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TGI Fridays Is Unveiling A Vegan Steak

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To ring in the new year, TGI Fridays in the United Kingdom is offering vegans a brand new menu item that’s sure to turn some meat eaters’ heads. For any non-meat eaters wishing they could enjoy the experience of steak, but without consuming actual meat, the restaurant chain is serving up grilled Watermelon Steaks.

The restaurant takes a fresh watermelon and cuts it into steak-sized slices. Marinated in garlic and seasoned with a spicy sriracha blend, the watermelon slices are then chargrilled to create a steak-like texture and aesthetic.

Available now at TGI Fridays locations throughout the UK, the dish is served with crispy seasoned fries and roasted vegetables as well as a creamy avocado sauce and Friday’s iconic glaze.

A few years back, a restaurant in New York City created a viral dish they also called “Watermelon Steak” that followed a pretty similar concept. Wonder if that popularity will translate to Fridays’ new item?

TGI Fridays also launched a Vegan Stack Burger to give patrons more vegan options going into the new ’20s.

Science Sustainability Technology

Meat Was Just Produced In Outer Space For The First Time In History

With concerns growing that humans may not be able to produce enough food to sustain the entire population, out-of-the-box solutions have continually developed. The latest of those innovations has also broken significant ground in history, as meat tech company Aleph Farms has become the first to ever successfully produce meat in outer space.

Working in the Russian wing of the International Space Station, Aleph was able to grow one of their cell-based steaks without a massive strain of natural resources. It’s a major step in the scientific progress of being able to produce meat, no matter the environmental conditions.

Aleph’s technology works by taking cells typically found in a natural cut of steak (ie. fat, meat, support cells, and blood) and using them to grow meat under controlled conditions. They claim to be able to make a piece of meat in three weeks as a result of this process, although it is still relatively costly, at thousands of dollars per pound.

Photo: Aleph Farms

By producing this steak in space, Aleph proves that even if climate change and other factors prevent beef from being raised sustainably in the next few decades, science and technology can eventually still ensure that folks can have their meat, no matter how harsh the conditions are.

They’re still years out from the technology being scaleable or affordable, however, so we’ll have to wait a while before we can taste this extraterrestrial experiment for ourselves.

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Longhorn Steakhouse Introduces Steak & Bourbon Flavored Ice Cream

Sweet and savory is a flavor combination that’s been loved since, well, the beginning of cooking. Now, starting on July 1st, Longhorn Steakhouse is taking aim at the trusted combo with their new Steak and Bourbon Ice Cream.

Yes, you heard that right. Meat and alcohol flavored ice cream. 

The steakhouse’s vanilla ice cream is mixed with a “swirl,” if you will, of steak bits that are akin to end-of-the-bag beef jerky crumbs. While the ice cream is the star of the show, it’s served in a sundae complete with bourbon caramel and whipped cream. Rounding out this meat-and-greet, the sundae is dusted with steak sprinkles, two words that I never thought would appear after one another. 

We recently got to try the sundae and, as expected, the flavor lives up to its name. The ice cream itself tastes like a smoky salted caramel, while the steak flavor isn’t immediate, but becomes quite apparent after the sweetness from the caramel dissipates. Imagine chasing a bite of beef jerky with a shot of heavy cream. Sweet, salty, fatty — what more could you ask for?

After some brief convincing, my fellow Foodbeasts around the office gave the new sundae a try. Small bites were taken and eyebrows were raised, but most went in for a second bite. A couple went in for more. The sundae was resoundingly solid. “It’s actually kind of good,” said managing editor, Reach Guinto, as he took a fifth, sixth, and seventh bite.

For steak ice cream, I would say “kind of good” is a win.

So, if you’re ever sitting around after a nice steak dinner deciding on a dessert, and somehow still haven’t gotten your steak fix, worry not! Longhorn Steakhouse has your answer. 


Grill Masters Who’ve Each Cooked Over 1 Million Steaks Give Their #1 Tip For The Perfect Steak

I’ve cooked my fair share of steaks over the past few decades. Some came out fantastic, while others were either too dry or lacked the proper flavor needed to truly stand out. Eventually my efforts grew more consistent as time passed, but I always wondered how my earlier attempts would have fared had I received some sage words of wisdom from some steak grilling professionals.

When I go to a steakhouse, it bums me out how noticeably different tastes, textures, and sears are on a steak compared to my paltry attempt at home.

LongHorn Steakhouse is an iconic restaurant chain that’s known for serving up juicy filets of beef by the hundreds on a daily basis. The chain began celebrating what they’re calling Grill Legends, grill cooks at the restaurant who have put in the hours and hit the incredible landmark of cooking up more than one million steaks.

Only four grill masters, out of thousands, have achieved this milestone.

I spoke to Grill Master Legends, and asked them to share with me the wisdom they gained through cooking steaks at such a high volume for a majority of their life. Here’s what they had to say:

Simi Tamaseu (Jacksonville Beach, FL)

Cardinal rules of steak:

“It’s important to have the right grill to cook on. Whether it’s a flat top grill or a char grill, make sure your cooking surface is clean, with a nice high temperature (around 500-550 degrees).”

Other tips include:

  • Make sure you’re picking the right size of steak for what you’re cooking. If you’re cooking a rare steak, choose a thicker cut of beef.
  • Always use fresh steaks, never frozen.

Mike Mort (Rome, GA)

Cardinal rules of steak:

“Always apply bold seasonings to the steak, coating both sides of the meat thoroughly because some of the seasoning will fall off the steak if using a char grill. I also like to put steaks in different zones on the grill to help me remember which ones are rare, medium rare, medium, medium well or well done. That way, we can always ensure a guest gets their steak just like they ordered.”

Other tips include:

  • Pick the right steak for the right temperature. (Well,thinner) (Rare, thicker)
  • Flat iron steak is a cheap cut of steak that cooks very well and is one of the most popular.
  • The perfect resting time for a steak is immediately, timed for about three minutes for it to travel from the grill to the table.

Choya Phillips (Madison, TN)

Cardinal rules of steak:

“You have to really respect the time and make sure every steak you cook is pretty much right. If you’re not taking your time, you can pretty much mess up any steak.”

Other tips include:

  • Ribeye steaks have the best marbling.
  • Take your time selecting the right cut of steak before cooking.
  • The perfect resting time is no more than 5 minutes after its off the grill.

Kurt Frazer (Covington, GA)

Cardinal rules of steak:

“When grilling a steak on a char grill, always make sure the grill is hot [and clean]. That way, you can get a nice sear on the steak.”

Other tips include:

  • There are no specific steaks that are great for beginners, you just have to jump in there and get familiar with the trend of the cook. You just keep doing it each day until you master it.
  • It’s a matter of what technique works for you.
  • Take the steak out of the fridge for about 30 minutes before going on the grill.
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We Ate Hokkaido Snow Beef, The World’s Most Exclusive Steak, With Instant Ramen

When you get the chance of a lifetime to eat one of the most exclusive steaks in the world, what would you eat it with? In the case of the FOODBEAST crew, that answer was instant ramen noodles.

Recently, we were given the chance to try a couple of steaks off of a Hokkaido Snow-certified cow. This is huge, because Hokkaido Snow Beef is one of the hardest to find in the world. Only one or two cows get this classification on a monthly basis, and most of that meat never makes it stateside. As a result, the beef comes at a high price. For example, the two 12-ounce steaks (a ribeye and a New York strip) — provided to us by Holy Grail Steak Co. — cost about $300 each.

Holy Grail gets their Hokkaido Snow Beef from Chateau Uenae, which raises them in the cold, snowy mountains of the Japanese island of Hokkaido. All of the beef certified as Hokkaido Snow is also A5 Wagyu, with A5 being the highest designated quality for beef, and has an extra layer of fat from their icy living conditions. The resulting meat is marbled with intricate patterns of delicious beef fat and tender enough to be cut with a fork.

Now, we did pair these steaks with some instant ramen, but we first made sure to pay our respects to the beef and tried it in its pure, unadulterated form. Each cut was cooked as simply as possible, with just salt and pepper used to season with a dry cooking surface to let the beef fat render and enrich the meat even further.

All of that rendering fat made for some soothing, sizzling steak ASMR, and we filmed the process on the Foodbeast Twitch channel, a clip of which you can relax to below.

The taste of these steaks could best be described as a beefy butter. Actually, with the amount of marbling running through the New York Strip, it was essentially like eating fat scented with the meaty, caramel-like notes of beef wafting through. The ribeye was a more meaty cut and had a denser texture as a result, with the taste more akin to that of pure, unadulterated steak. Still, each cut melted in your mouth faster than a shard of dark chocolate would.

What was the most mind-boggling aspect of the steak by far was its texture and tenderness. We’ve seen A5 wagyu get cut with a butter knife with ease before, but this Hokkaido snow beef was almost as fork tender as a piece of pulled pork. Slicing into it was so effortless that knives weren’t even required.

We then mixed up the classiness of the steak with the instant ramen of our childhoods and put an entire Hokkaido Snow Beef steak into a freshly brewed bowl of noodles. This was a particularly special instant noodle bowl, though, since it came with a fresh pack of kimchi on the inside. That acidity and heat combined with the steak was actually a flavorsome balance. While you may think that fancy steak and store-bought noodle packets wouldn’t work together, this one did to the point where I felt guilty for enjoying it so much.

Regardless of how you enjoy the Hokkaido Snow Beef, though, it is definitely a prized cut you should consume in the way you love best.

If you want to try this exclusive steak for yourself, you can get it on Holy Grail’s website. Currently, the online meat store is sold out of the beef, but you can sign up for notifications to be one of the first to snag a cut or two when it’s available.


How To Cook A Steak In A Cast Iron Skillet

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You don’t need to visit a fancy restaurant to enjoy a tender, juicy steak. Our tried-and-true method makes it easy to cook skillet steak at home.

Few meals are more iconic than a hearty cast-iron steak dinner. When paired with smashed potatoesroasted asparagus and a wedge salad, steak is the perfect way to indulge.

If you’ve never cooked steak at home before, it can be a little intimidating. That’s why we came up with this simple steak recipe that’s so easy, you could make it any day of the week. Our method involves just three things: kosher salt, a fresh steak and a cast-iron skillet.

Psst! You can use a cast-iron skillet to grill amazing steaks, too!


  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 beef New York strip or ribeye steak (1 pound), 1-inch thick

Step 1: Season Steak

When making steak, you want to make sure it’s well-seasoned. You don’t need a lot of fancy flavors to make the meat taste amazing. In fact, we opt only for salt—just make sure that it’s kosher. Salt with a smaller grain, such as table salt, breaks down faster and can give your steak a briny flavor.

To season, start by removing the steak from the refrigerator and generously sprinkle two teaspoons of kosher salt on all sides of the filet. Let it stand for 45-60 minutes. This resting period gives the meat enough time to absorb the salt.

Feeling fancy? Try one of these steak rubs and marinades.

Step 2: Heat Skillet and Prep Steak

The other key to a delicious steak is heat. And since that signature sear comes from a sizzling hot pan, a cast-iron skillet is the way to go. This hearty pan gets extremely hot and also retains heat for a long time, making it the perfect vessel for steak. You’ll want to preheat your pan over high heat for 4-5 minutes, or until very hot. Then, pat your steak dry with paper towels and sprinkle the remaining teaspoon of salt in the bottom of the skillet. Now you’re ready to sear!

Step 3: Sear Steak

Place the steak into the skillet and cook until it’s easily moved. This takes between one and two minutes. Carefully flip the steak, placing it in a different section of the skillet so it can pick up more of the sprinkled salt. Cook for 30 seconds, and then begin moving the steak around, occasionally pressing slightly to ensure even contact with the skillet. Moving the steak around the pan helps it cook faster and more evenly.

Step 4: Cook as Desired

Continue turning and flipping the steak until it’s cooked to your desired degree of doneness. Let the steak rest for 10 minutes before cutting in.

Leftovers? Here’s the right way to reheat steak.

How long does it take to cook steak on cast-iron?

In total, the steak should be in the pan for less than 5 minutes, depending on your desired doneness. Prepping the meat and pan takes a little effort, but the cook time is short and sweet since you’re using such an extreme temperature.

Once you’ve mastered steak, try these other cast-iron skillet recipes.

How do you cook a medium rare steak in a cast-iron skillet?

When cooking steak to your desired doneness, a meat thermometer is your best friend. A thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat should read:

  • Medium-rare:135 degrees
  • Medium: 140 degrees
  • Medium-well: 145 degrees.

Keep in mind that the steak will continue to cook a little bit after it’s been removed from the pan, so aim for a few degrees shy of your desired temperature.

Learn more about cooking medium-rare steak here. 

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Article by Katie Bandurski for Taste of Home. View the original article here.


9 Wild DineLA Dishes We Need To Sink Our Teeth Into

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We’re smack in the middle of Los Angeles’ acclaimed restaurant week, and for those of you in Southern California through January 25, a bevy of eateries are participating in dineLA. This is an event where participating restaurants craft an exclusive menu, lunch or dinner, that best represents them — just at a fraction of their regular prices.

For those who participate in dineLA for the adventure, and want to venture away from the more traditional dishes you can find at most restaurants, you’re in luck. We discovered nine innovative dishes that have piqued our interests this season.

Check them out below. As with most cases during dineLA week, reservations are highly recommended.

Cracklin’ Beer Can Chicken


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Found at A Frame, this Cracklin’ Chicken combines the moistness that comes from beer can chicken with the rich, bold flavors that can only be found at this Hawaiian Soul Food spot. With a beauty like this, it’s no wonder this chicken item has become one of A Frame’s signature dishes.

Croissant Bread Pudding


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Made with dulce de leche and vanilla bean gelato, Art’s Table is serving up this sweet rendition of bread pudding made from croissants as part of their dineLA menu. Croissant Bread Pudding checks off a lot of the boxes for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Ribeye Dry Aged In An Environmental Chamber


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A dry-aged steak is an experience that beef lover should have once in their life. APL Restaurant is serving a ribeye that’s been dry-aged in the restaurant’s famous 1,000 square foot chamber. Man, imagine the flavor waiting to be unlocked within that steak.

Duck Confit Poutine


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The duck confit fries from Belcampo are one of the best fries I’ve had the privilege of trying in Southern California. Belcampo takes them to a new level by throwing in crispy duck leg confit, duck gravy, and white cheddar.

Lobster Tacos


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Fans of hard shell tacos can find Blue Plate Oysterette’s Lobster tacos stuffed with Maine lobster, shredded lettuce, jalapeños, and drizzles of a “cheesie” sauce and truffle oil. A huge departure from the hard shell tacos I enjoyed in college, but a welcome one.

Lobster Pizza


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There was a time when throwing lobster on a pizza was unheard of, but Cattle and Claw’s took their shot and it looks delicious. This may be the first pizza I wouldn’t dunk in ranch dressing.

Butter Lobster Ramen


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The key to a solid bowl of ramen is a rich broth, and Hinoki + The Bird’s Lobster Ramen does not shy away from that. This decadent dish features butter poached lobster swimming in a seafood broth and hand-made ramen noodles.

Longanisa Burger


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I haven’t been a fan of longanisa sausage for long, but since trying it, the Filipino ingredient has become too delicious to quit. Ma’am Sir’s Longanisa Burger serves up an entire patty filled with those juicy Filipino flavors. Wonder if I can request a double patty here?

Big Mohawk


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Fans of the Impossible Burger will want to check out Mohawk Bend’s Big Mohawk, a meatless play on McDonald’s prolific Big Mac Sandwich. It features two vegan Impossible Meat burger patties, shredded lettuce, vegan American cheese, pickles, onions, and special sauce on a sesame seed bun.

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16-Pound Tomahawk Steak Is The Regal Feast Of Your Carnivorous Dreams

Las Vegas is the capitol of decadence and there have been many instances where larger-than-life dishes satiated our eyes before they melted in our mouths. One such dish is a massive 16-pound Tomahawk Crown Roast found on the menu of MB Steak at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas that may or may not be a boss from Shadow of the Colossus.

The luxury steakhouse serves the $1,200 meal with a table side presentation, designed for 10 to 12 diners. Executive chef Patrick Munster slow roasts the 16-pounds of beef overnight at a low temperature to keep the cut as succulent as possible. It’s then cooked to a medium rare and carved in front of patrons in a spectacle of beef and bone.

MB’s tomahawk dinner comes with a selection of side dishes that are shared family style including lobster mac & cheese, creamed corn with king crab, maitake mushrooms with aged goat cheese, and creamed spinach with a poached egg and truffle gouda.

If you’re heading to Vegas and want to share this experience with a dozen of your closest friends and meat lovers, just be sure to call ahead. The tomahawk roast requires a minimum of 72 hours of advanced notice.