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It's Free Slurpee Day; Pokemon Mania Takes Hold

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Congratulations, you made it to another Monday. To celebrate, maybe get yourself a free Slurpee, and catch some Pokémon while you're at it. Spot any Jigglypuffs, Doduos, or Charizards at your local cafe, restaurant, or bar? Kindly snap a photo and send it to

In other food news:

— Starbucks has two new drinks today: a Teavana Shaken Iced Berry Sangria Herbal Tea — which will soon probably be combined with coconut milk to make another pastel-colored drink — and an Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato, which is the coffee giant's first beverage to be made with the brand's Single Origin Sumatran Coconut Milk. There's also white chocolate coconut syrup and caramel sauce in the macchiato, because Americans love their sugar. Tomorrow, Starbucks raises prices by up to 30 cents on certain drinks. Stay tuned for more on that.

— Hot on Starbucks' heels is the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, a smaller coffee chain which introduced this year's hottest new cold coffee drink, nitro coffee, at all of its Southern California locations today, per a release. Learn more about nitro coffee here.

— Chef Marcus Samuelson on how soccer is like cooking in a kitchen: "There are a lot of similarities between playing soccer and working in a kitchen. As much as I love running or tennis, those are mostly activities for a single person. There's something about the team experience, where you lose together or win together. Those emotions are strong."

— Director David Gelb's Netflix series Chef's Table has become something of a mirror for chefs featured on the show, says Gelb: "It becomes a therapy session for them. The chefs give us free range in however we want to tell the story, and we hold nothing back in the show. Sometimes we expose a side to them that they were not aware of before." He elaborates on chef Dan Barber's reaction after seeing his segment: "[Barber] was really surprised when he watched himself. He didn't realize he was behaving that way. He now thinks it's because he's suppressed — being a chef is hard work, and he had a rough childhood. He has come around to it and really shown support for the show, though."

— The long-awaited beer pipeline has an opening date. It begins flowing through Bruges, Belgium this September.

— Finally, are Austin's tacos better than its barbecue?