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Is This Rainbow Glitter Pizza Another Eye Roll Trend, Or Is It Actually GOOD?

I’ve seen the unicorn and rainbow movement come and go. Frankly, once fast food chains like Starbucks introduced their take on unicorn items, we knew the trend had jumped the multi-colored shark.

Washed trend or not, one place is standing by that magical look.

Dagwood’s Pizza, located in Santa Monica, CA, introduced a vibrant glitter-topped pizza a few years back at the height of the unicorn rainbow food trend.

Call the Magical AF Pizza, the menu item starts as a simple cheese pizza before undergoing a multi-colored metamorphosis into something resembling what a unicorn yakked up after a night of heavy drinking.

On its initial run, the item was more or less just a novelty specialty that the pizzeria offered. The restaurant tells us, however, the Magical AF Pizza was blasted on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, leading to a resurgence in popularity and its return to the menu.

We went down to Santa Monica to check out that pizza for ourselves. Was it actually a tasty pizza? Or just another novelty trend item that has us rolling our eyes?

Our man on the ground Reach got a hold of the glitter pizza and had this to say:

“It’s eye-catching and eye-rolling all at once. But at least it doesn’t taste gross like other unicorn-themed food.”

When it comes to these Instagram-friendly items, that’s all you can ask for, really. As long as it has the flavor to back up the off-the-wall silliness of the aesthetic, there really isn’t much you can complain about.

Check out the latest edition of the News Bites to see the one of the most talked about pizzas in our office.

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Culture

People Are Suddenly Proposing With Avocados And We’re Not Sure Why

Marriage proposals are one of the most intimate gestures you can make. Whether it’s outlandish or simple, popping the question is one of those moments that sticks with you for the rest of your life. So why would you want to turn your big moment into a silly trend?

Apparently one such trend involves using an avocado to pop the question,  Mashable reports.

The idea is to keep your significant other in the dark by carrying around an inconspicuous avocado, rather than a ring box. Once their guard is down, the proposer gets on their knees and pops the question — the ring embedded inside the de-pitted fruit.

We asked the Foodbeast team what they thought of this ridiculous trend and here’s what they had to say.

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I’d do it in an avocado shell if the person I was proposing to was super into avocados. But not the flesh, that just gets messy.

Analiese

The worst trend I’ve seen all year. Humanity must be stopped.

Reach

That’s the dumbest thing ever this side of the Flowbee.

Isai

That’s the most basic bitch proposal I’ve ever seen. I hope she responds with a toast.

As for myself, I’m just wondering how he’ll feel about avocados if the marriage doesn’t work out. I’d hate to have something so delicious tainted for life.

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Hit-Or-Miss

The Starbucks #OrangeDrink Was Just A Social Experiment

Within the last month, Starbucks’ “secret menu” has made headlines thanks in part to a line up of beautiful drinks found on the Rainbow Secret Menu. Now, the #OrangeDrink is blowing up — but that was all part of the plan.

The coffee chain’s rainbow beverage trend has become an Internet sensation without any official advertising from Starbucks. In fact, a closer look reveals that Starbucks’ secret menu could be a concept perpetuated by die-hard Starbucks fans and well-trained baristas.

That’s where the #OrangeDrink comes in. We wanted to prove social media was the primary force driving the secret drink phenomenon. In order to prove this theory, we tried an experiment, just to see how far social media could run with it. 

The #OrangeDrink, specifically, was a product of a Foodbeast experiment to prove that the color of the drink did not matter, but more so to show that social media was the only tool needed to create a new trend, instantly.

After Foodbeast broke news on the #PinkDrink craze June 1, it got more than 100,000 Instagram posts dedicated to it. Shortly after our Pink Drink coverage, the #RainbowDrink trend started gaining attention from notable publications like Time magazine, The Huffington Post and PopSugar.

Our friend and local Orange County food-influencer, Scott Nghiem (@ScottAfters), co-owner of Afters Ice Cream, posted the first images of Starbucks’ #PurpleDrink on his Instagram page last week, it generated 16.5K likes. Scott’s post of the #PinkDrink received 35K likes. Scott has 120K followers and on average he receives about 5K likes per post, Scott’s secret rainbow drink posts generated approximately 50K likes, respectively.

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Last Thursday, as the Foodbeast news team casually discussed the hype behind the pink and purple drinks and how we were not blown away by the taste of either color, Marc leaned over the mezzanine on the second floor and yelled down to our bullpen, “Let’s go to Starbucks and make an orange drink.”

We looked up the #OrangeDrink hashtag and luckily enough there was nothing Starbucks related. Marc, Izzy, Reach and I walked into our Downtown Santa Ana Starbucks, where we are on a first name basis with store manager Eric Olson. We told Eric what we were working on and what we had in mind.

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“We want an orange drink and we want it to taste delicious,” I said.

Being the gracious host that he is, Eric went above and beyond to deliver what we asked. He may have single-handedly created the best tasting secret drink yet. After Eric made a few variations, it seemed that mixology is really the secret behind the success of Starbuck’s so-called “secret menu.”

Eric explained that Starbucks doesn’t officially recognize a “secret menu” but credited the baristas for playing a pivotal role in responding to a customer’s palate when discovering new flavor concepts.

However, as baristas continue to create sensational flavor profiles — that are dominating social media with countless posts of approval — Starbucks is reaping all the benefits. Additionally, secret menu fanatics are busy tracking down the perfect opportunity to purchase “secret” drinks — in order to frantically post photos of these aesthetically pleasing beverages to social media — the coffee giant is cashing in.

With each Instagram, Facebook and Twitter post, the colorful drink trend grows. Further perpetuating the demand for off-menu items — all while generating an insane amount of free advertising for Starbucks. Not to mention the extra charges for ingredients like soy, or coconut milk.

So, could it be that timely coordination and Instagram traffic drove enough attention to create an instant trend without the help of the company behind the beverages?

The answer is yes.

We used the #OrangeDrink as a jumping off point to get another colorful Starbucks drink trending. As fate would have it, the #OrangeDrink instantly became known as the best tasting rainbow drink and social media quickly followed suit.

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A few Foodbeast staffers and myself posted #OrangeDrink photos to our Instagram accounts and waited for social media to react. Over the weekend, Yahoo! News, Refinery 29, MashableThrillist, NBC Business and NBC New York all reported on the #OrangeDrink as the new summer drink to try.

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Without diving into sales numbers and statistics, this trend is a reflection of something bigger. Baristas are trained to work with an open system, which allows them to create flavors that cater to any palate, simultaneously becoming artists in their own right. There’s no back of the house manual explaining how to create these new beverages.

It’s also important to note that these trends are happening so fast, baristas are having a hard time keeping up. Although, some may be a little annoyed with Starbucks fanatics constantly testing the waters of what can be created behind the counter. The possibilities are endless.

At the same time, baristas are being blindsided with strange drink orders, scrambling to figure out what’s supposed to be inside these “secret drinks” everyone is ordering — just because they saw it on social media.

After digging into the Reddit channel “r/Starbucks” and under a subreddit thread, “There’s an orange drink now???” we found Starbucks’ employees are sounding off on their disapproval of this exponentially growing trend.

User Breslayy obviously didn’t like the #PurpleDrink and said all the other drinks were “awful.”

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User Agaue said it felt like customers were purposely trolling baristas. Good eye, kid.

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As Starbucks’ reaps the rewards from social media exploiting their “secret menu” for free, the baristas are stuck with the grunt work, and receive little incentive for having to learn these “secret” drinks on the spot.

But, as Reddit user ToastyXD worded it — it’s become part of the job description for baristas to understand that Starbucks’ open mixology system makes all this possible.

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However, some baristas just don’t care at all.

Where the #pinkdrink #orangedrink and #purpledrink belong. #starbucks #notsorry

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We have to thank Starbucks’ open and expansive mixology system, without it, none of this would have been possible. The only problem is, we might have simultaneously created the best drink of the summer as a joke. However, it’s not something we are trying to keep a secret.

Thank you, Internet!

Featured image: @kuyameztizo

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Sweets

This Insane New Ice Cream Was Specifically Made To Cure Your Hangover

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I’ve always been a strong believer that ice cream can fix basically anything.

Whether it’s cooling you down on a hot summer day or sealing the cracks in your heart after a bad breakup, a couple of scoops can make all sorts of problems melt into oblivion.

Even your post-drinking problems.

That’s right. You might want to put down the bacon, egg and cheese on a bagel and pick up a spoon instead, because it turns out all you need to cure your horrible hangover is a couple of scoops of ice cream.

Apparently, South Korea has a new grapefruit ice cream called Gyeondyo-bar that’s intended to combat all your hangover symptoms.

Withme FS, the convenience store chain selling the ice cream bar, said in a press release the name actually means “hang in there” in English. The release elaborated that the name “expresses the hardships of employees who have to suffer a working day after heavy drinking.”

The secret to eating your way to recovery lies in the ice cream’s unique ingredients like oriental raisin tree fruit extract, which has reportedly been used as a headache home remedy by Koreans for hundreds of years.

Now, South Korea just needs to invent an ice cream that will erase all of those drunk texts sent out at 4 am, and then all of life’s problems will be solved.

Take a look at the pictures below and this video from Reuters to see some awesome grapefruit ice cream.

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If you love ice cream just as much as you love turning up…

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…I have some good news for you.

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Now, getting some sweet relief from your horrible hangovers might be as simple as eating a couple of scoops of ice cream.

Apparently, there’s a new a new grapefruit ice cream in South Korea…

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…specifically intended to alleviate all of your hangover symptoms.

I repeat, this is not a drill. You can now make all of your hangover struggles disappear by eating your favorite frosty dessert.

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It turns out the secret to getting some sweet relief lies in the ice cream’s unique ingredients…

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…namely oriental raisin tree fruit extract.

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This extract is apparently known to have headache-curing properties and has reportedly been used as a Korean hangover remedy for hundreds of years.

So then, I guess it’s safe to say ice cream really does fix everything after all.

Written by Kaylin Pound, Elite Daily, Photo: Peter Bernik 

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Cravings

Rainbow Sushi On Instagram Has Become The Latest Colorful Food Trend

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Rainbow colored rolls are the growing trend among sushi lovers on Instagram.

No, we’re not talking about the assorted rainbow roll that consists of a California roll topped with sashimi — we’re talking about a multi-color explosion on a sushi feast.

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Tasting the rainbow is officially food art.

In the past, we have been introduced to rainbow bagels and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Rainbow sushi is a popular recipe among vegans and foodies who enjoy preparing their own foods

The recipes often involve all- natural coloring.

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Instagram account Letscookvegan uses beet powder for red food coloring.

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Beet powder and turmeric or a small amount of gochujang can be used for orange coloring.

Rainbow sushi 🌈 All natural colouring used for this epic plant based Japanese feast 👅 Couldn’t help myself sharing another photo because it’s just so damn pretty 🙌🏼 I don’t understand why people still think that putting dead fish and chicken flesh on their sushi is a good idea 😷 Plant based sushi is super tasty, better for your health, it saves animals lives, it’s better for the environment… Endless benefits to going vegan my friends 😎 Pluuuus I’ll cook you pink sushi eheheh 💕🐷 Ps. Feeling a bit like @amylecreations with this spread 👋🏼 #vegan #vegansushi #pinksushi #eatvibrantly #eatveggiesnotanimals #sushifeast #inari #rainbowsushi #happydays #goodvibes #gratitude #eatforpeace #plantsarecool #livelikeyougiveafuck #govegan

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Turmeric is also primarily used for yellow.

A bit of spirulina and a pinch of turmeric for green coloring.

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For blue and purple, Lets Cook Vegan says:

“boil 1/4 piece of chopped cabbage in about 3 cups of water for about 30 minutes or until you’re left with about 1 cup of water. Use this water to cook 1/2 cup of sushi rice and save about 3 tbsp of the purple water to make the blue food colouring. Now you’ve got your purple rice use some of the remaining white rice you made to make blue. Add about 1 tsp of baking soda to the purple water and it will turn blue, now add this to the sushi rice and mix it well.”

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People have began giving their rainbow sushi rolls creative names like Mermaid Sushi and Rainbow Unicorn Sushi.

Written by NextShark

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Hit-Or-Miss

Taiwan’s Light Bulb Bubble Tea Goes Viral After Using A Great Business Strategy

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Taiwan has unleashed a new bubble tea trend that employs the help of some actual “bobas”, known to be originally translated from the word “buxom ladies”.

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The bubble tea is served in light bulb shaped glasses, but it’s probably more about who is serving the tea that has netizens, particularly in Thailand, going crazy for it.

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I mean, it’s not like it takes an expert to copy the “hot worker” trend in Asia.

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It’s a solid, tried and true business strategy, but we are sure the bubble tea is good too.

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Written by NextShark || H/T: Shanghaiist

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Hit-Or-Miss

Here’s Why People Are Suddenly Throwing Butter On Their Sushi

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A new trend in Japan has people enjoying thick slices of butter on their sushi. Specifically on unagi, also known as freshwater eel.

Jinen, a Japanese restaurant chain, has added the new unagi butter sushi dish to its menu. Featuring vinegar rice topped with a slice of unagi, a generous pat of butter and held together with nori seaweed.

RocketNews24 reports that this might be the richest sushi ever. Fans of the traditional unagi sushi dish will know that the freshwater eel is already rich in flavor. Now, combine that with a heap of butter.

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Apparently, when fused, the warm eel and butter just melt in your mouth. Sources say that most of the diners who have tried the combination of butter and eel have been delighted with the taste and instantly hooked.

The more we hear about it, the more we want to run towards our nearest sushi spot with a tub of Country Crock.

Photo: Twitter

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Humor

‘Twizzerling’ Might Just Be The Newest Food Trend You’re Too Old For

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So it seems a bunch of dudes on a road trip started a tasty new trend they call ‘Twizzerling.’ A YouTube video that’s quickly going viral shows a kid named Micah falling asleep in a car. He friends then proceed to stuff as many Twizzlers as they can in his mouth and around his face before he wakes up.

Thirteen was the number to beat. Check out the video below and see if you can top their score. Might try this next time one of the interns fall asleep on the couch.