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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.


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!


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!


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.


Piccomolo: Italian Ice Cream

Welcome to Piccomolo. When it’s 95+ degrees out in LA and you’re just patrolling Westwood boulevard just outside of UCLA, you definitely have to check out this spot. I’m not normally a fan of the bourgeois stuff, but accompanying foodbeast Jenn recommended otherwise.

When taking pictures, make sure to face the camera.

These are the milk based ice creams, they also have fruit based, which is slightly more appropriate in my opinion with the sweat-inducing weather.

Oh, that’s nice.

Pictured above is Jennifer’s concoction of strawberry and mango.

Above: foodbeast-esque photo that is bound to end up on someone’s Myspace or Facebook.

I’m a big fan of all things sour, so I definitely had to pick up the double lemon flavor. These guys have a lot of locations outside of LA, including Irvine, Fullerton, Pasadena and other spots across California and the United States. So when yogurt’s not doing the trick, get fruity with some Piccomolo Italian Ice!

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, it’s not a proper entry from me unless I give a shout out my boy Mang! Wish you could have eaten with us today man.


International food done fast and fresh at Wholesome Choice Market

Between pigging out at Jack In The Box after a long night of tomfoolery to throwing down Red Bulls and Cheetos during finals week, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. Nobody wants Taco Tuesday to become the highlight of their week. Don’t lose hope though, because Wholesome Choice Market in Irvine, California is the perfect place to go for tasty food that is made fresh, served in titanic portions, and sold at a darn good value. Wholesome Choice is a bustling, eclectic environment, like a United Nations for food. Peep the food court and you will find Chinese, Persian, Middle Eastern, Thai, Mexican and Indian food, along with freshly baked pizza and a ridiculously large selections of desserts. You gotta check this place out:

Check out these guys going to work on some broccoli. I wasn’t joking when I said everything was fresh.

Elie contemplating what to order. Making a decision in this place is no joke. All the food is laying out in front of you, lookin’ all sexy and smelling real nice. Steamed rice or fried rice? Beef with broccoli or orange chicken? Gotta think that over. Not the kind of decision you want to mess up.

My friend Henal decided he had to have the Pad Thai noodles with Chicken Balls. Yeah, ummm, I’m pretty sure that was the real name of this dish. It’s delicious, so any awkwardness should be overlooked when deciding to order this.

Roommate Mang chose to throw down some Chinese BBQ chicken and Beef with broccoli, along with a generous serving of steamed white rice.

I opted for Thai Yellow Chicken Curry over steamed white rice. This is knockout. I recommend this wholeheartedly, especially if you like spicy food. If you don’t like, I’ll eat it for you. 🙂

Elie’s selection: Kung Pao Chicken in the back, Shrimp with Veggies in the front. Hot damn! If you are hungry you are probably losing your mind right now. Mission accomplished.

Best thing is, everything featured will set you back only about $6. These guys don’t try and hustle you with portions either. If you eat a whole plate in one sitting you are definitely gonna wanna take a nap and might even be in a little pain. Wholesome Choice rocks, especially for it’s great value and unique selection of freshly prepared dishes from around the world.

Wholesome Choice Market, Inc.

18040 Culver Drive

Irvine, CA 92612

(949) 551-4111

Be safe and have an stellar Friday everyone. Thanks for reading. Keep eating. Peace.


XBox, Hookers, and $30,000 worth of Junk Food

I’m not gonna lie, I can’t seem to figure out whether this story is true or not, but this might be the coolest kid in the world. His name is Ralph Hardy, a 13 year old boy from Texas who ordered an extra credit card from his father’s account and took his friends on a $30,000 spending spree.

Allegedy Ralph got a motel room for him and his friends and ordered bountiful amounts of Fritos, Dr. Pepper, and Oreos. Upon seeing the boys’ ages, the delivery man became skeptical, but Ralph smoothly explained that they were simply celebrating their recent victory in a “World of Warcraft” Tournament! And to top it off, he asked the man where they could score some women, and that they were willing to pay! He then ordered two $1000 a night hooker, and instead of trying to you-know…(rhymes with duck), they kids ended up playing Halo 3 on the XBox 360 gaming console that Ralph had purchased earlier with his father’s credit card

I know it sounds like a hoax, but it’s all over Google! Check out this report. I don’t care if it’s fake, this kid is boss!

How would you spend $30,000 on food? E-mail us your answers!

I would fly in my own sushi chef from Japan. Gnarly.

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