Jennifer Lawrence and Mark Wahlberg were chosen as America's baseball snack sweethearts
Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Lawrence beat out other celebrities like Tina Fey, Jerry Seinfeld, and Beyoncé.
According to an incredibly specific poll from Aramark (which manages concessions at nine Major League Baseball stadiums), the two celebrities that Americans would most like to share a meal with at a baseball game are Jennifer Lawrence and Mark Wahlberg.
Tina Fey, Beyoncé, Jerry Seinfeld, and Jimmy Fallon were among the other celebrity contenders who lost out to America’s baseball sweethearts.
Mark Wahlberg scored 16 percent of the overall vote, while Jennifer Lawrence snagged 15 percent. Among women, Wahlberg actually tied Jimmy Fallon with 14 percent of the vote, followed by Jennifer Lawrence at 13 percent and Kelly Ripa who came in with 11 percent.
As for men, Wahlberg and Lawrence tied for the top spot at 18 percent, followed by Beyoncé at 14 percent and Jerry Seinfeld with 12 percent.
Not surprisingly, Jennifer Lawrence ranked the highest among millennial’s between the ages of 18-29 with 22 percent while Kelly Ripa did best among adults aged 50 and older, garnering 15 percent.
Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.
Chef Tiffani Faison and Stop & Shop share a delicious big game menu
As the countdown to the big game quickens, Stop & Shop has partnered with Chef Tiffani Faison, celebrated chef, restaurateur and Top Chef alum, to create a delicious big game menu that impresses. These four original recipes will earn your big game menu praises from everyone watching the game.
While this year&rsquos big game gatherings will different, Stop & Shop wants to use the moment to do more. By partnering with P&G, that shopping comes with savings. For orders of select P&G products over $30, customers will qualify for free delivery or pick-up.
In addition, Stop & Shop is using the big game as a fundraiser. At checkout, customers can donate $5.50 (since it is the 55th big game) and support &ldquothe Greg Hill Foundation&rsquos Restaurant Strong Fund, which provides aid to restaurant industry employees and owners who have been impacted by COVID-19.&rdquo
As Gordon Reid, President of Stop & Shop said, &ldquogiven the impact the pandemic has had on our community, we worked with P&G to create a homegating experience for customers to have fun while tuning into the Big Game in the comfort and safety of their own homes. We also recognize the impact of the pandemic on the restaurant industry and have partnered with the Restaurant Strong Fund to offer support during these difficult times.&rdquo
Dodgers set star-packed standard for fan cutouts
With fans unable to attend baseball games this season, many teams have decided to fill the stands with cardboard cutouts so everyone can still feel like they're cheering on the hometown nine. Most teams' cutouts feature fans, kids and dogs all decked out in gear:
Close to 5,000 people purchased cardboard cutouts of themselves for @Mets games at Citi Field this season.
One person bought a cutout for their dog and it’s pretty great. pic.twitter.com/8f1XJjie3h&mdash Avish Sood (@AvishSood) July 19, 2020
But that's not exactly the L.A. way. Dodgers games were always one part baseball game, one part celebrity spot 'em. So, of course Dodger Stadium's lower bowl is packed with stars.
Thought former "Entertainment Tonight" host Mary Hart wouldn't be in her customary seat? And what about famed scout and Panama hat-wearer Mike Brito? Yeah, they're both there:
The Mary Hart and Mike Brito (legendary scout/radar gun) cutouts at the @Dodgers game is brilliant. pic.twitter.com/0Pcv7ZNsda&mdash Dave Furst (@DaveFurst) July 24, 2020
While you may be distracted by Enrique Hernández's smile (and mustache), you'd be missing Pedro Martínez in the background. Martínez pitched in only 67 games in his big league career with the Dodgers, so if the team makes a postseason run, he could be used as a cutout more than he ever was in his playing days.
Just happy to be here, man. Happy to be anywhere, really. pic.twitter.com/Ni0PS7JaIb&mdash Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) July 24, 2020
Tommy Lasorda was in the stands. Hopefully the team has grumpy Lasorda for when the Dodgers are losing -- otherwise it won't feel like the real Lasorda at all.
Comedian and Dodgers fan Brody Stevens, who died suddenly last winter, was in the stands.
Orel Hershiser, Nomar Garciaparra, field reporter Alanna Rizzo and former Dodgers GM Ned Colletti have their heads peaking out from behind the home dugout:
And is that MLB Network's Brian Kenny I see?
While those are most of the big names that were picked up on TV during Opening Day, you should watch the backgrounds as closely as you would scan a "Where's Waldo" book. There are more celebrities to be found, including Bryan Cranston and Rob Lowe:
Some bigger names among the Dodger Stadium cutouts, in case you were wondering .
What To Eat at D.C.&rsquos Nationals Park
The Washington Nationals have a ton of talent&mdashand a dizzying variety of delicious ballpark food. We&rsquove got fans covered with our guide to eating on game day.
The Washington Nationals have some of the most exciting players in the game: fans are especially fired up after Max Scherzer pitched a no-hitter June 20 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and 22-year-old Bryce Harper is in the midst of an MVP-caliber season. Just as promising? Nationals Park and the Navy Yard neighborhood have put their full support behind the Nats, offering dining options that elevate America’s favorite pastime. Here’s our guide to the best of eating and drinking by the park come game day.
Ben&rsquos Chili Bowl
This offshoot of the legendary U Street eatery allows fans to enjoy the classic half-smoke, chili dog, chili cheese fries, or chili bowl from the stands.
This two-year-old brewery (pictured) has become the go-to spot for game day drinking and eating. The sizeable draft list pairs well with classed-up bar food like house-made tater tots, soft pretzels with beer mustard, smothered fries, charcuterie, and burgers. The on-site restaurant Arsenal offers an even wider menu, with beef heart tartare, bucatini with meatballs, and braised lamb.
This Korean fried chicken chain has a cult following for its crispy double-fried wings and finally hit the District this year with its Navy Yard debut. Don’t miss the drums and chicken strips, or branch out to the fried rice, bulgogi sliders, sesame ginger salads, and potstickers.
We’re partial to the bacio (chocolate hazelnut), stracciatella, mint chocolate chip, mimosa, and dulce de leche flavors at this artisanal Italian gelato and sorbet stand.
Fairgrounds (no website)
(1201 Half St., SE, Washington, DC 20003)
The quintessential game-day experience starts about two hours before the first pitch𠅊t the Fairgrounds, an enormous outdoor space across from the park. Filled with live bands, cornhole, food trucks, and hot dogs and beer vendors, it stays open for two hours after a home game, and offers a $5 happy hour between the third and seventh innings.
G Sandwich Shop
Restaurateur and Top Chef alum Mike Isabella opened a branch of his popular G Sandwich Shop in Nats Park to the delight of many baseball fans last year. Go for the classic chicken parm the killer roasted cauliflower sandwich.
Ice Cream Jubilee
Washingtonians fell for Ice Cream Jubilee when owner Victoria Lai was still operating out of her apartment in her spare time. Her first storefront, this location ensures flavors such as banana bourbon caramel, gin and tonic sorbet, and strawberry white chocolate are always available.
Justin’s Cafe is the original spot for fans, having been open a block and a half from the ballpark before the competition came in. There are five flat-screen TVs for watching the game, a progressive happy hour with food and drink specials, and a menu full of nachos, sandwiches, and 𠇊merican-Neapolitan” pizzas.
Chef and restaurateur Michael White’s spin-off of his popular New York City restaurant gives hungry fans pasta, antipasti, grilled meats, and dishes like roasted half chicken and branzino. There’s a kids menu for family baseball outings, and $5 small bites at happy hour.
Fans brave the lines at Danny Meyer’s coveted burger chain for its thin patties and crinkle-cut fries. But if the line overwhelms, Meyer’s other stands include a taqueria (El Verano), barbeque (Blue Smoke), and French fries (Box Frites).
H Street’s popular Lebanese restaurant offers hungry game-goers shawarma platters, falafel sandwiches, hummus, and tabouleh.
(1212 4th St SE & Tingey St SE, Washington, DC 20002)
One of the biggest success stories to come out of DC’s food truck scene, TaKorean has a customizable menu of tacos, rice bowls, and slaw bowls to which you can add slow-roasted semi-cured pork shoulder or thinly sliced beef marinated in a soy-based sauce. For two hours before a home game you’ll get $2 off an order of $8 or more.
15 Fueling Snacks to Take to Your Child's Game
When your little league baseball player or soccer star says, "Your turn to bring snacks," stress can inadvertently be added to your already hectic day. But, it doesn't have to when your snack game plan provides nourishing, tasty choices for the hungry kids.
Providing snacks that fuel up, not bog down, rising athletes is a chance to teach kids the proper way to get energy for sports while, at the same time, showing them how much you care. So, instead of reaching for candy or heading to the drive-thru, stop to consider the reasons for snacking and try these suggestions.
Snacks serve several purposes for active kids, including:
- Providing energy (calories) to help working muscles power through activity.
- Supplying fluids for hydration and to keep the body cool.
- Providing nutrients for growth and development.
- Promoting recovery after hard exercise.
In addition, snacks should be easily digested so blood flows to the muscles during exercise and not to the gut in order to digest a heavy, greasy snack.
Depending on the time of the game, different snacks meet different needs. Here is a guide to choosing snacks based on game day and time.
After School Games
Many kids have early lunch periods during school, so they might start the game hungry. A good after-school snack provides quality carbohydrates and protein for quick energy and a satisfied tummy. Consider packing your cooler with these nourishing options:
- 6-ounce cartons of a variety of fruited yogurt or yogurt in a tube
- Peanut butter or almond butter sandwiches with natural fruit jam
- Turkey and/or cheese wraps cut into 1-inch slices for easy finger food
- Low-fat string cheese and mini pretzels
- Bottles of cold water or pitchers of cold water with lemon (cold water helps lower body temperature in active athletes)
Weekend Morning Games
Muscle fuel can be very low after an overnight fast. Therefore, if you are rushing out the door to make it to a morning game, consider serving breakfast foods that kids love:
- A mini cinnamon-raisin bagel with flavored cream cheese
- English muffin sandwich with a slice of lean ham and/or reduced-fat cheese
- Greek yogurt with a variety of toppings (homemade granola, chopped almonds or walnuts, dried fruit)
- Fruit and yogurt smoothies
- Cartons of low-fat milk with baggies full of cereal
- 100% fruit juice boxes
After the Game
Post-game snacks should help to replace muscle fuel lost in exercise and replenish fluids without ruining kids' appetite for the next meal. Consider:
- Air-popped popcorn sprinkled with Parmesan cheese
- Low-fat plain milk
- Banana, orange slices or apple slices (dipped in orange juice to prevent browning)
- Whole-grain granola bars
Providing snacks is a part of every parent's job, so choose wisely and help your child succeed on the field, in the classroom and life.
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Martha Stewart also agrees queso is one of Super Bowl's most valuable players. To ensure hers stays piping hot and gooey, Stewart advises making it in the slow cooker.
"On gameday, queso is an undisputed MVP but it often loses steam (and silkiness) by halftime. To combat the cooldown issue, our recipe calls for making the queso in a slow cooker, which you can keep plugged in to maintain cheesy, melty bliss through the final drive," she wrote.
Buy the peanuts, but make your own Cracker Jack to bring to the old ballgame
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it means summer and fun.
It also means that there will be food —
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March 29 is Opening Day of the 2018 baseball season (rainouts notwithstanding). While we’re all about sampling the food in and around the ballpark, we really like taking things into our own hands and DIY-ing it. Because really, who needs to spend $27 on a hot dog?
Most ballparks allow you to bring in outside food in single-serving portions: The Nationals policy, for example, states: “All food items must be contained in single-serving bags within a soft-sided container or cooler that does not exceed 16″x16″x8″.” So wraps, sandwiches or small bags of popcorn? Yes! But save the party subs and homemade pizza for the days you’re watching from your couch. (If Nats Park isn’t your stadium of choice, just be sure to check the rules before you pack the goods.)
Cashew Caramel Corn. Crisp, nutty and a cinch to make. You’ll be making caramel from scratch, but you don’t need to worry about using a candy thermometer or any special equipment — just bring some butter, brown sugar and corn syrup to a boil in a saucepan, stir so the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth, then let it bubble away for two minutes (resist the urge to stir during those two minutes!). Add some baking soda and vanilla, then pour the caramel over some popcorn and cashews, using two spoons to stir and evenly coat with the caramel. After a 40-minute bake in a low oven, the caramel crisps and you’ve got an addictive snack that’ll keep at room temperature for about a week. Allergic to nuts? Swap the cashews for pumpkin seeds (pepitas).
Herbed Popcorn. For those who prefer savory to sweet, this cheesy-thanks-to-nutritional yeast snack is for you. When we made it a few weeks ago, we made a little extra of the herb-infused oil and added a fair amount of salt. (Just throwing that out there.)
Barbecue Chicken Wraps With Celery and Sprouts. Far better than a snack wrap from a certain fast-food chain, these get a spicy sweet kick from Sriracha mixed with hoisin sauce.
Philly Italian Hoagie. Leaving this here in case you need some inspiration for layering lots of sliced meat with some cheese, onions, tomatoes and lettuce.
10 Home Run Recipes For Your World Series Party
Even if your team didn't make it to the World Series, it's still fun to watch with family and friends -- especially when party eats are involved! From Buffalo Chicken Dip to Baileys Cheesecake Marbled Brownies, these recipes are guaranteed to hit it out of the park.
This creamy and spicy Buffalo chicken dip has all the great flavor of Buffalo wings, but without all the mess. Made with a shredded rotisserie chicken, it's the perfect easy and fun appetizer for a party. GET THE RECIPE
While traditional guacamole is made with raw onions, this updated version is made with roasted garlic, which has just as much flavor and none of unpleasant aftertaste. Always a crowd-pleaser! GET THE RECIPE
Leave it to Nigella. I used to love my popcorn topped with just a little butter and salt but now that I've had her Party Popcorn, I don't want it any other way. Slightly sweet, salty and spiced with an exotic blend of cinnamon, cumin and paprika, this stuff is downright habit-forming. GET THE RECIPE
Part cookie, part brownie -- who doesn't love blondies? And the best part is that they're ridiculously easy to make: fewer ingredients than cookies (plus you don't have to roll the dough into balls) and easier than brownies because there's no chocolate to melt. GET THE RECIPE
Skip the Velveeta: from-scratch queso is so much better! This version made with fresh jalapeños, Cheddar and Pepper Jack is rich, creamy and dangerously addictive served warm with tortilla chips. GET THE RECIPE
These Southern-style ham and cheese sliders are doused in a tangy butter, mustard and poppy seed sauce. They're perfect for baseball parties because they feed a crowd and can be made ahead -- but mostly because boys love them. GET THE RECIPE
Leave the old fashioned sour cream and mayonnaise behind: this Artichoke and Spinach dip is thickened with a Mornay sauce, which is simply a Béchamel sauce with the addition of grated cheese. It bakes up creamy, cheesy and rich, and is delicious spooned onto a baguette. GET THE RECIPE
These meatballs are so much better than the grape jelly versions you've had before. Just be sure to make extra -- they disappear in a flash. GET THE RECIPE
Made with a rotisserie chicken, this is an easy one-pot meal that feeds a crowd -- and you can make it under an hour. GET THE RECIPE
Spiked with Baileys Irish Cream, these chocolate brownies with a swirl of tangy cheesecake are out-of-this-world. They are cakey on the bottom, alternately fudgy and creamy in the center and crisp on top. GET THE RECIPE
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez’s Chef Shares the 1 Food That’s in Their Fridge ‘at All Times’ — Plus More Staples
Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez and chef Kelvin Fernandez. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Shutterstock Shutterstock
Spilling some mealtime secrets! Chef Kelvin Fernandez, who has worked for Jennifer Lopez and her fiancé Alex Rodriguez for about two years, is sharing some food items that the high-powered duo “always” has in their refrigerator.
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez's Relationship Timeline
“[They have] sparkling water, always fruits and vegetables, like strawberries, even though Jennifer is not a big fruit person. The kids love their fresh berries,” Fernandez, 33, told Us Weekly exclusively earlier this month. “There’s always greens like spinach, cucumber and celery to make green juice.”
According to the culinary pro, healthy veggies are a must because both Lopez, 50, and Rodriguez, 44, “love starting their day with a green juice.”
The most popular foods in the pair’s fridge, however, are some hearty breakfast staples. “Eggs is always the biggest one. Turkey bacon is always the biggest one,” Fernandez added. “They love chicken and apple sausage in the morning, turkey bacon is a must at all times and fresh egg whites. We break eggs throughout the entire week.”
While it’s not unusual for a personal chef to stock their clients’ fridge, Fernandez told Us Lopez and Rodriguez have a team of people responsible for keeping the appliance packed with their favorites at all times. “[Their team] know what they eat on a regular basis, so there’s always eggs, there’s always healthy, healthy snacks and there’s always your junk snacks for the kids,” he explained, referring to the four children the couple have between them.
Lopez shares 12-year-old twins Max and Emme with her ex-husband Marc Anthony while Rodriguez is dad to daughters Natasha, 15, and Ella, 12. Their mother is his ex-wife, Cynthia Scurtis.
“I think the most important thing is that the pantry is always stocked, the fridge is always stocked,” Fernandez said. “The team does a very good job. I think what the most important thing is Jennifer and Alex love consistency, so the team does a great job following that up.”
Celebrities Eating on Private Planes
Chef Kelvin Fernandez. Shutterstock
When it’s time for a family meal, Fernandez revealed the close-knit clan has a penchant for Mexican food. “They love taco day. It could be Tuesday, it could be Wednesday, it could be Thursday, it doesn’t matter,” he dished. “They love tacos.”
Still, Fernandez told Us that what’s on the table each night ultimately doesn’t really matter for this crew. “I think the most important thing is they just love having dinner together. That’s something that they stress so much, especially when it’s the holidays,” he explained. “There were holidays that I worked for them and there are 40 people in the house and there were holidays and I worked for them when there was just them — the three girls, Max and Alex and Jennifer. They just stress the fact that of how important it is to sit down, spend time together and have family meals together.”
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Though Fernandez is keenly aware that many aspects of Lopez and Rodriguez’s lives are refreshingly normal, such as family taco night, he admits he still “feels butterflies” whenever he sees the Grammy nominee and the former professional baseball player. “It’s a dynamic thing, especially when you’re a fan of them and you look up to them. They’re literally the definition of what everyone loves,” he explained, pointing out that working for the duo certainly has its perks. “The energy that you get to be a part of such incredible moments like the Golden Globes, the Oscars, the Emmys, everything that they’ve been a part of, I’m like, ‘I’m here preparing food on one of the biggest days of their lives,’ and it’s such a cool thing to be a part of it.”
For recipes from Fernandez, follow him on Instagram and YouTube.
With reporting by Carly Sloane
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Derek Jeter Eats These Buttermilk Pancakes Every Morning Before a Game &mdash Get His Recipe
Rather than beer or multiple rounds of cocktails, Yankee fans distraught over Derek Jeter‘s imminent retirement can now drown their sorrows in something else: the shortstop’s favorite buttermilk pancakes.
PEOPLE got the scoop from Julie Loria, author of Diamond Dishes: From the Kitchens of Baseball’s Biggest Stars, who writes in her book: “Jeter, like many players, eats the same kind of breakfast every game day. And like many professional athletes, he assuredly claims that this is just a preferred routine, not a superstition. 𠆎very morning before a game I eat pancakes and an omelet,’ says Jeter. Specifically, his pancakes are always plain with syrup and no butter.”
RELATED: Baseball’s Craziest Stadium Snacks
We’re guessing Jeter adds the omelet, which Loria says is made with egg whites, to give him the protein boost needed to make him do things like set records for hits, stolen bases and at-bats. (His preferred fillings include lean ham, a scant ounce of cheese and veggies like broccoli and bell peppers.)
We scored the pancake recipe, which contains separated eggs to increase its fluffiness factor and has a generous yield that even a professional athlete would have trouble finishing. But Loria has a smart timesaving tip for getting your flapjack fix multiple mornings in a row: Refrigerate extra batter in an airtight container, then thin it with milk before reusing it the next day. (Busy parents, take note.)
Of course, now that Jeter is retiring, he’ll have time to hone his breakfast skills even more: If Hannah Davis is lucky, maybe he’ll start experimenting with pancake art.
Derek Jeter’s Buttermilk Pancakes
Makes 15 pancakes
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
2 ½ cups buttermilk
3 large eggs, separated, at room temperature
3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
Vegetable oil, for the griddle
Pure maple syrup and unsalted butter, for serving
1. Heat a griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 200ଏ.
2. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into a large bowl. Add the buttermilk, egg yolks, and melted butter and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened—the batter should be very lumpy.
3. Beat the egg whites in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until they form soft peaks. Using a rubber spatula, fold the whites into the batter just until combined—the batter should not be completely smooth.
4. Check the griddle’s heat: Flick cold water from your fingers onto the griddle. The drops should form tiny, skittering balls. If not, increase the heat and heat the griddle for a minute or so longer. Lightly oil the griddle. Using about one-third of a cup of batter for each pancake, pour the batter onto the griddle. Cook until the pancakes’ undersides are golden brown, about 1 ½ minutes.
5. Turn the pancakes and cook until the other sides are browned, about 1 minute more. Adjust the heat as needed, so the pancakes don’t brown too quickly. Transfer cooked pancakes to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven while making the remaining pancakes.