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Gorgeous drone footage of Fall farm harvest in County Tipperary, Ireland

Silage is harvested grass or fodder that cows, sheep, and horses munch on fresh throughout the winter.

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LA: internet punk foodies Starry Kitchen resurface at Echo Park video-game bar

Starry Kitchen's social media hype man, Nguyen Tran. (Instagram)

Starry Kitchen's social media hype man, Nguyen Tran. (Instagram)

 Starry Kitchen's totally insane tofu balls are the punch line in many of founder Nguyen Tran's raunchy instagram captions.

Starry Kitchen's totally insane tofu balls are the punch line in many of founder Nguyen Tran's raunchy Instagram captions.

1505999_10152458712746324_3367230699080945985_nAngelenos, our city's best Uber-and-Facebook-based restaurant and its banana-suit-bedecked hype man are back. Nguyen Tran and Thi Tran, a husband-and-wife chef and viral marketing powerhouse, will be serving their adventurous Asian fare out of Button Mash, a new video game themed bar in Echo Park.

They have been missed. The Tran's adventurous culinary projects began out of their North Hollywood apartment in 2009, made it to Pulitzer-winning food critic Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants list, and became Yelp’s top rated Asian Fusion restaurant in Los Angeles.

As LA Mag explains,

After it was shut down because of legal complications a year later, and the inaugural brick-and-mortar shuttered shortly after that, the operation became a whirlwind of semi-permanent pop-up stints. When their January Kickstarter campaign failed to raise $500,000, it looked as if Starry Kitchen was left for dead.

Well, then they became an Uber-delivery-only experiment, and blew everyone's minds again. And their marijuana dinners were literally the hottest underground ticket in LA for a while.

Can't wait to get over to Echo Park.

The adorable Mr. and Mrs. Tran,  of Starry Kitchen (Facebook)

The adorable Mr. and Mrs. Tran, of Starry Kitchen (Facebook)

Tickets to the Marijuana Dinner.

Tickets to the Marijuana Dinner.

Learn how to skin a watermelon

What a fine fruit hack!

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Review: Pimping my Char-Broil TRU-Infrared grill with a rotisserie robot, and all the fixins

Boing Boing's barbecue gadget reviewer found a good, cheap grill on Amazon. But which add-ons, like an automated rotisserie, are worth buying? He investigates and tells all, right after this bite of chicken.Read the rest

What does your pizza-munching strategy say about you?


A "study" into pizza-eating habits "reveals" what sort of "person" you are.

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Review: NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System

I love this $80 device and use it daily. The problem it solved for me: get produce in my mouth.Read the rest

Watch the Food Warriors hit Broadway Junction in search of the best NYC cheap street eats


Internets Celebrities, with hosts Dallas Penn, Rafi Kam, and director Casimir Nozkowski, have a fun new NYC street foodie episode out.

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Eat invasive species and enjoy guilt-free meat

For some values of guilt-free, anyway: I ate practically nothing but lionfish when we went diving in the Caribbean, and every delicious forkful helped save the reef from a destructive, invasive species.

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Living tomato ripeness chart


Not yet. Not yet. Not yet.

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German chefs can claim copyright over the arrangement of food on plates

It started with a 2013 ruling that extended copyright to "applied arts," and it gives the force of law to "no photographs of your food allowed" signs in restaurants.

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Fruit leather purses are a thing now


Now you can accessorize with cruelty-free "leather" created from discarded fruit, thanks to Fruitleather Rotterdam.

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Tiny Hamster visits Walt Disney World

Tiny Hamster (previous/tiki bar - also in book form) visited Walt Disney World, but not the same one you and I visit -- this one was replete with tiny cardboard replicas of churro stands (with pouchable mini-churros!) and Dole Whip stands and a tiny shoebox Haunted Mansion (!) (Thanks, Eli!)

The best 'budget' barbecue grill I've found: Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 480

I don't expect a $200 grill to last a lifetime. But it has to cook meats and veggies evenly, with good temperature control. And I found a pretty affordable grill that does that reliably.Read the rest

Greens grown in space are now on Space Station astronaut menu



Fresh veggies grown in space microgravity are on the menu for the first time for NASA astronauts on the International Space Station.

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Funny plastic sandwich bags printed with fake mold


Deter hungry co-workers from swiping your sandwiches with these clever "Fake Mold Imprinted Food Safe Plastic Sandwich Bags." A pack of 20 is $6 from Amazon.

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Soylent's new liquid form is kind of spermy, and the guy behind it is sort of creepy


Annalee Newitz writes at Gizmodo about Rob Rhinehart, erstwhile “creepy nerd messiah” who today posted a long-ass personal essay to mark the release of Soylent 2.0, “the next version of his sperm-esque food replacement drink.”

We read all of the Soylent guy's essay so you do not have to. As Annalee says, it's basically about “how he’s given up alternating current so he can get ready for his life as a space cyborg.”

There are more than 35 paragraphs in Rob Rhinehart's blog post today. Here's the first.

The walls are buzzing. I know this because I have a magnet implanted in my hand and whenever I reach near an outlet I can feel them. I can feel fortresses of industry miles away burning prehistoric hydrocarbons by the megaton. I can feel the searing pain and loss of consciousness from when I was shocked by exposed house wiring as a boy. I can feel the deep cut of the power bill when I was living near the poverty line. I can feel the cold uncertainty of the first time the power went out due to a storm when I was a child. How long before the delicate veil of civilization turns to savagery with no light nor heat nor refrigeration?

Savagery! Perish the thought.

At Gizmodo, Annalee writes:

Rhinehart has all the hallmarks of a future cult leader. First of all, he’s marketing a pseudoscientific bullshit product, Soylent, which promises to liberate your nerd mind from its analog meatsack. Though actual nutritionists say replacing your food with Soylent is a bad idea, why should you trust them? Rhinehart, an electrical engineer, knows better. If you just drink Soylent, you no longer need to do icky physical things like eat solid food and store rotting items in your house. (Yes, he actually refers to food as “rotting ingredients,” which is not exactly a good sign from a dude trying to sell you things to eat.)

But now Rhinehart has taken it to the next level. He isn’t just trying to sell you on a dubious product from science fiction. Now he’s discovered that the road to enlightenment is slick with Soylent. In today’s manifesto, he’ll sell you on a whole new way of life. Inject your fingers with magnets so you can feel electrical current. Then give up on dirty, dirty alternating current, which uses up so much energy. Use a butane “space stove” to heat water for your coffee. Ride in Ubers to cut down on emissions (that is, if you can’t ride “robot horse cheetahs, or drone multicopters.”) Get your clothing custom-made in China, and stop doing laundry. Drink Soylent warm so you don’t need a fridge.

10 videos of drunk people trying to eat sandwiches

Eating a sandwich is hard when you have had too much alcohol.

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