TOP 5
NYC's Sexiest Hot Dogs

The age old saying goes, “Less is more,” but for one day, and one day only, we would like to challenge this. Wednesday, July 23rd marks National Hot Dog day and the perfect opportunity to enjoy the classic American treat in modern fashion. Eateries all over NYC are offering indulgent, savory takes on the old-time staple and all of them will leave your mouth watering. We’ve rounded up our top picks just for you, and with only a few days left till the big day, you better get to picking!


1. The Ditch Dog at Ditch Plains (29 Bedford St.)-

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Boyz II Men Celebrates The Return of Wendy's Pretzel Bun

Boyz II Men is back again to celebrate Wendy’s Pretzel bun! They recently released their #PretzelLoveSongs video celebrating fan’s joy of being reunited with the pretzel bun, which Wendy’s announced is back this summer on both its Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger and Pretzel Pub Chicken. Be sure to check out the video on Wendy’s Facebook and YouTube playlist

TOP 5
French Fries: Fully Loaded

Who actually hates french fries? No one that's who!

French fries are the ultimate, indulgent snack food. A good old classic, they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, tastes, and fun. And in more recent years, loaded fries are becoming a bigger staple in the food industry, as this model allows you to, quite literally, put anything on them. If you love fancy, unique fries as much as we do here at Joonbug.com, then check out this list of some of the best and most unique loaded French fry concoctions!


1. S’mores Fries at Sticky’s Finger Joint (484 3rd Ave.)-
We’ve told you about Sticky’s Finger Joint’s newest location before, but this fun restaurant is taking their menu to a new level (as hard as that is) with their loaded fries. Their fries are already delicious and loaded, but they are now offering S’mores Fries. Sweet and savory goodness are meeting crispy perfection with this mixture. These fries are topped with a homemade marshmallow sauce, homemade chocolate sauce, tiny marshmallows, and crushed graham crackers. If that doesn’t make your mouth water, then nothing will.


SWEET TOOTH
Beat the Heat this Swim Week with Sorbet

Satisfy your sugar fix without sabotaging your bikini body. Just in time for Swim Week, Yogen Früz has released three scintillating summer flavors. At just 110 calories per serving, these mouthwatering mocktails are the perfect escape from Miami’s summer swelter.

The Mojito Sorbet is a refreshing medley of mint and lime that instantly cools your taste buds. The Strawberry Daiquiri Sorbet is a tropical tart perfect for stacking high with fresh fruit toppings. If you get caught in one of Florida’s infamous rainstorms, the Pina Colada Frozen Yogurt is a comforting creamy infusion of shredded coconut and pineapple.

BEHIND THE PLATE
Applebee's is Officially Possibly Enforcing "No Tech Tuesday," Maybe

Isn’t it annoying when the person you’re eating with is texting the entire time? Or, even worse, when there’s a loud telephone conversation happening at the table next to you? Well, it seems that Applebee’s has begun taking steps to prohibit cellphone use one day per week with their latest program: No Tech Tuesday!

Or… maybe they aren’t? The phrase is self explanatory — no technology on Tuesdays — but the company claims to have no plans to restrict tech usage at the present time. So far, Applebee's has only filed the trademark application, but with the family-forward movements they’ve been making as of late, this could potentially assist in drawing in an older crowd to dine during the week. For a short period of time, representatives refused to comment on the reasoning behind the trademarking of this phrase. Finally, spokesman Dan Smith stated that guests can use technology however they’d like, and the trademark is simply to protect themselves in the future. According to Mr. Smith, "There's absolutely zero percent linkage between No Tech Tuesday and anything in the restaurant."

LIQUID COURAGE
Toast to Your Favorite GoT House

After the tremendous success of the Game of Thrones themed beers, a company has finally stepped up to the plate to give the people what they want: Game of Thrones themed wines!

With all of the major houses and a few wildcards represented with their own themed grape. The Martells get their Dornish red in the form of a Cabernet Sauvignon (which hopefully tastes a bit better than the sour drink from the books), the Dothraki get a blood-colored Merlot (we're 99% certain it isn't made out of the blood of their enemies), and the Tyrells get a charming and pretty Chardonnay.

HOW-TO
Cocktails for the Final World Cup Game

Want to get creative for your World Cup party for the final game on Sunday, July 13? Well you've come to the right place!

Read below to create some of the best drinks each of these countries have to offer!

German Cocktails:

1) They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day so why not start your World Cup Sunday Funday by having The German Breakfast.

LIQUID COURAGE
Tullamore D.E.W. Parting Glass Campaign to Celebrate New Distillery


Love whiskey? Take part in an opportunity to win a dream trip to Ireland!

As part of their celebration of opening a new distillery, Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey is launching their "Parting Glass" campaign. Tullamore D.E.W. is the second largest Irish whiskey in the world in the fastest growing category. It has been widely acclaimed by whiskey connoisseurs, most recently winning the Double Gold Medal for Tullamore D.E.W.

The campaign is a global online search for the best toasts to mark the beginning of life’s new chapters. As Tullamore D.E.W. celebrates its new chapter, the brand is inviting people to share their own parting glass moments online to enter to win a trip to Ireland to attend the distillery opening celebrations this September. You can send in videos or photos of your life's biggest milestones such as buying a new home, having a child, or even graduating from college or grad school!

Finger Foods for Your Favorite Team


Whether you’re enjoying this weekend’s game in the privacy of your own home with the company of your trusty remote paired with your lucky socks, in the midst of your closest friends, or surrounded by the nameless strangers from your office, there’s no better way to support your team than by feasting on a few of their very own delicacies.

While cheering on either Germany or Argentina, keep some of these delicious appetizers by your side to pop in your mouth with every goal (or eat one as comfort food when they don’t score.)

For those who will be proudly cheering on Germany this Sunday, utilize your kitchen by creating one of these easy to make finger foods.

HOW-TO
Your New Favorite Summer Fruit: The Mango

If there is one fruit of the summer that has been growing in popularity year after year, it is the mango. You can literally find mangos everywhere in and out of the city; you can buy them whole, peeled, diced, and even prepackaged sliced. Plus, they're healthy and have been known to: help prevent cancer, clear skin, promote good eye sight, improve energy level, boost immune system, and act as a remedy for heat stroke, and more. It's the ultimate, perfect health fruit. The amount of things you can do and create with this tropical fruit are endless; and that is why Joonbug.com has made a how-to list for the summer for all of the mango lovers out there.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Celebrate National Pina Colada Day!

Beat your summertime sadness with a tropical delight, it’s National Piña Colada Day!

The food holidays just keep getting better, as Thursday, July 10th marks the date to celebrate a beautiful trio of cocktail ingredients: rum, pineapple juice, and coconut milk. Piña Coladas are often served blended or shaken with ice, and considering their diverse fan-base, are sometimes made “virgin” for those who are still a little young in age. The arguments go on about who originated this drink, and since we wouldn’t dare claim one to be more correct than another, we must focus on the only fact which holds true for them all: it comes from Puerto Rico! In fact, it’s been the islands’ official beverage since 1978. Since then, mixologists have played with its ingredients and brought forth new creations to help us appreciate this cocktail even more.