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Thanks to the massive success of the Doritos Locos taco, Taco Bell may be ready to double dip on the chips. At an investor presentation, one of the slides included a Fritos taco shell under the heading “Revolutionizing the Taco.” Parent company Yum! wasn’t willing to confirm that the Fritos taco will exist, but it seems like a natural move for Taco Bell.

Since the 2012 launch, they’ve sold one billion Doritos tacos. Yes, billion with a “B.” The next big thing in fast food seems to be convincing us all that what’s in the office vending machine can be turned into taco shells and pizza crust. Anyone working on a Funyuns taco shell?

(Business Insider via Eater)

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Oh, Pizza Hut, we already loved you and now this? They’ve introduced a crust that is covered with Doritos. They’ve also stuffed that crust with mozzarella cheese. You can only get this awesome concoction in Australia, unless the Pizza Hut people take pity on us and bring it to the US. It’s definitely more exciting that some of the new stuff on their menu.

Pretty please, Pizza Hut, can we have Doritos pizza crust?

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pizza

Pizza Hut wants to make it easier for you to figure out what to order by reading your mind, or at least your eyes. They’re currently testing a retina-scanning system that will scan your eyes as they roam over the menu and pick up on the items where your eyes linger. A “subconscious menu” if you will.

So if you’re thinking about extra cheese, the system will notice and make the choice for you. Make sure you don’t linger on the anchovies.

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gundam

The Tokyo Station Gundam Cafe is becoming McDaniel Hamburgers Gundam Cafe and it’s Gundam burgers for everyone.

Named after the restaurant in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, McDaniel will open in Tokyo on November 19.

Currently on the menu: a Sleggar Burger, which is their basic hamburger, Gundam burger with Gouda cheese, a Char Zaku burger with special tomato sauce, olive and capers, or a Zaku II burger with avocado, steak sauce and woven trio of special wasabi soy sauces.

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On the fence about the usefulness of a smartwatch? Consider that debate settled because you can now use one to track the status of your Domino’s pizza order. They’ve teamed up with Pebble to create an app that will let you know how close you are to a hot slice of pepperoni. It alerts you to stops in the process including: Order Placed, Prep, Bake, Quality Check, and finally Out For Delivery so you know exactly when that delivery car is about to show up in your driveway. Who wants pizza tonight?

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pizza hut Sweet Sriracha Dynamite

Things are getting fancier and weirder at Pizza Hut as of November 19th. The franchise is releasing a brand new menu with new sauces, new “premium” ingredients, and even different crust flavors. You can mix and match them to suit your tastes or order some of their special combinations like BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger, Sweet Sriracha Dynamite (pictured above), Pretzel Piggy, and Cock-A-Doodle Bacon. Who’s naming these things?

Here are the new additions in all their glory:

Ingredients: Sliced Banana Peppers, Peruvian Cherry Peppers, Fresh Spinach, Premium Salami, Classic Meatball

Crust Flavors: Hut Favorite, Toasted Asiago, Honey Sriracha, Salted Pretzel, Toasted Parmesan, Fiery Red Pepper, Toasted Cheddar, Garlic Buttery Blend, Ginger Boom Boom, Get Curried Away

Sauces: Classic Marinara, Premium Crushed Tomato, Garlic Parmesan, Buffalo, Barbeque, Honey Sriracha

Drizzles: Balsamic, Honey Sriracha, Barbeque, Buffalo

What does “Ginger Boom Boom” even mean? I can get behind the garlic flavored crust, but I don’t know how I feel about the rest. I wouldn’t order a whole pizza with the bizarre flavors unless I could try samples.

More pictures of the new pizzas after the break.

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Hello Kitty

California’s getting all the cat cafes. The first actual cat cafe opened in Oakland recently, and a Hello Kitty cafe is coming to Orange County in summer 2015. It will be the first such cafe in the continental United States (continental because Hawaii has a Sanrio cafe). The decor and food will be themed to prominently feature Hello Kitty, and they’ll serve cafe-style food alongside artistan pastries. Fingers crossed that they’ll offer Hello Kitty latte art.

(LAist via Eater)

fritos chili pizza

Fritos and chili is a wonderful combination, and to Papa John’s, that means it’s fit to be put on a pizza. The Fritos chili pizza will be available nationwide through November 23rd and is topped with beef, chili, Roma tomatoes, onions, cheddar, mozzarella, and Fritos corn chips. So basically, it’s a casserole on a pizza. I’m intrigued.

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GotG cafe sign

One way to guarantee I’ll stop in your establishment is to put a geeky sign out front. This Guardians of the Galaxy one was spotted in New York City and features Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and Star-Lord. It’s adorable, and I really hope that Star-Lord design eventually becomes an actual mug.

(via Marlene)

book it alumni

If you were a BOOK IT! kid, here’s some exciting news. You can be a BOOK IT! adult thanks to the new Alumni Program!

To celebrate the 30th birthday of the program, Pizza Hut and BOOK IT! have created an Alumni version for anyone who previously participated in the free pizza promotion. Just go to their site and put in a little info by October 8th to receive a coupon for a personal pan pizza redeemable until October 10th.

According to Shelley Morehead, BOOK IT! Program Manager, “The number one thing we get asked by any adult who went through the program is can we please develop an adult version of the BOOK IT Program. With the creation of the BOOK IT! Alumni page, we now have a destination to celebrate the positive memories that so many kids, now adults, have with the program.”

Heck, I’m gonna get mine and take a book to read while I eat just like the other BOOK IT! kids.

(via Huffington Post via The Daily Dot)