I Made My Exes Into Puppets For Free Food On Valentine’s Day

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In what’s turning into my least favorite tradition, I decided to turn an otherwise mundane Valentine’s Day alone, into a cathartic food story full of burritos and “Drake tears.”

Around this time of year, every restaurant attempts to offer a unique Valentine’s Day deal, and of late, some are even getting into the “Single Awareness Day” spirit, realizing there’s also money to be made in getting sad schmucks like myself into their restaurants.

Hooters has made it a yearly tradition to literally shred a photo of your ex in exchange for wings, and this year, Burger King is getting into the mix with a similar promotion where you can exchange a photo of your ex for a Whopper.

So instead of staying home and binge-eating ice cream while re-watching That 70s Show on Netflix, I decided to pursue a little food-filled adventure, where I could celebrate the single life.

With that said, I’ve had three impactful relationships of my life, and while breakups are never ideal, I’m thankful that I can still get something out of these failed relationships thanks to the power of restaurants marketing for a holiday built to push consumerism — all in the name of love.

In order to take advantage of these deals, I printed out photos of all three of those special exes; let’s call them Leia, Ivy, and Topanga for the sake of this article. I pasted the photos onto a set of puppets, and started my quest for additional closure.

Burger King


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The first stop was Burger King, as this year they did a pretty solid promo for not just Valentine’s Day, but in conjunction with Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey. The movie’s premise is that Quinn and the Joker split up, and she goes off to do her own thing.

With breakups in mind, Burger King offered free Whoppers in exchange for a photo of your ex.

So off I went to Burbank, CA, which was one of the participating locations.

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I chose my sweet Leia for this offer. Leia represents my first love, my first relationship. A youthful love that represented simpler times like that of just playing basketball in the schoolyard or watching Star Wars without a care.

You’d think walking in with a puppet and handing them over a photo of your ex would turn some heads, but the staff was all for it, happy that someone actually did this whole Harley Quinn thing.

@yungfoodbeastFREE FOOD USING MY EX PT. 1. Burger King exchanged free Whoppers for photos of your ex on Valentine’s Day! #fyp #foryourpage #foodbeast♬ Talk – Khalid

So off went my first photo of my first love, and honestly my first Whopper in years. They dropped the photo into their little “ex box” — and step one of my quest was a success.


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Qdoba’s promotion consists of a BOGO, where you “kiss a loved one,” and get a free entree after purchasing a first one. It’s a Valentine’s Day offer they’ve run for years, and it was due time that I took advantage.

I chose Ivy for this one, as a tragic kiss of death is what “did in” this relationship a few years back.

@yungfoodbeastFREE FOOD USING MY EX PT. 2. Qdoba has a V-Day BOGO deal when you kiss a loved one. 😘💔🌯 #fyp #formyvalentine #foryourpage♬ Thinkin Bout You – Ciara

As much as that kiss of death led to so much sorrow, this Qdoba kiss led to nothing but happiness in the form of a burrito.

As I puckered up and laid a smooch on this puppet, I felt additional closure. If anything can make everything better, it’s a burrito.



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Hooters also runs a yearly deal where they encourage you to shred photos of your exes in exchange for 10 boneless wings. They literally have a shredder, and like the folks at Burger King, they too were stoked that someone was actually taking advantage.

I guess not too many people are jumping at the chance to get over their old flames to the tune of free wings.

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For the third and final trip, and possibly the most dramatic, I chose to bring in a photo of Topanga. This relationship was the freshest on my mind, and it made it that much harder to go through with.

See, Topanga was supposed to be “The one.” And just as Corey Matthews found it hard to accept when Topanga up and left him in season 3 of Boy Meets World, I couldn’t help but feel the same.

@yungfoodbeastFREE FOOD USING MY EX PT. 3. Hooters has a buy 10 wings get 10 free boneless wings if you bring a photo of your ex to shred. #formyvalentine #fyp♬ I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

So there I was, at Hooters, walking around the dining room with an Italian puppet of my ex, and booty cleavage as far as the eye can see.

It was rough, but I went through with it.

Into the shredder went the photo, as did my relationship.

Was this the closure I needed in order to finally feel something again? Was a benign moment inside a Hooters in West Covina going to turn everything around for me?

Probably not. But hey, free wings.


Boston Market Offers Succulent Baby Back Rib Bouquet For Valentine’s Day

Any meatlovers out there struggling to find something succulent and finger-licking this Valentine’s Day for their soulmates? Look no further. Really.

In the spirit of the commercial holiday, Boston Market locations are offering a bouquet of Baby Back Ribs to all the romantics out there for a limited time.

Only available on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, the one dozen tender ribs celebrate the addition of the menu meat option on the restaurant chain’s menu. Cooked to the point where they’ll fall off the bone, the ribs are smothered in Sweet Baby Ray’s famous hickory barbecue sauce.

Those interested, be sure to camp out at your local Boston Market location, because chances are these ribs will fly off the steamers once doors open. You can find the BAE-by Back Rib Bouquet available in all Boston Market restaurants nationwide Feb. 14 for $29.99. Wonder if I can make a special request for a meatloaf bouquet ahead of next year’s holiday?

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Hooters Is Giving Out Free Wings to Single People on Valentine’s Day

Most Valentine’s Days spent single are passed in a concentrated effort to forget your ex but, on this year’s Valentine’s Day, Hooters is asking for your remembrance of what was.

On February 14th, during the yearly reminder of our societal obligation to companionship, Hooters is offering up the chance to get 10 free boneless wings. The only condition is you must bring in a picture of your former significant other to be shredded, because people still shred pictures like it’s a mid-2000’s lowbrow romcom, evidently.

But, if you’re living in 2020 like the rest of us, and your photo library is on your phone or computer, you can digitally shred your ex as well. You’ll be presented with a voucher you can use to redeem your chicken nuggets — er, boneless wings, excuse me.

Unfortunately, a rather difficult dilemma faces you after your former flame has been extinguished and 10 boneless wings are in your possession: Do you squad up with all the other people who decided to go to Hooters on Valentine’s Day or do you go home and eat your Hooters wings alone while solemnly curled up on the couch? Both are equally as existential crisis triggering but, hey, at least you’ll have ten free wings, right?


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Guy Pretends To Be Stood Up, Gets Free Steak On Valentine’s Day

While many reclusive souls spent Valentine’s Day with constant reminders of their loneliness, one man decided to work the system.

Maryland resident Stephen Bosner claimed to have bamboozled an entire Outback Steakhouse on the day of love.

Live Tweeting his night of deceit, Bosner started off by asking, “If I went to Outback Steakhouse by myself tonight and asked for a table for 2, then got progressively sadder as the night went on alone, do you think they’d give me my steak for free?”

Turns out they wouldn’t, but he still found a way to con a couple into paying for his meal, and he let us into his journey, step-by-step.

The Arrival

The ruse started before he even got seated, as there was a 45 minute wait, to which he responded with a, “Oh that’s okay, this works perfectly – she said she was running a bit late anyway.”

He wore a suit, as any self-respecting man on a fake date would, was eventually seated, and even ordered his imaginary Valentine a glass of Chardonnay.

The Appetizers

While his date was “running late,” he still took advantage and started off the night with Outback’s famous bread loaf. Surely she wouldn’t mind, and if she wants some bread on arrival, you can just order some. No harm done.

As some time passed, he ate a second loaf of bread.

Kitchen Closes Soon

The Kitchen was 15 minutes from closing, so he had to eventually order something. Bosner chugged his date’s glass of wine in front of the server, and ordered a steak.

Bosner said that everyone in the restaurant glanced at him at least once, as it was painfully obvious that he was having dinner alone on Valentine’s Day.

The Fake Voicemail

To add a little drama, and really lay it on thick, Bosner jumped on the phone and left a 40 second voicemail, saying that he hoped, “everything is OK, and nothing bad happened.”

He actually recorded himself leaving this fraudulent voicemail, and spoke loud enough for anyone around him to hear.

“I Have Named Her Katherine”

With plenty of time on his hands, Bosner finally named his fake date, and even gave her a backstory. If this is not commitment, I don’t know what is. He has gone through all this trouble, and still made sure to give his non-existing date a full profile.

“Katherine is a consultant at Deloitte. She lives in Arlington, that’s why I chose this spot. We met at the grocery store. We both went for the same bag of shredded cheese. She seemed so excited for our Valentine’s Day date.”

The Restaurant Is Officially Closed

Putting in a late order, Bosner stayed in the Outback a little after closing. While the doors were closed for 25 minutes, Bosner stared down his steak, didn’t touch it, and actually began to weep.

He said he even went as far as to accidentally drop some mac & cheese on the floor, and with zero f*cks given, picked up and still ate it.

Even with this night being a pre-planned ploy, you have to think there was a bit of actual sadness on Bosner’s part, because this is getting increasingly sad.

The Payoff

There was at least one couple left at the bar, and they apparently not only bought the whole scam, but also bought him his dinner. While it wasn’t Outback that paid for his meal, at least someone did.

To not be a complete dick, Stephen donated $50, which is about the price of an Outback dinner, to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Outback’s Response

At the end of it all, Bosner scammed the Outback employees, the customers, got a free meal, and Outback’s response was another free meal for him and a date.

You’d think Outback would be mad, but it seems they can take a joke, and the whole thing was pretty impressive anyway.

Not everyone was impressed with the joke, some even going as far as saying things like,”You think $20 is good compensation for not letting your waiter turn over his table, on a night that he’s counting on to make good money? for a joke that’s not particularly funny, so you can get some likes on twitter?” and, “You wasted a server’s time and money plus conned a couple of people to pay you for a dinner that you didn’t deserve. Some ‘hero’. Get a life.”

Everyone’s a critic, but Stephen created a memorable night for himself, even if it was at the expense of others.

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3 Quick Romantic Dinners You Can Easily Break Out For Valentine’s Day

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If you need an excuse for planning a romantic dinner, then Valentine’s Day is the best one you can get. You can buy a gift for your special one, but the magic is guaranteed if you cook one of these three meals at home. 

How do you usually spend Valentine’s Day? If you always make a reservation for two at a restaurant, your significant other may not be impressed by that anymore. How about surprising your beloved by making a romantic dinner at home?

A delicious meal for this special day, when you celebrate love, should be quick and easy to make, so you can still have plenty of time for each other in the evening, after you prep the food.

3 Quick-And-Easy Romantic Dinner Ideas

1st Menu

Duck and Roasted Asparagus

A special evening needs a special meal, like this duck breast with orange sauce. It only takes 30 minutes to make, and, in the end, you’ll be rewarded with a delicious French-style dish. The sauce enhances the bird’s taste, but you should also be careful to let the meat rest for about 5-10 minutes before slicing it.

Since you don’t need your oven for cooking the duck breast, use it for the side dish: roasted asparagus with butter-fried walnuts. It’s so simple to make but so impressive! Serve the asparagus in artisanal bunches, tying the spears with chives! Plus, asparagus is low in calories, just in case you still want to eat healthily!

Wine-poached pears

If you choose a French-style main dish, how about a French dessert as well? You should try these Williams pears in Bourgogne wine, and we bet you’ll amaze your loved one! The pears are boiled in wine, along with cinnamon and star anise, for a dessert with layered flavors and aromas, like a culinary journey. It’s almost effortless to make, but the result is delicious!

2nd Menu

Beef tenderloin with roasted veggies

You can keep or skip the arugula salad, your choice! Just cook the beef tenderloin on the stove, 2 minutes per side, then transfer it to the oven for the next 25 minutes. Add it to your shortlist because it’s quite tasty and ready in no time! Be careful though, our recipe is for one, and you should cook double the quantity of meat.

If you decide to ignore the salad, you should totally try this recipe of roasted Brussels sprouts and carrots. It actually is a warm salad which also has pecan nuts and dried cranberries! It’s sweet and full of distinct flavors!


Valentine’s Day is about love, but it’s also about chocolate! If you’re a diehard chocolate fan, this chocolate mousse should really be on the top of your wish list. Add Baileys into the mix and transform your chocolate mousse into something truly unique and ready in less than half an hour. Reduce the quantities from our recipe, or keep them and you’ll have a dessert for the next day too.

3rd Menu


Pasta is a great idea anytime you don’t have too much time to spend in the kitchen! And this recipe is even a better idea if you or your loved one don’t eat meat, but you do eat fish. Besides smoked salmon, it has anchovies, which have a distinct, strong flavor and they’re great to spice up just about any dish. Cherry tomatoes and arugula freshen up the pasta. Your romantic dinner will be ready in 30 minutes!

Lava cake

Lava cake is a classic. If you haven’t tried it by now, you should know that it has a creamy chocolate hidden inside. It’s rich, decadent, and truly worthy of a feast! It takes 20 minutes to make. Serve the lava cake with fresh berries like raspberries and redcurrants.

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Article by Raluca Cristian from So Delicious. View the original article here.


Why Valentine SweetHearts Have Suddenly Vanished

You don’t know what you have ’til it’s gone, and the classic SweetHearts, known for its loving messages written on the surface, will be something to miss this Valtentine’s Day.

The sweet statement-bearing hearts were the top selling Valentine’s Day candy the last two years, according to Candy Store, but those iconic treats did not make it to store shelves this year after its parent company went bankrupt in 2018.

The New England Confectionery Company, which was known as America’s oldest candy company, ultimately sold to the Spangler Candy Co., according to USA Today.

While some of the candies that NECCO produced managed to stick around with other candy companies taking over, the Valentine’s Day favorites, sadly, did not.

Candy Store projected 23 million pounds worth of SweetHearts would have been sold this Valentine’s Day, and in past years, about 8 billion candy hearts were put into production, per year.

According to CNBC, that type of production could not be met this year, but there are plans to relaunch by Valentine’s Day 2020.

Map of 2018 most popular candies/Candy Store

So if you usually need a candy to express just how much you love that special someone, you’ll have to buy some of the remaining SweetHearts floating around on Amazon, or just buy the SweetTart and Brach’s imitations.

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This Valentine’s Day Dessert Is $1,000 and Includes A Real Diamond Hidden Inside

For any last minute Valentine’s Day ideas that stand out from the usual, try this $1,000 dessert that flips the regular romantic fare and goes for the grandiose flair. At Beauty & Essex they’re offering a $1,000 dessert that features a real brilliant cut 0.10 carat white diamond hidden inside a decadent chocolate sphere.

Included in the $1,000 Beauty & Essex Valentine’s Day dessert is a tray of espresso macchiato served with sugar jewels in a golden heart-shaped locket, a jewelry box with glitter dusted doughnuts served with luscious caramel, chocolate, and berry dipping sauces, another jewelry box of chocolate hearts with various fillings, and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne.

With only six available per Beauty & Essex location, this flashy dessert requires a unique feature wherein you have to crack open the chocolate sphere to reveal the white diamond from the Beauty & Essex pawn shop.

If bae’s surely worth it and you’re down for some exorbitant dining on Valentine’s Day, then hit up any of the Beauty & Essex locations in New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas for a romantic treat that’s sure to be memorable.


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This $500 Valentine’s Day Exclusive Pizza Is The Epitome of Extra

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and the Hallmark holiday is notorious for influencing restaurants to showcase just how indulgent and extravagant they can get with their meals, all in the name of romance. Realizing that the holiday for lovers is a chance to capitalize, Firenza Pizza decided to take the concept of opulent romantic dinners and create something for all pizza-loving folks out there.

Enter the ‘Golden Surf & Turf Pizza’, a sumptuous pie that features high-end ingredients like a lobster bechamel base, manchego cheese, lobster tails, Wagyu filet mignon, ikura caviar, and a light topping of gold leaf flakes. As expected, this swank lineup of fixings will gut punch your wallet, what with its $500 price tag and all.

But hey, when it comes to bae (especially a pizza-lovin’ one at that), money should be no object right? If you’re sure of this, then treat them to this palatial pie at Firenza Pizza locations on Valentine’s Day.

It’s only available just for V-Day, so make sure to hop on this lavish train quickly.