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Mazzio's Chocolate Chip Pizza Recipe

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A month ago, I took a road-trip across this great country of ours. Having met friends over the years from all over the world I asked some friends where to eat and what to do along the way. It's truly the best way to vacation, because they already know the best places. One of my friends, Sarah, grew up in Arkansas and a few week prior to our personal Gumball Rally, she visited a place called Mazzio's. I of course wrote it down, and when we landed in the small town of Wynne Arkansas for the night, we tromped over to the local Mazzio's for their pizza buffet.

Mazzio's is a small fast-food chain of pizza restaurants with a very clean, and upscale dining room. While the food is typical (though there are a few exceptions like taco pizza), and the pizza average, the chain boasts a dining room of dim light and a themed Italian cafe eatery (or at least this one did). We were of course simply happy to be off the road. We had drove all the way from Greensboro, NC, and food, espe…

Big Mac Special Sauce Recipe

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Several fast food restaurants have sandwiches labeled “big”. When they first came out they were indeed some of the biggest out there. Today they're dwarfed by the nearly half to one pound burger varieties available at the drive-thru. Today these big sandwiches are favored not for their size but their distinct taste.

McDonald's offering, the Big Mac arrived in 1967 in response to the Big Boy. Guarded as their secret "special sauce", it really was nothing more than an altered tartar sauce. The Big Mac has gone on to become an American icon, and a symbol of capitalism. With McDonald's new transparency campaign, the recipe for the Big Mac Special Sauce was released by Executive Chef Dan Coudreat in a homemade version using store purchased ingredients. The real product at McDonald's restaurants likely does contain more preservatives and synthetic flavorings, but are likely inconsequential to the final product.

 I'll try to break down the measurements in my…

Carl's JR's Double Bacon Western Cheeseburger Recipe

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If you're reading this, then it's quite likely that you already know what Carl's JR is, and what the Double Bacon Western Cheeseburger is (also known in its smaller version as the Junior Bacon Western Cheeseburger). For those not in the know, it's a cult sandwich served on the West Coast by a fast-food restaurant called Carl's JR. Carl's JR who purchased the east-coast chain Hardees several years attempted to make their own iteration of the Western Cheeseburger when thousands of displaced Californians demanded they did so.

There was a couple of problems however. One it wasn't produced verbatim. Apparently suppliers on the east-coast couldn't produce the same meat or onion rings for the sandwich, so they renamed it the Western Thickburger and topped it with French's fried onions. While it did fill the gap, it arguably wasn't the famous Western burger of Carl's JR. Furthermore it never caught on in the south which has a much different image o…

Velveeta Cheeseburger Recipe

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There's a tiny restaurant in central North Carolina called "Johnson's". There, they serve up the best chili-cheeseburger on the east-coast. It's absolutely phenomenal. They do several things right, but the one you might not be expecting is the fact they put Velveeta on their cheeseburgers. Forget ten-dollar a pound Gruyere, or black label sharps- once you try a cheeseburger with Velveeta, you'll never go back.

It's interesting how the toppings of a burger can geographically determine where you are. For instance in Argentina burgers are boiled and served with a fried egg topped with pumpernickel. In Germany, the beef is mixed with wet bread, mustard, onions, and egg. In Switzerland it would be a faux pas to eat a burger with your hands, and are served with a knife and fork. Sweden calls their burgers "pannbiff" which are made with a brown sauce, fried onions, and lingonberry preserves.

Then there's the names we call burgers, such as The Long …

Ned's Noodles | Yakisoba Chicken Recipe

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Unless you're Anthony Bourdain on a layover in London with a production team and fancy restaurants, you might like me, want to pick up some food that's warm and delicious but also cheap and quick. When I'm in London, there's one place that fits the bill: Ned's Noodles.

Sure it's a take-out Asian noodle place, but as my realtor keeps saying, with Ned's it's all about the location, location, location. Located in a alleyway just behind the London Eye and Jubilee Gardens, it's at the center of everything. Perfect for taking your bucket of fried noodles and bottled cola to the shores of the Thames where you can watch the sunset as Big Ben rings in the distance. As a ukulele player from Finland busks behind the park bench playing a melodic tune, you've just managed a English riverside dinner with live music for under 10£, and can be back at Heathrow in less than an hour by The Tube.

Of course, when I'm back State-side, and I'm craving my chic…