Arby's Accidentally Unleashes the Meat Mountain Sandwich Because Why Not?

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This is either a threat or a half-assed lie.

Whether you're thinking about it, getting in the mood for some good food, or just plain wanting it sliced fresh, Arby's has been making a genuine push to remain relevant in the fast-food wars. Be honest; Arby's is not your go-to fast food joint, and quite frankly, it does not litter the landscape the way other franchises do.

Well, it might not be on every corner, but it'll certainly be on your mind now with the new "secret menu item" the Meat Mountain sandwich.

Many places carry something like that to spark some interest with varying degrees of success. Starbucks has plenty of products that can stay secret forever, while Burger King has the "Suicide Burger," which is pretty excessive. Joining this train of excess is Arby's with a one-pound offering that dips its creative hands into every corner of the storage closet.

See also: St. Paddy's Day Secret Menu Items: McDonald's McLeprechaun Shake, Starbucks Shamrock Frappuccino


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Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with these Five Tasty Variations You Can Make at Home!

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Photo by Christina Mendenhall
Growing up in Latin America, one of the most anticipated moments of my life, not unlike Coronel Aureliano Buendía greeting ice for the first time, was vacationing to the US during the summer and enjoying "American" treats like hamburgers and hot dogs. Much like Gabriel García Márquez's latter-day personal politics, hot dogs were, well, a bit of a disappointment.

Whether grilled or boiled, the simple charm of mustard and ketchup on a cold bun was lost on my discerning third world palate. Where were the toppings? The gravity-defying towers of crisp accoutrements and flowing rivers of sauce? Where was the flavor? The joie de vivre?

Why would such a progressive and advanced country like the United States sit around so peacefully accepting such bland fare? Had they finally gone full Brit? This was, after all, the '80s and the massive hordes of largely unwanted Latinos had not quite rooted themselves as deeply as they have now, bringing with them their many-splendored flavors into the culinary siege of America.

But fear not mis queridos gringos, for National Hot Dog Day, we have five tasty variations on your favorite form of tube meat that you, yes you, can make at home this Sunday. Fun for the whole family! Your taste buds will thank you.

See also: Celebrate National Hot Dog Month with Home-Stuffed Sausage at Hot Dog Fest


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Joey Chestnut Wins Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest; Deerfield Beach Man Wins Coconut Grove Contest

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Joey Chestnut (center) finishes off 69 dogs to break a world record.
Before the barbecues and the fireworks, Americans tuned in to ESPN for one of the best sporting events of the year.

No, we're not talking baseball or tennis or racing. We're talking about the 98th annual Nathan's hot dog eating contest, held at the hot dog king's flagship Coney Island restaurant.

Each year, the competition sees about 40,000 attendees who crowd the streets of Brooklyn and millions more at home who watch on television or online to see men and women eat insane amounts of hot dogs.

But, of course, these contestants are professionals -- athletes, even.

See also: Joey Chestnut Wins Sixth Consecutive Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Championship

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PETA: Five Ways Vegans Can Screw With Carnivores at the Fourth of July BBQ

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Family barbecue? Here are a few tips.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has always been controversial. But sometimes you've got to make waves to get noticed. By bringing the plight of animal cruelty in circuses, factory farms, and in laboratories to light, many barbaric practices are being phased out.

In part because of the work of PETA and other animal rights groups, many circuses are phasing out the use of animal acts, consumers are choosing to not buy meat from factory farms, and a U.S. Senate committee has just approved a bill that would protect great apes from national research studies. But why stop there when you can preach at the family barbecue?

PETA has come up with a handy list of five tips every vegan should do to ensure your Aunt Cindy leaves the picnic in tears. They include:

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Whole Foods Florida Hosting Best Butcher and Fishmonger Face-Off

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Photo Courtesy Brustman Carrino PR
We're not sure if you've heard, but butchering is kind of a big deal right now. Across the country butchers are teaching novices how to properly handle a nice piece of meat.

We prefer watching the professionals to getting our hands dirty. There's just something about watching a man--or woman--working and cutting away at hunks of animal parts. Primal, really.

Well, for those of you wanting to check out some mano-a-mano meat carving, Whole Foods is starting up its regional butchering and fishmonger--sorry, but the fish thing is slightly less exciting--face-off next week.

See Also:
- Whole Foods Coral Springs Launching Craft Beer Tap Bar
- Meaty Question: Are Butcher Shops a Dying Breed?
- Onto the Kill Floor: Here's What it Looks Like to Watch a Pig Turned Into Pork


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Steak and BJ Day: Here's How to Celebrate It Tonight

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It's time to pay back the flowers and candy.
Clean Plate Charlie interrupts our regularly scheduled blog to remind our readers of one of the most important days of the year -- Steak and BJ Day.

Listen up, folks. It's March 14. One month after Valentine's Day, celebrate Steak and BJ Day tonight!

It's basically payback for any man who treated his date well on Valentine's Day. The rules of the holiday insist that at this point -- if your man did the expensive restaurant, flowers, and champagne for V-Day -- then you must show some "love" on BJ Day.

Other than that, there are no restrictions. You don't even have to go to a fancy steak house for the dinner portion of your epic evening. In fact, we're willing to "stake" our reputation that most men don't care about how much you've spent on the steak.

With that in mind, we've come up with a list of places to take your man -- based on your relationship.

The second part of the night? You're on your own.

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"Meat" the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile This Weekend

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Meat the Wienermobile. Get free stuff.
We're not sure about that famous song in which we wish we were a meat tube. Seriously -- do you really want your ultimate end to happen by being laid in a roll, doused in mustard, and eaten?

No... what we really do want, however, is to trade in our used Toyota for the sweet ride that is the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. Just think how cool it would be to cruise A1A in the Wienermobile, waving to the bikini-wearing crowd and imploring them to "eat our meat."



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Steak 'n Shake Offers Seven Patty Burger as Part of Their Late-Night Menu

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The Steak 'n Shake 7x7 Burger: There's a new gut bomb in town.
If you've ever driven around in your car at two in the morning wondering where you could find a mega gut-bomb, then read on because we've found a doozie of a burger.

Steak 'n Shake has introduced the 7 x 7 Steakburger, and it's exactly what you think it is -- seven meat patties (and seven slices of cheese) all in one bun (because seven buns would be overkill, don't you think?).

This burger contains one full pound of meat and, according to Steak 'n Shake's nutritional statement, 1,330 calories; 98 grams fat, 45 grams saturated fat, and 4,490 milligrams sodium.



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BBQ Pitmaster Myron Mixon Heads To Winn-Dixie

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Myron Mixon is coming to Winn-Dixie.
He's won more competitive barbeque titles than anyone in the history of grilling meat on fire for prizes and he's the star judge of Destination America's BBQ Pitmasters. He's also the chef/owner of Pride and Joy Barbeque in Miami, and the best-selling author of Smokin' with Myron Mixon.

Basically, we're saying that Myron Mixon is a big deal in the barbeque world. And now, you can "meat" the man in person when Mixon comes to Winn-Dixie in Plantation for a special meet-and-greet.

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A Holiday Gift for the Steak Lover on Your List: Prime in Delray Offering Gift Card Deal

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For that special meat-lover in your life.

If you're in the market for a Christmas gift for your teenage niece who recently took up arms in PETA's war against the meat industry, keep on browsing. But in case you've got a hard-to-shop-for carnivore on that ever-growing list of people you forgot you have to buy for, Prime in Delray Beach is offering a limited-time gift card deal with a little something extra for you.

Get $100 worth or more in Prime gift cards, and you'll get a $50 bonus card for you. This deal will continue until Friday, December 14. But make sure you read the fine print, cause there are some restrictions that apply.

See Also:
- Meet Johndavid Hensley, the New Chef at Delray Beach's Prime
- South Florida Restaurant News: Wicked Awesome Snackbar Changes Hands and Prime Delray Gets a New Chef
- Prime Delray Opens on Atlantic Avenue


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