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16 restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day

Forget to thaw the turkey? Traveling for work? Family 3,000 miles away? Whatever your reasons for not gorging on a home-cooked meal, rest assured that there are plenty of fast-food and sit down restaurants ready and waiting for you to stop by on Thanksgiving Day. Here is a list of some of them — just in case you need back-up: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmmKp37n4wP/?taken-by=applebees Applebee’s Call ahead just to confirm your specific location, but many Applebee’s locations will be open throughout the day and into the evening. They do have turkey options on the menu, so even if you just hate cooking, you may opt for Applebee’s. https://www.instagram.com/p/BnuUqg7BpFl/?taken-by=bahamabreezeislandgrille Bahama Breeze Give your Thanksgiving Day a dose of Caribbean-style fun. Thanksgiving menu items will be served with a tropical twist. Then wash it all down with something fruity from the yummy cocktail menu. https://www.instagram.com/p/BpMzSdRgY3P/?taken-by=bobevansfarms Bob Evans If you want to avoid the hassle of…

10 places you can score free food and other deals on Halloween

“Trick-or-treat” doesn’t always have to mean candy. While there are still some days left until everyone’s favorite haunted holiday Halloween, now is the time to plan your fright night feast. There are a number of restaurants giving out freebies in the days leading up to Oct. 31, so you might as well take advantage of the free (or seriously discounted) food giveaways. Applebee’s For an adult trick-or-trick, visit Applebee’s where they are serving up the Dollar Zombie all month long. It’s just $1 and has an eerie blue color concocted with rum, pineapple, passion fruit, and gummy brain garnish. Baskin-robbins Sick of candy? Switch to ice cream! Visit your local Baskin-Robbins location and score a kid-sized scoop for just $1.50 on Halloween. (That’s a savings of $2.79). All flavors are available during the promotion. Bubba Gump Shrimp The kid-friendly restaurant is allowing kids to eat free with purchase of an…

This is the fastest drive-thru chain in America

It’s called “fast food” because it’s meant to be made, assembled, packaged and in your hands in mere minutes. But not all drive-thru dining establishments can deliver on this promise. There is, however, one fast food chain that delivers your order in the blink of an eye. A QSR Magazine study found that when you really need your order in a hurry, Burger King is the way to go. The restaurant chain best known for its flame broiled burgers was the fastest drive-thru chain in America in 2018. The study found that it only took three minutes and 13 seconds from the point of ordering, to the moment the order arrived in the hands of the customer. https://www.instagram.com/p/BmOKSFFnPUV/?taken-by=burgerking Trailing Burger King’s record came Dunkin’, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Arby’s, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, Chick-fil-A, and McDonald’s — in that order. (Popular In-N-Out Burger and Bojangles’ were not included in the study because…

9 vegan-friendly foods you can order at Chick-fil-A

A fast food chain with the word “Chick” in its name just doesn’t sound like a safe place for vegans. But inevitable road trips and late night sustenance requirements land folks of almost any diet at a take-out window now and again. It’s good to know where you can go when you’re in a pinch. Here are 9 items vegans can safely order at Chick-fil-A: https://www.instagram.com/p/BoMmvFolV4o/?taken-by=chickfila 1. Waffle Fries Yes, Chick-fil-A’s best selling menu item — the iconic waffle fries — are made with only three ingredients (potatoes, canola oil, and sea salt), making them undoubtedly vegan. You can even dunk them in the BBQ, Polynesian, or Sriracha sauces — all of which are also vegan, but is anything better than classic ketchup (also vegan)? https://www.instagram.com/p/BS_QZsCh906/?taken-by=chickfila 2. Hashbrowns Because morning rushes happen, too. You can pick up a box of these perfectly golden tots and pair them with ketchup and…

Junk food increases your risk of depression, study shows

While you may think that burger from your favorite fast food joint will bring you a boost of happiness, a new study shows that the opposite is actually true. The study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, suggests that eating junk food raises the risk of depression, the Guardian reported. The research calls for doctors to give dietary advice to patients along with their other individualized treatment for depression. The findings are the results of the analysis of researchers from Britain, Spain, Finland and Australia, among other countries, who data-mined 41 other previous studies linking diet and depression. Researchers found that foods containing lots of sugar, fat, or those that are highly processed, commonly let to inflammation in the body. The study said that chronic inflammation can negatively affect brain chemistry, leading to illnesses like depression. Junk foods can also impact the neurotransmitters responsible for mood swings, so that quick…

Dunkin’ Donuts officially drops ‘Donuts’ from name

After 68 years, Dunkin’ Donuts is officially changing its name. The popular donut and coffee chain announced Tuesday that it will no longer go by the moniker “Dunkin’ Donuts.” Instead, they’re just “Dunkin.” The name changes come after months of speculation and a few new restaurants opening under the new name. According to a press release, the “Donuts” drop “officially puts the company on a first name basis with customers.” The change will take place in January 2019, meaning, all the packaging and signage you see after that will just read “Dunkin.” Pushing on the “first name basis” thing, the company released this tweet: https://twitter.com/dunkindonuts/status/1044647776943058944 Some would argue that the name was simple enough, or that the common reference to “DD” was a better alternative. But regardless, Dunkin’ will still serve the same great coffee and delicious donuts, so, will it really matter? Also see, 8 ways to recycle used…

Starbucks to release its Pumpkin Spice Latte the earliest date ever

You’ll still be wearing summer shorts when you show up, but beginning August 28 you’ll be able to sip Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Starbucks. A spokesperson for the coffee chain confirmed that the favorite fall drink will return the Tuesday before Labor Day, making it the earliest launch date the latte has ever seen. The 2018 fall season will be the first time the drink has debuted in the month of August. According to Business Insider, Starbucks also plans to also bring back the Salted Caramel Mocha and the Teavana Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte, which was introduced last year on August 28, days ahead of the PSL. Other beverages will debut throughout the season. This year will mark the 15th straight year Starbucks has served the iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte. For many, the warm, rich coffee beverage is the first official marker of the season, and something looked forward…

Xtreme Eating Awards rank most unhealthy dishes in America

A breakfast burrito might sound like a wholesome way to start your day, but if you order it from the Cheesecake Factory, you might want to think twice. According to the 2018 Xtreme Eating Awards, the popular restaurant’s Breakfast Burrito — with it’s salty chorizo, bacon, cheese and sour cream — tops this year’s list of “honorees” of the most terrible-for-you meals available at any chain restaurant across America. The annual Xtreme Eating Awards are published annually by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) — the same organization responsible for lobbying the government to require chains to post calorie counts on menus. This isn’t the first time the decadent dining destination has been called out by the CSPI. The Cheesecake Factory’s shameful dish delivers 2.730 calories, 72 grams of saturated fat and 4,630 mg of sodium making it equal to eating “seven McDonald’s Sausage McMuffin” sandwiches, according…

Starbucks to open first U.S. store for the deaf community

Two years ago Starbucks opened its very first Signing Store — a location in Malaysia that was designed specifically to employ and make ordering coffering easier for people with hearing impairment. Starbucks recently announced plans to open its first U.S. Signing Store in Washington D.C. this October. An estimated 28 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, according to The National Center for Health Statistic. About 2 million of those people are classified as being deaf, meaning they can’t hear everyday sounds or words. It is thought that around 13 million people have some proficiency in sign language, but for people who rely on American Sign Language (ASL) as their primary means of communication, sometimes something as simple as ordering coffee can become a huge inconvenience. Starbucks plans to hire 20 to 25 employees, or ‘partners’ as they’re called within the company — all of which are required to…

This state has the most fast-food restaurants per capita

No matter what state you live in the U.S., you’re never a far drive from a fast-food restaurant. In fact, in the lower 48, you can never be more than 107 miles away from the nearest McDonald’s, meaning that no motorist is ever more than a tank of gas away from filling up on Big Macs and fries. But residents of some states have a lot more options than others. If you live in Alabama, you can’t go far without running into a few. The southern state comes in first, with the most fast-food restaurants per capita. There are 6.3 restaurants for every 10,000 Alabamians, according to a recent report from Datafiniti, a web data company. Nebraska comes in second with 5.4 restaurants per 10,000 residents. West Virginia and Oklahoma tie for third with 5.3 locations per 10,000 residents. Vermont turned up as having the least available fast-food options with just 1.9 restaurants…