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Want to Eat: Luxirare's Edible Crayons

Or just stare at and admire. Remember that kid in grade school who was secretly eating Play-Doh in the corner? Well, he would freak if arts and crafts time involved these crayons from food and fashion site Luxirare. Each color was made from a medley of food bits including nuts, seeds, dried veggies, and fruits. For the yellow: freeze-dried corn, peanuts, bee pollen, and dried bananas. And the green: peas, green beans, dried kiwi, and green Fruity Pebbles. So if you happen to have a crayon mold lying around, clearly you should make these. Related: Potato Crisps from Luxirare... More

Video: Improv Everywhere's Grocery Store Musical

Improv Everywhere released its latest public spectacle, Grocery Store Musical, in which a handful of seemingly ordinary produce-aisle shoppers break out into song, joyously proclaiming the virtue of "squishing our fruit together." Love the "produce manager" riding out in the cart toward the end. Video, after the jump. So worth watching.... More

Japanese Mystery Cafe: You Never Know What You're Going to Get

[Photograph: cabel.name] In Kashiwa, Japan, the mysterious Ogori Cafe had a unique way of filling your order. According to Cabel Maxfield Sasser: At this cafe, you get what the person before you ordered. The next person gets what you ordered. Sounds like a fun social experiment, and, indeed, the point of the cafe seems to have been to introduce surprise into an ordinary day and to encourage strangers to interact with one another. And I love what Sasser's friend ordered for the customer after him: Mike went up to the cafe, slapped down a couple thousand yen (~$25), and ordered a little bit of everything: some ice cream, some snacks, some candy, some drinks, a Japanese horn-of-mysterious-plenty intentionally set... More

Potato Crisps from Luxirare

[Luxirare] The problem with opening up food and fashion website Luxirare (the blog that brought you Pie Lollipops) is that one could easily spend days on end entranced by its incredible photo spreads. In this post on potato chips, we see the making of these stunning snacks in dozens of images—from paper-thin potato sheets to the red pepper, cilantro, and vanilla chips seen above. It's often said that food is a form of art; looking at these photos, it's clear that making it can be, too.... More

Video: Johnnie Walker 'I Walk' Ad with Robert Carlyle

AdFreak is calling this spot for Johnnie Walker whiskey the best ad of the year so far. At six and a half minutes, it's a bit long but well worth viewing. It's shot in a continuous long take, with Scottish actor Robert Carlyle narrating the history of the brand as he walks down a road in the Scottish highlands. The mini movie becomes completely engaging about a minute in, when you realize the director has worked in a clever set of well-timed visual cues at roadside that correspond to Carlyle's walking, talking narrative. Watch it, after the jump.... More

Weird Food-Related Collections

This is my collection of international Coke cans. (What, is that weird?) It's the kind of relic from my childhood that I forget about, now living three thousand miles from the house I grew up in, until I walk into my bedroom and realize—oh, right—one entire wall is lined with cans of Coke. The collection started when I was about nine years old. My family was flying back from the East Coast, and my older brother realized that the soda a flight attendant had brought him had a German label. That familiar Coca-Cola can—but in a different language! Awesome, I said to myself. I bought that can off him for a dollar. (My ever-entrepreneurial brother let me have nothing... More

Meat Cards: Business Cards Made of Beef Jerky

Meat Cards: We start with 100% beef jerky, and SEAR your contact information into it with a 150 WATT CO2 LASER.Screw die-cutting. Forget about foil, popups, or UV spot lamination. THESE business cards have two ingredients: MEAT AND LASERS. As TK Baltimore points out, "OK, but if you eat it, doesn't that defeat the purpose?" [via Boing Boing]... More

One Dozen Trader Joe's Eggs, Each with a Double Yolk

Happy Easter! Let us proclaim the mystery of eggs. This photo comes to us from Luca B., who says, "So we were making a batch of deviled eggs (yum) as an Easter hor d'oeuvre when we discovered that every egg we had hard-boiled then peeled contained a double yolk! (Purchased from the Trader Joe's in Brooklyn.)"... More

Employee Resigns via Letter Written in Frosting on Cake

Next time you give notice, say it with a cake. W. Neil Berett's resignation letter, piped on to a sheet cake, was apparently "delicious and well received." Dear Mr. Bowers, During the past three years, my tenure at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard has been nothing short of pure excitement, joy and whim.However, I have decided to spend more time with my family and attend to health issues that have recently arisen. I am proud to have been part of such an outstanding team and I wish this organization only the finest in future endeavors.Please accept this cake as notification that I am leaving my position with NWT on March 27. Who knew naval shipyard workers were so awesome at... More

Cooking 'Chicken' in a Lego Rotisserie Oven

Plastic-block mastermind Martin Jaspers has crafted a rotisserie oven from Legos. It even lights up and spins the chickens. I don't know about you, but when I was a kid, we didn't have all these fancy pieces. We had to make do with mundane strips and blocks and the occasional spaceship canopy from a Lego space set. Video of the oven in action, after the jump.... More

American Idol Anoop Desai's 60-Page College Honor's Thesis on Barbecue

I'm not really watching American Idol this season because the last thing I need is another umpteen hours of television a week, but if I were watching, I'd be pulling for Anoop Desai. I mean, how can you not love a contestant who wrote a 60-page college honors thesis about barbecue? Sixty pages! Wow. Desai wrote the paper as an undergrad at the University of North Carolina, a state that knows a thing or two about 'cue. The table of contents is listed below, but you can download and read the whole thing from anoopdog.com [pdf]. Desai is now a grad student at UNC, but this University of Kansas grad and KC barbecue partisan won't hold that against him. Table... More

Melon Carving from the Melounovy Festival

Pumpkin carving? So three months ago. Get with the program. All the cool kids have moved on to melons now. The Melounovy Festival in the Czech Republic seems to be ground zero for the artform. Get your knives sharpened. Preliminaries will be held July 31 and August 1. [via Boing Boing]... More

Portland, Oregon's Front Yard Taco Truck

The Oregonian How 'bout this? Portland, Oregon, taco truck owners Gabina Lopez and Chencho Martinez parked their mobile kitchen on the street next to their home and then built a dining area in their front yard for customers. Now free of debt, Martinez had borrowed from his brother to buy the truck and used a Home Depot credit card to build out his porch to the street. "My American dream is starting to take shape," he said. Neighbors complained, but the truck is legally in a commercial zone, so there wasn't much the city could do but require the owners of El Nutri Taco to upgrade some electrical hookups. The truck is on Southeast Woodstock Boulevard near 84th Avenue,... More

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