Taco Bell's Parent Company Opens a Bánh Mì Shop...with Communist Star in Logo

Fucking, seriously?

When I first heard that Yum! Brands, the parent company behind Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC, was opening a bánh mì shop in Dallas, my reaction was muted. By that point, I wasn't even upset at the cultural appropriation-- I was already wearied from all of the pho sandwiches and pho burgers and pho not-phos. No, I figured if the shop ends up being kind of authentic and maybe turns some people onto Vietnamese food, then why not?

Banh Shop couldn't really be that bad, right?

And then Yum! did literally the worst thing they could realistically do: They stuck a communist star in their logo. Is Yum Brands just begging for busloads of elders from Little Saigon to loudly protest outside their new store for weeks?

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In-N-Out Pop-Up Sells Out in Toronto Before They're Even Open

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Courtesy Ganzi Osteria
Sending some love up North

Here's to living in Southern California, where you can more or less walk to an In-N-Out from anywhere, because it's easy to forget some people aren't that lucky.

Take Toronto, for example: Last week, In-N-Out sent a team up north to give the Canadians a taste of our favorite cheap burger. The result? An hours-long line that had to be cut off before the restaurant even opened.

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VIDEO: Fire Engulfs Customer At Table-Top BBQ Restaurant

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Todd Barnes
Warning: the video linked below is disturbing, terrifying, the stuff that nightmares are made of--especially if you find Korean BBQs, Japanese yakinikus, Melting Pot, or any sort of eating that involves cooking, and/or heating your food on an open flame one of the joys in life.

Originally reported by Sina last week, the footage has already made the rounds on Chinese social media. It's a soundless security video which shows two customers at a table-top barbecue restaurant in Wenzhou, a city in the Zhejiang province of China. One of the customers gets up, presumably to complain that the table-top grill wasn't working. Then a waitress comes around with a water jug filled with fuel.

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Now Taco Bell Is Selling A Biscuit Breakfast Taco

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Taco Bell, ever the newsmaker, is introducing something new (already) with its breakfast menu: Biscuit Tacos, their waffle taco filings inside new taco-shell-shaped biscuits with the addition of three new slightly-more-southern options.


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Zero Degrees Italian Ice Is Selling Ice Cream Burritos Starting Saturday

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Zero Degrees Italian Ice

So, Zero Degrees Italian Ice in Westminster is going to start selling ice cream burritos starting THIS SATURDAY.


I can't say I'm not intrigued. Ice cream sandwiches are my favorite ice cream delivery method, and I like burritos on average a lot more than sandwiches (Sorry LP and Aimee), so an ice cream burrito? That might actually be kind of nice.

Full details after the jump.

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This Is How You Skip Din Tai Fung's Three-Hour Line

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Photo by Charles Lam
In and out in under 30 minutes

I headed out to lunch yesterday fully prepared to stand in line for three hours so I could get my hands on some soup dumplings at Orange County's newest DTF.

I had my notebook ready and everything, and I as I walked towards the storefront (it's by Sears, just so ustedes know), I was already making notes about the time I arrived, the stores I passed, and the line I saw.

Truly, the post I was going to write would've been a master piece, à la Caity Weaver's 14-hour odyssey at TGIF's unlimited appetizer special.

But then a funny thing happened on the way to soup dumplings: I got seated in 10 minutes. And you know what? You can too.

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The 3 Coolest Finds at Expo Comida Latina 2014

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Javier Cabral
Pickled pigs feet, a good example of truly comida Latina

Food and hospitality industry trade shows are all the rage these days. For the uninitiated, they are exactly what they sound like: huge conventions not usually open to the public, filled with everything from state-of-art restaurant equipment companies hustling their products, to hundreds of hungry, new packaged food and drink brands trying to pick up local distributors. Though there are dozens of them constantly taking place all over the country, not many focus on the rapidly growing Latino sector of the market. Behold, then, the Expo Comida Latina, a food industry expo that is completely dedicated to showcasing Latino products from Mexico, Central and South America trying to crossover into the American market.

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Redditor Buys 23 Burger King Pies to Spite Bratty Kid

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Photo by Jason Lam
No pie for you!

How far would you go to get back at someone who ruined day? Would you buy the last pie before they could? Would you buy the last 23 pies?

That's exactly what one Redditor did.

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Paradise Perks, Irvine's Coolest Coffee Shop, Closes Because of Noise Complaints; A Eulogy and a Rant

Photo by Kristine Hoang
Bye :(

As of June 22, 2014, Paradise Perks, the best coffee shop in the City of Irvine has closed its doors. Why? Was business poor? Was foot traffic not enough? No. Paradise Perks closed for the most stereotypical Irvinian reason ever: Its Wednesday night open mics, which ran from 7 to 11 p.m., attracted too many noise complaints.

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10 Ways to Use Your Penis Cake Pan After the Bachelorette Party

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Thank you, Penis Pans.

Now this is the kind of marketing I can get behind.

Every buy a penis cake pan for a bachelorette party (college guys use 'em too to troll each other) and not have any use for it afterwards?

Well, I (I being PenisPans.com) have a list just for you. Not one additional use or two additional uses, but a full 10 new uses for that penis pan.

Penis pan.

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