These Fourth Of July Fast Food Deals Mean You Can Spend Less Time Cooking, More Time Celebrating

Photo credit: The Fresh Market
Photo credit: The Fresh Market

From Delish

It goes without saying that Fourth of July parties might look a little different (read “smaller” or, you know, like, nonexistent) this year than they have in the past. This doesn’t mean that all traditions need to fall to the wayside, though. Your music playlist and food spread can still be on point. If you don’t feel like stressing over food prepping or you want a trusted restaurant to corral food in safe, single servings, these spots are here to help. Below, all the restaurant food deals for July 4 that you need to know about. (And for those that are all about a DIY meal, check out our classic Fourth of July recipes. Gather safely!)

The Cheesecake Factory

Photo credit: The Cheesecake Factory
Photo credit: The Cheesecake Factory

Throughout the week leading up to Independence Day, The Cheesecake Factory is offering two double cheeseburger “Happy Hour”

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How Trump’s Cruelty Fueled Padma Lakshmi’s Fight for Immigrants

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Dominic Valente/Hulu

I’m an immigrant—and I’m not alone. Padma Lakshmi opens each episode of her new Hulu series Taste the Nation with that mantra, and it’s one that’s powering the food author and TV host during the Trump administration’s all-out war on immigrants, from the “Muslim ban” and separating children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border to the recent suspension of immigrant-worker visas through 2021.

“I find this disconnect between the policies that are made in Washington and how they actually affect people on the ground,” says Lakshmi. “I think it should be a requirement for each of these lawmakers deciding on immigration policy to embed themselves in these communities and see what life is like, and see if these people pose as much of a threat as they think they do.”

With each episode of Taste the Nation, Lakshmi has done just that—planting herself within a community

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Mexi-Vegan cooking is mainstream in Southern California. And it’s only getting bigger

Dishes from La Vegana Mexicana, clockwise from top: a Tamal de Mal, ceviche tostada, bowl of vegan posole, arroz con leche, and vegan chorizo and potato taco. <span class="copyright">(Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Dishes from La Vegana Mexicana, clockwise from top: a Tamal de Mal, ceviche tostada, bowl of vegan posole, arroz con leche, and vegan chorizo and potato taco. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)

Among the many novel concession foods that debuted at Dodger Stadium last year — there was a pineapple-stuffed link called a Dodger sausage, and a deconstructed California roll served in what looked like an oversize baseball — none was as surprising as the vegan al pastor trompo that appeared near the third base pavilion in late September.

The trompo, a tall, vertical spit holding what at first glance appeared to be a spinning stack of chile-slicked pork, was part of a Dodger Stadium “vegan takeover” by Masataco, a Mexican restaurant in Whittier with a largely vegan menu.

To make the dish, chef David Fuerte brined celery root for 24 hours in a vinegar solution before it

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Wine and cooking ingredient sales soar during lockdown

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Demand for Naked Wines and Premier Foods home cooking ingredients soared during lockdown, the firms have said.

The online wine seller said revenue surged 81% in April and May, after many shops were forced to shut on 28 March.

Naked Wines temporarily halted new orders last month after a huge jump in business as customers stockpiled.

Mr Kipling-owner Premier Foods saw a 20% sales rise in the run-up to lockdown, with strong demand for cooking products continuing afterwards.

Shoppers began to stock up on alcohol in April to drink at home as the coronavirus pandemic spread. Food stockpiling began in March, when the shelves of some shops were cleared.

In a statement, Naked Wines said: “We entered the new financial year with good momentum as Covid-19 has influenced customer shopping behaviour and driven increased demand for the Naked Wines offer.”

The company stopped short of providing guidance for

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