Are you looking to try a new food delivery service? Chekout Services, is a Food Delivery app that aims to provide lower costs so you can feel good about ordering again. Find them on Instagram or Download the app.

The newest food-delivery app, Chekout Services, all started with a very simple idea: a delivery service we can all feel good about.

Food Delivery: A Service in Need of Change

There has been no shortage of articles written about the damage certain food delivery apps have brought to the food industry. These apps cut heavily into the restaurants profits on every order while also subjecting customers to additional fees when ordering online delivery. To combat the hit they take to their profits, restaurants are often forced to raise their menu prices on these apps just to make any profit. The inflated cost of the food added to these fees (and then, of course, a tip for the driver) means obscene mark-ups on every order that customers make with a third-party food delivery app. 

Taking on the Change Challenge

At Chekout, we decided that we needed to change that; that it was possible to create a food delivery app with a business model that drove customers to restaurants without pillaging their profits and saved customers money at the same time.  We believe in fair deals, the importance of local communities, and giving entrepreneurs a better chance to succeed. We are putting money back into the hands of those who deserve it. 

Chekout Services: How it all Began

Food delivery is more popular than ever, yet restaurants everywhere continue to struggle and hundreds are closing every week. Chekout Services was started by a team of food lovers, many in NYC, who were devastated to watch many beloved food spots close forever during the COVID-19 pandemic. We had a hard time watching more restaurant owners struggle to pay rent despite getting dozens of delivery orders; how
could established companies seemingly doing a thriving business be struggling so much just to keep their doors open?  

The Costly Reality of Food Delivery Apps

The reason is that behind every order lay an unfortunate reality: the customers are paying huge fees that the restaurants never see. Delivery apps keep these huge fees for themselves. We built Chekout with one goal in mind: save great restaurants. But as we learned more about traditional delivery services, we discovered more reasons why we needed to shake up this industry.

Need #1: Addressing the Costly Middleman

First, the unnecessary fees that customers are paying simply hurts the industry. Everyone wonders (often aloud, often all over social media) why delivery food is so much more expensive than they expect it should be. Getting the food to the customer’s front door is not that expensive: price-gouging and inflated middlemen fees are the reason we pay more. Customers are paying up to 40% just in fees. In today’s economy, no one can afford ridiculously high fees for eating the food they love.

Need #2: Addressing Low Revenue Sharing

Second, there is the low-revenue sharing with restaurants; those 40% percent fees are not going to the restaurants. Delivery services take a massive slice from those fees.

This leaves restaurants in an impossible situation: risk allowing their business to become non-competitive and receiving no orders at all by opting out of delivery services, or be satisfied with the scraps they earn from every order. Restaurant owners have enough keeping their staff and customers safe, paying rent, their revenue-margins thin out day after day, and traditional delivery services are not helping restaurant owners stay open.

Need #3: Elevating Local Restaurants in the Community

Then there is the lack of community outreach. Most delivery services are not directly involved in the community. We want to highlight the brave entrepreneurs, chefs, and foodies that give our community its local flavors. From helping discover the next great brunch spot, to highlighting classic spots that are being overlooked, we are determined to bring the community´s favorite spots into the spotlight.

Introducing Chekout Services

Chekout wants to be a part of, a leader in, the food community that brings us together. We strive to create an online community that involves our customers as well as our restaurant partners. And that community is one that can feel good about food delivery again. We are simple to use, less expensive than the competition, and every order made on Chekout’s platform means 100% profits for the restaurant using our services; they earn as much from the burger that is ordered through us as they would from a customer who walks up
to their counter. 

We wanted to eliminate the high cost of delivery, and we wanted customers to feel good about the fact that ordering delivery would, once again, actually be a way to support their communities’ restaurants, and not just the predatory delivery services. And we can do it, one delivery at a time.

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Are you curious what Sri Lankan food is all about? Or are you looking to try to make Brinjal Moju from your home? Learn from the CEO of Food Queen, Nuska Nasser, a female entrepreneur and mom. Learn more about making authentic Sri Lankan Food.

Sri Lanka is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean. With the country’s multi cultural aspect, you cannot expect anything less when it comes to food. Every dish is filled with its regional flavours while the cuisine is highly centered around many varieties of rice, as well as coconut, while seafood also plays quite an important part.

The Flavors of Sri Lanka: Hot and Spicy, Tangy and Sweet

Since Sri Lankan food is regionally diverse, you can expect the same dish prepared in various methods and with different flavors. Hot and spicy, tangy and sweet are the main flavors that you can explore whenever you are on a food trail in Sri Lanka.

A few things about Sri Lankan food can be said with certainty: Sri Lankans thoroughly love spices, they love food that explode with flavor, and many enjoy deep fried, flavorful snacks. 

Whatever you choose to eat in Sri Lanka, your mouth is going to rejoice with happiness.

Sri Lankan Food Culture: A Blend of Curry Concoctions

As a country that was a hub in the historic oceanic silk road and throughout the years of colonization and influence from other countries, Sri Lanka has also adapted its food culture into a blend of different curry concoctions and tasty dishes.

One of the most Popular Dishes in Sri Lanka: The Brinjal Moju

One of the most popular dishes that is consumed by many locals and tourists is Brinjal Moju.

It’s the most spoken and loved dish by many. Simply bringing it to life, this dish is a unique combination of Brinjal aka Eggplant, Vinegar, Mustard seeds and spices that are the root of many Sri Lankan dishes.

Traditionally cooked over a naked flame in a clay pot, Brinjal Moju is a Sri Lankan eggplant pickle with a very definite spicy kick. It’s a great accompaniment to have with curries and other dishes but it’s also really delicious on its own.

The unique flavor of this dish hits all the right spots, with its subtle tanginess from the coconut vinegar and the slight sweetness from the sugar and fried eggplant. The combo of sweet and sour, the crunch of the shallots, the deep-fried brinjals ,all work brilliantly together. 

This dish definitely adds a layer of taste that is pure joy to sink your taste buds into.

You’ll have every opportunity to taste this amazing brinjal dish if you ever set foot in a Sri Lankan restaurant or home, the dish is a classic and found in most Sri Lankan menus.

Even though the food is generally simple to make, it’s said that for the average outsider, Sri Lankan cooking is not easy to master, due to the wealth of variations for even the most basic of dishes. 

As so often happens, recipes differ from cook to cook. Brinjal Moju for example, can be eye-wateringly sour, almost caramelized, or a balance between the two.

If you want the complete Free Video Tutorial on how to make Authentic Sri Lankan Brinjal Moju, then click the link below. 

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Nuska Nasser

CEO of Food Queen

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Are you curious about what Connecticut’s Sugar Rush USA is about? Or are you looking for new Connecticut Ice Cream to try? Learn from local food influencer, Alison C. the food blogger behind @food_of_ct. 

More than an Ice Cream Shop, A unique Experience

There are plenty of ice cream shops in Connecticut, but not many that serve liquid nitrogen ice cream. On January 18, 2021, Sugar Rush USA opened their doors in Shelton, CT, and were welcomed by a community of local ice cream lovers and their families. Though there was a socially-distanced line in front of the building, no one seemed to mind waiting in the colder weather to support a new local business. 

Featured: Rich & Famous – Photo Credit: @food_of_ct

The Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Experience

If you have never experienced liquid nitrogen ice cream, you may be wondering how different it is from regular ice cream. At Sugar Rush and similar establishments, you will often notice the jugs of liquid ice cream in a refrigerator. When mixed with nitrogen, the liquid ice cream becomes frozen very quickly, and the process results in a much smoother, creamier texture than normal ice cream. At Sugar Rush, you can see through the plexiglass and watch as the team members make your ice cream right in front of you. 

Find the Perfect Ice Cream Pairing

Often paired with nitrogen ice cream is a bubble waffle cone, referred to as a special cone at Sugar Rush. This type of waffle cone is thick, with the bubbles being soft and chewy. The ice cream soaks into the waffle, and Sugar Rush serves the cone in a cup to catch any melting ice cream. One of Sugar Rush’s most unique offerings is their ability to infuse the bubble cone with cereal or toppings of your choice. When viewing the menu, any topping with an asterisk symbolizes its ability to be infused. It adds some extra flavor and texture to the cone, and helps you to reach that sugar rush!

A Personalized Ice Cream Experience

Featured: Sugar Rush – Photo Credit: @food_of_ct

You can build your own ice cream cone, or pick from a list of their specialties. Their namesake specialty, the Sugar Rush, is vanilla ice cream topped with gummy bears, rainbow sprinkles, Lucky Charms cereal, and whipped cream. This cone is so colorful and definitely insta-worthy! Another popular speciality, the Rich & Famous, is chocolate ice cream topped with fudgy brownie bites, chocolate sprinkles, chocolate crunchies, and Nutella. For a chocoholic like myself, this cone is a dream come true!

In addition to serving nitrogen ice cream, Sugar Rush serves regular ice cream by the scoop and several other ice cream based treats. Customers are able to build their own crazy cookie ice cream sandwiches with a variety of cookie and ice cream flavors, which comes with one topping rolled in. On my most recent visit, I chose a chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream and chocolate crunchies. Also on the menu are ice cream stuffed donuts, French crepes served with a scoop of ice cream, soft serve, and milkshakes. Non-ice cream beverages include Starbucks frappuccinos, Naked smoothies, Lipton teas, and more.

Fun and Energetic – Perfect for the Whole Family

The vibe inside of Sugar Rush is so fun and energetic, and is truly perfect for the whole family. When you walk in, you will hear your favorite party tunes coming over the speakers, and the color-changing lights and signs will be sure to catch the attention of the little ones. Even waiting in line is fun as you wait at your treat’s station to watch it be made right in front of you.

Sugar Rush USA: Family Owned and Operated

The Nasufi family, owners of Sugar Rush USA, have done a fantastic job of creating some happiness during these difficult times. It was so encouraging to see the outpouring of support on social media when Sugar Rush announced their grand opening. Their announcement post on Facebook had over 3,000 shares, and only several weeks later, their Facebook page has almost 4,000 followers. If you have always wanted to experience nitrogen ice cream, or are looking for a new sweet spot, be sure to make a visit to Sugar Rush USA at 901 Bridgeport Avenue, Suite 107 in Shelton, CT!

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Written by Rachel Garber. Visit her on Instagram at @biggirlgottaeats

Do you have a favorite restaurant (like Luma on Park Avenue) that has come and gone? Are you curious about others experience? Local food Influencer Rachel Garber, the blogger behind @biggirlgottaeats, takes us on a stroll down memory (food) lane in Winter Park, FL.

Everyone has a favorite childhood restaurant, but is that place still around today? Sadly, my favorite spot that was always my go-to for birthday dinners, family occasions, and girl’s night outs during college break has just closed. Luma on Park Avenue, located in Downtown Winter Park, shut its doors this passed fall.

Luma was a high-end, American cuisine gem with a splash of jazz. With its white leather couches and dark dim lights, you could mistake yourself for being in a classy Miami club. I even walked passed Paul McCartney during dinner one time.

My first Steps down Memory (Food) Lane

As a middle schooler, this was the most fabulous place around that I could go to and feel like a young adult (not to mention walking distance from my childhood house). The atmosphere was electric, and the servers had contagious warming attitudes. 

Not only was Luma one of THE most poppin’ places on the Ave, but it was also one of the most delicious. My hands-down, favorite dish was the Pasta Bolognese. It was fettuccini pasta with finely chopped veal, marinated in a red tomato sauce & a hint of red wine. The garnish of parsley made the pasta dish picture perfect.

Now I know I said this spot was American-cuisine, so why is my favorite item the Italian dish? Funny you should ask. Growing up, I was one of those annoying, rebellious kids that never wanted to blend in. I also had this characteristic with food choices. The fact that everything on the menu was within the same food category, I looked for the one item that stood out. I was the boujiest, most intense food critic at the age of 11. I am pretty sure that is the only thing on their menu that I ordered starting at age 11 until 19. 

More than a Food Memory: An Elevated Experience

Luma’s unique presence on Park Avenue brought up the real estate around it. Having the establishment there made the area more appealing and honestly just made you feel chic walking by it. You could go from an average lost college student to feeling like a young professional about to model on the cover of Vogue. The outside avenue seating was almost impossible to reserve unless you called a week ahead, but the extra effort to do so was absolutely worth it.

Once I hit 21, a night out on the avenue became an annual girl’s event every Thanksgiving Break. Luma became the go-to spot once again. Their signature White Linen cocktail is so exceptional that customers began asking other restaurants on the Avenue if they could replicate the drink. The only thing I can compare it to is a crisp fall day, 72 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. The drink consists of Hendrick’s Gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, white cranberry juice, a dash of sour mix, and a sprig of mint. 

Walking in the Shadows of Luma: Prato and Luke’s Kitchen & Bar

Luma was so successful, the owners opened up two more spots with slightly different themes: Italian and Southern fare. Prato, the Italian sector, is also located on Park Avenue about 5 blocks down. The rustic farm-to-table venue quickly became just as popular the minute it opened.

The reputation of Luma paved the way to success for Prato. This quickly became a destination spot in Winter Park and people from outer Orlando would drive all the way to Winter Park just to try the one-of-a-kind Prato Meatballs. Not to mention their happy hour will make 4-6pm the happiest hours of your day.

Their third spot, Luke’s Kitchen & Bar, located just outside of Winter Park, has also become a destination spot. Locals know how unique Prato and Luma are, so why not venture outside of Winter Park for another remarkable meal with a change of scenery? 

The ghost of Luma lingers on that Park Avenue corner and I often ponder if any restaurant will ever fill the kitchen that once glowed. I actually hear locals and Winter Park visitors discussing where and when Luma may go to next, “I wonder if they’ll take Dexter’s old spot, or go into the empty place on that street..”.

These conversations are endless because Luma was a staple cuisine. Although Prato and Luke’s are incredible, I wonder if Luma will make its way back to Winter Park. I am grateful to have experienced the restaurant throughout my childhood. From family gatherings to graduation dinners to happy hour, Luma can never and will never be replaced.

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Pastries in American Culture

Pastries are deeply rooted in American Culture. For instance, take the classic American pastries like Boston Cream Pie, Baked Alaska, or New York Cheesecake.

After all, this country has made its mark on the pastry world we love and know. However, Modern pastry chefs and bakers continue to rethink the possibilities by mixing classics to make new ones.

For example, they will take a classic pastry like a donut, and mix it with a flaky croissant. After all, they do this to create something new – in this case the Cronut.

In addition, pastry chefs are mixing, topping, or filling these pastries with different ingredients, flavors, textures, and baking styles. As a result, they are bringing to life new delicious creations.

A Cultural Trend

However, the mixing of classic pastries is not new. After all, it is at the heart of what American food culture is all about. For instance, we’ve seen this mixing of classics. In other words, it is resulting in new modern pastry classics – like the Cronut or Cragel or Donut Ice Cream.

As a result of this change, restaurants and pastry chefs have become overnight celebrities. Even media companies have caught on to the cultural trend.

For instance, streaming services like Netflix have signed on shows like Zumbo’s Just Desserts, Sugar Rush, Nailed it! and The Great British Baking Show because of this change. In other words, they’re taking advantage of the growing success of this cultural pastry trend.

Consequently, this trend in pastry making has Americans obsessed with trying the hottest pastries. That is why it’s no surprise there had been more and more pastry businesses popping up around America (pre-COVID).

Famous Pastries

Similarly, pastries have become famous, just like the restaurants and pastry chefs that create them. As a result of their fame, these pastries are drawing long line ups and wait times, looking like fans waiting for concerts or shows.

For instance, I recall my first time visiting Levain Bakery in the Upper West Side of New York City with my husband. We were there to try their famous Chocolate Walnut Cookie.

As a result, I recall the experience of waiting over an hour in the lineup and the hot New York summer heat beating down on us – which was hard. The cookie blew me away. As a result, the experience had me thinking about this important cultural trend for the first time.

14 Pastries that Foodies are obsessed with

Because of this change, it’s no surprise that pastry desserts are one of the most popular foods to blog about on social media.

As a result, this led us to ask the question, which ones are foodies obsessed with? To help answer this question, we asked our food blogger community to weigh in.

In addition, we thought we would share our favorite pastry mixes in each category. We hope you enjoy!

14. Cronut

13. Cannoli

12. Tarts

11. Churros

10. Cake

9. Danish

8. Eclair

7. Muffin

6. Brownies

5. Cupcake

4. Croissant

3. Cinnamon Roll / Morning Buns

2. Cookies

1. Doughnut

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Every wonder which fast food chain offers the best fried chicken sandwich? We did too, so we asked our foodie community of food bloggers and influencers to rank their favorite. Check out what they ranked.

Fried chicken sandwiches have exploded in popularity. With the rise and expansion of Chick-Fil-A, Shake Shack Popeyes over the past several years – the chicken sandwich is now at the forefront of the fast food scene – driving crowds of fast food goers all across America but also driving steep competition. The competition is so intense, experts are calling it the ‘Fried Chicken Wars’.

So which fast food restaurant has the best chicken sandwich? With so many varieties, innovations, interpretations, price points, and calories, the answer can really depend on your preference.

Do you like your chicken juicy? What level of crispy crunch do you prefer? Do you like sauce, pickles, and other toppings? Does it have to be a hot or spicy chicken sandwich? How important is the bun? Do you prefer cheese or bacon?

While chicken sandwich innovation continues in 2020 with new varieties are being pumped out by fast food chains regularly, the chicken sandwich continues to be at the forefront with no signs of slowing down.

While the question of ‘which is best’ is nearly an impossible question for one person to answer. With that in mind, we decided to ask the question to foodies in our CRAVVE app community to see which they prefer. Here is how they ranked them. In addition, we’ve added the nutritional info from each fast food chains website, along with our narrative and review of each chicken sandwich.

Note: Nutrition facts are sourced from company websites as of December 20, 2020.

10. KFC – The Zinger

Nutritional Facts: 260 Calories, 37 (g) Carbs, 25 (g) Fat and 1170 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: Honey BBQ, Buffalo, and Nashville Hot

Our Review:

KFC is well known for its crispy chicken and its fried chicken sandwich represents it well. Above all, the huge slap of chicken breast deep-fried to perfection with a secret blend of spices and topped with lettuce, pickles, and a smear of mayonnaise is close to perfect – the sandwich is a heavy hitter.

In addition, the flavor options are a standout, with 3 different sauce varieties including Honey BBQ, Buffalo, and Nashville Hot. For instance, you can customize your chicken flavor just the way you want – and not sacrifice that crispy chicken crunch you know and expect from KFC.

9. Jack in the Box – Cluck Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 490 Calories, 54 (g) Carbs, 22 (g) Fat and 1260 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 6 flavors (Cluck Sandwich, Cluck Deluxe, Jack’s Spicy Chicken, Jack’s Spicy Chicken with Cheese, Homestyle Ranch Chicken Club, and Sourdough Grilled Chicken Club.

Our Review:

While Jack in the Box is more known for their burgers, they recently launched 2 New Chicken Sandwiches, including the Cluck Sandwich and the Cluck Deluxe Sandwich. Because of these two new chicken sandwiches, they’ve elevated their fried chicken game replacing what was a relatively plain chicken sandwich.

As a result of offering six different varieties of chicken sandwiches, they’ve got options that will appeal to a broader array of chicken sandwich lovers. While they’re known for their inexpensive meals, the Jack in the Box chicken sandwich is a low-cost option for budget-conscious chicken sandwich lovers.

8. Burger King – Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 670 Calories, 54 (g) Carbs, 41 (g) Fat and 1080 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 5 Flavors (Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Original Chicken Sandwich, Bacon & Cheese Crispy Chicken Sandwich, and BBQ Bacon Crispy Chicken Sandwich)

Our Review:

Burger King has joined in on the chicken sandwich wars with 5 varieties of its chicken sandwich including Spicy, Bacon, Bacon & Cheese, BBQ Bacon, and of course regular. Because of the thin white chicken filet, seasoned and breaded patty, it is perfectly combined with other toppings for a chicken sandwich experience that will want you exploring more.

The regular Crispy Sandwich is made with white meat chicken filet and layered with fresh lettuce, ripe tomato, and creamy mayonnaise on a potato bun. However, you’re going to want to explore one of the flavored options to elevate your BK Chicken Sandwich experience.

7. Arby’s – Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 510 Calories, 55 (g) Carbs, 25 (g) Fat and 1230 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 5 Flavors (Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Original Chicken Sandwich, Bacon & Cheese Crispy Chicken Sandwich, and BBQ Bacon Crispy Chicken Sandwich)

Our Review:

Arby’s Chicken Sandwich is surprisingly delicious. Despite having only one flavor of crispy chicken sandwich. The chicken sandwich experience swings above its weight, with a juicy thick-cut tomato and a perfect smear of mayo. In addition, with its star top bun, the meat to bun ratio is well proportioned so every bite feels consistently delicious and satisfying.

6. Jollibee – Fried Chicken Classic or Deluxe

Nutritional Facts: 550 Calories, 55 (g) Carbs, 23 (g) Fat and 970 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 2 Flavors ( Chicken Sandwich Classic, Chicken Sandwich Deluxe)

Our Review:

A relatively new player to the US Fast Food Scene, Jollibee is catching on quickly and it’s fried chicken and Fried Chicken Sandwich is at the forefront. This Fried Chicken sandwich deserves the hype and praise. With its soft bun, fresh lettuce, layered mayo, and a generous portion of chicken – it’s no wonder flocks of people are venturing into Jollibee for the first time to check out the hype. If you’ve got a Jollibee nearby – it’s worth dropping in and trying a Fried Chicken Sandwich. You’ll be delighted.

5. Wendy’s – Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 490 Calories, 49 (g) Carbs, 21 (g) Fat and 1450 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 15 Flavors ( Pretzel Bacon Pub Chicken, Spicy Pretzel Bacon Pub Chicken, Grilled Pretzel Bacon Pub Chicken, Spicy Bacon Jalapeno Chicken, Classic, Classic Bacon Jalapeno Chicken, Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Chicken, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Classic Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Asiago Ranch Classic Chicken Club, Spicy Asiago Ranch Club, Grilled Asiago Ranch Club, Crispy Chicken BLT, Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich)

Our Review:

Before the Fried Chicken Sandwich Wars began, the Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich at Wendy’s was the gold standard. Consequently, it was one of the first of the popular fast food chains to offer and introduce a Spicy Fried Chicken sandwich. In addition, it delivers a high-quality crunch on a consistent basis. It’s no wonder the Spicy Chicken Sandwich at Wendy’s is still among the top sandwiches among Foodies.

Things have evolved since the original Spicy Chicken Sandwich. Now Wendy offers 15 varieties of Chicken Sandwiches to choose from and gives you more options to explore each time you visit.

4. McDonald’s – McChicken Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 600 Calories, 57 (g) Carbs, 29 (g) Fat and 980 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 2 Flavors ( Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich and McChicken)

Our Review:

Is it any surprise that the McChicken is a favorite among foodies? Because of the giant slab of fried chicken that overwhelms the bun it sits on, a pickle and signature sauce – it’s the perfect Fried Chicken Sandwich combination. In addition, the signature Sauce has a Mac Sauce flavor with a touch of spiciness.

As a result, it’s no surprise that with the Fried Chicken Sandwich wars, McDonald’s has been experimenting with different variations including the Hot n’ Spicy McChicken Sandwich, which was available at select locations across the US.

3. Shake Shack – Chik’n Shack

Nutritional Facts: 590 Calories, 34 (g) Carbs, 36 (g) Fat and 1170 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 2 Flavors (Chick’n Shack, Hot Chick’N)

Our Review:

Shake Shack is one of the fastest-growing fast food chains in America and for good reasons, its innovative restaurant experience, delicious menu, and excellent service are pushing the fast food industry forward.

Among the many standouts on the menu is the Fried Chicken Sandwich, with its hulking mass of a Fried Chicken breast and the bun struggles to keep in and cover all of the crispy goodness. It’s no surprise why our foodie community rated it so highly. We can’t get enough.

2. Popeye’s – Classic Chicken Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 699 Calories, 50 (g) Carbs, 42 (g) Fat and 1443 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 2 Flavors (Classic Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Chicken Sandwich)

Our Review:

The rise of the Fried Chicken Sandwich wars sent Popeyes and it’s Fried Chicken Sandwich into a viral spin upward. Leading to explosive growth and of course, it’s Chicken Sandwich was at the heartbeat of the growth.

Its double battered breast delivers on the crunch factor in a big way but also it doesn’t brine its chicken giving it an extra delicious taste. So if you love a Fried Chicken with an extra crunch – Popeye’s is the place for you. It’s no surprise that it sits in the top 2 among our foodie community.

1. Chick-Fil-A – Chicken Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 440 Calories, 41 (g) Carbs, 17 (g) Fat and 1400 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 6 Flavors (Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich, Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich Deluxe, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Deluxe Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Chick-Fil-A Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich)

Our Review:

Is it any surprise that Chick-Fil-A is our foodie community’s Favorite Fast Food Chicken Sandwich? Probably not. It’s fresh, reliable, convenient, and delicious. The crazy thing about this Fried Chicken Sandwich is that it’s such a simple Sandwich with a large chicken breast, bun, and a hidden pickle. That’s it! No crazy sauces, or extra meats, or a gimmicky name.

The Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich is really the new gold standard of chicken sandwiches and honestly not much has changed since it was first introduced. It is a beautiful reminder, that sometimes simple is better! In the case of Chick-Fil-A’s Chicken Sandwich, this couldn’t be more true.

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Oven mitts are the perfect kitchen accessory to protect your hands 

Are you reaching in the scorching hot oven with a folded up kitchen towel to handle your hot food? It’s time to upgrade your cooking experience and make it safer and easier. It’s time to gear up and protect yourself with an oven mitt.

Oven mittens are great when handling that sizzling hot cast iron skillet or that scolding hot pizza stone. It’s also great protection when handling a pot of boiling hot water or that creamy mac n cheese in the dutch oven.

Make sure you feel comfortable handling those hot items – keeps them free from burns. Here are the best ones according to our foodie community.

Top Picks According to foodies in the CRAVVE App Community


1. Cusinart Oven Mitt with Non-Slip Silicone Grip 

Cuisinart Oven Mitt With Non-Slip Silicone Grip


This set of 2 glove-shaped silicone over mitts candle the heat – resistant to up to 500 degrees F. Plus, the extra-long design will protect your fingers to your forearms. Great for your kitchen or as a housewarming gift. These mitts are well priced, good quality, and easy to clean. Now you can keep your hands safe by keeping the heat out. They come in a variety of colors with grips to keep a stronghold on heavy items. They also have hooks for easy hanging access.  In addition, you can easily hand wash these gloves clean and lay them flat to dry. 


Quick Snapshot:

  • Heatproof oven mitts
  • Designed for both home cooks and bakers  
  • Extended design to protect hands and arms 
  • Non-slip ribbed grip for control 
  • Convenient to store with metal loop
  • Easy to hand wash clean  

2. OXO Good Grips Silicone Oven Mitt with Magnet

OXO Good Grips Silicone Oven Mitt With Magnet


This durable, single well-made glove has extra length for a variety of size hands. With these oven mittens you can handle heat and be safe up to 600 degrees F. It also is resistant to flame, stain, and steam.  It keeps your hands cool under the heat. The silicone grips very well no matter how hot the pan and pot are. It holds up well in the washing machine and dryer. In addition, it is convenient to store with a hanging loop or with an embedded magnet. 

Quick Snapshot:

  • Heat Safe – 500°F 
  • Flame, stain & steam resistant silicone grip
  • Soft, fabric liner for added insulation and comfort
  • Non-slip silicone ribs for improved dexterity and grip
  • Convenient storage with embedded Magnet and silicone hanging loop
  • Easy to clean with a damp cloth
  • Machine washable
  • 13” length for extra protection

3. Homwe Silicone Oven Mitts And Potholders

Homwe Silicone Oven Mitts And Potholders

Homwe Silicone Oven Mitts And Potholders – $24.97 on Amazon

Quick Overview:

This Mitt and Potholder combo is crafted with flexible and durable silicone. It’s ideal for moving or holding hot pans, plates, utensils, or dishware. The long design provides added protection to spare tender forearms from burns that can occur when your outdoor grill experiences a flare-up. Both the gloves and the trivet have textured surfaces to give added grip strength for improved control and stability over hot, heavy, or slick items. Unlike cotton potholders and oven mitts, these silicone oven mitts won’t absorb liquids. The silicone part of the glove is entirely waterproof which prevents steam scalds while cooking on the stovetop or draining boiled pasta. You can even use the glove to retrieve items from hot water.  In addition, these gloves and potholders are comfortable, flexible, and offer long-lasting, food-grade safe versatility.

Quick Snapshot:

  • Superior Hand, Wrist, and Counter Protection 
  • Heat-Resistant and Flame Retardant Silicone 
  • Textured, Non-Slip Grip 
  • Steam Resistant
  • Heavy-Duty Durability 

4. Grill Armor Gloves Oven Mitts

Grill Armor Gloves Oven Mitts


These all in one barbecue, oven mitt, and pot holder gloves are versatile for the  professional chef, avid home cook, or amateur home cook. With the highest heat resistance available at up to 932°F these mitts are perfect for the home cook or grill master. These heavy-duty gloves are high quality and made to last. They’re easy to clean and machine washable. In addition they are lightweight and flexible with five fingers flex design with silicone super grip, which gives you more control to grab cast irons or dutch oven hot handles. As a result, they are perfect for handling hot stuff from the microwave and instant pot. Because these gloves are insulated they will not catch fire or melt when exposed to an open flame. However, these gloves are not waterproof and shouldn’t be put in hot water. 

Quick Snapshot:

  • Highest heat resistant available up to 932°F
  • Easy to clean, Machine washable with a handy hook for hanging
  • Plus get a FREE E-Book gift with grilling tips and techniques
  • All in one barbecue gloves, oven mitts, or pot holders
  • Thick but lightweight and flexible with five fingers flex design and silicone super-grip 
  • Insulated by M-ARAMID & P-ARAMID fabrics(same as Nomex and Kevlar), Will not catch fire or melt when exposed to an open flame

5. Homwe Professional Extra Long Silicone Oven Mitt

Homwe Professional Extra Long Silicone Oven Mitt


With protection up to 450°F, these oven gloves from Homwe can handle the heat. Plus, with quilted cotton lining, they also offer comfort while cooking. They are also extra long to protect forearms from burns that occur from outdoor grill flare-ups. They will not catch fire or melt when used near a flame. These gloves are also steam resistant and waterproof which makes them great for handling hot liquids but also can handle hot plates and dishware that may need to be removed from a microwave.  The gloves also offer silicone textured non-slip grip, which provides the flexibility, control, and stability needed to have confidence in the kitchen. In addition, these gloves are easy to clean and machine washable. As a result, you won’t have to worry about them tearing, thinning, or fraying. 

Quick Snapshot:

  • Heat-Resistant  
  • Extra Long – At 14.7” inches long
  • Steam Resistant and Waterproof  
  • Textured, Non-Slip Grip  
  • Easy to Clean and Machine Washable  

6. Frux Home And Yard Silicone Oven Mitts

Frux Home And Yard Silicone Oven Mitts


Frux Home And Yard Silicone Oven Mitts – $14.95 on Amazon


These mitts are heavy-duty with an outer layer made with 100% BPA free waterproof silicone. Despite being heavy duty they’re soft and comfortable on the inside with a  liner that’s 50% cotton and 50% polyester. These gloves are safe and reliable. Plus, they have a patterned grip which will give you the confidence to hold on to heavy and hot pots, baking trays, or dutch ovens in the kitchen. They’re also easy to clean with water and soap. In addition, the inner liner can be pulled out to clean separately. As a result, this is a great gift for any cook or a housewarming. 

Quick Snapshot:

  • Heat resistant
  • Safe And Easy To Use 
  • Super Grip  
  • Designed To Be Very Easy To Clean 
  • Perfect Gift For Any Cook

7. San Jamar Cool Touch Flame Oven Mitts

San Jamar Cool Touch Flame Oven Mitts


This single reinforced WebGuard fabric mitt can protect from flames up to 900° F.  As a result, they provide extra heat and steam protection up to 535° F for 30 seconds. The kevlar stitch on these gloves will ensure maximum protection against flame, heat, and steam. They’re machine washable for a quick clean up. In addition, this single glove is designed for both left and right-hand use. As a result, it is convenient to store with both hanging loop and magnet. 

Quick Snapshot:

  • Intermittent Flame Protection up to 900° F  
  • Kevlar Stitching  
  • Integrated Storage
  • Easy to Clean – Machine washable for quick cleanup
  • Ambidextrous Design – Accommodates both left and right-hand use

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Looking for kitchen wall decor ideas?

If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen or are frequently hosting guests, then you know how important it is to decorate your kitchen. One of the best ways to decorate is with kitchen wall decor.

The style of your kitchen space is just as important as the function of getting things done. In addition, it feels good to be in a kitchen that feels personal, warm, meaningful, bright, textured, organized, and spacious.

To deliver on this experience, you can use kitchen decor options that check each box and give you the kitchen style you want.

The possibilities of kitchen wall decor are limitless

Shopping for kitchen wall decor can send you in a tailspin with all the varieties. To help keep you on track and narrow your focus, here are the elements to consider. In addition, have a look at how our food blogger community-ranked a curated list of wall decor options that may be helpful for you.

Keep it Personal

If you host family and friends, having framed photographs on the wall can be a great way to add that personal touch, and that can be great conversation starters.

Express yourself

Decorating walls can be a way to communicate your personality or the type of cook you are. Think about buying iron cast letters or a framed quote that delivers on what matters to you most.

Brighten Things Up

Is your kitchen dark and gloomy? If yes, then wall lights can be a terrific solution. Choosing the right light and bulb can set the perfect mood. So take your time exploring options. In addition, I’d recommend dimmers that allow you to change the brightness depending on the context and setting.

Add Kitchen Wall Texture

Does your Kitchen look bland or simple? Adding textured wall hangings can be a great way to elevate the stye of your kitchen space – adding color, standout style, and personality. Plants, Painting, Pots, and Iron Art can be a great way to add texture.

Balance Function and Fashion

Your wall doesn’t have to fashionable, it can also be functional. Wall shelves, hooks, and wall organizers can be a great way to balance fashion with function. For instance, this is most helpful with small kitchen spaces, where there isn’t a lot of cupboard space. 

Open up the Space

Decor can be a great way to make your kitchen feel more spacious. Mirrored wall decor is a great way to make your kitchen feel more spacious by adding depth. In addition, using wallpaper with patterns or horizontal stripes can give your room more depth. 

Are you looking for inspiration on Kitchen Decor options? Here is a curated list of kitchen decor ranked by our food blogger community.

10. Small Space Kitchen Herb Garden

9. Hanging Produce Baskets With Sign

8. Coffee and Tea Bar

7. Wood Cutting Board “Eat” Art

6. Weekly Menu Recipe Card Board

5. Rolling Pin and Recipe Card Display

Weekly Menu Recipe Card Board
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Reusable water bottles have exploded in popularity – they both look good and are functional. They also are better for the environment, more cost-effective, and are more socially acceptable than a single-use plastic water bottle. Water bottles are essential for the modern, hydration-obsessed world we now live in.

Whether you are at a workout class, working from home, or at your office – staying hydrated is critical to your well being. The benefits include keeping you regular, keeping your temperature normal, lubricating and cushioning joints, and protecting sensitive tissue.

The golden rule is to drink eight glasses of water. Having a water bottle with you make it easier to get to your hydration goals and a reminder to stay on top of it.

What is the best water bottle for you? There are a few key factors that are important for you to consider.


If you are prone to breaking your water bottle, you will want to stay away from fragile water bottles made of glass, single-walled plastic, or metal bottles. Also, you should consider whether you are likely to change styles or replace them often? If your goal is to be more sustainable, then it is best to choose a dependable bottle that you can reuse again and again.

Temperature Control

What type of hydration do you do? Do you hydrate with hot liquids or cold? And do you want the temperature to hold for a certain amount of time? If you are looking for a bottle to keep the contents hot or cold, you will want to look for an insulated water bottle.

Style: Look and Feel

The style factor is arguably the most critical. It is the element that typically separates people from loving their water bottle to ignoring it. So you will want to take a minute to reflect on your water bottle need and style.
Do you want a sleek water bottle that matches your style and fashion? Or do you want a bottle that is high-tech and loaded with features? or do you want something simple, accessible, and versatile? Or do you want a bottle that is durable and can withstand the elements of the outdoors?

Ease of use

How well does the water bottle need to fit into your day to day life? Do you need a water bottle that can fit in your bag or backpack? Do you want one that is light and can be carried by hand throughout the day? Do you need an extra-large container for long durations? Do you need a handle or a hook?

Ongoing Maintenance

You will also want to understand the effort needed to maintain your bottle. For example, how easy is it to clean? Can it be machine washed?

If Plastic bottles are put in a heated dishwasher, they can pose a safety risk. Also, vacuum insulated bottles need to be hand washed. These are factors you should think about before deciding which bottle to use

Now that you have thought about the ideal qualities of your future bottle, you should know what qualities you’re looking for. Keep your preferences in mind as you explore the different water bottle options. And since they’re apart of our day-to-day life, finding the right one to match your own needs is critical.

To help with options, we put together a curated list of the top-ranked water bottles in the market and then had our foodie community weigh in on, which was the best one, and gave them the option to add to the list. Here is what they ranked:

Colors:  11
Size options:  20 oz (displayed), 32 oz, 40 oz, 64 oz
Temperature: Cold and Hot
BPA & Toxin Free: yes
Dishwasher safe: yes

2. Takeya Actives Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Spout Lid [$32.99 – Amazon]

Hydro Flask Standard Mouth Water Bottle [$28.99]
Colors:  27
Size options: 18 oz, 22 oz, 24 oz, 32 oz, 40 oz, 64 oz
Temperature: Cold and Hot
BPA & Toxin Free: Yes
Dishwasher safe: Not recommended
Simple Modern Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Double-Walled Wave Bottle [$14.99]
Colors:  10+
Size options: 9 oz, 17 oz (displayed), 25 oz, 34 oz
Temperature: Cold and Hot
BPA & Toxin Free: Yes
Dishwasher safe: Not recommended
Colors: 42
Size options: 32 oz
Temperature: Cold and Warm (not hot)
BPA & Toxin Free: Yes
Dishwasher safe: Yes, on the top rack

5. purifyou 12 oz Premium Glass Water Bottle with Time Marker and Thick Silicone Sleeve [$17.97 – Amazon]

purifyou 12 oz Premium Glass Water Bottle with Time Marker and Thick Silicone Sleeve [$35.97]
Colors: 4
Size options: 12 oz, 22 oz, 32 oz
Temperature: Cold and Warm (not hot)
BPA & Toxin Free: Yes
Dishwasher safe: Yes, on the top rack
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