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Pancakes of The Apes: Eat Primates For Breakfast (Cruelty Free)

Monday 10.20.2014 , Posted by
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Awesome dad Nathan Shields of Saipancakes is at it again with his flipping amazing pancake creations. This time he pays an homage to our primate ancestors. Using hot chocolate mix, he mixed up 3 shades of pancake batter and used them to create portraits of a chimpanzee, bonobo, gibbon, gorilla, orangutan, and siamang. He shares his process in the timelapse video below. [Read more...]

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A Growing Trend in China: Real Fruit Shaped Like Buddhas and Cubes

Wednesday 09.24.2014 , Posted by
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There’s a new craze in China folks and it’s invading markets and homes everywhere. It’s called “fruit mould” and involves shaping real fruit into mini Buddhas, hearts and squares. While the fruit is still young, the growers encase it into a custom plastic mould and let the fruit continue to grow. Then after a little time, the fruit is ready to come out of its shell to the world. [Read more...]

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Edible Chocolate Records That Can Also Play Music

Monday 09.08.2014 , Posted by
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The word chocolate is sweet music to most people’s ears, but did you know that it can also be used to store music? German genius Peter Lardong came up with the idea to create records out of chocolate and believe it or not, they can be played on a standard phonograph! He creates the records by pouring his time-tested recipe of melted chocolate into a silicon mold of his favorite vinyl. He places it in the refrigerator to set and voila! Each disc can be played up to 12 times before it’s too worn out, but that’s when the best part comes…eating it! [Read more...]

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Spirograph Pancakes? Yes Please!

Tuesday 08.12.2014 , Posted by
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Nathan Shields, pancake aficionado and all around awesome dad, has done it again with his incredibly awesome Pangraph. What’s that, you say? A ‘pangraph’ is his hand-made pancake drawing spirograph that sits atop a frying pan. With just a spin of the gear and a squeeze of the batter bottle, he creates some incredible, edible, syrup drizzled geometry for all to enjoy. [Read more...]

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Oreo Cream Art by Tisha Cherry

Friday 07.25.2014 , Posted by
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One of the most popular processed cookies of all time, Oreos have been milk’s best friend for awhile now and just about everyone has a signature Oreo-eating style. Some people like to dunk them in milk. Some prefer opening the cookie and eating the cream filling first. Others just shove the whole thing in their mouths. But Tisha Cherry turns her Oreos into art first! The popular Instagram food artist has created renditions of The Mona Lisa, Hokusai Katsushika’s the wave, several Star Wars characters, and more. [Read more...]

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We’re Flipping Over This Dad’s Pancakes

Tuesday 05.13.2014 , Posted by
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No doubt about it: former math teacher and flapjack enthusiast Nathan Shields is one rad dad. Two years ago, Shields began “illustrating” animals, fictional characters, and more with pancake batter for his adorable kids, Alice and Gryphon. He dubbed his series “Saipancakes” after the town where he first began his quirky–and completely endearing–breakfast craft. Now, he has amassed an impressive collection of pancake designs including sea creatures, mythic beasts, tree species, heady intellectuals, math jargon, and much more.  [Read more...]

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With The Most Drool-Worthy Objects Made From Chocolate

Wednesday 05.07.2014 , Posted by
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Willy Wonka had the right idea when he imagined a world made of chocolate. Humans have been obsessed with this delicious substance for over three thousand years,  and recent studies advocate for its numerous health benefits. Today, artists, sculptors, and food designers are raising the bar on what forms this sweet treat can take – and they are taking chocolate way beyond the convenience store shelf. From marbles to shoes to pencils and more, these chocolate confections pose as ordinary and familiar items, reimagining our world as antioxidant-filled and decadently sweet. Just try not to take a nibble.  [Read more...]

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Coffee Drawings Change Up The Daily Grind

Monday 04.07.2014 , Posted by
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For Liv Buranday, perhaps the best part of waking up is Folgers all over her tabletop. Initially inspired by her father’s love of his morning cup of joe, the Philippines-based artist sculpts dark-roasted coffee grounds into charming, textured characters using toothpicks and glue. Complementing her silhouettes with objects such as branches and leaves, Buranday composes her illustrations almost completely out of ordinary organic materials–all while adding a strong dose of whimsy along the way. [Read more...]

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This is Not a Cucumber.

Friday 03.07.2014 , Posted by
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What you’re looking at here may seem like food – and it is – but it’s not what you think. Tokyo-born artist Hikaru Cho is using her deft skill with a paintbrush to transform one food into another. Imagine picking up a tiny eggplant and suddenly breaking it like an egg, spilling its yolk all over the floor. That’s the reality she’s creating here. [Read more...]

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Food Like You’ve Never Seen it Before: Sarah Illenberger Re-Imagines Fruits and Vegetables

Saturday 02.01.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not uncommon to be wandering through the food market and see a face staring back at you from the fruit bin. There in the bottom of a lemon is a perfectly formed smile, complete with dimples for eyes and a crease for the lips. Sarah Illenberger’s daily experience is a lot like that, only she’s been seeing rainbows, diamonds and disco balls in her food. [Read more...]

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