Five Guys is reportedly moving to France
Five Guys is rumored to be opening a restaurant in Paris.
Five Guys could well be the latest American burger chain to cross the pond, because rumor has it the chain is hiring employees for its first outpost in Paris.
According to The Local, the rumor began when someone spotted an ad on French career website Apec saying that Five Guys was looking for a “passionate restaurant manager” who was someone “positive and flexible for the launch of their first restaurant in France.”
Five Guys already has more than 1,000 restaurants in the U.S., and it has several outposts in the U.K. already serving its signature, customizable burgers, fries, and milkshakes.
Paris does seem like a sensible place for a burger chain like Five Guys to expand, as The Local reports that the burger market in France has been growing rapidly in recent years. A recent study reportedly says that nearly half of all sandwiches sold in France in 2013 was a burger, whereas in 2000 burgers accounted for more like one out of every nine sandwiches sold in France.
All the Men Princess Diana Was Ever Romantically Linked To
Some gossips believe she had one-night stand with JFK Jr.
She only married once, but rumors of flings and affairs followed Princess Diana all her life. Tabloids constantly buzzed with news of her latest lover, but only the royal herself ever could ever confirm what truly happened behind closed doors.
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Engaged at just 19, Lady Diana Spencer married the heir to the throne in 1981, but their "pressured" marriage fell apart as both parties engaged in affairs.
According to Biography, Diana's first fell for her married bodyguard in 1985, but palace rumors led to his dismissal a year later. Mannakee tragically died in a 1987 motorcycle accident, and the Princess suspected foul play. "I was only happy when he was around," she said in a video obtained by NBC. "I think he was bumped off . We'll never know."
The rumor mill still wonders whether Prince Harry is secretly the son of this red-haired cavalry officer. Diana herself admitted to the five-year affair in her 1995 Panorama interview, but he stills maintains it began in 1986, two years after her younger son's birth.
As the other half of "Squidgygate," the former-car salesman is most remembered for his pet name for the Princess, which he used in a pre-1990 phone call over 10 times. After British tabloids got ahold of their intimate conversations in 1992, Diana purportedly ended the relationship.
Diana became "obsessed" with the Islamic art dealer in 1992, according to People. Rumor goes she called him more than 300 times. A former bodyguard told the Daily Mail he once spotted Hoare "semi-naked behind a potted bay tree in a Kensington Palace corridor, smoking a cigar."
The billionaire entrepreneur was 20 years her senior, but became enamored with Diana after meeting her at a 1994 black-tie dinner. According to the Daily Mail, he set her flowers every week for three years, Forstman told a New York reporter that he reluctantly ended the romance to reunite with his longtime girlfriend, Deborah Hagerty.
Diana experienced "a moment of pure lust" with the American in 1995, says her former "energy healer" Simone Simmons. Diana supposedly told her, "We started talking, one thing led to another &ndash and we ended up in bed together." However, the royal's former butler dismissed the one-night stand in the Mirror , saying Simmons "concocted a fantastical story of nonsense."
More of a flirtation than an indiscretion, Diana met the English rugby player the same year. The two hit it off, and she even took her sons to watch him play, People reports. Carling's wife Julia later lashed out, saying, "I am sad that Will put himself in that position, and that the Princess did as well. This has happened to her before, and you hope she won't do these things again, but obviously she does."
The musician wrote the single "Diana" in 1985, but didn't meet the woman that "drove him wild" until a decade later. In 2014, Adams's former girlfriend alleged the duo shared more than the song. " I knew Diana had an affair with Bryan," actress Cecilie Thomsen told the Daily Mail. She said the 1996 meetup contributed to the end of her own relationship.
Widely considered to be the love of her life, the Pakistani heart surgeon received the nickname "Mr. Wonderful" from the Princess, Vanity Fair reports. The two-year relationship stayed relatively secret, but the doctor ended it in anticipation of the media attention.
A month after her breakup, Diana rebounded with the son of an Egyptian billionaire. After vacationing on his family's yacht in the French Riviera, the new couple were en route to London when they both lost their lives in that fatal Paris car crash.
The food blogger/model and former One Direction star were first reported to be dating in May 2017 after mutual friends introduced them, according to The Sun. After Tess was spotted out in his t-shirt, Harry's fans went nuts, causing Tess to speak out: "For everyone following and messaging me, I am thankful but please be kind with your words. All I want is to share beautiful food with you all," she wrote on her Insta. It seems like all the attention combined with Harry's crazy tour schedule got in the way of the pair's romance. By June, the two were rumored to have split, and shortly after, Tess reportedly got back together with her ex.
Eleanor was a student when she first started dating Louis, back when One Direction was starting their quest for world domination in 2011. Eleanor stayed at university while Louis was touring, and after graduating, became a successful lifestyle blogger and influencer, launching the popular blog Trend Pear with her bff Max Hurd. Eleanor and Louis split in March 2015, but the two reportedly got back together in January 2017 after the death of Louis' mom before ending things again for good. Shortly after, Louis and his then-girlfriend, Briana Jungwirth, revealed they were expecting their first child.
An Indiana Jones mini-land may finally find a home at Disney's Hollywood Studios
It’s been no secret that Disney is looking to give Indiana Jones a more significant presence at Walt Disney World. As is typical with these types of projects, it seems various teams at Imagineering have been assigned to flesh out exactly what Indiana Jones would look like at each of the non-Magic Kingdom resorts for Walt Disney World.
All three parks are slated for additions throughout the 2020s.
At Epcot, the proposals ranged from Indiana Jones in the yet-to-be announced Brazil or India pavilions to an overlay of an existing boat ride in the park. It seems those proposals were quickly shot down, leaving Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom to fight it out over which park would better benefit from the iconic franchise.
By early this year the plans for Animal Kingdom’s proposal were being presented, and as is common with this kind of presentation, details began to leak out. It’s no secret that Disney leadership regularly "leaks" ideas to gauge public opinion, and in this case it wasn’t positive. While many seemed to like the idea of updates to Dinoland, including a major overhaul to Dinosaur, there was a bit of concern over how Indiana Jones fighting Dinosaurs would fit within the overall message found at Animal Kingdom.
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At the same time Disney was wrapping up the final touches on Hollywood Studios’ largest expansion in decades, Toy Story Land. With a national ad blitz and a celebrity-hosted ceremony, Disney opened the new land to massive crowds. Now, less than four months later, the Slinky Dog-themed coaster seems to be a hit but the nearby whip ride themed to the Little Green Men regularly sees waits of less than 30 minutes. Overall, the land, while still viewed as a success, hasn’t affected attendance at the park nearly as dramatically as some had expected.
While much of the current focus has been on the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land, it is accepted within the company that more will be needed to fix the struggling studio park. A more significant presence of Pixar franchises, such as Monsters, Inc. and The Incredibles, is likely in the works for the Animation Courtyard and Rock ‘n Roller Coaster areas of the park. However, on the opposite side of the park we have one of the last remaining attractions from old-school DHS: The Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular. Over the years the show hasn’t seen many updates, with the largest coming in 2004, when Disney removed a number of swastikas from the attraction that is themed to Indiana Jones fighting Nazis.
Much like many of the original attractions at Hollywood Studios, the show focuses on teaching guests about how movies are made. Just like Universal Studios up the street, DHS is now shifting focus from educational to experiential, with a ‘Ride the Movies’ mantra now being the primary goal of new attractions.
The dated stunt show has long been rumored to be closing. Multiple events that use the facility after hours, most notably cheerleading competitions, have been moved to newly built facilities around Walt Disney World over the past few years.
Now with details on Imagineering’s proposal for Indiana Jones at Hollywood Studios being shared by trusted insiders, we’re learning new information on what may be the future for one of the last remaining original sections of WDW’s third theme park. Replacing not only the stunt show but also the area around it, the new Indiana Jones mini-land would be roughly 8 acres in size or about half the size of the Animal Kingdom proposal.
Multiple attractions would be featured in the new land, likely including a signature E-ticket style attraction. Previously, it was rumored that the Indiana Jones signature attraction would feature the groundbreaking boat ride system found on Shanghai Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean. That system is now rumored for other upcoming attractions at WDW. While likely not the Shanghai boat system, the signature attraction for the Indy mini-land will be an indoor family attraction of some type that will use a previously realized ride system in a new way. Few details on the specifics of this ride have been shared by insiders, but it’s thought that this ride will compete with the two Star Wars rides as one of the park’s flagship attractions.
As with Animal Kingdom’s plan, the DHS one does seem to include an outdoor roller coaster attraction. Both Disneyland Paris and Tokyo DisneySea have Intamin versions of the Pinfari TL-59 looping coasters. The off-the-shelf coasters are surrounded by Disney level theming that contains temple ruins with fire and water effects. If it does make its way to Orlando, the coaster will likely feature dual sides, similar to Animal Kingdom’s Primeval Whirl spinning coaster and Magic Kingdom’s Dumbo spinner.
While not confirmed by insiders, it seems that the 8-acre DHS plan does include the area where Star Tours is currently located, as well as most other aspects of the Echo Lake section of the park.
A bar inspired by the one found at Disney Springs, multiple dining options, and various retail experiences were also included in the proposal. Similar to Star Wars Land next door, the Indiana Jones mini-land may eventually be linked to a nearby themed resort where guests can go on multi-day adventures which may still also include experiences within other parts of Walt Disney World, including Animal Kingdom.
The Indiana Jones land is viewed as post-50th Anniversary addition to Walt Disney World with an opening sometime after 2021 but within the next 10 years. No word on if the experiences within the new land will all involve a white savior and notably racist meals or if they’ll stick to the current swastika-free Nazis. Let’s just hope the crystal skull aliens don’t make an appearance.
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NBA Daily: Standout Role Players In the Playoffs’ Early Stages
Bobby Krivitsky shines a spotlight on five role players whose performances stand out in the early stages of the playoffs.
The playoffs are where stars build their legacy. But for the best players and the top teams to maximize their capabilities, the supporting cast has to rise to the occasion as well.
Whether it was John Paxson and Steve Kerr helping the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls complete two separate three-peats. A top-tier rotation including Rick Fox, Derek Fisher and Robert Horry, flanking Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal as they accomplished a three-peat of their own. Or Sam Cassell, Kenny Smith, Vernon Maxwell, and yes, Horry, who has seven rings, stepping up in critical moments en route to Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets winning back-to-back championships, the teams that go the furthest run on more than star power.
So without further ado, here are five role players who are standing out in the early stages of the playoffs.
Tim Hardaway Jr., Dallas Mavericks
To put it simply, the Dallas Mavericks aren’t leading the Los Angeles Clippers two games to one without Tim Hardaway Jr.’s contributions.
In Game 1, he scored 21 points and made five of his nine threes (55.6 percent). Hardaway also had the best defensive rating and the highest net rating on the Dallas Mavericks.
In Game 2, he was even more lethal from beyond the arc, draining six of his eight three-point attempts en route to scoring 28 points. Hardaway also dished out five assists, the second-most on Dallas, behind, you guessed it, Luka Doncic, who doled out seven dimes.
Hardaway is in the final year of his contract and, per Marc Stein of the New York Times , there’s optimism within the Mavericks’ organization they can re-sign the sharpshooting wing.
Dillon Brooks, Memphis Grizzlies
Through the first two games of a series tied at one between the eighth-seed in the Western Conference, the Memphis Grizzlies, and the top seed in the West, the Utah Jazz, Dillon Brooks is averaging 27 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and a block per contest. The fourth-year wing is taking 20 shots per game and converting them at a 57.5 percent clip. He’s also attempting 3.5 threes per contest, which is a modest amount, but he’s making 57.1 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. Brooks also remains relentless defensively, hounding opponents with seemingly endless energy.
Brooks poured in a game-high 31 points and grabbed seven rebounds in Memphis’ Game 1 victory, and he contributed 23 points, combining with Ja Morant to score 70 of the Grizzlies’ 129 points in their Game 2 loss.
Getting extended minutes and being allowed to play through mistakes on a rebuilding franchise has been highly beneficial to Brooks’ development. It’s a significant reason why he’s playing the best ball of his career right now.
Bogdan Bogdanovic, Atlanta Hawks
Bogdan Bogdanovic is taking full advantage of his opportunity to participate in the playoffs for the first time in his NBA career. In the Atlanta Hawks’ Game 1 win over the New York Knicks, Bogdanovic contributed 18 points while making four of his nine threes (44.4 percent), including a game-tying triple with 55 seconds left. In 34 minutes, his plus-minus was a game-high +17.
In Game 2’s 101-92 loss, Bogdanovic struggled to find his rhythm from beyond the arc, making only two of his 13 three-point attempts, but he still managed to finish with 18 points while adding six rebounds and three assists. Bogdanovic’s defensive rating was 95.9, and his net rating of 6.8 tied Trae Young for a team-high. And in Game 3, Bogdanovic contributed 15 points and eight rebounds to help the Hawks claim a 2-1 series lead.
Dennis Schroder, Los Angeles Lakers
After averaging 15.4 points, 5.8 assists and 1.1 steals during the regular season, Dennis Schroder is elevating his performance in the playoffs. Through the first three games of the Los Angeles Lakers’ first-round bout with the Phoenix Suns, Schroder’s producing 19.3 points and 1.7 steals per contest. The eighth-year guard is shooting 55.9 percent from the field while taking 11.3 shots, he’s converting 40 percent of the 3.3 long-range attempts he’s hoisting, and he’s getting to the foul line, averaging 6.7 free-throws per contest.
In Game 2, Schroder outscored LeBron James (by a point), scoring 24 points and providing more punch to a Lakers’ offense that got held to 90 in the series opener. He also had the best defensive rating of anyone on either team who logged more than five minutes. As a result, Schroder had the second-highest net rating on the Lakers. And in Game 3, he generated 20 points and four assists to help Los Angeles take a 2-1 lead.
Cameron Payne, Phoenix Suns
It was one performance, and it came in a losing effort, but it just seemed wrong to leave Cameron Payne off this list after he had the best game of his NBA career in Game 2 between the Suns and Lakers.
With Chris Paul compromised by a shoulder injury, Payne played a season-high 33 minutes — he logged less than 13 in Game 1 — and he scored 19 points off the bench, easily topping his previous playoff-high of five. Payne was effective from beyond the arc, making three of his seven threes (42.8 percent), and was aggressive off the dribble, consistently getting into the paint, often demonstrating a deft touch with impressive scoop shots. Payne registered an offensive rating of 118.3, which topped Anthony Davis’ 114.1, and represented the second-best mark on the Suns. Out of the players on Phoenix who played more than five minutes, his 6.9 net rating was also the second-highest on the team.
Payne played a vital part in pushing the Lakers to the brink of a 2-0 deficit, which forced James and Davis to elevate their performance in the game’s final minutes. While it’s unfortunate it came in a losing effort, Payne’s career night is one of the feel-good storylines of the playoffs.
Cherie Tu (pictured), from Sydney, seasoned the onion rings with smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, turmeric and chilli powder
Lightly spray with oil and air fry each batch for 10 minutes or until golden and crispy.
'I would recommend air frying them if you have an air fryer at home,' Cherie told Daily Mail Australia.
'This will give you the best results in terms of crispiness and texture, especially considering we're using very little oil and we're not shallow or deep frying them.'
For the oven method, she suggested placing the battered onion rings straight onto a lined baking tray, ensuring they are spaced out and not overlapping one another.
'Then give them a generous spray with oil before baking in a 220C preheated oven for 20 minutes or until golden and crispy,' she said.
To mark International Burger Day on Friday, May 28, Cherie has offered her take on a double vegan 'beef' burger to go with the spicy onion rings.
Double vegan 'beef' burger recipe
1 medium brown onion, peeled and sliced extra thin (preferably using a mandolin)
1. add vegan mince and onions into a bowl and mix well (volume-wise they should be in a 1:1 ratio). Divide into four even sized balls.
2. Heat griddle or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add a splash of oil (any with a high smoke point) then add in the balls. Press down and flatten with a spatula. Try to get the patties as thin as possible. Cook on one side for one to two minutes until browned, flip, season with salt and pepper, top with cheese and cook with lid on for two minutes until cheese has melted. In the meantime, toast buns separately until edges start to brown.
3. To assemble, spread the sauce to the bottom of both buns. Top with two patties each, followed by the tomatoes, pickles, lettuce and other half of the buns.
First Look at the Script for Percy Jackson Coming to Disney+
First Look at the Script for Percy Jackson Coming to Disney+. After the launch of Disney+, and the welcome reception for original content on the streaming platform, it didn’t take fans of the Percy Jackson novels to plead their case to Disney about creating a live-action series for the new streaming platform. Well “demigods,” you asked and Disney answered.
Author Rick Riordan has been in talks with Disney since December 2019 and it seems the two have come to an agreement: Disney+ will be the home of a new live-action adaption of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians book series!
Riordan shared the news via Twitter, sharing: “Hey Percy Jackson fans, for the past decade, you’ve worked hard to champion a faithful on-screen adaptation of Percy Jackson’s world,” Riordan wrote in a note to fans on Twitter. “Some of you have even suggested it would be a good series for Disney+. We couldn’t agree more!”
Rick Riordan also shared a first look at the script via Twitter along with the caption, “Hope you guys have a great weekend! I know I will. I have some work to do.”
Rick also shared previously, “We can’t say much more at this stage but we are very excited about the idea of a live-action series of the highest quality, following the storyline of the original Percy Jackson five-book series, starting with The Lightning Thief in season one. Rest assured that Becky & I will be involved in person in every aspect of the show. There will be much more news in the future, but for now we have a lot go work to do! Buckle up, demigods. It’s going to be a fantastic, exciting ride!”
At the time of writing there have been no formal casting decisions and the only names tied to the project are currently Becky and Rick Riordan. It is currently unknown when the series will begin filming or when it will premiere on Disney+, but we are excited none-the-less!
Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for all things Disney!
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Rasputin is murdered
Sometime over the course of the night and the early morning of December 29-30, 1916, Grigory Efimovich Rasputin, a self-proclaimed holy man, is murdered by Russian nobles eager to end his influence over the royal family.
Rasputin, a Siberian-born muzhik, or peasant, who underwent a religious conversion as a teenager and proclaimed himself a healer with the ability to predict the future, won the favor of Czar Nicholas II and Czarina Alexandra through his ability to stop the bleeding of their hemophiliac son, Alexei, in 1908. From then on, though he was widely criticized for his lechery and drunkenness, Rasputin exerted a powerful influence on the ruling family of Russia, infuriating nobles, church orthodoxy, and peasants alike. He particularly influenced the czarina, and was rumored to be her lover. When Nicholas departed to lead Russian forces in World War I, Rasputin effectively ruled the country through Alexandra, contributing to the already-existing corruption and disorder of Romanov Russia.
Fearful of Rasputin’s growing power (among other things, it was believed by some that he was plotting to make a separate peace with the Germans), a group of nobles, led by Prince Felix Youssupov, the husband of the czar’s niece, and Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich, Nicholas’s first cousin, lured Rasputin to Youssupov Palace on the night of December 29, 1916.
First, Rasputin’s would-be killers gave the monk food and wine laced with cyanide. When he failed to react to the poison, they shot him at close range, leaving him for dead. A short time later, however, Rasputin revived and attempted to escape from the palace grounds, whereupon his assailants shot him again and beat him viciously. Finally, they bound Rasputin, still miraculously alive, and tossed him into a freezing river. His body was discovered several days later and the two main conspirators, Youssupov and Pavlovich were exiled.
Disney declined to say how much subscriptions would cost. Mr. Iger said the goal was a price low enough to encourage widespread adoption but not so low that it would cannibalize traditional cable and satellite subscriptions. In the past, Mr. Iger has hinted about a “dynamic” model, with viewers able to pay based on how much they want to watch.
In some ways, Disney is late to this party. CBS, for instance, introduced a direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service in 2014. But Disney is a media superpower, and its decision to aggressively pursue streaming could speed the entertainment industry’s adoption of the platform.
“No one is better positioned to lead the industry into this dynamic new era,” Mr. Iger said, noting his company’s trove of popular content and unrivaled connection to its audience — particularly children, who are a huge driver for streaming services.
Most analysts responded favorably, but Disney’s stock price declined 4 percent in after-hours trading, to about $102.95. The reaction might have been better had Disney not simultaneously reported lackluster quarterly results. Netflix shares declined more than 3 percent after hours, to $172.53.
For the last two years, as the cable business has dealt with a loss of subscribers, Mr. Iger has not been able to convince investors that ESPN, the company’s longtime growth engine, will keep chugging away. As Wall Street has continued to fret, Disney has found itself at the center of speculation about ways to keep its programming relevant in the online age. Some suggested it should buy Netflix outright or consider selling itself to Apple.
Meantime, cord-cutting continues to affect ESPN. Traditional subscriptions declined 3.5 percent in the most recent quarter in the year-ago period, ESPN had a 2 percent decline.
For its fiscal third quarter, the company had a profit totaling $2.37 billion, or $1.51 a share, compared with $2.6 billion or $1.59 a share, a year earlier. Disney had revenue of $14.2 billion in the quarter, down slightly from a year earlier.
Adjusting for a one-time charge related to a legal settlement, Disney had per-share earnings of $1.58 in the most recent quarter. Analysts had expected $1.55.
Among the biggest challenges for Disney in the quarter were costs at ESPN, which recorded about $400 million in incremental expenses because of a new contract with the National Basketball Association. As a result, operating income at Disney Media Networks, which includes ESPN, fell to $1.84 billion, a 22 percent decline.
Expenses also increased at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, which opened an attraction in Florida based on “Avatar” and brought one of the Disney cruise ships in for refurbishment. But the theme park unit nonetheless reported an 18 percent increase in operating income, to $1.17 billion, because of the timing of the Easter holiday and improved results at overseas parks, including Disneyland Paris.
Disney’s movie studio had a difficult quarter. Its operating income fell 17 percent, to $639 million, because of a lineup of films that could not match last year’s highs. In the most recent quarter, Disney released “Cars 3,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” In the year-ago quarter, the studio’s blockbusters included “Finding Dory,” “The Jungle Book” and “Captain America: Civil War.”
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Southern California—the birthplace of famous hamburgers from McDonalds, Carls Jr. and In-n-Out Burger—is home to another thriving burger chain that opened its first store in 1952. Lovie Yancey thought up the perfect name for the 1/3 pound burgers she sold at her Los Angeles burger joint: Fatburger. Now with over 41 units in California, Nevada, and moving into Washington and Arizona, Fatburger has become the food critic's favorite, winning "best burger in town" honors with regularity. The secret is the seasoned salt used on the beef patty. And there's no ketchup on the regular version, just mayo, mustard, and relish. Replace the ground beef with ground turkey and you've just cloned Fatburger's popular Turkeyburger.
Jerrico, Inc., the parent company for Long John Silver's Seafood Shoppes, got its start in 1929 as a six-stool hamburger stand called the White Tavern Shoppe. Jerrico was started by a man named Jerome Lederer, who watched Long John Silver's thirteen units dwindle in the shadow of World War II to just three units. Then, with determination, he began rebuilding. In 1946 Jerome launched a new restaurant called Jerry's and it was a booming success, with growth across the country. Then he took a chance on what would be his most successful venture in 1969, with the opening of the first Long John Silver's Fish 'n' Chips. The name was inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. In 1991 there were 1,450 Long John Silver Seafood Shoppes in thirty-seven states, Canada, and Singapore, with annual sales of more than $781 million. That means the company holds about 65 percent of the $1.2 billion quick-service seafood business.
This clone recipe may be for the whole hamburger, but anybody who knows about Tommy's goes there because they love the chili that's on the burger—and that's the part of this clone they seek. Turns out it's an old chili con carne recipe created back in 1946 by Tommy's founder, Tommy Koulax, for his first hamburger stand on the corner of Beverly and Rampart Boulevards in Los Angeles. By adding the right combination of water and flour and broth and spices to the meat we can create a thick, tomato-less chili sauce worthy of the gajillions of southern California college students that make late-night Tommy's runs a four-year habit. And if you don't live near one of the two dozen Tommy's outlets, you can still get a gallon of Tommy's famous chili shipped to you. But I hope you really like the stuff, because you'll shell out around 70 bucks for the dry ice packaging and overnight shipping. And don't expect to see the ingredients on the label (drat!) since the chili comes packed in a gallon-size mustard jug.
Menu Description: "Made fresh to order, with ripe avocados and choice of tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, red onions and fresh lime juice. Enough to share."
This 160-unit casual Mexican chain makes a nice tableside guacamole that you can easily duplicate for your amigos. This is the basic formula, but you can freely adjust it to suit the tastes of your crew. It's also easy to double it (or more) for a bigger fiesta, if that's the plan. You may want to put the avocados into the fridge for an hour or two before you open them up. This guac is much better when slightly chilled.
Wash it all down with this copycat for On the Border's Mexican Mojito.
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This quickly growing chicken wing chain sells each of its 12 signature sauces in the restaurant because many of them work great as a baste or side sauce for a variety of home cooked masterpieces. This Buffalo Wild Wings Caribbean Jerk sauce recipe is a favorite for that reason (ranking at the top of the list with Spicy Garlic as the chain's best-seller), so I thought it would be a useful clone that doesn't require you to fill up the fryer to make chicken wings. You can use this sauce on grilled chicken, pork, ribs, salmon or anything you can think of that would benefit from the sweet, sour and spicy flavors that come from an island-style baste.
Menu Description: "Tender, crispy shrimp with a sweet and spicy chili sauce that's got just the right kick."
This was another job for the micro-screen sieve. Rinsing away the mayo from a spoonful of this delicious chili sauce reveals just what I expected: sambal chunks. The minced chili peppers that sat there, now naked, in the bottom of the sieve, looked just like the type of red pepper used in sambal chili sauce. And since there were bits of garlic in there too, it was clear that the bright red chili garlic sauce you find near the Asian foods in your market is the perfect secret ingredient for the fiery mixture that's used on this popular dish from Ruby Tuesday's appetizer menu. Once you make the sauce, whip up some of the secret breading for the shrimp and get on with the frying. You can use shortening or oil here, but I think shortening works best, and it doesn't stink up the house. The no trans-fat stuff is da bomb. Once all of your shrimps are fried to a nice golden brown, carefully coat the little suckers with about half of the sauce, and then serve the rest of the sauce on the side for dipping, just like they do at the restaurant.
If you start making black bean soup in the morning using other recipes out there, you're lucky to be slurping soup by lunchtime. That's because most recipes require dry beans that have to re-hydrate for at least a couple hours, and many recipes say "overnight." But, you know, tomorrow is just too far away when you're craving soup right now. So, for this often requested clone recipe, I sped up the process by incorporating canned black beans, rather than the dry ones. That way, once you get all the veggies chopped, you'll be souped up in just about an hour. Friday's version of this soup has a slightly smoky flavor that's easily duplicated here with just a little bit of concentrated liquid smoke flavoring found in most supermarkets. Just be sure to get the kind that says "hickory flavor."
Anyone who loves Olive Garden is probably also a big fan of the bottomless basket of warm, garlicky breadsticks served before each meal at the huge Italian casual chain. My guess is that the breadsticks are proofed, and then sent to each restaurant where they are baked until golden brown, brushed with butter and sprinkled with garlic salt. Getting the bread just right for a good Olive Garden breadstick recipe was tricky—I tried several different amounts of yeast in all-purpose flour, but then settled on bread flour to give these breadsticks the same chewy bite as the originals. The two-stage rising process is also a crucial step in this much requested homemade Olive Garden breadstick recipe. Also check out our Olive Garden Italian salad dressing recipe.
Older than both McDonald's and Burger King, Jack-in-the Box is the world's fifth-largest hamburger chain, with 1,089 outlets by the end of 1991 in thirteen states throughout the West and Southwest. The restaurant, headquartered in San Diego, boasts one of the largest menus in the fast food world.
Now taste for yourself the homemade version of Jack's most popular item. The Jack-in-the Box Taco has been served since the inception of the chain, with very few changes over the years. If you're a fan of the Jumbo Jack or any of Jack's Shakes click here for my clone recipes.
In the early 90's Boston Chicken was rockin' it. The home meal replacement chain's stock was soaring and the lines were filled with hungry customers waiting to sink their teeth into a serving of the chain's delicious rotisserie chicken. So successful was the chain with chicken, that the company quickly decided it was time to introduce other entree selections, the first of which was a delicious barbecue sauce-covered ground sirloin meatloaf. But offering the other entrees presented the company with a dilemma: what to do about the name. The bigwigs decided it was time to change the name to Boston Market, to reflect a wider menu. That meant replacing signs on hundreds of units and retooling the marketing campaigns. That name change, plus rapid expansion of the chain and growth of other similar home-style meal concepts sent the company into a tailspin. By 1988, Boston Market's goose was cooked, and the company filed for bankruptcy. Soon McDonald's stepped in to purchase the company, with the idea of closing many of the stores for good, and slapping Golden Arches on the rest. But that plan was scrapped when, after selling many of the under-performing Boston Markets, the chain began to fly once again. Within a year of the acquisition Boston Market was profitable, and those meals with the home-cooked taste are still being served at over 700 Boston Market restaurants across the country.
How about some of those famous Boston Market side-dishes to go with your copycat meatloaf recipe? I've cloned all the best ones here.
There's no chocolate in it. Or coffee. Or Coca-Cola. The ingredient rumors for the Skyline Chili secret recipe are plentiful on the Internet, but anyone can purchase cans of Skyline chili from the company and find the ingredients listed right on the label: beef, water, tomato paste, dried torula yeast, salt, spices, cornstarch, and natural flavors. You can trust that if chocolate were included in the secret recipe, the label would reflect it—important information for people with a chocolate allergy. All it takes to recreate the unique flavor of Skyline is a special blend of easy-to-find spices plus beef broth and a few other not-so-unusual ingredients. Let the chili simmer for an hour or so, then serve it up on its own or in one of the traditional Cincinnati-style serving suggestions (the "ways" they call 'em) with the chili poured over spaghetti noodles, topped with grated Cheddar cheese and other good stuff:
3-Way: Pour chili over cooked spaghetti noodles and top with grated Cheddar cheese.
4-Way: Add a couple teaspoons of grated onion before adding the cheese.
5-Way: Add cooked red beans over the onions before adding the cheese.
If you're a fan of this hearty dish, you may also like my clone recipes for other popular soups and chilis here.
Menu Description: "Slow-cooked marinated domestic pork ribs lightly seasoned with Jerk spices and basted with BBQ sauce."
An island taste in the secret jerk paste formula permeates the ribs as they slow cook in low heat. Halfway through cooking the ribs are wrapped in foil to begin a braising process that tenderizes the meat. And for a big finish, the racks are tossed on the grill just before serving then basted with a delicious scratch sauce. Follow the grilling instructions here and you won't lose any meat from your ribs sticking to the barbecue grate. Start by grilling the ribs bony-side-down so that some of the fat from the ribs melts onto your grill. Now when you flip the racks over onto the meaty side the grill is well-lubricated, giving you beautiful grill marks on the good part, and no sticking. And don't freak out about that whole habanero pepper included in the jerk paste. Sure, it may be one of the world's hottest peppers, but the paste goes a long way, and you should only detect a hint of heat on the finished product. If you're a chilihead, go ahead and add more than one. Serve up these babies with a side of my hacked Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 by Todd Wilbur.
I've never met a macaroni & cheese I didn't like. But there are a few restaurants that push this common side dish to a higher level. I've had mac & cheese made with three or four cheeses, and some that come drizzled with truffle oil. I've had mac & cheese with green pepper in it, and onion, and parsley, and bacon—it all works for me. But at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, it's about the chipotle. The smoky jalapeno flavor sets this one apart from others, and makes this one of the top side dishes at the upscale steakhouse chain. For our clone, we'll start with a cheese sauce made with smoked cheddar. There's some minced jalapeno and green onion in there, plus a little ground chipotle pepper. A nice finishing touch comes from the breadcrumb topping that's made with Japanese breadcrumbs, or panko, which is flavored with more ground chipotle. The pasta shape used at Fleming's is called cellentani, which looks like long corkscrews. You could also use cavatappi pasta which are shorter corkscrews, or just go for the traditional elbow macaroni which can found pretty much anywhere.
Find more copycat recipes from Fleming's Steakhouse here.
The little red packets of viscous hot sauce at the fast food giant have a cult following of rabid fans who will do whatever it takes to get their hands on large quantities. One such fan of the sauce commented online, "Are there any Wendy's employees or managers out there who will mail me an entire case of Hot Chili Seasoning? I swear this is not a joke. I love the stuff. I tip extra cash to Wendy's workers to get big handfuls of the stuff." Well, there's really no need to tip any Wendy's employees, because now you can clone as much of the spicy sauce as you want in your own kitchen with this Top Secret Recipe.
The ingredients listed on the real Hot Chili Seasoning are water, corn syrup, salt, distilled vinegar, natural flavors, xanthan gum, and extractives of paprika. We'll use many of those same ingredients for our clone, but we'll substitute gelatin for the xanthan gum (a thickener) to get the slightly gooey consistency right. For the natural flavor and color we'll use cayenne pepper, cumin, paprika, and garlic powder, then filter the particles out with a fine wire-mesh strainer after they've contributed what the sauce needs.
This recipe makes 5 ounces of sauce— just the right amount to fit nicely into a used hot sauce bottle—and costs just pennies to make.
Menu Description: "Three flour tortillas stuffed w/marinated chicken, teriyaki sauce, Jack cheese, pineapple, lettuce, tomatoes & scallions."
If you love the sweet taste of teriyaki marinated chicken, you'll dig the Yaki Soft tacos at this Hawaiian-themed burger chain. Sure, Islands is famous for its burgers, but many also go for the several choices of soft tacos -- and the one I've cloned here is the top-seller. After testing all popular brands of teriyaki sauce on the market, I found that none have the heavy ginger notes of the chain's version, so you'll want to make the sauce from scratch. Which is really no big deal, since it's an easy process and you'll end up with a teriyaki sauce/marinade that's better than any store version, and you can use it in all sorts of recipes. When you buy the canned pineapple, go for the 20-ounce can or get two 8-ounces cans. You'll need that much since you'll use the pineapple chunks in both the sauce and on the tacos (and you'll even use some of the juice from the can in your teriyaki sauce). When chopping the chunks, take the time to slice each chunk into quarters (lengthwise, with the grain) so you get thin pineapple pieces that are the exact size of the stuff they use in the restaurant. Or you can find smaller Del Monte PINEAPPLE TIDBITS in 100% Pineapple Juice 20oz (2 Pack)onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=yes,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=yes,dependent=no,width=700,height=700') return false"> pineapple chunks in some stores (see Tidbits).
I first created the clone for this Cajun-style recipe back in 1994 for the second TSR book, More Top Secret Recipes, but I've never been overjoyed with the results. After convincing a Popeyes manager to show me the ingredients written on the box of red bean mixture, I determined the only way to accurately clone this one is to include an important ingredient omitted from the first version: pork fat. Emeril Lagasse—a Cajun food master—says, "pork fat rules," and it does. We could get the delicious smoky fat from rendering smoked ham hocks, but that takes too long. The easiest way is to cook 4 or 5 pieces of bacon, save the cooked bacon for another recipe (or eat it!), then use 1/4 cup of the fat for this hack. As for the beans, find red beans (they're smaller than kidney beans) in two 15-ounce cans. If you're having trouble tracking down red beans, red kidney beans will be a fine substitute.
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It's dark, moist and delicious, and it comes in a breadbasket to your table at this French-themed West Coast casual restaurant. Now the tastiest carrot bread ever can be yours to create at home with a couple of grated carrots, molasses, raisins and chopped walnuts. You'll be baking this one in the oven for at least an hour. That should be enough time to warm up the house and send an incredible aroma wafting through every room.
Now, how about some soup and Mimi's famous grilled cheese sandwich?
Menu Description: "Our award-winning Baby Back Ribs are slow-roasted, then basted with Jim Beam Bourbon BBQ Sauce and finished on our Mesquite grill."
When your crew bites into these baby backs they'll savor meat so tender and juicy that it slides right off the bone. The slow braising cooks the ribs to perfection, while the quick grilling adds the finishing char and smoky flavor. But the most important component to any decent rack of ribs is a sauce that's filled with flavor, and this version of Roadhouse Grill's award-wining sauce is good stuff. I ordered the ribs naked (without sauce) so that I could see if there was any detectable rub added before cooking and I didn't find anything other than salt and a lot of coarse black pepper. So that's the way I designed the recipe, and it works.
Now, how about a copycat Roadhouse Grill Roadhouse Rita to wash down those ribs.
Menu Description: "Grilled beef medallions drizzled with balsamic glaze, served over fettuccine tossed with spinach and gorgonzola-alfredo sauce."
This menu item builds on Olive Garden's great alfredo sauce recipe with the addition of gorgonzola cheese. The tangy cheese sauce works well with the sweet-and-sour balsamic reduction drizzled over the beef medallions. Find three 6-ounce sirloin steaks or whatever cut you prefer and slice each of them into four 1 1/2-ounce fillets. Get pounding with a kitchen mallet and make those steaks about 1/2-inch thick and they will grill up to same size as the medallions on the original dish. Between the pounding and the meat tenderizer in the beef seasoning, you will turn even the cheapest cut of beef into a tender morsel. Build your dish as described below and you will have re-created the taste and presentation of the original rich, tasty, fulfilling dish.
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Menu Description: "Freshly prepared alfredo or marinara sauce, served warm."
The soft breadsticks served at Olive Garden (here's my clone) taste awesome by themselves, but dunk them in one of these warm sauces and. fahgeddaboutit. You can use these clones as dipping sauces or pour them over the pasta of your choice to duplicate a variety of entree items available at the chain. Use the alfredo sauce over Fettuccine and you get Fettuccine Alfredo. Pour the marinara sauce on Linguine and you've cloned Olive Garden's Linguine alla Marinara. Make up your own dishes adding sausage, chicken or whatever you have on hand for an endless variety of Italian grub.
Find more of your favorite copycat recipes from Olive Garden here.
To copy Taco Bell's most famous burrito at home you first must assemble the meaty foundation of many of the chain's top-selling products: the spiced ground beef. Toss it and seven other tasty ingredients into a large flour tortilla and fold using the same technique as taught to new recruits to the chain. Add your favorite hot sauce for a bit of heat, or clone a Taco Bell hot sauce, such as the Taco Bell Fire Border Sauce with the clone recipe here.
This KFC mashed potatoes and gravy recipe duplicates the tasty tan stuff that's poured over fluffy mashed potatoes at the Colonel's chain of restaurants. And since the original recipe contains MSG (as does their chicken), this mash potato & gravy sauce clone was designed with that "secret" ingredient. You may choose to leave out the MSG, which is a natural amino acid found in vegetables and other foods, but your clone won't taste like the real thing without it. Also try our KFC Potato Salad copycat recipe.
Ah, chicken gizzard. It took me more than eighteen years to find a recipe that requires chicken gizzard -- not that I was looking for one. But I've seen the ingredients list on the box that comes from the supplier for the Cajun gravy from Popeyes, and if we're gonna do this one right I think there's got to be some gizzard in there. The gizzard is a small organ found in the lower stomach of a chicken, and your butcher should be able to get one for you. After you saute and chop the gizzard, it is simmered with the other ingredients until you have a thick, authentic Southern gravy that goes great over the Popeyes Buttermilk Biscuits clone, or onto whatever begs to be swimming in pure flavor. Get ready for some of the best gravy that's ever come off your stovetop.
Complete your meal with my recipe for Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken.
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For more than 30 years, Todd Wilbur has been obsessed with reverse-engineering famous foods. Using every day ingredients to replicate signature restaurant dishes at home, Todd shares his delectable discoveries with readers everywhere.
Now, his super-sleuthing taste buds are back to work in the third installment of his mega-bestselling Top Secret Restaurant Recipes series, with 150 sensational new recipes that unlock the delicious formulas for re-creating your favorite dishes from America's most popular restaurant chains. Todd's top secret blueprints and simple step-by-step instructions guarantee great success for even novice cooks. And when preparing these amazing taste-alike dishes at home, you'll be paying up to 75 percent less than eating out!
Find out how to make your own home versions of: Pizza Hut Pan Pizza, T.G.I. Friday's Crispy Green Bean Fries, Buca di Beppo Chicken Limone, Serendipity 3 Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, P.F. Chang's Kung Pao Chicken, Max & Erma's Tortilla Soup, Cracker Barrel Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake, Olive Garden Breadsticks, Cheesecake Factory Fresh Banana Cream Cheesecake, Carrabba's Chicken Bryan, Famous Dave's Corn Muffins, Outback Steakhouse Chocolate Thunder from Down Under, T.G.I. Friday's Jack Daniel's Glazed Ribs, and much, much more.
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