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First, Pizza Hut in the UK and Canada unveiled the hot dog stuffed crust pizza. Not to be outdone, Pizza Hut in New Zealand stepped it up a notch this year with the Chili Dog Stuffed Crust Pizza.

The crust features hot dogs with chili sauce (think: chili cookout kind of chili) embedded with little pieces of cheese. The pizza comes with ketchup and mustard packets too. If you’re not that into chili, They also carry a Cheesy Dog Stuffed Crust Pizza with sweet tomato mustard sauce. Oh gosh, I think I can hear my cholesterol levels rising as we speak.

(Pizza Hut NZ via Brandeating)

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Domino’s has unveiled a slightly strange sounding “pizza” called “Speciality Chicken.” I’m a little lost on the overall angle behind this poultry-based creation, but here are the basics. It’s a pizza-like dish that’s had all of the dough swapped out for “12 bites of lightly breaded, 100 percent whole breast white meat chicken”. The chicken base can be dressed with a variety of toppings, including various sauces, meats, cheeses or veggies. The chicken pizza comes in four flavors: Crispy Bacon and Tomato, Spicy-Jalapeno-Pineapple, Classic Hot Buffalo and Sweet BBQ Bacon.

Watch Domino’s “Failure Is An Option” ad for the Speciality Chicken after the break along with the full press release…

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Mister Eaters co-owner Corinne Clarkson was inspired after watching The Best Burger In The World episode from Cartoon Network’s “The Regular Show”.

The result was a burger called the Ulti-Meatum.

This insane thing is a cheeseburger within a cheeseburger nestled between buns that are, you guessed it, cheeseburgers. So, 3 buns, 5 pounds of hamburger, 6 slices of cheese, lettuce, tomato and a prayer to gravity that it stays upright.

I have no idea if they provide a nap room for the food coma afterward.

(Daily Mail via Foodbeast)

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Drone delivery might be the wave of the future, but Jafflechutes in Melbourne, Australia is using parachutes to deliver food to its customers seven stories down. The name comes from the word “jaffie” which is Australian slang for sandwich, combined with “chutes” from parachutes.

Customers order their sandwich online, pay with PayPal, and when their sandwich is ready they stand on a chalk “X” on the sidewalk and their sandwich floats down. The concept may seem silly, but it’s practical since it’s much cheaper to rent space above street level. Although currently only in Australia, they hope to expand into New York City this June.

See the video after the break…

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Last Fall, John Stewart started a small war when he suggest that deep dish pizza isn’t pizza but “tomato soup in a bread bowl… an above ground marinara swimming pool for rats.” Them there are fightin’ words!

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded by sending Stewart a “deep dish with dead fish” pizza—suggesting that Stewart would be sleeping with the fishes for the insult to Chicago.

Now, real chefs are weighing in through Eater’s Pizza Week and it looks like they’re agreeing with Stewart. First there’s Graham Eliot of Bistro in Chicago saying,

“Jon Stewart pretty much nailed it…I can easily say, as much pride and love I have for Chicago, the deep dish pizza here is absolutely an abomination… I feel like it’s a lasagna with a crust.”

His thoughts are backed up by David Posey of Chicago’s Blackbird and Andrew Zimmerman of Minneapolis’ Andrew Zimmerman’s Canteen, with only New York’s Mathieu Palombino of Motorino disagreeing saying,

…think it’s for me to say it shouldn’t be called pizza. Some people call it Chicago-style pizza. It is what it is. Yeah, sure. If I go to Chicago, I’ll be trying that for sure. Yes, it is a pizza. I wouldn’t dare say no, this is not a pizza. Because there are people who like it and like doing it.

What do you guys think? Is Chicago Deep Dish pizza or not?

See Stewart’s pizza rant after the break…

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Welcome to Carton King, where everything is made from cardboard, except for the food!

Cardboard everywhere you look. The tables, chairs, the Eiffel Tower, even a zoo! The giraffe is especially neat and I love the highchair, but the entire place is a pretty epic testament to recycling and clever building.

Just keep any open flames away from this place and you should be all set.

Check out more pictures after the break.

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Stuffed crust pizzas are a big thing with Pizza Hut, but the fillings are usually normal pizza toppings like cheese and meat. Not so if you live in New Zealand. They’ve introduced a cheese and Marmite stuffed crust. Marmite is a yeast-based spread similar to Vegemite that they say is an acquired taste, and if you’ve ever tried the stuff then you’ll understand why. Ew, New Zealand, this just looks nasty.

(Brand Eating via Consumerist)

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.

(via YF, Slate and BI)

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Last weekend, California finally got some rain–we’ve been going through a killer drought for ages. With the rain came a surge in wave activity along the coast, and coastal cities were practically pummeled by some sizable surf. Patrons visiting Moby Dick’s restaurant (a seafood restaurant that’s located on Santa Barbara’s Stearns Wharf) last Saturday morning had a prime spot to check out the show. But unfortunately, thanks to an increase in the tide, one of those big waves rose above the wharf, and crashed right on the restaurant. Someone shot a YouTube video of the wave, and boy, is it big.

Check out the video after the break…

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