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Here's how to get free Chipotle today

Play a game and win free food. 

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 Chipotle lovers can score a free burrito, burrito bowl, salad or order of tacos by visiting the website for "Chipotle: A Love Story" and clicking "play now."

Users will be faced with a grid of 16 cards and a minute on the clock to match ingredients in a memory game. Click on the cards to flip them over and match garlic-to-garlic, cilantro-to-cilantro and so on. When users click the cards with additives, the time is reduced by five seconds every time they're clicked.

Even players who don't win the game have an opportunity to win the buy-one-get-one-free coupon. The coupon is valid until Nov. 30.

The game is based on the company's animated short film "A Love Story," which aims to show how, over time, competition between restaurants has caused food to become increasingly processed and filled with additives -- thus the reason the additives dock you valuable time in the game.

 

Chick-fil-A bringing back its original barbecue sauce

When the popular Atlanta-based chain replaced its classic barbecue sauce with the smokehouse barbecue sauce, some Chick-fil-A fans were not pleased.

But on Tuesday, the restaurant announced the return of the original sauce.

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"You asked for it, and we listened. The original Barbeque Sauce is coming back," the franchise posted on its website.

 

After fans' responses on social media, a few petitions against the smokehouse sauce and an all-out grassroots campaign to #BringBacktheBBQ, Chick-fil-A decided the good stuff is finally back.

The original sauce will replace the smokehouse flavor nationwide, Chick-fil-A announced in its Tuesday press release.

"We thought we were introducing a bold, new flavor you would love," the company told consumers. "We heard (your feedback), so we're bringing back the original Barbeque Sauce in November."

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Chipotle adds chorizo option to menu

Chipotle is now offering chorizo at locations across the country after finding success testing the product at select markets earlier this year.

The offering became widespread in the U.S. starting Oct. 4, National Taco Day.

"The reaction to chorizo in the cities that have had it has been overwhelmingly positive, so we're making it available in all of our restaurants across the country," said Chipotle founder, chairman and co-CEO Steve Ells.

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The fast food chain first tested the meat at Chipotle locations in Kansas City, Missouri; Ohio, New York City, California, Colorado and Washington, D.C.

According to the company, Chipotle's chorizo is made with a blend of pork and white-meat chicken and is seasoned with paprika, toasted cumin and chipotle peppers.

In June 2015, Chipotle's Corporate Chef Nate Appleman told The Kansas City Star that he had been been "beating the drum" for the company to offer chorizo for years.

"It was one of the first things I worked on,"he said. 

Customers can request chorizo in any of the company's burrito, taco, burrito bowl and salad offerings.

"Since we opened the first Chipotle 23 years ago, our menu has changed very little, and our focus has been on constantly improving the quality and taste of the food we serve," Ells said earlier this year. "While we have never been opposed to changing our menu, we only do so when we think there's an opportunity to add something that is really unique but that fits within our overall menu, and where we can find ingredients that meet our high standards."

Chipotle's chorizo has received mixed reviews.

Many customers haven't given rave reviews of the new addition.

One Facebook user called Chipotle's chorizo "disappointing," Business Insider employees called it "chewy" and "mediocre," yet "passable," and Insider described it as "dense and dry."

Other customers were fans of the new addition, calling it "amazing" and "darn good."

Some have described Chipotle's chorizo as "spicy."

Chick-fil-A 'statistically the most polite chain'

Betsi Flores contributed to this report.

Business Insider said Chick-fil-A is "statistically the most polite chain in the restaurant business," after a QSR Magazine report showed positive attributes of customer service at the chicken chain.

The annual drive-thru report, released Monday, showed employees made eye contact with customers 87.9 percent of the time, said "please" 61.8 percent of the time and had a pleasant demeanor 93.9 percent of the time. Employees also smiled 90.9 percent of the time and said "thank you" 95.2 percent of the time.

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The report included data from 15 fast food chains and data from 1,948 visits.

Among the other restaurants included were Arby's, Panera, McDonald's, KFC, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Burger King and Wendy's.

Employees at Chick-fil-A were the most likely of the 15 chains surveyed to say "please" and "thank you" and to smile at drive-thru customers.

The only chain that had workers more likely to have a pleasant demeanor than Chick-fil-A was PDQ, a Tampa-based company known for its chicken tenders. PDQ has locations in less than 10 states.

"It's all about speed and accuracy, but we know our customers appreciate that we can be nice while being fast and accurate," Mark Moraitakis, senior director of hospitality and service design, told QSR. "Eye contact and smiling go a long way in the drive-thru experience."

>> Chick-fil-A to test 5 new menu items, including quinoa bowls, healthy breakfast options

QSR said data was collected and tabulated by SeeLevel HX. 

For each visit to each restaurant, a trained data collection specialist surveyed the drive-thru lane and then entered the line the same as any other customer, QSR reported.

The company said a minor special request was also made with each order, such as requesting beverage with no ice.

Ferg’s Live 97X NBT Band search Official Rules

1. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN.  ALL U.S. FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

2. HOW TO ENTER: submit your band bio, a picture of your band, ALL of your bands Social Media links and 1 MP3 of a song you would want us to showcase, and a filled out copy of the application found at 97xonline.com.  In order to participate and win you must provide all the requested information.  Entries may also be accepted for drop off in person or mail your band’s entry package to: WSUN, Attn: 97X NBT Band Search, 11300 4th Street N. Suite 300, St. Petersburg, FL 33716.  Band entry packages will be accepted Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5:30pm beginning 9/6/16 and running through 5:30pm on 10/7/16.

On or around October 14th, 2016, Fifteen bands will be chosen as finalists by the staff of 97X.  These fifteen bands will be contacted by email and/or phone and invited to participate.  If a band chosen cannot fulfill the following duties requested, another band will be chosen to replace them. 97X reserves the right to select bands.

  • -Finalist band must be able to perform a 30-45 minute set on the Friday night assigned to them by 97X.
  • -If chosen as a Grand Prize Finalist, the band must be able to perform, if they win, at the 97X Next Big Thing, December 3rd, 2016.

On or around October 14th, 2016, the 97X NBT Band Search webpage at 97xonline.com will feature all fifteen bands and their bios, photos.  The page will also highlight the three bands that will performing each of the Friday at Ferg’s Live between 8 and 11pm on the following Fridays, October 21, October 28, November 4, November 11, and November 18.   On each of these Friday’s, three finalist bands will perform a 30-45 minute set.

On-site voting will occur at each of the Friday performances at Ferg’s Live.  Attendees will be given one entry form upon entry to the venue.  The entry form will list the three bands performing that night.  The total number of votes for both bands will be announced at the end of each Friday’s event (on or around 11pm) After all the Friday events, the band who received the most votes from their Friday event will be declared the winner of that night.    

The winning band must be able to perform, if they win, at the 97X Next Big Thing, December 3, 2016. Winning band must fit 97X brand requirements and is subject to approval by 97X.

3. ELIGIBILITY:  The “97X NBT Band Search” is open only to unsigned bands who reside in the following Florida counties: Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee, Hardee, Highlands, DeSoto, Sarasota, Charlotte. Employees of Cox Enterprises, Inc., Cox Radio, Inc., WSUN-FM, other radio stations, promotional sponsors, and all affiliated companies (and the immediate family members of all such employees, and all other with whom they are domiciled) are not eligible to participate in the contest or win prizes. The term, immediate families include spouses, grandparents, siblings, children, and grandchildren.  Bands must be available to perform the duties outlined above.  All bands agree to have their name, voice and/or likenesses, songs used in any advertising or broadcasting material related to this contest without any compensation or rights to royalties for such use. All participants are required to be courteous and respectful toward other participating musicians. Participants who fail to respect other musicians' performances will be subject to disqualification.

4. PRIZES:

  • The winning band(s) will receive a local band spot in the lineup for the 97X Next Big Thing, December 3, 2016 at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL. Winning band must fit 97X brand requirements and is subject to approval by 97X.

The Winning Band(s) will be announced on or around 11/21/2016. Winners will be determined by the number of votes received and are subject to 97X approval.  The Winners will be notified of prize via telephone.  

5. ODDS: The odds of being chosen as a finalist depend on the number of bands participating in the contest.  The odds of being chosen as one the two Finalist bands is 1:9.

6. WINNER NOTIFICATION AND ACCEPTANCE: Grand Prize winner has 30 days to pick up prize from Cox Radio Studios, located at 11300 4th St. N, Suite 300, St. Petersburg, FL 33716 during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. The Winner may waive his or her right to receive a prize. Prizes are non-assignable and non-transferable. Prizes will not be mailed to the winner. No substitutions allowed, except that prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability and WSUN-FM reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value.  The Winner is solely responsible for the reporting and payment of any taxes on prizes.  As a condition of receiving the contest prize, the Winner will be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility, and a liability and publicity release, which must be signed at the time the winner, claims his/her prize at the WSUN-FM Business Office.  Failure of to sign the affidavit or release, or to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules, may, at the sole discretion of WSUN-FM, and Cox Radio, Inc., result in winner's disqualification, the forfeiture of his or her interest in the prize. Except where prohibited, participation in the Contest constitutes the Winner's consent to the publication of his or her name and image in on-air promotional announcements and other promotional material from WSUN-FM, and Cox Radio, and on the Cox Radio Interactive Web sites, and to the inclusion of his or her name and image in any other related publications or Web sites for any commercial or promotional purpose, without limitation or additional compensation.  The Winner's list may be obtained by sending a request with self-addressed, stamped envelope to 11300 4th St. N. Suite 300, St. Petersburg, FL 33716 or they may viewed online on 97xonline.com.

7. PARTICIPATION:  Participation in the Contest constitutes an agreement by each contestant to comply with these Official Rules.  WSUN-FM, and Cox Radio, Inc. reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest if it determines, in its sole discretion, that fraud or technical failures have destroyed the integrity of the Contest.

8. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY:  By entering the Contest, contestant agrees that (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Contest but in no event attorneys' fees; and (3) under no circumstances will any contestant be permitted to obtain any award for, and contestant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and/or any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.

9. CONSTRUCTION:   All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the contestant and Cox Radio, Inc. in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of Florida, or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Florida.  The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.  In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these rules shall otherwise remain in effect and be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.

10. GENERAL RELEASE: By entering the Contest, contestants release WSUN-FM, Cox Radio, any other promotional sponsors, and each of their respective parents, affiliated companies, directors, officers, employees, representatives and agents from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Contest or with the acceptance, possession, or use of any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light).

11. The “97X NBT Band Search” is sponsored by WSUN-FM, Cox Radio, Inc., 11300 4th St. N, Suite 300, St. Petersburg, FL 33716, whose decisions regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of Contest shall be final and binding in all respects.  WSUN-FM, and/or Cox Radio, Inc., will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other Contest materials. If you have any questions regarding this Contest, please contact the Promotions and Marketing Department, WSUN-FM via email evander.lipps@coxinc.com or mail at the above listed address.

 

 

5 ways to celebrate National Taco Day

Taco lovers, rejoice: It's National Taco Day, and restaurants across the country are celebrating with freebies, deals and other fun offers.

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The Big Twenty Countdown

Judah and the Lion is the hottest song at 97X…#1 for three weeks in a row!  Will the boys from Nashville make it four weeks?

1 Judah & The Lion Take It All Back #1 for 3 weeks in a row! 2 Empire of the Sun High & Low up 5 spots! 3 The Naked & Famous Higher NBT Band! 4 The 1975 Somebody Else NBT Band! 5 Twenty One Pilots Heathens 3 straight #1s 5.5 Kings of Leon Waste A Moment Vote if you dig! 6 Borns American Money   7 COIN Talk Too Much NBT Band! 8 Phantogram You Don't Get Me High NBT Band! 9 X Ambassadors Low Life Back on the charts! 10 Lewis Del Mar Painting (Masterpiece) NBT Band! 10.5 Andrew McMahon Fire Escape Vote if you dig! 11 The Head & The Heart All We Ever Knew   12 Coldplay Hymn For The Weekend Debut 13 Bastille Good Grief Back on the charts! 14 888 Critical Mistakes NBT Band! 15 Blink 182 Bored To Death 2 time #1 / Biggest Fall of Week 15.5 Zipper Club Going The Distance Vote if you dig! 16 Weathers Happy Pills   17 Grouplove Welcome to your life   18 Jimmy Eat World Sure & Certain Debut 19 Saint Motel Move   20 Kaleo Way Down We Go  

Here's why Chipotle doesn't sell queso

Moe's, Willy's, Barberito's, Chipotle and Qdoba all offer similar items -- menus laden with burrito products and other Tex-Mex options.

 

But one of those is not like the other. 

 

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Chipotle differs from the other restaurants in that it does not sell cheese dip. 

 

And many customers aren't happy about it.

 

 

 

 

So why not sell the liquid gold?

 

A video released by the fast food chain says that the company stands by producing "food with integrity" and that queso, which has to be made with "artificial stabilizers" to keep the cheese in liquid form, does not fall under the chain's quality standards.

 

"Ever head of all natural liquid goopey cheese?" a faux marketing representative asks in the video. "Do you think there's a cow that squirts queso out of its udders?"

 

 

link at the end of the video offers viewers to read more information about Chipotle's dairy standards.

 

Chemical stabilizers are needed to keep cheese at a semi-liquid state for queso and to prevent it from becoming too thin or too thick. Artificial colors are often added as well. 

 

"Queso is something that we do get requests for from time to time, but it's very difficult to do it in a way that is consistent with our food philosophy," Chris Arnold, Chipotle's communications director, told MUNCHIES in June. "To make queso in a way that is stable on the service line pretty much requires artificial ingredients (such as stabilizers to keep its consistency). That's just not what we do."

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