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Adventurous Drinkers Fall for ‘Cheese Tea’

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It’s normal for baristas to ask if you take your tea with milk or honey. But at a growing number of cafes around the world, they’ll want to know if you like it with a dollop of cheese on top. According to Food & Wine, cheese tea is slowly gaining popularity in the U.S.

The beverage originated in shops in Asia. To make it, baristas start by brewing a traditional tea variety like green tea. After that, the signature topping is added: What looks like harmless whipped cream is actually cheese that’s been blended into a light, fluffy state. The drinks can lean savory, with combos like white cheddar cheese and Himalayan pink salt, or they can fall on the sweeter side, like cream cheese and condensed milk.

Cheese tea can be found in China, Malaysia, and Taiwan, and it just recently began appearing on menus in the U.S. In late 2016, the Happy Lemon tea shop opened in Queens, New York, where customers can buy drinks topped with foam made from milk, whipped cream, or cream cheese and finished with rock salt. The Little Fluffy Head Cafe in downtown Los Angeles is the newest arrival to the American cheese tea scene. Along with their saltier options, they also make conventionally sweet, non-cheese toppings like creme brûlée cream with crushed Oreo.

If you don’t have a cheese tea cafe in your neighborhood, you’ll have no problem finding the trendy drink on Instagram where it's approaching Unicorn Frappuccino-level fame. Appreciating it from afar might also be the best option for people squeamish about drinking something that tastes like a cheese plate.

[h/t Food & Wine]

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The First-Ever Troop of Homeless Girl Scouts Just Crushed Their Cookie Sales Goal
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Selling 32,500 boxes of cookies in a single week would be noteworthy for any team of Girl Scouts, but it's an especially sweet achievement for Troop 6000: The New York City-based chapter is the first-ever Girl Scout troop composed entirely of children living in homeless shelters.

According to NBC News, this season marked the first time the troop took part in the organization's annual cookie sale tradition. In early April, they received exclusive permission to set up shop inside the Kellogg's Café in Union Square. They kicked off their inaugural stand sale aiming to sell at least 6000 boxes of cookies: At the end of six days, they had sold more than 32,500.

Some customers waited in line an hour to purchase boxes from the history-making young women. Others gave their money directly to the troop, collectively donating over $15,000 to fund trips and activities. After purchasing their cookies, customers could also buy special Girl Scout cookie-inspired menu items from the Kellogg's store, with all proceeds going to Troop 6000.

The troop formed in 2016 as a collaboration between the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Mayor de Blasio, and the city Department of Homeless Services. Meetings are held in shelters across the city, and many of the troop leaders, often mothers of the scouts, are homeless women themselves. About 40 percent of New York's homeless population are children, and Troop 6000 had to expand last summer to accommodate a flood of new recruits. Today, there are about 300 girls enrolled in the program.

[h/t NBC News]

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Solve a Murder Mystery (and Eat Cheesecake) with The Golden Girls
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Something is rotten in the city of Miami. A murder has been committed—and nobody knows who’s behind the dastardly crime. The police are likely no match for the killer, so it’s up to the Golden Girls characters to combine their wits (over cheesecake, of course) to crack the case. But they can’t do it without your help.

That’s right: Peddler’s Village, a quaint shopping village in Lahaska, Pennsylvania, is now offering a Golden Girls Murder Mystery dinner and show every Friday and Saturday night through August 25, 2018. The whodunit takes place at Peddler's Pub at the Cock 'n Bull Restaurant, at 7 p.m.

While the major plot details have been kept under wraps (it is a murder mystery, after all), we do know that Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, and Sophia have "invited a couple of well known detectives to join the party and discuss their famous capers." And given that the show is titled "The Golden Girls: The Curse of Jessica Fletcher," we can only guess (and hope) that an amateur sleuth from Cabot Cove, Maine will be making an appearance.

It's not the first time Peddler's Pub has hosted the gals from Miami; the current show is a sequel of sorts to the original Golden Girls Murder Mystery that Peddler's Pub put on back in 2016. Fun fact: Mental Floss Editor-in-Chief Erin McCarthy beat out a room full of other Betty White sangria-drinking armchair detectives to correctly solve the mystery during its original run. (She has the mug to prove it.)

Tickets are $69.95 per person, and you can make a reservation (which is required) by calling 215-794-4051. As for what you'll be dining on: You can scope out the menu online (and yes, the Girls’ favorite dessert is involved).

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