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Here’s How To Get Reservations For Free Dinner In Taco Bell’s Test Kitchen

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How would you like a table for two at Taco Bell’s Test Kitchen, where all of their crazy Mexican-inspired food creations come to life? These hallowed halls have given birth to everything from the Doritos Locos Tacos to the Naked Chicken Chalupa to the Waffle Taco.

Located at Taco Bell HQ in Irvine, California, the culinary lab is usually off-limits to the general public.. But for the first time, fans across the country will have a chance to make reservations for a free 5-course meal. And you’d better act fast, as there are only 32 spots are up for grabs!

The 32 fans who score an exclusive seat via OpenTable will enjoy a dining experience inspired and plated by Taco Bell’s top creators and chefs. The dinner will feature twists on Taco Bell favorites, never before seen products and menu creations before they are available to the public.

“The chance to be the first to see our innovative food, where its created, from the chefs who make it happen, is a unique experience that’s never been available to the public until now,” said Liz Matthews, Chief Food Officer at Taco Bell Corp. “As a brand known for our firsts, we’re excited to open our doors into the magic of our innovation and give our biggest fans an experience they’ll never forget.”

So how can you get in on this? Taco Bell will unveil the reservation URL on Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) for the first dining experience that is set for Friday, May 19th. Reservations/dinner are free of charge for attendees, while travel accommodations are not included. Attendees must be 21 or older to make reservations.

Make sure you’re following @TacoBell to find out when the #tacobelltestkitchen begins taking reservations!

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How To Cook The Perfect Lobster At Home And Impress Your Date

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Grilled Lobster Tail

Nothing is more impressive than a man who knows his way around a kitchen – except one who also dishes out lobster as the meal of choice. That guy is a beast.. and the best part is that guy can be you.

Lobster tends to make people crabby in the kitchen, but it doesn’t have to be that way. These simple steps can help you cook the perfect carapace, and impress any girl you’re cooking for.

House Rules

First and foremost, if this is your first date, don’t have her over to your place yet.

She’s still getting to know you — take her out a few times before you actually have her over for dinner. You don’t want to be creepy. So unless she’s one of those girls that thought Hannibal was hot, eat at a restaurant first.

If you’re past date three, you’re in the clear. Here’s how to create an awesome lobster dinner.

Tails Never Fails

If you’re new to the kitchen or the critter, stick to tails. They’re tasty, prepared in a pinch and you don’t have to commit a crustacean killing in front of your date.

If you want to be really impressive, get your lobsters directly from Maine. Maine lobsters have a whiter, sweeter meat that is more tender than those found in warm water.

A great way to prepare lobster tails is by baking them.

With a cook time of around 15 to 20 minutes and less mess to clean up, you’ll have more time to talk and enjoy each other’s company. That’s better than trying to figure out how to get the rubber band off the claws without losing a finger.

All you need is a baking sheet, some butter, lemons and an oven. Make sure that if the tails were frozen, you give them 8 to 10 hours to thaw in the fridge before you cook them.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Take some kitchen scissors, dig the point of the blade into the shell and cut down the back without cutting the tail fin at the end.

Pull the meat out of the cut you’ve just made, and lay it onto the back of the shell. It’s kind of like a Viking blood-eagle, only the lobster already went to Valhalla.

Put your tails on the baking sheet, brush some melted butter onto the meat, bake for about 15 minutes and make sure the internal temperature reaches 140°F to 145°F.

Be sure not to overcook it. It will be tough and chewy — no one wants lobster bubble gum for dinner.

The lobster should be a creamy-white color, with no translucent meat. Be sure if you’re not eating it immediately, you put it in ice water so it stops cooking.

Congrats! You’re a Chef!

OK, you may not be Guy Fieri, but you did just create an excellent meal with a great date. While there may be a lot of fish in the sea, you’re the only one that took a lobster out of it and baked it for her.

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Entenmann’s Is Giving Away Free Donuts For A Year Plus $5,000

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Entenmann's Chief Donut Officer contest

Talk about a dream job! Entenmann’s Bakery is searching for the country’s biggest donut lover to be their first-ever “Chief Donut Officer”. And while this is just an honorary title, it comes with some pretty sweet perks, including a year’s supply of donuts, a bunch of Entenmann’s branded gear, along with $5,000 in cold hard cash.

Want to get in on the action? Then head over to www.chiefdonutofficer.com and share your love for Entenmann’s donuts, where you like to eat them, how you’d improve on Entenmann’s varieties, what new flavors you’d develop, and how you’d spread the word about the treats.

Responses will be judged based on passion, creativity and originality, with 5 finalists selected to submit video testimonials about why they deserve to be named Chief Donut Officer.

The contest kicks off just in time for National Donut Day (June 1) and runs through the end of the month. So what do you say? Do you think you’ve got what it takes to become Entenmann’s first-ever Chief Donut Officer? Then enter now for your chance to win!

Good luck!

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Starbucks Just Took Two Of Their Classic Frappuccinos And Made Them Way Better

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Starbucks Introduces Two New Frappuccinos

Get excited people, because Starbucks just took two of your favorite Frappuccino varieties and took them to the next level, with “extra texture, beautiful layers, and tons of flavor!”

The Ultra Caramel Frappuccino and Triple Mocha Frappuccino are essentially upgrades to Starbucks’ classic Caramel Frappuccino and Mocha Frappuccino, hence the addition of the “Ultra” and “Triple” monikers.

The Ultra Caramel Frappuccino is made by layering dark caramel sauce and whipped cream in a dark caramel-flavored coffee Frappuccino. The Triple Mocha Frappuccino sports ribbons of dark mocha sauce and whipped cream layered into a mocha-flavored Frappuccino.

Both of the Frappuccinos feature Starbucks’ all-new sweet cold brew whipped cream, infused with cold brew, dark caramel sauce and white chocolate mocha sauce. The new delicious cold brew whipped cream topping can also be added to any Starbucks beverage for 50 cents.

“Right away, you taste something different with the sweet cold brew whipped cream. Sip after sip, you get the blended coffee and the lighter whip with the dark caramel threaded all the way through,” Debbie Antonio, senior manager for Starbucks R&D, said in a press release.

Sounds pretty good, don’t you think? The new Frappuccinos are now available for purchase at Starbucks, so give ’em a try and let us know what you think!

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