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It’s Official – Starbucks Now Has A Pokemon GO Frappuccino

It’s time for Pokemon trainers and Starbucks fans across America to come together and catch another Frappuccino.

Yesterday, we wrote the story on leaked Starbucks documents that indicated that Starbucks and Pokemon GO would be teaming up to apparently make every Starbucks in the US a PokeStop, a line of Pokemon GO Frappuccinos was coming out, and that Starbucks would help the gaming company release the 2nd generation of Pokemon into the game.

We can now confirm that the majority of what we found in those leaks is true.

The team at Pokemon GO just announced a brand new partnership with Starbucks via Facebook. Starting at 11 AM PST today, more than 7800 Starbucks will be converted into PokeStops and Gyms. Additionally, the stores have already started selling a Pokemon GO Frappuccino.

According to the Starbucks website, the new blended beverage is a vanilla bean frappuccino, blended with raspberry syrup and freeze dried blackberries.

You may be thinking – why berries? Well, in the game, there’s an item called the “Razz Berry” (and yes, it literally looks like a raspberry) that helps you increase the chances of catching a Pokemon. That’s how this frappuccino relates to Pokemon (because as you can see, it looks NOTHING like a Poke Ball).

As for the blackberries – well, they’re more blue in color, so maybe the raspberries and blackberries represent Red and Blue? Those are the colors of two of the teams that you can join up for in the game. If that’s the case, Team Valor and Mystic finally come together in this frappuccino (and Team Instinct gets left out, as always).

We were able to get our hands on one from the Starbucks next door to us and try this new creation for ourselves. It’s pretty sweet and tastes like mixed berries with vanilla bean. Overall, not too bad.

While the 2nd generation haven’t been confirmed yet, we do know that there is still a massive announcement coming in just a few days. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled to see if this big announcement is indeed Generation 2.

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How Starbucks Almost Leaked The Next Big Pokemon GO Update, Also PokeFrappes Are Coming

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As the Pokemon GO craze hits a pretty drastic low from Niantic’s initial launch last July, the company has been quietly working to integrate the newest batch of creatures in interesting ways.

Some reportedly leaked documents from a few days ago suggest that Starbucks was working with the company to push a major launch of the newest set of Pocket Monsters.

 

Looks like the company is trying hard since a majority of fans have dropped off after catching the initial set of creatures from the first generation.

The documents hinted that the launch will release a line of Pokemon GO Frappuccino‘s called…Pokemon GO Frappuccinos. Essentially, the frappes start with a vanilla bean base, with the addition of black berries and raspberry syrup. The drinks will apparently launch on Thursday, Dec. 8.

According to Forbes, the partnership between the two companies could also potentially lead to every Starbucks location in the United States turning into a PokeStop.

Another interesting coincidence, Niantic said today that a big announcement will come on Dec. 12. Wonder what it could be?

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Apparently Pokémon Go Players Love Little Caesars And We’re Not Sure Why

In a recent study performed by the analytics firm, Placed, $5 pizza joint Little Caesars was ranked the #1 favorite restaurant among Pokémon Go users. No, I am not Ashton Kutcher and you’re not being punk’d. This is a true statement, and runner-ups included Buffalo Wild Wings and Jack in the Box.

If you’re a living organism with a heartbeat, chances are you play Pokémon Go, or have at least heard of it. The augmented reality app by Niantic was released in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand on July 7, and both gamers and businesses haven’t looked back.

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Once restaurants started to realize they could capitalize on the Pokémon Go craze, the floodgates opened. Establishments started dropping lures (a.k.a. items for purchase that attract Pokémon, for you noobs out there), posting pics of Pokémon in their restaurant on social media, and selling Pokémon-related items, like Pokéball ice creams or pizzas.

This fact could explain Little Caesars’ popularity among the Pokémon crowd, although I have mixed feelings about it.

To me, it makes sense Buffalo Wild Wings and Jack in the Box are high up on the list. I will eat those lard-larden boneless wings from B Dubs until the day I die, and no one needs convincing that Jack in the Box is bomb.

But whenever I think of Little Caesars, I’m taken back to a few desperate moments of my youth when the cheap cost barely outweighed what I like to call the “Little Caesars Effect” – the all-too-familiar moment when their low-quality cheese and watery sauce rapidly coagulate into one, disturbing mess in the short amount of time it takes to get from the store to your house.

All rants aside, when you factor in that over half of Pokémon Go users are between the ages of 18 and 29 years old, it kind of make sense. In addition, Nation’s Restaurant News reported that 60% of app users are suckers for business discounts in general, but especially when applied to food.

This is not surprising, seeing as free food to millennials is almost always more exciting than the prospect of scoring weed or alcohol. I may or may not know from experience.

So while the quality of grub at Little Caesars is more than questionable, when you factor in the opportunity for free/cheaper food, and graduating a level by catching a rare Pokémon, it provides a bit more clarity to the situation.

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Here’s What Happened When I Went On A Pokemon Go Bar Crawl

I feel my phone vibrate in my oversized purse just as I’m about to choke down my third pickleback shot. The familiar sensation spurs a wave of relief as tears were welling up in the corner of my eyes at the thought of ingesting another one of these godless concoctions. I welcome the distraction and excuse myself from the barstool, letting my new friends know this will only take a moment. As this is our third bar of the night, “The Australians” as I began exclusively calling my new cohorts, had seen this scenario play out about a dozen times already. Phone buzzes, I pull out my device, slide my screen open to find I am once again, face to face with a Pokémon.

Yes, I have fallen victim to the phenomenon that is Pokémon Go. And I am only mildly embarrassed by it. What started out as “research” or perhaps what was always a subconscious hunger to play, quickly evolved into a bona fide addiction. I shouldn’t have been so confounded by the fact, however, that light game play could escalate into diagnosable obsession.

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Not only have I read about the mania that this augmented reality game inspires, but have witnessed it firsthand. Coworkers spend hours with their feet kicked up, mindlessly flicking Pokéballs at creatures determined to evade their strikes. Friends drag me to precarious locations in hopes of uncovering rare captures. And even my mother has distracted conversations with me as she searches the parameter for PokéStops.

Beyond my own network of friends and family, the hysteria is somehow even more fervent. Not a day has transpired since the game’s inception that Pokémon Go hasn’t been featured in a headline in some capacity, with the media’s coverage of the game completely unbridled. This cycle of vehement gameplay and subsequent media attention is a crucial part of the machine that drives users’ obsessions. With headlines ranging from “What Pokémon Go has to do with armed robbery and a dead body” to “Pokémon Go players form stampede to catch rare Pokémon,” how can the average human be expected to thwart their yearning to download the free game. The short answer – they can’t.

It was time to investigate this mania firsthand.

Grabbing an extra charger, as the app is known to swiftly drain battery, and letting go of some inherent cynicisms, I fell down the rabbit hole phone in hand. I decided the best strategy to begin my hunt was through a structured bar crawl around New York.

An organized bar crawl, without the usual squad and within unfamiliar pubs, would force me to fully immerse myself in the game and deter excuses to quit, or worse, moments of introspection.

When the day my Pokémon adventure was set to begin, I awoke with a pang of dread. Whether this was was provoked by anticipation of the evening’s plan or a result of watching Room on Amazon Prime the night prior, I decided to attribute it to the former and consequently prepare myself for the day. I crossed the first threshold into addiction by downloading the game, the second by designing my avatar (a chic brunette donning an all black outfit) and the third with my first catch: a Zubat.

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The exhilaration I felt from that first capture was staggering. Why did that feel so satisfying? The tension that came from attempting to capture the wily blue bat with my first couple clumsy throws, immediately was overtaken with a sense of pride upon copy coming up on the screen reading, “Gotcha!” I chose to ignore the sensation and made a pact with myself to not play until it was time for the bar crawl.

Doing so (or not doing so as it was) proved more arduous than I had previously assumed as I found myself opening the app periodically to gauge my surroundings.

9:00pm: I Wanna Be The Very Best

When it finally struck 9:00pm I was eager to head to the meeting location to be able to re-experience that raw feeling of satisfaction. Busting into the West Village’s Fat Black Pussy Cat in the same way I do when I arrive late to work, I opened my phone before exchanging pleasantries with the others participating in the bar crawl. I’m transported into the game; phone buzzes alerting me of a nearby Pokémon, I see a Krabby — it’s mine. Boasting a slight high following my most recent conquest, I meet my comrades at the bar and indulge in the first drink special of the night, a free vodka shot with your first drink purchase, which for me was the cheapest beer they had on draft. I engaged in the small banter that uniformly occurs when drinking with strangers. However, it only took about three more sips of Bud Light to divulge my journalistic intent for the bar crawl. Like two people who realize they grew up in the same hometown or have the same last name, this sparked an instant connection as my new friends were also recent Pokémon Go converts. Visiting from Australia, these world travelers had, like me, downloaded the game upon the unbelievable hype. Following this realization, we all opened our phones and caught an adjacent Rattata.

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10:12pm: To Catch Them Is My Real Test

It was time to head to the next bar, which I was happy to do as the Fat Black Pussy Cat was unstirred with dynamic Pokémon. On the way to Off The Wagon, I’m not sure if it was because Dean, the taller, more zealous Aussie trainer had deployed a lure module or because the brief journey was inherently saturated with Pokémon, but we all caught a Staryu as well as a Jigglypuff before setting foot in the second location.

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10:17pm: I Will Travel Across The Land

There’s a Zubat right when we walk in. I catch it unceremoniously, for even as a novice player, I realized they were nothing special. What was deemed (a bit uncreatively) by the other members of the bar crawl, “The Pokémon Squad,” made our way to the bar, intent on taking advantage of any free offerings. Lemon drops are tossed back and chased with more beer. Though the life of my battery is quickly dwindling, my growing drunken state prompts me to keep my phone near with the app open so as to not miss a single lingering creature.

 

10:46pm: I Know It’s My Destiny

Another Rattata. Gotcha! We drink one, two, three more drinks at this bar, with each one aiding our desire to play. Dean easily becomes the most zealous as he ceases engaging in conversation except to shout at an inappropriate decibel what his latest capture was. His head hangs low, swaying gently from side to side as he is forced to squint one eye when throwing his Pokéballs to help steady his tipsy brain. In my observation of this, I catch a Pidgey.

11:11pm: A Heart So True

We leave for the third and final (for me anyway) bar, The Red Lion. Close to the comforts of my home and with 18% battery left, I knew I’d never make it to the actual last location. We make the move to our free shots, and with the choice in our hands we chose picklebacks. Note for the curious: don’t try them.

11:50pm: You Teach Me And I’ll Teach You

It is here we all catch a Spearow, and Dean with pure wonder and elation, realizes he has reached the point where he can evolve the tiny bird Pokémon. My eyes widen with child like fascination as he presses the button reading, “Evolve” and watch as the creature transforms into it’s stronger self. In this moment, I believe I had what a drug addict would refer to as a moment of clarity. The Spearow was evolving at about the same rate as my addiction to the game. It happened so suddenly and fluidly that I didn’t even have time to complete my epiphany before I was aggressively throwing a Pokéball at a Goldeen.

12:36am: In A World We Must Defend

As I stumbled home, having given a weak goodbye to my night’s companions who were too engrossed in the game to notice anyhow, I reflected on the events that transpired. I now understood the absurd headlines spurred from people breaking into hospitals to catch rare Pokémon or my mom’s indifference to my stories as she tries to catch a Poliwag. I speculate that the hype isn’t a mindless deterrence from society’s happenings, but rather a purposeful distraction from it. In an era where stories of senseless shootings are the norm, and a divided nation is something we’ve come to accept, Pokémon Go acts as the antithesis to this prolonged darkness. Though this hypothesis also functioned as a vindication for my obsession, I still decided that to be able to function as an adult human, I would need to quit the game cold turkey.

12:41am: Gotta Catch ‘Em All

I pulled up my phone to delete the app, then immediately had a relapse. A quick buzz and I see a Ghastly. Gotcha.

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PIKACHU CHURRO: Here’s Where To Catch This Adorable Dessert

With the Pokemon GO craze still going strong, a local dessert shop decided to have a little fun with their menu. The Loop, a do-it-yourself churro spot in Southern California, created these adorable Pikachu churros as a gag.

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That gag got more than 10,000 likes on Instagram between three photos.

While The Loop currently didn’t serve the PikaChurro (the toothpicks used to hold the ears in place are a safety hazard) the owners knew they were onto something big. Co-owner of The Loop, Jed, had this to say:

With the huge response to the PIKACHURRO, we’re developing a way to sell it in store safely sans toothpicks. Our challenge is we get such high traffic, that we need to figure out an efficient way to serve and serve fresh, which we’re working on now. Hopefully, it will be available sometime soon this month.

Since we last spoke to Jed, he and his team have figured out a way to fashion the Pocket Monster Churro without using toothpicks – with Pocky Sticks.

Brilliant. The Loop began selling the PikaChurros on Monday, August 15. They’ll only be available Mondays through Fridays. Because of the insane popularity, the bright-yellow dessert typically sells out within the first 30 minutes of the store opening, said Jed.

We limit it to 25 per day, so they’re rare.

You can visit The Loop to get your churro and Pokemon fix – the place is a well-known PokeStop in the community.

 

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These Chefs Show Us What Cooking Pokemon Would Look Like

The Pokemon GO craze doesn’t seem to be slowing down, and why would it? Everyone and their mothers are obsessed with this game.

That being said, there are also pockets of people here and there that straight up despise the game. Their reasoning for hating it varies greatly, from saying it’s childish to genuine concern for people’s safety. Either way, they’re not into it.

Whether these chefs fall under the former or the latter is hard to tell, but both sides can agree that this photo is hysterical regardless of your feelings on the game. Redditor shavot found this picture on a local restaurant’s Facebook page and, thankfully, shared it with the world. Not only do these chefs manage to cook all three starter pokemon (can you spot Bulbasaur?) including Pikachu, but they even take it a step further by cooking them in appropriate ways when considering their types. 

Love it or hate it, these chefs killed it. Or rather, them. And by them, I mean the smiling, innocent Pokemon.

Dinner’s ready!

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Charmander over a flame and Squirtle going into a pot of boiling water are absolutely amazing, right up there with Pikachu getting his head chopped off and the row of Pokemon eggs waiting to be cracked and used. Even the Bulbasaur cameo is enough to warrant a hearty laugh. But the one that stood out to me the most, and is my favorite, is the complete decimation of Bellsprout. I think we all know that he’s going to end up as a garnish on some kid’s plate of chicken fingers.

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The Pokemon GO Drinking Game And Booze Safari [KATCHUP]

Here we are, another episode of the FOODBEAST Katchup. If you missed out on all the food news this week, fear not. This series catches you up on all the top stories in the wide world of food.

This week, no one did any work after Pokemon GO launched. Understandably.

That’s OK, though. Because the rest of the world seems to be in the same boat.

Folks have begun to use Pokemon GO as a way to figure out where to eat instead of Yelp. A bakery is charging its customers based on what team they picked for Pokemon GO. Team Valor? Half off. Team Mystic? Double price.

A girl turned her snack stand into a PokeStop and when people came to collect in-game swag, she sold them food. There’s a Pokemon Safari going on this weekend in Ohio where you can get drunk and catch Pokemon. Sounds like a dream.

Finally, our resident drunkard Sean decided to create a Pokemon GO drinking game instead of writing this Katchup recap. Whatever.

Check out this week’s Pokemon Katchup!

People are Using Pokemon GO Instead of Yelp

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Choosing where to eat has never been an easy task. You can drive around from city to city, checking Yelp, and before you know it, an hour has passed by and there’s not a single thing filling your tummy.

Well, in addition to making people get out of the house, it seems like the new mobile game, Pokemon Go, is helping people decide where to eat, according to social media reports obtained by Business Insider. READ MORE

Bakery Offers Discounts to Pokemon GO Players

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One obnoxious Team Valor member also happens to run a bakery in Toronto and posted this sign outside of his window. Redditor Dubiono was able to catch the sign and share its glory with the wide world of Pokemon and their trainers. READ MORE

Pokemon GO “Vending Machine”

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With all these horror stories about people falling  off cliffs and getting mugged over the new sensation, Pokemon GO, it’s nice to hear a heartwarming story for once.

A young girl in Colorado used the game to lure in Pokemon GO players to her makeshift snack bar, and actually donated the money to a the local Humane Society.

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Pokemon Safari Beer Tour

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Drink Up Columbus just announced that Actual Brewing in Columbus Ohio will be taking Pokémon players on an amazing adult adventure this Sunday, July 17.

This is definitely the most genius idea yet in our quest to catch ’em all, it’s a Pokémon Safari Beer Tour. The recently released Pokemon augmented reality game spawned many memes and even a drinking game. READ MORE

Pokemon GO Drinking Game

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Of course we came up with a drinking game for Pokemon GO, what did you expect?

With the massive success of the nostalgia-imbued app, especially amongst people between the ages of 21-30, it was only a matter of time before a drinking element was added to the mix. Gotta drink em’ all, right? READ MORE

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Incredible Safari Tour Lets You Get Drunk While Catching Pokémon

Drink Up Columbus just announced that Actual Brewing in Columbus Ohio will be taking Pokémon players on an amazing adult adventure this Sunday, July 17.

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This is definitely the most genius idea yet in our quest to catch ’em all, it’s a Pokémon Safari Beer Tour. The recently released Pokemon augmented reality game spawned many memes and even a drinking game.

Tickets are on sale here at a modest $37.50. It’s a 3-hour tour with beers included and the event description reads:

“On this 3 hour tour, we’ll visit intriguing PokéStops, hunt for elusive monsters, and act like this is all perfectly normal. There may be a chance to catch a rare beer in the wild.”

Fred Lee, the owner of Actual Brewing, is excited for this to go down as he told Drink Up: “I just want to catch them all and drink them all.”

He is also trying to figure out how to offer draft beer selections on the tour! One of their beers to be offered on the bus is their Lemongrass Saison which will be released this Thursday.

Our big kid Pokémon dreams just came true and it looks like we’re headed to Columbus Ohio, see you Monday!

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