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The biggest Chinese restaurant in the world seats 5,000 people

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 7 May 2014

Think your local Chinese restaurant is busy? You probably haven’t eaten at the West Lake Restaurant. This is the biggest Chinese restaurant in the world, with 88,000 square metres of floor space and 5,000 seats for customers. The restaurant’s design is modeled after the Forbidden City in Beijing, has five kitchens in total, over 1,000 […]

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Chirps chips: Snacks made from crickets promise to deliver a proper crunch

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Monday 5 May 2014

Insects are the future of food, that’s what three recent Harvard grads Laura D’Asaro, Meryl Natow, and Rose Wang, proclaim. Thus they’ve emerged with the protein-packed ‘chirps’, a chip-like snack made out of beans, rice and cricket flour. Wait, what? Cricket flour from slow roasted milled crickets? It’s all meant to be eco-friendly and wholesome […]

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Best mum in the world bakes up scarily realistic yellow reticulated python of a sponge cake

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Monday 5 May 2014

Wow, a cool baker mum in England actually overcame her phobia of snakes to bake a smashingly realistic cake replica of a yellow reticulated python — Amelanistic Burmese, to be exact — for her six-year-old daughter’s birthday some time back.

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All-you-can-drink coffee across 28 cafes for a month? Hell yeah, it’s happening in New York

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 3 May 2014

How this can possibly fail to take off is a baffling thought: Israeli startup Cups has just launched an app that allows anyone to take up a month’s subscription to drink as much coffee or tea in any of its 28 stores or so locations across New York. Cups started in Tel Aviv in late […]

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Designer Nori: laser-cut seaweed with stunning geometric patterns

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Friday 2 May 2014

Now this, this deserves to be called food porn! In the wake of the tragic 2011 tsunami that hit Japan, ad agency I&S BBDO and seaweed shop owner Umino Hiroyuki designed a series of laser-cut seaweed to help boost the weak sales of local nori manufacturers. ‘Japanese people are eating less seaweed than before and […]

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Super Mario’s Koopa Troopas are now burgers

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 1 May 2014

Ever wondered what happened to Koopa Troopas after Mario viciously stomped on their poor heads? I think I know the answer. Oakland-based Instructables instructor ‘Canida’ created a tutorial on how to cook delicious burgers based on the red and green video game turtles you loved to hate.

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A waffle made out of vanilla ice cream bathed in maple syrup espresso

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 30 April 2014

Dominique Ansel, the devil, err I mean the chef who masterminded the Cronut, is back with another sinister, diet-destroying dessert: the Waffogato. It takes Tahitian vanilla ice cream and moulds it into a waffle. Warm maple syrup with espresso is then poured onto it. Toppings like tapioca balls, sea salt, and Belgian waffle bits are added […]

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The most popular meals around the world when everyone’s drunk

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 30 April 2014

Chances are, someone, somewhere is piss drunk at this moment. And if he’s American, he’s probably eating a slice of pepperoni pizza. If he’s Japanese, he’s slurping on some hot ramen. Whereas somewhere in Germany, someone’s enjoying currywurst and fries.

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The Japanese are going nuts over these weirdly cute sausage people

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 29 April 2014

Why am I not even surprised these sausage people popped up in – surprise, surprise – Japan? The latest trend there right now involves slicing sausages to give them arms, legs, eyes, a mouth, and sometimes, hair. They are then cooked (alive!) and set alongside other food items inside bento boxes, waiting for their eventual demise.

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Sommelier? Drink your wine from a paint can!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 26 April 2014

Lithuania-based ad agency McCann Vilnius has created a rather unique way to present a batch of new red wines ‘produced annually by the Beaujolais region of France’. The designers explained what motivated them to create the paint bucket design (and it might surprise you!): ‘This year we tried to reimagine function of the wine. Obviously […]

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There’s a museum dedicated to instant ramen noodles in Japan

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel, New Food and Packaging on Friday 25 April 2014

Whether you’ve dined on instant ramen during a tight spot or slurped them up because you just can’t get enough, one thing’s for sure – those instant noodles are delicious. Packed with MSG, yes, but delicious! And so it’s only fitting that such an incredible food would have its very own museum. The Cup Noodles Museum is located in Yokohama and extends over 10,000 sq. metres with museum documents on the history of cup noodles.

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Chocolates that look like the 8 planets

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 24 April 2014

Poor Pluto, even in culinary circles it’s still not considered a planet. Chocolatier L’eclat of the Righa Royal Hotel in Japan is selling chocolates that look like the planets in our solar system. The delicious, celestial collection includes: Mercury (coconut mango), Venus (cream lemon), Earth (cacao), Mars (orange praline), Jupiter (vanilla), Saturn (rum raisin), Uranus (milk tea), and Neptune (cappuccino).

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One giant leap for humanity: the pizza cake

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 23 April 2014

Move over, Cronut, we’ve found our new food abomination: the pizza cake. Boston Pizza is currently holding, ‘Pizza Game Changers’, a competition to find out the most innovative and game changing pizza idea there is by way of fan voting. So far, the cake pizza – a six-layer dish stuffed with cheese, pepperoni, ham, and sausage – has been the fan favourite, garnering more than 3, 100 votes.

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Eat up your social media symbols, kids!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 22 April 2014

Remember when your parents tried to make you eat vegetables back in the day? They struggled a lot. Since then, companies have been coming up with new and innovative ways to get kids to eat their veggies, but it looks like Birdseye has gone just a step further. I’m not sure if these are being […]

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Bone Dusters Paleo Ale, a brew made from a 35-million-year-old whale fossil

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Monday 21 April 2014

This will separate the occasional beer drinkers from the beer enthusiasts! Bone Dusters Paleo Ale is a beer – wait for it! – that’s brewed from a 35-million-year-old whale fossil. It comes from the co-founder of Paleo Quest, Jason Osborne, who ‘hit upon the idea of a craft beer to get people interested in science’. […]

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