World Cup Doughnuts, Wacky “Napkin Table” and a Record-Setting Steak Eater

by in News, May 30th, 2014

Word Cup DoughnutsGoal! What better way to honor the efforts of fit athletes from around the globe gathering to compete than with a selection of snazzy doughnuts? To pay tribute to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Krispy Kreme Japan is introducing six limited-edition doughnuts inspired by six of the 32 countries set to participate in the global soccer tournament: Mango Passion (Brazil), Creme Brulee (France), Tiramisu (Italy), Peach Melba (the United Kingdom), Lemon Cheesecake (the United States) and Green Tea Cake (Japan). They look delish, but maybe don’t try to eat them all in one sitting without an assist. [Krispy Kreme Japan via The Daily Meal]

Peculiar Picnic: It’s a napkin — and a portable picnic table with cup holders. Two industrial design grads from Taiwan’s Tunghai University have created a “napkin table,” a take-along tote that unfolds and attaches with straps to the necks of two diners sitting opposite each other. The flat surface extending like a flat hammock between them can accommodate plates, utensils and beverages, and loose fabric at each end can be used to dab crumbs from lips. The creators say their napkin table “can improve the relationship and interaction between people when eating.” Certainly it would require a certain amount of trust. One sudden move from your meal companion and you’ve got a lapful of lemonade. Ick. [Design Boom]

Competitive Carnivore: You’ve got to be pretty darn hungry to eat a 72-ounce steak, plus a baked potato, shrimp, a salad and a bread roll, in one sitting. But to do it in less than five minutes — and then to plow through another identical giganto-meal and finish both in less than 15 minutes? For that you apparently have to be Molly Schuyler. The 5-foot-7-inch, 125-pound competitive eater from Bellevue, Neb., who set a new steak-eating record when she downed the double dose (9 pounds total!) of medium-rare meat at Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, on Monday morning. (Watch her do it here.) “We witnessed history,” the restaurant’s co-owner Danny Lee told the Amarillo Globe-News. “If there’s a zombie apocalypse, I want to stay away from this girl.” Sounds wise. [Amarillo Globe-News via New York Daily News]

In Other Food News: The first Dairy Queen in Manhattan opened its doors at 10am Thursday, but customers stood on line starting at 7:30pm Wednesday in hopes of snagging the free gift cards that would be distributed to the first 50 customers and DQ T-shirts to the first 200. [Wall Street Journal] Everything is now cool between hot sauce maker Huy Fong Foods and Irwindale, Calif. On Wednesday, as expected, the Irwindale City Council voted to drop its public nuisance complaint against the Sriracha factory. [Pasadena Star-News] Brunello bust! Italian police seized about 30,000 bottles of wine that had been fraudulently labeled as Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico and other premium wines, though they were actually nothing more than normal table wines. [Associated Press]

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