@ForkReporter Helps Us Become Wine Experts & Break Down Extreme Meals

We've all been there.  

We walk into the store with big plans to buy the best bottle of wine.  The perfect bottle that will finally satisfy your in-laws.  The perfect bottle to cap off that date with the girl that is way out of your league.  The perfect bottle to help you forget your long week at work (well, any bottle works for that...).

Then you see it.

The wine aisle.

Bottle after bottle.

Each one staring back at you, just reminding you that you don't know jack squat about wine.

It is hopeless.  You're destined to get it wrong.  Again.

Then you remember.

You have a secret weapon.


Vivino is an app that allows you to snap a picture of a wine label and instantly receive ratings, average retail prices, tasting notes, and recommended food pairings.

Vivino was created by a man just like you, a man that didn't know anything wine, a man named Heini Zachariassen.  

The only difference?  Zachariassen was tired of not knowing.

He said, "We had a problem that needed solving: I want to drink better wine but I don't know s**t about wine."

So he created Vivino.

After a couple years of growing the database, the app has now been downloaded 25 million times, and users have scanned almost 425 million wine labels and have issued 72 million ratings.

So get up.  Go to the store.  Walk down the aisle.  Be a wine expert.

Impress those in-laws.  Get the girl.  Forget your problems.

Read the full story at CNN

If you are a calorie counter and are easily influenced by food, just stop reading now.  Trust me.  The rest of this is going to be very, very bad for you.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is a Washington, D.C.-based food watchdog and consumer advocacy group, and they have released their annual "Xtreme Eating Awards."

These are the meals that will instantly kill that 2,000 calories a day diet that you've been working so hard to stay under.

Let's dive in.

- Buffalo Wild Wings' Cheese Curd Bacon Burger


A burger topped with Wisconsin cheddar cheese curds, bacon, and a mayonnaise-based "cool heat sauce."

Add the fries and it sits at a nice 1,950 calories.

- Texas Roadhouse's 16 oz. Prime Rib

Just the meat by itself, just the actual piece of cow, is already 1,570 calories.

Don't forget the sides, though.  You get two of them.

Add a loaded sweet potato and a Caesar salad and you get 2,820 calories.

- The Cheesecake Factory's Flying Gorilla

It's a chocolate banana milkshake. 


Well, they do combine banana liqueur with a 20-ounce Budweiser and five scoops of Breyers Chocolate ice cream.

Add it all up and it hits a sweet 950 calories.

Not so boring, is it?

- Chili's Ultimate Smokehouse Combo

First, pick three meats.  Items like chicken crispers, ribs, and sausage.  Combine that with roasted sweet corn, homestyle fries, chili-garlic toast, and garlic dill pickles and you have a nice tally of 2,440 calories.

Fun fact, Oscar may or may not have eaten this entire meal, by himself, under a month ago.  

(He swears he wouldn't eat it again after knowing the numbers.  Suuuuurrrreeee.  'Cause they don't have the numbers on the menu already.)

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