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Log These Pokemon Burgers In Your Pokedex ASAP

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You may have heard of Australian burger pop-up Down N’ Out, the joint with the In-N-Out Burger-inspired menu. The long-running pop-up is now adding three new burgers that’ll be sure to please Pokemon GO fans.

Meet the Pokeburgs.

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Launching in Australia August 22, the first round of monstrous sandwiches feature three iconic Pokemon: Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Pikachu.

The burgers feature wagyu beef with different toppings depending on the Pocket Monster. Each bun is colored to match its namesake. We spoke to Ben Kagan part-owner of Down N’ Out to see how this menu came about. Surprisingly, it was Kagan who came up with it and not the pop-up’s chef Sebastian Cens.

[Cens] hated it at first, because he’s one of those sad individuals who hated the Pokemon GO trend. A few days later and he’s out-levelled me on Pokemon GO. Now he’s a Pokemon GO addict.

While the pop-up will still feature its staple In-N-Out themed menu, they wanted to branch out into something new. Ben says they’re going to test the waters with the initial launch, already trending on social media, and plan on introducing new Pokemon characters soon.

He’s got concepts for Snorlax, Clefairy, and Voltorb.

The only thing that bugged us from the initial batch was that there wasn’t a Squirtle Burger featured.

The bun kept coming out GREEN. We are working on it.

You can find the Pokeburgs during Down N’ Out’s pop-up hours at the Sir John Young Hotel, located in Sydney. Only a limited number of burgers will be available.

Photos: Jason King of Spooning Australia

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The Infamous Cantina From Star Wars Is Opening In Hollywood

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It’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan. Not only do we get a new movie every year, but restaurants are also drawing inspiration from the franchise and opening up spots like the iconic Cantina in the real world.

The famous Mos Eisley Cantina was first seen in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New HopeLaist reports that a pop-up called the Scum & Villainy Cantina will open its doors, not on Tattooine, but in Los Angeles, California.

Scum & Villainy’s website describes the location as “a fully immersive environment where you drink, eat, and hang out as if you were in a galaxy far away.”

Costumes are encouraged.

While the actual location remains a secret for the time being, the Hollywood zip code 90028 gives patrons an idea of where this space opera-themed restaurant will ‘pop up’.

You can keep checking the website or Facebook page for an official announcement on reservations and exact location.

Cover Photo: Star Wars: A New Hope

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Cuteness Overload: Inside California’s First Hello Kitty Cafe

The very first Hello Kitty Café pop-up shipping container will make its debut this Friday at the Irvine Spectrum, located in Orange County, California. “We are the new Hello Kitty experience,” remarked co-owner Allan Tea. Families of all ages will be able to share desserts and beverages themed to our childhood mascot.

Opening weekend specials include a gift with purchase for the first 100 customers per day throughout the weekend. In addition, through August 15, 100 “sweet surprise tickets” will be hidden inside random pastry boxes sold at the café. Each ticket can be redeemed for a pastry and drink from the pop-up container.

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Serving a unique menu compared to existing Hello Kitty Cafes around the world, it’s exclusive to Orange County and created using only high-quality ingredients. Here’s a complete lineup of the sweet offerings:

Birthday Cake – Vanilla bean cake, buttercream frosting and sprinkles

Strawberry Cake – Fresh strawberries, vanilla bean custard cake and buttercream frosting

Strawberry Custard Pastry Puff – Vanilla bean custard, strawberries and apricot glaze inside flaky puff pastry

Mama’s Apple Pie – Cinnamon and apples in a buttery pie crust

Chocolate Opera Cake – Sponge cake with chocolate ganache, coffee, and buttercream

Mixed Berry Tart – Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries over vanilla custard creme

Strawberry Streusel Tart – Fresh strawberries and toasted streudel in a buttery pie crust

Hello Kitty Pocket Pie – Your choice of strawberry or Nutella filling with royal icing

Sugar Cookie – Hello Kitty-shaped butter sugar cookie adorned with royal icing.

Focusing on the beverage menu, you’ll discover a variety of cool teas, hot drinks made with local favorite Portola Coffee, lemonade, craft apple soda, and the popular Hello Kitty bow-shaped water bottle. Our preferred sips include the passion fruit iced tea made with fresh fruit puree, as well as the fresh strawberry mint lemonade. Both are less sweet than you would expect, making them perfect to pair with desserts.

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Pricing for food ranges from $4.75-$11. And while this is a sweets-driven menu, down the line they intend to incorporate more savory options. Expect holidays and character birthdays to be celebrated here. Besides their food and drink, Café branded shirts, mugs and pretty bows will be available for purchase.

Designed to be a traveling retail concept, the Hello Kitty Café shipping container will relocate to additional U.S. destinations after its year-long residency at Irvine Spectrum. We don’t mind, because they will open a permanent brick-and-mortar café behind the shipping container next year. Tentative operating hours for the pop-up are the following (but may change at any time — hence, the tentative):

Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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And for those fans missing out, the mobile Hello Kitty truck plans to make an appearance at San Diego’s Comic-Con convention later this month. Prepare for cuteness overload.

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This Is Australia’s Answer To In-N-Out

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A while back In-N-Out held a pop up in Australia and everyone went nuts. With a taste for our beloved West Coast burger chain, a spot inspired by In-N-Out has popped up down under.

Called Down-N-Out, the restaurant is a pop up devoted to its namesake. While only available for two weeks, the restaurant is welcoming In-N-Out fans with open arms. Menu items include a take on the Double-Double, which you can order animal style tiger style and even add bacon to.

The pop up will be help at the Sir John Young Hotel, a pub in Sydney. It’ll stay there for two weeks as fast food aficionados flock in from all over to try the burgers.

The concept came from a group of burger-loving chefs, reports Mashable. After months of conceptualization, the Down-N-Out pop up was born.

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McDonald’s ‘Fries Only’ Restaurant Is A Gorgeous Thing Of The Future

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How often do you go to McDonald’s just for the french fries alone? We know the salty fast food offering isn’t fresh or organic, but there’s still so inviting about those deep-fried pieces of potato. So we were stoked to find out there was a McDonald’s in Australia that featured just the fries.

According to PopSugar, a pop-up called Fries With That opened over the weekend, May 27-29, and served nothing but the chain’s french fries. The pop-up featured seven different types of loaded McDonald’s fries to choose from.

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The menu included fries with: Chipotle Cheese Sauce, Gravy, Peri Peri Cheese Sauce, Sweet Chilli & Sour Cream, Pesto Mayo & Parmesan, Curry and Caesar Sauce Bacon & Parmesan.

McDonald’s opened the weekend-long pop-up to get customers to try some potential toppings for the brand’s Loaded Fries addition.

Photos: McDonald’s Australia Facebook

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London’s Very First Nude Restaurant Already Has 15,000 People on the Waiting List

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The Bunyadi, a Pangea-themed restaurant where clothes are optional, is set to provide a totally unique dining experience in London, U.K. from June to August 2016.

Nudity in the establishment is encouraged but non-compulsory as there will be both a naked section and a clothed section, reported International Business Times. Customers will also be provided with gowns, changing rooms and lockers.

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According to the restaurant’s website, customers are invited to dine free from all the trappings of the modern world — “no chemicals, no artificial colors, no electricity, no gas, no phone and even no clothes if [customers] wish to.”

Food preparation will be done naturally using a wood-flame grill for cooking and handmade clay crockery for serving. The menu will feature both vegan and non-vegan dishes cooked on wood-fire.

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The Bunyadi, which means “base” or “natural” in Hindi, is a creation of Lollipop, the same company behind the popular “Breaking Bad”-themed bar in London.

“The idea is to experience true liberation,” Seb Lyall, Lollipop’s founder told the Times. “No doubt, this has been the most challenging project for us yet, which makes us very excited about it.”

The one-of-a-kind restaurant, which enforces a strict first-come first-serve basis for tickets, now has a waiting list of over 12,000.

Written by Editorial Staff, NextShark

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The ‘Saved By The Bell’ Pop Up Is Coming And It’s Totally Worth Ditching Class For

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A while back, a pop-up called Saved By The Max announced that they would be doing a Saved By The Bell-themed dinner somewhere in Chicago.

Now, we finally know exactly where.

The group released a video, starring comedian/magician Ed Alonzo who played the character Max on the classic ’90s sitcom.

You can find the pop up at 1941 W. North Ave. in the heart of Wicker Park, Chicago. It will open on Wednesday, June 1.

Tickets go on sale Friday April 22 at SavedByTheMax.com.

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‘Saved By The Bell’ Pop-Up Diner Is Opening In Chicago And We May Need That Chill Pill

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Growing up, we always wondered what it would be like to spend a meal at the Max. The fictional diner was made popular by the ’90s sitcom Saved By The Bell. Now, you can finally experience what it’s like enjoy a meal of burgers, fries and a shake at the max.

According to Chicagoist, the Max will get its very own parody pop-up somewhere in Wicker Park this June called Saved By The Max. Menu items include dishes named after popular characters like the AC Sliders, Belding Fries, Lisa Turtle Milkshake and Preppy BLTs.

A full bar with cocktails inspired by the show will also be open to guests.

It seems Saved By The Max will even host a daily costume contest for fans willing to come dressed as Zack and the gang as well as trivia nights. The waitstaff will also be named Max or Kelly after the two most notable employees at the diner.

While not affiliated with the actual NBC series, the restaurant will pay homage to the ’90s series. Honestly, it sounds like a great throwback.

Expect to find it open on June 1.

Photo: NBC/Netflix