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Gold hot wings offered at NYC eatery

You have your mild, hot, extra hot and even Armageddon-melt-your-face-off varieties of hot wings; but how about the bar staple dusted in gold?

Two New York City restaurants are offering the decadent dinner. 

They’re called Foodgod 24 Karat wings and are being served at two locations of The Ainsworth: one in Chelsea and one in the East Village, the New York Daily News reported

The wings are a collaboration between the restaurant and Jonathan Cheban. 

You may know his name from “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” the Daily News reported. He calls himself Foodgod now. 

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Foodgod’s recipe starts with the wings being soaked in coconut butter, gold butter, chipotle and honey batter for 24 hours. They’re served dusted with real gold flakes with a side of gourmet dipping blue cheese.

Ten wings cost $30 and 20 cost $60. For big spenders, there’s the option of 50 wings with a bottle of Jay-Z’s Champagne Armand de Brignac for $1,000, WNBC reported.

Cinco de Mayo: 5 facts you should know (but probably don't)

Cinco de Mayo in the United States is widely known as a celebration of Mexican-American culture filled with margaritas, tacos and tons of fun.

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But before you prep for your upcoming fiesta or scramble to make some last-minute party plans, you may want to brush up on what the holiday is truly about.

Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about Cinco de Mayo:

May 5 is not Mexico’s independence day.

The date is still widely misunderstood as Mexico’s independence day, but Cinco de Mayo is actually a celebration of the surprising Mexican army’s victory over France at the 1862 Battle of Puebla.

According to, the Mexicans were both vastly outnumbered and poorly supplied as they prepared for the French.

But in the end, nearly 500 French soldiers died and less than 100 Mexicans were killed. While the victory wasn’t a major win in the overall war (the French won the next year and occupied the region for five years), it represented “a great symbolic victory.”

>> How not to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

The battle stems from Mexico’s immense debt to France in the early 1860s, which led to Napoleon III’s decision to send troops to not only overtake Mexico City, but also to help form a Confederate-friendly country that would neighbor the South, according to Time.

Independence Day in Mexico, when it gained its independence from the Spanish colonial government in 1810, is commemorated on Sept. 16.

Cinco de Mayo isn’t all that popular in Mexico.

The holiday is primarily celebrated in Puebla, where the 1862 battle took place. There, locals gather for a big, colorful parade and reenact the war dressed as French and Mexican soldiers before breaking out in song and dance after the reenacted victory.

But for many Mexicans, it’s just another day.

How did the holiday get so popular in the U.S.?

The holiday’s popularity began as the unlikely Battle of Puebla Mexican victory reached California-based Latinos, many of whom were not only happy about Mexico’s victory, but had been rooting for Union forces in the Civil War at the same time, Time reported.

As California Latinos found out, they formed a network of patriotic organizations to raise money for the Mexican troops.

“They had to kind of make the case for fighting for freedom and democracy and they were able to link the struggle of Mexico to the struggle of the Civil War, so there were simultaneous fights for democracy,” Jose Alamillo, a California professor of Chicano studies, told Time.

Former president Franklin D. Roosevelt’s enactment of the Good Neighbor Policy in 1933 is also considered part of the holiday’s popularization. 

But the party-filled Cinco de Mayo Americans celebrate today didn’t become popular until U.S. beer companies began targeting the Spanish-speaking population in the 1970s and 1980s, Alamillo said.

Today, Cinco de Mayo in the U.S. is primarily a celebration of Mexican-American culture.

How many Mexican-Americans are there in the U.S.?

According to the U.S. Census, the Hispanic population of the U.S. as of July 1, 2015 was 56.6 million — 17.6 percent of the country’s total population.

And of the Hispanic population in 2015, 63.4 percent were of Mexican origin.

Americans consume a crazy amount of avocados on Cinco de Mayo.

According to Forbes, Americans eat 81 million pounds of avocados on Cinco de Mayo. 

This is great news for Mexico’s economy, considering 82 percent of America’s avocados come from Mexico.

Last year, avocado prices were at an all-time high due to high demand and reduced harvests in other major avocado production markets.

In fact, the average price of an avocado in the U.S. had increased from 98 cents each in April 2016 to $1.26 in April 2017. In 2018, however, the average price of an avocado is approximately $1.03, according to Hass Avocado.

JUST IN: ‘World’s strongest coffee’ to jolt Dayton next month — and you might be surprised where

Death Wish Coffee” says it produces the strongest coffee in the world  — and the brew is coming to the Dayton area in early June at a venue you might not expect.

“For coffee fans looking for a new caffeine fix, Death Wish Coffee — the World’s Strongest Coffee — will be available in Dayton for the first time starting June 9, hitting the shelves at local Walmarts,” Death Wish Coffee said in a release.

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The rollout is part of Walmart’s “Investing In American Jobs” initiative, which aims to source U.S.-made goods that are new to the Walmart chain. Death Wish’s 18-count coffee K-Cups ( the company says they’re also known as “death cups) will be stocked in more than 1,600 Walmarts in 50 states, at a price of $17.97  per box. If our math is right, that’s reeeaaalllly close to $1 per K-cup.

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The independent web site rates Death Wish Coffee as “dangerously high” in caffeine at 728 milligrams per 12-ounce cup, concluding that, “This coffee is only for those who have a tolerance for caffeine and who can handle high amounts of caffeine. This just may be the strongest coffee in the world.”

But it deserves noting that Death Wish isn’t the only coffee maker to claim to make the strongest coffee in the world.

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Here’s what Death Wish had to say for itself:

“Founded in 2012 by owner Mike Brown, Death Wish has grown from a small e-commerce-centric business into a cult brand with nationwide retail distribution. Helping drive the brand’s growth since its inception was the fierce Death Wish commercial that aired during Super Bowl 50—the first prize for winning a contest sponsored by Intuit’s QuickBooks.”

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“Death Wish uses a combination of Robusta and Arabica beans sourced primarily from India and Peru as well as a tailor-made process to ensure perfect roasting. The result is a bold brew with unparalleled flavors and 200 percent more caffeine than standard coffee.”

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Last fall, Death Wish Coffee made headlines for a different reason: it recalled one of its pre-packaged nitro coffee products because of fears that it could be contaminated with the potentially deadly toxin botulin. The recall was the result of a shortcoming in the production process of the nitro coffee product, and no illnesses were associated with the recall.

>> Death Wish Coffee Co. recalls product possibly contaminated with deadly toxin



Cutting carbs? Noodles & Company unveils trendy new noodle replacement

The national restaurant chain Noodles & Company, which operates four restaurants across the region, announced today the nationwide launch of zucchini noodles that restaurant officials say will be spiral-cut daily at each location.

The lower-calorie and low-carb zucchini noodles — or “zoodles” — are making their debut in two dishes: the new Zucchini Romesco, and the existing menu item Thai Green Curry with Shrimp. And they can be substituted in any other dish for a 75-cent charge.

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Zucchini Romesco is topped with roasted red pepper sauce made with almonds, sun-dried tomatoes and vegetables. The Zucchini Thai Green Curry with Shrimp pairs a sweet coconut green curry sauce with pineapple, broccoli, red onion, snap peas, lime, black sesame seeds and cilantro. 

In a release, Noodles & Company officials say the company is the first national fast-casual chain to offer zoodles nationwide.

"Expanding our noodle offerings from classic pastas like cavatappi, elbow and spaghetti to more adventurous noodles like udon, rice and ramen, zucchini is a natural step in providing our guests with more creative options,” Chas Hermann, chief brand officer at Noodles & Company, said in a release. “In addition to zucchini tasting delicious and being a great substitute in every dish we serve, zucchini noodles also meet many of today's dietary needs, such as low-carb and gluten-free."

Small zoodle bowls start at $5.75, with regular bowls starting at $7.25. To encourage guests to give zucchini noodles a try, the chain is offering a taste guarantee: Any guest who orders a bowl of zucchini noodles and doesn't feel the zoodle love can get a replacement traditional noodle dish at no additional cost, company officials said. 

Zoodles are available at all 476 Noodles restaurants nationwide. 

How to get free Chipotle on Teacher Appreciation Day

Chipotle will celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day on May 8 with a tasty deal: buy one, get one free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos at participating stores.

According to the restaurant chain's website, educators can claim their freebie from 3 p.m. to close Tuesday, May 8, by presenting their faculty ID.

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The promotion is limited to "one free entree item per customer," available "for in-restaurant orders only" and "not valid for online, mobile, fax or catering orders," the website says

To be on the safe side, contact your local Chipotle to make sure it is participating in the offer.

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The recipe for an amazing Derby Day party: Bourbon, tasty treats and a fabulous hat

Derby Day is just a few weeks away, and even though I’m a “Yankee” through and through, if you live as close as we do in Dayton to Kentucky, you better get your derby hat ready.

>>WATCH: Emily Mendenhall of Lily's Bistro shows how to make a great Mint Julep

The signature drink of The Kentucky Derby is the Mint Julep. The Mint Julep is an extremely strong drink, with minimal ingredients. 


  • 2 oz. Bourbon (Yes, it has to be bourbon) 
  • 1 oz. simple syrup 
  • 2 oz. crushed ice 
  • Mint sprigs for garnish 


Seriously, that’s it. It’s basically like a bourbon slushy. There are two components that make this drink so awesome.

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Number one is the crushed ice. That’s absolutely key for the perfect Julep. It keeps you cool on a hot spring or summer day, but more importantly, crushing ice is the MOST SATISFYING THING EVER.

Experiencing a little pent up aggression? Smack a Lewis Bag of ice with a big mallet and your stress will melt away, the booze helps too.

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The other component that makes a mint julep especially enjoyable is the sterling silver julep cup. Much like a Moscow mule mug, the ice stays nice and cold for longer, and basically you just look really cool drinking out of it. Many cups come with a spoon/straw hybrid just like a slushie at the 7/11 but much classier, and for adults. 

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Not that I care about horse racing by any means, but I’ve decided to throw a party for Derby Day (mostly because last year I spent $60 on a hat, and I wanted to wear it again 😳). And it is the perfect opportunity to hang out with some friends, throw a couple juleps back.

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Also, the promise of Spring has been long awaited, and with that, the bounty of beautiful fresh veggies popping up all over. Here is my recipe for the perfect Derby Day Soireecomplete with plenty of bourbon, lots of tasty treats, and yes, a fabulous hat

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You’ve got the drink recipe down...but for food, try some nice bites sure to satisfy all of your party guests. Stuffed mushrooms are always a crowd pleaser. And they are incredibly easy to make. Let some cream cheese get to room temperature, a dollop of ricotta, a pinch of chives, and a healthy dose of fresh parsley. Mix them together, and spoon them into some fresh white mushroom tops. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, they will be ooey-gooey, and if you top them with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, they will be irresistible to all of your party pals. 

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Another easy to please and fool proof dish which highlights spring veggies in a light and bright way: ricotta and asparagus bruschetta. Slice a few pieces of French baguette, drizzle with olive oil and toast in the oven for 7 minutes. Spread that extra ricotta cheese across the bread, top with roasted asparagus, and a pinch of sea salt. Right before your guests arrive, zest lemon on top, and again, a glug of balsamic. They will pop on a serving plate, and your guests will gobble them up. 

And of course, you can’t skip dessert. Take your favorite brownie, or chocolate cake recipe and top it with bourbon whipped cream. Yep, you heard me, boozy whipped cream. All of the world’s problems could be solved if people just added liquor to their dessert topping. 

You heard it here first, people. In a mixing bowl, add heavy whipping cream, a pinch of sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla and a glug of that bourbon you’ve got on hand. Whisk until you’ve reached stiff peaks and spoon on top of your chocolatey confection. 

Your friends will leave your party slightly toasted, full of delicious food, and ready to get their derby on. And by that, I mean checking out the Wiener Dog Race in the Oregon District. I guess you could watch some horses run too, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Lemon-glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts available for one week only

Krispy Kreme is offering its signature doughnuts with lemon glaze, but only for a week.

Participating shops of the doughnut chain are offering the flavor from April 23 to April 29. The glaze was one of four options customers could vote for. The others, Food and Wine reported, were caramel, maple and blueberry.

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According to a news release, the #VoteForGlaze campaign pulled in nearly 2 million votes. Maple had 18 percent of the vote, while blueberry had 20 percent and caramel was second with had 26 percent.

Depending on the success of the limited run, Krispy Kreme could sell the lemon-glazed doughnuts seasonally, Food and Wine reported.

“Experimenting with the many flavor profiles lemon presents to create an all-new lemon glaze was a fun, but serious culinary challenge,” Jackie Woodward, Krispy Kreme’s chief marketing officer, said in a statement. “There has been so much anticipation and zest for the new Lemon Glaze Doughnut, we can’t wait to share the joy with our fans!”

Customers can find out if the Lemon Glaze Doughnut is available at a Krispy Kreme near them at

NEW DETAILS: 3 new liquor stores in the works in Montgomery, Miami & Butler counties

State officials have received multiple applications for all three of the potential new liquor stores that will likely be coming soon in Montgomery, Miami and Butler counties.

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The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control had announced in November that it was seeking to add 20 new liquor-agency stores statewide, including three in the greater Dayton area, and invited entrepreneurs and potential store owners to submit applications to be awarded those state liquor agencies. 

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The state does not mandate a specific location for the new stores, but instead identifies points on a map in areas its research suggests are under-served, and invites potential applicants to pitch business plans for stores within a two-mile radius of that spot.

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In the Centerville area, that point on the map is at South Main Street (Ohio 48) and Marco Lane, near the Centerville Place Shopping Center and Kroger Marketplace in south Centerville.

In Piqua, the map point is on East Ash Street (Ohio 36). In West Chester, the point on the map is at Tylersville Road and Cox Road near the Voice of America Center east of I-75.

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A spokeswoman for the Ohio Division of Liquor Control told this news outlet on April 12, that four applications have been submitted for the Centerville-area liquor agency, three have been received for the Piqua liquor store, and eight applications have been submitted for the West Chester-area store.

The applications are evaluated and scored based on several criteria, and that process is still ongoing, the spokeswoman said. A decision on which —if any — of the applications will be selected will be made by the end of May, the liquor-control spokeswoman said. Last year, attempts to add a state liquor store in Fairborn fizzled when liquor-control officials determined none of applications met the standards. 

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Applicants must have experience operating a retail business or equivalent experience, and must have sufficient financial resources to establish and manage a retail business, according to the division of liquor control’s web site. 

Contracts will not be awarded to anyone in bankruptcy or receivership, or who is delinquent in their taxes, liquor-control officials say.

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Jim Canepa, superintendent of the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, told this news outlet last year that there had been “no thoughtful strategy” in recent years of how to grow the liquor business that the state essentially owns and operates. 

“We will look for spaces to tap into revenue,” he said. Under Canepa’s leadership, the division of liquor control will attempt to demystify spirits and focus on the stories behind some of the craft spirits available — and being produced — in the state, much as Ohio craft breweries and wineries have done, the superintendent said.“We want to develop a new customer experience,” Canepa said, while also promoting responsible consumption.

NC restaurant offering tarantula burger

This burger has legs -- eight of them, to be exact.

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A North Carolina restaurant, celebrating Exotic Meat Month, is serving a tarantula burger, WGHP reported.

Bull City Burger and Brewery runs the exotic meat promotion every April, noting on its website that “We never met a meat we wouldn’t eat!”

The burger costs $30 and includes a beef burger, gruyere cheese, an oven-roasted tarantula and spicy chili sauce, WGHP reported.

But to bite into this burger, customers must enter a raffle. Customers must sign up for the Tarantula Challenge in the restaurant, then monitor Facebook and the restaurant’s website to see if their ticket is chosen.

If the winning participant eats the entire burger, they will receive a free T-shirt, WGHP reported.

Heinz introduces Mayochup, mayonnaise-ketchup combo, so when will you be able to find it?

Checking calendar ... no it isn’t an April Fools’ Day joke. Heinz is actually introducing a mayonnaise and ketchup mix called Mayochup.

Fox News reports that Mayochup is also known as fry sauce, fancy sauce and a multitude of other names with sauce worked in.

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But Heinz is mixing it’s two signature products Heinz Ketchup and Heinz Real Mayonnaise for the newest release.

The bad news is for those who want to try it, it is only available in the Arab Gulf states, Fox News reported. But hope is not lost. 

It will be launched in the U.S. if it gets 500,000 votes.

As of Thursday afternoon, 55 percent of the more than 461,000 votes are in favor of the new mashup with three days left to cast your lot.

Heinz Real Mayonnaise was recently released and is made with 100 percent cage-free eggs.


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