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Butter Shortage Threatens France’s Croissant Production, Though Supply Of Berets and Striped Shirts Still Abundant

You may have noticed that butter is expensive. Do you want a lesson in how crazy global economic forces are? One of the reasons butter is expensive in Europe and the US is that demand is surging for Australian-made infant formula in China. A drought in New Zealand also contributed to a smaller supply which pushed prices up nearly 50 cents per pound over last year. Look at me explaining the economic realities of the dairy market like some kind of wonk. I feel like I could lose an election to some dumbass reading a Ronald Reagan bumper sticker any minute now.

Perhaps the hardest hit by this global butter crisis is France, since literally everything is made with an unhealthy amount of butter and/or red wine. If you suggested to a French patisserie chef that he should use margarine or shortening instead of butter, he’d probably punch you in the dick. But as stores in France have refused to raise butter prices, dairy farmers have taken to exporting butter to more favorable markets in surrounding countries where they can get a higher price.

This has led to a glut of buttery Frenchmen and Frenchwomen stockpiling the stuff. Which, I’m just saying, after Last Tango in Paris the last thing I want to see when I walk into a Frenchman’s pantry is 50 pounds of butter.

In Australia, according to the Weekly Times, bakeries are already preparing to use margarine and other butter substitutes to keep prices down.

Essence Patisserie owner Brendan Giardina said he has already tested croissants, sausage rolls, shortbreads and lemon tarts using butter substitutes such as margarine. “By using half butter and half (butter) substitute you get about 70 per cent of the original flavour,” the Rouse Hill businessman told The Sunday Telegraph. “If there is another price rise before Christmas, which there is likely to be, then we will switch to using butter substitutes. Otherwise we would have to increase the price. I would prefer to sell more at the same price rather than put the price up and sell less.”

They also talked to a French-native chef in Australia, so get ready for the dick-punching.

The pain is also hitting restaurateurs like French-born chef Guillaume Brahimi. The Guillaume Paddington owner goes through 100kg of butter a week and said price are going beyond. Mr Brahimi ruled out cooking with margarine, saying he is looking at alternative ways to recoup his losses. “Forget about North Korea, there is a butter shortage in France and beyond,” he said. “We are giving butter away when people arrive. Maybe we need to start charging for it.”

Yeah. Remember when North Korea tortured that American citizen to death for moving a poster or something? That’s nothing, because Bill may have to charge for butter. The dick punch is about to be on the other… foot, I guess? Foot punch? Dick kick? That rhymes, I like it.

Anyway, relief for France and an end to me personally buying Blue Bonnet, a margarine I can only describe as “almost food-grade” that I use because I don’t have time for $4 a pound for butter I’m just going to use to make a $1 box of Kraft Dinner, could soon be over. Pierre Begoc, a French dairy market analyst, told Bloomberg that dairy farms will probably increase production to meet the rising demand, which will bring prices down. And then the French can go back to stuffing their faces with baked goods to forget that Jerry Lewis died, taking all the mirth in France with him, leaving behind a desolate hellscape of butterless mimes smoking cigarettes.

Police Arrest Two Papa John’s Employees For Selling Drugs To Customers Who Asked For ‘Extra Olives’!

Better ingredients. Better meth.

Washington Police arrested five people on Friday after undercover detectives busted employees for selling cocaine and other drugs out of a Papa John's Pizza.

According to local news affiliate KIRO-7, authorities in Sammamish, a neighboring Seattle city, received a tip that employees were selling drugs out of the restaurant parking lot, which launched a six month investigation cops dubbed "Operation Extra Olives."

Related: High Schooler Accepted To Yale With Essay About Loving Pizza!

This code name arose from the passcode the detectives -- posing as customers -- would ask to get some kind of drugs from employees.

Each time they ordered a pizza at the Papa John's location, officials asked employees to "give it extra olives," and promptly received a pizza box full of cocaine!

Kings' County Sgt. Cindi West explained:

"What the detectives would do is they'd order pizza and go out and wait in the parking lot. The employee would bring the pizza out and in the box would be the cocaine."

Detectives were able to buy drugs from two different employees -- one of which introduced them to other local drug dealers in the Sammamish and nearby Bellevue.

Multiple law enforcement agencies conducted search and arrest warrants on Friday morning at the location, where they found employees had stashed drugs in the cash register, sinks, and soap dispensers.

Officials recovered about $28,000 in cash, along with stocks of cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, meth, acid, and Oxycodone.

Related: Chris Cornell Had Pills In System When He Took His Life

In addition to arresting the two Papa John's employees, police made three additional arrests on Friday. One of the busts took place in a crowded Bellevue house, where a 21-year-old and 26-year-old were taken into custody.

Officers then went to two other homes in Sammamish where they arrested a 19-year-old man and an 18-year-old man. Another 18-year-old man turned himself in later in the day.

The popular restaurant chain revealed the two arrested employees are no longer with the company, and said the only delivery they condone is that of a delicious, handmade pizza -- saying in a statement:

"Papa John's has zero tolerance for this type of offensive and illegal behavior. The franchisee has confirmed that the employees involved with this situation are no longer employed and we apologize for their actions. The franchisee is working in full cooperation with local law enforcement to resolve this matter. Furthermore, food safety and sanitation is of the utmost importance to Papa John's. The franchisee took immediate action steps, with Health Department oversight, and the location was cleared to reopen."

It looks like Operation Extra Olives has come to a delicious close.

[Image via Papa John's.]

People Are Drinking Lattes Out Of Avocados & Acting Like It’s A Normal Thing…

There is such a thing as too much avocado!

It seems as though there is a new trend happening down under in Melbourne, Australia as a local cafe is serving lattes in freakin' avocados. Ummm, what???

Related: Restaurant Apologizes For Adding 'Pill Cosby' Cocktail To The Menu

The Truman Cafe introduced this invention on Instagram earlier in May and there are already some BIG opinions about this unique treat. The Australian cafe originally posted:

Combing two of Melbourne's obsessions - lattes and avo 😂A post shared by Truman Cafe (@trumancafealbertpark) on May 11, 2017 at 2:02pm PDT

An all out riot would've occurred if this beverage/snack was introduced in Brooklyn.

Remember when the cronut was literally EVERYTHING?!?

Anywho, according to one barista, the combo started out just as a joke -- but people are now ordering them. Like, seriously!

Truman Cafe employee Jaydin Nathan dished:

"It was actually just a joke. We weren't actually selling them, but then someone came in today and wanted one. I think it's ridiculous. It's literally coffee in a piece of rubbish."

HIGHlarious! Alongside the pic (above), the cafe wrote:

"Smiles all round here at Truman Cafe as our infamous 'Avo Latte's' are all the rage right now 🍼"

Still, not everyone is on board with the joke drink as one follower perfectly quipped on IG:

"Does this actually tastes good or is this just for fun? Looks cool😆"

What do YOU think? Could this actually become a legit beverage??SOUND OFF in the comments (below)!

[Image via Instagram.]

Someone Made A 45 Lb. Cheese Sculpture Of Beyoncé — Say Hello To Brie-Oncé!

Okay, this is pretty cheesy!

Sculptor David Bradley has created a 45-pound sculpture of Beyoncé -- made entirely out of five blocks of cheddar cheese for the East Village Cheese and Wine festival in London (above)!

Although the masterpiece called Brie-Oncé is pretty awesome, we're a little disappointed there's not also a Blue Cheese Ivy! LOLz!

[Image via Instagram.]

Tips for Dieting Like a Celebrity Without a Personal Chef

Celebrities may have a lot of help maintaining their bodies, but obtaining the same results isn’t impossible for everyone else. While they may not need to plan their own meals, or even make them, the food they’re eating is the same food we’re able to find at our grocery stores. Here are a few guidelines to follow to obtain that svelte figure of your dreams.

Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated is one of the most important ways to nourish your body and maintain your health. If your body is dehydrated many of the body’s functions aren’t able to work properly, leaving you feeling fatigued, and your body and mind drained. Without the proper amount of fluid intake, any other diet efforts are not as effective due to struggle your body will have with its digestive functions.

Water is also an appetite suppressant, and it increases the body’s ability to metabolize stored fat. Often times we experience mild dehydration throughout the day that doesn’t present itself as a thirst, but as hunger and may lead to overeating or indulging. Getting at least 8 glasses of water each day is crucial and will also help with your joints, teeth, bones, and skin, so drink up!

Eat small meals frequently

Eating smaller meals throughout the day helps to keep your metabolism working all day, controls blood sugar, and assists in staving off pesky snack cravings. Of course, if your meals throughout the day aren’t composed of healthy foods, your plan won’t work.

Skipping meals or waiting long periods of time between meals sends a signal to your body that it needs to go into starvation mode, therefore storing calories. Once your body is programmed to store calories due to long periods of time between meals, your metabolism is impacted negatively and you’ll be more likely to pack on the pounds.

Try new recipes

If you’ve eaten enough grilled chicken salads to last you a lifetime but are still trying to maintain a healthy diet, then it’s time to get creative. Try new recipes that may feel like cheating but are actually healthy for you.

There are many resources you can use to find healthy, easy, and fun new recipes such as Pinterest or healthy recipe books. Finding snacks that satisfy your sweets cravings such as mango ice cream made with fresh fruit, milk, and pure maple syrup will make you feel less deprived than sticking to your salad-only routine.

It takes a lot of time and work to change your body, especially if you’re looking for big results; but don’t feel discouraged if it takes you a few weeks to determine what works best for your body and how you can maintain a healthy lifestyle. Keep at it, and know that each day is a new chance for you to improve your diet and improve your health.

Joey Chestnut Sets Hot Dog Eating Record

Joey Chestnut has done it, people.

The professional eater known as “Jaws” recaptured the Mustard Yellow International Belt on Monday, setting a world record while coming out on top of the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.

After losing out last year in this same contest to Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie, Chestnut defeated Stonie on July Fourth by downing 70 hot dogs.

In 10 minutes.

That marks the most hot dogs ever consumed by a human being in that amount of time. 

Chestnut had held the previous mark of 69, setting the figure in 2013.

Contest officials said Chestnut also set a record last month when he ate 73 1/2 hot dogs and buns during a qualifying event, but this is the confirmed number that will go on record.

As he held the mustard-colored belt after his victory on Monday afternoon, Chestnut said Stonie had "woke up the sleeping giant" when he upset him last year.

He simply would not allow that to happen again.

"Last year was rough," Chestnut told the crowd. "This year was the best ever."

Stonie - who hails from the same California city as Chestnut - said there were "no excuses" for his loss. He said Chestnut did an amazing job.

That's one way of putting it.

Watch Jaws chomp down on all 70 hot dogs below:

Joey chestnut sets hot dog eating record

Rejoice, Chocolate Lovers! Scientists Have Figured Out A Way To Cut The Fat In Chocolaty Sweets

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First Cat Bar In US, Featuring Wine & Felines, To Open In Denver

First Cat Bar In US, Featuring Wine & Felines, To Open In Denver
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KFC Nail Polish is Now Something That Exists

Remember when KFC came out with the Double Down Dog? Which was a hot dog wrapped in a piece of fried chicken?

Remember when we thought this was the end of the world as we knew it?

We no longer think this. Because KFC has gone ahead and outdone itself.

KFC Polish

The food chain has expanded its business by coming out with its own type of nail polish.

Yes, you read that correctly: KFC has come out with nail polish. Did we mention that its edible?

Partnering with McCormick & Company - the flavoring giants who created the chicken chain’s 11 herbs and spices - KFC has created tastes that mimic KFC’s Original and Hot & Spicy recipes.

Just... you know... for one's nails.

"To use [the nail polish], consumers simply apply and dry like regular nail polish, and then lick - again and again and again," KFC explained to Adweek in a statement.

Makes perfect, gross sense, right?

For now, the item is only available in Hong Kong.

You can watch the following video to have a better understanding of how it works and what it looks like:

As you might expect, Original Recipe is somewhat of a nude shade, while Hot & Spicy has more of a fiery orange-red hue.

“It’s Finger Lickin Good,” reads the square glass bottles that comprise this product.

This seems pretty absurd to us.

Although... not as absurd as some of the stuff that have come out of fast food chains around the world, we suppose. To wit:

Study Shows Sugar Is Linked To Many Health Issues, But There’s Some Good News, Too

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Can Barely Stand The Heat As She Guest Judges In The Chopped Junior Kitchen!

SMG is on the chopping block!

Believe it or not, Chopped is currently airing its 28th season on Food Network... but it's actually a spinoff of the cooking competition that has us talking.

That's because Chopped Junior returns for a second helping this Tuesday night, and with the premiere comes self-proclaimed foodie Sarah Michelle Gellar!

Video: Melissa McCarthy & Ben Falcone Play Chopped Smooshed!

Things get pretty tense in the teaser for the nervous celeb guest judge... and we're only getting a look at the appetizer course!

Plus, Sarah Michelle runs her own cooking website/delivery service called Foodstirs, so she's gonna know what she's talking about.

Ch-ch-check out a sneak peek of Chopped Junior ahead of its premiere Tuesday, April 26 at 8 p.m. EST on Food Network (below)!!!

[Image via Food Network.]

Kourtney Kardashian Drinks Clarified Butter Everyday For Health?!

Move over, Gwyneth Paltrow! Kourtney Kardashian is the queen of health tricks!

Recently, the KUWTK star wrote a blog entry where she confesses to drinking ghee, a type of clarified butter commonly used in South Asian cuisine.

Related: Kourtney Kardashian Shares Her Most Revealing Photo Yet!

While drinking butter doesn't seem like it would be good for your health, the 36-year-old says the substance triggers weight loss, strengthens the immune system, hydrates skin, makes hair grow thick, and nourishes the nervous system.

The pint-sized diva wrote:

"A teaspoon a day does a body good."

Who taught her about ghee?! It was none other than mama Kris Jenner, who learned to make it from ex Robert Kardashian's mother.

However, Kourt buys it from Martha Soffer of Surya Spa. According to Miz Kardashian:

"She taught me to take ghee every morning and I trust all of the ingredients and I know she makes it herself."

You can substitute ghee for regular butter, and use it in French toast, grilled cheese sandwiches, and quesadillas. On the flip side, be cautious about using it with protein.

"I just stick to eating it with some sort of carbohydrate like a cracker… You can use ghee while cooking oatmeal, stir fries, soups, quinoa dishes, rice, lentils, and veggie sautees."

Considering how good Kourtney looks, everyone should be drinking ghee RIGHT NOW!

[Image via Instagram.]

This is Why Cooking Together Means You’re In A Healthy, Happy Relationship

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Eating More Legumes Can Lead To Weight Loss

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Would You Drink Cat Poop Coffee?

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Did You Know You Can Open A Wine Bottle With Just A Key?

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Instagram Making Fun of Gourmet Food Was Run by Successful Canadian Chef the Whole Time


The instagram of Chef Jaques La Merde gained over 100,000 followers in 2015 purely by arranging Doritos and beef jerky and all kinds of shit into Michelin-star worthy plates.

Look what this brilliant asshole did with some fucking McDonalds.

This is a goddamn bagel bite. #tweezers


A photo posted by @chefjacqueslamerde on

This is some next level shit.

So, who is doing this?

Well, Chef Christine Flynn, executive chef at Toronto’s IQ Food Co. recently came clean in Bon Appetit magazine.

Why has she been doing shit like this?

For fun.

What a rad chef, eh?

Φάε – Eat

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Φάε - Eat

Flor de auyama.

Chrystian G. posted a photo:

Flor de auyama.

Kourtney Kardashian Explains Best Way to Eat a Kit Kat

Kourtney Kardashian has taken a break from possibly hooking up with Justin Bieber and definitely moving on from Scott Disick.

She has something far more important to now focus on.

The reality star is here to breakdown the proper way to eat a Kit Kat bat.

We're not kidding.

In the latest video posted to her official website, Kourtney says she's ready to rock your world, to "show you guys something that [Kim Kardashian West] taught me – I think we were like 7 or 8."

Okay. So here goes:

First, you break off one piece of the bar.

From that one piece, you eat only the chocolate off each end. It is ESSENTIAL that you do NOT bite the wafer center. Not yet.

From there Kardashian advises fans to eat only the chocolate down the sides of the bar.

After devouring the delicious sides, you then remove the top layer, and, then, after that and after that only, the bottom piece.

Finally, you are left with "the best part," that yummy crunchy center.

Why did Kourtney feel the need to share this with fans?

Because it tastes better, she says, and because it "makes you eat less because you're eating it so slow."

Perhaps she also thought more people would pay for access to her website if they saw her slowing sucking on something long and hard. Just a thought.

Kourtney kardashian explains best way to eat a kit kat

Woman Expresses Eternal, Hilarious Love for Pizza

Nicole Larson, a 19-year old Canadian who resides in Alberta, is in love.

She's not engaged, yet she feels such passion for her significant other that she hired a photographer to take professional engagement photos.

Because Larson knows this is a love that will last forever and ever and ever.

Did we mention that the photos include Larson and a box of pizza? No? Allow us to explain...

1. Cheesy Affection

Cheesy affection
Nicole titled this album of pizza-themed photos "Couple Pictures 2015" on Facebook. She's unashamed of her unabashed close relationship with thise delicous delicacy.

2. An Honest Admission

An honest admission
"I just want you. Nothing else, just you," Nicole says of pizza on her social media page, adding: "I only did this because my love for pizza is eternal."

3. A Perfect Partner

A perfect partner
What was her motivation for this pictorial? "I wanted to do a spoof of other couples' pictures because I am single, and in my opinion pizza never lets you down," writes Nicole.

4. Settling Down with a Slice

Settling down with a slice
Nicole enjoys the view in this romantic photo. She also enjoys some pepperoni, of course.

5. Some Words of Wisdom

Some words of wisdom
"Everyone seems to be caught up in trying to find a partner, but I would just encourage others to find [or] do anything that might brighten their day," Nicole says. "If that is a boyfriend, great! If it’s eating a full box of pizza to yourself, that is also great!"

6. A Blessed Union

A blessed union
Pizza Hut got word of these photos and sent Nicole a free pizza. We have no doubt that she treated it very well.
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Taco Bell Makes Good On Their World Series Promise By Giving Away Free Breakfast — Find Out How To Get Yours Today!

This is better than catching a foul ball!

America's favorite pastime may have come to an end on Sunday with the Kansas City Royals winning the World Series, but we didn't really get to celebrate adequately until Thursday morning.

That's because Taco Bell made good on their MLB-inspired promo and is giving away free breakfast today!

Related: Taco Bell Does Delivery Now!

Thanks to Lorenzo Cain stealing a base during Game 1 last week, the fast food chain is giving away A.M. Crunchwraps at participating locations from 7-11 a.m.

Hopefully the New York Mets take a team field trip and at least get some free food for their troubles.

Will U be partaking in the sporty festivities??

[Image via Taco Bell/Instagram.]


Chrystian G. posted a photo:


Study Claims Drunk Vegetarians Secretly Eat Meat


Tired of self-righteous vegetarians and vegans cramping your delicious animal-flesh-orgy style? This study suggests there’s some hypocrites at the top of the food chain.

VoucherCodesPro, a UK-based discount code provider, recently conducted a survey of over 1,700 British so-called vegetarians. It showed that roughly a third of them drunkenly reach for chicken McNuggets after a night of partying the way some people reach for a pack of smokes.

69 percent of these meat cheaters say they keep their thirst for animal blood to themselves after a night of bumping uglies with a porterhouse. Aside from ‘Drunk Vegetarians Secretly Eat Meat’ being a great name for a noise band, it’s apparently also the reality. What kinds of dead animal are these veg-heads jonesing for? Kebab comes in first place, with burgers a delicious second. These are followed by the carnivore staples of bacon, fried chicken and sausages.

Damn. Writing this is making me hungry. 

Apparently, there’s scientific reasons so many drunk vegetarians fall prey to the siren song of a big fat burger. The Apéritif Effect, a documented phenomenon in which alcohol increases food consumption, may be at play here. This is because alcohol can increase the brain’s sensitivity to external food cues- like the sexy sexy smell of cooking meat. A study from Perdue University even shows that gettin’ lit increases the flavors of salt and fat.

It’s a wonder anyone can resist a post-cocktail booty call with a bucket of fried chicken. For vegetarians, it’s a whole new walk of shame.

(Image courtesy of Flickr)

Taco Bell Fans Rejoice — The Franchise Is Undergoing A Major Upgrade!

If only Gidget, the Taco Bell chihuahua, was alive to see this blessed day!

On Tuesday, Taco Bell announced that the franchise is set to undergo a MAJOR upgrade -- think alcohol, cool technology, and classier eateries! Woot!

Taco Bell Is Now Doing Delivery And Literally Nothing Else Matters!

The company revealed that it's opening it's first ever upscale cantina style restaurant in Chicago THIS WEEK. The new eateries won't have drive-thrus and they'll feature open-design kitchens. Not to mention the restaurants will also feature new technology like digital menu boards, television monitors, and an app where you can order and pay for your food via a smartphone! Perfect.

Oh, and did we mention booze? The chain will now offer beer, wine, and even sangria. Awesome!

The company elaborated on the huge rebranding, stating:

"Taco Bell is dropping the drive-thru, opening its kitchens, and using technology to create a new experience as the brand expands into urban markets. Taco Bell brings on the booze as it seeks to appeal to hip, young city dwellers and fend off popular rival Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc."

Yep, it's ON! We suspect this move is going to be a big hit!

So, are YOU excited for this development?

This Model Just Devoured 20 Cheeseburgers in Under 17 Minutes

Nela Zisser is at it again.

The New Zealand native, who once ate a five-pound burrito in under five minutes, has returned to the Internet with another impressive eating accomplishment.

Or at least another mesmerizing eating accomplishment.

In the video featured here, Zisser takes on fellow competitive eater Eric TheElectric in a battle of cheeseburgers.

The footage depicts Zisser sucking down one McDonald’s item after another, occasionally dipping them in cups of water to make the high-calorie delicacies go down faster.

At the conclusion of the clip, the New Zealand beauty takes a second to collect herself, wipes her mouth and shuts her eyes as she takes the final bite.

"Holy sh-t! That was a lot more food than I expected," she says.

Ya think?!?!?!?

Model scarfs 20 cheeseburgers in under 17 minutes

Iron Chef Kerry Simon Dead At 60

This is so sad.

Kerry Simon, Iron Chef star and celebrity chef extraordinaire, has died at age 60.

[ Related: Giada De Laurentiis And Her Husband Are Officially Done ]

The culinary genius succumbed to Multiple System Atrophy, according to Robin Leach, the British TV personality who was very good friends with Simon.

In fact, Leach wrote in a column on Friday, September 11 in the Las Vegas Sun about Kerry's life and death, saying:

"We will always remember Kerry fondly. He was a gentle man who will be missed greatly. He was still young and handsome at 60 years of age. He didn't smoke or drink alcohol, preferring his favorite juices regimen."

Simon, who earned celebrity chef status when he won a 2005 episode of Iron Chef, was phenomenal at what he did, as evidenced by the restaurants he owned in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Atlantic City, and elsewhere.

Interestingly enough, he got his start in the late 1980s when Donald Trump hired him to run the Plaza Hotel's Edwardian Room, a task Simon took to heart and developed until he was promoted and began the ascent of his career.

Now, though, he's gone at age 60, leaving friends like Leach with just memories. Our thoughts are with Simon's loved ones during this difficult time.

[Image via DJDM/WENN.]

Weird, Wonderful Realities of Being A First-Generation American


You grow up not knowing the English words for a lot of normal stuff

I was very much grown up before I learned the English words for an undershirt and a baby wipe. To this day, there are some things I know better by their Italian moniker, and this penchant to say garbled Italian words instead of the English versions have raised many an eyebrow.

You’ll realize that most of your classmates have no idea why you can’t come to their houses for sleepovers

If in nothing else, your parents believe in stranger danger. If they’re not from the same culture, your friends are not parent-approved. No friends at family parties, no sleepovers if they’re not blood-related. Growing up, I was told that my cousins were the only friends I needed. Go play with them if you’re bored. In my day we didn’t have boredom.

“Family” is a word akin to “God”

Family is God. God is family. Nothing comes before either of them, except the other. Does that make much sense?

Your food doesn’t look like anyone else’s

As an Italian, my food is recognizable, but what isn’t clear is people asking why my ham has white holes in it (it was mortadella) and why I’m eating a chocolate sandwich (it was Nutella, before the brand went mainstream. Yes—I was a second-grade Nutella hipster). I fielded these questions until high school, when I made my mother give me a five-dollar bill instead.

There are a lot of expectations

These expectations vary across cultural lines, but in my experience as a first-gen Italian American, these expectations were to be top of the class, all the time, and behave impeccably. There was no freeform thought until you were good and 30.

Tradition means everything

Old-world philosophies that mean nothing to you, your friends, or even your “mother” country’s youth is the law of the land. Tradition permeates into every aspect of your life, from how your parents planned birthday parties, made Sunday dinners, and chose schools for you. Your life was dictated by how your ancestors did things a hundred years ago, in a crumbling town some thousands of miles away.

The world seems smaller to you, and more interesting

Growing up knowing that a part of your identity is firmly rooted in another world entirely, you start to feel more worldly. This happens especially if you visit the motherland often; you grow up having experiences that change your worldview, experiences that many of your American friends will never have as vacationing children. You belong in more than one place.

You’re constantly in awe of your parents

They were young when they left their homes, friends, and sometimes even their parents to make an entirely new life in a place where they didn’t even speak the language. Can you imagine doing that now? I get nervous when I have to place an order in the drive-thru for goodness’s sake.

You have a “home away from home”

Traveling to your ancestral country is an emotional experience. You know you belong to this place and its history, but you’re [...]

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Ansel Elgort Couldn’t Be More Perfect As He Shows Off His Cooking Skills… Shirtless!

What's cookin', good lookin'?

Ansel Elgort is one the most handsome actors in Young Hollywood, and we're not just talking his muscles.

The 21-year-old showed off his cooking skills on Sunday while wearing just a lobster apron as a top!

Could he be more perfect?!

[ Photo: Ansel Elgort Kisses GF Violette Kmoyshan In Public! ]

And remember...

If you can't stand the heat, get out of your shirt!

[Image via Ansel Elgort/Instagram.]

Chrissy Teigen Lovingly Calls John Legend Her ‘Papa John’ While Making Pizza On Vacation In Sicily!

This cookbook sure is gonna be good!

Chrissy Teigen is getting closer to releasing her debut recipe guide, so she and husband John Legend decided to take a trip to Sicily to learn a little more about authentic Italian cooking.

Tuesday marked one of their last days in Europe, so Chrissy and John decided to make some pizza from scratch.

Normally this would just be a fun date for any couple, but seeing as the model has one of the best senses of humor in Hollywood, she had to apply her brand of comedy to the moment.

[ Photo: Chrissy Teigen Tans Topless On A Boat! ]

Chrissy shared a photo of her singer husband making a pizza pie, and simply captioned it: "Papa John."

Simple, yet hilarious!

Are they not your favorite A-List power couple?!

[Image via Chrissy Teigen/Instagram.]