Fast food chains revamping their breakfast menus nationwide

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Apple fritters, cinnamon rolls and blueberry muffins will be available Oct. 28.

McDonald’s breakfast is about to get a whole lot sweeter as more fast food chains focus on revamping early morning menus.

PHOTO: A cinnamon roll and coffee from McDonald's new McCafe menu.

A cinnamon roll and coffee from McDonald’s new McCafe menu.

A cinnamon roll and coffee from McDonald’s new McCafe menu.

McDonald’s announced three fresh baked pastry items will roll out as part of its new McCafé Bakery lineup with the addition of an apple fritter, blueberry muffin and cinnamon roll.

Customers can order any of the breakfast classics all day long at participating restaurants nationwide starting Oct. 28.

PHOTO: The new apple fritter on the McCafe menu at McDonald's.

The new apple fritter on the McCafe menu at McDonald’s.

The new apple fritter on the McCafe menu at McDonald’s.

The news came on the heels of California-based fast food chain

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President Trump retweets National Night Out video taken at Harry’s Restaurant

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A video showing a group of Metropolitan Police Department officers being cheered by customers at Harry’s Restaurant went viral on Wednesday after President Donald Trump retweeted it to his 87 million followers.



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As of Wednesday night, the video had been seen over 600,000 times after it was posted by conservative author and podcaster David J. Harris Jr.

In the video, customers could be heard chanting “Back the blue” and clapping for the police as the officers fist-bumped at least two men standing at the bar inside. The video was shot on National Night Out, a nationwide effort to promote police-community partnerships. 

Many Twitter comments for the post showed support for the officers, with some thanking them for their service.

“Amen and that’s how it should be!” wrote one user.

“Good job!” and “just (a) wonderful showing of respect for our law enforcement” wrote others.

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Ocean Spray gives TikTok sensation free truck, drinks after skateboarding video goes viral

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Just a man, his skateboard and a bottle of Ocean Spray.

Nathan Apodaca became an overnight sensation after his TikTok video of him riding his skateboard down a highway while drinking Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry juice and then lip syncing Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” went viral. The video was reportedly taken after his car battery died and he had to get to work.

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The video, which was posted September 25 and has 26.9 million views, has reportedly earned the 37-year-old man millions of fans on his social media account, as well as prompted a merchandise collection with his face and nickname, Doggface, and $10K in donations from fans via his Venmo, Cash App and PayPal accounts, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Nathan Apodaca was gifted a truck, bottles of Ocean Spray and a longboard from the brand.

Nathan Apodaca was gifted a truck, bottles

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Dolly Parton reveals her favorite food and cooking habits

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“Every diet I ever fell off of has been because of a potato.”

For one thing, the singer shared that she’s got a major weakness for potatoes, in pretty much any form.

“Every diet I ever fell off of has been because of a potato,” Parton admitted. “Either French fries, or mashed potatoes, or baked potatoes. Potato, potato, potato! I never met a spud I didn’t like.”

Fortunately for her, it seems like Parton’s perfectly capable of whipping up any potato variant she’s craving right in her own kitchen. Elsewhere in the interview, the singer said that even though she’s a busy performer and recording artist, she still makes time for good old home cooking.

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A Better Way to Cook Beans: Tips From a Chef’s Playbook

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I OWE MY love of beans largely to Sara Kramer. Now chef/partner at Kismet, in Los Angeles, Sara was the chef at Glasserie, in Brooklyn, when I worked with her there. Before that, I had tried cooking beans every which way, from wood-fired ovens to pressure cookers, all of which failed to render them exciting. Sara taught me it only takes a couple smart moves to give beans some depth and even a dash of drama.

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Her first lesson: Char the aromatics. The recipe at right, for beans and greens served on toast, calls for laying a halved onion, garlic head and lemon into a hot skillet. Let the cut sides sit on the hot pan and sear to a deep brown before flipping. It will lend a remarkable depth and intensity of flavor to the finished dish.

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Takeaway cooked food for train journeys! Indian Railways allows sale at catering, vending units on stations

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a train on a steel track: Indian Railways has allowed the sale of cooked food at its catering and vending units on railway stations.


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Indian Railways has allowed the sale of cooked food at its catering and vending units on railway stations.

Big relief for passengers! For the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak, Indian Railways has allowed the sale of cooked food at its catering and vending units on railway stations. However, the food plazas, cell kitchens, Jan Ahars as well as the refreshment rooms will only be open for takeaways. Earlier, these food units were allowed to sell only packaged meals, according to a PTI report. On September 30, an order was issued by IRCTC stating that all the zonal railways are advised that static catering units, which are operational at 10% of license fee with limited saleable items up till 30 September 2020 may be permitted to operate till 31 October 2020 at pro-rata license fee of 20% with the sale of cooked meals only

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Booze-Free Beverages That Are Anything But Boring

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I spent the summer of 2018 criss-crossing the country in my (somewhat) dependable 2006 Subaru Impreza. After a decade of writing about food and drinks in New York City and two years doing the same in Atlanta, I got a book deal, and I decided that the best way to do research was to put my foot on the gas and go.



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I was in search of alcohol-free mixed drinks at a time when, serendipitously, they were starting to be taken more seriously. Bartenders were (and still are) pushing against the boundaries that had previously limited “mocktails” to syrup-laden juices or glorified Shirley Temples, and consumers — sober, or not — were getting curious. I knew I wouldn’t be writing the first book on non-alcoholic drinks, but I also knew that my work could capitalize on this newfound acceptance and energy. And because I was finding

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McDonald’s U.S. Third-Quarter Sales Rise, Fast-Food Giant Lifts Dividend

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McDonald’s  (MCD) – Get Report, the world’s largest fast-food restaurant chain, reported that its U.S. comparable-store sales rose 4.6% in the third quarter, while its global comparable sales slid 2.2%.

The company also raised its dividend payable in December by 3% to $1.29 a share from $1.25 in September.

In the U.S, sales benefited from “strong average check growth from larger group orders as well as strong performance at the dinner daypart,” McDonald’s said in a statement.

“The company’s strategic marketing investments and resulting promotional activity drove low double-digit comparable sales for the month of September, including positive comparable sales across all dayparts. Comparable guest counts remained negative for the quarter,” the company added.

McDonald’s also said it benefited from a meal promotion with musician Travis Scott and faster service at its drive-throughs.

In international developmental licensed markets, McDonald’s suffered “negative comparable sales in Latin America and

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Starbucks Is Bringing Its BOGO Happy Hour Back Today Only So You Can Score All The Fall Drinks

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NYC Orthodox Community Holds Protest Over New COVID Restrictions, Chants ‘Jewish Lives Matter’

Hundreds of members of the Borough Park Orthodox community filled the streets Tuesday night to protest new restrictions imposed on neighborhoods with a surge in COVID-19 cases, which include a limit on synagogue attendance and the closure of schools and non-essential businesses.The demonstrations, held into early Wednesday morning, grew more chaotic as the night wore on and protesters resisted orders to disperse: one person was injured “from a physical confrontation with other congregant(s),” protesters set a fire in the middle of a crosswalk and threw cardboard boxes and masks into the flames, according to NBC New York.A significant part of Borough Park faces the new tightened restrictions which limits houses of worship to 10 people or 25 percent capacity and completely closes schools and non-essential businesses. The area is subject to the most restrictive of

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Stock picks to buy, 7 food companies benefiting from COVID: Stifel

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  • With President Trump and the First Lady testing positive for COVID-19 and new cases rising week over week, the work-from-home and eat-at-home routine could last longer than many had expected.
  • The packaged-food industry enjoyed an initial boom during the March grocery hoarding phase and has continued to grow at an above-normal rate as the pandemic persists. 
  • After conducting a comprehensive pricing and volume analysis, Stifel analysts handpicked seven food stocks poised to grow their sales and gain market share even as the economy gradually reopens. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Just when Americans were getting ready for a coronavirus vaccine and starting to retrieve parts of their pre-pandemic lives, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19.

As new cases continue to rise week over week, according to the COVID Tracking Project, the pandemic-induced work-from-home routine could stretch even longer than many had expected. 

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