Jonathan Fallon

Darden Outlook

Olive Garden’s downward spiral continued on Monday when the chain introduced a horrible new logo that is about 40 years out of date. The retaliation against this baffling choice was swift and brutal, especially on social media, where it was referred to as “garbage”, “a hot load of crap”, and my personal favorite, “something off a crockpot from the 1970s”.

Strangely enough, Olive Garden’s parent company, Darden Restaurants, is standing by this monstrosity, believing it will bring about a “brand renaissance” along with other changes such as lower prices, smaller plates and remodeled restaurants. According to the PR people, the move will result in “a complete dining experience that is casual, yet stylish, creating an atmosphere that promotes togetherness, nurtures relationships and welcomes sharing.”

Whatever… methinks people will ultimately prefer the more expensive, Dean Martin-soaked Olive Gardens of yesteryear.

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Fans of DC’s Trinity War will soon be able to enjoy their coffee in an 11oz collectible, limited edition mug that, when filled with hot liquid, will magically display a mass battle scene with Aquaman, Batman, Catwoman, Wonder Woman, Superman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Green Arrow and many more.

Hit the jump for a demo video.

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As you may remember, Taco Bell was testing a Breakfast Waffle Taco in California which consists of a folded waffle stuffed with sausage and scrambled eggs served with a side of syrup. It is now being reported that the creation will be available at an additional 100 locations in Fresno, Calif., Omaha, Neb., and Chattanooga, Tenn starting today, so you may want to clear your schedule and put on your overeating pants.

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Head on over to TheKitchn to check out the recipe.

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Waynesboro, Georgia is heading for a whole new identity thanks to a 7 foot tall KFC bucket that mysteriously showed up in a woman’s front yard last Thursday. The phantom bucket subsequently appeared on Facebook and the local news, turning it into a popular landmark – the woman’s landlord even claims that he will have it mounted on a pole for the world to see. Needless to say, the misleading ad will likely result in a lot of pissed off, chicken-starved passers by who will have to trek more than five additional miles to get the Colonel’s nearest location.

Check out the news report after the jump.

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Birthday cake-flavored Oreos stuffed inside brownies and covered with cheesecake. Check out the recipe on Inside BruCrew Life.

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Coming soon to our Nerd Approved Shop: use the powers of the dark side to open bottles of even darker ale with this solid metal Darth Vader bust. The opener measures 4″ and is equipped with magnets for easy fridge-stickage. If you prefer a member of the rebel alliance open your brew, check this out.

Pre-Order now for a January 2014 release.

Darth Vader Bottle Opener ($16)

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Captain America cake and cupcakes created by by Amanda Oakleaf Cakes.

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Nick from DudeFoods created Deep Fried Spaghetti and Meatballs which are essentially meatballs that are stuffed with cheese and spaghetti noodles before being deep-fried to perfection.

I started off by cutting cubes of mozzarella cheese and then wrapping cooked spaghetti noodles around them. After that I packed some 90% lean ground beef around the spaghetti-wrapped cheese cubes and then cooked them in my oven for 30 minutes at 375°. Once my cooked meatballs were done cooling I dredged each one in flour, egg wash and Italian breadcrumbs before dropping them in my deep fryer. As a finishing touch I topped each deep fried meatball with marinara sauce and then sprinkled some Parmesan cheese on them.

The taste was described as “absolutely delicious”. Hit the jump for additional pics.

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