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Fast food packaging redesigned as "artisanal" hipsterchow


Buzzfeed's Dan Meth has remixed the packaging for iconic American junk-food to make it look like the premium organic/handmade/artisanal products marketed to moneyed, design-forward customers.

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Chocolate megalodon teeth for the Easter Dinoshark


Cast from a real fossil dino-shark tooth, available in milk, dark and white chocolate, just in time for Easter. (via Bruce Sterling)

Edible barcodes to prevent food fraud

Food-DNA

The idea of "spray DNA" sounded very sci-fi when I first read it, until further investigation showed me how behind-the-times I was.

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Star Trek sushi set


The beams of blue spacewarp light on Thinkgeek's $35 Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Sushi Set detach from the Enterprise's nacelles to form chopsticks, while the saucer section unscrews to form a soy sauce dish. (via Geeky Merch)

Nightmare fuel Trix ad


1940s, before the rabbit got in on the act [Vintage Ads]

Ideas for better custom cookie cutters

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For a friend's birthday last night, we made cookies (below) using a custom cookie cutter we bought from an online service. They came out well, but I ended up wanting more control over the process.

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Next time, I'll use Cookie Caster, the free service that lets users make their own cookie cutters and download the digital files to their own 3D printer. Most everyone can scare up a 3D printer these days, either from a friend or at school. Doing it ourselves would have given us the chance to iterate on the baked good until it looked perfect. Owning more of the process, we could have done two cutters and experimented in final dough form.

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Cookie Caster is a free service (it doesn't offer cookie cutters, only digital files). It launched last fall, and it grew out of the Noisebridge hacker space in San Francisco. You can also create cookie cutters by uploading your own image and tracing around it:

cookie To make the multiple cookie cutters needed to create versions of these cookies from Fancy Flours (below), you might need something like Autodesk 123D Make or improvise your own slices. Not sure if Cookie Caster could help envision a 3D cookie like this. cookie2

I have journeyed to the soul of chocolate and I bring you good tidings

Cold brewed coffee is a revelation of complex, bittersweet, intense flavor. Cold-brewed chocolate? Even better. (Holy. Crap.)Read the rest

Crowdfunding Toronto restaurant expansion for Fonda Lola

Our own sysadmin Ken Snider writes, "Toronto Mexican Restaurant Fonda Lola, in an attempt to both raise capital for bulk purchases (to lower costs) as well as create a War Chest to open a second location, has decided to issue 1000 public shares at $75 each, via Indiegogo."

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Zombie pancake

The Zombiecake: commemorate carbohydrates and resurrection at the same time.

The Seven-Year-Old Diet


My daughter is a qualified nutritionist, and offers this orthorexic prescription for attaining peak health, longevity, and vigor through a simple, easy-to-follow diet.


Pizza condoms


Marina Malygina's mock-ups for a pizza-themed condom in its own little pizza box is intended to help resolve the American love of both food and sex.

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USA McDonald's fries have 14 ingredients. UK McDonald's fries have 4.

Here's a followup to my earlier post about McDonald's fries. In 2013 Food Babe posted the ingredients for McDonald's fries in the US and in the UK.

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Each state's most disproportionately popular cuisine

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According to a survey using Yelp data, Marylanders and Virginians love Peruvian food, Ohioans love soup, Coloradans love gluten free, and West Virginians love hotdog. Other trends:

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Low-fat diets were a "global, uncontrolled experiment"


And may be mass murder, according to a heavily footnoted editorial in the British Medical Journal.

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Mike's Amazing Cakes (previously) of Redmond, WA made this detailed, wildly improbable Batcave cake for a client, complete with a cake Adam-West-era Batmobile.

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Sonic Screwdriver cutlery


The 10th/11th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver cutlery is dishwasher safe and runs $30/setting. (via Geeky Merch)

Gingerbread Enterprise


Blackmarket Bakery sends us, "a gingerbread recreation of the Starship Enterprise from 'Star Trek,' created by us and on display at our store in Costa Mesa, CA."

Pancake safari


The latest from Saipancakes: a beautiful assortment of African animals in carbohydrate form.

WATCH: How a nearly-blind woman cooks for her family

"Gordon Ramsey would probably be angry, but he doesn't have to eat my food."

Licia Prehn has congenital cataracts and sees about 2% of 20/20 vision. [via]

HOWTO: Make glue-gun sticks out of sugar for building gingerbread houses


All Thumbs has devised a method for molding your own sugar-based hot-glue-gun sticks that you can feed into an unused and uncontaminated gun to produce perfect gingerbread-house-building molten sugar adhesive.

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How sound affects taste

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White wine goes with fish and red wine goes with meat. But some new research from the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at the University of Oxford has apparently unearthed evidence of an implicit relationship between what we eat and what we hear -- between taste and pitch, as Scientific American reports.

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8' long, 26lb, 36K calorie gummy snake


Vat 19's gummy python costs $150, but provides all the calories needed to keep you going for weeks, and has "incredible details" including "blended coloring, ridged coils, and thousands of individually carved scales" -- made in the USA, of course (not kosher or halal). (via Geeks Are Sexy)

This day, you will be mesmerized by pasta


Link (via Diane Duane)

Anatomical cookie-cutters


Boetech makes custom, 3D printed cookie cutters: brains, hearts, and skulls (plus plenty of non-antomical designs, of course).

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Baking bread from an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph recipe


Miguel writes, "I tried to replicate an ancient Egyptian bread, starting with the right kind of wheat, the grinding and the baking... I also made a modernized version inspired by Egypt."

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BAKE Savory Millennium Falcon pie


It's basically a veggie quiche with a kamut pizza-dough lid that's been shaped into the iconic "ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs" that "may not look like much but has it where it counts."

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Kickstarting a keyboard-shaped waffle-iron


What started as a viral shoop is now a potential real thing, thanks to a crowdfunding campaign that's looking for $50K to go into production.

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Old Tabasco ad


Sets the mouth to watering, it does. An image of the one true sauce, before which all other sauces are mockers, from the Vintage Ads LJ group.

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Camouflage cakes and sweets are a (delicious) thing

Photo: @iheartbaking


Photo: @iheartbaking

Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman, a Baltimore-based pastry chef famous for creative sweets, has jumped on the camo-cake bandwagon with “Camouflage” and “Pink Camouflage” cake mixes.

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Wasp crackers

It's pretty predictable that a list of the world's "100 strangest" foods would be mostly entrails and arthropods, but the digger wasp-crackers of Omachi, Japan are curiously appetizing (YMMV).

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