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Top 5 Most Ridiculous New BallPark Foods

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This is a warning: if you are hungry while reading this, your stomach might begin to growl, or you might be totally disgusted that you won’t eat for the rest of the day. America’s favorite pastime has gotten through the steroid era finally, but they decided they are going to inject their food: with flavor!

To garner more attention, each year dozens of baseball teams try concocting some of the most ridiculous flavors around throughout their stadium. I have compiled my top 5 ballpark foods that you should order just for the experience.. and sometimes you might even win something. Now as a service to you all, I’m going to leave the calorie count out of it, but it might not be a bad idea to bring some insulin just in case!

FAN VS. FOOD BURGER
Fan Vs Food Burger

TEAM: Tampa Bay Rays

Now I know that no one attends Ray’s games. You are more likely to see a stadium full of Yankee or Red Sox fans when the Rays are hosting their AL East Rivals, but they have come up with the most delicious challenge that should make Adam Richman come out of retirement. This 4 pound beef, cheese and bacon monster might have your mouth salivating, but be alarmed that on top of this giant burger you have to eat a pound of French fries. If you can finish this beast before the game ends, you receive two free tickets and a T-shirt. Basically they want you back for more!

D-BAT DOG
D-Bat Dog

TEAM: Arizona Diamondbacks

So you’re in Arizona, enjoying a game and you are thinking “You know what? I am really jonesing for a corndog.” Well you are in luck because the D-Bat Dog isn’t your typical corn dog. It’s 18 inches long and it’s stuffed with cheese, bacon and jalapenos. Oh did I mention that it’s $25? It better put Nathans in it’s grave.

THE CLOSER
The Closer

TEAM: Pittsburgh Pirates

Grilled cheese is one of my favorite comfort foods to this day. I like to put some garlic, bacon and a tomato on my grilled cheese, and I am a happy man. However the Pirates must have been drinking too much rum when they thought of this. “The Closer” is a quadruple-decker with nine different types of cheeses. I can already hear Ricky Bobby’s stomach growling, because it definitely compares to a nacho fountain. “Is that gouda?” “The Closer” also is filled with candied bacon and an apple compote.

THE CHOOMONGOUS
Choomongous

TEAM: Texas Rangers

So you are attending a game in Arlington, Texas in mid-July. It’s most likely in the high 90’s and you order the “Choomongous.” The “Choomongous” is named after newly acquired outfielder Shin-Soo-Choo. It’s a 24 inch hot dog with an Asian twist. Not only the dog topped with spicy slaw, but it’s covered in the Hipster’s favorite condiment – Sriracha. So if you find yourself sweating, put down this $26 dog and chug a couple of beers.

BAKED BEAR ICE CREAM SANDWICH
Baked Bear

TEAM: San Diego Padres

Sweet tooth readers, don’t think I forgot about you! I am saving the best for last. The Padres already had an advantage over other stadiums because it’s in beautiful San Diego. However they have created the most delicious ice cream sandwich I have ever laid my eyes on. The photo above shows homemade strawberry ice cream stuffed between two candy cookies, but what makes this so unique is that you can decide whatever flavor you want. And if you aren’t a big cookie fan you, can use a waffle or a brownie as your bread in this cavity filled sandwich.

 
So if you live in any of these cities my first question is why haven’t you gotten any of these yet? But seriously if you are traveling this summer and looking for a fun night out and a full belly, your best bet is watching 9 innings and feasting.

What is your favorite Ball Park Food? Which of these is your favorite?

Corey Panati is a graduate of York College, and he's also the latest addition to Guys Gab. He's excited to bring his love of sports and movies to a browser near you. If you're on Twitter, you can follow his ramblings @coreypanati

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  1. Cait Rose

    April 10, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Surprised and pleased to see that the Yankees aren’t up here with some ridiculous concoction. They don’t need some crazy ballpark snack to fill some seats.

    That being said, the Choomongous and D-Bat Dog look incredible.

  2. Sujeet Patel

    April 10, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I’m getting indigestion just reading this post!

    • Corey Panati

      April 13, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      I would have heart burn medicine on the ready before trying any of these!

  3. Brendan

    April 10, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    On the contrary, a quite a few people attend the Rays games on the weekends. But, the Food Burger is to die for! Out of the burgers I’ve eaten, you have not lived until you eat this monster!

    • Corey Panati

      April 13, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      I would love to get to the Trop some day, but getting people to attend baseball games in Florida must be like pulling teeth. Miami is 26th and Tampa is 28th. So I think the free tickets idea is pretty genius.

  4. Eli

    April 11, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    if you ever go to Camden Yards gotta try the mac and cheese crab dog

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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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From Cocktails To Mocktails: 3 Boozy Drinks With Non-Alcoholic Variations

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The summer season is fast approaching, and many people choose to enjoy it by drinking nice, cool cocktails under the warm, summer sun. Of course, there will be days when an alcoholic drink won’t work for any number of reasons. Maybe you want to enjoy the taste of a mimosa but not the late-afternoon hangover or drowsiness. Perhaps you really want that screwdriver at your favorite cocktail house, but you already volunteered to be the designated driver. Or maybe you could choose to avoid alcohol altogether as part of a sober lifestyle.

Even if consuming alcohol is a no-go, the idea of a delicious, mixed drink on a relaxing day or energetic night out still could sound appealing to you or someone else. Mocktails are a safe and healthy alternative to the original concoction.

The term “mocktails” originated during the 1970s and ever since has been a savior for people who want the delightful taste of a mixed drink but with one specific ingredient missing.

A few classic alcoholic recipes can be tinkered with to create non-alcoholic masterpieces. These variations of popular cocktails either replace alcohol with the ideal replacement ingredient or drop the booze altogether. Vodka becomes ginger ale. Champagne becomes grape juice.

In the end, the alcohol might be missing but the taste is nearly identical to, if not better than, the original.

The Mockmosa

The Recovery Village has a useful summary of how to craft the non-alcoholic version of this brunch-time favorite. They also offer treatment for anyone struggling with substance abuse like the Ohio drug rehab. Mimosas are usually created by combining orange juice with champagne or sparkling wine.

This Mockmosa recipe trades the champagne out for some sparkling white grape juice, which makes a perfect non-alcoholic replacement. Look for grape juice brands that are dry in flavor, with little or no sugar or corn syrup, to replicate the champagne taste. Combine them in a champagne flute and, if you want to add a unique touch, garnish the drink with a mint sprig.

Non-Alcoholic Screwdriver

Usually, screwdrivers are made by combining vodka and orange juice. Replacing the alcoholic ingredient with ginger ale doesn’t drop the tastiness level at all. Leaf.Tv shows how to prepare this variation of the simple two-ingredient mixture.

Start with ice cubes, fill half the glass with ginger ale, and then top it off with a pulpy orange juice brand of your choice. Finish the process with a swizzle stick to combine the two liquid ingredients until the colors have swirled together to mimic a screwdriver. Before the ice melts, sit back and drink up.

Virgin Cucumber Mojito

This smooth-tasting drink is a favorite when temperatures rise and the summer season hits its peak. The alcoholic version includes rum, but it’s not really necessary to create the drink’s refreshing taste. A Frugal Chick has a great alternative to this classic, and the only change is dropping the alcoholic ingredient. Combine one lime, some mint leaves, white sugar, two cucumber slices, ice cubes and soda together for another version of perfection.

Cocktails are a staple of American drinking culture, especially at restaurants or bars with a group of friends or on a date. In the summer, they become staples for days spent by the pool or on the beach. But don’t give up — or give in to temptation — if you originally hoped to spend your day or night without any alcohol. These mocktails not only flatter the originals with their imitation, but they sometimes raise the bar even higher.

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Space Beer Is The Final Frontier Of Beer

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Vostok Space Beer

If you’ve ever seen people drink those little travel bottles of booze on an airplane because they are nervous about flying, imagine what you’re going to need when you are flying toward outer space to stay in one of those fancy space hotels.

Space Beer, that’s what you need. It will help you to blast off while you’re blasting off. Hailed as the world’s first beer for space, Vostok Space beer is specially designed to be drunken in space. Is that proper English? You’ll get drunken in space alright.

Anyway, 4 Pines Brewing Company and Saber Astronautics have teamed up to not only create a space beer but also a space beer bottle so people can drink it in space. Why? Because, beer.

These guys know that space travel is our destiny and they want to be ready with the necessary beverages. As they point out on their Indiegogo page, there is now more recreational space flights that have been booked than there have been astronauts in space in the last 57 years.

Vostok Space Beer

Space tourism is happening, and soon. Do you want to take your trip without beer? Of course not. Whether it’s a suborbital flight or a trip to Mars, a beer would be great. You need a space beer bottle because physics are different in space. There’s no gravity for the liquid to pour. They equate it to making a fuel tank for beer.

This is a noble cause. When you are that first tourist on the moon, you’ll stop and say, *BURP* “That’s one small burp for man, one giant burp for mankind.”

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