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Foodbeast’s New Globetrotting Series Begins With Impeccable Italian Food In Verona, Italy

Globetrotting with the appetite of a Foodbeast can lead to some amazing things on our plate. When it comes to the definition of delicious, we’ll take it in any language and will cross any border to find out. It doesn’t matter where the foods at… LET’S GO!

For the first episode of Foodbeast’s new series ‘Let’s Go’, they travel to Verona, Italy. It’s said to be the city of love. And why wouldn’t it be? This was ground zero for the enduring tale of star-crossed lovers Romeo & Juliet. But does that love translate into the city’s cuisine? Finding out firsthand is the only way to go.

With Italy’s largest fresh pasta company (also available in the US), Giovanni Rana Pasta, hosting and leading us down the righty culinary paths, we knew we couldn’t go wrong. Walk with us and see the best that Verona had to offer.

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The Shrinking Screens Of TV Dinners

Whether you’re ready for the five millionth season of Grey’s Anatomy, out for blood while watching Empire, or just hoping that you can navigate the minefield of spoilers while trying to catch up on Game of Thrones, quality TV can be as heartwarming as a cup of hot cocoa.

Primetime television became an additional family member in American households about half a century ago and we took very little time to jump from watching I Love Lucy after dinner to plopping pre-portioned food on mini tables we still call TV trays during a half hour of America’s favorite redhead.

Even though the tradition of watching a show while you eat still stands, you don’t really find frozen dinners outside the freezers of devout Weight Watchers and substitute teachers. Plus, the advents of Hulu, Netflix, smartphones, and tablets have created an anytime, anywhere atmosphere of media guzzling.  So, where does that leave the TV dinner? Can we have TV lunches? Do we even need our TVs? 

TV dinner version 2016. #tvdinner #tv #vegan #dinner #terrasse

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Our morphing social landscape is creating a space for individualism and the ever-popular “me time.” You can really eat however you want, whenever you want with Queen Elizabeth II or the cast of Downton Abbey. If you do find yourself eating alone, your smartphone can keep you company or help you avoid awkward eye contact with strangers/co-workers you don’t know very well.

Gear Up

Support your phone

Whether it’s simple DIY phone stands made via origami or a couple of binder clips to Miso Soup Design’s ramen bowl with a built in phone stand, you’re going to need some help propping up your phone. (

Wireless meals

Dining in public brings a certain noise level to the table and no one likes headphone wires in their food, so invest in a pair of wireless earbuds so you don’t miss a single punchline or plot twist.

Splash zone

Even if you have a newer, water resistant phone, getting your phone wet is never ideal. Be wary of your splash zone and safeguard your phone with a waterproof case or, at the very least, a plastic screen protector.

Eating For One

Focus on what you’re eating

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Just because you’re using a smaller screen doesn’t mean the issues stemming from eating and watching TV disappear. If you’re watching a 22-minute comedy and you’ve finished your meal in the first seven minutes, you need to slow down. Television has a way of distracting us from our body’s fullness signals, so it’s important to reign in your fork.

Stay strong

If you’re chowing your way through a drama, watch out for those tears. They’ll add some unplanned flavor to your meal while dehydrating you and making you hungrier! Comedies are much safer calorie-wise (plus, they offer a little abdominal workout), but too much hilarity might require a self-heimlich maneuver.

Whatever you choose, make sure you relax and take comfort in the fact that you’re supporting an American tradition with a modern edge.


Dear Dudes: Order An Appletini, It’s a Rebel Move

I don’t know if I first heard of the appletini from Sex and the City or Scrubs, but television definitely set the tone of that drink, that I know. It was television that told me it existed, and it was television that told me it was feminine.

And I’m not here to argue that. It totally is. Appletinis taste like somebody melted down a chariot race of peppy HR women all named Carol or Karen gettin’ buckwild on the one Friday night they were all able to somehow find sitters. What I’m here to argue is…yeah, so? What’s wrong with a little femininity? What, ya’ll gonna act like you didn’t see and love My Best Friend’s Wedding back in the day? Get outta here, everyone’s charming in that flick.

The appletini isn’t even classic feminine either. It jives closer to Stephenie Meyer than Jane Austen, and it looks like a drink they served in Batman Forever. But that’s what makes it the rebel cocktail for men. It has that rep, so what’s more of a defiant move than ordering an appletini?

See, the thing I’ve always hated about standard male drinking culture is that there are so many rules—like we were supposed to receive pamphlets, after downing our first high school kickback’s poorly made screwdriver, that sported the headline, “Only drink gold, brown, and clear forever,” followed by fine print of what’s cool and what’s not.

And to be fair, the appletini isn’t my drink of choice by any means. I’m a whiskey guy. Well, and a beer guy. And a wine guy. And a gin guy. And a tequila guy if I’m in Mexico. And a vodka guy if I’ve already had all of the above. Ok, maybe I’ll just drink anything, so that’s why I’m defending the appletini, because there’s some kind of booze in it.

But I really do get sick of hearing “can’t” and “don’t” in bars. I came to let loose, not hear a lecture from some guy living in his mom’s pool house about what’s gonna get my “man card” pulled. And I most certainly didn’t barrel through the workweek so I could watch a Bud Light drinker bring up Esquire’s “100 Rules of Manhood” on a phone that features a pictorial from an old issue of Maxim as its background, damn.

That’s why I find the appletini so appealing, because it’s like this super shiny forbidden (sour) fruit. It’s this big red button at the bar that everyone tells me not to push. It’s trespassing! It’s a no-no, a no-go, or a joke, which actually makes for a startling act of strange empowerment.

A perfect example: In The Social Network, Sean Parker buys a round of appletinis for Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, and himself. In truth, Zuckerberg never had an appletini until after, and because of, the film. He thought the detail was weird and funny, and employees started ordering the drink as a gag, prompting the appletini to be declared “the official drink of Facebook.”

And that’s why I like that appletinis are out there, shaking things up and stirring up trouble. They’re drinkable middle fingers. Every guy likes or pretends to like whiskey, but only the wrecking crew of underdogs—the weirdos, the wiseasses, and the wimps—boldly order appletinis.


Project ‘Subway’ Outfits Models in Napkins and Sandwich Bags

Fashion Project SUBWAY

New York Fashion Week wasn’t just for the top designers and tourists. Subway took advantage of the week-long fashion bonanza to promote Subtember and the $5 dollar Footlong. How, you ask? By holding Project “Subway,” minus Heidi Klum.

In the name of “high fashion,” the sandwich chain had designers come up with eclectic looks featuring only items found in Subway stores. Napkins, sandwich bags, salad bowls and other “items” (like trash you find on the floor ) were transformed into couture creations. A panel of judges including Nastia Liukin and former Spice Girl Mel B, joined Jared (yes, you read that right) to determine the winning dress, which will be displayed in a Subway restaurant in midtown. The winner, Danilo Gabrielli, also received free Subway Footlongs for a year, you know, to help him stay fit for his next fashion show.

Mel B, Jared Fogle

I’ve got to admit that the designs are pretty stunning, once you get past the crinkly plastic and glaring shades of yellow and green. But what I want to know is why no one got really creative. Where are the deli meat dresses å la Lady Gaga? A lettuce hat? A garlic bread bustier? Now that, would have been a sight worth seeing.


Fashion Project SUBWAY