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The 5 Must Try Dishes That Will Be Available At the Super Bowl

At this point, football is only 50% of the Super Bowl. The NFL’s championship game is larger than life. It’s more of a cultural event, with celebrities and the press descending upon the host city seemingly straight from the Grammy’s and tickets going for, at the very least, thousands of dollars. So, it makes sense that the menu for the game would be larger than life as well. 

This year, Centerplate, a food and beverage company that serves entertainment venues around the United States, is in charge of creating a menu for this Sunday’s game at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL. Led by national executive chef Carmen Callo, the Centerplate team has created a menu heavily inspired by Miami’s seasonal offering and its Latin heritage. 

Though there will be traditional gametime offerings like popcorn and Bud Light (and for a steal, at $5/can, at that), Centerplate has focused on making the menu a bit more elevated than your typical stadium food. This means bigger plates, better quality, and bolder flavors.

Check out our top five picks for what we’d grub out on if we were going to the big game:

Skewered Pork Kan-Kan

Kan-Kan is the pork equivalent to a tomahawk steak and, clearly, is just as visually striking as it’s bovine counterpart. Centerplate’s is marinated in a spice mix of annatto, sazon, and chimichurri, making for a South Beach blend of spice, zest, and umami.   

Key Lime Pie Milkshake

The Key Lime Pie Milkshake takes its inspiration from the pie stemming from the Florida Key’s iconic tiny limes. This vanilla milkshake is topped with fresh whipped cream, a candy gummy, a cherry, and an entire piece of key lime pie proving that, apparently, the only thing better than one dessert is two.

South Florida Seafood Paella

Key West shrimp, mussels, clams, squid, lobster stock, and Valencian bomba rice meet in one of Spain’s most iconic dishes. While this may not be directly Miami-inspired, Centerplate has added a secret mix of spices that draw from the Keys that bring the dish in line with the rest of the menu.

18” Cuban Dog

A Miami menu would be incomplete if there wasn’t a cubano-based dish. This foot-and-a-half long hot dog is covered in mojo pork, mustard, Swiss cheese, and pickles, as it attempts to recreate the famed Cuban sandwich.

Custom NFL Bon Bons

These minute chocolates were specially made for this year’s Super Bowl, as they feature unique decorations inspired by the 12 teams that made the playoff push for February 2nd’s game. I’m not going to lie, if I had these in my possession, there’d be less eating and more sneaking away in my pockets to keep as a relic.

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Mr. Peanut’s Funeral Will Go On Despite Kobe Bryant Tragedy

[Update: Planters clarified that it will still be running its Super Bowl funeral for Mr. Peanut. in the 3rd quarter of the Super Bowl. The previously reported “pause” only impacted its paid advertising, and “some other outreach in the immediate wake of this tragedy.”

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When Planters decided to kill off their beloved Mr. Peanut character, there was a tiny corner of the internet that felt it was a bit morbid. Otherwise, their commercial featuring Wesley Snipes and comedian Matt Walsh was a wild success.

However, with the untimely death of global icon Kobe Bryant, Planters has thought better of their marketing angle, and decided to postpone their ad for Super Bowl Sunday.

“We are saddened by this weekend’s news and Planters has paused all campaign activities, including paid media, and will evaluate next steps through a lens of sensitivity to those impacted by this tragedy,” Planters said, Monday.

The “funeral” for Mr. Peanut was originally planned to air during the 3rd quarter of Sunday’s big football game, where they presumably would have introduced a new product.

News broke Sunday of Bryant’s death, along with his daughter Gianna, and seven others who were all involved in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. As you can imagine, Planters’ carrying on with its original approach would have been pretty distasteful at a time like this.

Planters has not commented on their next move, but it was definitely a good call to not go any further with the planned commercial.

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The Best Conspiracies Surrounding Mr. Peanut’s Death

When the news came across my desk that Mr. Peanut had died, my first reaction, was, “Okay.”

You wouldn’t expect the 104-year-old peanut’s death to move the needle, but believe it or not, he was trending on Twitter pretty hard earlier this week, ahead of even the impeachment hearings.

The press release we got said, “It is with heavy hearts that we confirm MR. PEANUT has passed away in a tragic accident in order to save the lives of his dear friends Matt Walsh and Wesley Snipes.” Then it informed us that Mr. Peanut’s funeral services will take place during the 3rd quarter of the Super Bowl.

Why they decided to kill off the longtime spokespeanut, we don’t know yet, but plenty of people have had their theories.

We’re willing to bet that Gary Vee had something to do with it, as his agency VaynerMedia, represents Planters.

Foodbeast’s own Constantine Spyrou believes this is all an elaborate publicity stunt, which is probably the silliest conspiracy theory. The peanut is clearly dead. The topic did come up on the latest episode of the Foodbeast Katchup Podcast, and everyone gave their theories of what the heck is going on with the Estate of Mr. Peanut.

As mentioned earlier, Twitter ran wild with theories:

The Epstein/Government Theories


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Fire Roasted Theories

Many fans aren’t falling for the death and going with Constantine’s theory that this is all a marketing scheme for the Super Bowl. Our own Reach Guinto shared the same sentiments as the tweet above, that Planters is actually going to reveal a new roasted peanut flavor.
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Rising Like Lazarus


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Mr. Peanut is Still The Face of Capitalism


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Someone With Allergies Set Him Up


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Mr. Cashew


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Their YouTube video has already garnered 2 million views, and the video’s comments were turned off for some reason. What are they hiding? Whatever it is, We’ll find out Sunday, February 2, as that’s when the big reveal will take place, and hopefully is worth the hype it created this week.

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Pickle Rick Pringles Are Real And Coming Soon

Ever since McDonald’s took advantage of their unintentional Rick & Morty hype, collaborations with the popular show seem to be the golden ticket.

Pringles grabbed that ticket as they will unveil a special edition “Pickle Rick” flavor this coming Super Bowl Sunday, at grocery stores nationwide.

“We want to do something completely new for the brand for the 2020 Big Game, and are thrilled to be partnering with Adult Swim and Rick and Morty,” said Gareth Maguire, senior director of marketing for Pringles. “We hope the new special edition Pickle Rick flavor will be a hit with the show’s fans.”

In the Emmy Award-winning “Pickle Rick” episode, the show’s protagonist turns himself into a pickle-person, and goes on an epic journey. It’s kind of hard to explain if you haven’t watched the show, but it was great, and the potato chip maker is smart to pick up on this.

Pringles already has a dill pickle flavor, and we can’t imagine it being much different, but the chip container is what everyone will care about anyway. The can is completely wrapped in a green pickle color, while Pickle Rick’s face adorns the front.

As far as Super Bowl Sunday, Pringles will be running a 30-second Rick and Morty-themed ad during the second quarter of the game.

Pringles did not indicate that this will be a limited release, but you’re probably going to want to get your hands on one early, as there is a strong possibility that they’ll be flying off store shelves.

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We Got Three FOODBEASTs Together For The Ultimate Junk Food Cooking Competition

In the spirit of the recent gridiron fervor, we here at Foodbeast decided to create some competition of our own all in the name of cooking and a blown mindstate. The willing advocates of both, who within our ranks stepped up as players in one aptly titled Gridiron Green Games, were myself, Elie Ayrouth, and Analiese Trimber. For particulars, this was going to be a Chopped-style cooking competition between the three of us, with the winner awarded rightful bragging rights and having the best reason to celebrate with a big fatty.

To help us in this journey to a culinary Kumite was blüm Dispensaries, who provided some of that loud from Korova called “Gelato,” known for its fruity, dessert-like aroma.

Now before we get right into the heat of the competition, let’s talk rules and other details.

Rules:

  • Contestants must finish a recipe of their choosing that incorporates all mandatory ingredients within the allotted time of 1 hour and 30 minutes — all while on an elevated plane.
  • The mandatory ingredients are: Eggs, popcorn, McDonald’s French fries, and OREOs.
  • Contestants’ dishes will be judged on a 10 point system based on: Completeness, Creativity, Secret Ingredients, Taste, Presentation.
  • Judging will consist of contestants scoring each other’s dishes, but not their own, and fellow Foodbeasts Evan Lancaster and Peter Pham.
  • The contestant with the most points total is the winner.

Contestants:

Analiese Trimber: The Bacon Princess, thinks Tom Brady is a bitch.

Dish: Stoner Breakfast Tacos with OREO mole sauce and handmade popcorn-infused corn tortillas.

 

Elie Ayrouth: Fearless and fierce in pushing the envelope, mastered the art of the one-eyed wink.

Dish: A trifecta of a meal that consists of Stoner Popcorn, a massive Big Mac Burrito and an OREO “Dunkaroos” dessert.



Reach Guinto: 
Fried chicken connoisseur, G-Eazy probably hates him.

Dish: Double-panko breaded Fried Chicken & Savory Potato Waffle w/ OREO Butter.

The following will be a time-stamped account of the events during the competition leading up to the announcement of the winner of Foodbeast’s Gridiron Green Games.

1:00pm — Evan begins rolling the fatty with the aid of the Otto by Banana Bros., an automatic joint roller, courtesy of blüm. It’s a nifty machine, really, fast-tracking rolling with ease and efficiency via a built-in grinder and apparatus that capably packs with Gelato flower.

1:20pm — After we all are done with setting up our designated cooking areas, the session begins. Elie is really hitting it extra hard. I hope he gets so blown that he won’t be able to finish his dish.

1:30pm — Let the Gridiron Green Games begin!

1:33pm — Elie, the tallest of the contestants: “I don’t understand how I get this little baby table and Analiese and Reach get tables that go up to their elbows. They’re playin’ me!”

1:40pm — At this point we’re all starting to appreciate the Gelato, which had its benefits and setbacks. Its benefits being a greater feeling of singular focus and drive. Setbacks coming in the form of me forgetting where I left my phone and searching for it for a solid two minutes.

1:50pm — Evan: “So far we know Analiese is incorporating chipotle pepper paste into what looks like a sauce of some sort, while Elie and Reach are both still cutting onions. Clearly, Annie is in the lead.”

1:51pm — I see Elie finishing up the chopping of his onions, then hear Evan warning anybody within earshot, “DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.”

2:00pm — We’re at the peak levels of determination. Evidenced by a sudden hush in the kitchen as the Gelato-induced laser focus hits all of us, putting us in an elevated work mode. Analiese’s re-worked her mole sauce after she asked for feedback from other fellow Foodbeast and on-set photographer, Peter Pham, and I. Elie’s ready to work the stove after forming his burger patties. I’ve just completed my OREO butter by running OREOs and coconut oil in the food processor for approximately three to four minutes (tbh it seemed like an hour).

2:15pm — I command Siri to set a timer for three minutes. The remedial machine somehow doesn’t understand this so I am forced to set the timer manually. Evan walks by: “Um, it looks like you’ve set your timer for four hours right there.” Well damn.

2:31pm — Evan: “About an hour in and I feel like Reach has got a really good groove going on, Analiese does, too. Elie, I dunno, I caught him dancing for a little bit, then he chopped an onion for like 20 minutes.” At this point we all decide to re-up on some floral inspiration.

2:35pm — I’m hit with a sudden forgetfulness that leads me to suddenly have a brain fart about how to correctly input and attach the receptacle of the food processor. Analiese tries to help me with that. No dice. Eventually I figure it out after having lost some dignity and start working on my potato waffle, which becomes an ordeal after forgetting to put some key ingredients in it and almost having to start that over. At this point Analiese and I feel like we’ve fallen behind. Elie, on the other hand, is feeling confident: “Thirty minutes is all I need, baby!”

2:43pm — Elie’s trio of dishes are starting to come together: the OREO Dunkaroos are done, Stoner Popcorn’s on deck, and he’s ready to start putting together his Big Mac Burrito. Analiese is impressing the room with her OREO mole sauce and made-from-scratch tortillas.

2:50pm — It’s a mad dash as everyone is trying to plate their dishes. Our blown selves were laser focused on the task at hand: Don’t run into each other and fuck up any dishes in the last moments. Did we incorporate every mandatory ingredient? Will we finish on time? Burning questions, like a cinder of lit flower, bore through our inner thoughts. Shit, that’s just me being stuck.

3:00pm — Done and done. I survey the scorched battlefield of what used to be a kitchen and nodded proudly. Analiese’s Stoner Breakfast Tacos were complete, presented immaculately on a marble cutting board. Pinterest would approve. Elie’s full spread was on glorious display, showcasing his deft touch with multi-tasking and prioritizing. And me? I’m just relieved to get everything on a plate. But hey, we did the damn thing.

But before we get into the results, here are the completed dishes:

Analiese’s Stoner Breakfast Tacos

Elie’s Stoner Popcorn, OREO “Dunkaroos,” and a Big Mac Burrito

Reach’s Double-Panko Breaded Fried Chicken & Savory Potato Waffle w/ OREO Butter

3:02pm — Elie: “I forgot an ingredient, but I’m hoping none of y’all notice!” Duly noted my guy.

3:10pm — After Pete’s finished taking photos of all the dishes, tasting begins. Knowing Elie’s missing something, I’m keen on finding it until I exclaim, “YOOO YOU FORGOT THE FRIES!”

3:25pm — Everyone’s turned in their scores for each dish and Evan begins to tally up the results. To celebrate our accomplishment, Analiese, Elie, and I all revisit the Gelato, which at this point has created a fixated state that’s just right, not too heady, with just the appropriate amount of creative juices unlocked within us.

3:40pm — What’s taking Evan so long? Is he disarming a bomb over there?

3:45pm — After what seemed like an eternity and a half, Evan reveals the results. Looks like the Gelato’s gotten to him, too. It’s a two-way tie for the winner, between me and Analiese. Elie caught that L for not including the McDonald’s French fries. But to be honest, I thought he had the tastiest item in that Big Mac Burrito. Flavor was straight up phenomenal and comforting. About the results, Analiese and I are feeling equal parts relief and shock. What are the odds? Yet, the total tally of scores seemed off to us. Following a meticulous survey of Evan’s math, it was determined that it all didn’t add up.

3:51pm — RECOUNT!

3:55pm — The new results, done with correct math, are revealed. Analiese and her Stoner Breakfast Tacos win! I knew it, though. Tortillas and mole made from scratch? Yeah I can’t compete with that.

WINNER: Analiese “The Bacon Princess” Trimber

But hey, shout out to our HIGH-ly focused selves, though. I mean, just look at these winners:

Photos: Peter Pham

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Taco Bell Is Giving Away Free Tacos Every Week To T-Mobile Customers

From free Domino’s pizza, to free movie tickets, T-Mobile customers have become accustomed to weekly perks via the “T-Mobile Tuesdays” app. Now they can add free Taco Bell to the list of goods.

On Super Bowl Sunday, T-Mobile announced a partnership with Taco Bell which involves a free taco, every week, for an undisclosed time period.

This would really be a win-win for both sides, as T-Mobile can further encourage customers to download the app, and Taco Bell gets people coming in to its stores to buy their crunchy tacos and chalupas.

While the deal has “no strings attached,” and you are not required to purchase anything to get your taco, what are the chances you’re going to walk into Taco Bell for a single taco and not drop $7 on other food items?

If you’re diligent enough, you can pull it off, but Taco Bell’s probably banking on you being unable to resist the call of a Crunchwrap Supreme while you wait in line.

There is no listed end date to the collab, the fine print just says it’s a “limited time offer,” so if you’re a T-Mobile customer, get your free tacos while you can.

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Cravings Culture

Americans Will Consume 1.38 Billion Chicken Wings During The Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is the perfect excuse to gather around the TV and eat an endless buffet of snacks.

It doesn’t matter which team you’re rooting for this year. Patriots and Rams fans alike have already chosen the victor of Super Bowl LIII, and we’ll be eating 1.38 billion servings of it.

Ain’t No Thing But a Chicken Wing

For sports fans, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the best times of the year, and it’s not just because of the game. Even if you don’t care for football, at least there are plenty of tasty treats waiting for you at the Super Bowl party you’ll be attending.

Chips and salsafootball-themed desserts and pulled pork sandwiches make it one of the best food holidays around. But there’s one reigning finger food that we all can’t get enough of. This year, Americans are expected to down 1.38 BILLION of them—chicken wings! (Here’s the best way to make ’em at home.)

A Hot (Wing) Commodity

Chicken wings are great in all flavors, and there’s no arguing it’s a Super Bowl Sunday favorite. In fact, we have proof. The National Chicken Council (aka NCC) has announced the official chicken wing consumption estimate for 2019: 1.38 billion is a lot of chicken for one day! That’s four wings for every man, woman and child in the entire country…or enough wings to circle the earth 3 times. Holy cow! Or, uh, chicken.

These are the tastiest Super Bowl snacks every guest will love.

Chicken Wings Deserve Their Own Holiday

…and they just might get it. Because Super Bowl Sunday draws such a wing-loving crowd, the NCC has formed a petition to dub the Monday following the game “National Chicken Wing Appreciation Day.” Now that’s a cause we can get behind. If you love wings and football (or just wings), you can sign the petition here. Make sure to place those wing orders soon, because it sounds like the competition’s getting fierce.

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Article by Laurie Dixon for Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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America Gets Free Wings If The Super Bowl Goes Into OT


Both the Rams and Patriots went to overtime in their respective roads to Super Bowl LIII, and Buffalo Wild Wings is putting some high stakes on the line if it happens again.

If the Super Bowl game between Los Angeles and New England goes into overtime, B-Dubs will give away free “snack size” wings to all its hungry consumers in the U.S.

The “snack size” at Buffalo Wild Wings usually comes with five wings (eight if boneless), and there is a limit of one order per person.

The only catch is that you have to redeem your free wings between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. (local time), February 18. If you try to go before or after those times, you’re out of luck.

While no purchase is necessary, there’s a good chance the lines will be out the door, as is customary for any food giveaway, anywhere.

The odds are against us, though, as only one Super Bowl has ever gone into over time, and that was in 2017, when the patriots and Falcons needed extra time to settle their battle.

There were, however,  17 overtime games this season. It wasn’t the record for most, that belongs to the 2002 season with 25, but it was a hell of a lot, giving us hope for free wings if the Rams and Patriots can have an epic overtime showdown on February 3, 2019.