The Non-Negotiable List Of The Best Food Combinations
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The Non-Negotiable List Of The Best Food Combinations

Is your mouth watering yet?

1. Peanut butter and jelly.


Truly a classic. I grew up eating PB&J sandwiches, and I will continue eating them well into my adulthood. It's just something about the nuttiness of the peanut butter and the fruitiness of the jelly that works so well. If you don't like peanut butter and jelly... I'm sorry, but are you ok?

2. Peanut butter and honey.


Almost as good (if not as good) as the PB&J. The extreme sweetness of the honey is complimented by the nutty flavor of the peanut butter. Yes, please.

3. Marshmallow and chocolate.


S'mores are about as American as you can get (well, except maybe for apple pie). Honestly, I don't even need the graham cracker, just give me some slightly melted, hot chocolate along with a marshmallow or two, and I'll be happy. The hot, slightly melted chocolate perfectly compliments the sweet, fluffy marshmallow. Are you drooling yet?

4. Pizza and ranch.


Regular pizza toppings preferred (cheese, pepperoni, sausage, the like), but pretty much any type of cheese pizza with a tomato sauce will do. There's just something about the greasiness and cheesiness of the pizza that works so well with the cool, creamy flavor of the ranch. Perfect.

5. Peanut butter and chocolate.


Yes, peanut butter again (can you guess what one of my favorite foods is?). Have you ever tried a Reese's peanut butter cup? Then you know exactly how magical this combination is.

6. Pretzels and chocolate.


The saltiness and crunchiness of the pretzel, combined with the sweetness of the chocolate... pure bliss.

7. Grilled cheese and tomato soup.


The ultimate just-got-home-from-school meal. I will eat grilled cheese and tomato soup until my last day on earth. If I ever see a grilled cheese and tomato soup meal on the menu at a restaurant, you'd best believe I'm gonna order that shit.

8. French fries and ketchup.


I'm talking restaurant-quality french fries and ketchup. Lightly browned, crispy and hot, paired with cool tomato ketchup. Brb, about to drive to the nearest burger joint.

9. Sour cream and onion


This is more of a flavor combination than a food combination, but it still stands (would anyone actually eat an onion covered in sour cream? Just wondering). Sour cream and onion flavored chips are my shit. I could down an entire tube of Pringles in one sitting. I don't know what it is, but it's an amazing flavor combination.

10. Salt and caramel


Salted caramel anything is fair game for me. Salted caramel brownies, fudge, mochas... give it all to me. The sugary caramel pairs so perfectly with the salt. Heaven.

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5 Totally Amazing Grilled Cheese Recipes You Have To Try

Because who doesn't love grilled cheese?

1. Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese
Merging these two classic snacks is sure to have your taste buds celebrating. This recipe is the perfect combo of garlic-y goodness and gooey, cheesy bliss. Try dipping this sandwich in marinara sauce instead of tomato soup to complete the delectable treat.


2. Caprese Grilled Cheese
Do you absolutely love mozzarella cheese? This grilled cheese is the right one for you. It combines fresh mozzarella, pesto and tomatoes on good thick Italian bread to send your taste buds on an all expense paid trip to Italia. Molto delizioso! Click here for the full recipe.


3. Pizza Grilled Cheese
What do you do when you're craving pepperoni pizza but also a gooey grilled cheese? Combine the two! You can make this delicious sandwich with or without meat to satisfy your cheesy craving. Follow this recipe and you will be left completely satisfied.


4. Blueberry Brie Grilled Cheese
If you're in the mood for something a little bit sweeter, try this fresh and fruity twist on the classically savory dish. The combination of fresh blueberries and soft brie cheese is sure to have you rethinking your grilled cheese habits. Click here for the full recipe.


5. Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese
If you like things hot and spicy, try this fiery snack to give your taste buds that kick they desire. Combining the heat from the jalape?os and the cooling factor from the cream cheese, you will be left more satisfied than ever.


If you weren't hungry at the beginning of this post, I bet you are now. Go heat up your skillet and get cooking! Bon appetit!

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If Your Major Were a Pizza

Extra cheese please!

Pizza is a college staple. It's the only food that somehow is acceptable at any time of day, and undoubtably has a special place in the hearts of college students everywhere. Have you ever wondered what your major would be as a pizza? Here's your chance to find out once and for all.

Business: Thin Crust

As a business major, you know that time is money. You simply don't have time to waste dealing with cheesy crust or unconventional square slices. You like your pizza like you like your negotiations: fast and easy.


Criminal Justice: Pepperoni

As a criminal justice major, you just want things in your life to be uncomplicated, and selecting your college major is no exception. Pepperoni pizza allows you the security of a classic. It's less boring than plain old cheese, but without the fear of too many unusual flavors.

English: Plain Cheese

You love the classics, and why ruin a good thing? Books can honestly be so complicated, you just want your pizza to keep things simple. Besides, you can't have any toppings falling onto your precious special edition copy of The Great Gatsby!

Fine Art: California Style

You like to keep people guessing. Like the California Style of pizza, you never know what you're going to get. Anchovies with blue cheese? Pencil shavings topped with unicorn hair? Who knows!


History: Neapolitan

You like things authentic. Toppings should be kept to a minimum to maintain optimal pizza flavor perfection. In your opinion, nothing beats the real thing!

Liberal Arts: Chicago Deep Dish

Like the deep dish pizza, you have many layers. Sometimes, you're stuffed with cheesy goodness, other times it's a complete surprise. You possess an emotional depth which resembles a thick, rich, many layered pizza.

Nursing: Spinach

After a long day of reading about the deteriorating effects of junk food on the human body, you just want to feel good about your pizza choices. Of course, there's no way you could sacrifice pizza, no matter what any of your textbooks say. Putting spinach on it makes it healthy, right?


Math/Accounting: Detroit Style

You can't stand the geometric travesty that is triangular pizza slices. You long for order and symmetry. The Detroit style square slices give you what your heart most desires, with a crispy edge to lock in the deliciousness.

Philosophy: Tomato Pie

Why does the sauce always go under the cheese? With the Tomato Pie pizza, the traditional balance is inverted as the cheese is under the tomatoes. This allows a new richness of flavor that challenges all normal ways of thinking about pizza. Philosophy majors require this level of sophistication in their pizzas.


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11 Asian Snacks Everyone Should Try

The best treats are Asian.

As a half-Asian raised in Hawaii, and living on and off in Thailand, I've had more than my fair share of Asian snacks. Some aren't so good, but other's are totally fire. If you happen to be traveling to Asia - or just happen to be near a Chinatown or an Asian grocery store - you should pick some of these snacks up.

You won't regret it.

1. Glico Pocky & Pretz.
If you haven't tried these before, you've been seriously missing out. Pocky is a sweet snack consisting of a perfectly thin biscuit covered in some kind of chocolate glaze. Pocky comes in a variety of flavors including milk chocolate, strawberry - my personal favorite -, cookies and cream, and even almond.

If you prefer your snacks on the savory side try Pretz instead. It's a version of Pocky that only includes the flavored biscuit and comes in flavors like pizza.

2. Taro.
No, I'm not talking about the root vegetable. These savory snacks will take some time to get used to, but they're totally worth it. Made out of dried fish - yum! - these thin strips have an ocean-y quality that will leave you smelling bad, but feeling good.

3. White Rabbit.
Imagine a saltless version of taffy with a subtle milky-vanilla flavor. That's White Rabbit. These candies are essentially the only way my mom could shut me up as a kid (they require a lot of chewing) and I think they took out at least two of my baby teeth.

While there are over a dozen White Rabbit flavors, including lychee, mango, and matcha, the best is definitely vanilla, which sorta reminds me of drinking a warm glass of milk.

4. Hello Panda.
Besides being utterly adorable, these creme filled cookies are also crazy delicious. The biscuits are shaped like bears and also include little drawings with pandas on them. With three flavors, including chocolate, strawberry and vanilla, you're sure to find a panda for you.

5. Nongshim Shrimp Crackers.
Put down the sour cream and onion potato chips and start chowing down on these instead. With the perfect hint of shrimp, these crispy crackers will become your new go-to snack.

6. Yan Yan.
These are basically the Asian version of Dunkaroos. The box is split into two compartments, one for the biscuit sticks and one for the flavored frosting. From there you dip as you please - as a kid I would only get through two biscuits before I used all the frosting.

While eating Yan Yan you also have the chance to learn; the crackers are covered in fun animal facts!

7. Hi-Chew.
American parents used to reprimand their kids if they swallowed gum while the Japanese found a way to make it edible. This is maybe one of the most famous Asian snack brands to-date.

With countless flavors and new additions rolling out yearly, this ooey-gooey candy is sure to please anyone who tries it.

8. Wasabi peas.
Forget salted peanuts, wasabi peas are the bar snack of the future. With a spicy kick from the Japanese wasabi, this snack is the perfect pick-me-up when you're feeling down.

Plus, it manages to make peas, which are arguably the worst vegetable, taste delicious.

9. Tao Kae Noi Seaweed Snacks.
This is nothing like the seaweed you'd find on your sushi rolls. Tao Kae Noi has a bunch of different seaweed snacks with various flavors and levels of spiciness, and as a Thai brand you can bet your ass that they're actually spicy.

10. Lychee Jelly.
I can't even begin to explain how important these were to me as a kid. I practically used them as a form of currency on the playground. The delicious jellies were loaded with fruity flavor and even had chunks of real lychee in them. Take thatI, Kraft.

11. Yakult.
A popular children's drink, this yogurt-based beverage is also a great probiotic - aka, it makes you poo. With a slightly sweet and sour flavor, you won't be able to stop chugging down all the bottles you can get your hands on.

I wish they'd start making them bigger already.

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The Realistic College Summer Diet

For the fresher you.

When I returned from nine months of eating pasta, pizza, gelato and cannolis on the daily, I wound up donating nearly all my shorts and pants, because they wouldn't fit over my butt.

Shocker. 'Freshman fifteen?' More like 'Florence fifty.'

While I was away, I wasn't happy with my appearance (who ever really is?), but I was not going to sacrifice the tantalizing European cuisine. I told myself I would enjoy the food while I could and return to a healthy exercise and eating plan when States-bound.

I researched diets on Pinterest and wrote out strict workout schedules to help me drop some of the weight I inevitably gained. VS Model Bod, here I come was my mentality.

I've been home for just over a month now, and I have miraculously lost 15 pounds within that short time frame. However, it didn't happen the way I anticipated it to. I didn't pay any attention to the diets or workout routines I picked.

Instead, I found my own diet: trying not to eat anything that comes out of a plastic bag in addition to exercising when I can.

I'd call this diet "The Realistic College Summer Diet."

Eating food that doesn't come out of a plastic bag (a habit I picked up in Italy due to their presence of munchies at the smaller grocery stores) is not as hard as one might think. It involves indulging in lots of fresh fruits and vegetables which replaces Cheezits, Lays and Goldfish. Avoiding preservatives has become a priority, and the results have me feeling much better about myself and my diet.

I also haven't been eating as much red meat. I gravitate more towards fish, chicken, pork, beans and nuts to get my protein fix. In addition, I stray away from the sodas and juices, sticking mainly to water, tea and coffee.

As for the exercise, it really comes down to timing.

I work eight hours per day five days a week. Sometimes I don't have the energy at the end of the day to work out, and sometimes the weather just doesn't cooperate. If you miss a day, don't stress out. Yes, you should always try to find time to exercise throughout the day, but obsessing over a tight workout schedule isn't going to make you any more fit.

Most people have their own views on how to be a healthy eater or maintaining a 'balanced diet.' Some work better for others. But if you're looking to try a new style of eating this summer, try this one. It's very easy to follow, and you don't have to think much about it.

Your local farmers' market will be your new go-to. It's nearly impossible to stay away from some sweets, so don't be too hard on yourself. An ice cream cone, a Sex on the Beach or a chocolate bar once in awhile isn't going to kill you.

Try eating as fresh as you can and keeping a positive attitude. You'd be surprised how far it'll get you.

Here are some food ideas to get you started:

Salads: there's a plethora of combinations with vegetables, cheeses, protein, dressings, etc.
Snacks: carrots, dried fruit, nuts, celery with peanut butter, baked apples with cinnamon.
Yogurt parfaits: fresh fruit, granola, Greek yogurt, honey.
Toast: avocado on toasted bread from the farmers' market with a sunny side egg on top? A layer of peanut butter topped with sliced bananas and raisins on toast? Hellz yes!
Smoothies: what's in your green machine?
Dinners: roasted vegetables with garlic, rice or couscous and grilled salmon.

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10 Spirits That Will Liven Up Your Favorite Childhood Drink

if you're 21 or over, that is.

Hot Chocolate is the perf drink for every little kid. As children, we drank it to celebrate a snow day, for a movie night in, or really whenever we were allowed to drink it. But once you reach a certain age, sometimes you need a little bit more than chocolate after a long, hard day. Here are 10 ways to make your hot cocoa tasty and alcoholic:

1. Peppermint Schnapps:
Basic af I know, but seriously, peppermint is all the talk in winter and adding it to hot chocolate will satisfy your typical "white girl" craving.

2. Smirnoff Cinnamon Churro
I know, I know, it sounds so bad at first. But think about it...cinnamon and chocolate is the perf combination; spicy and sweet, just like your personality. So give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

3. Pinnacle Whipped Cream
Whipped cream is the perfect topping for hot chocolate, so the natural next step is actually mixing it into your drink.

4. Malibu-Coconut
It's like a Mounds bar in a mug. The summery taste of coconut combined with chocolate is sure to help you make it through a long winter day.

5. Strawberry Smirnoff
All of those times you wished your bf would order you an edible arrangement of chocolate covered strawberries and now all he has to do is buy you a bottle of smirnoff and hot chocolate K-cups. And yes, that's way less expensive than a freakin edible arrangement these days (you need a loan for those things).

6. Smirnoff Kissed Caramel
Caramel, chocolate, alcohol. I think this one speaks for itself.

7. Skyy Vodka
If you're not into flavors, but you love hot chocolate (and alcohol) then Skyy is the best choice for you. It keeps the traditional hot chocolate flavor while still getting you drunk. Careful, not tasting the alcohol can be dangerous.

8. Smirnoff Marshmallow
Okay, seriously you cannot go wrong....well actually you totally can because it's so freakin good you'll never wanna stop drinking it. If you've never had hot chocolate with marshmallow flavoring then you haven't lived. It's like R-rated smores, minus the graham cracker.

9. Bailey's Irish Cream
A good way to Irish-up your hot cocoa. This is a good choice for people who don't want something as rich or sweet as the other concoctions listed.

10. Kahlua
Coffee lovers only! Adding kahlua to hot chocolate gives it the perfect coffee flavor. It's like a mocha, but better.

Try all of these with caution...they're addictive.