Voodoo Doughnut opening ‘doughnut palace,’ company’s first East Coast location

A famous West Coast doughnut shop known for its zany creations, like the Voodoo Doll doughnut, Dirt Doughnut and Bacon Maple Bar, is opening shop at Universal Orlando Resort.

Originally from Portland, Ore., Voodoo Doughnuts has officially opened its doors at Universal’s CityWalk, the resort’s entertainment and dining complex. With shops in Oregon, California, Colorado and Texas, the Universal location in Florida marks the company’s first shop east of the Mississippi.

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The eclectic shop is famous for its Bacon Maple Bar.

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The new shop features Voodoo’s signature eclectic look, including bright pink accents and a black and white zig-zag-patterned floor. The multi-story building also has a 12-foot-tall replica of its signature Voodoo Doll doughnut on display, as well as a treat carousel showcasing some of its 50 different flavors, Delish reports. 

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The new shop features Voodoo’s signature eclectic look, including bright pink accents and a black and white zig zag-patterned floor.

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The cult-favorite shop, which first opening in Portland in 2003, has become known for its unique and eccentric doughnuts, featuring clever names and unusual ingredients. “We’d wander grocery aisles for ideas for new toppings,” Tres Shannon, one of the company’s two founders, told Delish. “What about cereal? Then you’d get all your vitamins and minerals in one bite! We’d decide based on what we liked, not on what we thought would look pretty,” he said.

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The cult-favorite shop, which first opening in Portland in 2003, has become known for its unique and eccentric doughnuts, featuring clever names and unusual ingredients.

 (Voodoo Doughnut)

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In creating the new Universal store, Shannon and his co-founder Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson wanted to go big. “We used to joke that we dreamed of opening a doughnut palace, and we’d say things like, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to have a waterslide in it?’ Now there’s one right nearby!” Shannon told Delish.

Michelle Gant is a writer and editor for Fox News Lifestyle.

North Dakota airman’s surprise homecoming brings 8-year-old son to tears

A North Dakota airman’s surprise homecoming brought his 8-year-old son to tears.

SMSgt. Mark Coffelt with the 69th bomb squadron arrived home from Qatar late Tuesday, hours after his expected arrival time. By the time Mark’s wife, Aleecia, picked her husband up from the airport, 8-year-old Ronin was already asleep.

As a result, Aleecia decided to surprise her son with his father’s homecoming when he got home from school on Wednesday, she told Fox News.

Ronin had been asking Aleecia “for the last three months” when his father was coming home, and whether he would make the boy’s birthday on May 6. In order to surprise her son, Aleecia wrapped a fake letter in a series of boxes to dupe him into thinking his father wouldn’t be back anytime soon.

Ronin “always calls me out,” his mother said, which is why “it was killing me” when the 8-year-old was so upset by the letter.

“[Mark] said that his heart was also breaking when he read the letter; I could see a tear in his eye,” she said, adding that her husband is “tough” but a “softie when it comes to him [Ronin].”

But the young boy’s tears turned smiles after he read the word “surprise,” a cue for Mark to emerge from behind the wall where he was hiding.

This is the third time the airman has been deployed in four years, Aleecia said, adding that each time Mark has returned to the family’s Minot home she thinks of a way to surprise Ronin.

“The surprise was extra special [this time] because of the anticipation,” she said. That’s partly because Mark has been deployed for eight months.

“[When his father is gone] he sometimes cries himself to sleep at night, so this one was really touching,” she said.

Once the camera stopped rolling, Aleecia said Ronin stayed in his father’s arms for a while and asked, “why so many boxes?”

“It’s hard,” Aleecia said of the times Mark has been deployed. “While you can still talk to them — we are so blessed with technology — sometimes reception is not good,” she said. That’s another reason why the family is so glad to have Mark back — even if it’s not for long. 

“We hope to have him home for a while,” said Aleecia.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

5 reasons to eat more wild game

When I first started dating my husband, an avid hunter, I was overwhelmed by the idea of cooking with wild game. Thankfully, my mother-in-law was there to teach me the ropes.

It’s not always as simple as taking the meat out of the freezer and cooking it. There’s a lot to learn about the preparation of these lesser-used meats – both how to store them and how to cook them – but, like you, I was a beginner once. Now I can tell you the tricks I’ve learned and some of the benefits I’ve discovered.

1. You can’t get more natural than wild game

It’s rather amazing how nutritious (and delicious!) food can be without the intervention of humans. Wild game, whether it be venison, duck, pheasant or elk, is free of hormones and additives. You can rest easy knowing that what you’re feeding your family is 100 percent natural and organic.

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2. The meat is leaner

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Working with lean meats can be more difficult, so it’s important to be attentive in the kitchen.

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It’s no surprise that meat from wild game is leaner than farm-raised meat. In the wild, animals are constantly on the move, meaning they have more muscle and less fat than their domestic cousins. Working with lean meats can be more difficult (overcooking venison, for example, can lead to tough meat), so it’s important to be attentive in the kitchen.

Test Kitchen tip: Because wild game, like venison or elk, is so lean, mix it with some high-quality pork fat when making burgers or meatballs to help bind it together. Thankfully, because you do this yourself, you can control how much (or how little) goes into it. We recommend an 80/20 blend.

3. You can’t beat the price

Like everything else, the price of store-bought meat climbs higher and higher as time goes on, and, as every meat eater knows, the higher the quality you buy, the more money you’re going to pay. The beautiful thing about wild game is that most families can survive off one deer throughout the winter. An average blacktail deer weighing 120 pounds will yield about 55 pounds of meat. Next time you’re grocery shopping, check the price per pound of organic meat and do the math. Even after the costs of a hunting license and a tag, you’re still saving a significant amount of money!

4. You get to carry on a family tradition

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There is something very special about going back to one’s roots and obtaining food the way our ancestors did so long ago.

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Foraging and hunting for one’s own food goes back to, well, the beginning of time. Before the everyday grocery store started carrying meat, you had to either go to a local butcher or procure your own protein by raising it or hunting it. Even with the fanciest of gadgets, hunting is not easy. Some hunters will spend weeks scouting and tracking, and more often than not they wake up at the crack of dawn and endure all kinds of weather conditions to ensure a successful hunt. From generation to generation, hunters have passed down knowledge learned from their forebears to their children. There is something very special about going back to one’s roots and obtaining food the way our ancestors did so long ago.

5. Prep it right, and it’s delicious

People often tell me they’re not into wild game for the two reasons below. Here’s how I convince them otherwise.

“I don’t like the gamy taste.”

This is by far what I hear most often either from people who have never tried wild game or who have had a bad experience with it. Many people think a gamy taste goes with wild game, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. When the meat is tended to properly, it should taste divine. Here are some tips to help you prep the meat properly.

After hunting large game, the game must have time to cool. The deer or elk should be hung for a minimum of 24 hours, but ideally for four to seven days (depending on the temperature).

Ninety percent of the time, a gamy taste results from poor cleaning practices. When processing the meat, one should make sure the meat is clean and separate from the rest of the animal.

Many people feel that birds such as duck, goose and pheasant have a distinct gamy taste. Generations-old advice says to simply soak the breasts overnight in either saltwater or milk to remove that taste.

“It’s dry and bland.”

This one particularly hurts my heart. Wild game has such a uniquely bold taste; it should never taste dry or bland. Steaks or breasts of fowl should be cooked to no more than medium for true appreciation of the flavor. As for blandness, many people I might call purists will cook the meat with a little salt and pepper and that’s enough for them. However, if you have a love for spices and creating new flavors, do not hesitate to season the meat. Sage goes wonderfully with venison, and thyme and rosemary go well with duck. There are countless recipes to try, like this venison parmigiana. One (or more) will surely tickle your fancy!

Now that I’ve pleaded my case, I hope you’ll throw caution to the wind and give wild game a chance. Your taste buds, health and wallet will thank you for it!

This article originally appeared in Taste of Home.

Kim Kardashian to reportedly launch lingerie line

She may have only just announced the closure of her family’s Dash stores, but Kim Kardashian‘s already set to roll out yet another fashion-focused venture.

Kardashian, 37, has been working on her own line of lingerie and shapewear with the team behind Good American, her sister Khloé‘s brand, as well as denim label Frame, TMZ reports.

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“[Kardashian has] had a hand in just about every aspect of the line’s foundation — from design to marketing — and will run it top to bottom,” TMZ’s sources share.

Kardashian’s forthcoming line could launch as soon as the end of 2018.

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Considering Kardashian’s embrace of waist trainers and bra tops, this feels somewhat fated.

When Good American debuted in October 2016, it sold $1 million worth of denim in a single day, according to a press release; since then, the line’s added accessories, cotton basics, and bodysuits to its offerings.

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A rep for Kardashian had no comment.

This story originally appeared in the New York Post.

World’s first frozen Coca-Cola squeeze pouch just launched

Coca-Cola Japan keeps introducing enviable limited-edition flavors and pushing the technological boundaries of beverage-drinking with wild new soda inventions. Earlier this year, Coca-Cola Japan even released a laxative version of Coca-Cola as a new health product, and in 2016 they managed to create a bottle of liquid Coca-Cola that turned into a frozen Coke slushie as if by magic when opened. Now they’ve come out with an even cooler way to serve frozen Coca-Cola, and they’ve introduced the world’s first frozen Coca-Cola slushies in convenient, hand-held squeeze pouches.

According to Sora News 24, Coca-Cola Japan says the frozen Coca-Cola pouches have actually been in development for eight years and went through 100 prototypes before landing on this design and formula. It apparently takes a lot of effort to make sure the Coca-Cola flavors taste right, without getting too intense or watered-down with freezing. The first frozen soda pouches on the market are Coca-Cola Frozen Lemon, which taste like classic Coca-Cola with a bit of lemon flavor, which the company says makes a refreshing, sherbet-like beverage for summer.

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The frozen pouches went on sale on April 16 for 130 yen, or about $1.22. The pouches are re-sealable, and customers are advised to “massage” their pouches to get their desired degree of crunch and slushiness.

The frozen Coca-Cola pouches will be sold pre-frozen in stores for people who want to slurp them right away, and also un-frozen, for people who want to take them home and put them in their own freezers.

Frozen soda slushies in handy pouches sound like a game-changer, so clearly Coca-Cola Frozen Lemon will not be the only frozen Coke product to hit the shelves in pouch form. Coca-Cola Japan has already announced that frozen Fanta pouches will be on their way soon.

Everybody who does not currently live in Japan will just have to hope the frozen-pouch technology makes it to the rest of the world, and that it does not join New Coke on the list of the world’s most hilarious food and drink product fails.

Dog stays with lost 3-year-old girl overnight, leads rescuers to her

A deaf and partially blind dog has a new title: hero.

Max, a 17-year-old Blue Heeler from Queensland, Australia, is being praised after spending more than 15 hours in rugged bushland in the rain with a lost three-year-old girl.

Aurora was reported missing around 3 pm on Friday after she wandered off on her own, ABC.net.au reported. Her family searched the rural property, but could not find her.

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By Saturday morning, more than 100 State Emergency Service volunteers, police and members of the public took up the search.

Leisa Bennett, Aurora’s grandmother, said she heard the little girl’s voice from the top of the mountain on Saturday and headed toward it, where she found Max.

“I shot up the mountain … and when I got to the top, the dog came to me and led me straight to her,” Bennett said to ABC.net.au.

Max was given the title of honorary police dog for his heroic act.

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Aurora was found at around 8 am Saturday morning about 1.2 miles away from her house. She suffered minor cuts and abrasions.

“The area around the house is quite mountainous and is very inhospitable terrain to go walking in, so she’d traveled quite a distance with her dog that was quite loyal to her,” SES area controller Ian Phipps told ABC.net.au.

“With the weather last night it’s quite lucky she is well because it was cold, it was cold and raining,” he added.

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Bennett said the reunion was emotional and was incredibly grateful for the outcome.

“I think [Aurora] was a bit overwhelmed by the tears and the howling, but I explained to her how happy those tears were,” she said. “It could have gone any of 100 ways, but she’s here, she’s alive, she’s well and it’s a great outcome for our family.”

As for Max, his tireless efforts earned him a much deserved spot as an honorary police dog.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.