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How to Pronounce Riesling, Sangiovese and 20 Other Tricky Wine Names

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 9:09 PM


If you walk into BevMo and have trouble pronouncing 90 percent of the wine in there, you're definitely not alone.

Even if you listen to an insane amount of Rick Ross and Drake, and feel like a...

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Ramen Donuts Combine the Two Most Popular Foods of the Moment

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 4:50 PM

Just when you thought the donut craze and ramen craze couldn't squeeze anymore ridiculous fusions, respectively, they've gone and joined forces. Yessir, Ramen Donuts. Though is anyone even surprised anymore?

Made with ramen noodles drenched in a savory sauce, the ramen is packed into a breaded ball and...

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Jimmy Dean Is Launching a Real-Life GIF Creator Powered by the Sun

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 3:57 PM


If you like solar-powered GIFs, you're probably lying, because they've never existed until now.

Jimmy Dean has put together this wacky solar-powered contraption that will produce animated GIFs, all in the name of their new lunch and...

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This Is What I Learned by Eating With My Las Vegas Escort, Instead of Sleeping With Her

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 6:11 PM


"I want to get a hooker tonight." That's how it all started as my friend Rudy and I waited for our bags in the Las Vegas airport a few days back.

Shocked by my sudden inquiry for...

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7 Beautiful Beef Sandwiches From Around the World

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 8:24 PM


Whether your cows go moo, meuh, ụm bò or eum-mae, it's hard denying the sheer pleasure of biting into a good chunk of beef. And thankfully, no matter where you go around the world, there's no shortage of ways...

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Biscuit Taco: Taco Bell is Testing a Shell That is Entirely Biscuit, Here is Where to Get it

(14) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 6:49 PM


The ubiquity of Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Taco has done some weird shit to Taco Bell's innovation team -- they are now testing a Biscuit Taco.


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10 Unconventional Ways to Open a Bottle of Wine, Including a Blowtorch

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 3:18 PM

You're out glamping, or at the worst party thrown by the worst, most ill-prepared host ever, and there is not a single corkscrew to be found. Rather than give up on your beloved Cab and buy a six pack, though (you're classier than that), why not MacGyver that...

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The Most American Grill Ever Includes 2 Beers Kegs, Seating for 8 and Cooks 100+ Hot Dogs at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 9:41 AM

It's summer, this is America, and that means we are all looking for ways to utterly and embarrassingly outdo each other when it comes to our summer cookouts. The summer food debauchery seemingly jumpstarted when the summer fair circuit started deep frying everything in sight and seems to...

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The 'Ramenritto' Combines Burritos and Ramen: Here Is the Obligatory Recipe

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 5:40 PM

If you were thinking of hitting the eject button after seeing the Ramen Lobster Roll, hold on a second until you try the Ramenritto we spotted at a New York teahouse a few months back. Burritos, the pride of Mexican cuisine, and ramen, the pride of broke...

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This Doughnut Has An Entire Cookie Stuffed Inside

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 9:26 PM


Just a few moments ago San Diego, California-based cookie shop The Cravory Instagrammed a photo of what appears to be an entire cookie baked right into a glazed doughnut.

Warning: The product doesn't seem to be available just yet and...

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18 Amazing Knott's Berry Farm Eats You Have to Try

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 3:32 PM

It's summer, which means between the barbecues and theme parks and county fairs, there's plenty of gorgeous, over-the-top eats to go around. But only a few of these warm weather meccas go above and beyond in blending old-fashioned fun with binge-worthy grub.

Since it was just a roadside fruit stand...

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How to Make Mochi S'mores, aka S'MOCHI

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 11:06 AM

With all the bacon-wrapped, deep-fried hurrah these days, it's easy to pass up on the simple, brilliant ideas. Cue in the S'Mochi -- an invention by Foodbeast reader Ryan Horikoshi. The clever take on the standard campfire s'more swaps the traditional marshmallow with mochi -- a small Japanese rice cake -- instead.

We decided to try out the recipe at the Foodbeast Kitchen, opting for vanilla and green tea-flavored mochi ice cream. Using a blowtorch, we were able to quickly toast the sticky rice cake layer on the outside before topping it off with a pad of butter and cinnamon sugar, then sandwiching it between chocolate and graham crackers.

The end result: a phenomenal bite of crunchy, sweet graham and chocolate, then soft, chewy mochi rice cake, and finally a cold burst of sweet ice cream. Lesson learned: it's the simple things in life that make your mouthbuds explode.


How to Make S'mochi

What You'll Need

  • Mochi, choose your favorite flavor

  • Butter

  • Graham Crackers

  • Milk chocolate Bar

How to Make It

1. Roast mochi over a campfire (or a blowtorch)  until it starts to brown ever so slightly.

2. Place it on top of a graham cracker and piece of chocolate.

3. Top mochi with a pad of butter and sprinkle on cinnamon sugar.

4. Sandwich with another graham cracker.


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The Most Gluttonous Foods You Have To Try At The Fair This Summer

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 2:40 PM

Steeped in thick batter, then mercilessly deep-fried, so is the world of inglorious fair food. Naturally, when we got word that our local fair was serving Deep-Fried Doritos, Deep-Fried Pecan Pie-On-A-Stick, and some kind Deep-Fried Jack Daniels sorcery -- we had to get in on it.

Apparently aware of our gluttonous journey, the day before we set out to opening day of the Orange County Fair for our coverage, a company by the name of UrgentRx sent us the most hilariously-timed package we'd ever received: a box full of their over-the-counter heart burn relief powders. Also in the care package was Upset Stomach Relief, Head Ache Relief and, just in case we needed it...Critical Care Aspirin, which their fact sheet described "its 325mg dose of aspirin taken at the first sign of a heart attack can improve chances of survival by 23% - a wallet must-have."


Here's the new goodness we tried, where to get it, and how much it'll cost you:



Deep Fried Doritos


WHAT: Doritos covered in batter, then deep-fried. Somehow they get lighter and flakier in the process. Couple your order with some Ranch dipping sauce and have yourself a good time, probably one of the most necessary finger foods you should try at the fair this year.

WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: Chicken Charlie's. You can't miss his booth, it's on the North side of the fairgrounds, and this dude has the easily the biggest, most ridiculous booth that makes all surrounding booths like like little Lego homes in comparison.

$: 8.75



Deep Fried White Castle Burgers


WHAT:  Exactly what it sounds like. If you like White Castle + fried things, split an order of this with a few friends so you don't kill yourself.

WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: Chicken Charlie's, yeah we're still here.

$: 7.75



Deep Fried Chicken Skins


WHAT: Title speaks for itself, but if you've tried these things before

WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: Chicken Charlie's, we should leave soon.

$: Woops, was so excited didn't write it down.



Deep Fried Cookie Dough



WHAT: Amazing. My favorite dessert of the fair -- a crispy edge to warm, gooey cookie dough? So. Damn. Good.

WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: Chicken Charlie's

$:  7.75




Deep Fried Chicken Skins + Deep Fried White Castle Burger + Deep Fried Doritos + Deep Fried Cookie Dough



WHAT: Geoff's eccentricities getting the best of him, and deciding he wanted to taste all of Chicken Charlie's new delicacies in one bite. Iff you decide to make and eat this bad boy, you're really going to need that UrgentRX Heartburn Relief med.

WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: Chicken Charlie's

$: Add up the prices of all the things in there. You can make a couple of these after buying the plates separately.



Deep Fried Pecan Pie on a Stick


WHAT: An entire slice of pecan pie, deep fried, and delivered on a stick.

WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: Fried Sweets, it's near the ferris wheel across from the photo booths.

$: 8




Giant Pop Rocks Donut


WHAT: A humongous, pancake-sized warm fluffy donut with a warm pink icing and topped with Cherry Pop Rocks. The donut is what makes this thing credible, the dough is perfect, the warm fry keeps it edible for awhile and it's a messy delight for everyone involved.

WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: Texas Doughnuts, they have a huge banner with a giant picture of this thing. You'll see it.

$: 8.75



Pickle Dog: A Corn Dog with a Pickle Inside



WHAT:  A bit pricey, but one of the most delicious and unique things at the fair for 2014. This booth hollows out a giant pickle, sticks a weiner-on-a-stick through it, and then batters and fries the entire thing. If you're a fan of pickles and corndogs respectively, you'll relish in this extravagant new food item (get it?).


$: 10



Drunken Pickle Poppers


WHAT: Pickles and Jalapeno poppers had a baby. Fried pickles stuffed with cream cheese & jalapenos. Messy and delicious. Get an order of these.


$: 11



Tasti Chips w/ Nacho Cheese and Jalapenos


WHAT: Nothing extravagant or shocking, just a fantastically accurate baked potato chip with nacho cheese and jalapenos. Really delicious, deserved some shine.

WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: Tasti Chips, across from all the animals and shit. Literally, it smells like shit in this part of the park.

$: 10.50



Deep Fried Bacon Wrapped Turkey Leg


WHAT: We've seen turkey legs before. We've seen bacon-wrapped turkey legs before. But never have we see deep-fried bacon wrapped around an enormous multiple-pound turkey leg -- and frankly, it was absolutely delicious. The Guiness Beer-battered bacon really shines and the turkey leg remains ample. If you plan on enjoying the entire thing with multiple people, I'd recommend jumping on a table with a few plates, and start shaving the entire thing off the bone -- otherwise after a few bites you'll all be sharing the same, saliva-ridden meat dumbbell.

WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: Bacon-A-Fair, but it'll linger in your arteries hardcore.

$: 20



Naked shrimp, rice and pineapple-pineapple bowl


WHAT: YES. I can't believe it either -- we're talking about a dish that's not deep fried and it won't immediately send you into a cardiac arrest, but it was one of the most delicious, fulfilling and scrumptious things at the fair. The shrimp has a crazy good marinade, the pineapples are cut fresh and the sticky rice absorbs the flavor of the half pineapple it's sitting in.

WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: Pineapple Express (also a Chicken Charlie's booth), across from the big amp

$: 14.75



Deep Fried Pineapples


WHAT: If you like pineapples, these things are moist with a light crunch, in a good good way. The chocolate and coconut is a perfect touch.

WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: Pineapple Express (also a Chicken Charlie's booth)

$: $6.75



Chili Relleno Chorizo Cheeseburger on a Pretzel Bun


WHAT: A chili releno, chipotle mayo, cheddar cheese, regular hamburger patty, chorizo burger patty, all on a pretzel bun. A bit on the expensive side for a burger, but damn was it tasty.

WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: Grantburgers, right next to Tasti Chips from above, if you find that, you'll find this.

$: 15.75



Deep Fried Jack Daniel's


WHAT:  A bit mis-leading of a name, but it's a Jack Daniel's-infused churro, wrapped in bacon. It comes with a side of whipped cream and maple syrup, but I highly recommend trying the entire dish sans any of the fancy toppings and letting the Jack Daniel's shine through. The flavors are fantastic -- essentially breakfast in your mouth.


$: 6.50

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Research Shows More People Are Talking About 'Grilled Cheese' Than Cronuts, Poutine & Juicing Combined

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 5:12 PM

Apparently, if you're still craving Cronuts and tweeting about it, you're part of the 1% of netizens that still care. The rest have moved onto ramen-crusted chicken wings and grilled cheese sandwiches -- the next unspoiled "foodie" territory being conquered.


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16 Unconventional Ice Cream Toppings You Didn't Know Were Gluten-Free

(5) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 11:54 AM

With all the flurry surrounding gluten-free diets, it's hard to figure out what you can and can't eat if you do decide to go down that breadless road.

So what can you eat on a gluten-free diet? Well, that's the tricky part. While ordinary breads and pastas are...

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This Baseball Park Has Self-serve Beer Vending Machines and Lobster Corn Dogs

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 10:24 PM


Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, will be ushering in self-serve beer vending machines debuting at the Major League Baseball All-Star festivities next week.

The booze stations, dubbed DraftServ, were birthed from a collab between concessionaire Delaware North and Anheuser-Busch. Patrons...

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14 Awful British Foods That Make Us Proud to Be American

(4) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 7:34 PM


This holiday, it's easy to get caught up in the frills. Fireworks, grilling, the old red, white, and blue. But let's not forget the true reason for the season, celebrating our liberation from our staunch, haggis-eating, tea-drinking forefathers. Think...

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Del Taco Needs to Make This 4-Layer Inception Burrito a Real Thing

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 1:51 AM


The idea of an Inception Burrito has been infecting my mind like a parasite ever since the Inception movie launched last year.

I knew eventually, someone had to take the idea of something edible and Inception-ize it, and...

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California Restaurant Serving a Foodbeast Ramen Pizza on Secret Menu

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 5:28 PM


There's a fondness in my heart for pizzerias. Having spent a good chunk of my high school experience working in one, I've come to appreciate the simple menu of a family-owned pizza shop. Every so often, however, it's pretty cool to see...

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This Las Vegas Steampunk Restaurant Serves Chicken Pot Pie Nuggets and Squid SpaghettiOs

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 9:11 PM

On one hand, I'm pretty ecstatic about the amount of food embedded within current pop culture and a big piece to that puzzle is due to the rise of the "celebrity chef." Think Iron Chef. Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. Bourdain. But on the other hand, I'm sick of the general use of the term "celebrity chef" towards any chef that has had a noteworthy experience across any media platform. Yes, it's really cool that you served a meal to the Royal Family of the United Kingdom. And yes, congratulations on getting to the second round of Chopped that one time. But should anyone (including your publicist) really be adding the moniker celebrity to your name and title? Not so sure.

The reason for my prefacing soliloquy (get to the news!) is because it's somewhat rare that our team comes across a menu that is noteworthy for more than a few items. And it's even more rare for us to schedule a "celebrity" chef  interview and actually like the footage that came out of it. Our conversation with Chef Rick Moonen and the corresponding meal that followed at RX Boiler Room at the Mandalay Bay did both. If you, the reader, even made it this far in the written editorial without immediately scrolling to the food pictures -- you're about to come across Chicken Pot Pie Nuggets, Buffalo Fried Oysters, Bacon-Wrapped-Bacon and Squid SpaghettiOs to name a few.

The restaurant itself is themed with a Steampunk design. For those of you unfamiliar, think of the time with steam machinery and how people of the period would build futuristic objects. Think Hugo, or that semi-awful, semi-awesome Will Smith movie, Wild Wild West. RX Boiler Room apparently isn't the first steampunk restaurant since we've found pretty impressive displays in India and Poland. But it is the first we've seen in the US.


Part of the reason Moonen rose as our favorite chef in Las Vegas was because he sat, ate and drank with us. For almost three hours. Rarely do we get the opportunity to sit down with a chef for more than 15 minutes before/after a meal. The result? An evolving conversation across ranging topics versus the rapid fire Q&A that can often be stale, rushed or jammed with brand messaging. Will I just shut up and get to the food already?


Chicken Pot Pie Nuggets



Make a killer pot pie filling with classic peas and carrots. Pour that into small molds to be frozen. Panko coat and fry them up. Holy shit, is this real life?


Bacon-Wrapped Bacon


Corporate Menus and packaged food items are still treating bacon like it's the next big thing. And they're not exactly wrong. How do you make it better? By wrapping bacon around pork belly of course. If we are gonna perform [bacon] inception than we need imagination.




Good news for us, Ms. Moonen has a gluten allergy! Well wait, we don't mean to celebrate the fact that Moonen's wife can't eat his delicious pastas or pizzas (or do we?!). But because he has to constantly create meals at home without that dreaded bread/dough protein, he concocted SpagehttiOs made of out squid and used squid ink for the sauce. Served with N. African based Merguez meatballs.


Buffalo Oysters


In case you haven't noticed. Rick Moonen doesn't give a fuck. You think buffalo sauce and oysters should never be paired together? Come get some. Literally, he would love you to come get some. Texas Pete hot sauce, blue cheese on oysters hilled on the half shell.


Mac + Cheese x Five


Why have Mac and Cheese, when you can have Mac and CheeseCheeseCheeseCheeseCheese? Blue, Parmesan, Brie, Cheddar and Blanc all make an appeaerance.


Kampachi Tartare Tacos in Taro Root Shells


Taro and Ube are increasingly becoming more popular in savory and sweet dishes alike. Since Moonen's flagship restaurant in the Mandalay Bay, RM Sseafood, is based around sustainable and delicious oceanic fare - these tacos are no joke.


Pan-Fried Game Hen


Chef Moonen was hungry after watching us eat and describing a dozen of entrees. Good thing it's his kitchen. His preference? The pan-fried game hen. Enhanced with a citrus pepper maple glaze and typically served with waffles.


Lamb Osso Buco Greek Style


And just when you thought this restaurant could have any less of a theme, enter stage left, the Greek Osso Buco. Served with Toasted Orzo, Gremolata and Ricotta Salata Cheese.




"So I'm looking up Tiramisu recipes, and they're all bullshit. Every single one of them. I'm like, I can make this better. So I put in fresh vanilla beans, that's not in any tiramisu recipe [. . .] I'm not making fun of it, I just take it, tweak it, do what I want with it." -Chef Moonen


Luna Rossa


Lead barman Eric Smith took us on a roller coaster ride of great cocktails. When the lighting was just right, you could actually see the excitement excreting from his pores and in every hanging word. Nini Franco Prosecco. Goji Berry Liqueur. Old Fashioned Fee's Bitters. All combined with Bombay Sapphire Gin, Aperol, All Spice Syrup, Lemon/Lime Juice and Cayenne Pepper.


Smoked Whisky & Cola


Without a doubt, this is the best whisky and mixer drink we've ever had. Could be due to the fact that this drink has house made cola syrup, bittercube cherrybark vanilla bitters, fever tree soda water and smokey cherrywood chips. I'm glad you know what all this means.


RX Cerveza Paloma



Just in case you have an 11 ingredient minimum when ordering a cocktail, you're in luck. Avion Silver Tequila, Stiegl Grapefruit Radler, Pink Grapefruit, Honey/Gomme Syrup, Domaine de Canton, Lemon/Lime Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Aperol, Campari, Peychauds Bitters and Mint.

Originally written by Geoffrey Kutnick for

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