This Interactive Map Will Help You Plan the Ultimate Foodie Road Trip

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Gumbo in New Orleans. Fish tacos in Los Angeles. Lobster rolls in New England. If you fancy yourself a foodie, these are the culinary highpoints that mustn’t be missed.

As spotted by Lonely Planet, there’s now an interactive map to help you plan the “Ultimate U.S. Foodie Trip.” Created by Orbitz, it shows you where to get the best regional delicacies across continental America, from Rubirosa's pizzas in New York City to Loula’s huckleberry pie in Whitefish, Montana. (Expect to wait, though. These restaurants are popular for a reason!)

Orbitz used data from FourSquare to determine the 70 restaurants it ultimately included on the map. Next, it used Google Maps to select the shortest route between them. The map also includes addresses and links to each restaurant’s website, so it's perfect for itinerary planning.

To access the map and start eating your way across America, visit Orbitz’s site here. And in case you aren't satiated with these selections, check out our guide to the 10 regional foods you should try.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

This Is Not a Drill: Oscar Mayer's Wienermobile Needs New Drivers

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Tim Boyle, Getty Images

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile has had many navigators over its 83-year history, including performers and a race car driver. Now, the Oscar Mayer company is looking for a new generation of 'hotdoggers' to get behind the wheel of the iconic ride.

KSDK reports that applications are being accepted for the one-year position now through January 31. Hotdoggers tasked with commandeering the Wienermobile will be responsible for doing media interviews and appearing at grocery store, military, and charity events across the country. The position is primarily a PR job, and candidates with a BA or BS in public relations, journalism, communications, advertising, or marketing are preferred.

Carl Mayer, the nephew of Oscar Mayer, introduced the first Wienermobile in 1936, and today there are six vehicles on the road making 1400 stops a year. After disappearing for a couple decades, the Wienermobile was revived in 1986 for its 50th anniversary. Oscar Mayer hires 12 new hotdoggers each year and usually receives more than 1000 applications.

The job comes with benefits and a competitive salary in addition to the impressive title. The new hires must be ready to hit the road in June of this year; for a shot at becoming Oscar Mayer's next Wienermobile driver, mail or email your resume [PDF] by the end of the month.

[h/t KSDK]

Reynolds Wrap Made a Food Harness to Keep Your Favorite Super Bowl Snacks Close

Reynolds
Reynolds

If you plan to watch the big game on Super Bowl Sunday, and also anticipate eating your body weight in food while doing so, then the aluminum foil aficionados at Reynolds Wrap have something they want to show you.

You can now satiate your appetite without moving a muscle or missing a play, thanks to the Reynolds Wrap Hunger Harness. This $5 “wearable snack pack” has plenty of pockets to hold your appetizers, main course, snacks, and beverage, all while keeping your food nice and toasty. Essentially, it’s a mini kitchen you can wear like a front-facing backpack or a baby carrier, because after all, snacks are precious cargo.

A man models the Hunger Harness
Reynolds

Want to nervously eat a dozen buffalo wings while you yell at the referee on your TV screen? Just tuck them into the upper thermal pouch in your Hunger Harness and you’re good to go. Want to make sure you have enough tortilla chips to last through the halftime show? There’s a side pocket for that, too—plus an insulated slot for your queso or dip of choice.

A built-in food tray rests on your lap and “turns you into a human table,” and there’s also a pouch for your can of soda—or more likely, your can of beer.

The Hunger Harness will be sold in waves in limited quantities. (It's currently sold out, but will be restocked again.) Keep checking the Reynolds website for updates, and if you're thinking of ordering one for yourself, please heed this advice from Reynolds: “Use caution when handling hot food and beverages.” Lovers of lava-hot pizza rolls, you've been warned.

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