Alabama elementary school bus driver buys McDonald’s breakfast for students when ice delays school opening

One generous Alabama school bus driver has gone viral for purchasing 50 McDonald’s breakfast biscuits for his elementary school students when icy roads delayed the school’s opening, so that the youngsters would not go hungry in class. Though he’s being praised as a “small town hero” for the kind deed, the bus driver says he was … Continue reading “Alabama elementary school bus driver buys McDonald’s breakfast for students when ice delays school opening”

One generous Alabama school bus driver has gone viral for purchasing 50 McDonald’s breakfast biscuits for his elementary school students when icy roads delayed the school’s opening, so that the youngsters would not go hungry in class.

Though he’s being praised as a “small town hero” for the kind deed, the bus driver says he was simply inspired by the spirit of Christmas to do the right thing.

On Dec. 12, administrators for Montevallo Elementary School's Facebook page shared the story of the kind gesture by bus driver Wayne Price, WBRC reports.

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“Mr. Price, one of our bus drivers, truly demonstrates the spirit of Christmas! On Tuesday, when school was delayed due to icy roads and we weren’t able to serve breakfast, he purchased biscuits from McDonald’s for his entire bus of students! What a kind act that our students will forever remember!” they wrote on Facebook, sharing an image of a beaming Price at the wheel.

“Thank you, Mr. Price, for making a lasting impact in the lives of our students.

In the days since, the post has won major applause with over 1,800 likes from those within and beyond the Montevallo community, a city roughly 35 miles south of Birmingham.

“Anyone who knows Wayne Price would know that this isn't a random moment. In the almost 20 years of knowing him, I've seen this man give so much of himself to his community. I've experienced first hand the hope and guidance he brings to people who may not find it anywhere else. I'm glad he's getting the acknowledgment he deserves,” one fan commented.

“Thank u sir, Its bus drivers like u who make me feel safe to send my baby on the bus! Merry Christmas,” another agreed.

“What a BIG HEART. He’s a small town hero doing GREAT things,” another declared.

Despite all the attention, Price told ABC 3340 that purchasing breakfast for the young students was simply the right thing to do.

Learning of the delayed opening before he stopped get breakfast from the Golden Arches ahead of his pick-up route, Price says that his impromptu decision to pick up food for the kids was a natural one.

"One of the kids said, ‘Oh, Mr. Price, you must be rich,” he recalled. "I am not rich. I am in full-time ministry.”

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“You can drop $50 going out to dinner, and it was nothing more than taking my family out to dinner,” When it came down to the financial side, it was just second nature. I really did not think about it. I thought, hey this would be neat. I bet they will like this,” Price said. "We get caught up in materialistic things, even buying biscuits to a certain element is a little materialistic, but Christmas is giving. Christmas is showing love.”

Of course, the surprise was a hit with his students.

"I was just so surprised that he did that," fifth grader Elizabeth Lopez told ABC. "I did not think he was going to do it. I am really thankful for having him as a bus driver, and he feels like a dad to me."

The Montevallo school principal, too, says that the school community is lucky to count Price as a member.

"Montevallo is a very special place, and anytime there is a need, so many people step in and help above and beyond what they have to do, and Mr. Price is just an example and a testament to this community and the schools in Montevallo," Principal Dr. Allison Campbell told the outlet.

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak

Google says these diets were 2018’s most searched

2018 was a wacky year in wellness. Dieting trends were all over the map, prescribing loading up on cauliflower one minute and eliminating vegetables the next. Whatever works to lose weight, right? That’s probably not the healthiest mindset — some diets can be dangerous. And it’s often the trendiest that lack sufficient research to back their claims.

But are people actually trying these weird diet plans? According to Google, the answer is yes. Google released its annual Year In Search report, which revealed the most (and least) searched terms from 2018. The most searched for foods included some well-known trends like unicorn cake — but others came as a surprise. Who knew gochujang sauce was on so many people’s radars?

The most searched for foods included some well-known trends like unicorn cake — but others came as a surprise. Who knew gochujang sauce was on so many people’s radars? (iStock)

Some of the diets on this list are equally odd. What even are the Shepherd’s and Optavia diets? Here are all the diets searched most often on Google this year — many of which we, admittedly, had to Google.

Keto Diet

Celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens and Kourtney Kardashian swear by the Keto diet. (Thinkstock)

If you haven’t heard of the keto diet, you’re living under a rock. Celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens and Kourtney Kardashian swear by it. But what is the keto diet? Essentially, it’s a form of extreme carb restriction that results in ketosis, a state in which your body must resort to burning fat for fuel. Ketosis can make your breath smell really bad — but if you can handle that, here are some health factors to consider before you try it.

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  • Dubrow Diet

    The Dubrow Diet is a diet pioneered by authors of the book “The Dubrow Diet: Interval Eating to Lose Weight and Feel Ageless.” Heather Dubrow, co-author, is a former star of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” She teamed up with her husband (a plastic surgeon) to come up with a diet that, she says, answers everyone’s question about how they manage to stay so “ageless and fit.” Their secret has nothing to do with plastic surgery, apparently — it’s a specialized form of intermittent fasting. It involves a list of permitted foods and three stages of interval eating.

    Noom Diet

    Noom is actually not a diet, but an app. It’s been called “Weight Watchers for millennials,” and it essentially offers meal plans, fitness tracking, and weight loss motivation techniques on your phone. It involves taking quizzes on health-related topics and comes with an assigned health coach to help you through.

    Carnivore Diet

    Proponents of the diet live by the motto: Eat meat, drink water. (iStock)

    Modern science may work under the assumption that humans are omnivores, but these meat-hungry dieters disagree. The carnivore diet just might be the wildest weight loss craze of all time. Proponents of the diet live by the motto: Eat meat, drink water. They all meat all the time — no vegetables allowed. Red meat is highly preferred over anything that might be considered (gasp!) lean.

    Mediterranean Diet

    Hummus will make your taste buds happy. (Chef Danny Elamleh)

    This diet has been called one of the best diets by modern health standards, largely due to its link to a reduced risk of dementia and other diseases. It involves eating lots of healthy fats from sources such as fish and olive oil alongside fruits, vegetables, poultry, and whole grains. It also advocates for frequent (but moderate) pours of wine — which, thankfully, has its benefits regardless of whether you’re on the diet or not.

    Optavia Diet

    You might have heard of the old version of the Optavia diet, Medifast. Optavia is essentially the updated version. Like Medifast, Optavia involves consuming pre-packaged meals and snacks called “Fuelings” that you must purchase from the company. Buddy Valastro, host of “Cake Boss,” allegedly lost weight on this diet. Guess he also cut back on cakes, since they weren’t Optavia-approved. Unless you want to eat nothing but “Fuelings” for the rest of your life, though, this diet is probably not sustainable.

    Dr. Gundry Diet

    Kelly Clarkson did it for medical reasons, not weight loss — she has an autoimmune disease. But despite her insistences, many have followed in her footsteps hoping to shed some pounds. The diet comes from the mind of Dr. Steven Gundry (of whom Dr. Oz is a big fan), who wrote the book “The Plant Paradox.” His stance is that lectins, a plant protein found in grains, beans, legumes, nuts, fruits, nightshade vegetables, and dairy, are the root of almost all of America’s health problems. His diet eliminates almost all lectins, allowing just a very small list of foods to eat instead. When other health experts heard about the diet, however, they were more than a bit skeptical. Gundry also is a contributor for Goop, which doesn’t have the cleanest track record, to say the least.

    Fasting Diet

    Water-fasting is a dangerous new diet fad that can have deadly consequences (iStock)

    There is no single “fasting diet,” but (unfortunately) many. Some fasting diets are extreme and deadly. But other less extreme fasting diets are popular because they seem benign. One of the most popular of these fasting diets is called “intermittent fasting,” and it involves eating all your food for the day within a set window so that you may fast for the rest. The jury’s out on whether this diet really works or not — here’s what the experts had to say.

    FODMAP Diet

    The FODMAP diet originated as a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It involves cutting out all high-FODMAP foods, which are foods that contain certain carbohydrates that cause digestive distress in some people. These foods include common staples such as wheat, garlic, mushrooms, apples, beans, brown rice… The list goes on and on. It’s a lot of healthy foods. Eliminating all of these things entirely is extremely difficult and requires constant careful attention. For people without IBS, the science shows that a FODMAP diet can do far more harm than good. The foods eliminated are not only highly nutritious, but also contain prebiotics, compounds that feed the good bacteria in your gut. And even for those with IBS, the diet was never meant to be long-term — its pioneers actually advocate for a short-term use in order to weed out foods that may be causing problems. The official FODMAP Protocol comes with a “reintroduction phase” wherein many (if not all) foods are slowly reintroduced.

    The Shepherd’s Diet

    Zero sheep were harmed during the making of the Shepherd’s Diet. This diet got its name because of the book behind it: “The Shepherd's Diet – A Biblically Inspired 7 Step System to Lose Weight, Look Great, and Feel Younger.” The book claims that “scientific evidence and God's guidelines on what to eat are in prefect sync in this food plan.” Those who buy the book have the option to purchase add-ons such as “‘The Moses Secret’ Fat Loss Protocol” and the “What Would Jesus Eat Grocery Field Guide.” Those guides are surely very informative, but here’s the gist: It’s low-carb, high-fat, moderate-protein eating with a side dish of prayer at every meal. It’s your call whether or not you want to try this diet plan.

    So there you have it: the most Googled diets of 2018. The last of which uses texts that date back to biblical times! Nutrition science may not have as much modern influence as you think — here are some other wacky wellness fads that were inexplicably popular this year.

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    Fox Nation host Steve Doocy’s Christmas dinner includes recipes from famous friends: ‘Everybody loves to eat’

    “Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy spends most of Christmas day enjoying good food — and celebrities including talk-show host Dr. Oz and even the late Alan Thicke have helped the Doocy family with their lavish holiday spread.

    Doocy meets a lot of celebrities hosting “Fox & Friends,” and uses his love of food as a way to connect with people. The result has been an ever-growing Christmas menu.

    “We’re so used to asking people about the news of the day and how they feel about politics, but when you ask someone about food… they’re very passionate about it,” Doocy said. “Everybody loves food. Not everybody likes to make it, but everybody loves to eat it.”

    Fox Nation is home to “Cooking with Steve Doocy,” which takes him inside the kitchens of some of his famous friends who are willing to share family recipes. He has already recorded episodes with Fox News host Martha McCallum, Anthony Scaramucci, NFL legend Joe Theismann and Dr. Oz, among others.

    Doocy and his wife, Kathy, also wrote “The Happy Cookbook: A Celebration of the Food That Makes America Smile,” which has an entire chapter dedicated to holiday foods.

    The Doocy family starts off the holiday with “Mary’s Christmas French Toast Casserole,” a recipe that a family friend provided many years ago and found its way into the cookbook.

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    Deviled eggs are another Doocy family tradition, and celebrity chef Paula Deen even offered advice on how to improve upon his conventional recipe.

    “There’s just something about deviled eggs, whether it’s the summer around Fourth of July for a picnic or a big sit-down meal like Christmas or Easter, we always do that,” Doocy explained. “Paula Deen gave us hints on how to transport deviled eggs and make them a little tastier. That was much appreciated.”

    Deen also gave Doocy tips on “how to make the perfect pimiento cheese dip,” which may or may not be part of the Christmas spread.

    “For the big holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving, we always have turkey. And a couple of years ago we got a recipe from Alan Thicke’s wife,” Doocy said.

    Thicke, a legendary sitcom actor, died in 2016, but his family’s turkey recipe lives on in the Doocy household.

    “It involves marinating the turkey overnight in vermouth and then you stuff it with oranges and onions,” Doocy said. “It is so juicy and so delicious. We’ve been making Tanya and Alan Thicke’s turkey, and it’s in the cookbook.”

    The Doocy family borrows its turkey recipe from the late Alan Thicke.

    As for side dishes, the Doocy family enjoys Jimmy Dean sausage dressing, and Dr. Oz offered up his recipe for mashed sweet potatoes with pomegranates.

    “He has two favorite recipes, the sweet potato casserole that his wife makes… and the other one is German chocolate cake, which is terrific because my favorite cake is German chocolate cake,” Doocy said.

    But Dr. Oz’s cake isn’t the only dessert served on Christmas in the Doocy house.

    “The hallmark desert is my wife’s Christmas cookies. She’s been making them for as long as we’ve been married — over 30 years ago she started,” Doocy said. “She makes simple sugar cookies… wherever we go around Christmas time, we always bring a plate or two.”

    Doocy and his family also make gingerbread cookies and have recently started serving White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders’ bourbon chocolate pecan pie – which she famously made for the press corps after CNN’s April Ryan accused her of lying about whether or not she made the desert.

    “We also make Martha MacCallum’s mom Betty’s bourbon pumpkin cheesecake, which is one of the greatest holiday deserts and she only makes it once a year,” Doocy said. ”It is so delicious. It’s unbelievably good.”

    Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @briansflood.

    Thief in Santa hat steals beer, bacon from gas station convenience store

    Police in Wisconsin are currently looking for a very festive thief who was spotted stealing bacon and beer while wearing a Santa hat.

    The suspect – whose belly may be shaking like a bowlful of jelly (and pork and beer) by now – was caught in the act by surveillance cameras at the Kwik Trip convenience store in Saukville on the afternoon of Dec. 9, WDJT reports.

    Police say the man first concealed several beer bottles in his festive-looking sweater before shoving several pounds of bacon into his less festive pants, according to Fox 6. He then left without making a purchase.

    Officers are now asking anyone who may recognize the suspect to contact the Saukville Police Department. He was last spotted leaving the Kwik Trip in a large van, and not a sleigh driven by Budweiser Clydesdales, lest anyone think otherwise.

    Oprah responds to viral video of chicken-tasting segment: ‘This chicken needs some salt and pepper’

    Oprah doesn’t like unseasoned chicken and she won’t pretend otherwise. At least that’s what one guest on her show learned in a viral clip from 2006 that recently resurfaced online.

    On Saturday, Buzzfeed writer Spencer Althouse shared a 30-second clip of a cooking segment from The Oprah Winfrey Show over 10 years ago, in which guest Anna Ginsberg shows the host how to make Baked Chicken and Spinach Stuffing, a recipe that won her the $1 million prize from the Pillsbury Bake-Off competition.

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    In the now-viral portion of the segment, Oprah takes a bite of the finished product and her reaction is not what many were expecting.

    After chewing the small bite of stuffing for what seems like forever, she says: “I, I, I, I do…like it. I like it very much. I think, did we add salt and pepper? I think we needed salt and pepper.”

    That’s when Ginsberg says that no, there is no salt and pepper, but you can “add it yourself.” Quickly recovery from this revelation, Oprah replies, “I think it’s delicious, is what it really is.”

    The clip quickly went viral, sparking thousands of retweets and memes about Oprah’s hilarious reaction to the unseasoned chicken.

    On Thursday, Oprah responded to the video, sharing what was really going through her mind when she tasted the recipe.

    “OK, Spencer, I don’t know whatever made you pull that tape out of the vault, but, made me laugh,” she says.

    “I always wanted anybody who came on the show, no matter what they did, to have a good experience. And I also wanted to stay in my own truth while allowing them to have that good experience. I was having a moment of trying to decide, Do I want her to have a great time? What is my real moment of truth?” Oprah explains. “Because the truth for me was that I am used to having salt and pepper on my chicken. That’s just the truth. That’s what I was thinking: This chicken needs some salt and pepper.”

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    The strangest part of this whole situation is that the original recipe actually calls for salt and pepper, and in the full segment, Ginsberg tells Oprah she’s adding salt and pepper to the glaze that goes on the chicken. The stuffing, however didn’t contain salt and pepper, which is what Oprah appeared to be tasting when she gave her hilarious response.

    Michelle Gant is a writer and editor for Fox News Lifestyle.

    Costco discontinues Kirkland Signature Light Beer

    Bad news, frat boys. Costco has stopped selling its Kirkland Signature Light Beer, a longtime staple of low-budget parties.

    On Dec. 12, The Takeout broke the news that the wholesale superstore had discontinued the beverage, which had long been chastised by critics as having the smell and taste of "urine."

    Though Costco representatives did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment, a spokesperson did confirm to Business Insider that the infamous brew had indeed been discontinued.

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    As noted by the outlet, the beer became a popular party choice for its appealing price tag, as customers could purchase Kirkland Signature Light Beer in a 48-pack for just $22 — or less than $0.50 per can.

    Twitter users, meanwhile, largely lamented the news but some heralded the discontinuation as the end of an era.

    “Dude, I am so, so sorry,” one Twittizen wrote to a friend of the news.

    “Rest In Peace to a real one,” another agreed.

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    “Costco stopping sales of Kirkland light beer is like McDonalds not giving toys with the happy meals. THIS. IS. ANARCHY,” one fan exclaimed.

    “thx for the mems” another mused.

    Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak

    Burger King is giving away $30K before Christmas

    You’re going to have a very happy holiday season, if Burger King has anything to say about it.

    In the 12 days leading up to Christmas Eve, the fast food chain is launching the 12 Days of Cheesemas promotion, and some of the items they’re giving away aren’t exactly small fry.

    According to a press release, Burger King will be giving away everything from a year’s worth of free chicken fries to a trip to Bermuda to a Jeep SUV, a $500 airline voucher, a 43-inch TV, an HP Chromebook and more. Even if you don't win one of those golden items, there are 23,000 chances to win onion rings, medium fries, chicken nuggets or a Whopper for a penny.

    The grand prize, however, is better than a shiny gold Burger King crown. On December 24, Burger King will be giving one lucky Whopper lover $30,000. Each purchase made through the chain's mobile app during the 12 Days of Cheesemas will automatically enter the customer into the grand prize drawing for $30,000.

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    Unsettling trend of food safety violations at sports stadiums uncovered

    You might want to rethink your ballpark hot dog. And your peanuts. And Cracker Jacks.

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    A report released Thursday by ESPN’s Outside The Lines showed a high amount of food safety violations at concession stands at major professional sports venues around the country.

    In 111 MLB, NHL, NFL and NBA stadiums, 16,900 inspections were conducted between 2016 and 2017. Of the inspections, 28 percent resulted in high-level violations – one that “poses a potential threat for foodborne illness” – at half or more of the food concession stands, which the National Association of Concessionaires attribute as a $2 billion industry, ESPN reported.

    Among the violations were meats left at dangerous temperatures that could potentially breed bacteria, employees inappropriately handling food for customers, moldy or expired food, dirty or contaminated utensils and the presence of live cockroaches or mice.

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    The worst offenders were North Carolina’s Spectrum Center with 92 percent of its concession stands committing violations, Michigan’s The Palace of Auburn Hills – which has permanently closed – at 86.11 percent, and Texas’ American Airlines Center at 83.08 percent.

    Colorado’s Coors Field, which had 71.96 percent of its vendors suffering high-violations, was cited for serving a Cracker Jack box with a live mouse, as well as live cockroaches in a trap in a storage room and mouse droppings in food-prep trays and a kitchen floor.

    Patricia Buck, co-founder and executive director of the Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention, told ESPN she does not eat at sports arenas because of the “chaotic situation where food is being prepared.”

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    "There will be thousands of people at the stadium and there will be maybe 100 at a restaurant, so the sheer number of people being exposed is going to be higher, so it would tend to be riskier if something like contaminated romaine lettuce was going to be served on a taco," Buck said to ESPN.

    Though not all sports stadiums had high volumes of food safety violations.

    Oakland’s Oracle Area, Georgia’s State Farm Arena and Texas’ NRG Stadium scored a 1.12 percent, 4.17 percent and 4.44 percent for violations respectively.

    Chick-fil-A knockoff? Walmart’s new ‘Chicken Dipping Sauce’ likened to fast-food fave

    Chick-fil-A aficionados devoted to the fast-food chain’s signature dipping sauce may have another way to satisfy that craving.

    Walmart’s Great Value brand of chicken dipping sauce has drawn stark comparisons to Chick-fil-A’s classic sauce. After trying Walmart’s bottled sauce, Today’s Terri Peters said it was “pretty darn close” to Chick-fil-A’s.

    Walmart’s Great Value brand of chicken dipping sauce has drawn stark comparisons to Chick-fil-A’s classic sauce. (Walmart.com)

    The fast-food giant describes its dipping sauce as having “notes of honey mustard and a smoky tang.” In comparison, Walmart describes its version as “made with a rich honey mustard sauce and a hint of BBQ smoke flavor.”

    The superstore’s sauce was a “little more smoky and less mustardy” than Chick-fil-A’s dip, Peters said. However, in a Reddit thread many fans have heralded Walmart’s sauce as a suitable replacement to Chick-fil-A’s.

    “Honestly couldn’t have told the difference. And I’m a hardcore Chick-fil-A sauce person,” one user posted.

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    “This is what I’ve been wanting forever,” another said.

    Chick-fil-A’s beloved sauce was actually created by accident, according to the restaurant’s blog.

    Hugh Fleming, a former owner and operator based in Virginia, is credited with first creating a honey mustard dressing recipe to pair with the chicken nuggets. But then another employee accidentally mixed barbeque sauce with it — and a “hit” was born.

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    The sauce was so popular, in fact, that the fast-food restaurant used to provide it in pump dispensers, but customers would take soda cups and fill them up with the sauce, according to Chick-fil-A.

    Those hoping to get their hands on a bottle of Walmart’s dipping sauce should be warned: Peters said she had a difficult time finding it in a location near her, and it’s currently not available on Walmart’s website.

    Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

    Whataburger fan paints pastoral landscapes featuring iconic burger chain

    If Thomas Kinkade only painted fast-food chains, the result would be this Texas-based artist Michael Esparza’s Etsy store.

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    Esparza, of San Antonio, had just moved back to his hometown in 2012 after studying art in Italy, he told Texas Monthly.

    The first thing Esparza did once he was back in the Lone Star State? Go to Whataburger.

    “Then right after that, I went to Bill Miller’s. I just needed a burger, and I needed a po’ boy. I was already full after Whataburger, but I didn’t care,” he said to Texas Monthly.

    It was after dining at the fast-food chain that Esparza had a lightbulb moment — to create bucolic scenes featuring Whataburger and other notable Texas outposts.

    “I wanted to make something that was super Texas. A landscape that was even more Texas than the landscape that we have,” he says. “A lot of people I would talk to in Europe, they would tell me what they thought Texas looked like. So I wanted to make those landscapes what they thought, but also as a person from here, I wanted to make them even more Texas. It’s like Texas squared.”

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    Esparza started the series, intended to be “little beacons for where you live,” he said to Texas Monthly.

    The artist started his Etsy shop in May and moved about one painting a month at a reasonable $15, until Jezebel senior staff writer Maria Sherman discovered the works earlier this month and sent a tweet about the collection. Now they are going for $25 apiece.

    “Huge fan of this etsy store that apparently only sells romantic oil paintings of [T]exas fast food institutions,” the tweet said.

    Since then, Esparza has been selling dozens of prints, Texas Monthly reported, and creating a lot of buzz on social media.

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    But it’s not just Whataburger, Esparza is also painting an idyllic landscape featuring Bill Miller Bar-B-Q and Taco Cabana.

    Something for every proud Texan.

    Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.