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Robots Prepare and Serve the Food at This Chinese Restaurant

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When will the robot overlords finally take over society and lead us into a techno-dystopia? We are three years past the so-called Judgment Day as seen in the Terminator films. Will this just go ahead and happen already? The waiting is making humanity nervous. Well, maybe we won’t have too much longer to wait. Here is a restaurant in which the food is prepared and served by robots.

The Robot Restaurant, which is an appropriate name if there ever was one, is located in China’s Heilongjiang Province. All told the restaurant employs more than twenty bona fide robots, who work as chefs, servers and even entertainment. Yeah. One robot’s job is to sing to customers, to lull them into a lamb-like state as the rest of the robots prepare to take over the world, or at least an episode of Jeopardy.

In all seriousness, it must be noted that thanks to the addition of the robots, the restaurant doesn’t have to hire any actual humans. Yay for unemployment!

Hump Day Snack: Fictitious Dishes

 

Culinary moments in literature can be as unforgettable as the stories themselves. From the mad tea party in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, to the lavish buffet-dinner spread in The Great Gatsby, rich food descriptions draw the reader in, conveying the personalities of characters and helping bring the scene to life.  Channel your inner bookworm and satisfy your appetite with Dinah Fried’s new photography book, Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals. Pulled from nearly 200 years of celebrated fiction, Fried’s book features photographs of recreated meals and table settings, like the chicken dish from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and the gruel that led Oliver Twist to beg a second helping. Each photograph has an accompanying excerpt from its novel, making it a full meal of literary deliciousness.

 

You can find more photos from Dinah Fried’s book here, or check out Cooking Channel’s take on your favorite foods in fiction:

How Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar Throw a BBQ

 

We moved to the East Coast a couple of years ago, after more than a decade spent in sunny Southern California, and arrived at the end of August, just in time to catch the tail end of a very hot and humid summer.

Relocating from a California home into a Brooklyn house has been quite an adjustment (read “shock”) for all of us, dog included, but now that a few seasons have passed I can honestly say it feels we have settled down, at least for the moment.

We have left behind our pizza oven and a gargantuan barbecue that had more knobs and controls and pieces than anything I had ever seen before moving to America. I felt violated, especially when I realized there was no way I could have a pizza oven in the backyard of my new rental home. I never particularly cared for the spaceship barbecue, as I truly believe that once you have fire to cook on, you are set; there is no need for extreme accessorizing or overcomplicating the simplest way of cooking that a live fire is.

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Japanese Eatery Lets You Dine With Giant Stuffed Animals

To some people, eating alone is considered one of the great tragedies of modern life. Eating tends to be a social event, and approaching a restaurant all by your lonesome and requesting a table can be an exercise in courage. What if, however, you didn’t have to eat alone? What if you could eat with gigantic stuffed animals? You can!

Japan’s Moomin Café is based off of the similarly named book and cartoon series. Thus, each table is outfitted with a gigantic, stuffed version of one of the main characters that you can sit with and tell your secrets to. They look sort of like giant hippo-like beasts with wide eyes (insert mother-in-law joke here.)

Reports indicate that if you show up here alone, you automatically get paired with a cotton-stuffed cutie. So, if anyone asks what you did last weekend, you’ll have a ready excuse.

Dinner Rush! One-Pot Chicken + Spring Rice

Spring is here. Those are three words we’ve all hoped to hear over months of frozen nights (and a cripplingly catchy Frozen song). As markets grow packed with loads of tasty new vernal treats (and in honor of Earth Day), this Dinner Rush is all about going green.

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Sifted: Brownie Sundae Cups, Beer-Battered Onion Rings and More

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

1.  With a cherry on top: Bake brownies in a muffin pan and top with a scoop of your favorite ice cream to form these childhood-inspired hot fudge brownie sundae cups from Leanne Bakes.

2. This stunning three-layered cream cake from Box of Spice is studded with chopped pecans and shredded coconut, then smeared with fluffy cream cheese frosting.

3. Our Four Forks gives empanadas a tropical twist by stuffing the flaky pockets with sweet potato and topping them with a bright mango salsa.

4. Frozen blackberries and raspberries double as ice cubes in Boulder Locavore’s elderflower gin fizz cocktails.

5. Paired with a smoked paprika aioli, Knead for Food’s beer-battered onion rings are the perfect party finger food.

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Get Yourself Some Doughnuts With the Doughbot App

Everyone loves a good doughnut or ten. These doughy, deep-fried treats are perfect for breakfast, lunch or even a 3am crying and binge-eating fest. However, they aren’t always easy to find. What if you are exploring a new city and feel your blood sugar drop? Don’t worry. There’s an app for that.

An app called Doughbot recently showed up on the App Store and, well, it’ll help you get that doughnut fix you’ve been needing. Essentially, it’s an aggregate of web listings, Yelp pages and Instagram photos. The information is collated and pretty soon you’ll have a list of all the best and brightest local doughnuts currently awaiting chomping.

Much like a freshly prepared doughnut, this app isn’t free. It costs a whopping buck, or just about half the price of a high-end fried dough confectionery.

Meatless Monday: Roasted Spring Vegetable Salad

 

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

If a massive Easter feast has you feeling sluggish, reboot with this vibrant warm spring salad. Roasting the vegetables — a colorful tangle of mushrooms, asparagus, radishes and carrots — brings out their juicy, sweet notes; salty miso butter, rice wine vinegar and grated ginger balance the flavor. Top the lot with a poached egg and wisps of frisee for a meal hearty enough to stand in for dinner, but without any risk of a post-dinner food coma like yesterday’s holiday ham.

Roasted Spring Vegetable Salad with Miso Butter and a Poached Egg

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Pineapple Quesitos: A Spring Breakfast (or Dessert) Treat


Cooking Channel readers, meet quesitos. These wonderful little pastries are sold at bakeries throughout Puerto Rico, eaten most often at breakfast alongside a cup of coffee. The cigar-shaped treats are filled with sweetened cream cheese and various fruits, like guava paste, passion fruit and, as used here, pineapple. The tangy-sweet fruit surrenders to its sugary side when sauteed with butter, brown sugar and vanilla, making the quesitos taste even more decadent. They’re beautiful in a shabby-chic kind of way, nothing fussy — just rustic goodness with a generous dusting of powdered sugar. The best thing is that you can whip them together in about 10 minutes and instantly satisfy your craving for something sweet. But piled high on a platter, they just as easily translate into a beautiful dessert for spring entertaining.

Pineapple Quesitos

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Web-Only Freshman Class Videos

On last night’s The Freshman Class, Amalia was forced to choose between school and family when her daughter’s play conflicted with an important wine class.

In this web-only clip, Amalia seeks the advice of another mom to help her decide:

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