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Getting Free Food at McDonald's

I’m always on the prowl, researching day and night for the best food deals. I just found a nice, quick video tutorial on how to enjoy some free McDonald’s, even when there is no promotion going on (no need to thank me Mang, I work hard for you!):

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Souplantation

It’s common knowledge that vegetables are good for you. Growing up, we ate them because Mom knows best. We eat them now because Mom knows best and we have places like Souplantation, which serves all-you-care-to-eat salads, made-from-scratch soups, hot-tossed pastas, and freshly baked breads and muffins using only high-quality, fresh ingredients at 100 restaurants in 15 states. 5 servings a day? I’ll take my chances at Souplantation.

We were supposed to be in lecture, hence the thumbs up!

Miles and miles of freshness.

Elie’s an artist with the salads.

Won-Ton Chicken Happiness.

Joan’s Brocolli Madness.

Mang abusing the garlic bread. Smart kid. It’s delicious.

Fruit Medley Bran Muffins (96% Fat Free!)

Yeah, I know. I’m a surgeon with the baked potato.

An abundance of soups. And a long shot Elie’s Enormous Left Bicep.

Yankee Clipper Clam Chowder with Bacon.

Deep Kettle House Chili (Low Fat).

Fire Roasted Tomato Basil, Marinara with Meatballs, Macaroni and Cheese.

Our ravishing work at the dessert bar.

If you have yet to experience the bounty of fresh, wholesome food at Souplantation, then today would certainly be the perfect time. The sun is out, the weather is heating up, and a crisp, blooming salad followed with a heavenly ice cream sundae would be the perfect treat to beat the heat. I’m straight rhyming now baby. Didn’t even mean to. That’s how much I love this unique escape from humdrum snacks and fast food. Check it out!

Souplantation

2825 Main Street

Irvine, CA 92614

(949) 474-4035

Thanks for reading. Stay hungry. Goodnight!

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Lucky Buffet – Riverside

“Lucky Buffet” saved our Sunday night this past weekend. Accompanied by fellow foodbeasters Derek, Mang, and celebrity cinematographer Kim Estrada. After a long day in Riverside, we had noticed a quaint advertisement for a new buffet as we made our way off of the 60 freeway, and we knew we had to check it out. The folks inside were kind enough to let us in at 9:25 p.m., 5 minutes prior to their closing on a late Sunday evening.

Pictured above is Mang, or “Michael” for the uncultured. He has lost a lot of weight, big ups to Mang on the hard work. Mang-six-months-ago.

Kim would have snapped a few more shots of the buffet itself, but it was pretty scarce by the time we finished eating and we basically cleaned up for them. They were kind enough to throw a discount on our already amazingly priced meal, $12.99 dinner! Lunch prices are even better! If you guys are in the area, definitely check these guys out:

1445 University Ave

Riverside, CA 92507

(951) 782-8688

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Animal Style

A t-shirt inspired by California culture, cuisine (think In N Out) and summer vibes. Available at select retailers and online at Bobizzo.com. Source: FLY.ROBOT

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Sloppy Joe Challenge

As will soon become customary, we are going to continue to bring you challenges, hopefully something fun to look at when you wake up on a Friday morning (which is why I’m up punching this badboy out at 2:00 a.m. in the morning). This is definitely going to be a fun article. Here’s the back story, Chris Do, one of our favorite Irvine foodbeasters, in collaboration with proper urging from 8’5″ Kevin Wynne, decided it would be proper to follow up Chris’ amazing feat at In N Out Burger with an attempt to eat 10 sloppy joes in 20 minutes. Who knew the following would be so difficult? Follow me on the journey:

I’d like to introduce everyone to University of California: Irvine, the unofficial host of this event. To be even more specific, we will be taking you to the Brandywine Commons where we will accumulate our 10 sloppy joes.

This is where many of the Freshman over at UC Irvine have their daily meals.

The day’s menu over at B-Wine. Check out that Little Italy Chicken Pita, though it’s not the focus of this post, I definitely hustled a few of them throughout my time in there.

This was the demo of the Sloppy Joe they had as you entered the building.

The way this “eatery” works, they would definitely frown upon you taking more than one Sloppy Joe at a time. Luckily, our friend K-Wynne gave admission to 10 of our friends to gather the supplies for Chris’ task.

Good people behind the counter fixing up Chris’ upcoming meal. Just being in the Brandywine Commons allowed me to think back about our fun days as college freshmen, and all the amazing amounts of food my friend Mang used to eat.

The man of the hour, Chris Do, alongside his 10 closest friends!

Shaking hands, doing pre-food interviews, Chris seems to be enjoying his celebrity status.

Chris’ gameplan, empty out each bun-meat-bun family and handle all the meat first. Following this, his plan is to Kobayashi the bread.

And he’s off! 20 minutes from the first bite!

3 minutes in, Chris is almost done with all of the meat and on his way to the carbs.

Above is a still from Brandywine’s security camera. Don’t be stealin’ things, they do know. Psyche! But seriously, this is a still from their archive tapes of the past week, thanks manager (I forgot your name)!

Chris dunkin’ the bread in the water; feelin’ the pain.

Things are getting serious, no one said this thing would be easy.

Hold on…about 17 minutes in, and Chris needs a quick time out.

At this point, time was ticking. Chris stood up and tried to speak…

…he sat back down for a few more seconds, and stood back up. Then, without notice, he ran through the crowd and out the door. I was unaware what was going on, I assumed Chris wanted to relieve himself.

A few moments later, after searching for Chris outside, he was nowhere to be found. I found myself in the bathroom on the outskirts of the Brandywine building.

The entrance to the bathroom.

Projectile vomit.

Touché Sloppy Joes, touché.

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Alerto's Mexican Food

There is something undeniably appealing about good Mexican food. It’s really so simple. Who ever knew that rice, beans, salsa, tortillas, cheese, and meat could be spun together so many different ways? Tacos, nachos, burritos, tortas, and quesadillas just to name a few. While these dishes may not be a fair representation of Mexican ethnic cuisine as a whole, these favorites have clearly found a home with foodbeasts all over.

Some of the best Mexican food comes from those “hole-in-the-wall” establishments. You know what I’m referring to; most are pretty damn dirty, but the prices and portions can’t be beat. If you’re not familiar with this kind of place, let me introduce you. Meet Alerto’s Mexican Food in Westminster. I think this is gonna be a perfect match.

Dining Room and Patio open until 12:30. Drive-Thru open always.

Chicken Tostada ($2.85)

Fish Burrito with tartar sauce, cabbage, and pico de gallo ($4.30)

Shrimp Burrito with bell peppers, rice, tartar sauce, cabbage, and onions ($4.30)

Everything looks so gnarly at night. Brookhurst St. @ midnight.

Carne Asada Burrito with guacamole and pico de gallo ($4.30)

Breakfast Burrito with eggs, ham, cheese, potato, and bacon ($3.50)

Crunchy chicken taco with tomato sauce, cheese, lettuce and extra grease ($2.10)

Hahaha way too much grease for that matter. All that grease soaked paper wrapping is the perfect home for a delectable taco. And that’s what makes places like Alerto’s so special. They don’t mess with the five star cuisine, but if it’s classic taco or burrito that you crave, you couldn’t be in better hands. Check it out!

Alerto’s Mexican Food

15681 Brookhurst St.

Westminster, CA 92683

(714) 775-9550

Thanks for reading! I hope everyone has a fabulous night. Go Lakers!

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A Different Kind of Cupcake

I’ve heard the story many a time, even on the shuttle on the way to school…someone who took a trip to Boston, saw this trendy looking “cupcake” store, entered…were confused…irate…and then obscurely satisfied (all in that order). This is the branding behind one of my new favorite people, Johnny Cupcakes. This guy doesn’t sell cupcakes…he creates cupcake themed t-shirts and sells them at hypebeast prices. That might have came off as snide, but I assure you, this guy and his brand are truly worthy of respect.

After his beginnings that consisted of selling t-shirts out of the trunk of his car, several years later, he has now opened up several bakery themed Johnny Cupcakes retail stores in the Boston area, and has recently undergone the production of his anticipated Melrose, CA location. Below I have a video sneak peak of Johnny walking the viewers through what will be his new wacky retail store in Los Angeles.
Johnny Cupcakes LA shoppe SNEAK PEEK 1 from Johnny Cupcakes on Vimeo.

Of course, our fellow foodbeast friend Mang will be first in line at the Melrose opening, I’ll make sure to keep you guys posted on what’s good with Johnny and his cupcake endeavors as the news comes in!

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The Chipotle Diet

273 pound Eric Foster felt like he should lose some weight… so he started eating Chipotle. Yep, that’s right, every single day Mr. Foster ate two burrito bowls. He passed on the tortilla and ate lots of meat, cheese, veggies, and salsa. He even dressed it up with sour cream and guacamole. After the first couple of weeks, he dropped about 15 pounds. He stuck to this routine for 9 months and lost a total of 90 pounds. Awesome job! Check out the full story here: The Chipotle Diet.