Freedom of info funnies: CIA cafeteria complaints

Michael from Muckrock writes, "It's not easy being a spy: MuckRock's cooked up two batches of complaints about the CIA's cafeteria service, everything from Pepsi and Diet Pepsi being swapped to offensively inauthentic Russian food. The carrots, however, are 'amazingly great' if you're ever in the area."

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Japanese hamburger crocs


These new Crocs, which resemble hamburgers, are only available in Japan, and will be accompanied by custom bling in the form of plastic fries, burgers and soft drinks. [Akihabara News]

Civil War carbine with a "coffee grinder" for corn and wheat


Notwithstanding the rumors of Civil War era carbines with attached coffee-grinders to help soldiers with their bean-juice, the grinder on on this 1859 "Coffee Mill" Sharps Carbine is thought to have been used for corn or wheat.

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Taiwanese pancake chef can flip faster than an eyeblink

This man has fast hands. (via Kottke)

Anatomical cake shows the guts inside the tiers


Annabel de Vetten at Conjurer's Kitchen baked a cake that shows off the beating heart and living guts lurking under the prettily decorated surfaces of those multi-tier cakes we display for special occasions.

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Airline food's better days

In this clip from Smithsonian's "I Was A Jet Set Stewardess" feature, flight attendants from the 1960s reminisce about the multicourse meals during the golden age of jet setting.

Roast Duck Museum

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A new museum opened in Beijing, China dedicated to the history and culture surrounding the traditional dish of roast duck.

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Biohackers making "real vegan cheese"

The biohackers at BioCurious and Counter Culture Labs are seeking support in their effort to bioengineer baker's yeast to make Real Vegan Cheese!

Real Vegan Cheese is a not a cheese substitute! It all begins with regular old baker's yeast. Through synthetic biology, we engineer our yeast to become milk-protein factories, churning out real milk proteins (known as caseins). These milk proteins are then combined with water, vegan sugar and oil to make a kind of milk which is ultimately converted into Real Vegan Cheese using the age-old cheese-making process.
Real Vegan Cheese (Thanks, Eri Gentry!)

Optimus Prime cookie cutter


Etsy seller Cookie Prints makes these Optimus Prime Cookie Cutters out of biodegradable PLA.

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I discovered the best flour for homemade pizza. My kid and dogs agree it is awesome.

I bake a lot of pizza. I have a seven year old daughter. I'm also a type A obsessive personality, and I work hard, obsessively so, to perfect what I cook. This week I've been trying Caputo tipo "00" superfine flour to make my pizza crust thin and crispy with just the right amount of chew.

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Kitchens were political in the Soviet Union

Communal kitchens (in communal apartments that had once belonged to wealthy families) were a major feature of early Soviet life. NPR has a neat story about the role food and cooking played in everyday politics.

Candy balls made with ghost peppers

Thinkgeek's Ghost Pepper Super Hot Candy Balls ($10 for about 44 balls) are red-hot candy balls dusted and infused with powdered Bhut Jolokia (ghost pepper) and Trinidad Scorpion Pepper, coming in at about one million Scovilles. Also, they may contain peanuts, so there's that.

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Tisha Cherry turns food into tributes to classic art


Food artist Tisha Cherry transforms everyday edibles into tributes to iconic works of art; as she explains, her motivations are a combination of an affinity for bad puns and a desire to turn "the mundane into the magical from palette to palate."

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