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Game Changing Spinach Artichoke Pizza Operates As Both Pizza AND Dip

When the holidays roll around, Rose City Pizza owner Brian Nittayo is in full spinach artichoke dip mode. A popular dish among his family, Nittayo would constantly get requests days prior to family get togethers for his take on the classic app.

At the last party, the pizzeria owner wondered what would happen if that dip came in some kind of pizza form.

From that stray thought, The Dip Pizza was born.

Rose City’s pie features spinach, artichoke hearts, garlic cream sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan, and is topped with colorful tortilla chip strips.

The idea was that the pizza crust would act as a giant chip, ferrying the contents of a gooey party app directly into your mouth.

You can either enjoy the pie by the slice or grab some tortilla chips and dip directly onto its savory surface as if it were its own party bowl.

The Dip Pizza can be found at Rose City Pizza in Rosemead, CA. It’s also home to the viral Al Pastor Pizza that comes straight from a spit. Between this and the spinach artichoke dip pie, I’m excited to see what this spot comes up with next.

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Fitness Guru Shows Us How To Make Cheeseburger Pop-Tarts

There’s an argument to be made that many foods should be enjoyed in some kind of Pop-Tart form. For those who can barely roll out of bed to make it to work on time, it’s just easier being able to crush your meals in hand-held fashion.

Zach Rocheleau, the man behind @theflexibledietinglifestyle on Instagram, shared a recipe with us that combines the convenience of a Pop-Tart with the savory goodness of a cheeseburger.

To make the flaky Pop-Tart crust, Rocheleau combines regular flour, coconut flour, and almond flour in a food processor. Butter and plain Greek yogurt are introduced to the flour mixture and blended further to create a lighter pastry. Taking a handful of the dough, he forms two balls which are rolled out on a flat surface to form the bottom and top halves of the crust.

Once the edges are cleanly sliced, a burger patty is stacked with queso, shredded mozzarella cheese, avocado slices, and a fried egg.

After the cheeseburger Pop-Tart is assembled, he crimps the edges with a fork and bakes the savory pastry for 12-15 minutes at 450 degrees.

The recipe is low-carb and high in protein for anyone trying to bulk up. If you’re not, however, it just looks friggin’ delicious.

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4th Of July Video Captures Food And Fireworks Exploding In Beautiful Slow-Motion

July 4th is nearly upon us and, while it’s locked in the middle of the workweek, it doesn’t mean we can’t get weird and fun with the national holiday.

You may remember director David Ma from his many food series such as Superhero Hands and Jeff’s Table.

As a tribute to Independence Day, the director celebrates July 4th in what he feels is the most “AMERICA way possible” — combining food and fireworks.

Watch as traditional 4th of July picnic foods like hot dogs, watermelon, and Jell-O explode to the National Anthem.

Ma told Foodbeast:

“This was a personal project and ode to my favorite 4th of July foods with fireworks I was never allowed to play with as a kid.”

The director revealed that the foods chosen were not only iconic to Independence Day picnics, but items that would also yield to beautiful explosions in slow motion.

“I had a small but brilliant team who made all this happen. Brett Long was our food stylist who worked in tandem with Mike Quattrocchi (our fireworks technician) to attach M80 and mortar fireworks to watermelons, potato salad, Jell-O molds and hot dogs for precision in our blasts. For the set decoration and propping, Chuck Willis and Melissa Stammer brought to life my vision for the tabletops, which was a kitschy Americana ’80s feel.”


Remember kids, DO NOT try this at home. As this behind-the-scenes pic shows, the explosions were very real.

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Watch This Guy Cook A Steak Using Sunlight And Butter

Enjoying a steak and basking in the sunlight sounds like a perfect day. Part of the journey every meat lover should experience at least once, is how that steak gets made.

Here’s one for the books.

YouTube’s The King of Random channel posed a hypothesis of whether or not it was possible to cook a steak with sunlight.

Harnessing Apollo’s embrace, Nate from the King of Random team set a raw cut of steak on a cast iron skillet and placed the meat under a solar scorcher.

A solar scorcher is a device that amplifies the sun’s rays and concentrates it immensely in a controlled perimeter. Similar to a giant magnifying glass, the device creates a constant stream of heat that quickly begins to warm both the skillet and the beef — becoming more concentrated the lower it gets to the ground.

Check out the fascinating process in how the scorcher cooks the steak in the video above. We probably don’t have the patience to build a solar scorcher the next time we want a steak, but we will pull up a lawn chair and eat it outside in the sun.

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We Can’t Take Our Eyes Off These Soothing Mac & Cheese Videos

I’ve only recently become familiar with the concept of ASMR videos. Before that, my YouTube experience mostly consisted of Mark Morrison and sneaker lacing tutorials.

Also known as Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, ASMR is essentially an experience that gives your body a sensation typically through a tandem of audio and visual stimulation — more commonly done via YouTube videos.

Here’s an example:

Not being one with a sweet tooth, cakes really don’t do it for me. However, I discovered something else equally effective.

Being lactose intolerant, I find the macaroni and cheese making process incredibly appealing. Though my body rejects dairy like a half-hearted prom proposal, my eyes and ears are drawn to the process of combining noodle to cheese and the sensation that comes from hearing them slow dance in a stainless steel gymnasium.

YouTube, however, can be a mixed bag when I’m searching for recipes. Some days, I don’t want to hear someone talking — just the soothing sounds of mac and cheese creation.

Below are some of the best mac and cheese recipes and interactions that feature limited to ZERO dialogue. All you pretty much hear is the tranquil soundtrack of macaroni and cheese coming to be.


God, look at all that cheese.

Soft whispers are cool too, just as long as you’re not shouting your recipe. Why is everybody shouting on the Internet these days?

Now, I can actually take or leave the eating parts of these videos. Seeing someone eat food that I can’t taste myself doesn’t appeal to me whether you’re male or female. Probably why I’ll never get into mukbang. Still, I can respect someone crushing an entire tray of macaroni and cheese for video content.

Finally, you can’t go wrong with Kraft Mac. A lifetime ago, before the intolerance kicked in, Kraft Mac and Cheese was a third of my college diet. How I miss it.


Next time you have a stressful day, I highly recommend looking up some ASMR videos of your favorite foods. Macaroni and cheese isn’t for everyone, but there are literally hundreds of other ASMR recipe videos on the Internet that will send tingles down your spine.

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We Spoke To The Now Viral Dancing ‘Pizza Girl’ About Her Internet-Breaking Performance

It’s often said that pizza can make everything better. With that said, it seems a video of a burlesque dancer performing her routine whilst nibbling on a slice of pizza, is probably enough visual evidence needed to establish that pizza does make everything better. We spoke to the now viral pizza girl to find out what happened.

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The viral pizza girl, known as Lilly Blue Moon, is an artist, model and dancer at Jumbo’s Clown Room in Downtown Los Angeles.  The video, which now has more than 3 million views on Twitter, shows Moon, casually take the stage with a slice of pizza in hand, as money rains down on her and the crowd cheers — while the tune of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” plays in the background.

FOODBEAST spoke to Ms. Blue Moon via Instagram direct message. She explained that eating pizza on stage isn’t a part of her normal performance, but considering the reaction from her now viral video, it might be.

“If there’s anything I’d want to be known for its eating pizza half naked and getting money thrown at me for it.” — Lilly Blue Moon

Whatever the case may be, the internet seemed quite envious of Moon and her moves.

Twitter user @sharizardsenpai seemed super into it.

It looks like Twitter user @Goddess__gemma supports this video.

Having worked at Jumbo’s for nearly a year, Moon said she has a reputation of being a pizza lover, which has earned her the nickname, “Pizza Girl,” since she continuously brings in pizza for before her shifts. So, considering her nickname, Moon decided to add a slice to her dance routine, and got more attention than she expected.

“I’ve done it a few times the other bikini bars I worked at,” Moon told FOODBEAST. “Never in front of a large crowd and never did I expect a response I got from it! I do always get pizza before work and my coworkers and boss call me ‘The Pizza Girl’. I just thought it would be funny.”

Moon added that her slice of the night was from Garage Pizza in LA, which is only about a mile from Jumbo’s. Could viral pizza girl start a new food trend for gentlemen’s clubs? Possibly, considering strip clubs are basically the reason Atlanta is addicted to lemon pepper chicken wings.

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‘Free Juice Day’ Is The Stealing Food Movement That Has People On The Fence

Would you steal food in order to feed the less fortunate? Depending on where you live, it might be illegal to feed the homeless, however, one graffiti artist has sparked a new philanthropic movement that is catching a lot of attention on Instagram called “Free Juice Day.”

Known simply as, “GUNS,” the artist has become a veritable modern day Robin Hood, and uses his Instagram story feature to give a firsthand perspective of his exploits into casual daytime street tagging, t-shirt making, and performing acts of humanity.

Today, Instagram has become a peephole into the lives of more than 800 million people. Whether it be to try out the app’s latest face filters, air out grievances, rant on your latest peeves, to even posting the latest food porn in your latest meal. For graffiti artists, it’s a platform to show off their craft — regardless of the legality.

Photo/Chris Abouabdo, Foodbeast

If you consider the classic tale of Robin Hood, the heroic renegade who stole from the rich to give to the poor — risking his own freedom for the well-being of others, “Free Juice Day” has similar shades of altruistic traits.

Using only the phrase “Free Juice Day,” GUNS records himself stealing bottles of juice from establishments like Starbucks, and gifting it to the less fortunate individuals he finds on the streets.

This kleptomania is usually a daily occurrence for his 75,000+ Instagram followers.

When posting a news video about it, “Free Juice Day” caused a stir on our YouTube Channel, sparking one-side responses reiterating how wrong stealing was and that GUNS should find a day job in order to contribute to the less fortunate. Perhaps, the general public wants GUNS to adopt a less rigid approach to his kind-hearted acts.

Martin Schoeller presumably could serve as an example for GUNS. Schoeller (@MartinScholler), works with the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition, and posts the images on his Instagram page, which usually consist of “clients of the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition.” Schoeller spends time interviewing the homeless individuals, photographs and includes their stories of life on the streets within the caption.

In a recent Instagram post, Schoeller explained he created this project with the intention of giving those using the coalition’s services, “a face and a voice,” according to the post. It’s on the other side of the spectrum than the “Free Juice Day” movement, yet what Schoeller does still raises awareness and draws attention to the plight of the homeless.

Albiet illegal, in some respect, “Free Juice Day” spotlights common societal issues that seldom become the focus of Instagram content. Images of homelessness and poverty are reoccurring norms within GUNS’ digital storytelling. For graffiti writers, obscure regions of public space become the ideal environments to produce art, yet, these dark fringes of society enable drug addiction, homelessness and untreated mental illnesses to thrive.

For most of us, it’s easier to ignore these unfortunate occurrences when it is out of sight. Still, Free Juice Day might actually be forcing people to see the real picture. GUNS is stealing. He’s also giving. Regardless of the consequences or legal morality, he’s doing it.

Free Juice Day

Not much is known about GUNS beyond graffiti art and his Free Juice Day movement, however, despite the unidentified artist’s significant Instagram following.

While Starbucks locations seem to be the main target of Free Juice Day, GUNS’ digital escapades also showcase the spray-happy artist stealing pet food and other supplies, which he hand delivers to the less fortunate and their pets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you think of Robin Hood, what do you envision? If he were alive today (or ever) do you think he would steal from spots like Starbucks? Would Robin Hood even be down with Free Juice Day in the first place? Would Robin Hood paint graffiti as a means to beautify his surroundings?

In the true sense of an outlaw, why wouldn’t he?

I asked my Facebook network how they felt about stealing to feed the less fortunate, and though the well-intentioned act expectedly received some merit, there were some mixed responses.

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Foodbeast staff writer Costa Spyrou said he could see why someone would be willing to risk their freedom for others.

Free Juice Day

Foodbeast’s Co-Founder Elie Ayrouth said he might not have the juevos,  and stated he’s basically against stealing in general, which makes sense.

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James Delgado replied that he wouldn’t risk his freedom.

Free Juice Day

While it’s safe to say that Starbucks won’t go out of business due to “Free Juice Day,” it’s obviously going to piss some people off, although it’s unclear if  GUNS even cares. It’s also unclear if there’s an endgame to Free Juice Day — or why it’s even a thing.

For graffiti purists, stealing is part of game. Some will argue that graffiti can only be considered graffiti if it is performed illegally. Meaning, everything from supplies and location are taken without permission — all times.

In that respect, GUNS is truly a purist. It became clear that in order to understand “Free Juice Day,” I needed to let go of any conventional set of rules or moral compass, which is a difficult concept to grasp — but it’s through that unconventional mindset that makes Free Juice Day possible.

After months of watching GUNS stories, it became clear that normal rules didn’t apply.

Working on this story, I had sparse interactions with GUNS through Instagram direct messages. While he allowed me to tell this story, not much else transpired.  My day consisted of taking screen recordings of his Insta Stories, sending him messages and hoping for a reply. I became eager to see new material, up late at night with my cellphone glowing, rewatching his Instagram story dozens of times before they disappeared. It became like tracking wild game.

While people are upset that stealing is a primary characteristic of Free Juice Day, helping or giving to others shouldn’t be judged by a monetary amount.

Whatever the world thinks of the Free Juice Day movement, hopefully this story will make people more inclined to give a helping hand to the drug addicted, homeless and poverty-stricken masses that survive on the streets — and not crucify the artist for his contributions, regardless of morality.

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The Viral Video Of The Selfie Girl Getting Roofied Seems To Be A Fake

It’s terrifying to think that someone could slip something sinister into your drink in the time it takes to blink your eyes — or shoot a selfie. This recent viral video shows exactly that.

Two women, seemingly on spring break, decided to shoot a video of themselves partying with drinks in hand. While one of the girls walks off camera, a guy in a black shirt drops something into the drink of the woman filming.

The brunette, a musician / model with the handle @Jaeda_Sky originally posted the video on Twitter of her and her friend Kristal Santos dancing at a party on where the incident was captured. After the video posted by her friend went viral, Santos posted on her Instagram telling her followers that she was safe and noticed what happened in the video before it was too late.

O #TBT de hj vai ser do feriado top que passei em Escarpas do Lago! Agradeço a todos de coração pelas msgs de preocupação!! Pensei mto antes de vir aqui escrever e me expor, mas quem me conhece sabe que eu sou um livro aberto e não sou de guardar nada pra mim. Gosto de festas, gosto de beber(às vezes até de mais) e quem anda cmg sabe mto bem que a única coisa que faço é BEBER e só. Bom..mas isso não é o importante pq as únicas pessoas que devo satisfação e que realmente me importam são minha família e meus amigos de verdade, e o resto como já diz..é resto! Mais uma vez vou explicar aqui pra quem continua preocupados…Eu não bebi nada daquele copo pq estava no final da festa e o copo já estava vazio, ou seja nada me aconteceu. Sim, fico feliz que o vídeo está repercutindo de uma forma positiva, como um alerta para todos tomarem mais cuidado com seus copos, inclusive eu. Aposto que assim como minha mãe a mãe de todo mundo já avisou mil vezes para tomarem cuidado com os copos, eu achava ela exagerada!rs…mas não é exagero, pq a gente sempre acha que com a gente isso nunca vai acontecer, mas a verdade é que pode sim acontecer a qualquer momento e em qualquer lugar. Acho que cada um faz e usa o que bem intender, mas a partir de que seja por vontade própria. Bom é isso…ahh mais uma coisa pra quem tem coragem de fazer comentários do tipo..tá na balada, tá dançando, tá bebendo, tá de roupa curta, ela não presta, e merece levar um boa noite Cinderela…Aqui o boa noite Cinderela pra vocês!!🖕🏼💋 #aloiradocopo

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Here’s a rough Instagram translation of what she wrote:

Essentially, Santos says that since it was near the end of the party her cup was already empty and she didn’t drink out of it. She then states that the video is a great wake up call for everyone to be more mindful of their drink glasses.

However, in a plot twist, it appears that video was fake. One commenter on the original video screenshot an Instagram story admitting that what happened was a joke.

While this captured incident wasn’t real, it’s still a sobering reminder of what can happen when you’re so cavalier about watching over your drinks — something everyone, male or female, should keep in mind. Be extra cautious and maybe put your phones down until after you finish your drink.

Some tips to keep yourselves safe include holding your drink from the top at all times, never set your drink down and lose track of it, don’t accept drinks from strangers, don’t sip from anyone else’s cup, and avoid drinks from containers that have been opened.

There are also products, like this straw, that detects when your drink has been tampered with.

The world can be a shitty place sometimes. As my colleague and office dad Constantine Spyrou would say: “Stay safe, y’all.”