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Restaurants

LA Meal Kit Program Creates Curbside Souplantation Experience As A Final Goodbye

The closure of every Souplantation restaurant around the country took us by surprise a few weeks ago as many of us have nothing but fond memories at the health conscious buffet. Truly heartbreaking stuff amid this pandemic.

As a bittersweet ode to Souplantation closing down, the team over at Korean restaurant Seoul Sausage has created a first and last-ever curbside Souplantation experience.

On Friday May 22, the team will be packaging together a spread reminiscent of all things Souplantation is fondly remembered for, including their soups, pastas, salads, pizzas, potatoes, and even right down to their blueberry muffins.

Downtown Los Angeles’ Seoul Sausage is known for doing weekly meal kits and collaborations under their #FoodEqualsFamily program that range from Korean BBQ Kits to Hawaiian meals presented as “to go” experiences.

You can check out the one-day curbside experience Friday, May 22. For those interested in being a part of this final Souplantation experience, you can buy your tickets though the Seoul Sausage website here.

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Packaged Food

Trader Joe’s Just Made French Onion Soup In Handheld Form

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Despite my sensitivity to lactose, I can’t pass up on a solid bowl of French onion soup. The marriage of caramelized onions, savory stock, and stringy, crispy cheese have joined together to warm my bones on more than one cold occasion.

For those who can’t get enough of French Onion Soup but lack the time needed to dote over a pot of onions for four hours, Trader Joe’s has released a variation that’s a bit easier to prep.

Their new French Onion Soup Bites with Caramelized Onions & Swiss Cheese is a mouthful in more ways than just its name. The new frozen appetizer is made with a doughy wrapper that’s stuffed with caramelized onions and Swiss cheese, and seasoned with a vegetable broth base.

You’re essentially biting into French Onion soup, just minus the mess, and I’m completely down with that. Anything to satiate those soup cravings.

Guests can find these bites in the frozen foods aisle at your local Trader Joe’s in 8.46-ounce boxes for $4.49.

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Celebrity Grub Humor

The Internet Roasts J.R. Smith For Throwing a Bowl of Soup At His Coach

Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player J.R. Smith is known for getting into trouble every now and then. Most recently, he’s been served a one-game suspension for a seemingly bizarre reason: Throwing a bowl of soup at his coach.

The story was first reported by ESPN, who confirmed with multiple sources that Smith threw the soup at Cavs assistant coach Damon Jones. Smith was benched in a recent game versus the Philadelphia 76ers as a result of the incident.

Upon learning that soup was the reason for Smith’s suspension, the internet had a meme field day. The internet is undefeated when it comes to swift meme-fueled judgement and brought us all a plethora to crack up at.

ESPN’s Bobby Marks reported on Twitter that Smith will lose out on $94,897 as a result of the suspension. For those wondering, that’s equivalent to about 95,000 cans of soup.

Still, there are many questions surrounding the boiling controversy that still need answering. What kind of soup was it? Why did Smith throw it at his coach? Where did he even get the soup to begin with?

And, since this is J.R. Smith we are talking about, we have to ask: was it really soup, or something else?

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Culture Tastemade/Snapchat

15 Foods You Either Loved or Hated Growing Up

Growing up, everyone had drastic opinions about food — maybe all things, if we’re being honest here. As kids, we’d take one bite of a meal and declare it to be the only food worth eating ever again, or we’d sniff something on our plate and knew it to be non-edible slop that had been served to us for reasons beyond our understanding. We weren’t exactly known for our nuanced palates.

But it’s not like kids agreed on what those foods were. We didn’t have nationwide or global meetings deciding which pizza toppings were good or bad. Weirdest of all were the foods that offered no middle ground whatsoever. They were the foods that no one was simply “meh” about. Throughout our childhood, these were foods that we either super absolutely loved or very much absolutely hated. Let’s look at those top contenders of what drove us wild, whether good or bad. Let’s celebrate that divide!

Casserole

A meal that could arguably drum up suspicion from the get-go, casserole has a history of being a thick, creamy jungle of who knows what. However, sometimes it could just be a savory cascade of all your favorite goodies inside a deliciously layered festival of flavor.

Brussels Sprouts

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Well, well, well… look what food’s become the big ticket item in hip gastropubs these days, the food that was steamy, bland nonsense back in the day. This is a food that sincerely, wholly depends on who’s at the kitchen’s helm. It could either be crispy Heaven or boiled Hell.

Meatloaf

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A loaf of meat? Incredible. A loaf of meat? Gross. Yes, this truly drove a wedge between families, as some would consider it a mysterious piece of meat combo that could get you insanely sick or a wonderful combination of all things savory.

Banana Pudding

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A relic leftover from the era when suburbia exploded, this recipe features a crazy amount of cream (just as a lot of things did back then). Not everyone was into that as youths. In fact, some kids hate biting into such floofy nonsense, only to get a bite of a Nilla Wafer, which wasn’t exactly Oreo. But then there were those who adored banana pudding. It was unique! It was carefree sugary mania! It tasted like a season that didn’t exist! In short, it was paradise found.

Mushrooms

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This one definitely carries over into adulthood, with some of the kids who hated mushrooms turning into fungi lovers. Growing up, this could make or break pizza. They could be tolerated or savored in soups. It was sibling against sibling, spouse against spouse; rare was it for an entire household to agree if mushrooms were good.

Goat Cheese

When it comes to tang, goat cheese would basically slap around your tastebuds. You were just trying to enjoy your pizza, sandwich, or what have you, and in came this flavor that was super tangy aggressive and entirely without chill. But for others, it was such a weird, unique flavor you couldn’t help but love it. Goat cheese took otherwise predictable meals and gave them a tangy, cheesy twist. It was always just the right amount too, so it never got to be too wild.

Black Licorice

To you, this was either a lie posing as candy or a very unique sweet treat that not enough folk appreciated. Some argued it was for old people; some argued that most people’s mouths are just broken. It was either a pungent funk or a pleasant surprise. No one will ever agree and we’ll fight about black licorice until we’re all dead.

Anchovies

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These remain insanely divisive, but everything was magnified when we were kids. For the most part, these were too weird to add to anything and even stranger to add little fish to the most sacred of all kid’s meals — pizza. But to those craving salty meat, what delivered like anchovies? Plus, they always came in a bunch, so it felt like a relentlessly giving snack.

Nilla Wafers

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These always seemed like adult cookies, like the kind of sweets people who never lived enjoyed. They’d eat these for some reason, even though ice cream sundaes and every kind of candy bar existed. But, on the other hand, these were still cookies and cookies are chill and can always be dunked in milk and make your day right.

Coconut

Ah yes, the coconut wars of our youth, where it could ruin Halloween or save a birthday cake. If you were anti, you’d take a bite of something and a slow realization would sweep over you as you spit out everything in your mouth. It wasn’t ever sudden. If you were pro, then you licked your lips and would accidentally eat, like, five helpings of anything with coconut. That was like consuming summer and feeling the sunshine course through you.

Blue Cheese

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Sure, the idea of eating moldy cheese outright sounded unappetizing for some (insane even), but for others, blue cheese brought with it a pure, scrumptious, wild tang. There was no taming it and no one who loved it would’ve want to anyway. But the naysayers wouldn’t come near it.

Jell-O

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Not everyone loved the jiggly sensation of whatever alien life form Jell-O counted as. Some found it unnerving at best and just a waste of time and energy otherwise. And yet, the other half of youngins were crazy all about it. Any flavor ruled; all of it was good. Somehow it felt like a health food you could play with?

Cream of Literally Anything Soup

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You’re born with the cream-of-soup gene or you aren’t. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. What may feel like eating soapy sewage to one individual may seem like devouring a warm sweater for your stomach on a cold day. And so on and so on.

Cilantro

This one can be blamed on simple science. According to SciShow, for an estimated 4-14% of the population, cilantro can taste like soap, due to a group of olfactory-receptor genes called OR6A2. It picks up on aldehyde chemicals, which are found in both cilantro and soap. However, to everyone else, cilantro is an amazing addition to anything from tacos to soups to pastas and it should be celebrated accordingly.

Bananas

With strange foods, polarizing opinions seemed inevitable. But a raging debate over bananas never made sense to me, and yet I saw it happen time and time again in my youth. I would watch someone bite into the long, yellow fruit like a monster and laugh about how good it was and then I’d behold a livid other person wanting to watch a world of banana-lovers burn to the ground. One day, there will be a war. Which side will you be on?

 

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Culture Features

Here’s How Office Lunches Look Around The World

You’re halfway through your work day and your stomach is rumbling. Guess it’s time for lunch. As you sit there eating your salad, or leftover burrito, have you ever wondered what office lunches looked like on the other side of the world?

Viking Blog did some research and found the most typical office lunches from ten different countries around the world. Data was taken through a series of surveys, reports, and statistics. Through these windows across space and time, we’re able to see what folks usually chow on during their mid-day meal.

Let’s take a look at these mouthwatering office lunches around the world:


America

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Viking found that a large amount of Americans have pizza for lunch, with pepperoni as the most preferred topping. To balance the saltiness from the ‘za are Skittles, chocolate ice cream, and a Coke rounding out the typical US lunch.

Austria

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In Austria, one could find a simple and savory offering of schnitzel (breaded and fried meat) served with herb potatoes. Types of schnitzel can vary with pork, turkey, chicken, beef, and veal being the most popular.

Brazil

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Feast your eyes on Brazil’s Feijoada, a bean stew that’s made with beef and pork. The popular lunch item is typically served with rice and coconut water. While not featured, cheesy tapioca bread, pao de queijo, pairs nicely with the stew.

England

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You may find a hearty leek and potato soup in some office lunches in England. As a more solid offering, tuna sandwiches are also a common choice with Maltesers adding a sweet note to an office employee’s lunch break.

France

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In France, a buttery sandwich made with slow-cooked ham called Jambon de Paris can be commonly found in lunch bags. One could also enjoy an elegant slice of apple pie with their lunch time meal.

Germany

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Research found that German workers adore currywurst (curry sausage) for lunch. Since man cannot simply live on sausage alone, you would also find fries, an apple, and coffee on their lunch trays. Sounds absolutely divine.

India

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What goes well with chai tea? How about a bountiful spread of Indian delicacies like rice and moongdal, peas and potato curry, chicken saagwala, and chapati. You bet we’d slip into a food coma after partaking in this satisfying lunch break.

Italy

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We know if we worked in Italy, we’d be having pasta 24/7. Glad to see that tuna pasta is a fairly common lunch item in the country. One would also find fresh salad and espresso to balance out all those carbs.

Netherlands

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A boxed lunch in the Netherlands would more than likely feature these sweet and simple items: a gouda sandwich, some grapes, and apple slices. Expect to spot these lunch foods in both an office setting and a school setting.

Turkey

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It’s not pizza, it’s pide. This traditional Turkish flatbread is topped with spinach and feta cheese. Some variations even include either lamb or beef. A typical Turkish beverage to go with the office lunch, of course, would be coffee.

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Film/Television Humor Video

Hilarious Video Reimagines ‘Game Of Thrones’ Intro With an Old Man Eating Soup

Without going into any spoilers, the first scene for season 7 of Game of Thrones was probably one of the most epic openers in the show’s history. Needless to say, we’re on board for whatever else this long-awaited season has to offer.

In honor of Sunday’s premiere, satirical site ClickHole posted a gag opener that’s one part ridiculous and one part grand. Viewers are essentially watching an old man eat soup to the theme of Game of Thrones.

Not gonna lie, it’s pretty epic. Soup doesn’t look half bad either.

Check out the video, posted above. We’re both impressed with how well-made this was, and kicking ourselves for not regularly eating our meals to the opening theme to the hit HBO series sooner.

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Culture Hit-Or-Miss Restaurants

‘Bear Ramen’ Is Being Served At This Japanese Chain Restaurant

There are so many types, flavors, and consistencies to ramen that further ensure our love for the rich Japanese noodle dish. You could enjoy ramen immersed in broth, served dry, and now even with bear meat.

Menya Musashi, a restaurant chain in Japan, boldly added a new Bear Ramen to their menu. The broth is made with Asiatic Black Bear stock seasoned with miso and garlic, reports Rocket News 24. The Japanese dish is topped with 3.5 ounces of the bear meat.

Asiatic Black Bear meat is said to be more flavorful and less gamey than other varieties of the family Ursidae.

You can find the dish at the Okachimachi Menya Musashi location for a limited time from Dec. 28-31 for 2,000 yen ($17 USD).

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Cravings Restaurants

This Restaurant Reimagines ‘French Onion Soup’ As A Mouthwatering Burger

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French onion is hands-down one of our favorite soups of all time. The dish is made typically from a beef stock and an onion base. The soup is topped with a giant crouton or a slice of bread and finished with a topping of gruyere cheese.

Imagine a world where the intense flavors of the onion-based broth were incorporated into another savory dish: the hamburger.

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The Stand, a newly opened fast casual restaurant in Irvine, CA, does a pretty unique take on the classic French dish. Patrons can order the French Onion Soup Burger which features a hefty beef patty, a double parmesan crusted bun, gruyere cheese, red wine braised onions, and crispy onion strings.

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After a traditional French Onion soup is made, the onions are removed, strained, and placed on the assembled burger with crispy onions as a contrast. The soup itself is served on the side as an au jus-like dip to enjoy your burger with.

Kind of a brilliant way to have you soup and eat it, too.

You can find the burger at the Stand located on 5633 Alton Pkwy, Irvine, CA.