Cadbury Creme Eggs Restaurant Opens

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What animal lays the Cadbury creme egg? I don't want to know. I am satisfied that it is a wonderful animal.

You can do anything with a Cadbury creme egg, including deep frying it, making a Scotch egg, a toad-in-a-hole, or eggs Benedict. It's Nature's perfect food, so I'm glad that Cadbury has chosen to open a restaurant in London that serves it in everything.

The Evening Standard described the project in January:

The ground floor is designed for those busy egg-ophiles who are short on time, and will serve Creme Egg toasties to go. Yes, you read right, that’s: Creme. Egg. Toasties. They’ll sell for just £2 a pop.

Up on the first floor there’ll be more of a restaurant vibe, with four Creme Egg dishes on offer to eat in. As well as the toasties, these will include: egg and soldiers, Creme Egg tray bake, and strawberries and creme (egg).

All dishes on the first floor will cost £4, which we'd say is well worth shelling out for the novelty alone. Tea, coffee and water will be available — no Creme Egg cocktails, alas.

On the second floor there will be an interactive ball pool — which, as far as we’re aware, won’t contain any actual Creme Eggs. It's a good opportunity for adults to splash around in a ball pool without scaring little kids and alarming their parents, though.

-via NotCot


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Chocolate Orange Armadillo

Miss Insomnia Tulip of the internet-famous Lou Lou P’s Delights bakery makes amazing pastries that look like real objects, such as naked Burt Reynolds and naked David Hasselhoff. But she can do more than just show aging male celebrities undressed with cake. Her most recent project is a chocolate orange. She reveals hidden in its form an armadillo curled up to protect itself from your appetite.


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Bacon-Wrapped Deep Fried Twinkies

It's just basic science: any food can be improved by adding bacon and/or deep-frying. Amy of the wonderful food blog Oh, Bite It evidences this fact continously.

Her latest demonstration is the ideal breakfast food: Twinkies, wrapped in bacon, then deep fried. It's the right way to start the day, especially if you eat them as I do: with powdered sugar and chocolate syrup on top.


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Deep Fried Pikachu

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Which Pokémon would taste the best? This is the source of long speculation by fans of the game and anime franchise. But it's remained speculation because first you've gotta catch 'em all.

An enterprising company in South Korea is getting started on actual research. Kotaku reports that you can buy Pikachu meat patties. You can order them online or in restaurants.

What does Pikachu taste like? Apparently like pork.

-via Technabob


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A Collection Of Really Good Ideas

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The internet is full of bad content, bad people, and really, really bad ideas, but there's actually just as much good stuff to be found there if you're willing to dig around in the muck for a while.

That's why it's fortunate so many sites like to dig around for us, compiling their findings into a healthy collection of info nuggets for our brains to gobble up via our eyeballs.

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In this case, the nuggets are pictures depicting some really good ideas for businesses, spotted while out in the real world, ideas like a kid sized door for your Dairy Queen.

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Some of the ideas are fun, others are absolute game changers that we shouldn't have had to live without for so long, like this grocery store that lets you buy a "Walkin' Around Beer" for a buck. Now that's grocery shopping in style!

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See 27 Actually Good Ideas at BuzzFeed


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24 Things You’ll Find In Every Hipster Restaurant

11. The word “artisan” just thrown in at random throughout the menu

Let's say you find yourself on vacation, walking hungrily through the streets of a trendy district. You're in the mood for... a small plate of something. Maybe some childhood comfort food updated with edible flowers and shaved Brussels sprouts, artfully woven into place by an intense man with an equally intense beard. 

Suffice it to say if the above is what you're hankerin' for, you'll need to know the sure signs of a hipster establishment. One in which an egg isn't good enough. It's where you'll only find fresh farm eggs from free range chicksters.

This article has what you're looking for. It's a hipster restaurant blueprint, and it will supply you with 24 signs to keep you walking (and eventually eating) in the right direction. 


 4. Tables that were never meant to be tables.

14. Really f***ing expensive versions of food you ate as a child.
     Mac and cheese. Grilled cheese. Hot dogs. Cereal. etc. 


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13 Copycat Burger Recipes You Can Easily Make at Home

The Faux Cheval Burger | Image and recipe: O&O Eats

As game day approaches, some of us are hosting friends and family and whipping up an appetizing spread for buffet tables. Others have been asked to bring a dish to contribute to gatherings hosted by friends. Such buffet offerings are a highlight of parties like these, both for people who love sports and, especially, for their spouses or children who have limited interest in them. 

One dish that's a winner with many is a juicy burger. While some people have developed their own unique methods for burger making, those who haven't cannot go wrong with a well-executed knock off of a beloved chain burger. Something realiably scrumptious, such as Shake Shack. The linked article contains recipe imitations of burgers from Shake Shack, Red Robin, Au Cheval, Smashburger and more. Give it a look and see if there's a juicy temptation for you within. 


The "Fake Shack" Shake Shack Burger | Image and recipe:  Smitten Kitchen


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Green Tea Chocolate-Covered Potato Chips Exist

Casey Baseel of Rocket News 24 brings us excellent news: it’s no long necessary to mix your own green tea chocolate, then pour it in precisely measured lines over ruffled potato chips. It’s possible to buy whole bags of prepared green tea chocolate-covered ruffled potato chips, thus saving you from a good half hour of work every day.

Baseel taste-tested the results and said that they smell not just like green tea, but specifically like the Uji matcha variety of green tea grown in Kyoto. That’s good because we’re not crude savages who give no thought to keeping up appearances in respectable society. Baseel continues:

With the chocolate kept to moderate quantities, the first taste sensation is a salty one, like a normal potato chip. After that, though, there’s a mellowing sweetness, pleasant but in no way cloying. The layer of chocolate is just think enough to slightly soften the crispness but also provide some moisture.


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Fluffy Omurice with Jun and Haku

After a trip to the grocery store, Jun (previously at Neatorama) cooks an omelet with chicken and rice while Haku watches respectfully from the top of the refrigerator. I wish my knives were that sharp, maybe I'd try that trick of rendering the chicken skin instead of using pre-skinned chicken as a shortcut. No way would my cats behave so well when chicken is on the menu.

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It was hard to decide whether this should go into the Neatolicious sub-blog or the Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly sub-blog. While I got into the video because of the cat, I ended up hungry, so it goes with the recipes.  -via reddit


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The Origins Of Fifteen Strange Southern Dish Names

Southern food is known for being extremely filling, utterly delicious and often strangely named, with some of the names making a delicious dish actually sound disgusting.

Take chit'lins for example- sounds gross, tastes great, but who would think to draw a connection between this dish and Medieval England?

Chitterlings (deep fried pork intestines) date back to at least the 1400s, and while the dish comes from England it's rarely eaten there today.

Livermush is a surprisingly good mélange made of pork liver, head meat and cornmeal that's fried up and served in a sandwich or with some eggs and potatoes.

It sounds a bit like something you'd wipe off your shoe after a trip to the slaughter house, but in this case the transparency is like meatloaf- a description of what goes into the dish.

And before you get too creeped out to read on please note- there are no puppies used in the making of hush puppies.

See The Origins Of 15 Crazy Southern Food Names at mental_floss


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14 Things You May Not Know About Gordon Ramsay


Gordon Ramsay, aside from crafting his take on haute cuisine, has also carved for himself an image that's more rough and tumble than most celebrity chefs. If you think he's the chef that's most likely to cuss you out in any given scenario, you're likely right.

But that way of living has apparently kept him on the receiving end of some rough surprises himself. The linked listing of fourteen different facts about Gordon Ramsay spills at least one, such as the time he was threatened at gunpoint during a shoot:

5. He Was Once Threatened at Gunpoint While Filming.
While working on The Big Fish Fight in Costa Rica, Ramsay and his crew devoted an episode to investigating fishermen who were illegally killing and selling sharks to make shark fin soup. The crew climbed aboard a fishing boat, only for Ramsay to find a sack of shark fins hidden under the ship's hull while he was swimming. When he threw the sack on board and called the fishermen out, an argument erupted, leading some men to point rifles at them when they got to the dock to pressure them to stop filming. Ultimately, the police urged them to leave the country. "They said, 'if you set foot in there, they'll stab you,'" Ramsay recalls.

But that doesn't mean Ramsay isn't in touch with his "softer side." For example:

3. He Believes in the Power of a Good Cry.
"I think crying is important," he told Fox News. "Not crying, not showing that emotion, bottling it up can lead to dangerous things." Ramsay has no problem with the contestants—who are often as young as 8 or 9 years old—on Masterchef Junior crying on the show, though he admits that it's hard to see them get upset over their mistakes.

Read more facts about Ramsay here.


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Chef Recreates Epic Mexican Meal From ZZ Top Album Tres Hombres

As a kid I remember cracking open my father's copy of ZZ Top's 1973 album Tres Hombres, opening the gatefold sleeve to check out that classic pic of the world's most heavy duty Mexican food meal.

The picture was intriguing and raised many questions in my mind- Did ZZ Top eat this epic meal after the picture was taken? How much of that cheese and beer foam ended up stuck in their fabulous beards?

And, most nagging of them all- why does this picture make me so hungry?

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Sadly, those questions remain unanswered, but now thanks to Austin, Texas based chef and ZZ Top fan Thomas Micklethwait we get to see what went in to creating that epic spread, and how the whole thing tastes.

ZZ Top's singer-guitarist Billy Gibbons thought it sounded like a delicious project, saying "It's crazy – absolutely nuts, I stand in awe of what he's accomplished."

-Via Rolling Stone

I stand in awe of what he's accomplished. I have to hand it to him, he recreated every last element that you see in the centerfold with exacting detail. It's rather remarkable.

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Valentine's Day Cookie Recipes That Will Win You Points With Your Sweetie

Cherry chocolate macarons | Image and recipe: Annie's Eats

I could say that one sure way to both a woman and a man's heart is through their stomach. And you could argue with me. But tell me... if you surprised your significant other with a plate of some of the sweet offerings pictured here, would it put them in a bad mood? Unless there are special circumstances in the mix, the answer is likely "no." In fact, if a guy who rarely took he lead in the kitchen gave me a batch of these (generally easy-to-whip-up) cookies, I'd probably look at him as if he just moved heaven and Earth. So in case you're looking for a way to sweeten Valentine's day for you and your sweetie, or even if you're flying solo and you want to sweeten that deal, take a look at some of these delicious cookies. Visit this page to get all of the recipes. 

Peanut butter sweethearts | Image and recipe: Sally's Baking Addiction

 Red velvet cream cheese thumbprint cookies | Image and recipe: Something Swanky

Red velvet oreos | Image and recipe: Something Swanky
 


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Sake-Flavored Kit Kat Contains Actual Alcohol

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Japan is crazy for Kit Kat chocolate bars and that nation is home to numerous flavors that Americans might find unusual, including soy sauce and green tea. Now residents of Japan can get Kit Kat bars flavored with rice wine. They consist of 0.08% alcohol, so you will need to eat a lot of them in order to get a real sake experience. I humbly volunteer for that task.

You can read more about these new Kit Kats at Kotaku.


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Vegemite Cheesecake

Ah, Vegemite! The yeast extract that is a popular food in Australia is less well-known in the United States. What does it taste like? Food blogger Ben Starr says that “a fingerful of Vegemite is like a meaty, salty punch in the face.”

So it would therefore make the ideal basis for a cheesecake. Chef Billy Law made one. He says that you shouldn’t judge it until you’ve tried it because “salt brings out the sweetness in food, and this works the same way: the salty Vegemite enhances the sweetness of the cheesecake.”

-via Lost at E Minor


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Ten Charts That Will Make You A Beef Expert

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According to the Cattleman's Beef Board and National Cattleman's Beef Association Beef is "What's For Dinner", and whether you like it ground up, pan fried, grilled, broiled or tartare there's one thing you can count on- beef always tastes mighty beefy.

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But eating beef is just the beginning of the meat-stravaganza, because knowing how the cow became a bunch of different cuts in the butcher's case is just as important for the carne connoisseur as knowing how to cook your favorite cut.

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Lifehack has put together an incredibly informative collection of 10 Graphs To Make You A Beef Expert In 5 Minutes,where you can gather some tasty info and dazzle your fellow filet fans at the next BBQ!


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Video From 1980 Proves Some Mormons Live In Constant Fear Of Coffee

Evil comes in all shapes and sizes, from the mighty demons that crawl out of sinkholes and destroy whole towns to that wicked cup of coffee you drink in the morning.

That's right- we're all starting our days with a steaming hot cup of sin, at least according to the Mormon church, and if you think their views on polygamy are a gas get a load of this riveting short film showing how evil is brewing around every corner.

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Miss Robinson may have avoided temptation and stayed in the Mormon church's good graces, but what hope do the rest of us have if we can't get going without a cup of pure black evil in the morning?

Thanks a lot Hard-To-Find Mormon Videos, now I regret selling my soul to Folgers!

-Via Boing Boing


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Gold-Coated Haggis Costs $5,700


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And it's worth every penny!

As we all know, haggis is the world's finest food. And if it's possible to improve upon perfection, then the haggis makers at Macsween have done it.

January 25 is Burns Night, an annual celebration of the Scottish poet Robert Burns, as well as all that is the good life, such as warm haggis, quality scotch, and bagpipe music. In short, it's an annual celebration of Scottish culture.

To mark the occasion, Macsweens has produced a line of haggis that comes with edible gold bits that you can sprinkle on top. The Scotsman reports:

With a price tag of £4,000, the beloved fixture of any Burns Supper has been handcrafted to the Macsween family recipe but with an infusion of rare ingredients which have been sourced from Scotland and the far corners of the globe.

The list includes Highland Wagyu beef, raised on a Perthshire farm where all cattle has its own name; white summer truffle from France, considered ‘diamonds of the kitchen’ by chefs the world over; and black pepper (tellicherry) from India, which can only be grown at a latitude of 2,000-3,000 feet above sea level.

-via Atlas Obscura


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Can You Guess What Names These Baristas Are Trying To Spell?

Writing a name coherently on the side of a cup is definitely not a prerequisite skill for baristas, which is why I always tell them my name is Frank, because it's hard to muck that one up.

But some baristas have a real knack for turning a perfectly ordinary and easy to read name into a illegible jumble of letters or a bizarre new word nobody has ever heard of.

If you think you've got the code breaking skills to figure out barista handwriting then you should take the Can You Guess What Names These Baristas Were Trying To Spell? quiz here.

Some of them are really hard to figure out, but they'll all make you wonder what those coffee fumes are doing to their minds!


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Cat Croissants

Miss Insomnia Tulip of the bakery Lou Lou P's Delights bakes works of art. In the past we've seen loaves of bread that look like cats and pugs and David Hasselhoff naked, as well as a chocolate eclair that looks like Burt Reynolds naked.

Now, continuing in her theme of unsettlingly cute breads, she brings us croissants that look like cats. Yes, I know what the top one is doing.


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The Most Popular Fast Food Chicken Sandwiches, Ranked

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Recently, the hamburger and shake heaven known as Shake Shack announced that it would offer a fried chicken sandwich, and fast foodies rejoiced. Once the item was available for taste testing, a number of food site and other "experts" did just that.

In this article from Delish, the breaded chicken sandwich offerings of popular fast food restaurants are taste tested and ranked. Descriptions and reasons for the decisions accompany the rankings. Check out the results here. If you happen to like the occasional fast food chicken sandwich and have tried some or all of the contenders, let us know how you feel about their findings in the comment section, if you're so inclined. 


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Deep Fried Peanut Butter Balls

Amy of the marvelous food blog Oh, Bite It understands that everything is better after it's been deep fried. In the past, she's deep fried bacon-covered Oreos, an entire Thanksgiving dinner, candy corn, and tequila

Her most recent project advances the science of deep frying even further. It's a remarkably simple recipie. Amy wrapped globs of peanut butter in canned crescent roll dough, fried them, then sprinkled on powdered sugar. Yummy!


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Massive Ball of Deep Fried Nutella and Ice Cream Covered with Caramel

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First, pour salted caramel over the ball . . .

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McDonald's Will Offer Chocolate-Covered French Fries


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Welp, it's time to pack and move to Japan. Actually, there's no need to pack because the only thing that you truly need is already there. Rocket News 24 reports that McDonald's restaurants in Japan will offer to customers French fries as Nature intended: covered with chocolate sauce.

They're called McChocolate Potatoes. Servings go on sale on January 26 for about $2.75 or your first born child. They come dripped with both regular chocolate, white chocolate, and love.


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The Greens Prepare Strange Recipes From The 50s

You've probably heard about strange recipes from the 40s and 50s, dishes like lime cheese salad, lobster relish or ham and banana hollandaise that seem too repulsive to eat.

Well, not all retro recipes are repulsive, nor do they all call for Jell-O gelatin, because as Hank and Katherine Green from the vlogbrothers YouTube channel discovered some are just plain bland!

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Thankfully Hank and Katherine are adventurous eaters willing to make, and taste test, some of the strange recipes found in a neat old newspaper clipping cookbook Katherine inherited from her grandmother. 

I had Mexican chop suey once...at a Chinese restaurant in Tijuana!

-Via Laughing Squid


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Can You Tell Why People Are Drawn To This Hot Dog Challenge?

Most hot dog challenges involve shoving dozens of hot dogs down your throat in front of a cheering crowd, but this video by Howard Lee of Aberystwyth, Wales features a different kind of hot dog challenge.

The challenge here is to figure out which hot dog is real and which is a photo realistic drawing:

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And here's a collection of Howard's 10 most impressive, photo realistic illustrations complete with time lapse of the drawing process, to further showcase Howard's amazing drawing skills.

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-Via Daily Mail


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Mozzarella and Marinara Shots

Natasha of the food blog Through the Eyes of My Belly has started publishing her work very recently. It was only last week that she introduced herself to the people of the internet with her bacon and chocolate shot glasses.

I expect to see only wonderful things from Natasha. She's promptly followed up on that culinary marvel with edible shots made of mozzarella cheese and filled with marinara sauce.

To make them, first, she cut a block of mozzarella into large chunks with hollowed-out tops. She rolled these in flour, washed them in egg, then rolled them again in bread crumbs. After freezing them solid for 2 hours, she deep fried the cheese chunks and filled them with marinara sauce. Yummy!

-via Foodiggity


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29 Ways To Hack Your College Dining Hall

I’m starting to understand why college meal plans cost so much. Once upon a time, when I was in college, we thought we were clever for mixing coffee and hot chocolate for an after-dinner drink. My roommate would cut up boiled eggs (the “vegetarian” substitute) to make egg salad sandwiches when she didn’t like the entree. But that’s nothing compared to some of the recipes college students have devised using ingredients found in modern dining halls. How about Cream Cheese French Toast with “Caramelized” Bananas? Pizza Panini? Tater Tot Grilled Cheese? That’s good eating. Shown here is a Waffle Breakfast Sandwich. Find the recipe for it at Spoon University. And see the entire list of dining hall recipes at Buzzfeed. 

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To Enter This Speakeasy You Have To Go Through An Adult Bookstore

The speakeasy trend is still going strong, but nowadays these "secret" drinking spots don't need to hide because of Prohibition laws- they're just using a gimmick to attract adventurous patrons.

But don't get me wrong, gimmicks can be fun as long as they enhance the experience, and a fun gimmick can really set the mood!

A new speakeasy in Los Angeles called Adults Only requires patrons to make their way through a video store to the adult section, where they can head behind the curtain and drink in the lap of old time luxury.

The juxtaposition of cheeky entrance and classy interior makes for a memorable speakeasy experience, and the video store isn't actually in operation so you don't have to feel like a pervert walking into the place!

-Via LAist


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Woman Has DUI Charges Dropped Due To Auto-Brewery Syndrome

I'm sure most drivers charged with a DUI claim they "only had a few" when they're arrested, but a recent court case proves sometimes they're telling the truth- because they suffer from Auto-brewery syndrome.

Auto-brewery syndrome causes food and drinks to ferment in their stomachs, which can cause blood alcohol content levels to spike and result in a misreading.

A schoolteacher from upstate New York recently had her DUI charges dismissed when she submitted medical proof that her BAC was 4 times over the legal limit due to this strange syndrome.

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Doctors monitored the woman for a day and discovered her average BAC was .34, four times the legal limit in New York, even though she didn't drink a drop of alcohol.

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