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Heads or Tails? Whole-Fish Sushi Offers Both

by in News, January 25th, 2015

SardinesYou can teach a man to fish, but can you teach him to eat a whole-fish sushi roll? A popular sushi chain in Japan, Kurazushi, has introduced a roll that is definitely not for the fishphobic: It’s made with a whole sardine – head, tail, eyes and all.

The roll has been created in honor of a Japanese spring festival called Setsubun, which kicks off in early February and, according to Japan Today, nods at two festival traditions: eating thick sushi rolls called “ehomaki” while facing the direction deemed most auspicious for the coming year; and adorning one’s front door with “hiiragi iwashi,” a cooked sardine head poised upon a sprig of holly, which is believed to ward off bad luck and evil spirits.

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New Hampshire Lottery Now Doles Out Dollars and Bacon Scents

by in News, January 24th, 2015

New Hampshire Lottery Now Doles Out Dollars and Bacon Scents

The New Hampshire Lottery has added an olfactory twist to its newest batch of scratch tickets. For the first time, the lottery’s offering scratch-and-sniff tickets, set to reward you with the heady scent of bacon, whether or not they earn you a prize.

The I Heart Bacon Scratch Tickets, which went on sale earlier this month, can be snapped up for $1. Players who scratch the ticket to reveal a heart symbol win the prize shown, and those who uncover a bacon symbol win double the prize money revealed on the card — up to a grand prize of $1,000, which is, of course, a respectable pile of scratch.

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This Robotic Bartender Will Mix a Perfect Cocktail in Five Seconds

by in Drinks, News, January 22nd, 2015

SomabarLots of us enjoy drinking craft cocktails, but not all of us enjoy making them – or even really know how. And alas, perhaps all too few of us have a cute mixologist who will whip them up “with a little bit of love.”

A new gadget that’s just gotten funded (and then some) on Kickstarter is aiming to render that human mixologist obsolete and take the handmade beverage high-tech. The Somabar, which its makers describe as a “robotic bartender for your home,” is a craft-cocktail appliance that looks sort of like a SodaStream on steroids. Users download an app onto their smartphones (both Android and iOS) and then connect via WiFi to the Somabar, which they’ve preloaded with their favorite cocktail ingredients (spirits, mixers and the like), to order the mixed drink of their choice. Seconds later, they can be taking their first sip of a carefully calibrated, scientifically mixed cocktail.

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How Many Slices of Pizza Does the Average American Eat in a Lifetime?

by in News, January 20th, 2015

PizzaNo matter how you slice it, we Americans love our pizza. But is there a way to quantify just how much we love it? It turns out that there kind of is.

According to a poll conducted by the restaurant chain CiCi’s Pizza and reported in the New York Daily News, the average American will devour at least 6,000 slices during the course of a lifetime. CiCi’s survey of 1,000 people also found that one-third of those who eat pizza do so at least once a week, and one in 10 of us eats as many as three slices as often as three times a week. And while 85 percent say they eat pizza mostly because they enjoy the way it tastes (thin crust or deep dish, one-third of us don’t care which), 47 percent of us admit that convenience is a pretty big factor too.

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There’s a Plastic-Eating Fungus Among Us

by in News, January 17th, 2015

Plastic-Eating MushroomsThat classic scene from the movie The Graduate was all too true. There is a great future in plastics. The problem, though, is that future may be devastatingly long – in fact, no one really knows quite how long conventional plastics take to break down. It could be hundreds upon hundreds of years, and even when they break down, they never really go away completely. And that’s not great for our planet.

Now, science may have an answer. One word: mushrooms.

Austrian designers Katharina Unger and Julia Kaisinger, co-founders of the collaborative design firm LIVIN Studio, have teamed up with researchers at Utrecht University to devise a fungi food product they hope is capable of solving two global problems at once: too much plastic waste and too little food.

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Coffee vs. Tea: Do We Have a Winner?

by in Drinks, News, January 15th, 2015

Coffee vs. TeaLadies and gentlemen, welcome to the main event.

In this corner, weighing in hot from the kettle, all the way from Asia, the aromatic beverage made from steeped leaves, enjoyed in a variety of types (black, green, white, herbal, oolong, etc.) and once memorably lampooned by Stephen Colbert … please put your hands together for … tea!

And in this corner, a brewed morning, midday and evening pick-me-up that – to lovers of lattes, cravers of cappuccinos and enjoyers of espressos, especially – likely needs no introduction … please give a fresh-ground greeting to … coffee!

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Cadbury Crème Egg Fans Cluck Up a Fuss Over Recipe Change

by in News, January 15th, 2015

Cadbury Creme EggsWhen you tinker with a beloved holiday-candy staple, you’ve got to figure you’ll freak a few people out. But even so, the level of outrage cracked open by Mondelez International’s admission that it had changed the recipe of the Cadbury Crème Egg, that paragon of confection perfection, has been, perhaps, a bit ova the top.

“Stop all the clocks. Cut off the telephone. Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,” Adam Gabbatt wrote in The Guardian on Monday, when the change was confirmed, saying it would “go down in confectionery history as a bad day. A hurtful day.”

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Dominique Ansel to Launch Bakery-Restaurant Hybrid — Sans Cronuts

by in News, Restaurants, January 14th, 2015

Dominique AnselAfter you’ve brought the world its most-famous hybrid pastry and followed it up with several other ultra-hyped culinary mash-ups and a best-selling book, what do you do for an encore? If you’re Dominique Ansel — he of perpetual Cronut fame — you open a new bakery that is not exactly a bakery, but rather (well, of course) a bakery-restaurant hybrid.

Yup, even as exotic snack seekers still line up around the block outside his namesake SoHo bakery, the boundary-blurring baker has been lining up a new project: Dominique Ansel Kitchen, coming to New York’s West Village this spring.

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The Pitfalls of the Cheap All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

by in News, Restaurants, January 13th, 2015

BuffetThe all-you-can-eat buffet tends to bring out the gourmand in all of us. It’s hard to rein yourself in when the only limit on what you can consume is the capacity of your own stomach and you have plunked down your money and are determined to get a good ROI. Even the most-virtuous eaters among us may find themselves making their way gingerly back to their tables clutching plates heaped precariously high – only to return to the buffet line for more, and maybe more than once.

We know this glinty-eyed gluttony from experience. (Oh, the shame! The shame!) But recently scientists have shed a revealing new light on the psychology of the all-you-can-eat buffet.

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Introducing Belty, the Belt That Knows When You’ve Eaten Too Much

by in News, January 12th, 2015

Tape Measure and Blue JeansWe’ve all been there after a big dinner: Your belly strains against the waistline of your slacks, in search of a little more space. Slowly, surreptitiously, you reach down and loosen your belt, one notch, maybe two, hoping to bring your meal-swollen midsection a bit of relief without attracting the notice of your fellow diners.

A new product introduced over the weekend at CES in Las Vegas aims to change that scenario: Belty, the smart belt, is designed to automatically adjust itself based on how much you’ve eaten and exercised.

Belty, from the French startup Emiota, is designed to help in other ways too. It’s equipped with sensors that track your overall health and fitness via cues from your abdomen. If it deems your inactivity to be excessive, it will send you an alert to prompt you to get off your duff and get moving, and it will also connect to a smartphone app that offers you real-time fitness data.

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