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“Let’s Put Pumpkin in Everything!” The Numbers Behind The Pumpkin Foods We Love and Hate

Thursday 10.30.2014 , Posted by
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The saying might not be “as American as ‘pumpkin pie’ ,” but it might as well be. With autumn comes the wafting scent of the famous desert, along with a growing cornucopia of pumpkin based creations, from sweet treats to alcoholic drinks. Not everything is making our mouths water, however. Microsoft Social Listening went to work, finding out what people loved and loathed, and what was getting discussed the most online this season. The numbers Microsoft uncovered are more than a little surprising. [Read more...]

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Recipe Photographs Give New Meaning to “Throwing a Meal Together”

Sunday 08.17.2014 , Posted by
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Berlin-based designer Nora Luther and photographer Pavel Becker teamed up to create a delicious series of recipes – where the raw ingredients are displayed floating in air. Thanks to some skilled high-speed photography, the ingredients are properly proportioned to create the meal, while the final result is left up to our imagination. [Read more...]

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This is How Math Geeks Eat Their Bagels

Friday 08.01.2014 , Posted by
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Much like a Reeses cup, there is no wrong way to eat a bagel, unless you’re gluten intolerant. But there is a more mathematically sensible way to create more surface area for your cream cheese, unless you’re lactose intolerant. Although I suppose this math nerd fun would also work on Gluten-free bagels with dairy-free cream cheese. So geek out with Stony Brook University research professor George W. Hart as he shares a mathematically correct bagel cutting guide that would make your geometry and trigonometry teachers proud. [Read more...]

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Army Eats: What Does Your Country Feed Their Soldiers?

Thursday 07.31.2014 , Posted by
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Around the world there are millions of soldiers, and all of them need to eat. Some are currently in a conflict, others are in training and some are just waiting. When in the field, the standard meal is an MRE, or “Meal, Ready-to-Eat.” Typically, these ready made meals come with a small instant heat pack to warm the contents of the foods provided. [Read more...]

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Geometrically Sweet: 3D Printed Sugar Cubes are Here

Tuesday 07.15.2014 , Posted by
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If you are tired of putting normal sugar cubes in your morning cup of coffee, there’s a new alternative to make your experience that much more exciting: 3D printed sugar cubes. Yes, they are super sweat. Created by the Sugar Lab team at 3D Systems, the cubes come is a variety of unusual shapes, sizes and tasty colors. [Read more...]

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Napkin Table: For Your Most Awkward Date, EVER

Monday 06.09.2014 , Posted by
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If your first dates aren’t ending up awkward enough, I think we’ve found your solution. The “Napkin Table” is the creation of industrial design students at Tunghai University of Taiwan – a device which loops around you and your partner’s neck, creating a table like eating surface in between. Yes, now any sudden neck/torso motions you were hoping to make are transferred to the tabletop of both you and your date. If romance is on the menu, you might give this invention a miss – unless the apple of your eye has an appetite for humor. [Read more...]

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Good Morning. Here Are People That Look Like Donuts.

Wednesday 05.28.2014 , Posted by
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Being called a “donut” is not normally the most flattering thing, but this wacky series makes it visual. Ad agency Bruton Stroube teamed up with Strange Donuts to create a series of human/donut doppelgangers that are truly ridiculous. Now you have a whole new tasty way to judge people on their looks. [Read more...]

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Clever Dad Makes Eating Healthy Food Look Like More Fun Than The Processed Junk Food Kids Typically Prefer

Tuesday 04.15.2014 , Posted by
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While it’s obvious to adults that fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet, there are no fun commercials or packaging for these foods to convince kids that they can be fun to eat. Awesome dad, Beau Coffron, AKA Lunchbox Dad, took it upon himself to make the foods he wants his kids to eat artistic and fun to eat. Turning regular foods into storybook and movie characters, his daughter gets a new surprise every time she opens her lunch box. [Read more...]

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Around the World in 80 Diets: A Photographic Study of People and Their Daily Eating Habits

Sunday 04.13.2014 , Posted by
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Photojournalist husband and wife duo Peter Menzel and Faith D’Alusion have come up with yet another poignant theme for their latest book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets. They spent 3 years visiting 30 countries, asking 80 people from all walks of life to share with them the visual answer to the simple question, “What do you typically eat in 1 day?” The portraits themselves are compelling and very telling of the way culture and occupation shape a person’s diet, and thus health. Along with each photograph is a list that details all of the items along with the total calorie count. [Read more...]

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Food as Art: Beautiful Compositions by Charlotte Omnes and Beth Galton

Wednesday 04.02.2014 , Posted by
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The creative spirits in food stylist Charlotte Omnès and photographer Beth Galton collaborated to create a wonderful exploration of food as art. Using the same method as an artist using paints, they took select foods, mashed them up, and used the result as their medium. Whether it was an onion, pomegranate or caviar, it made no difference. [Read more...]

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