Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Food News Roundup

McDonald’s Gets a Jump on the 2020 Olympics

The 2016 Olympics in Rio aren't even over yet, but McDonald’s is already getting ready for the next games, four years hence: Customers of the world's most famous burger chain in Japan can already buy souvenir mugs celebrating the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. McDonald’s has already released a set of three different “Victory Tumblers,” available only through the end of August, in honor of the future event. Buy now, toast the Olympics for the next 48 months.

A Craft Beer Hotel Is Underway

Stone Brewing, the 10th largest craft brewery in the United States, is expanding its brand and entering the hospitality industry with the help of San Diego-based Untitled Hospitality. The companies are teaming up to develop Stone Hotel, slated to open in the first quarter of 2018. It will be located near Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido, California. The $26 million hotel will feature a “bar-style lobby check-in,” floor-to-ceiling windows, a 10,000-square-foot rooftop garden, and three on-site bars, where you-know-what will be abundantly dispensed.

This New App Lets You Buy Restaurant Leftovers for Cheap

The food delivery business may be oversaturated with Grub Hub imitations and upscale takeout services, but you can add one more app to your list: Too Good to Go is a new company that connects hungry customers with leftover restaurant food. You can easily select a restaurant, order a type of food, and eat for cheap. Meals cost between $2.50 and $5 and feature restaurant leftovers that chefs were unable to use. Ordering from Too Good to Go helps to cut down on waste and saves you from overspending on fancy takeout.

These New M&Ms Taste Exactly like Butterbeer

Quirky-flavored M&Ms are becoming almost as ubiquitous these days as bizarre Oreo varieties. But the newest M&M flavor to hit the stands is butterscotch. These candies are said to taste just like butterbeer from Harry Potter. That’s right: Mars, Inc. thought they were just making a simple, festive, October-themed candy, but it turns out that they shook the Harry Potter fandom to its wand core. This is the most exciting candy-related news in the wizarding world since we were introduced to the fairly disgusting Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans.

Is This the Most Viewed Wine Video in the World?

It’s a problem that many of us are all too familiar with: You want to enjoy a bottle of wine, but there is no corkscrew to be found. Though there are many creative ways to get around this issue, a video by winemaker Stephen Cronk of Mirabeau en Provence demonstrating how to open a bottle of wine with a shoe has amassed more than 50 million views since it was posted a little more than two years ago. But Cronk doesn’t want the fame from this video to detract from the fact that he is making award-winning Provençal rosé.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Breakfast Sundae

I thought of these breakfast treats after a long week of having a house full of guests. You're responsible for entertaining and making sure that a dozen people are fed every morning. There's only so many times you can make scrambled eggs and pancakes; by the the third day I wanted to hurl my frying pan out the window.
Show some restraint and make something simple, like this sundae.


1 banana (sliced)
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1/2 cup granola
chocolate chips

Layer yogurt and granola alternatively in an ice cream dish.
Slice the banana and arrange on the edge of the dish.
Top with your favorite berries and chocolate chips.

Friday, August 5, 2016

10 Minute Ice Cream Cake

Creating an ice cream cake always seems like a time sensitive, labor intensive project. First you have to make the ice cream, then there's the process of molding and layering, then freezing until you get the right constistency. After all that you'll find yourself wishing you went to Carvel and bought the stupid dessert. Well here's an easy ice cream cake hack that will give you a homemade ice cream cake in just ten minutes. You can customize the recipe with everyone's favorite candy and toppings. I used Reese's peanut butter cups and caramel.


12 ice cream sandwiches (unwrapped)
Chopped Reese's peanut butter cups 
Caramel topping 
Hot fudge topping 
12 oz. container of cool whip

Layer 4 ice cream sandwiches on a platter. Sprinkle an even layer of chopped peanut butter cups. Next drizzle hot fudge and caramel. Top with another 4 ice cream sandwiches and repeat. 
Top with the final 4 ice cream sandwiches and cover the entire cake in cool whip. 
Garnish with more chopped Reese's on top. Then drizzle additional hot fudge and caramel topping. 
Freeze until ready to serve.