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This week, our boy Marc dropped some heavy news during a 3 am drunken munchie run to Del Taco. Apparently, you can add "secret sauce" and fries to any item on the Del Taco menu by simply asking the cashier to "Go Bold" on your order. Meaning, we've been depriving our chicken soft tacos of fry-stuffed brilliance this entire time. Meaning, our lives have been a secret sauce-less lie void of meaning until now.
Not one to take the state of our fast food affairs lightly, we ventured to a local Del Taco to seek the truth. Upon arrival at the drive-thru, we asked the gentleman working the speaker box about this curious Go Bold rumor. He swiftly confirmed its existence and at that point, all hell broke loose. We promptly went, er, BOLD on the following: a quesadilla, a crispy shrimp burrito, three chicken soft tacos, a Double Del Cheeseburger, and a vanilla shake.
Needless to say, it was a hotmess. It was glorious. It was extreme bubbleguts a few hours later but so, so worth it.
Check out the best spoils of our labor below.
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Drop those chopsticks. Step away from the sushi. And for God's sake, check yourself on the soy sauce.
There's an art to eating sushi, a way to not disturb the delicate balance of flavor and texture the chef prepared just for you. So, how do you eat the the quintessential Japanese delicacy of vinegar rice topped with raw fish? With your fingers? Soaked in soy sauce and slathered in wasabi?
We popped into a local sushi joint in Orange County to find out how to put nigiri away like a true boss. We chatted with sushi chef John, a great dude who didn't scold us for rubbing our chopsticks together, and he agreed to school us on proper sushi etiquette.
First, he started out by telling us what not to do. Don't dunk on the base -- the rice will soak up too much soy sauce (and ruin the flavor), causing the base to disintegrate. Don't use chopsticks -- sushi is a sensual experience and should be eaten with your hands. Don't pile on the wasabi -- this often leads to the subtle flavor of the fish being masked by the wasabi's intense heat.
Granted, these rules don't apply to your standard fast food sushi spot or gas station-bought nigiri that need the extra umami.
As our conversation continued, him joking about the myriad of ways he has seen his customers eat the sushi (see above), he confirmed that
"If you're eating from a seasoned sushi master, you won't need a dipping step. The sushi you're being served has already been seasoned with a custom blend. You grip the sushi with your fingers, roll it partly over into the soy sauce, and let it fall into your mouth with the fish-side touching your tongue first."
Here's a breakdown of the three simple steps to eating sushi like a pro:
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A few weeks back, we caught a picture of someone's ingenious idea of popping leftover pizza into a waffle iron, essentially making a true-to-form pizza waffle.
The idea got us thinking that you could apply this trick to a lot of leftovers, from turning soggy burgers into crispy waffle buns to transforming wet soft tacos into hot, gooey waffle tacos.
So, we got to rummaging through the fridge, swooping up anything we could find. Since it was the Foodbeast office fridge we were pillaging, we had cold pizza and everything from a day-old McDonald's Double Cheeseburger to a Taco Bell Chicken Gordita on deck. Don't judge us.
From there, we proceeded to test how these things fared when put through the waffle iron. Check out the spoils of our labor:
The heat from the waffle iron not only reheated the burger, but melted the cheese into the meat and brought a panini-pressed type crunch to the bun. The pickles were phenomenal!
The press worked wonders on the soft taco. The sour cream, nacho cheese and grilled chicken melded together into one hot, flavor-packed bite. The flour tortilla was revived to a warm, delicate texture.
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I thought it was completely normal for a burger's contents to spill out of the buns by the second bite. Apparently, according to science, there is an ideal way to hold a hamburger. In fact, researchers spent four months in a lab getting to the bottom of the first world's most extravagant problem.
According to gaming blog Kotaku, a Japanese television show Honma Dekka!? brought on three researchers, "experts in fluid mechanics, engineering, and dentistry -- try to figure out the best way to hold and eat a large hamburger."
The research was humorously thorough, apparently featuring a 3D scan of a hamburger that studied how the particles interacted together while holding a large hamburger:
The resulting data showed that the typical way of holding a burger often found the user inadvertently squeezing the contents out of the buns. Following multiple trials, it was concluded that there was one superior way of avoiding spillage:
Thumbs and pinkies on the bottom:
Middle three fingers on the top:
With the uniformly spread fingers applying just enough pressure on the burger, the contents won't slip out as they normally would. The result?
You are now eating a burger the way science has deemed is the most efficient, perfect way possible. Thank you so much science!
[H/T Kotaku, Images via
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We've all been in the car faced with the same dilemma, how are you gonna get your fries wet with some delicious ketchup?
Try to squeeze a perfect amount onto a single fry? False -- not even a gymnast could tightrope a french fry with a line of ketchup without inevitably spilling some. That never works:
Maybe you like to make a cute ketchup puddle on a napkin? I used to do that, until I realized every time I let ketchup sit in a puddle on my lap or the dashboard, it would soak through the napkin. Trust, there's nothing sexy about ketchup stains on your pants, or the horrid smell of sticky ketchup in your car:
Probably the biggest culprit of my ketchup-eating missteps involves drizzling the red goodness across all the fries in the carton and then periodically digging my fingers in. The problem with this method is the inevitable ketchup layer that ends up all over my fingers -- ain't nobody got time for that, or wet wipes:
Then during a recent road trip, I turned to our video director Marc just after a recent fast food pitstop, and I caught that Lebanese MacGyver dunking his fries one at a time into an open ketchup packet and I nearly ran my car off the road from shock.
The method was so simple, so smooth, and so ridiculously efficient: just dunk your fry into the open ketchup packet:
All Marc did was rip open a slightly larger corner of the ketchup than advertised and he had enough insertion room for 1 - 3 fries per dunk.
After I inquired a bit further, he explained that the method was valuable for two reasons.
One, it allowed him to get a perfect coat of ketchup on every fry. Not too much, just a glaze.
Two, there was absolutely no mess on his fingers, his car or his clothes, ever. Even if he accidentally dropped the packet, since all the ketchup is self-contained within the tiny pouch, he could just pick it up and continue eating with no ketchup mess.
Fancy ketchup packet usage game: changed.
Remember, no eating and driving in New Jersey!