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The World’s Most Unique Religious-Themed Restaurants

Most theme restaurants are based on tiki bars and guys dressed in gorilla suits, but some use religion as a source of inspiration. Here are eight theme restaurants from around the world that could kick your faith, and hunger, into high gear.

Relgious-Themed Restaurants

For more restaurants where food meets faith, watch Holy & Hungry every Sunday at 10pm ET.

9 Foods with Religious Symbolism

It’s easy to go your whole life, munching away, and never realize that many of the foods you eat were actually originally inspired by religion and religious iconography. We decided to pull the veil off of these faith-based foods to give you an inside look at the secret history of some of your favorite chomps.

Symbolism and Origins of Religious Food Traditions

For more food, fun and faith, watch Holy & Hungry every Sunday at 10pm ET.

14 Fascinating Food Factory Facts

Unwrapped 2.0 is about to invade your television sets with a new host, Alfonso Ribeiro, and a new set of behind-the-scenes looks at how your favorite packaged foods get made. In honor of the show’s past and future delights, here are 14 fascinating facts in the world of mass food manufacturing.

Watch Unwrapped 2.0 every Monday at 10pm ET.

Bonus: Binge on some old-school episodes of the original Unwrapped for free online.

Here is a $400 White Castle Burger Just Because

White Castle is known the world over for its diminutive, and cheap, slider hamburgers. However, what if the burgers weren’t designed to cost less than a buck? What if they cost over 400 times that? One food blogger has been looking into just that, creating a massively expensive White Castle burger out of fancypants ingredients.

Nick from Dude Foods, who is no stranger around these parts, has just unleashed one of his most ridiculous creations yet: the $400 White Castle slider. What makes it so expensive? He topped it with two expensive cheeses, Pleasant Ridge Reserve and Hook’s 15 Year Cheddar, then ladled on $200 worth of Italian white truffles. He wasn’t done, however. Finally, the slider received generous portions of duck foie gras, Russian caviar and a fried quail egg. Oh yeah. He also topped it with 24K gold flakes. It’s not fancy unless it’s gold.

If you have a whole lot of money to burn and the hankering to turn something lowbrow into something decidedly high brow, give his outlandish recipe a try. One thing to note, however: He said it tasted terrible.

The World’s 10 Weirdest Brunch Restaurants

Brunch: It’s not breakfast or lunch, and when you’re hung over it tends to take place well after both of them. Brunch is a time to lazily sip on mimosas and hungrily chomp on breakfast fare (or burgers). Not all brunches, however, are created equal. Some are typical, and some, like these, offer plain cool and plain bizarre ways for you to spend your weekend afternoons.

Photos: 10 Weirdest Brunch Restaurants

For more awesome brunches, watch Brunch @ Bobby’s every Saturday at 12pm ET.

Food Delivery App Adds Healthy Button to Help Avoid Cheeseburgers

The last couple of years have seen the rise of the insanely convenient food delivery app. The only downside? Delivery food is not, on average, good for you. Most of it is downright unhealthy. One delivery app, Eat24, is trying to change that with the addition of a ‘healthy button.’

The company recently unveiled an aggregate system that uses a series of algorithms to determine what menu items are healthy enough to eat without breaking any of those vaunted New Year’s resolutions. It’s not the kind of thing that will just jut out obvious options like turkey burgers. The algorithms were designed by nutritionists so you can expect actually healthy instead of fake healthy.

This healthful button has already launched nationwide, so if you use Eat24 on the regular, and you want to cut down on the chimichangas, try it out.

Hershey’s Also Jumps on the 3D Food Printer Train

The last few months have seen many tech pundits claiming that the ‘Internet of things’ is a mere five years away. As you can see from reading this blog, it may come even sooner than that. 3D printers that crank out food are all over the place, and now Hershey’s is getting in on the game with a chocolate printer.

Note. This is not a printer made out of chocolate, to be given to Printshop enthusiasts on their birthdays or whatever. The CocoJet Printer, made by Hershey’s and a company called 3D Systems, prints stuff out of chocolate. This could be a boon to small businesses that specialize in candy and want to be able to print any shape they want.

The companies did not announce when this thing would be available on store shelves, nor have they announced a final price. Those familiar with the product, however, suggest it will be expensive, clocking in at anywhere between $5,000 and $10,000. That’s a small price to pay for a chocolate bar shaped like your dog.

Affordable Food Printers Will Soon be an Actual Thing

The worlds of 3D printers and food have been slowly colliding for the past couple of years. But even though the technology is there to magically print delicious recipes right in the comfort of your own home, the price hasn’t exactly been right. One company is trying to change that by releasing a food-based 3D printer at an affordable price-point.

This week’s CES electronics conference saw XYZPrinting announce their 3D Food Printer, which prints out dough-based foods in layers ranging from .8 to 6.4mm, with a maximum print size of 7.8 in. by 5.9 in. by 5.9 in. So, if you are thinking cookies, cakes and, potentially, even pasta, you are in the right headspace. Also, it’ll allow you to hop online to download shapes, so that chocolate chip Smaug will finally be within your grasp.

What’s the price? Well, they haven’t announced it officially, but many analysts predict it’ll come to store shelves at the very attractive price of $500.

Researchers Create Potato Grown in Salt Water

Photograph by Sarah Helena Rijpkema

Conventional wisdom indicates that salt water, while looking refreshing, offers no source of adequate hydration. Thus, crops could never hope to be grown in the stuff. However, a group of researchers in the Netherlands just proved that conventional wisdom wrong by creating a salt potato. 

The potatoes were grown using a steady diet of salt water under exacting conditions. The result? A sweet and slightly salty potato that tastes, and smells, unlike any other spud out there. Also, they just might make a French fry that doesn’t need extra salt.

The big news here is that the researchers suggest this same process could be used to grow other crops using salty sea water. There has been no word if the reverse will prove to be true. In other words, the world still waits for fresh-water-weed.

Some States Eschewed Ball Drops in Favor of Food Items This NYE

Conventional wisdom indicates that a giant ball be dropped to ring in the new year. It happens in Times Square, often with musical accompaniment, just in case you have some kind of memory disorder. However, some cities around America said ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to that ball, opting instead to drop food items. Here are some.

Presque Isle, Maine dropped a giant sardine to celebrate their canning industry.

Tuscon, Arizona chose a gigantic 15-foot taco to celebrate, uh, how much tacos rule.

Mobile, Alabama went with an oversized MoonPie — not because they are made in Mobile — because residents of the city eat more of them than anywhere else in the country (really.)

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