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Dairy Queen Is Giving Out Free Ice Cream Cones On The First Day Of Spring

Dairy Queen is known for its ice cream cones, so any time we can snag one for free, we’re all for it. DQ’s celebrating the first day of spring with by giving out a small vanilla soft serve cone Tuesday, March 20.

This is the 4th time the quick service restaurant has held this free cone celebration, and will again be accepting donations to benefit local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

You don’t need to buy or donate anything,  you basically have to just walk in ready to get down on some free ice cream.

Who: Dairy Queen

What: Free small ice cream cone

When: Tuesday, March 20

Where: Participating non-mall Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill locations

Why: Because it’s spring, and this is their thing now

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Hit-Or-Miss

One Of Your Favorite Cocktails Can Actually Cause Serious Skin Burns

If you’re planning on spending your spring break sipping cocktails in a sunny locale, you might want to stop what you’re doing and pay attention.

Drunk texting your ex and waking up with a next-level hangover aren’t the only things you have to worry about when knocking back a few drinks on the beach.

It turns out, spilling your beloved margaritas on your sun-kissed skin can actually result in some pretty nasty skin burns.

I know, I felt pretty betrayed by my boozy BFF when I found out about this, too.

If you’re not familiar with this phenomenon, it’s known as phytophotodermatitis or “Margarita Dermatitis,” and it’s caused by lime juice getting on your skin. It’s also way more common than you may think.

We turned to Monique Olivares, a leading PA-C from Schweiger Dermatology in NYC, to get the scoop on this skin condition.

Olivares told Elite Daily,

Phytophotodermatitis is a skin rash that occurs when a sun-sensitizing chemical on the skin reacts with sunlight. This chemical reaction can cause redness, burning, blisters and residual dark pigmentation at the site of exposure.

If you think about the typical beach party scene, full of sloppy partiers sloshing their drinks around as they live it up under the sun, it becomes pretty apparent why phytophotodermatitis should be of particular concern for spring breakers.

Check out the pictures below for a closer look at this skin reaction (I’m going to warn you, it’s not very pretty).

Drinking margaritas on the beach sounds pretty great…

 

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…but did you know your beloved, boozy beverage can do more than just give you one hell of a hangover ?

 

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Yep, it turns out mixing citrus with sun produces a chemical reaction that can leave your skin with redness, burning, blisters and residual dark spots.  

This phenomenon is known as phytophotodermatitis…

 

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…and according to Monique Olivares, a PA-C from Schweiger Dermatology in NYC, it’s essentially a “skin rash that occurs when a sun-sensitizing chemical comes in contact with the skin and reacts with sunlight.”  

 

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Apparently, lime and celery are two of the biggest culprits that cause this common condition.  

Olivares told Elite Daily, “the initial rash can appear within 72 hours of sun exposure and can range in severity from skin dryness to blisters.”

 

It’s not hard to see why spring breakers should be especially wary of phytophotodermatitis.  

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All it takes is one spilled marg during a sloppy day-drinking session…

 

 

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…and you can end up with a seriously ugly burn that will definitely put a damper on the rest of your trip.  

However, there are some measures you can take to keep your skin safe.

 

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Olivares told Elite Daily prevention is key. She suggested you “wear a broad spectrum sunscreen and reapply every 80 minutes. If plants or citrus come in contact with the skin, wash it well with soap and water and if skin irritation does occur, a corticosteroid cream can be applied for relief.”  

Written by Kaylin Pound, EliteDaily

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Mother Kicked Out of Restaurant for Changing Her Baby at the Table

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A mother changed her baby’s diaper at the table of a Brother’s Pizza in Spring, Texas and was promptly kicked out.

According to KHOU, Miranda Sowers tried to change her daughter’s diaper in the restroom, but there was no changing station provided in the restaurant. She didn’t want to take her three children back to her car, so she made a life decision to do the deed at the table.

Sowers said it was quick and painless, but it was still visible enough for customers to complain and force the manager to step in. Her food was put in “to-go” containers and she was asked to leave, as the heavenly aroma of fresh pizza quickly turned into soiled diapers.

Sowers filed a complaint to the Better Business Bureau, but the restaurant stood by their decision and even said they are considering putting changing stations in their bathrooms.

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Restaurants

Denny’s New Spring Menu Includes Sticky Bun French Toast, Blueberry Cheesecake Milkshake, and Baja Quesadilla Burger

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The neat thing about Denny’s is it’s super-reliable. You can walk in to any location anywhere at any time and order any manner of pancake, burger, Grand Slam, or what have you. You could go weeks or months without visiting, but it’ll always ready to give exactly what you need. Denny’s is basically your favorite grandparent. In case you do ever feel like changing it up, though (like you decide to grab Denny’s for lunch instead of the typical 2 a.m. munch session), you’ll be pleased to know Ol’ Reliable is still down to learn a couple new tricks.

By “tricks” we mean Denny’s “Monthly Features,” or the closest thing Denny’s may get to a seasonally-driven menu. We stopped by our local location in Santa Ana, Calif. to try out the latest spring-inspired April menu, which includes such nifty offerings as Sticky Bun French Toasts, Avocado BLTs, and Peanut Butter Cup Pancakes

Enjoy our diner-chain-based food porn below:

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Sticky Bun French Toast

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One of the pre-set items on the Build Your Own French Toast menu. Fluffy toast drizzled in cream cheese, cinnamon sauce, and glazed pecans.

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Baja Quesadilla Burger

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A beef patty sandwiched with shredded cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, lettuce, and chipotle sauce in a grilled flour tortilla.

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Avocado BLT

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Four strips of bacon plus lettuce plus tomato and avocado on toasted sourdough.

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Blueberry Cheesecake Milkshake

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Liquid crack in a cup, featuring blended blueberries, cream cheese, and vanilla ice cream.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pancake

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Fluffy buttermilk pancakes drowning in chocolate and peanut butter sauce. Surprisingly, not too rich, but just Reeses-like enough.

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Avocado Skillet

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Avocado-topped chorizo with roasted bell peppers, seasoned potatoes, mushrooms, and onions.

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Eggs in a Basket

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Re-dubbed from the original Hobbit Hole menu, the Eggs in a Basket is back on the Denny’s menu still as cheesy, eggy and soft as ever.

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Deals

Ben and Jerry’s Free Ice Cream Day on April 8th

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It’s the herald of spring, at least over here on the East Coast, when winter gets so cold that the thought of anything frozen gives you the shivers. However, free ice cream is coming, just two days after the Game of Thrones season 4 premiere.  These are good times my friends.

On Tuesday, April 8, anyone can grab a free scoop at Ben and Jerry’s around the world. You can even get two scoops (though you’ll have to wait in line again).  Whether you’re a loyal fan of sweet cream and cookies or you’re just dying to try some of the new Core flavors Ben and Jerry’s recently released, the world is your ice cream cone. At least for one day.

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Sweets

New Dunkin’ Donut is Topped with a Whole Marshmallow Peep

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There’s just something about spring that makes you wanna run around eating baby birds. Marshmallow Peeps, we mean, and the newest Easter-themed donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts have got all our chick-munching cravings covered.

Starting Monday, March 31, Dunkin’ Donuts is launching two new Peeps donuts, each featuring a flower-shaped yeast donut base, pink or green icing, and — of course — a precious topping of pink or yellow marshmallow chick Peeps.

(Why they didn’t go with the bunny Peeps for Easter, though, is totally beyond us.)

“PEEPS are synonymous with fun and happiness,” said Dunkin’ Brands Executive Chef and VP of ‘”Product Innovation,” Stan Frankenthaler in a press release, “and we are excited to combine two American favorites to create unique flower-shaped donuts adorned with a marshmallow chick that will sweeten any spring or Easter celebration.”

Earlier this week, USA Today reported the once-springtime-exclusive Peeps would also become available year-round in the form of sour watermelon, strawberry creme, and chocolate creme Peeps Minis. Watermelon Peep Donuts for summer? YASPLZ.

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Starbucks Japan Whips Up Lemon-Flavored Latte That Tastes Like ‘Cheesecake’

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Lemon is what you squeeze into tea and water, not coffee right? But what if you’re craving some good zest with your morning pick-me-up, because reasons? It’s a good thing Starbucks drinks tend to be more dessert than coffee, huh?

In its Japanese locations, which seem to get at least five new flavors for our every one, Starbucks just introduced a new “Creamy Vanilla Latte with Lemony Swirl.” According to Brand Eating, this entails a vanilla and lemon curd latte base topped with lemon peel-flavored white chocolate, bits of dried lemon peel, lemon vanilla sauce, and whipped cream; also available as a Frappuccino.

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Reviews on the Starbucks Japan Facebook suggest the drink tastes “refreshing” and a bit like “cheesecake.” According to reddit, the name is also “f–king annoying to say in Japanese.”

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Features

20 Refreshing Tea Cocktails for Springtime Sippin’

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There’s sunshine in the air, or at least, later into the afternoon. With the new light of Daylight Savings to remind us just how close summer is, it’s all we can do not to hop on the next flight to some balmy tropical locale (or, you know, the community pool). To help us all ease into into these warmer climes, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite tea and tea-infused cocktails to thaw our tired, frigid hearts. More backyard-friendly than Irish Coffees, but not quite so “SPRING BREAAAAAKKKK!1!!!” as margaritas, they’re just the things to transport us to warmer, simpler days. Or at least make it taste like it.

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Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktails

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Recipe: Joy the Baker

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Gin and Peppermint Tea

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Recipe: Home Cooking Adventure

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Jack’s Tennessee Sweet Tea

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Recipe: Slow Roasted Italian

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Russian Iced Tea

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Recipe: Sprinkles and Sauce

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Tipsy Peach Iced Tea

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Recipe: Spicy Ice Cream

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Sparkling Green Tea Cocktail

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Recipe: Food Fashion and Fun

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Amaretto Green Tea Boba

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Recipe: Fake Food Free

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Naples Fruit Tea Cocktail

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Recipe: Erin’s Food Files

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Tipsy Lemonade Iced Tea

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Recipe: Family Fresh Cooking

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Bergamot Iced Tea Cocktail

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Recipe: Baked Bree

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Secret Garden Iced Tea Cocktail

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Recipe: Chin Deep

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Mardi Gras Bourbon Green Tea

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Recipe: Living in Vogue

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Ginger Green Tea Cocktail

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Recipe: YumSugar

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Noto-Cello Tea

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Recipe: Bobbies Baking Blog

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Apple Spice Tea

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Recipe: Wandering Spice

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Pomegranate, Sweet Tea, and Gin

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Recipe: Around My Family Table

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Golden Jasmine Martini

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Recipe: Food Blog and The Dog

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Smoky Iced Tea and Whisky

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Recipe: Serious Eats

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The Anne Marie

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Recipe: Wasabi Prime

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Earl Grey Gin

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Recipe: The Framed Table