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Dogs. Aside from pizza and Netflix, they are man’s best friend. This past decade has brought all manner of creature comforts to those comforting creatures, including doggy spas, doggy day care and even doggy massage parlors. Now our favorite canines are getting something humans have enjoyed for decades, gourmet ice cream.
This dairy delight was dreamed up by a company called Arrfscarf. The appropriately named Dog Ice Cream comes in a variety of doggy drool-inducing flavors, including peanut butter bacon, beef brisket, chicken cheddar, pulled pork and Gouda burger. The ice cream is made with organic, high quality ingredients suitable for man, much less beast. In other words, this is the best doggy ice cream money can buy.
Speaking of money, a 3.5 oz container of Dog Ice Cream will set you back $3.50. That’s around four times the price of a typical ice cream pint, if you are into math.
Mother’s Day is the perfect time to celebrate your mother by treating her to a delicious homemade brunch. And while brunch can sometimes feel like a decadent version of breakfast (several courses! dessert!), there’s no reason brunch can’t also be healthy. For brunch this weekend, plan a menu that’s as good for you as it is good. Assemble your own healthy brunch menu by choosing one dish from each of the categories below:
It’s 4:00 on a Saturday in early May and the afternoon sunlight is spilling into my mother-in-law’s kitchen and onto our aprons — well, my apron. Kookie, my Egyptian mother-in-law, isn’t wearing one. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen her wear one. Aprons, along with measuring cups and spoons, are for the rookies that require them (or so I’ve come to learn). In the years I’ve known Kookie, I’ve made frequent visits to her bustling kitchen, but any help I’ve been able to give has been limited. This is because, despite having adopted and embraced American life in most ways, Kookie is 100% Egyptian when she’s in her kitchen. Egyptians are among the most generous and hospitable people I’ve ever met (and I’m from the South). For them, good food and big meals are practically synonymous with love and affection, and if there’s one thing Kookie delights in, it’s feeding her family with abundance and Iron Chef-like speed.
A momentarily pious man once said that there was always money in the banana stand. That man was an incarcerated George Bluth during a first season episode of the cult television series Arrested Development. Unless you’ve been hiding your thunder underneath a rock, you no doubt have heard that the show is returning for a fourth season on May 26th. The Bluth family is celebrating this fact by sending their famous chocolate-dipped frozen banana stand on a world tour.
Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Stand may not actually be original at all, but it will still be serving up double dips all month. The fully functional stand is in London right now and will soon travel to Los Angeles, New York City and beyond. Who knows, maybe it’ll even make an appearance at Motherboy XXXVII. Track it’s location on the official Twitter account.
Producers have also suggested that cast members will be hanging out at the stand sometimes, so you can finally get that photo with Carl Weathers that you’ve always wanted. Also, here’s hoping no local ruffians try to burn it down for the insurance money.
Your mom probably used to tell you not to eat too many sweets, but sometimes we have to make exceptions. For me and my mom, that exception is cheesecake. If you need an excuse to spoil mom this weekend for Mother’s Day, make a decadent drink that brings together all the goodness of cheesecake in a cocktail.
Start this cocktail with a base of tangy buttermilk to replicate cheesecake’s rich flavor and creaminess. Next, add some sweet amaretto and hazelnut liqueur to the cocktail shaker with a strip of lemon peel for a citrusy accent. Shake on ice, and pour into glasses rimmed with cream cheese and textured graham cracker crumbs. After all, what is cheesecake without a graham cracker crust? Finally, finish with a strawberry garnish for a delicious, indulgent beverage.
Bottoms up, folks.
The Devour editors are thrilled to be heading to the third-annual International Biscuit Festival in Knoxville, Tenn., next Thursday, May 16, through Saturday, May 18. For three delicious days, we’ll indulge in biscuits prepared every which way.
Who doesn’t love biscuits?
Growing up, I was very picky about eggs. I liked them scrambled, on the verge of too dry and with salt and pepper only. I don’t know how my parents put up with me. Luckily, I’ve overcome my picky palate and now appreciate the finer things in life: namely, the runny yolk.
My mom and I are big breakfast food fanatics. Every time I go home to visit, we return to our favorite brunch spot in town. Most of the time, she’ll order the eggs Benedict, and I always regret not following her lead. My mom really must love me because when I reach across the table to steal bites from her plate, she pretends not to notice.
Since I’m in New York and she’s in California, we won’t be able to celebrate Mother’s Day together this year. So to honor her in spirit on Sunday, I’ll be making a special brunch with a Mediterranean twist: Zaatar Eggs Benedict.
At around thirty cents a bag, those crispy fried ramen noodles are every college student’s best friend. Sure, the legacy of the dish itself has a long and storied history, filled with plenty of virtuosos who will make you a bowl of soup that’ll knock your socks off. There is something comforting and pure about those fried noodles, however. Noodles and salty broth, what else does one need in life? Well, maybe a bun.
Japanese fast food joint Lotteria, who are no strangers to this blog, has created the Menya Musashi Ramen Burger. This “burger” is essentially some fried ramen noodles on a bun, which is then topped with sauce, mayonnaise and a pork cutlet. The sandwich is paired with a bowl of broth for slurping or dipping.
The ramen burger and soup combo will set you back around $6.30. Be quick about it though. It’s only available for a limited time. Then you’ll have to slop together your own version at home.