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Starbucks Reveals New Seared Steak Breakfast Burrito Along With Protein Bowls

Starbucks announced this morning that they’re adding a completely new summer menu to their line up. One item, specifically, will definitely catch the attention of anyone looking for a hearty breakfast along their morning commute.

The java giant revealed that they’ll be adding a Seared Steak and Tomatillo Wrap for anyone who welcomes the warm embrace of beef paired with the velvety cuddle that only scrambled eggs can bring. The new item boasts seared chunks of steak, cage-free scrambled eggs, caramelized onions, and tomatillo salsa inside a warm tortilla.

Steak and eggs is a pretty fine way to start the day off, if we do say so ourselves.

Joining the “wrap” will be a pair of high-protein lunch bowls: Chicken & Quinoa with Black Beans & Greens and Vegan Lentils & Vegetables with Brown Rice.

Starbucks has also added a hefty lineup of new beverages to their drink menu. Coffee options include an Iced Cascara Coconutmilk Latte & Iced Coconutmilk Mocha Macchiato. On the tea end of the beverage additions, Starbucks has added various Teavana Shaken Iced Tea Infusions. You can find the new summer menu line up now at participating Starbucks locations nationwide.

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Fast Food

McDonald’s Has A FISH MCWRAP In Singapore

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Singapore McDonald’s has released a fish-inspired variation of their Chicken McWrap. You guessed it, the Fish McWrap.

Made with slice of tomatoes, single leaf lettuce and a fried fish patty. The McWrap is served in a flour tortilla with a spicy chili sauce. Essentially, it sounds like a Chicken McWrap with the protein swapped out of a Filet-O-Fish.

While US McDonald’s are cutting all kinds of wraps from their menus, it looks like the Singapore locations will feature them for at least a limited time.

The wrap itself will set you back $5.40. A little on the pricier side, but most seafood items are.

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Fast Food

McDonald’s Australia Has a Sirloin Steak Menu and We Don’t

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McDonald’s is adding a steak-filled lineup at their Australia locations. This menu consists of four wraps and a salad, all of which include sirloin steak. Because who doesn’t love huge chunks of steak in their salad?

The menu begins with the featured Steak and Garlic Aioli McWrap made with marinated, slow-cooked and grilled slices of sirloin topped with tomatoes, lettuce and garlic aioli inside a flour tortilla. The $3 Mini Steak Taster is a smaller version of the aforementioned Steak and Garlic Wrap except without the tomatoes. Barbecue enthusiasts may want to take a look at the Steak and BBQ McWrap which features sliced steak, lettuce, tomatoes and barbecue sauce inside a tortilla.

For the breakfast lovers, there’s the Steak and Egg Brekkie (Breakfast) Wrap which comes with chunks of sirloin, scrambled eggs, bacon, grilled onions and barbecue sauce wrapped in a tortilla.

Finally, because there’s always someone at the party who orders a salad, the menu features a Steak Salad with Thai Dressing that comes with strips of steak, grape tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, red cabbage, carrots and lettuce topped with a Thai-style dressing.

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As a means to promote this beefy menu, McDonald’s Australia has created a pop-up in the shape of a giant lunchbox. They’re calling it the Big Lunchbox. Patrons of McDonald’s Australia, be sure to keep an eye out for the Big Lunchbox as it will be in Melbourne this week and move through Sydney, the Gold Coast, Perth and Adelaide soon after.

H/T Brand Eating

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Sweets

SPOTTED: Chocolate Shawarma is Exactly What it Sounds Like and It’s Amazing

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It’s been a few years since The Avengers made us all crave Shawarma. If Tony Stark finds out it is now available in dessert form, he’ll probably crave it after fighting off a few more aliens.

According to Tablet Mag, the popular Mediterranean street food has been transformed into a sweet, chocolaty treat. Chocolate Shawarma is sold at a dessert shop in Israel called Choco Kebab. The process looks very similar to the way the traditional shawarma is prepared, as the chocolate is put on a rotating spit, and shaved into thin chocolate slices before being nestled into a pita-crepe.

The usual suspects found in Shawarma wraps such as hummus, or tahini are replaced with dulce de leche, maple syrup, marshmallows, M&Ms, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, granola, and chocolate sprinkles.

Oded Cohen, the shop owner admitted that the concept is not an Israeli one, as he saw originally saw a chocolate spit while on a trip to Italy. So, he’s banking off a stolen concept, but hopefully it’s nothing to go to war for.

Check out the Chocolate Shawarma-making process for yourself:

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Cravings

Dunkin’ Donuts Has Two New Angus Steak and Cheese Wraps

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Dunkin’ Donuts has rolled out with two new Angus Steak and Cheese wraps.  These beauties feature angus steak, wrapped up in a tortilla and served with white cheddar cheese, plus a choice of barbecue or ranch sauce.  It’s a late night eater’s dream, especially for the guy who’s a little too classy for your run-of-the-mill-mystery meat sandwich.

The sandwiches are only around for a limited time, and will set you back about 390 (for the barbecue version) or 430 calories (for the ranch) with an SRP of $3.69.  Sounds like a perfect super late night/super early morning breakfast to us.

H/T + PicThx Grub Grade

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Opinion

Panera Bread Has No Idea How Secret Menus Work, Alerts the Media

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It’s hard to deny the singular thrill of leaning close to an In-N-Out employee and firmly stating, “Fries please, well-done, Animal-style” and having him throw back a knowing smirk. But somehow the words “Power Mediterranean Roasted Turkey Salad” don’t sound nearly as exciting.

Recently, Panera Bread pitched us the story of its not-so-new, not-so-secret “Hidden Menu,” which features an assortment of veggie-heavy, lean protein, and low-carb menu items for breakfast, lunch and dinner (you know, as opposed to the regularly heavy offerings expected of a place named “Bread”). And while the news mildly piqued our interest, we couldn’t help but feel there was something vaguely counterproductive about being pitched – (Pitched! Not even “sneakishly tipped off to”!) – a secret menu that is neither particularly secret nor particularly, well, cool.

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Here’s Panera’s full Hidden Menu, as copied from the press release:

Breakfast Options

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POWER BREAKFAST EGG WHITE BOWL WITH ROASTED TURKEY
Roasted all-natural, Antibiotic-free turkey, egg whites, warm baby spinach, roasted peppers, and basil Pesto. 180 calories, 7g carbs, 25g protein.

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POWER BREAKFAST EGG BOWL WITH STEAK
Two all-natural eggs, seared top sirloin, sliced avocado & tomatoes. 230 calories, 5g carbs, 20g protein.

Lunch & Dinner Options

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POWER MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN SALAD
All-natural, Antibiotic-free chicken, baby spinach, romaine, tomatoes, apple-wood smoked bacon, diced eggs, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil. 360 calories, 12g carbs, 35g protein.

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POWER MEDITERRANEAN ROASTED TURKEY SALAD
All-natural, Antibiotic-free roasted turkey, baby spinach, romaine, tomatoes, red onions, kalamata olives, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil. 320 calories, 12g carbs, 22g protein.

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POWER CHICKEN HUMMUS BOWL
All-natural, Antibiotic-free chicken, with cilantro jalapeno hummus, baby spinach, cucumbers, diced tomatoes & red onions finished with fresh squeezed lemon & fresh chopped cilantro. 330 calories, 23g carbs, 33g protein.

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POWER STEAK LETTUCE WRAPS
Seared top-sirloin, leaf lettuce, cucumbers, diced tomatoes & red onions, basil pesto and finished with fresh lemon juice. 280 calories, 7g carbs, 28g protein.

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As you can see, there are no White Gummies here, no Biscotti Frappuccinos, no Flying Dutchmen – just a bunch of healthy-ish foods with names and ingredients that sound just as legitimate as anything else on Panera Bread’s regular old Visible Menu.

The thing about secret menus is that they usually aren’t so much “menus” as “code words” – shorthand for crazy customer innovations or specific and complicated orders that have steadily grown in popularity over the years. Picture a stoned guy walking into an In-N-Out Burger, asking “Can I get a Double-Double? But instead of two patties and two slices of cheese, we make it four patties, four slices of cheese and you make your head stop growing and shrinking like that?” And thus the 4×4 was born.

Panera’s menu is something else entirely. Yes, it’s great the chain is now offering some desperately needed low-carb options, especially for breakfast, but considering Panera’s usual clientele, wouldn’t something like the Power Breakfast Egg White Bowl with Roasted Turkey do perfectly alongside a Mediterranean Egg White on Ciabatta? As of now, only those who keep up with this sort of thing or follow Panera’s social media channels have been made privy to the news – but it’s difficult to imagine these things not doing well if more people only knew about them.

Sure, there’s something to be said about the role of social media in all this – the logic behind rewarding those customers who actually engage the brand on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram with fancy new menu items that only they know about – but it’s an obvious marketing technique that frankly feels a bit dated. What makes secret menus fun is that they’re typically born out of individual sparks of genius and shared by word of mouth, not manufactured solely to allow brands to sneakily cash into new markets.

So should Panera get rid of its new Hidden Menu? No, but it should absorb it into its regular line-up and preserve the sanctity of the true “secret menu” by only including foods that deserve to be on it. Personally, I’m holding out for a Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bagel or Sriracha Cream Cheese. Now those sound like things worth whispering about.

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Cravings

Inside Out Wrap

Talented sandwich artist Adrian Fiorino has brought to the table some of the most inventive and novel sandwiches we’ve seen in our few short years of food blogging. Remember the Green Eggs and Spamwich? How about the CrocoDILL Sandwich? In the most recent surfacing of his works is this Inside Out Wrap, complete with lettuce, mustard and mayo on the outermost layer.

Not sure if this way of forming a wrap will ever catch on and become trendy, but it’s definitely interesting to look at. For more inventive sandwiches, you might want to consider picking up Adrian’s book complete with 101 different Insanewiches. It’s on sale right now on Amazon.