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Trader Joe’s Adds New Savory Kung Pao Chicken Mochi Balls

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Looks like Trader Joe’s is adding more savory options to their frozen mochi selection, as their newest item is definitely prepped to turn some heads. Trader Joe’s has just released a new Kung Pao Chicken Mochi Ball snack to their frozen food section.

The Kung Pao Mochi Balls are approximately the size of a golf ball and, when baked, has a crisp brown exterior. That exterior is followed by a soft chewy mochi texture that leads into the final level of a sweet and spicy chicken and veggie core.

Trader Joe’s says that they were inspired to make this new item after trying a savory mochi appetizer at an udon bar on a trip to Tokyo.

You can find these new frozen appetizers at Trader Joe’s locations nationwide in the freezer section of the store. I wonder how these will taste with TJ’s Chili Onion Crunch?

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This Shrimp Scampi Crepe Is A Seafood-Lover’s Dream

Since 1992, Santa Ana-based CrepeMaker has been a standout success, thanks to creating mouthwatering French crepe combinations that are built to satisfy the biggest appetites and curb the most indulgent sweet tooth.

With an expansive menu, CrepeMaker, located at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana, boasts an assortment of savory breakfast crepes, decadent dessert crepes and an innovative roundup of crepe creations including a Caesar chicken crepe, and a pizza crepe made with melted mozzarella, cheddar/jack blend and pizza sauce.

CrepeMaker is adding something special to its menu that is sure to be an instant favorite!

The Shrimp Scampi Crepe is made with shrimp marinated in olive oil and spices, parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese. This massive seafood themed crepe is then stuffed with mushrooms and topped with lettuce and tomatoes.

Lastly, the Shrimp Scampi Crepe is drizzled with a special cilantro lime dressing and sprayed with balsamic vinegar. So, if you’re a fan of crepes, grab a friend, a fork and a napkin, and get down to CrepeMaker before this limited time offer sails into the sunset.

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‘The Bubba’ Is The Fried Chicken Breakfast Sandwich You’ve Never Tried

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern prides itself on serving comfort food for the foodie in all of us. It all started with a culinary family tradition that perfected a short-order cooking style, that Jimmy himself describes as, “Frycook-meets-Foodie,” that was meant to create bold flavors and plates with savory characteristics. So, whether you’re a local, or just passing through, the food at Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern is meant to satisfy the soul.

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From the cheesy to the fried, Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern operates on the philosophy of craveability by creating irresistible combinations with an all flavor, no-frills approach. What’s more, handcrafted cocktails and an assortment of beers make Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern  the perfect place to unwind — and fill up.  

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While there are excellent brunch favorites like a Classic Eggs Benedict and Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Malted Ale Waffles, it’s the brunch specialties like The Bubba, that has really become a go-to option for everyone stopping by Jimmy’s.

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For specs on The Bubba, picture a fluffy biscuit filled with beer-battered fried chicken, then baked with thick slices of cheddar cheese on top, topped crispy bacon, sausage gravy, and crowned with a sunnyside up egg. Still, even something this good can’t last all day. Jimmy’s brunch is from 10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m. daily, so don’t sleep on The Bubba or any other of Jimmy’s Famous brunch offerings.  

With locations peppered across Southern California, Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern isn’t hard to find, but it might be hard to leave.

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This Cool Coastal Sandwich Is Topped With A Fried Soft Shell Crab

Fish, urchins, octopus, eel; with so many delectable protein options out there to offer, it is no wonder we so often look to the sea for new ideas and inspiration when it comes to food. If you disagree, ask yourself: are you feeling crabby?

Those lucky enough to live along the southern California coastline can embrace their crabby sides by enjoying a Fried Soft Shell Sandwich, the newest addition to the menu at West Coast Fish in Costa Mesa, CA.

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The concept was created by West Coast’s Roy Abi-Najm. Inside the sandwich, you will find a whole fried soft shell crab, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and ‘bootleg Mac sauce’ — all on one perfectly palm-sized bun.

The combination of crunchy crab and classic sandwich toppings make for a fresh, West Coast twist, and the taste of the sandwich overall is reminiscent of the salty sea itself. It also makes you want to dip your toes into the Pacific — and pronto!

The special promotion item can be yours for a mere $10 — for a limited time only at West Coast Fish. A portion of each purchase also benefits Project Hope Alliance.

This briny beauty is fit for just about anyone living above sea level.

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9 Sweet Ways To Turn Grilled Cheese Into A Dessert

I think we owe the grilled cheese an apology. Two pieces of bread, butter, cheese — is that all we think the grilled cheese can do? Well, no more. It’s time we bust grilled cheeses out of the box we’ve put it in and let them explore their true potential!

First and foremost, the dessert grilled cheese. You heard right. Dessert. Grilled. Cheese. Prepare to appreciate grilled cheeses in a whole new way when you take in these nine takes on the grilled cheese sandwich.

Nutella, Strawberry and Brioche Grilled Cheese

Nutella, Mascarpone, Pistachio, Strawberry on Brioche Grilled Cheese #19

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Did I also mention that whipped mascarpone and crunchy pistachios are also stuffed into this bad boy? It just gets better and better. Brioche is the perfect dessert cheese to use, and I think we all know that Nutella goes with EVERYTHING. Literally everything.

Blueberry and Brie Grilled Cheese 

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Sweet brie and juicy blueberries make the most unexpected grilled cheese combo. I would also pack in some blueberry jam to add some extra sweetness. Top it off with a healthy heaping of powdered sugar and you’ve got yourself a simple, but dessert-worthy grilled cheese.

Bananas Foster Grilled Cheese

News flash: cream cheese is a cheese too. Even better is when cream cheese is paired with bananas, caramel, and Biscoff cookie spread. Melt all that together on two thick slices of French bread: the most dessert-like of all the breads.

Donut Grilled Cheese

I need this in my life. Donut grilled cheese. #foodporn #donut #grilledcheese #donutgrilledcheese #lordhavemercy

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A little salty and sweet treat, the dessert portion of the grilled cheese is all in the bread here—or all in the donut, in this case. Good ol’ American cheese is the way to go here; it’ll really play up the salty and sweet combination more than a saccharine cheese, like brie, would.

Funfetti Ricotta Grilled Cheese

Our friends over at POPSUGAR always know how to keep things sweet. And, of course, that there is nothing funfetti can’t fix. Fun sprinkles on top of a decadent Ricotta cheese mix? Yes, please. It looks almost as good as it tastes!

Chocolate Grilled Cheese

This one is so simple and straight to the point: chocolate grilled cheese. Your regular grilled cheese (bread and American cheese) but with a layer of smooth chocolate. Both chocolate spread or melted chocolate will be accepted.

S’mores Grilled Cheese

This grilled cheese will give you strong cravings for summer. Marshmallow + chocolate + graham crackers = s’mores. Throw two grilled donuts on either side of this chocolately gooiness and what have you got? Heaven, you say? Close. A s’mores grilled cheese.

Raspberry and Chocolate Grilled Cheese 

Raspberry and chocolate are a match made in heaven. Put fresh raspberries, raspberry jam, and chocolate spread in between two pieces of grilled Italian bread. For cheese, brie or marscapone would both be delicious…you could even do both. Go crazy.

Waffle Grilled Cheese

#waffle iron #grilledcheese. Okay, I’m a convert.

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You KNOW there’s maple syrup all over this business. White cheddar and vanilla make a surprisingly great pairing as the “cheese” portion of this grilled cheese. For a little extra sweetness (it wouldn’t be a proper dessert without as much sugar as possible) jam and a good amount of maple syrup both inside and out will please your sweet tooth.

Fast Food

McDonald’s Is Serving BUTTER CHICKEN PIES In New Zealand


If you’re a fan of savory pies, McDonald’s New Zealand’s got you. The fast food chain is introducing new Butter Chicken Pies based on the popular Indian dish of butter chicken.

There’s also a new Plum ‘N Custard Pie that’s filled with sweet plums and a custard filling. Both pies are made with a Georgie’s Pie pastry and served as hand-held treats.

New Zealand’s two new pies will only be available for a limited time. Avid patrons might remember a similar Steak Mince ‘N Cheese Pie from a few years back.




This Restaurant Puts Ranch On Nearly Everything On The Menu


Lovers of ranch will be pleased to hear there will be a restaurant dedicated solely to the popular dressing. The Twisted RAnCh restaurant, set to open soon in St. Louis, will heavily feature ranch on the menu.

The Twisted RAnCh boasts 18 different varieties of the dip on their menu, Feast Magazine reports. Flavors like garlic, Tzatziki, chipotle, Thai, smoked paprika and buffalo will all be available for customers to choose from.

Practically everything on the menu will feature ranch in some form or another.

A special dry Ranch mix will be incorporated into the Twisted RAnCh’s savory dishes. This includes the pan-seared pork chops, toasted ravioli, meatloaf, loaded ranch nachos and flatbread pizza crusts.

The restaurant is set to open to the public Tuesday, June 30.

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The Birthday Sex Burger Has a Savory Olive Cake and Truffle Cheese ‘Frosting’


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