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From Foie Gras to Maple Bacon: 10 Bizarre Milkshake Flavors

With record-breaking temperatures sprouting up everywhere this summer, there’s no better time to cool off with a nice refreshing milkshake. Of course, while some people are content with strawberry, chocolate or vanilla, others want more variety. Here are some of the weirdest milkshake flavors you’re likely to ever come across.

1. Foie Gras

Flip Burger of Georgia has some inventive and delicious shake flavors on their menu, including Krispy Kreme, Nutella & toasted marshmallow, and s’mores, but nothing compares to the weirdness of their foie gras milkshake. They're made with liquid nitrogen, so the presentation is as unforgettable as the drink itself. How good could a foie gras milkshake actually taste? The nutty, sweet shakes seem to be pretty popular with those brave enough to try them.

[Image courtesy of Yelp user Olivia W.]

2. Buffalo Chicken

The Buffalo Chicken Shake is a 30 Rock reference that most fans won’t even remember since it only appeared on a sign for a split second, but on the web, that’s all it takes to inspire someone to make a TV joke into a reality.

3. The McNuggetini

Is your McDonald’s chocolate milkshake too boring for your taste? Well, if you really want to class things up, try adding some vodka and serving the cocktail up in a BBQ-sauce rimmed martini glass garnished with a McNugget.

4. Caramel Popcorn

Admittedly, this popcorn-filled milkshake is one of the weirdest looking shakes you’ll ever see, but when you actually think about the flavor combination of sweet and salty, and the texture blends of smooth and soft with crunchy and chewy – it actually seems fantastic. According to the creator, it’s truly fabulous and, if you go by the recipe on the site, it’s actually one of the healthier options on this list.

5. Chocolate Avocado

To Westerners, an avocado milkshake sounds just plain bizarre, but it’s quite a popular drink flavor in Asia, and if you like the cool, rich, creamy flavor of avocado, you’ll probably like the way it tastes in a milkshake too. While I can personally vouch for avocado milkshakes, I’ll admit that I’ve never tried a chocolate avocado one, but given how good each is on its own, I can’t imagine that this would be a bad combination.

6. Sweet Potato, Candied Cashew and Bourbon

If the three flavors work as a Thanksgiving side dish, then there’s no reason they won’t go together in a milkshake. These are a popular treat at Chef Thomas Dunklin’s B&O American Brasserie in Baltimore, but for those who can’t make it out there to try their own, you can find the recipe here.

7. Maple Bacon

Slater’s 50/50 is a small burger chain in Southern California that is best known for their 50/50 burger, made from half ground beef and half bacon. If that’s not enough bacon for you, you can always top your burger with bacon and Baconnaise, enjoy your fries with bacon-infused ketchup, and then top it all off with a maple bacon shake and a bacon brownie.

8. Cap'n Crunch

When you spend the weekend in Vegas, it’s all too common to miss breakfast and come stumbling into a restaurant just in time for lunch. For those who are still dying to get their cereal fix though, you might want to consider Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers inside Harrah’s, where you can get a "Captain Crunch" milkshake. Personally though, I’m more inclined to try their banana split nachos, where fried flour tortillas fill in for chips and strawberry and pineapple syrup take the place of cheese sauce. Yum!

[Image courtesy of Yelp user Julia O.]

9. Strawberry Waffles

Don’t like Cap'n Crunch but still want to enjoy a delicious milkshake breakfast treat? Well, consider the strawberry waffle shake. Filled with Eggo and strawberry goodness, there’s no better liquid way to wake up in the morning.

10. Guinness, Chocolate and Espresso

Like your beer, chocolate and coffee dark? Then you’ll probably love the Shakin’ Jesse from Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café in the San Francisco Bay area. It combines Guinness Stout, chocolate ice cream and espresso into one smooth and frothy shake.
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Got any weird shake recipe ideas of your own? Feel free to share them in the comments. Personally, I’m curious what the aloe vera ice cream I made would taste like in a milkshake – the ice cream was pretty good, so I can’t imagine it would be any less tasty when blended with milk. If you’re inspired to try it out yourself, let me know how it turns out.

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Chefs Launch World's Highest Pop-Up Restaurant at Mt. Everest Base Camp
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A touch of altitude sickness shouldn't stand in the way of a good meal. At least that seems to be the idea behind a plan to serve a seven-course dinner to trekkers at Everest Base Camp, the gateway for those planning to climb Mt. Everest in Nepal.

The four chefs leading this trip hope it will land them a new Guinness World Record for the highest pop-up restaurant on the planet, according to Architectural Digest. At the end of May, the chefs will take 10 people on an eight-day trek from the town of Lukla (at an altitude of about 10,000 feet) to Everest Base Camp (at 11,600 feet), all while foraging along the way for ingredients that can be incorporated into the meal. (For a true luxury experience, guests also have the option of traveling by helicopter.) The full package of flights, accommodations, and meals costs about $5600 per person.

After reaching their destination, trekkers will get to sit back and enjoy a feast, which will be served inside a tent to protect diners against the harsh Himalayan winds. Indian chef Sanjay Thakur and others on his team say they want to highlight the importance of sustainability, and the money they raise will be donated to local charities. Thakur said most of the food will be cooked sous vide, which allows vacuum-packed food to be cooked in water over a long period of time.

"The biggest challenge, of course, will be the altitude, which will affect everything," Thakur tells Fine Dining Lovers. "Flavor [perception] will be decreased, so we will be designing a menu of extraordinary dishes accordingly, where spices will have the upper hand."

This isn't the first time an elaborate meal will be served at Everest Base Camp, though. According to Fine Dining Lovers, another chef launched a pop-up at the same spot in 2016, but it presumably wasn't registered with the Guinness Book of World Records. Other extreme restaurants include one carved into a limestone cliff in China, one dangling 16 feet above the ground in a rainforest in Thailand, and one submerged 16 feet below sea level in the Maldives.

[h/t Architectural Digest]

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Do You 'Procrastibake'? You're Not Alone
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The urge to put off tasks until the last minute is often accompanied by a nagging sense of guilt about not being productive. A new trend tackles both problems at once. It's called procrastibaking.

As The New York Times reports, procrastibaking, or throwing yourself into a baking project to distract yourself from an impending work deadline, is popular among students, telecommuters, and anyone else with access to an oven and who needs a creative outlet divorced from their actual work. Preparing a difficult recipe with many steps may feel like a chore when you're making it for someone else, but when you're baking for baking's sake, the process becomes meditative. Procrastibakers often choose the most complicated recipes they can find: More time in the kitchen means less time spent thinking about their term paper (or bar exam, freelance gig, tax filing, etc.).

According to Google Trends, interest in the term procrastibaking first spiked in April 2010. The word gained momentum on university campuses. A writer named Gabrielle reports in a 2012 blog post for the online law student community Survive Law that procrastibaking and legal education go hand in hand, "because if you’re going to spend time away from the books, you may as well have something cool (and edible) to show for it." In 2014, the linguistics department at Monash University posted a blog detailing the connections between the word and the student tradition of bringing baked goods to meetings.

Today procrastibaking appeals to expert time-wasters of all ages and occupations. There are currently 26,585 posts with the hashtag #procrastibaking on Instagram—check them out if you need some inspiration for ways to push off your next project.

[h/t The New York Times]

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