I've never been big on vegan desserts, but when they look as magical as these incredible Lisa Frank whoopie pies by Courtisan Cupcakes, I'd be more than willing to give them another shot. Complete with not only vivid rainbow colors, glitter and sprinkles, they even come adorned with a Lisa Frank cake topper. It's like someone transformed my 3rd grade Trapper Keeper and turned it into a dessert!
We've heard of donuts with bacon, but taking an ordinary restaurant meal and turning it into a donut is a whole new level of dessert. That's exactly what New York donut shop The Doughnut Project (previously featured on Neatorama for its bone marrow donut) is doing with the favorite restaurant dishes of its founders, Troy Neal and Leslie Polizzotto.
Their new creations include one with grilled Nueske's bacon on a peanut butter glaze with a jalapeño jelly filling, based on this dish from Chef Ryan Bartlow's Quality Eats (top); a kabocha squash filled doughnut with a grilled green grape glaze with a fried caper topping inspired by this dish at Chef Michael Anthony's Gramercy Tavern (above); and a pasta-like donut with tomato jam filling, olive oil glaze and pecorino cheese with a guanciale topping that is a nod to the Bucatini All'Amatriciana at Chef Robert Zwirz's Lupa (below).
Lupa's co-owner, Mario Batali, was so touched by the tribute that he plans on offering a mini version of the donut on the restaurant's dessert menu.
Mario eats mushrooms that look way too brightly colored to be safe, and the red and white ones are clearly inspired by fly amanita mushrooms, which can be toxic if not ingested properly.
But Mario has all the extra lives he could ever need, which make it okay for him to ingest potentially toxic substances, so what are humans with one life left supposed to eat instead of toxic mushrooms?
How about radishes that are sliced to look just like power up mushrooms from the Marioverse?
The Ravanello won't actually imbue radishes with the power-up abilities of a Mario mushroom, nor will it make people who can't stand radishes suddenly change their minds, but it does make some adorable food art!
-Via Laughing Squid
Flowers are pretty and all, but they don't really do much. If you want to impress someone who doesn't care about aesthetics all that much, skip the traditional bouquet and instead visit Say It With Beef where you can buy a Broquet made of delicious meat products life beef sticks and jerky. The flowers come in two varieties -daisies and roses and they even come in a special romantic pint glass or beer mug.
It's the perfect Manentine's Day gift.
Digitalsoju TV took some people who escaped from North Korea years ago to one of the best barbecue restaurants in South Korea. They also recruited a master barbecue chef and flew in a variety of American barbecue sauces. The people who were trying all these cuts of meat and sauces for the first time were quite impressed (as I'm sure anyone would be).
But the food is mainly a starting point for a discussion about the difference between North Korea and the rest of the world. They tell us about the food, the farms, and the customs they grew up with, and especially the North Korean government that takes everything from the people to feed the administration and military. It's all in Korean with subtitles, but well worth the watch. -via reddit, where two of the video producers answer questions.
Warning: if you watch this, you will end up hungry.
If you buy a lot of fresh fruit, you probably see it go bad here and there. Now you can do better than lemonade out of lemons by making wine or cider out of your old fruit. Supposedly you can even turn the fruit into mead -though obviously that requires more honey than it does fruit. The Alchema device is currently available for pre-order and while it's a pretty penny at $429, that could be a bargain for people who drink a lot of craft brews and end up tossing a lot of fruit. Best of all, you won't be wasting food anymore.
TV shows are always coming up with crazy food inventions no person would ever eat in real life, or at least wouldn't have eaten before the internet turned making and eating food monstrosities into a great blog post.
The Tang-wich and Toothpaste Sandwich from Married With Children, the Take Me Out To The Burger burger from Bob's Burgers, and the classic Super Shaggy Sandwich from Scooby Doo all seem too ridiculous to make and eat in real life.
But Cracked's Loryn Stone proved she has an appetite for ridiculousness when she made these sandwiches, along with the Twinkie Wiener Sandwich from UHF and the El Burdigato Supreme from Teen Titans GO!, then taste tested every one of them.
The results were surprising with some (Loryn loved the Take Me Out To The Burger burger with Cracker Jack and peanuts) and not surprising at all with others (The Super Shaggy has sardines, marshmallows and fudge in it, so Loryn naturally found it to be inedible).
And in the end Loryn sacrificed her stomach to show us why these sandwiches don't belong in the real world.
See 6 Awful Sounding Sandwiches From TV (Built and Tested) here (NSFW language)
The poop emoji has been a runaway success over the last few years, but for those who wish they could just take a big bite out of it, you can finally get your wish. This crappy dessert was created by Rancho Santa Margarita's The Doughnut Parlor. It's a chocolate cake donut with dark chocolate icing, covered in a spiral of chocolate buttercream and acccessorised with edible candy eyeballs.
While some people might have a hard time biting down on poop, the emoji donut has surprisingly become their biggest seller since it was released.
I wouldn't suggest letting Siri or Cortana or any other annoying AI assistant suggest places for you to eat or drink while you're out on the town, because they're liable to suggest places to go based on sponsored content.
Instead, you should do like Try Guy Keith and go Google Search if you're looking to let an app control your life for a day...oh wait, they use sponsored content too, don't they?
Well, Keith had pretty good luck trusting Google Search to tell him what to eat, drink and do nearby (within a mile of his location, Santa Monica), and he even made a new friend from the Valley!
Keith then headed Downtown, met a new buddy and went to brunch, a bar and a Lakers game at the Staples Center, because they were livin' that Google sponsored life.
I guess the moral of the story is if you run in to Try Guy Keith and he tries to make friends with you take him up on his offer, because you're in for a delicious adventure!
In Singapore it is traditional for grooms to show up at their bride-to-be's house before a wedding and participate in silly tasks at the request of the bridesmaids. Chen Guanyou must not have thought that didn't sound quite exciting enough on its own, so he decided to show up with his groomsmen all dressed in McDonald's costumes. Maybe it was a last hurrah for his fast food fandom because his bride, Joanna Tan, actually hates fast food -at least she was a good sport about the whole thing.
Via The Daily Dot
Pretty much everyone knows that man buns are awful, but those that have not yet gotten the message can be encouraged to cut off their buns in exchange for free alcohol. Of course, you have to be in Brooklyn, but if you are (and you happen to have the much-hated hairstyle), The Boobie Trap is happy to give you a full bottle of alcohol if you'll ditch the bun in the bar.
Finally a chance to get rid of an incredibly regretable fashion decision and forget about it all at the same time!
New York City is the birthplace of pizza in America, and pizza is so intrinsically tied to the city that many historical tours will include stops at pizzerias like Lombardi's, America's first pizzeria, which opened in 1905.
And that's what's kind of amazing about New York City pizza- places are serving up tasty slices all over the city, and some of these places have been in operation for a hundred years.
New York is the birthplace of many things, but for today’s purposes, we’re sticking to pizza. Frank starts with a quick history lesson from Scott Wiener, the owner of Scott’s Pizza Tours. Then, we hit the streets to see and taste the history for ourselves. The best thing about the city’s pizza scene is that it’s relatively young, so you can still eat slices from the ovens of the people that started it all and put New York pizza on the map.
-Via Laughing Squid
Jack In The Box is known for serving up fun food that isn't exactly good for you, but fast food fans don't worry about the calories- they just want something affordable that tastes good.
And at Jack's the entire menu is priced to sell, but nothing is cheaper than their tacos, which are often sold at the nice price of 2 for a buck.
Maybe this nice price is why Jack In The Box sells over 554 million crispy tacos a year, or maybe it's the fact that they're so easy to tack on to any order?
Whatever the reason Jack's is currently selling "the same amount of tacos as McDonald's sold Big Macs in 2007".
And even though many people think Jack's tacos are gross, claiming they'd never eat them, they're being sold at a rate of 1000 per minute so somebody's scarfing them down!
Almost everyone knows that waiters and waitresses aren't the most well-paid employees around, but seeing an employment contract that charges them every time they give male customers straws, fail to say "hi" or "bye" to customers or take out their cellphone is particularly shocking. Redditor 00generic posted this absurd employment contract that her cousin was asked to sign, noting that the restaurant already fired one employee who refused to sign.
Needless to say, other Redditors were not happy about the employer's requirements and many pointed out that the company may be breaking the law.
We took all those strange food products on the store shelves for granted back in the 80s and 90s, never knowing those neon colored decades would be seen as the heyday for funny foods.
But now that Holiday Spice Pepsi, Hidden Valley Pizza Ranch dressing, Pop-Tarts Crunch cereal, Chicken Tonight and Nestle Bug Pops are no longer sold in stores people are starting to wonder if they were just a figment of their imagination.
It's arguable whether life is a little more bland without these funny food products, or if we're better off without these freaky foods dancing in our bellies.
But there's no denying the world is better off without that Chicken Tonight theme song dancing through our heads!
The question is, how realistic do fake body parts have to be before you can't bring yourself to eat them? You've seen Halloween recipes made to look like disembodied fingers and other limbs, but they contain cake or candy or something. This recipe is the real deal, because the fingers are made of meat, with the exact shape of real fingers, complete with bones sticking out! Tye Lombardi cast molds of her fingers that ended up being so realistic that she recognized her own scars. She filled them with meat, stuck in pretzel "bones," and garnished them with barbecue sauce. The result is too realistic, but still delicious. Learn to make your own fingers edible at the Necro Nom-Nom-Nomicon.*
*Motto: Putting the Gore into Gourmet
The flavors you like are partially based on how sensitive you are to certain chemicals. Now Meantime Brewing is creating custom brews for customers based on their DNA. Using a saliva sample to analyze what flavor compounds you may or may not enjoy, they will make you a beer they think you enjoy. They will even have you come in to consult on the beer so they can get your input on their flavor profiles and help name the beer and design the label. Of course, this kind of customization isn't cheap -the basic package will cost almost $31,000, but at least it leaves you with a good 2,000 pints of beer.
Read more about the process on their website.
Via Food Mic
Jen Yates has several posts that highlight the best of 2016 at Cake Wrecks. This cake with "sprinkels" came from the post The Best Literal LOLs of 2016. Other best-of lists include cakes featuring the Best Misunderstandings of 2016, in which the decorator just took their best guess at what was wanted, and the Best NSFW Wrecks of 2016, some of which were on purpose.
There are plenty of fancy restaurants serving up expensive meals that are delicious and filling, but it seems the more pretentious restaurants have lost sight of the fact that they're supposed to serve good food, not gimmicks.
Head to Quince restaurant in San Francisco and you'll find one of the most ridiculous and pretentious concepts in fine dining ever conceived- frog legs and white truffle croquettes served on an iPad.
The croquettes plate is called A Dog In Search Of Gold, and it's served on an iPad showing a video of dogs hunting for truffles, part of a $220 fixed-price supper that otherwise sounds quite delicious.
The Michelin-starred restaurant also recently served up frog legs on an iPad showing a video of frogs leaping around a pond, just to remind diners where their meal actually came from.
Nothing brings actors together like co-starring in the same motion picture, and it's not uncommon for movie stars to meet on the set and become fast friends after months of filming.
But I'm pretty sure James Franco and Bryan Cranston didn't actually become good buds until they appeared on First We Feast's Hot Ones and ate atomic chicken wings.
Cranston and Franco are comedy gold in Why Him?, proving they make one hell of a double act, but after watching them tackle this hot wing challenge they could also hit the road as competitive eaters!
The internet loves to hate Guy Fieri. It's like his loud mouth, two-toned beard and backwards sunglasses are just begging to be mocked. In 2016, the chef was the butt of many internet jokes and we all benefited from it -like that time they envisioned him as an average American dad rather than his flamboyant American dad reality or that time he cruised along with Mad Max. We already showed him hurt himself by eating, but it's hard to get enough funny Fieri jokes and Eater rounded up the best of them from the year.
In the quest to find new and exciting ways to combine snacking and drinking people have come up with some clever and delicious combos, but these wine and cheese shots are just plain wrong.
It's also unclear whether she really thinks drinking red wine out of a shot glass made of cheddar cheese is a heavenly experience, but she's really good at acting like she enjoys it!
In case the thought of drinking red wine out of a cheddar cheese tube didn't leave you feeling completely grossed out here's the original video to finish the job.
The fake food hustle is still going strong in countries around the world, and the targets of the scam are usually poor people in third world countries who can't afford to do anything about being ripped off.
But these fake food scams are typically small operations selling products that aren't necessarily deadly when ingested, and many more fake food incidents are simply urban myths spread to keep people on their toes.
However, a two and a half ton shipment of "Best Tomato Rice" was intercepted in Nigeria and is currently being tested- because the rice may be nothing but grain shaped pieces of plastic:
Lagos customs chief Haruna Mamudu said the fake rice was intended to be sold in markets during the festive season.
He said the rice was very sticky after it was boiled and "only God knows what would have happened" if people ate it.
It is not clear where the seized sacks came from but rice made from plastic pellets was found in China last year.
"Whoever made this fake rice did an exceptionally good job" says the BBC's Martin Patience, "on first impression it would have fooled me. When I ran the grains through my fingers nothing felt out of the ordinary. But when I smelt a handful of the "rice" there was a faint chemical odour."
Customs officials say when they cooked up the rice it was too sticky - and it was then abundantly clear this was no ordinary batch.
NEW EDIT- The debate is over and the verdict is in- the plastic rice is normal rice contaminated with microorganisms:
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, a senior official with the NAFDAC said levels of bacteria, including Coliform, found within the rice were “above permissible limits,” and that the product was unsuitable for human consumption. On its own, this bacteria isn’t usually harmful, but its presence is an indicator of other contaminants, such as microorganisms that dwell in fecal matter, disease-causing bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
Speaking at the same press conference, a Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) official said he had acted on “credible intelligence” that “large consignments of plasticized rice were...to be shipped from the Far East to Africa.” He added that the NCS would intensify patrols to prevent further batches of tainted rice from entering the country’s borders.
Troublingly, intelligence reports suggest that several tons of this dangerous rice are still lying in wait in warehouses in neighboring countries.
EDIT- This story has been confirmed to be false, thanks to A. DeBusk for sharing this information:
On 24 December 2016, Nigeria's Ministry of Health announced that tests on the "plastic rice" had revealed the rice was in fact not plastic:
In [a] statement, Yetunde Oni, acting director-general of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), who briefed minister, was quoted to have said that preliminary findings by the agency failed to validate the claim by the NCS.
“Following the reports on the seizure of ‘alleged plastic rice’, NAFDAC team of inspectors led by the Director Ports Inspection Directorate(PID) and Director laboratory services visited the Area Comptroller’s Office, Ikeja, Lagos and drew samples from the seized consignment for laboratory analysis,” Oni said.
“The products were in 25kg pack size with no NAFDAC number, batch details and manufacturing details of address of manufacture and date markings.
“The following preliminary tests and results were found to be in conformity with the specification for rice: Floating — negative, cooking — normal, odour — normal, colour- off-white rice grains , moisture -13.0 , pre-ashing — normal.” -Via Snopes
-Via Boing Boing
There's something so satisfying about a great piece of art, but sometimes you just don't want to hang a Van Gogh on your wall. Sometimes you just want to lick it. For those days, there are these Art History lollipops from Etsy seller LIQNYC.
Of course, if you prefer the pop art of comic books over the fine art of the masters, you might prefer these classic comic book designs instead. The shop carries plenty of other designs as well, including creepy eye pops, space designs and even zombies, so whatever you're into, why don't you just lick it already?
Did you know an In-N-Out manager can earn up to $350,000 a year? Or that each location has a secret secret menu that no one can order but the employees? These are just a few of the fascinating things you can learn from this Thrillist article revealing secrets about the chain from a manager. In case you're wondering, he suggests that the best burger you can order at the restaurant is the double-single, two burger patties, one slice of cheese, chopped chilies, chopped onions, and one tomato slice. The bun gets a spiral of mustard and a squeeze of lemon juice.
It's worth mentioning that in another Thrillist article, they make a pretty compelling argument that being a manager at In-N-Out is better than being a lawyer. They have some good points, you can make similar money, you don't need to pay for college and In-N-Out not only offers killer benefits but also sends managers and their spouses on vacations to international destinations every year.
Even if you don't want to work at In-N-Out, you can still learn the inside secrets in this Thrillist article.
Even if you don't eat it, you must admit that old fashioned ribbon candy is beautiful and takes you back to the Christmases of your childhood. Watch as the folks at Lofty Pursuits (previously at Neatorama) make it the old-fashioned way.
Watching a confectioner make candy is mesmerizing. They make it look so simple, but we all know that without the expertise and the specialized equipment, this project is impossible. But you can buy the candy at Public Displays of Confection. -via Digg
Tye Lombardi at The Necro Nom-Nom-Nomicon (previously at Neatorama) shares a recipe for coal that you'll want to find in your Christmas stocking, because it's a sweet treat!
One of the highlights of my holiday season is the annual visit from my good friend Krampus. While you mortals are eagerly awaiting the big guy in his red suit, I prefer his much shaggier, much darker companion.
We have spent many a long winter night munching on penta-graham cookies and sipping hot cinnamon and orange tea sweetened with these inky black lumps of sweet indulgence.
For many people, getting coal is a symbol you’ve been naughty, but for us denizens of hell, it’s how we sweeten all our drinks!
The ingredients are things you have around anyway, except for possibly the black food coloring. Try this recipe out any time, and you just might want to make plenty to give to your naughty and nice friends next year. -Thanks, hearsetrax!
Preparing cute (and often cartoon character shaped) meals for kids is a popular pastime among parents these days, but some of their edible art creations really stand out from the rest.
That's because food artists like Laleh Mohmedi have a knack for combining custom shaped ingredients on a plate to form fantastic likenesses of famous characters.
Laleh's creations are made to look like her son Jacob's favorite characters, which means the faces are every bit as fresh as the ingredients used to make them.
The Melbourne-based food artist shares pics of her work on Jacob's FOOD Diaries blog, Instagram and Facebook, where she also shares some of her experiences in the kitchen with the funny little guy who inspired it all.
(Image via kimberleyshaw20)
There's nothing quite like a shot of fresh cut grass. Or smoked salmon. No, really, those are real flavors of vodka and they're only two of the thirty five insance flavors featured in this Supercall article. While most are a little odd, but at least charming (bubble gum or cinnamon churros), there are others that are utterly terrible sounding -like tobacco or the naga chilli that measures in at 250,000 scovilles.
See the full list here