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GCDC Giving Away Free Cheese Ice Cream Sandwiches This Afternoon

July 2, 2014 Jessica Sidman 0

Head over to grilled cheese haven GCDC this afternoon for another variety of cheese sandwich: the ice cream kind. The Pennsylvania Avenue restaurant, a block from the White House, is giving the first 40 customers lined up at 4 p.m. complimentary orders of its latest concoction, consisting of homemade cream cheese ice cream stuffed between brioche French […]

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Creme Restaurant & Bar Reopens on 14th Street NW

July 2, 2014 Jessica Sidman 0

Creme Cafe closed its 15-year-old U Street NW dining room late last year as the building was torn down to make way for a new apartment development. But the American establishment with a Southern twist, now dubbed Creme Restaurant & Bar, has already found a new home at 2436 14th St. NW. Owner Tegist Alayew says the new location, which opened […]

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This Puppy Was Rescued From A Dog Meat Festival — Then Found The Best New Home

July 2, 2014 Arin Greenwood 0

Just a few weeks ago, Scout the fluffy pup was saved from being killed and eaten when he was bought from a vendor at an annual dog meat festival held in the Chinese city of Yulin.

He spent last weekend at a Humane Society gala in Washington, D.C., accompanying his new mom, Leslie Barcus, who sits on the board of the animal welfare group. At the time, he hadn’t even yet been named, but his job was abundantly clear.

“I would really like to make sure he’s an ambassador to the community,” Barcus told the website Animal Issues Reporter. “We could use his help for educational purposes about the plight of street dogs and of dogs used as food — for human consumption — across Asia and other parts of the world.”

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Here’s what the South China Morning Post says about the part of the world Scout comes from:

Traditionally, people in Yulin celebrate the summer solstice by eating dog meat and lychees washed down by strong liquor. Each June in recent years, more than 10,000 dogs were slaughtered for the festival as tourists flooded the streets to enjoy the feasting.

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The festival, which is often defended as a local custom, has long drawn the ire of international animal activists and celebrities. But this year, Chinese protestors outnumbered those who had arrived from elsewhere, highlighting that controversy over the tradition is local, too. Dog meat prices shot up, and the number of restaurants serving dog meat decreased, a move some attribute to increased pressure by animal lovers, according to the Wall Street Journal. One restaurant owner said her business was down a third after a confrontation between locals and activists.

“This year, a lot of people chose to eat at home to avoid the chaos and trouble, including my family,” said city official Liang Shasha. “I went to the market that night and saw a lot of places advertising take out.”

One of those animal lovers is Peter Li, Humane Society International’s China specialist. Li was in Yulin with other activists, investigating and protesting the feast and saving some dogs from death by buying them away from meat vendors before they could be slaughtered and eaten.

Li found Scout and another wee polar bear of a dog, now named Colby, being held on a motorcycle. “On its back was a cage with only two small, adorable puppies,” he says. “Yes, it was hard to leave others behind, not that we did not care but because we could only do so much. Every time I come back to China for events, conferences or field study, I pray that ‘please do not let me see a stray dog on the street.'”

Li — who kept Colby for himself, and describes his experiences at the dog meat festival on the Humane Society’s blog — tells HuffPost he hopes the dogs will help bring attention to the Yulin event, and hasten its end.

“It is going down and will be gone,” he says. “We understand better that the dog meat festival has no future.”

Scout’s future is, in the meantime, looking increasingly pet-like. Barcus tells HuffPost that the little guy has been “getting a lesson in dogness” from her other two rescue dogs: Spock, a German shepherd who was pulled from a puppy mill bust in 2008, and Cowgirl, a border collie mix who came from a high kill shelter in Tennessee last year.

“The idea of a scout is loyalty, helping others, be friends of animals and to be in and love nature,” says Barcus, who hopes that this pup, with his irresistible looks, feisty personality, and incredible story, will inspire those traits in others.

“I hope that Scout will both be an ambassador for all animals,” says Barcus. “Those in the dog meat trade, and as a symbol that humans should respond to the ethical calling of honoring other species and the role of those species on the planet.”

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Do you have an animal story to share? Get in touch at arin.greenwood@huffingtonpost.com

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New ‘Doritos Loaded’ Snacks Are Here, Hold On To Your Taste Buds

July 2, 2014 Carly Ledbetter 0

The rumors are true. Forget whatever plans you made, because you’re going to want to run to your nearest 7-Eleven.

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In a July 2nd game-changer, a new type of Doritos are hitting the hot-plates exclusively at 7-Eleven. In an attempt to take your snacking experience to the boldest, most extreme level, the new “Doritos Loaded” combines melted American, Romano and cheddar cheese encrusted with Doritos Nacho Cheese flavor and secret seasoning.

Rolling out all summer long, the $1.99 snack is being targeted at millennials. Apparently not for the “faint of heart,” the sodium count on these chip-encrusted nacho delights would probably agree with you, coming in at about 1,070 milligrams of sodium.

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7-Eleven is betting Generation X will pick up a four-pack of the ‘Loaded’ nacho delight in addition to the Slurpee and pack of gum they usually grab in the store. While USA Today reported Twitter gems like “I WANT THESE IN MY FACE,” the cheesy snacking experiment is also a polarizing one, much like Doritos Locos Tacos. Whether you’re the type to pair Doritos Loaded with a Mountain Dew Solar Flare or avoid the snack at all cost, taste tests show that Americans are ready (or at least, willing to try) this snacking innovation.

Taste-marketed in a few states earlier this year, Doritos Loaded will not be available in Arizona. As the mixed reviews roll in, we’re still divided on how we feel here at Huff Post (personally, I think they’re great). You can keep up with the rest of the action by following the #DoritosLoaded hashtag and check out some of our favorite reactions so far:

I’ve shilled for plenty of gross fast food. The loaded Dorito is the worst, and I already have diarrhea. R… https://t.co/ZK0z1QpBNG

— Andy Campbell (@AndyBCampbell) July 2, 2014

@ledbettercarly this is what happens when you eat #doritosloaded https://t.co/SiPD49FTGl

— Ashley Codianni (@AshleyCodianni) July 2, 2014

I saw this and thought, “God is real.” #DoritosLoaded pic.twitter.com/G3zXO5Dahn

— Destiny (@DestinyyW_) July 1, 2014

#DoritosLoaded UM I WANT DIS NOW pic.twitter.com/pRep1jZz0q

— — (@Ellington_Chick) July 1, 2014

#DoritosLoaded #ToiletExploded

— Crutnacker (@Crutnacker) July 2, 2014

And Doritos with the classic Ricky Bobby tweet:

IF YOU AIN’T FIRST, YOU’RE LAST. #DoritosLoaded snacks are @7eleven tomorrow! GET SOME before everyone else does! pic.twitter.com/K9ZgsnGAey

— Doritos (@Doritos) July 1, 2014

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Chicago vs. New York Hot Dogs: Who’s Got the Winningest Wiener?

July 2, 2014 Thrillist 0

CREDIT: Flickr/Star5112 and Flickr/Stu_Spivak

If there’s one thing America was founded on, it’s the idea that we can (and should) viciously debate for decades and decades over whose regional foods are superior to other variations of the same regi…

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Couple Celebrates Tasting Their 25,000th Beer at Lost Rhino

July 2, 2014 Tammy Tuck 0

How long would it take to try 25,000 different beers? With the volume and variety available today, probably not as long as you would think. But for Bethesda couple Bob and Ellie Tupper, who started logging tasting notes in 1979, the answer is 35 years. The Tuppers are the “gypsy” brewing team behind Tuppers’ Hop Pocket […]