza’

We’ve highlighted Joe’s Rotisseria in the past, taking note and tipping our hat to the New Jersey pizzeria’s mad house approach to pizza and other Italian-American favorites. We love the energy they bring into the food world. Their latest creation, a mega slice of General Tso Pizza continues the buzz that keeps the kitchen at Joe’s electrifying.

The science is simple here folks: the Chinese-American classic, General Tso’s chicken, joins broccoli and rice on top of Joe’s mega slice to make for one gargantuan chef’s kiss.

It’s a full meal in one slice, I can’t complain. How much more unbridled brilliance will Joe’s Rotisseria come up with next? I’m pretty sure the hits will keep coming straight outta Jersey.

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How Danny Boy’s Pizza Unlocked the Secret to Finally Bringing Authentic NYC-Style Pies to LA

“A piece of the puzzle is the water temperature. New York City water temp 365 days a year comes out of the faucet at 41 degrees. And water temperature is really important for the dough’s quality development.”

And with that, acclaimed chef Daniel Holzman matter of factly solved the conundrum of an authentic New York-style slice finally breaking through in the Los Angeles dining scene. There’s been many who have claimed the NYC-style, but none have come close until Holzman’s Danny Boy’s Famous Original in Downtown Los Angeles.

“Yeast is a living organism, it’s a bacteria, and the hotter it is, the faster it goes. It beats out all the other bacteria and wants the food. If you slow the yeast down, the other bacteria have the opportunity to flourish and you get more flavor development. If you start with 41 degree water, you cool down the dough and you can extend your fermentation process. So you get more flavorful dough with a certain quality to it.”

Of course there’s more to the water temperature, though. You need the best, freshest New York-style ingredients, to ensure the overall quality of the pie. And you need the size to be on point — whether it be 18 or 20 inches remains up for debate still among NYC pizza purists. Also, that pie’s got to hold up, stability is king here. Get that droopy shit out of here as I shake my fist in New Yorker.

I get it, though. You got a lauded chef, with a fine dining pedigree, who knows his New York slices, rocks an iced out pizza chain that would make any rapper look twice, and exudes the bravado and sincerity of all the Five Boroughs — and boom, damn good pizza all up in my tastebuds.

Situated inside Halo, a new dining and retail destination in the heart of DTLA, Danny Boy’s is slinging pies that save me a flight into JFK International Airport. You’ve got the usual suspects here — Cheese, Pepperoni, Meatball — amongst others, all done incredibly and with the gusto and say-it-with-your-chest flavor and quality that any tried and true New Yorker will respect.

How else is a slice of Danny Boy’s worthy of repping the Five Boroughs? It all comes down to how you hold it.

“The thing that makes a New York pizza a New York pizza is that you hold it with three fingers, one with the middle on top, the thumb and the ‘fuck you’ finger on the bottom. And you make a slight fold, then the thing should hold straight and not be flaccid on the tip. Then if you fold it further, it cracks on the bottom but doesn’t break in half.”

After trying a couple slices for myself (and making sure I saved some to take home and maraud later), I have no problem admitting that Danny Boy’s is the best NYC-style pizza in Los Angeles. The crust is crisp, crunching effortlessly without being arid, the ingredients are fresh and flavorful, and the whole experience in helping myself to each slice was simply comforting.

Congrats Daniel Holzman, you’ve cracked the Da Vinci code to bringing authentic New York ‘za into the City of Angels. You’ve dropped all the gems, it’s now on Angelenos to taste the most official, the truly legit on the left coast.


Pizza Hut Brings Back Detroit-Style Pizza, Adds ‘Create Your Own’ Option

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For a limited-time only, Detroit-Style Pizza is making a return to Pizza Hut menus nationwide.

First introduced earlier this year in January, Detroit-Style pizza was a fresh addition to Pizza Hut menus, with its distinct rectangular shape and crispy caramelized crust.

In this latest release, however, fans can now indulge in a ‘Create Your Own’ option that lets them customize their very own Detroit-Style pizza with up to five toppings. For those more interested in pre-made offerings, the Detroit-Style will come in three: Double Pepperoni, Meaty Deluxe, and Supremo.

This limited-time only window of Pizza Hut’s Detroit-Style pizza will be available at locations nationwide.

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Little Caesars Unveils New Pizza and Calzone Hybrid Called the Crazy Calzony

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A new menu item at Little Caesars aims to provide a whole new pizza experience to diners by fusing together a pepperoni pizza and a calzone. And it looks like they’ve hit bullseye.

The result is the new Crazy Calzony, which is essentially a whole pepperoni pizza in the middle, which is then adorned around the edges with a calzone-like crust that’s filled with garlic white sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and sprinkled with parmesan cheese. Literally the stuff Foodbeast dreams are made of — besides, you know, a larger form of it.

The new, limited time only menu item will be available to order online for $8.49 starting August 16 and available HOT-N-READY starting August 23.