Bread Over Heels: Olive Garden Is Selling Breadstick Bouquets for Valentine’s Day

Olive Garden
Olive Garden

If your partner thinks biting down into the buttery, garlicky goodness of an Olive Garden breadstick beats just about every other experience on Earth, consider your search for the perfect gift over: Olive Garden is selling breadstick bouquets this Valentine’s Day.

According to People, the beloved Italian-American chain launched the bouquets online only in 2019, and will now offer a limited supply in each restaurant starting February 13. If you’re racking your brains for the perfect words to express your love for your partner, this gift might solve that conundrum, too—the bouquets feature cute, clever sayings like “We belong together like spaghetti and meatballs” and “Love is letting you have the last breadstick.”

For a touch of sweetness after your breadstick bonanza, you can also purchase a purple box filled with after-dinner mints and this brief poem:

“Roses are red
Violets are blue
Here’s a box of mints
I made just for you!”

Olive Garden

Breadsticks and mints can easily be enough to satisfy your sweetheart on February 14, but it’s possible they might also want a more well-rounded meal. In that case, you can check out Olive Garden’s “Valentine’s Dinner for 2 ToGo,” a shareable feast with prices starting at $35. In addition to a breadstick bouquet and box of mints, you’ll get a choice of soup or salad, five-cheese marinara or alfredo dipping sauce, baked ziti or chicken alfredo, and mousse cake or tiramisu for dessert.

If you don’t have an Olive Garden in your area, you can also download versions of the breadstick bouquet wrapper [PDF] and mint box [PDF] that you print out and fold on your own.

Happy Valentine’s Day, and happy carb-loading.

[h/t People]

14 Retro Gifts for Millennials

Ravi Palwe, Unsplash
Ravi Palwe, Unsplash

Millennials were born between 1981 and 1996, which means the pop culture they grew up with is officially retro. No matter what generation you belong to, consider these gifts when shopping for the Millennials in your life this holiday season.

1. Reptar Funko Pop!; $29

Amazon

This vinyl Reptar figurine from Funko is as cool as anything you’d find in the rugrats’ toy box. The monster dinosaur has been redesigned in classic Pop! style, making it a perfect desk or shelf accessory for the grown-up Nickelodeon fan. It also glows in the dark, which should appeal to anyone’s inner child.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Dragon Ball Z Slippers; $20

Hot Topic

You don’t need to change out of your pajamas to feel like a Super Saiyan. These slippers are emblazoned with the same kanji Goku wears on his gi in Dragon Ball Z: one for training under King Kai and one for training with Master Roshi. And with a soft sherpa lining, the footwear feels as good as it looks.

Buy it: Hot Topic

3. The Pokémon Cookbook; $15

Hop Topic

What do you eat after a long day of training and catching Pokémon? Any dish in The Pokémon Cookbook is a great option. This book features more than 35 recipes inspired by creatures from the Pokémon franchise, including Poké Ball sushi rolls and mashed Meowth potatoes.

Buy it: Hot Topic

4. Lisa Frank Activity Book; $5

Urban Outfitters

Millennials will never be too old for Lisa Frank, especially when the artist’s playful designs come in a relaxing activity book. Watercolor brings the rainbow characters in this collection to life. Just gather some painting supplies and put on a podcast for a relaxing, nostalgia-fueled afternoon.

Buy it: Urban Outfitters

5. Shoebox Tape Recorder with USB; $28

Amazon

The days of recording mix tapes don’t have to be over. This device looks and functions just like tape recorders from the pre-smartphone era. And with a USB port as well as a line-in jack and built-in mic, users can easily import their digital music collection onto retro cassette tapes.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Days of the Week Scrunchie Set; $12

Urban Outfitters

Millennials can be upset that a trend from their youth is old enough to be cool again, or they can embrace it. This scrunchie set is for anyone happy to see the return of the hair accessory. The soft knit ponytail holders come in a set of five—one for each day of the school (or work) week.

Buy it: Urban Outfitters

7. D&D Graphic T-shirt; $38-$48

80s Tees

The perfect gift for the Dungeon Master in your life, this graphic tee is modeled after the cover of the classic Dungeons & Dragons rule book. It’s available in sizes small through 3XL.

Buy it: 80s Tees

8. Chuck E. Cheese T-shirt; $36-$58

80s Tees

Few Millennials survived childhood without experiencing at least one birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. This retro T-shirt sports the brand’s original name: Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre. It may be the next-best gift for a Chuck E. Cheese fan behind a decommissioned animatronic.

Buy it: 80s Tees

9. The Nightmare Before Christmas Picnic Blanket Bag; $40

Shop Disney

Fans of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas will recognize the iconic scene on the front of this messenger bag. Unfold it and the bag becomes a blanket fit for a moonlit picnic among the pumpkins. The bottom side is waterproof and the top layer is made of soft fleece.

Buy it: Shop Disney

10. Toy Story Alien Socks; $15

Shop Disney

You don’t need to be skilled at the claw machine to take home a pair of these socks. Decorated with the aliens from Toy Story, they’re made from soft-knit fabric and are big enough to fit adult feet.

Buy it: Shop Disney

11. Goosebumps Board Game; $24

Amazon

Fans that read every book in R.L. Stine’s series growing up can now play the Goosebumps board game. In this game, based on the Goosebumps movie, players take on the role of their favorite monster from the series and race to the typewriter at the end of the trail of manuscripts.

Buy it: Amazon

12. Tamagotchi Mini; $19

Amazon

If you know someone who killed their Tamagotchi in the '90s, give them another chance to show off their digital pet-care skills. This Tamagotchi is a smaller, simplified version of the original game. It doubles as a keychain, so owners have no excuse to forget to feed their pet.

Buy it: Amazon

13. SNES Classic; $275

Amazon

The SNES Classic is much easier to find now than when it first came out, and it's still just as entertaining for retro video game fans. This mini console comes preloaded with 21 Nintendo games, including Super Mario Kart and Street Fighter II.

Buy it: Amazon

14. Planters Cheez Balls; $24

Amazon

Planters revived its Cheez Balls in 2018 after pulling them from shelves nearly a decade earlier. To Millennials unaware of that fact, this gift could be their dream come true. The throwback snack even comes in the classic canister fans remember.

Buy it: Amazon

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The 50 Most Searched Halloween Costumes on Google

Dinosaur costumes are far from extinct.
Dinosaur costumes are far from extinct.
Vlad Fonsark, Pexels

If you’re assuming everyone else at your Zoom Halloween party will come up with creative costumes, leaving you to fly under the radar as the only witch in attendance, you might want to rethink your plan. According to Frightgeist, a Google-run seasonal site that analyzes Google Trends data, witch is the most searched Halloween costume this year.

That’s up from last year, when it was edged out of the top spot by It. The second chapter of the film had just premiered in September 2019, and it seems Pennywise’s popularity has ebbed a bit since then—on this latest list, It plummeted to 23rd. But as Spirit Halloween recently told us, scary clown costumes are always in high demand; and clown is the fifth most searched term on Google. Other film and television releases from last year have also faded from memory. In 2019, Stranger Things came in 13th place (season three had hit Netflix in July) and Toy Story charted at 17th (Toy Story 4 had hit theaters in March), but neither term made this year’s list.

In general, Frightgeist’s breakdown is a mix of specific pop culture influences and generic characters. Spider-Man, Batman, and Wonder Woman all made the top 35, for example, but so did superhero. Some people aren’t interested in playing the hero at all: Harley Quinn and the Joker landed at numbers three and 30, respectively, and devil came in eighth place (though angel beat that by two spots).

As usual, you’ll probably see plenty of costumes from a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars is the 28th most searched costume term, and both Yoda and Baby Yoda made the list, too. Others are taking inspiration from classic Halloween films, like Beetlejuice (1988) and Hocus Pocus (1993).

See the top 50 below, and explore Frightgeist’s full list—including results from your area—here.

  1. Witch
  1. Dinosaur
  1. Harley Quinn
  1. Rabbit
  1. Clown
  1. Angel
  1. Fortnite
  1. Devil
  1. Ninja
  1. Spider-Man
  1. Cowboy
  1. Doll
  1. Zombie
  1. Pumpkin
  1. Purge
  1. Pirate
  1. Cheerleader
  1. Fairy
  1. Vampire
  1. Chucky
  1. Bear
  1. Superhero
  1. It
  1. Mermaid
  1. Skeleton
  1. 1980s
  1. Batman
  1. Star Wars
  1. Unicorn
  1. Joker
  1. Wonder Woman
  1. Powerpuff Girls
  1. Princess
  1. Ghost
  1. Dragon
  1. Beetlejuice
  1. Hocus Pocus
  1. Spider
  1. Cowgirl
  1. Descendants
  1. Power Rangers
  1. Monsters, Inc.
  1. Yoda
  1. Tinker Bell
  1. Lion
  1. Minnie Mouse
  1. Baby Yoda
  1. Gray Wolf
  1. Minecraft
  1. Cop