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Japanese Snacks: Toys and Candy

The Japanese figured it all out: what makes a kid want that box of cereal? It's the toy, right? I could see a box of Blistered Snarglepuffs, but as long as it came with a Star Wars action figure, I couldn't care less about how good the cereal tasted. It had to be mine. More

Review: The Hello Kitty Wine, Brut Rose

They might as well rename it "Hello, Creepy," because that's exactly how you'll feel purchasing Hello Kitty wine, from the moment you ask the sales clerk where to find it, right through to the cash register ring-up, where they will encircle the neck of your bottle with a pendant suitable for a six-year-old. Nothing makes you feel like a pedophile faster than buying a bottle of Hello Kitty Wine. More

Video: 'FOOD' from Tales Of Mere Existence

"I wish I could eat food until I'm stuffed and then get into a time machine to travel back to when I started eating so I could keep eating food." In the "Food" episode of his series Tales of Mere Existence, artist and film maker Levni Yilmaz talks about the many things he would like to eat—eggs Benedict, pizza, foie gras, quiche, and more—and why he wants to eat them, while drawing an accompanying cartoon. More

Food-Related Idioms from 'I'm Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears'

To fish the cake: to patch things up (Spanish) I'm Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears and Other Intriguing Idioms From Around the World by Jag Ballah is a collection of idioms with their meanings accompanied by illustrations by New Yorker cartoonist Julia Suits. We have a few food-related idioms to share from this book, which comes out on June 16. More illustrations after the jump.... More

Spatula Taxonomy

This image, created by Lunchbreath after walking around the International Housewares Show in Chicago last month, makes me wish that Disney would create an animated film called Snow White and the 137 Spatulas. Related An In-Depth Tribute to Sporks Six things you cannot live without in your kitchen? [Talk] Place Setting from Hell... More

Al Roker Shops an Animated Chef Cartoon

According to Media Bistro: "Today weatherguy Al Roker is shopping an animated cartoon about the life of a 'major player in the culinary world'—read chef—as a child, he confirms. Like any oyster with strong survival instincts, Roker’s lips are sealed about details. He will say, however, that two networks are interested 'and it’s looking pretty good.'"... More

In Videos: Funny Fictional Cocktails

In his latest cocktail column, Eric Felten of the Wall Street Journal describes some fictional cocktails from cartoons, movies, and books. Daffy Duck cartoons, The Nutty Professor, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and The Simpsons have all provided recipes or inspiration for cocktails—more likely than not, ones that are overly potent and undrinkable. Watch clips from some of these videos after the jump.... More

Beaker the Muppet Visits Ben's Chili Bowl

A Beaker internet meme is a pretty good meme. The hapless lab assistant, famous for speaking the language of mee-mee-meee, has been keeping busy in D.C., riding public transportation, busting former mayor Marion Barry in his hotel room, hugging the Obama girls, and getting his half-smoke on at Ben's Chili Bowl. Related What's a Half-Smoke? In Videos: Barack Obama Doesn't Know What a Half-Smoke Is Where Did the Swedish Chef Muppet Come From?... More

The First Diet Book Graphic Memoir

thebigskinnybook.com Cartoonist Carol Lay toiled with weight for years, until she reached her goal of 125 pounds. (She's kept it off ever since.) In her new graphic novel-memoir-motivational diet book, The Big Skinny: How I Changed My Fattitude, Lay uses imaginative story lines to show it ain't easy—like George Clooney showing up, tempting her with sausage-egg biscuits and hash browns. But her will power was strong enough to slam the door on him, and again when the senior chick magnet showed up in a silk robe, dangling a nightcap at her. On another page, evil strikes again, but in the form of a girl scout at the door. How will the heroine combat Thin Mint temptation? A chainsaw. Lay... More

Where Did the Swedish Chef Muppet Come From?

According to Mental Floss, the genesis story behind the bushy eyebrowed muppet with his endearing Swedish-gibberish accent ("Yom-yom-yommm, mit de chocolad!") and wooden spatulas: Swedish Chef Lars “Kuprik” Bäckman claims he was the inspiration for the Swedish Chef. He was on Good Morning America, he says, and caught Jim Henson’s eye. Henson supposedly bought the rights to the Good Morning America recording and created the Swedish Chef (who DOES have a real name, but it’s not understandable). One of the Muppet writers, Jerry Juhl, says that in all of the years of working with Jim Henson on the Swedish Chef, he never heard that the character was based on a real person. Every year during the Muppets Christmas reruns time,... More

'New Yorker' Turkey Cartoon Caption Contest

In this week's New Yorker food issue, the cartoon caption contest involves a man holding a big turkey under his arm. Got a good caption idea? According to a Slate piece earlier this year, you want to get inside the man's head and make sense of his bird-holding beliefs and intentions. Finalists for this week's cartoon will appear online Monday, December 1 and in the December 8 print issue.... More

Vintage Food Blogger Cartoon

If this man walks into your restaurant, grab the bottomless pitcher of Pinot. Because if he doesn't leave happy, he'll tell the entire internet on you, probably that very night. Drew and Natalie Dee behind Married to the Sea teach us an important lesson in this comic, titled "No Free Refills": the food blogger can crush you on Google.... More

Another Kind of Chicken Fight

Chicken fights usually involve a swimming pool, two teams, sitting on shoulders and slipping. Pretty harmless. But what happens when an actual chicken gets hold of a razor-sharp knife and wants to start something? All those times we stuffed him (and his kind), basted them, sizzled them, drowned them in herbal marinades. Nightmarish poultry revenge! [Via SwissMiss]... More

Sushi Pack: Crime Fighting Sushi Cartoon

Sushi Pack is a new cartoon series on CBS featuring a group of crime-fighting sushi (plus one condiment)—Maguro Maki (tuna), Ikura Maki (salmon), Kani Maki (crab), Tako Maki (octopus), and Wasabi. They're up against the Legion of Low Tide—Toro (fatty tuna), Unagi (eel), Mochi Mochiato (frozen rice-coated ice cream ball), Uni (sea urchin), Fugu (blowfish) and Titanium Chef (a catfish sushi chef). Young impressionable minds everywhere can now spend Saturday mornings becoming familiar with sushi terms. If sushi wasn't mainstream before, it is now. [via Sushi or Death]... More

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