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This Bay Area Donut Shop Makes The World’s First Glow-In-The-Dark Pastry

If there’s one place in California that could be considered the Mecca of innovation and cutting-edge entrepreneurship, Silicon Valley would be the leading candidate. So it seems fitting that one of the most mind-boggling and innovative donuts ever created would be be found in the center of the South Bay region.

Thanks to the experimental minds at Psycho Donuts, a Campbell, California-based, mental ward-themed artisan donut and art shop, Bay Area donut connoisseurs have seen the light of what true culinary innovation looks like.

Part donuts, part light show, these tasty treats are deliciously fascinating. By adding pulverized vitamin B pills into the dough, Psycho Donuts created a treat that actually glows under an ultraviolet blacklight. Yes, they actually glow in the dark.

These fruit-flavored, glowing goodies are made with Hansen’s Natural Soda and lime juice. Currently, lime and pomegranate are making the rounds around the world’s first donut asylum.

By delivering a sensory experience, Psycho Donuts has built an iconic reputation for itself and it’s easy to see why. So, if you’re crazy about donuts, stop by Psycho Donuts to see and taste what all the hype is about.

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Created in partnership with Hansen’s Soda

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Hacks Health

How To Cut And Prepare 7 Tropical Fruits [Infographic]

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Cutting up an apple or peeling a banana can be a cinch when you’re craving some fruit. Though if one of the more tropical fruits were to make their way through your kitchen, you’re gonna want to know how to handle it.

Pounds to Pockets created a handy infographic that teaches us how to carve up several tropical fruits step-by-step. This sweet selection includes: Pomegranate, Watermelon, Dragonfruit, Mango, Passionfruit, Pineapple, and Coconut.

The graphic even includes a handful of useful hacks to make the fruit-cutting process go as smoothly as possible.

Check out the infographic below in case you have to cut up some uncommon fruits sometime in the near future.

Courtesy of: Pounds to Pocket
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This Is Why You Should Stop Being Skeptical of Pomegranates

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I wasn’t present at whatever meeting where “they” decided that pomegranate would go in everything. All I know is that one night, I went to bed with my cocktails full of lemon juice and my shampoos reeking of “Mountain Meadow Mist” and then the next day everything from salad dressings to condoms had the word “pomegranate” on it. The hostile takeover left me impressed, though also perturbed, by its sheer audacity.

“Very bold,” I likely muttered, before thinning my eyes and concluding, “a little too bold.”

Like everyone, though, I came around. It was akin to one of those sci-fi stories where the aliens show up promising to improve the livelihoods of all mankind and everyone’s (rightfully) skeptical, but it turns out they actually do want to help us evolve.

For starters, pomegranates want to pump us full of antioxidants, which prevents damage to your cells. Pomegranate juice actually ranks as the fifth strongest antioxidant. You know what else is ranked fifth best? The Beatles’ celebrated album Rubber Soul and Aretha Franklin’s classic rendition of the song “Respect” (both according to Rolling Stone anyway). So don’t you dare write off fifth just because there’s no designated Olympic medal for it!

Are there also cool amounts of Vitamins C and K? Hell yes. You know what they do? They empower your immune system and help with blood-clotting. So, yeah, Snootypants, you’re welcome.

“Oh, but that’s probably it, really,” you’re already muttering, totally interrupting me.

NO, BE QUIET, THERE’S MORE.

They’ve got potassium, which you love because it super helps with muscle control and blood pressure regulation. I’m pretty sure everyone likes moving around and not having strokes.

“So these undeniably high-tech examples of nature are, what, made in Batman’s cave then?” you’re asking me, once again interrupting.

First of all, it’s called the Batcave. Read a comic book. Secondly, no, the total opposite! Pomegranates are grown in the sunniest, warmest spots around, and as determined survivors, they’ll even grow in partial shade. They grow on adorable trees with the fruits looking like giant ruby red Christmas ornaments (sometimes with a little pinkish hue thrown in for good, sassy measure).

Plus, their seeds are insanely stylish additions to desserts, given that they are 1) delicious and 2) high in sugar. Those seeds also pack a ton of fiber, which limits the effects on blood sugar levels, so it’s practically healthy, even in that regard.

So yes, they are, in fact, capable of pretty much everything cool forever. Thank you, pomegranates. I’m sorry I ever doubted you.

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The Powerful Food Symbolism in Season 3 of ‘House of Cards’

Friday, in the middle of the night, hearts palpitated with excitement as Netflix posted the entire third season of its hit series House of CardsBased on the trilogy of novels and the BBC mini-series, this season marks a major departure from the US series’ source material, resulting in some haphazard character development for everyone on the show.

Despite the lackluster season, I couldn’t help but notice how much food was used both as a symbol and a weapon, attempting deeper complexities than the pig slaughter analogies of yore.

Sating (and Sedating) Doug

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I don’t always have ex-prostitutes try to murder me, but when I do, nothing says “thank you for your service and keep your fucking mouth shut” like a stocked fridge (if that’s what you can call all this healthy food).

Like the flowers the Underwoods (Claire) left for Doug at the hospital, the gesture slowly withers away as he realizes he’s no longer in the inner circle. This seems like a great time to break sobriety, but why do it in a normal way?

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Though Doug fully breaks down into drunkenness as the season progresses, he starts courting alcohol again in an interesting way to ensure you’re partaking in exactly one shot of alcohol: a handy, dandy syringe (hooker resembling Rachel Posner not included).

Doug makes sure that the beginning of his descent comes at someone else’s physical hands while he still orchestrates the entire situation. Losing control of his mobility and livelihood makes surrendering control to his addiction that much harder. Opting for a phallic, menacing way to reintroduce this substance abuse asserts his virility while appeasing his desires.

 

Boozing Up the Secretary of State

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Nothing butters up a Cabinet member quite like some good Scotch.

Desperate to get in Cathy Durant’s good graces, Claire goes so far as to play the classiest game of beer pong ever to make her diplomatic partner more pliable.

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Cathy giggles her way through their girls’ night, while Claire’s “freed inhibitions” are more notably calculated. Ultimately, the suds go flat, policy agreements bubble over, and Claire’s left with a victory despite losing the game.

We don’t see much manipulation from Claire after this night as she gradually grows some semblance of a conscience.

 

Boiled Peanuts

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Let’s not pretend as though some of us didn’t hear “penis” not “peanuts” and had to rewind the episode a little.

While peanuts are generally indicative of good health and longevity, boiling peanuts results in their saltiest incarnation. Francis successfully tempts Supreme Court Justice Jacobs into trying one, but fails in getting him to leave the bench.

The peanuts are a benevolent symbol, like Francis’s concern for the Justice’s health, but Jacobs knows of the dangerous salt within them and Francis’s proposal.

 

Bloody Pomegranates

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Pomegranates are deeply rooted in the mythologies of numerous cultures for various reasons, but are universally used to represent blood, due to their multitudinous red seeds. This can either be attributed to life or death and was unsurprisingly exploited in a conversation about both between Jackie Sharp and her husband.

Jackie’s doubts about Francis make her political decisions murky, while her husband, a cardiologist, holds no qualms about the consequences of cutting into people, evidenced by his methodical slicing of a pomegranate. The scene and the characterization of the couple suggest that dying in politics is just as bad as physically dying, perhaps worse (a far-reaching tie-in with source material themes).

 

Eggs Cetera

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Of course, I didn’t forget about the goddamn eggs.

In the second episode, Claire’s trying to earn her way into the United Nations (UN) as the US Ambassador, while handling the most obvious symbols of womanhood and fertility the First Lady duty of picking the (painted hardwood) eggs for the White House Easter Egg Roll. She rejects the excessively “feminine” pink egg, but is equally drawn to and perplexed by the black egg, absentmindedly holding onto it on her way to make a concession statement to the press.

Knowing Claire, from her general frigidness to #abortiongate, any viewer could read how easily it strips the construct of femininity away from her. She ultimately gives the egg to Francis.

By the end of the episode, she demands her appointment to the UN, a request that makes her stomach turn. She proceeds to crack two eggs into a pan, frying up her womanhood and First Lady duties simultaneously.

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Claire’s desire to work as the US Ambassador is coded as “masculine” ambition, but she acquires the position through nepotism, which highlights her weakness as a candidate and woman. This frustration reaches a tipping point in the season finale, especially when she realizes Francis still has the black egg.

“Felt wrong to throw it out, for some reason.” – Francis Underwood

Francis’s possession of the black egg is representative of how he has held Claire’s biological and career goals captive by his own “masculine” ambition. Additionally, until Claire rediscovers the egg and her agency as a woman, Francis appears to have significant emotional depth. He exhibits remorse and other compassionate traits coded as “feminine” throughout the season.

Although this particular egg is durable, the notion of fragility in its organic counterpart is what humanizes the couple. Thus, by their final argument, gender washes away until they’re only locked in a battle for humanity.

For the first time in the show’s history, I’m not excited about next season, but I have never eaten so many eggs while writing before.

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Persian Food Explained: 5 Dishes You Should Know

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Iran has just broken bread with the US for the first time since the Revolution of 1979, so it’s about time to learn what the hell that broken Persian bread tastes like. But before you start worrying about etiquette or customs or language (which you can learn via a podcast from that nice woman holding the food), it’s way more delicious to just learn about what’s on the plate. So here are the 5 dishes that every Persian knows and loves, so you can learn them, and make Persians want to know and love you.

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Fesenjoon

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Translation: None
Ingredients: Stewed pomegranate puree, ground walnuts, chopped onions, chunks of poultry or balls of ground meat.
What’s the deal: Pomegranates were a big deal in Iran long before Westerners realized they were Wonderful. The tart flavor from “the fruit of heaven” combined with savory spices creates one of the most uniquely Persian dishes in the culinary canon — a seasonal Fall and Winter dish that, when mentioned to an Iranian, will immediately make them think you know much more about their culture than you actually do.

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Ghormeh Sabzi

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Translation: “Stewed greens”
Ingredients: Parsley, spinach, leeks, coriander, kidney beans, dried lemons, dried fenugreek leaves, turmeric-seasoned lamb or beef.
What’s the deal: Iran’s most widely eaten stew, this lumpy green dish is always going to be on the table of any Persian dinner party, while everyone debates whether Iranian National Team striker Reza Ghoochannejhad is overrated.

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 Kabob

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Translation: Pretty much universal for “meat”
Ingredients: Long strips of minced lamb, chicken, or beef grilled over a fire and served alongside charred tomatoes, rice sprinkled with sumac, a parsley salad, and flatbread.
What’s the deal: We shish you not, this is probably the most beloved dish in Iran and ranges from super-cheap street food to stuff that only the Shahs of Sunset could afford. There are a ton of different varieties where the meat is spiced differently (turmeric for kabab koobideh, saffron for kabab barg) and it’s usually accompanied by doogh (see below!) or a soda ordered by color rather than brand name, with black meaning Coke, white for Sprite, and orange for Fanta.

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 Doogh

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Translation: Roughly derives from the verb “to milk”
Ingredients: Yogurt, mint, sometimes diced cucumbers.
What’s the deal: Iranians mix yogurt into pretty much everything savory — including spaghetti and soups — and, to get even more yogurt into a meal, they guzzle glasses of doogh. The sour yogurt drink can sometimes be tough on foreign palates, which might associate the same flavors with curdled milk.

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 Tadeeg

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Translation: “Bottom of the pot”
Ingredients: Burnt rice flavored with saffron.
What’s the deal: Iranians love burnt things. Rice is served alongside most meals, but the most coveted rice is tadeeg: the bottom crispy layer that’s slightly burnt and has soaked up much of the caramelized saffron. Iran produces 90% of the world’s saffron, which is often said to be as expensive as a “pretty girl’s kiss” — and which you can now pay for with your knowledge of Persian food.

 

Dan Gentile is a staff writer on Thrillist’s national food/drink team who recently purchased a very nice toaster oven and is excited about exploring the world of crispy reheated food. He also enjoys hating mustard. Follow him to pots of gold/Twitter at @Dannosphere.

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Provocative New Pomegranate Move Will Shed ALL the Seeds In Seconds [WATCH]

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Pomegranates are one of the trickiest, yet tastiest fruits to eat. On the one hand they bear marvelously sweet arils, edible pulp, surrounding tiny seeds. On the other hand, getting to these yummy red capsules can be like scouring for the Holy Grail.

The troublesome situation usually involves gnawing at a split pomegranate with our teeth, inevitably eating the bitter white flesh by accident, and/or tediously picking each aril out one by one. Turns out, the solution to “de-seeding” a pomegranate involves a quick flick of the wrist, or, ahem, spank.

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Like learning to eat an apple correctly, there’s a way to make the most of your pomegranate.

Watch the process in action below:

The key to getting all the seeds out is to spank it with a solid mallet (wooden or metal) and to make sure you tap it around the perimeter of the fruit. They should all come out unharmed and ready for feasting. Enjoy!

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Ocean Spray Launches 4 New Sparkling Juice Drinks

The cranberry experts at Ocean Spray have launched a new line of sparkling beverages set to tantalize those tastebuds. Ocean Spray Sparkling Juice Drinks feature the same taste of Ocean Spray juices, now with bubbles. Available in two original and diet flavors, Cranberry and Pomegranate Blueberry. The drinks are made with 70 percent real fruit juice and no added sugar, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

The diet varieties feature servings with a lean 10 calories per serving, also hopping you up with a legitimate source of vitamin C, while the original flavors will only set you back 90 calories a serving. For those eager to try this new drink, “Liking” the OceanSpray Facebook page will grant you access to a free sample.

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Taco Bell Launches “Berry Pomegranate Fruitista Freeze”

It has been a Taco Bell heavy news day, to say the least. The chain has just launched their latest flavor of their Fruitista Freeze line dubbed the Berry Pomegranate. The drink features a smoothly frozen pomegranate-flavored drink, topped with real Strawberries. It will be available in 16 oz. and 20 oz. cups