Last month, I had the unique opportunity to visit Domino’s World Resource Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan for a behind-the-scenes look at the company as part of their Domino’s Digital Insiders Day. I have been eating Domino’s pizza since I was a kid, so I was beyond excited to take part in this!
The history of Domino’s is rather interesting. Back in 1960, Tom Monaghan and his brother James purchased DomiNick’s, a small pizza store in Ypsilanti, Michigan. They borrowed $500 to buy the store. Less than a year later, James wanted out of the pizza game, trading his half of the business to Tom for the Volkswagen Beetle they used for pizza deliveries. That proved to be a very costly mistake.
By 1965, Monaghan had purchased two additional stores, and he renamed the business Domino’s Pizza, Inc. Those three dots on the company logo? They represent those first three stores. In 1967, the first Domino’s Pizza franchise store opened, and the rest is history. Today, Domino’s operates over 14,000 stores in more than 85 international markets, and they are recognized as the world leader in pizza delivery.
Armed with some history on the brand, we set out on a tour of the building. In the lobby area, there’s a replica of the iconic VW Beetle that Tom sold to his brother, along with the DXP, a crazy purpose-built pizza delivery vehicle that can hold up to 80 pizzas, along with other Domino’s menu items. It may have started it’s life as a Chevrolet Spark, but after Roush got done working their magic on it, you’d be hard-pressed to tell.
With a quick swipe of a security badge, we entered the massive IT department. While you might not think of technology when it comes to pizza, Domino’s is a trailblazer in the ever-changing e-commerce landscape, offering customers a multitude of ways to place their orders:
- Google Home
- Facebook Messenger
- Zero-click ordering
- Amazon Echo
- Samsung SMART TV
- Ford SYNC
- Apple Watch / Android Wear
- Domino’s App
- Domino’s Website
- Voice ordering
Needless to say, it is easier than ever to place an order if you are suddenly in the mood for pizza. We had a chance to place test orders using these different platforms, and they worked flawlessly in each scenario.
Afterwards, we headed to the Domino’s Test Kitchen to learn how to make our very own Domino’s pizza! Our instructor made it look easy, but stretching out the dough into a perfect circle is a lot harder than you think. I eventually got the technique down, and my dough looked pretty respectable. Next, I applied my tomato sauce with a ladle, spreading it in a circular motion to ensure even coverage. Then I moved on to the toppings area, where I added a generous amount of mozzarella cheese and pepperoni.
Eight minutes later, my delicious creation came out of the oven, and I was like a proud parent, taking pictures of my precious pizza, before applying a little garlic drizzle to the crust (that’s what makes it taste so good). Once we were all done making our pizzas, we got to eat them. The verdict? YUM!
Just when I thought I couldn’t eat another bite, the Domino’s folks brought in their new Bread Twists for us to try, which come in 3 varieties: Parmesan, Garlic, and Cinnamon. A twist on traditional bread sticks (see what I did there?), these sides are hand twisted and baked to perfection. My favorite one was the Cinnamon Twist (which comes with a side of vanilla-flavored icing), but honestly all three of them were great.
All in all, I had a great time visiting Domino’s HQ and learning more about my favorite pizza company. Their expansive menu has something for everyone (they even have salads now), so go check out their menu and place an order today. You won’t be disappointed!
GIVEAWAY: Guys Gab and Domino’s wants to give one lucky reader a $50 Domino’s gift card so they they can enjoy some delicious pizza, and it couldn’t be easier to enter. Simply leave us a comment below telling which menu item you’re most excited to try. We will pick a winner at random on August 14th at 5pm EST. Contest only open to US residents.
How To Cook The Perfect Lobster At Home And Impress Your Date
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.
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.
Entenmann’s Is Giving Away Free Donuts For A Year Plus $5,000
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!
Starbucks Just Took Two Of Their Classic Frappuccinos And Made Them Way Better
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!