10 Secret Menu Items You Should Know About

by Eden on December 16, 2014

There’s a certain thrill we get when ordering from a secret menu at chain restaurants. We feel like insiders, part of some sort of exclusive club that knows about delicious possibilities behind the counter. Thanks to social media and blabber mouths, these “secret menu” items are no longer much of a secret.

Here are ten of the most delectable secret menu items. Just make sure your arteries remain unclogged by the end of this list.

 

  1. Chipotle’s Quesorito

Chipotle’s Quesorito is a hybrid of a quesadilla and a burrito. It’s made by making a traditional quesadilla, loaded with burrito fillings, and rolled up into the shape of a burrito. If the cashiers look at you like you’re crazy when you order the “Quesorito” (which is also super fun to pronounce), just ask for a cheese quesadilla to be used as the “shell” for your Burrito.

  1. Chipotle’s Nachos

Chipotle’s nachos are one of their most famous secret menu options. Although not advertised, Chipotle employees will usually happily prepare them. Just ask for a bowl of fresh Chipotle tortilla chips covered in cheese, beans, meat, vegetables, and whichever salsas you’d like. Although not as portable as their classic burrito, the nachos are great for sharing (although you probably won’t want to).

 

  1. McDonald’s Chicken McGriddle

The McDonald’s Chicken McGriddle breakfast sandwich is basically the McGriddle sandwich with a fried chicken patty in place of the sausage. Perfect for when you want to get a chicken and waffles fix at McDonald’s. Just ask for a “Chicken McGriddle”  and if the McDonald’s employee’s don’t understand, ask for a McChicken patty sandwiched between two McGriddle Cakes. I’ve never tries this cholesterol catastrophe myself, but word around the street it’s semi-decent for McDonald’s standards.

 

  1. Jamba Juice’s Gummi Bear Smoothie

For when we want something sweeter than a smoothie, Jamba Juice has us covered. This candy flavored smoothie contains a combination of mango juice, soymilk, a scoop of lime, raspberry, orange and pineapple sherbets –and mangos.

 

  1. Five Guys’ Patty Melt

Sometimes we feel like throwing caution to the wind and indulge a little and Five Guys has our artery clogging fix! Their Patty Melt usually consists of melted cheese, grilled onions, and a burger all sandwiched between two slices of bread, then grilled up on a frying pan or flat griddle like a classic grilled cheese sandwich. To really freak out cardiologists, Five Guys let’s us order as many Hamburger Patties as we want. Perfect for when we’re craving a grilled bun texture of a grilled cheese sandwich with a hankering for some meat.

  1. Dairy Queen’s Midnight Truffle Blizzard

This Blizzard used to be DQ’s Blizzard of the Month options a while back, but we can still order it! The Midnight Truffle consists of dark cocoa fudge, vanilla soft serve, and bits of truffle.

 

  1. Burger King’s “Frings”

Sometimes we’re faced with the tough decision of choosing between fries or onion rings. Thankfully, Burger King offers a solution to this fast food dilemma by letting us get the best of both worlds. Their “Frings” are simply a half order of fries and a half order of onion rings.  If the cashiers are confused when you ask for “frings”, just ask for a half order of fries and onion rings.

 

  1. Starbuck’s Twix Frappuccino

If you’re craving something richer and more diabetic inducing than the standard frappuccino, Starbucks has something to offer. Their secret Twix Frappuccino is basically an intensely rich version of their Caramel Frappuccino with extra caramel and hazelnut syrups, mocha chips, and extra caramel drizzle.

 

  1. Sonic’s Pickle-O’s

The Pickle-O’s used to be featured on Sonic’s menu but were eventually discontinued. Luckily, most locations will gladly fry up these crispy battered pickle slices for our pickled pleasure.

  1. In-N-Out’s Root Beer Float

Nearly everyone knows about In-N-Out’s infamous Animal Style. So try one of their other secret menu specialties and indulge in their root beer float. This isn’t your average float, it’s actually a vanilla shake mixed with root beer. If the In-N-Out staff won’t make it, just order a milkshake and root

beer and split it up yourself. Pair’s perfectly with their other secret items and a warm sunny day.

Do you know of any secret menu items you no longer want to keep a secret? SHARE THEM, DAMMIT! We deserve the right to raise our cholesterol!

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Sites That Turn Your Old Clothes Into Cash

by Eden on December 10, 2014

Go look in your closet.

Go, do it!

Did it? No really, put down your phone/laptop/iPad and just DO IT!

I bet after a good look at your clothes, you’ll realize you probably wear 60% of it. That 40% that’s just sitting there collecting dust when you can easily turn it into cash. I decided to try out and review some sites that let you turn your closet into cash. YAY MONEY!

1. Tradesy


I’ve actually used this site to sell my clothes a many times with great success. I actually currently have a few listings too (you can check them out and even purchase them if you wish here). Tradesy has a nice, crisp layout and you can browse by brand. My favorite aspect of it is that their guidelines are not super strict and it’s not strictly designers (all my Lululemon tops that I’ve listed sold very quickly!).  Tradesy gives you a complete control over how much you want to list your items and they even retouch the images of the items you list to help them look professional. When someone buys your item, you get and email, confirm the sale, and Tradesy sends you a shipping kit. All you have to do it put your item inside and drop it at the post office. The best part is that Tradesy only takes 9% of each sale which is much less than other sites.

 2.Poshmark

Poshmark takes a more social media centered approach in the sense that you can follow someone else’s closet and it’s got a major app component. You can sell, shop, and even throw a virtual “shopping party” with your friends (although personally none of my friends would think I’m really weird if I invited them to something like that). It has some familiarity cause its like following someone on Twitter or Instagram.  On each sale you make on Poshmark, you keep 80% of the sale price — but Poshmark sends you a shipping label.

 

3.ASOS Marktplace

This site lets you open up your own little boutique where you can sell that vintage dress you got ages ago but never ended up wearing it very often. Basically, you can open up your own little virtual thrift shop, kind of like Etsy. The only catch is that ASOS takes a 10% commission on the sale price. However, I do feel this site is very popular and there’s lot o great stuff that you can find and sell pretty much anything.

 

4.Twice

Twice has more of a hands-on approach in that they do most of the work for you. Perfect if you’re too busy to fuss to much over selling your stuff. You send them your clothes (you can print out a shipping label from the site) and they measure and photograph everything to sell to other users. The site has a calculator that will tell you what to expect to earn from a type of item (such as jeans) from a certain brand (like Levi’s vs Old Navy etc). You have less control over the process than you would with a site like Threadflip or Tradesy — but you are ensured to clean out your closet.

 

5. Shop-Hers.com

Shop-Hers is rather selective in that they only accept designer brands. You have the freedom to set your own prices, but they will charge you an 18% transaction fee for each item sold. I have never used it personally, but the layout is simple and I’ve heard people successfully sell their goods.

 

6. ThreadUp

This site is more like a consignment store. They buy directly from users and resells to buyers. They do make the whole process very easy; they send a clean-out bag, so all you need to do is fill it up and send it off with your mailman (and it ships back free), and then they just handle everything from there. The convenience means that sellers take a lower cut, earning a maximum of 80% of the resale price and like many other sites listed, they have rather strict guidelines on what brands it will accept, and what amount of wear.

 

There you have it.

Now, go sell those pants you thought were a good idea at the time.

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