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Restaurant’s BEER RAMEN Lets You Slurp Straight From A Beer Mug

On a hot day, nothing beats an ice-cold glass of beer. What I usually don’t chase when the weather’s scorching, however, is a piping hot bowl of ramen. Sure, ramen is arguably one of the most delicious noodle dishes on the planet, but I’m a sweater by nature and would probably run hot the rest of the day. Cravings be damned.

What if there was something that combined the cooling effect of beer with the flavorsome components of ramen?

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Yuu Japanese Tapas, a restaurant located in British Columbia, has decided to put an innovative spin on the traditional Japanese noodle dish.

Served inside of a beer mug, the ramen noodles are added to an ice-cold broth made from bonito flakes. To replicate the aesthetics of beer, the ramen is topped with a foam made from a combination of egg whites and gelatin.

While it may look like a hefty pint, the “beer ramen” has ZERO alcohol inside of it. Sorry, guys.

The concept was inspired by the cold noodles of Asian culture, ones that were typically served during the hot summer seasons. Not the more well-known hot ramen dishes most are used to, but still traditional nonetheless. Dishes like zaru soba (cold buckwheat noodles) and naengmyeon (cold Korean noodles) are fan favorites during the warm months.

Yuu’s Beer Ramen was originally intended as a limited time menu item for the summer, but the restaurant is seriously considering keeping the novelty dish around for a few extra months. That gives us some time to plan a trip to Canada.

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A Look Inside Canada’s New Harry Potter Bar

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Canada’s getting a little bit more magical as a new Harry Potter-inspired bar has opened in Toronto. The new bar, The Lockhart, is named after the famous professor Gilderoy Lockhart from the second Harry Potter novel.

While the brash celebrity professor met a [spoiler] melancholic fate in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the memory of his heyday lives on in Canada.

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Drinks include cocktails called Befuddlement Brew, The Shacklebolt and Ludo’s Debt, all inspired by the famous series. While the bar will also serve the better-known Butterbeer, it will go by a different name thanks to copyrights.

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Patrons will also find a small tapas menu that includes citrus shrimp, jalapeño mac & cheese, croquette sandwiches, baked Brie with jam and flavored popcorn.

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The Lockhart will also hold trivia nights, which may or may not only include Harry Potter trivia. It’ll also feature Harry Potter-themed gifts and collectables. Halloween parties are also expected to be thrown.

Photos: Facebook via Sandro Pehar

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Olive Garden Hopes to Lure Millennials with New ‘Tapas’ Menu

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In their latest effort to appeal to millennials, Olive Garden is introducing small, portion-controlled plates to the menu. The new dishes will include deep fried risotto balls, chicken skewers, garlic hummus and Pizza Fritta Napoli, aka fried pizza dough topped with alfredo sauce (above photo).

Apparently, this is the right step for restaurants to be taking. Millennials are “looking for items they can share, sample, that allow them to graze,” explained Darren Tristano, executive vice president at Technomic Inc.

According to Bloomberg, Olive Garden began testing the new lineup earlier this year in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Grand Rapids, Michigan and plans on using these dishes to gauge customer response before launching them nationwide. 

However, as the chain moves towards smaller, tapas-style plates aimed at 20 to 30-somethings, they may be in danger of alienating patrons who visit for large, family-sized dishes. While Olive Garden found success with their never-ending pasta bowl, as its boomer clientele ages, their sales have seen a significant decline in “five of the last eight quarters.” The key will be finding a menu that’s able to attract new customers, while still keeping long-time diners that made Olive Garden a family name.

Although Olive Garden hopes the shrunken portions will encourage mass “grazing,” other major chains have beat them to it. Applebee’s recently rolled out half-priced appetizer specials, while Cheesecake Factory offers their own petite plates including Ahi Tartare, Crispy Crab Bites, and Chicken Samosas. 

Personally, as a 20-something, I’m all for change. Just don’t get rid of the breadsticks, Olive Garden. If that happens, I’ll quit you.

H/T + PicThx Bloomberg

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Top 10 Dating Trends for Foodies Across America, According to a Dating Site

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Lucky for us hungry data gatherers, the folks at “offline dating” site HowAboutWe have just released a visual compilation of the dating network’s first 1 million dates recorded.

The results? Enough information for us to get an idea of top food dating trends across the United States, noting the top 10 cities in the country with the highest percentage of dining dates and a little bit about each. You can imagine our excitement when Philly cracked the top 10, and BYOB was a key selection when choosing a date in the city. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fans are proud today.

Here’s a look at the rest of the data:

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1. Atlanta: ⅓ of all date ideas in Atlanta suggest getting a bite to eat. Artisan pizza is a hot trend.

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Admittedly, when I think pizza, I think New York or Chicago. Yet while Atlanta isn’t the first thing on my mind when I think of wood-fired pizzas topped with fresh local ingredients, I’m not complaining. Kudos to all those singles feasting on gourmet savory pies.

 

2. Philly: BYOB date spots have a higher response rate than other dining dates in Philly.

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Bringing your own PBR and Two Buck Chuck to your favorite Italian date spot? Stay classy my friends.

 

3. Boston: Bostonians are 3x more likely than average to suggest tapas on a first date.

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Boston is known for its wealth of history and culture, so it’s no surprise that taking out a date for tapas, a Spanish tradition, is more common in this city. Note: In Spain, Tapas consist of appetizers usually eaten during the time between the end of the work day and dinner, as well as weekdays around noon. Tapas are seen as dishes that encourage people to socialize and mingle, so we can see why they’d be an excellent option for a date.

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4. Austin: Food trucks are more popular in Austin than in any other city, accounting for 1 in 5 dining dates.

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We can jump on this bandwagon food truck. Ranked as one of the World’s Best Cities for Street Food by Food & Wine, Austin steals the show when it comes to getting grub on wheels.

 

5. New York: New Yorkers love a progressive meal: 28% of their dining dates involve multiple stops.

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New York restaurants alone bring in a projected $31.9 billion in sales and for a city famed for it’s vast collection of ethnic enclaves, we understand why it would be difficult to settle on just one spot.

 

6. Chicago: 1 in 11 dining dates in Chicago is veggie-friendly, the third highest in the country.

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I suppose this means that Chicago is the place to be if you’re trying to find your veggie-eatin’ soulmate. Consequently, the Foodbeast Staff would probably be single for eternity if we lived there.

 

7. Los Angeles: There are more breakfast dates in Los Angeles than in any other city.

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We’re thinking that this has more to do with late-night hookups making breakfast the default date of choice, than an actual preference for bacon and eggs. Hey, we don’t judge. There’s a reason LA alone has two Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles.

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8. D.C: Cupcakes are extremely popular in D.C., accounting for 1 in 7 of their dining dates.

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Cupcakes are the top choice for eats in D.C, as 14.1% of dates involve feasting on this petite towers of icing. But really, who doesn’t like cupcakes? They’re like the bacon of desserts and if you don’t like bacon… smh.

H/T Our Kitchen

 

9. St. Louis: Going out for tacos is suggested 3x more often in St. Louis than in any other city.

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Busch Stadium is the most popular date spot in St. Louis, because sharing a hotmess of tacos while cheering on your team screams sexy.

 

10. San Francisco: S.F. has more brunch dates than in any other city, accounting for one-third of their dining dates.

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Apparently, San Francisco is chock full of genius singles. It’s about time we’ve recognized brunch as the most important meal of the day. When else is it socially acceptable to get boozy at 12 noon off delicious mimosas while simultaneously munching om french toast and gruyère sandwiches? SF, we see you.

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H/T HowAboutWe