Cravings Culture Video

Watch Irish People Try Soul Food For The First Time

Our mouths instantly fill with a lukewarm blend of saliva and hope upon any mention of soul food. Southern cuisine is the epitome of comfort foods and has been for generations in the United States.

In Facts’ latest attempt to broaden the palates of a panel of Irish folks, the group is given a variety of popular soul food dishes to try for the first time.

Soul Food dishes featured in the video include black-eyed peas, pork jowl (smoked cured pork cheek), hushpuppies, chitterlings (small intestines from pigs), and peach cobbler.

Man, nothing beats a good pork jowl sandwich.

In one of the channel’s more divided videos, the panel of taste testers actually don’t know much of the foods presented to them. The only highlight to them, as seen in the video, is the peach cobbler at the end.

Such a bummer, as we love everything about soul food. Whatever, more for us to enjoy then.


School Served Fried Chicken For Black History Month, Parents Were Pissed





While on the surface, Hopewell Valley Central High School in Pennington, NJ probably meant well, but their choice to celebrate Black History Month through a specific lunch menu didn’t go over very well.

They served the students fried chicken, cornbread, sweet potato casserole, sauteed spinach, mac & cheese, and peach-apple crisps, according to

There seemed to be chatter within the school’s students, even some local residents and parents who complained the menu was stereotypically “black,” according to CBS News.

You might be thinking, people are overreacting, but it probably would have helped if the school explained how they chose those dishes, instead of just throwing them out there without context. HVCH later apologized, saying:

“The decision to include these items without any context or explanation, reinforces racial stereotypes and is not consistent with our district mission.”

Cathy Penna of Pomptonian Food Service, who worked with the school to put together the menu, said the intent was to celebrate with soul food.

I remember my high school lunches, and I would have killed for a menu like this, but I don’t see race when I’m stuffing my face with delicious fried food.

Who knows what their menu will look like going forward, but St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, so we can hope that they might give the kids some Guinness beer and corned beef.

Celebrity Grub

Apparently Kylie Jenner Isn’t Allowed To Cook Soul Food

The Kardashian family gets judged for everything they do, and it comes with the territory of being celebrities who let the public have an intimate look into their personal lives.

Kylie Jenner, the youngest sister in the high-profile family, is not afraid to show her everyday happenings through Snapchat, and did so when she cooked dinner for her boyfriend, rapper Tyga.

The Snapchat videos show the bbq chicken, macaroni & cheese, ribs, and candied yams Kylie prepared.

Peep the videos below:



She was seemingly trying to do something sweet for her boo, as in any relationship, cooking is seen as a cute gesture. People on social media were not impressed, though, generally feeling that Kylie had no business cooking “soul food.”







I understand the belief that certain cultures make their own dishes best, but it doesn’t mean others can’t attempt it. I live in California, and some of the best food, from Chinese, to soul, is often made my Mexicans. Hell, last time I went to Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles in Los Angeles, a staple of soul food in the city, I saw that Mexicans were the ones in the back cooking up the chicken, so don’t tell me Kylie can’t try her hand at soul food because she’s not black.

Thankfully she got a little support out there:


At least Tyga did the decent thing, sounding appreciative of Kylie’s efforts. No hate here. Big ups for doing something thoughtful for your boyfriend.


For One Day Only You Can Try This Mac and Cheese Stuffed Soulritto


Will the food mash-ups never cease to keep amazing us? We thought we’d seen it all with the orange chicken and chow mein stuffed burrito but a burrito stuffed with soul food? Sorcery.

Created as a collaboration between Picadilly Catering and Restaurant and renowned San Francisco restaurant Papalote Mexican Grill, the burrito is a perfect fusion of Mexican and soul food. The two restaurant owners happened to run into each other and decided to join forces to create something truly delicious. Papalote owner Miguel Escobar describes how the idea came about:

The formula for a delicious burrito — a starch, a protein, and a green or vegetable — was right there! We had a taste test day and we realized what a winner we had on our hands.

The soul food burrito aptly named the “Soulritto” is filled with the soul food essentials: tri-tip, yams, collard greens, and the kicker, salsa infused macaroni and cheese. *insert heavy breathing cat meme here*

Though something this amazing should be available 24/7, The Soulritto is only available today starting at 11am until they sell out. Head on over to Papalote’s Mexican Grill location in the Mission District to grab one for $11.25, there’s also a vegetarian version available with soyrizo for $9.10 but vegetarians, just take one for the team this time. It’s okay, the cow totally wanted to be part of this epic burrito.

H/T The Bold Italic + PicThx Eater

Fast Food

A Look at KFC’s New Deep Fried, Bacon-Stuffed Potato Fritters, Because This is…Japan?

Admit it KFC America, it’s a little embarassing that Japan came up with this first.

Harkening back to the chicken chain’s original Southern roots, KFC Japan has combined a handful of good ol’ fashioned soul food staples to create its new Bacon Potato Fritters, available for a limited time. Featuring a mix of mashed potatoes, bacon, herbs and sour cream–which is then battered and fried into a salty-starchy-miracle of a patty–this newfangled thingamabob basically takes the sides of the traditional KFC menu and fuses them into one big finger food. And I’m really not sure you can get any more American than that.

KFC’s new Colonel Bacon Potato Fritters are available for ¥170 or about $2.17, for any of our Japanese readers, or anyone else lucky enough to visiting any time soon.

[Via Brand Eating]

Celebrity Grub

Conan O’Brien Can’t Have Enough Gravy

If your food adventures don’t involve tons of fried food smothered in gravy, you’re doing it wrong. Conan O’Brien does it oh-so-right in this video of his soul food adventure.

In Thursday’s episode of Conan on TBS, comedian/show writer Deon Cole took O’Brien out for lunch at M & M Soul Food in Inglewood, where O’Brien promptly went beast mode on the menu. Conan ordered a fried bologna sandwich, fried catfish, fried chicken, smothered pork chops, macaroni and cheese, and six bowls of gravy.

In typical Conan O’Brien fashion, he took what could have been an average restaurant meal and took it to a different level, truly earning his future spot on M & M’s celebrity wall of fame.

If you’re like me, you want to put gravy on everything, but it almost feels like a sin if it’s not Thanksgiving. That’s why places like Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, and M & M Soul Food give the perfect excuse to indulge in a gravy-filled feast without judging eyes lurking.

“If we’re going to do it, let’s do it.” I think this is the perfect motto for any food adventure.