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    Fans of Mexican fare have cause for celebration. Taco Bell, home of the always-fun-to-say Chalupa, is upping its game.

    The popular fast food purveyor opened the first of its new upscale chain of eateries, U.S. Taco Co., in Southern California Monday. While some of the menu items might look familiar, they're anything but ordinary. 

    Calling it "food truck food you don't have to chase," Jeff Jenkins, the man behind the new venture, said being "playful and different" and capturing America in a taco shell is what it's all about. Ten different tacos, each with fun and funky names, feature everything from lobster to pulled pork. And you won't find Dorito shells or paper wrappers at this taco joint, that's for sure!

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    There's always been a special relationship between marijuana smoking and fast food. But you usually partake of one before the other. You don't use pot as a garnish, usually. But maybe that's a new food trend I just don't know about? An Iowa couple claims they found pot between the patties of a cheeseburger. And why they decided to complain about this rather than enjoy I'll never know -- oh, because the woman is pregnant! Yikes, what happened here exactly?

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    Are we all familiar with the term "hangry"? It's when you're so hungry, you're angry. HANGRY. We all get hangry sometimes, and that's why someone created this t-shirt reading "I'm sorry for what I said when I was hungry." But hangry is not why 911 was created. And yet, hangry people keep calling the emergency hotline when their food disappoints them. Just the other day Bevalente Michette Hall called 911 over her Subway "Flatizza" flatbread pizza.

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    Who loves moms? Restaurants do! Every Mother's Day several restaurant chains offer some super-sweet deals in honor of mamas everywhere -- and to entice families to spend a bit of the holiday with them. You can get two-for deals and gift certificates and even a free cake. We rounded up some of the most popular restaurants offering deals including ... am I reading this right? Holy mammaries, you'll never guess who's on this list!

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    A woman is suing Subway after one of its employees wrote something pretty awful on her order. Allison Brown was not expecting to be the butt of a cruel joke about her size when she went there to buy lunch for her family. But that's exactly what happened. 

    Brown looked down at her food and saw that a worker had written "Big Mama" on one box. She was absolutely gutted -- can you imagine what that would feel like? The last thing she wanted to do after seeing that was eat anything, she said.

    She went back to the Subway in question and spoke to the store's manager about the incident. He promised to make everything right -- but then, according to Brown, he stopped returning her calls. 

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    Four former college students who interned for Taco Bell's ad agency in the 1990s are pretty peeved these days. They claim the fast food chain restaurant didn't come up with the brilliant idea to fuse delicious Doritos with delicious taco shells -- they did. They say they entered a competition at the agency in 1995 and pitched the idea to create a taco shell made from Doritos chips. Their suggestions included naming it "Doritos Tacos" -- so much for originality -- charging 79 cents per taco, and hiring former Friends star Matthew Perry to star in advertisements. One intern even says the two flavors they pitched -- Nacho Cheese and Cool Ranch -- were the exact flavors Taco Bell ended up using.

    Um, 17 years later, that is.

    It seems the world just wasn't ready for such explosive flavors back in the '90s. Taco Bell waited nearly two decades to introduce its Doritos awesomeness -- but that fact hasn't kept the interns from insisting they deserve some credit.

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    Think today is going to be just another ordinary Tuesday? Think again, my friends. I have great news for you: April 8 is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's scoop shops! Everyone rejoice, for this is the day Ben & Jerry's thanks its fans by handing out free ice cream cones.

    But hold on, ice-screamers. Before you run out for your free cone, you'll need the 411 on this important day. And you'll need a strategy -- yes, a strategy. Here's your Free Cone Day Game Plan. Because this is super important, obviously. Hello, FREE ICE CREAM.

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    I will admit that there have been times I ordered coffee, and when the barista spelled my name wrong on the cup, I got annoyed. Not just an innocent misspelling, but a complete butchering. In the end, if the coffee tasted good, it no longer mattered. Why waste time getting angry at something so petty? One Starbucks customer, however, had something happen that really didn't sit well with her once she got her cup of coffee.

    When Louisiana schoolteacher Megan K. Pinion was served the two coffees she ordered, she discovered that the barista wrote out the numbers "666" in caramel on the froth of one of her lattes. And decorating the froth on the other cup was a pentagram.

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    I just want you all to know, I made a point of writing this post after lunchtime. And if you happen to be eating right now, I would strongly encourage you to put your fork down, swallow what's in your mouth, and grip the edge of your desk. Because: A woman found a lizard in her kale salad. But she didn't just find a lizard, as in a live lizard zipping in and out of the kale leaves. No, it's much worse than that. Robin Sandusky found just the head and an arm of the lizard.

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    Oh, these restaurants really, really do not want to pay for their employees' health insurance. Who came blame them? All this time, they've managed to get away with paying their employees so little that customers have to supplement their salaries. But now they actually have to pay into the Affordable Care Act so that employees might be able to have some health insurance for once. Woe! So what are they doing? Yes, they are passing that along to customers too. And whining about it. A restaurant chain called Gator's Dockside in Florida has implemented a 1 percent surcharge on all checks to help cover some of their ObamaCare compliance.

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