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story.lead_photo.caption Tabasco is spicing up its anniversary with Diamond Reserve Sauce and a price tag to match.

Once again we digest the latest freaky food and beverage news.


Freedom Reserve Red Lager, available from May to September, is what's brewing at Budweiser.

It might be a new addition to the brand's Reserve Collection, but it comes from an old formula -- one that is as American as a U.S. brewery acquired by a Belgian company.

Says, it's "inspired by George Washington's hand-penned recipe from his personal military journal dating back to 1757. Packaged both in a vintage stubby bottle and also available in a one-pint can, the Red Lager is brewed with toasted barley grains for a slightly sweet aroma with a touch of hops, a rich caramel malt taste and a smooth finish with a hint of molasses." (Maybe all that molasses explains George's troublesome teeth?)

We're sure it's Revolutionary.


Budweiser isn't the only company with a Reserve elixir.

Tabasco, in honor of its 150th anniversary, has produced a Diamond Reserve Sauce, which according to, is "made from a selection of the finest tabasco peppers on Avery Island, chosen for their superior color, texture and robustness. These peppers are mashed with a small amount of salt, then aged -- some for up to 15 years -- and blended with sparkling white wine vinegar. The resulting pepper sauce has exceptional complexity, while maintaining the signature flavor and vibrancy for which Tabasco Sauce is celebrated."

It comes packaged in 6-ounce champagne-style bottle. Which is appropriate.

We'd have to be pretty sauced to pay $34.95 for one mere bottle of Tabasco.


Ketel One Botanical.

It sounds more like shampoo than spirits, but it's vodka. Diet vodka that is flavor-infused and less-boozed.

The beverage, which comes in Cucumber & Mint, Grapefruit & Rose and Peach & Orange Blossom flavors, contains 25 percent fewer calories than the brand's regular vodka.

Which is just the excuse we needed to pick up the Ketel One Botanical and put down the kettlebells.


Don Gorske of Wisconsin, who holds the Guinness World Record for Most Big Macs Consumed and who appeared in Morgan Spurlock's 2004 documentary Super Size Me, is still the Mac daddy.

According to the Fond du Lac Reporter, Gorske recently munched on his 30,000th Big Mac, keeping his streak alive.

Of course, the real news here is that Don Gorske is still alive.


Look who is donning a Blue Apron.

Chrissy Teigen -- model, cookbook author, social media star and Mrs. John Legend -- is teaming up with the meal kit delivery service to launch a six-week line beginning June 4.

According to Food & Wine, "The Blue Apron x Chrissy series will start the week of June 4 and include five original recipes, plus a featured recipe from Teigen's forthcoming cookbook Cravings 2, a pork banh mi."

And we're totally signing up. Just to brag to friends that we're dining with Chrissy Teigen.


It appears the mad scientists behind Nabisco's Oreo finally ran out of odd flavors to attempt. So this time they asked the public to submit flavors and have released the three finalists as limited edition flavors.

They are: Cherry Cola (with popping candy, ew), Kettle Corn (with puffed millet pieces, ew) and Pina Colada (without rum, boo).

When it comes to far-out cookies, Oreos is still milking it.


There's a new P.F. Chang's. In Shanghai.

The Arizona-based restaurant that we think of as Chinese has opened its first location in China. Only there it bills itself as "an American Bistro."

Finally people closer to the Great Wall of China can enjoy a Great Wall of Chocolate. And with that, lettuce wrap (but not romaine! Oh, the E. coli outbreak of it all!) things up.

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Style on 05/15/2018

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