Keep Calm and Cheat On

 

Happy National Cheat Day, foodies! Every 4th Thursday in January we’ll be celebrating a guilt-free day of enjoying our favorite foods. One of the best foods to cheat with is our famous burger, The Cheesy Todd. Check out when Jesse Palmer from Good Morning America visited us to try it here, and learn how to make it at home with our recipe below.

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Ingredients

Mac & Cheese Bun Ingredients:

1/2 tbsp salt

1/2 gal water

3 cups dry macaroni

1 cans (12 oz) condensed milk

3 cups mixed cheddar cheese

1/2 cup pickled jalapeño (rough chop)

1/2 cup cooked Nueske’s bacon (rough chop)

Breading Ingredients:

3 cups all purpose flour

3 cups egg whites

3 cups panko

Assembly Ingredients:

2 mac & cheese buns lightly deep fried

1 6 oz 80/20 beef patty grilled to desired temperature

1 slice red onion

2 slices tomato

1/4 cup shredded leaf lettuce

3 pieces thinly sliced pickle

1 each 6 inch long bamboo skewer

Preparation

Mac N’ Cheese Buns:

Bring 1/2 gallon of water to a boil that has been seasoned with salt. Cook until al dente (about 8-10 minutes) strain and reserve.

In a separate pot, bring condensed milk to a low simmer. Add cheddar cheese and mix until smooth. Add jalapeño and bacon, then continue to mix until combination is thoroughly mixed. Now add cooked pasta and mix until all ingredients all well blended. Pour mixture directly onto a ½ sheet pan and spread mixture all the way to the corners until even. Refrigerate 2-3 hours until completely cool. This can be made a day or two in advance. With a 3 ½ inch ring mold (cookie cutter will work), cut circles out of mac & cheese mix and set aside.

Breading the Mac N’ Cheese:

Using three separate pans, place flour in one, egg white in another, and panko in the last. Take your mac & cheese disc and lightly flour all sides, then place into egg whites and coat all sides completely. Shake off excess and place in panko, pushing down lightly so breadcrumbs stick. (Note: It is a good idea to keep one hand free of wet ingredients to do the final coating of panko on disk. Make sure your mac & cheese discs are chilled before breading so they hold their shape better.)

Frying the Mac N’ Cheese:

In a deep pot with high temperature thermometer, bring 1 gallon of peanut oil to 350 degrees F. Gently place 2 or 3 discs at a time and cook until golden brown. Remove with slotted spoon or spiderweb and place on paper towel to absorb excess oil. (Note: If you have a peanut allergy you may use vegetable oil instead.)

Cheesy Todd Assembly:

Lay first mac & cheese bun flat on plate. Top with grilled hamburger patty. Top the burger with thinly sliced pickle, tomato slices, onion, and shredded lettuce. Place remaining bun on top and put skewer through the middle of the middle of the buns to secure.

Enjoy!

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Foodie Alert: Caitlyn Connolly of Live.Sweat.Sleep.Repeat.

 

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One of our favorite topics at Datz is CHEAT FOODS! And one of our favorite people to talk cheat foods with is Caitlyn Connolly of Live.Sweat.Sleep.Repeat. and the popular hashtag, #TampaLove. Caitlyn is a Tampa native with a love for fitness, discovering Tampa, a good cup of coffee and being a kid at Disney. Recently, Caitlyn asked foodies what their favorite cheat foods were here are some of their tastiest answers. Enjoy!

 

The Cheat Meal Haven by Caitlyn Connolly

The coveted cheat meal. Everyone loves a good cheat meal. Even those crazy fitness people [I say with love], because I’m one of them!

Pushing thoughts of a juicy burger aside, I got to thinking — why do we cheat and, what do we cheat with? Thanks to some lovely peeps that indulged in my survey, let the cheating begin!

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Kelsey (@kbahr), this has your name written all over it!

Why do we cheat…and love it?

We crave it. I don’t know about you, but once a craving enters my brain — it will.not.leave! Plus, I have always been a believer of moderation —> not deprivation. You gotta treat yoself!

We tweet it. For reals. Follow any fitness guru/lover/friend on social media and you will find food in their feed!

We put in extra work for it. This is the most honest reason. No joke, when I was marathon training, that post long run meal was exulted! Loved! Cherished! And oh-so-tasty! I would be lying if I told you that I didn’t take an extra class a week, ran an extra mile, or did a few more downward dogs for that succulent meal in my near future.

Post it up on Instgram. Does this need an explanation!? IG was made for pictures. And we love taking pictures of our food, and sharing it, of course!

We dream about it. Shhh, this will be our little secret that I may dream about cheat meals.

We plan for it. Not only do we plan our workouts during the week, we plan the epic cheat meal at weeks end. It is placed lovingly on the calendar, maybe even with a cute little cheeseburger sticker.

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As a visitor of Datz for years, it has become thee place for my ultimate cheat; whether it be salty or sweet dishes, to light fare and those indulgences that make us wear our super-stretchy pants, it’s the place. Here’s more reasons why you should follow my lead down MacDill Avenue.

Speaking for myself and others, we cannot seem to make up our mind when it comes to a cheat meal! We want both, dammit! Over half of those surveyed wanted salty AND sweet; the other 30% was evenly split between the two.

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My local running friend Nadine (@nkaprice) wouldn’t mind sharing these Datchos with me!

Salty dishes are the way to my heart and I know some of you agree! Shaking more salt on my survey, most of you would dive head first into carbs, followed by a Mexican dish or chips & salsa, then some good ole meat or a juicy burger. Now that my mouth is watering and I’m fully distracted, during my most recent visit to Datz, I indulged in the Marinated Skirt Steak Tacos with an Eberson’s Old Fashioned (topped with bacon, yes please!) — needless to say, I earned the clean plate award.

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Alas, some cheats were not mentioned, but Datz has them covered! I cannot believe that I failed to mention Mac & Cheese! Their Mac Bites and The Cheesy Todd are fan favorites (and Jackie’s too (@seejackierunn)) and scream cheat meal.

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Enough with the Sodium Chloride, let’s sugar coat errrrrything! Of course chocolate was atop the list, followed by cupcakes, then the vagueness of ‘other’. However, ‘other’ was quickly defined with: kid’s cereal, donuts, & peanut butter.

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This covers errrrrything, right??

Just a few steps away sits Dough, a delightful bakery full of coffee, donut, gelato & dessert goodness. You are really missing out if you have not paid them a visit! But please welcome to the stage, the Fruity Pebbles Doughnut, Kit Kat Doughnut & original Chocolate Doughnuts.

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I may have witnessed Alexandra, (@realtikitiki) local Mantra instructor, break it down on the megaformer for one of these!

Did we cover your cheat? Did we make you hungry yet? Are you gonna race me to Datz now?

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BIG NEWS | Doughnut Ice Cream Cones Make a Comeback at Dough

We’ll keep this short & sweet, cuz’ you’re gonna want to make plans IMMEDIATELY after reading this.

Dough’s Doughnut Ice Cream Cones will be served daily (while supplies last) beginning Thursday, March 31 at 12 p.m. at Dough (right next door to us!!!)!

Told ya’ we should keep this short & sweet. 😉

Hop over to Dough’s blog here to read more. Have a great day, foodies.

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National Cheat Day is Your New Favorite Holiday

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Join us for NATIONAL CHEAT DAY, tomorrow (Jan. 28) for food and fun!

It’s our birthday and we’ll start a foodie holiday it we want to. Enjoy complimentary appetizer samples (Tempura Reuben Roll or Mac Bites), mini cocktails (Datz-A-Mary Bloody Mary or V-Day cocktail), ice cream (house-made at Dough), AND entertainment!

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SNAP a Pic in the Photo Booth by Premier Photo Booths of Tampa

WIN Swag from the Creative Loafing Street Team

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Tempura Reuben Roll – NEW menu time. Sample this appetizer OR our tasty Mac Bites pictured below!

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The Cheesy Todd– our mascot and the most interesting burger in the world. Well, at least WE think so!

Our foodie mayor, Bob Buckhorn has also officially proclaimed Jan. 28 to be “National Cheat Day” in Tampa!

We hope to see you tomorrow, Jan. 28 for our birthday and NEW foodie holiday. Samples at Datz begin at 11 AM. Foodies can receive a complimentary scoop of ice cream at Dough beginning at 7 AM. All samples are while supplies last. The photo booth and swag table will be available from 11 AM to 3 PM.

However, you can celebrate NATIONAL CHEAT DAY from ANYWHERE. So show us what you’re cheating with using the hashtag #NationalCheatDay. We can’t wait to see!

Special thanks to all our partners: Creative Loafing, Visit Tampa Bay, Yelp, Tampa Bay Bloggers, Three Chairs Productions, 813 Area, Hyde Park Village, 97X, Hot 101.5, Joffrey’s Coffee, The Refinery, Fodder & Shine, I Love The Burg, and That’s So Tampa.

CHEAT on January 28

Hey Foodies!

It’s time to celebrate 7 years of “cheating” in South Tampa. It’s our birthday and we’ll start a foodie holiday if we want to!

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NATIONAL CHEAT DAY is meant to celebrate life’s greatest indulgence— food. On January 28, we want you to be over the top, because we know after “cheat day” ends you’ll go back to being your responsible (most of the time), health-conscious (is butter a carb?) self.

Think of NATIONAL CHEAT DAY like National Doughnut Day, National Bacon Day, or National Pumpkin Pie, but WAY BETTER.

Share your “cheat day” food with us by hashtagging #NationalCheatDay on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook on January 28. You can join in on the foodie fun from ANY city, restaurant, or home.

If you do plan on coming to Datz to spoil yourself on NATIONAL CHEAT DAY, we highly recommend The Cheesy Todd, the ultimate cheat food: 100% fresh ground chuck, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickle, with— wait for it— two bacon-jalapeño mac n’ cheese “buns”!

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The Cheesy Todd is a foodie’s dream come true.

You should also know that at Datz on NATIONAL CHEAT DAY you can enjoy FREE mini cocktails* and appetizer samples*, including our new menu item, the Tempura Reuben Roll!

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NEW – Tempura Reuben Roll

At Dough, our whimsical coffee & sweets shop next door, you can enjoy a FREE scoop of house-made ice cream.

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House-made Ice Cream by Dough! Flavors change weekly. Pictured here is “It’s Your Birthday!”.

See you on Jan. 28 for the tastiest day of the year, foodies.

*While supplies last.

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