KFC’s New Chicken-Pizza, The Chizza, Could Come To A Chain Near You

To set things straight, KFC‘s “The Chizza” isn’t something new. It actually debuted in the Philippines around 2015 and has been making rounds in the Asian fast food circles ever since. However, the popular food chain seems to be making a push for the chicken-pizza hybrid globally as it will now be available in Singapore.

To heighten the buzz, KFC’s Singapore social media accounts teased the menu item, resulting in a frenzy of responses that either loved or hated it. For the curious, “The Chizza” is actually made with a KFC fried chicken slathered in pizza sauce. Then there’s pieces of ham, mozzarella, and the brand’s own “KFC Cheese Sauce.” Also, it looks like pineapple chunks as toppings seem to be the default item when you order, but regular pepperoni could be out there too.

No word yet on when “The Chizza” will come Stateside or other places around the globe, but if you’re adventurous and in an Asian country at the moment, make sure to hit up a KFC near you.

Krispy Kreme Is Giving Away Free Doughnuts With Coffee for a Limited Time

Krispy Kreme’s name is almost ubiquitous now with high-quality donuts, and now it looks like they’re looking to go the extra mile by pushing a revamped version of its coffee.

In order to push it out and sweeten the deal, we’re getting a taste of probably one of the best promotions within 2017, simply put, it’s this: one coffee purchase, one free doughnut. It’s that simple, and it’ll be ongoing for three weeks starting February 6 ending February 28, although limitations are set on choice of donut, with only original glazed being available.

To be perfectly honest, the promotional idea is hardly original, but with the level of fame backing Krispy Kreme’s donuts, we definitely can’t complain.

Chicken McGriddle Coming To McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast Menu Only In Florida

Nearly a year after McDonald’s began slapping a McChicken on its syrup-flavored McGriddle bun in Ohio, the Chicken McGriddle will become the latest all-day breakfast item to grace menus in Florida. 

FoodBeast reports that following the successful trials at a dozen restaurants in Ohio, select locations in Florida will serve the portable chicken and waffle/pancake sandwich — as well as a chicken biscuit — until April 26.

The Chicken McGriddle didn’t begin as a corporate initiative. Rather, it was the brainchild of the owner of eight Ohio McDonald’s and a small group of other operators and self-proclaimed taste-testers.

“It’s a chicken-and-waffles taste,” operator Brian Mortellaro told the Ohio Business Journal last year. “I just think that’s something that isn’t out there right now. Filet-o-fish, Big Mac – both of those started with owner-operators. We took this idea up the chain and they’re letting us try it out.”

We’ve reached out to McDonald’s to find out if the Florida expansion was corporate-driven or just a few rogue operators.

It remains to be seen if this is a limited time test, or if the new menu item will stick around. While some folks vehemently oppose the notion of chicken for breakfast, fans of the concept have been sharing evidence of the Chicken McGriddle on social media.

Starbucks Is Giving Away Free Espresso for the Holidays

Fresh off a holiday Fruitcake Frappuccino offering, Starbucks has announced a free drink program straight into 2017. Starting today, the Seattle coffee giant will be giving away free tall espresso beverages at 100 random locations, revealed daily in the “10 Days of Cheer” campaign. The promotion will take place between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. each day and last until January 2, 2017 (no promotion on 12/25).

Interested parties can find out which locations are offering free drinks by visiting starbuckscheer.com.

Starbucks Debuts the Limited Holiday Fruitcake Frappuccino

Usually you walk into Starbucks around the holidays and order something with pumpkin spice, peppermint or gingerbread in it. Now the company will introduce fruitcake in the form of a seasonal beverage. Beginning today and running through the weekend, the Fruitcake Frappuccino will be a drink inspired by the colorful candied fruits, nuts, and spices of its namesake and will be available for purchase in the United States and Canada.

The concoction starts with a Hazelnut Crème Frappuccino base and has dried fruit, cinnamon, whipped cream, caramel and a dash of matcha added to it.

Starbucks To Add 12,000 Cafes, Use Artificial Intelligence In Ordering App

If you were worried you wouldn’t be able to score your customary morning cup of coffee from Starbucks whilst traipsing around the world, worry not: The coffee giant unveiled plans to add 12,000 more stores globally by 2021.

Starbucks announced the global expansion efforts this morning as part of the five-year plan presented at the company’s investor conference

The expansion plan aims to nearly double the number of stores to 37,000 cafes over the next five years.

A majority of those new stores — about 5,000 — will be located in China, which already operates 2,500 cafes. The company says that it currently opens about one store a day in the country, adding that stores in China will one day eclipse those in the U.S.

Not all of the new locations will be regular old Starbucks cafes, the company said. Instead, it plans to open at least one of its new upscale Reserve Roastery stores in Shanghai next year.

Starbucks opened its first Reserve coffee and roasting room in Seattle in 2014, a place that CEO Howard Schultz has described as a “magical coffee ride,” where you can buy roasted limited-supply Reserve coffees that sell for up to $50 per eight-ounce bag.

In other plans to drive business, the company says it will focus more on its food offerings, introducing Sous Vide Egg Bites in January 2017, a Certified Gluten-Free Breakfast Sandwich in the spring; and additional Bistro boxes to add to its lunch lineup.

Additionally, the company says that it will soon unveil a new ordering system, dubbed My Starbucks Barista, that adds artificial intelligence to the company’s mobile order and pay app.

With the app customers will be able to place their orders via voice command or messages.

The My Starbucks Barista feature will roll out first on iOS in limited beta in early 2017 and be made available to more iOS and Android users later in the year.

“We are today executing against an ambitious, carefully-curated, multi-year strategy to further elevate the entire Starbucks brand and customer experience around the world, and further extending Starbucks leadership around all things coffee, retail and mobile,” current Starbucks President and COO Kevin Johnson, who will take over as CEO for Howard Schultz in April 2017, said in a statement.

Pop-Tarts Teams Up With Dunkin’ Donuts for Two Limited Edition Flavors

Pop-Tarts isn’t afraid to drop multiple limited edition flavors all at once. The masters of breakfast in your pocket currently offer seasonal flavors like caramel apple and pumpkin pie. Collaborating with Dunkin’ Donuts, Pop-Tarts will now be available in vanilla latte and chocolate mocha. The duo draws inspiration from their respective beverage counterparts and will feature fillings and frosting to match the name. You can expect them to hit store shelves in the coming weeks, just in time for the holiday season.


Uber Made A Restaurant Guide Based On Riders’ Trip Data

If big data dining sounds like your cup of tea, then Uber’s new restaurant guide might be right up your alley.

Instead of relying on user-submitted reviews like on Yelp or one critic’s assessment from The New York Times, Uber is hoping to use its rider data to determine each city’s most popular restaurants, reports TechCrunch. To create its Best Of lists, Uber looked at restaurants where users have requested rides to the most. For example, its top 10 brunch spots are determined by spots that receive the most traffic on weekends, while best fine dining are places where most UberBlack or UberSelect riders frequent. The most interesting is local favorites, which identifies businesses where the same rider repeatedly visits.

The restaurant picks skew on the expensive side, which makes sense given the data comes from people who are well-to-do enough to regularly take Uber to lunch and dinner.

Although it’s not clear how often the list updates, Uber says it will adjust the rankings frequently based on how trip data changes. This also helps the company take into account new businesses that may have gained popularity in recent months.

At launch, Uber’s restaurant guides are available in 12 US cities. Not surprisingly, they center around major metropolitan areas with larger Uber riderships, like New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, and Dallas. But take these recommendations with a grain of salt… after all, it seems to suggest that Dominique Ansel Bakery of the 2013 cronut craze is still “up and coming.”

Google Maps Now Lets Users Order Food Delivery

Last month, Google announced that it would provide users with the ability to hail a ride from services like Uber and Lyft when searching for direction inside Maps. Now, the company is taking that idea and expanding it to food delivery: adding the option for users to order food when searching for restaurants on the Maps app. 

Business Insider reports that a recent update to Google Maps provided users with the ability to place orders with local restaurants that use on-demand meal delivery services like Grubhub or Seamless.

The option works when a customer searches for a restaurant on Google Maps. If the restaurant works with a preferred delivery service, the search results will show a “play and order” option.

Like the integration of ride-hailing services, when a user taps the “place an order” space, they will be prompted to continue their order with the on-demand delivery service’s app.

Thirsty Thursday: Bonefish Grill Debuts Their Winter White Cosmo

As the last mugs of pumpkin beverages are sipped this fall, a martini glass awaits the next highly-anticipated seasonal favorite: the Winter White Cosmo from Bonefish Grill.

On Tuesday, Bonefish Grill debuted their Winter White Cosmo, a classic winter- favorite cocktail. Mixed with Icelandic Reyka vodka, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, white cranberry juice and fresh lime, this sweet cocktail is the perfect way to kick-off the holidays.

Don’t take our word for just how great this drink is, get on of your own at Bonefish Grill.