Recipe of the Week: Bonefish Grill’s Grilled Swordfish over Pumpkin Ravioli

A special thanks to Bonefish Grill for providing this great seasonal recipe to us. You can try to make ithis meal yourself or you can enjoy it at one of the many Bonefish locations.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Each 6 OZ fresh swordfish steak
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 TBSP crumbled feta cheese
  • 16 Each Pumpkin Ravioli
  • 2 Qts boiling water
  • 4 TBSP butter
  • 1 tsp shallots, ¼” dice
  • 2 tsp fresh sage leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 TBSP French’s crispy onions
  • 1 TBSP chopped parsley

Directions:

  1. Season the swordfish steaks with salt and pepper.
  2. Grill for 60 seconds and flip swordfish over.
  3. Place 1 TBSP of crumbled feta cheese on top of each steak.
  4. Move steaks to the coolest part of the grill and cook to an internal temperature of 135˚.
  5. Remove from the grill and keep warm.
  6. Place the ravioli into the boiling water and cook following the package instructions.
  7. Drain the ravioli in a colander.
  8. Melt the butter in a large sauté pan over medium high heat.
  9. Add the shallots and chopped sage leaves; cook until the butter just begins to brown.
  10.  Immediately after the butter begins to brown, add the drained ravioli and toss to coat the pasta.
  11. Place the ravioli in the center of a large warm Pasta serving platter.
  12. Arrange the swordfish around the outer edges of the pasta.
  13. Sprinkle the crispy onions and chopped parsley over the pasta and fish.
  14. Serve with your favorite vegetable side dish.

Breakfast For Dinner? Here’s Your Map to Where McDonald’s Is Offering All-Day Breakfast Biscuits Or McMuffins

Reader D. is disappointed in all-day breakfast at McDonald’s. Not because it exists, but because he lives in an area that offers biscuits and not McMuffins on its all-day breakfast menu. He wondered whether we could provide a service to our readers by making a nationwide map that shows which markets have which breakfast breads. We can’t, because McDonald’s already did.

Thanks to Burger Business for alerting us to the existence of this map.

Unfortunately, this map doesn’t drill down to the town or county level, or to individual locations, but it does give you an idea of which regions are serving McMuffins and which are serving sandwiches on breakfast biscuits. D. probably lives in one of the border areas of Ohio, but the good news for him is that most of the state is McMuffin territory.

The menu varies according to the franchisee’s preferences and what individual restaurants can accommodate. A terrible rumor spread nationwide today that hash browns aren’t on the menu: this is not true, and about 90% of locations serving the breakfast menu are serving hash browns.

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Burger King’s Halloween Whopper Has an Even More Frightening Effect When It Comes Back Out!

Burger King’s Halloween burger was launched last week to the cheers of burger fans.

But quickly it has become evident that the true horror of the burger is far worse than the grim black food coloring used for the bun.

People are reporting very strange happenings – and it’s all about when, um, it’s been through your digestive system.

The treat may have been the whopper but the trick, it seems, is that poop is coming out bright GREEN.

The Best Coffee Freebies You Can Get Today for National Coffee Day

If you need caffeine every day like you need air to breathe, today is your big day: National Coffee Day is Sept. 29, and with it comes a slew of offers from U.S. java joints for free or discounted coffee. We’ve got the goods on where to score your cheap fix in honor of such an important day.

As always, some deals might not be offered at your local restaurant or chain, so call ahead to make sure you don’t get there and face disappointment.

Dunkin’ Donuts: Customers can get a free medium cup of Dunkin’ Donuts hot or iced dark roast coffee, with a one-per guest limit at particpating locations.

Cumberland Farms: Customers can text the word FREECOFFEE to 33733 using their smartphone to receive a coupon for a free hot or iced coffee, in any size, all day long. The coupon must be redeemed on National Coffee Day, Sept. 29.

Peet’s Coffee & Tea: Free small cup of Peet’s Major Dickason Blend with any purchase of a baked good, oatmeal or fresh food item.

Panera Bread: Rewards members have been able to score a free coffee every day of September, so that deal will still be in place for National Coffee Day.

Wawa: Free coffee in the size of your choice.

Krispy Kreme: Customers can get a free small coffee (12 o.z.) aaaaand a free original glazed donut. Krispy Kreme awards members get double points with purchase on Tuesday when you purchase any coffee drink.

Whole Foods: Stores nationwide are offer 12-ounce cups of coffee for $0.25 through September.

Tim Hortons: Get any size coffee in Regular or Dark Roast for just $1 at participating U.S. restaurants.

McDonald’s: Participating McDonald’s restaurants in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts are giving out free small coffees, so it’s worth calling your local restaurant to check if they’re offering a similar deal.

Sheetz: Free Kick in the Beans coffee at Sheetz locations in Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina.

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: Iced coffee, flavored iced coffee and iced Americanos for half off all sizes all day at participating locations. Iced, because this is Southern California we’re talking about.

Maui-Wowi: Customers shopping online can get 50% off with the coupon code ALOHACOFFEE. It’s not immediate coffee in your mouth, but it is a discount.

Caribou Coffee: Instead of giving people free coffee, for every cup of Amy’s Blend coffee purchased on Sept. 29, Caribou will donate a cup of coffee to nurses and families in cancer centers throughout the country.

Starbucks: The mega-coffee chain is also eschewing the free coffee route, and instead says it’s celebrating the occasion by honoring the families and farmers behind your cup of morning coffee. It’s launching an initiative called “Starbucks One Tree for Every Bag Commitment.” Over the next year, every time someone buys a bag of coffee in a Starbucks store, a tree will be planted in a community that needs one on their behalf. Starbucks is also planting 1 million coffee trees in farming communities that need help.

Burger King Has Just Rolled Out the Halloween Whopper to Satisfy Your Dark Soul

Japan has already enjoyed Burger King’s goth Whopper when the franchise rolled out squid ink burgers last year. Now it’s America’s turn to taste the dark delicacy that is the Halloween Whopper. Of course, the American version isn’t dyed with squid ink, cuz ‘muricans don’t want no squid burgers.

The American version actually gets its blacker than a vampire’s soul look from A.1. sauce that’s baked into the bun. The A.1. sauce is like, SUPER evil though, so it’s extra spooky, you guys. Rumor has it they even grill “666” into the patty.

Okay, I actually made that last part up, but feel free to spread the rumor.

I think that aside from eating a black hamburger that will probably have me taking a poo that’s unnaturally black a half hour later, the coolest thing about this burger is the wrapper.

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This New Starbucks Drink Totally Beats Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Since the PLS’s return on September 8, Starbucks has informed the public that a new version of the latte will now contain real pumpkin puree and no artificial caramel coloring, instead of the pumpkin-flavored sauce and fake caramel featured for the past 12 years.

But whilesome have said the drink reminds them of sweetened condensed milk or even s’mores, the company was actually inspired by a more surprising flavor.

Here’s how Starbucks explains the drink: “Graham and sweet cream meet steamed milk and our signature espresso, then are finished off with a sprinkling of cinnamon graham crumbles for a less-sweet, ideal treat”.

With both of these distinctive flavors in mind, Wong began a journey to develop Toasted Graham Latte, considering between 20 and 30 beverage concepts.

When Starbucks beverage R&D manager Yoke Wong set out to create the new beverage, she found inspiration in an unusual place.

Starbucks first tested the order and pay ahead system in Portland past year and later expanded it to 3,400 of its company-owned locations.

A grande-size drink will amount to about 300 calories. Are you as excited for the TGL and ordering app as we are?

While the Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) is a fall staple, the Toasted Graham Latte (TGL) is a welcomed addition to Starbucks’ seasonal team, considering we’ve all taken the whole pumpkin spice thing way too far.

The beverage will be available through the end of October or until supplies last.

Dunkin’ Donuts Is Rolling Out Donut Delivery

Recently, Dunkin’ Donuts held a press summit at their headquarters in Massachusetts to announce changes to the menu and new features on their mobile app. Firstly, they’ll be adding macchiatos this month, in a variety of flavors, including pumpkin spice. (They already have lattes, espressos, and cappuccinos, so it’s more like completing a set, really, than competing with Starbucks.) This is in addition to the new specialty donut flavors they announced last month.

But even more promising: They’re rolling out an updated version of their DD Perks app, which already lets you pay with your phone and take advantage of exclusive deals. The new app will allow some Perks members access to a home delivery service, which will be managed by a third-party delivery company. The company revealed in June that they’ve been testing delivery service privately.

The market they’re going to start delivery in has yet to be revealed, though it’s a safe bet it’ll probably be somewhere in New England, where the majority of their nearly 11,000 franchises are located. (500 in New York alone.)

Also part of the app upgrade that will be available to all Perks members is online / mobile ordering, with curbside pickup. No longer will you show up 15 minutes late with your latte.

Coffee and donuts delivery makes sense, not just because most small donut stores already deliver (usually with the help of a third party service), but because McDonald’s and Starbucks are also efforting a way to bring you breakfast in bed.

According to Delish, the rollout isn’t expected until 2016 at the earliest. So it might be a while yet before you have to decide whether to put on pants to answer the door for the coffee-man. The future is so rad, but still so uptight about nudity, man.

Forget Hot Dog Bites, Pizza Hut’s Latest Invention Is A Crust Made Out Of Breadsticks

Remember those days when you had to eat your pizza and breadsticks separately? Remember the anguish you felt having to choose between one or the other because you were trying to make a positive change in your life? Remember how awful life was? No longer! Pizza Hut has heard your cries and has announced that the next addition to their line of already innovative pizzas—stuffed crust, hot dog crust—will feature their breadsticks as the crust. The only way this could be any better is if the crust were made of Round Table’s garlic twists (or their cinnamon twists. That would be good, too).

Here’s what Pizza Hut said about the monstrosity they are about to unleash upon the world, via Market Watch:

“We are not afraid to experiment with new and innovative flavor combinations for our food, but sometimes it’s the most obvious innovations that amaze us the most – and Twisted Crust is an example of an innovation that has done just that,” said Jared Drinkwater, vice president of marketing, Pizza Hut. “We know America loves our pizza, but we have enormous, loyal group of Pizza Hut breadstick lovers out there, too. We believe our new Twisted Crust Pizza is the ultimate flavor combination of these two popular items that consumers will absolutely love.”

I want it already. And right now. And also I wonder if Pizza Hut hires outside help when it comes to tasting new pizza ideas, because that’s a job many of us would likely apply for.

Today, Starbucks Launches Mobile Ordering Nationwide

Beginning today, you’ll never have to stand in the endless wasteland that is the Starbucks line ever again.

The mega coffee chain is rolling out its mobile app feature called Mobile Order and Pay nationwide, allowing its customers the ability to preorder and pay for food and beverages before they get to the store, bypassing the line completely. Although the app had a soft launch in Portland in December and other areas of the country earlier this summer, it is now available at more than 7,400 stores in the United States.

Using the iOS and Android app, customers are able to order items from the full menu, customize orders and pay through the app. In areas like New York City where there may be multiple locations nearby, the app will allow you to choose the location most convenient for you.

Although you can’t schedule a pickup time, the app does estimate a time when your order should be ready, and counts down until your order is complete.

Now, while this may seem like the beginning of the end of all human contact, the new app feature is convenient for a few different situations.

  • You’re in a rush or you’re running late.
  • You’re ordering for multiple people (rejoice, interns!).
  • You have young kids and standing in a long line with them sounds like a nightmare.
  • You can’t/don’t want to talk to anyone.

Although many people can probably relate to not feeling like interacting with people some days, Starbucks told Mashable during a demo of its app that they have had great feedback from persons with speech and hearing disabilities, allowing them to put in a customizable order, and pay and pickup their food and beverages easily.

So yes, this is yet another app addition that will keep you in your phone, but what were you doing while you stood in line waiting to place your order? Probably staring at your phone.

Here is the List Of Secret Menu Items At Panera

Here’s what our reconnaissance efforts have unearthed:

  • You can add avocado to anything. This upped the enjoyment factor of several menu items for me exponentially, especially the Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich, which is somewhat lacking in its natural state. There is officially an upcharge for it — but if you’re in the store often enough, I have seen them waive it.
  • The “rapid pickup” shelf makes it easy to grab your online order without ever interacting with a single human being.One of the things I dislike about my local Panera is that the crowds are insane. I was grateful enough that it’s possible to order online through their website for 10-minute pickup at my local store, but it wasn’t immediately clear that I didn’t have to talk to the person behind the counter to actually receive my order. The first time I ordered online, I stood around dumbly near the Phone/Fax Order sign (haha…fax) until someone took pity on me and pointed me towards the rapid pickup shelf. I have never seen any other orders on this shelf besides mine, despite the fact that there’s often a line out the door.
  • There’s a secret breadless menu. While I reserve the right to be suspicious of someone who would voluntarily eat at Panera without partaking in their assortment of simple carbohydrates at their best, I acknowledge that there are plenty of people out there who are gluten-free or carb-free or calorie conscious. Panera offers sizeable “power” bowls that consist of various combinations of protein options (steak, chicken, turkey, or egg), vegetables, and/or hummus.
  • You can order from your table through the app. This is another great and underused line-beating hack that will save you precious minutes in scoring prime real estate for your party as far as seating is concerned.

These are the things we’ve observed independently. However, Panera’s resident registered dietitian Katie Bengston had some good advice for Panera patrons looking specifically for ways to make healthier choices from their available menu selections:

  • You can apparently substitute quinoa for protein on a salad. I won’t pretend that I have ever eaten quinoa or that I even know what quinoa is. But if Panera’s registered dietician pitched it to me, it’s probably pretty great.
  • For Panera’s salads and sandwiches, you can often reduce total calories, fat and sodium by omitting or having sauces, condiments and dressing served on the side. You can always customize your order to substitute or omit ingredients that don’t fit into your diet. Also, some of the sandwiches receive salt and pepper when hand crafted, so be sure to ask to have the salt left off when you order if that’s a concern for you.
  • Many of the common-sense healthy eating habits you’d use elsewhere in your life can be easily adapted at Panera; order ahalf portion of the sandwiches, panini, salads, soups to watch your portion sizes. Trade out2% milk for skim milk to save on calories and fat. Trade out regular eggs for egg whites to save on calories and fat. Trade regular milk for almond milk if you have a milk allergy.
  • And of course, Bengston recommends adding the all-natural turkey raised without antibiotics to a classic cafe salad for a boost of protein.

We won’t lie; we were hoping for juicier trade secrets than those. Nevertheless, we feel a bit happier knowing that there is a secret vat of quinoa (it does come in vats, right?) that lies in wait in the kitchen at Panera, just waiting for that pivotal moment when you, the customer, might pull the trigger on that adventurous food substitution.