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Brand Cravings What's New

Skittles Premieres New Sour Skittles-Infused Ice Cream Bars

As spring transitions to summer, so too do snack cravings. Gone are the big bags of sweets that are to be devoured under three blankets while watching movies. It’s time for ice cream. But, as we sit in the in-between period of the change — too hot for a sweater, but not hot enough for a t-shirt— a cravings crisis begins to form. Much like choosing an outfit, choosing the appropriate snack can be a downright challenge.

Enter, Crazy Sour Skittles Coolers, the hybrid ice cream-candy. 

The new treat is the latest in the candy’s ice cream bars, the first of which dropped last February. The premise remains the same: deliver the Skittles experience, but make it ice cream. Except now, the humble Sour Skittle is the star of the show. 

This is accomplished by dipping a fruit-flavored, Skittles-infused ice cream bar in a “sour fruit sorbet.” 

The results can be seen on the Instagram page @newfoodsuk, who reported the find at an Iceland Foods supermarket. 

The response to the account’s post were, unsurprisingly, mixed. But, it’s hard to imagine ice cream and candy not being good together (or at least good enough to try) so this seems like an easy move for candy fiends.

Unfortunately, this is a UK-only product, so any stateside Skittles fanatics will have to find something else to fulfill their cravings.

I’m sorry, Marshawn

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Plant-Based Restaurants

TGI Fridays Is Unveiling A Vegan Steak

Photo courtesy of TGI Fridays UK

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.

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Fast Food What's New

Pizza Hut’s New Vegan Pizza Is Loaded With JACKFRUIT

Photo courtesy of Pizza Hut UK

With each New Year comes the resolution to eat slightly healthier, which likely means cutting back on pizza toppings like pepperoni, bacon, and double sausage.

For those looking to avoid meat, Pizza Hut locations in the United Kingdom have launched a new vegan pizza they’re calling Vegan Jack ‘N’ Ch**se. Customers will find this pie topped with a vegan non-dairy alternative to cheese, tomato sauce, BBQ jackfruit, sweet corn, red onions, peppers, and a finish of BBQ drizzle.

The pizza is the newest edition to Pizza Hut’s vegan pie line, joining their Vegan Veggie and Vegan Margherita.

This may not be merely a seasonal addition, however, as Pizza Hut UK says they’ll make the item a permanent fixture on their menu if 10,000 vegan pizzas are sold by the end of their Veganuary (January) promotion.

Really wish Pizza Hut offered this here in the United States as a vegan option as well. Well-seasoned jackfruit is a delicious alternative for meat.

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Culture Fast Food Restaurants

Popular UK Restaurant Chain Trains Its Baristas In Martial Arts

Photo Courtesy: LEON

You may have heard that popular UK resultant chain Leon is coming to the United States soon. Known as “The Future of Fast Food,” the restaurant follows a unique model where they offer cuisines from around the world at a more affordable price point, but manages to maintain quality ingredients.

Even though Leon is taking strides to cement themselves in the future, we discovered that the restaurant chain draws tutelage from the past as well: Baristas at Leon are schooled in the ancient martial art of Wing Tsun, also referred to as Wing Chun, as a free elective during off hours.

It looks a little something like this.

The idea behind Leon offering their baristas courses in Wing Tsun is to help promote well-being among employees. Leon holds Wing Tsun sessions for restaurant managers and often begins meetings practicing the exercises.

Shīfu Julian Hitch, Leon’s Director of Wellness and Wing Tsun Master explains the core philosophies the Leon team learns during these lessons.

“Wing Tsun is focused on improving the quality of your life,” Hitch says. “It gives both practical tools for physically improving your everyday movements and guidance for personal development. Importantly for us, it is also grounded in well-being, helping us all to achieve physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual harmony.”

He adds that the training also provides a platform for his employees to connect socially.

Everyone at Leon is taught specific breathing techniques to enhance personal calmness and increase their ability to handle stress.

“In the classes and the manuals, we teach how movements such as the Wing Tsun punch help us look after our body and increase the speed and efficiency of how we move,” Hitch says. “In particular this involves the use of low elbow positions for stability and strength, reducing the strain on the shoulders.”

The aspects of Wing Tsun taught to baristas include:

  • Relaxation: the ability to find personal calm despite whatever is going on around us.
  • Flow: the ability to create ‘effortless focus’.
  • Mastery: the ability to constantly improve on everything we do.

Three physical principles Hitch teaches his students are:

  • Posture: the ability to stand upright and minimize the stresses on the body
  • Natural body movements: the ability to move our body in the most natural way
  • Shortest Line: the ability to move in the shortest line between different objects
  • Mini-Max: the ability to always look for the minimum effort for maximum results when moving.
Photo Courtesy of Leon

With those physical foundations instilled, Hitch mentions that productivity has noticeably grown among the baristas.

“In one notable example, we evaluated our baristas in three areas: number of coffee made in six minutes, their heart rate, and the overall quality of the coffee,” Hitch says. “After studying Wing Tsun, Leon baristas were reevaluated, and we found that they had significantly improved in all three areas: They increased their average speed by 30 seconds, thus making more coffee in the six-minute time span.”

The positive results weren’t just noticeble on the professional side, but also the personal.

“Their average heart rate went down by 18 beats per minute (the highest was 40 bpm), and the quality of coffee improved,” Hitch continues. “The baristas felt far more relaxed after the training – feeling it set them up for the week ahead. There was hugely positive feedback from both the managers and the baristas in the personal and professional changes that had happened.”

With this success, Leon plans to apply Wing Tsun to other areas of the restaurant including the kitchen staff.

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Celebrity Grub Film/Television Video

Watch The Differences Between Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares In The UK Versus US

Gordon Ramsay’s version of Kitchen Nightmares in the United States compared to his series in the United Kingdom is like night and day. You might think you’re watching two completely different chefs.

Have you ever had the chance to view them side-by-side?

Kitchen Nightmares uploaded a video highlighting the differences between the two versions of the television series and they’re quite noticeable. Both feature the same premise: Gordon Ramsay travels to a struggling restaurant and inspects the establishment to see why it’s failing. He then takes a hands-on approach to improving the food and service at the restaurant before driving off into the sunset.

Here’s where they differ.

Watch the differences between the Gordon Ramsay shows:

As you can see, the intensity of chef Ramsay’s visit is much more distinguished in the US version. Chef Ramsay’s mannerisms are still pretty consistent, but the editing and menacing music make him appear ten times scarier. The US hosts and chefs are much more lippy as well.

Arguably, the UK version of Kitchen Nightmares is better than the US. Even so, the American version is slightly more addicting to watch.

Luckily, we don’t have to choose between the two.

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Cravings

Restaurant Creates The Everest of Nachos: NACHO MOUNTAIN

Looking for some team-building activities to do with your squad? How about trying to brave an Everest of nachos?

Bar Burrito, a Mexican food establishment located in the United Kingdom, created something they fondly refer to as the Nacho Mountain.

Reckon you could finish it? Tag a mate you reckon you could tackle this beast with 😏 #Barburrito #NachoMountain

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The spread of tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream, meat, peppers, lettuce, and salsa is more than enough to cover two entire tables.

While this doesn’t seem to be an every day menu item, you can probably request it ahead of time for large parties.

Hey, if we’re in the UK, we know where to stop to get our nacho fix. Until then, good luck to all the brave men and women who are bold enough to confront this massive mountain of nachos.

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Culture Drinks Hit-Or-Miss News

Start An Epic Pub Crawl With This Map of Every Pub In The UK

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Photo: University of Waterloo

If you ever wanted to go on the most epic UK pub crawl in history, it just got a whole lot easier to find everything.

The University of Waterloo’s Math Department created a map of nearly every single pub in the United Kingdom utilizing Google. According to The Poke, 12 or more pubs are missing from this map, but the results are still incredibly impressive to take a look at.

In total, the Math Department identified 24,727 different pubs across England and Scotland, and marked all of them on this interactive, Google-powered map. To estimate how that measures in terms of pub coverage, the total area of the United Kingdom is approximately 94,000 square miles — meaning that there is 1 pub for at least every 4 square miles apart.

As a comparison, the United States has 624,301 total restaurants (including pubs) over approximately 3.8 million square miles — or 1 restaurant every 6 square miles apart. That’s some serious coverage by UK pubs.

Looking at the above zoomed-out map (which takes about 10 minutes to load and zoom out because of how massive the data in this map is), all you can really see is a literal sea of red markers. It’s impossible to get a measure of coverage.

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Photo: The Poke

However, zooming in reveals that the highest concentration of pubs lies in Southern England, with London having the most pubs in that are respectively. It’s still impossible to tell exact coverage in the London area because of how crowded the pub map is.

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Photo: University of Waterloo

This zoomed-in view of just one small area of London shows how many pubs exist — basically a couple per city block, at the very minimum. You could easily construct a legendary pub crawl from this map, wherever you may be in the UK.

If you’re up for the challenge, use the map, head to a spot in the UK, and begin your epic pub crawl. Best of luck.

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This UK-Inspired Earl Grey Cocktail Is Perfect For Springtime And Tea Time

The Spring season has finally transitioned from “right around the corner” to “OH SHIIIIIT it’s SPRING! SPRING BREAK 2016 NO REGRETS!! #CanItBeSUMMERyet?!?”

No, it cannot be summer yet. We’re too busy enjoying la primavera to even think about el verano—flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, butterflies are butterflying, and bees are buzzing. You deserve a buzz of your own, too.

Enter: the FOGGY LONDON, a hot tea cocktail that mixes classic Earl Grey tea with gin, vanilla simple syrup, steamed milk, and lavender. The gin will cleanse your soul better than any “spring cleaning” sesh would, while the rest of the ingredients are reminiscent of springtime themes like refreshment and lightness.

And at the end of the day, The Foggy London makes for a solid cocktail without leaving your belly feeling too solid. Enjoy it by yourself, with your mom, or with your mom’s mom during afternoon tea time (depending how tight you are with Granny).

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Photo by Marc Kharrat

The Foggy London

6-oz. Earl Grey tea

1-2-oz. Gin

1-oz. Vanilla simple syrup

Steamed or very hot milk

Lavender sprigs

1.   Brew Earl Grey tea with milk and let it steep for 4-8 minutes.

2.   Combine all of the above ingredients with 2 sprigs of lavender and mix well. Garnish with lavender.