There are some things as predictable as the onward march of time. Cats will always be jerks. Rents will always be high. McDonald’s will always sell their signature burgers and fries. That last one? Maybe not as set in stone as once thought if this new Australian cafe has anything to say about it.
McDonald’s Australia quietly launched a cafe called The Corner, which is filled to the brim with healthy options. Also, there isn’t a Big Mac to be had, which is great news for fans of health and horrible news for fans of that Big Mac song. They do serve burgers, but they are locally sourced and healthier (in other words, they won’t stave off mold for fifty years.)
It’s being billed as a sub-division of McCafe and that clown Ronald is nowhere in sight.
Burgers are big business, as anyone in the burger business can tell you. Burger joints reign supreme over any other kind of restaurant, making twice the dough of their nearest competitor, pizza parlors. So, with that in mind, it should come as no surprise that NYC darling Shake Shack has just filed for a $100 million initial public offering with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
What does this mean? Well, for one, expect to be able to buy and sell Shake Shack stocks in the near future. You should also expect many new franchise locations to open up around the world. The company plans to open ten new locations per year, capping out at a ludicrous 450. They are also rebranding themselves under the new label ‘fine casual.’ It’s sort of like casual Friday if, instead of finally being able to eschew that suit, you had to wear one of those dumb tuxedo t-shirts.
The documents outlining the offering have some interesting facts about the company, including their plans to open multiple locations in Russia and the success of the Middle East market, which already boasts twenty locations. It looks like the golden arches may face some stiff competition from brisket burgers in the near future.
There will come a day, as seen in every sci-fi movie ever, in which humans are no longer needed in the workforce, permanently replaced by robots. Help speed the dystopia along by pre-ordering this spiffy robot bartender.
The Somabar, currently funding on Kickstarter, is an all-in-one robot bartender for the home. You just pop in the ingredients you want and let the machine do the rest. It connects to the Internet, so the list of available cocktails is constantly updated. Never again will you have to suffer through the humiliation of having to lift a spoon to mix something by hand.
Somabar has already blown through its initial funding amount, so this thing will see the light of day. Of course, if you get weepy and start crying about your ex to this bartender, it probably won’t give you any advice.
In other parts of the world, KFC has strayed pretty far from their fried poultry-based roots (Japanese locations even have deep-fried soup.) Now KFC Russia is gathering up new menu items that will probably never see the light of the day in the west. They’ve gone full-on teriyaki.
The new line is chock-full of teriyaki-based items, from rice bowls to salads to wraps. The star ingredient looks to be just your average fried-chicken chunks rolled around in sauce and sesame seeds, but they are certainly upping the curiosity factor by stocking chopsticks. That’s right. People in Russia can stroll on down to their local KFC and eat their dinner with chopsticks. The world is a magical and mysterious place.
When will the rest of the world get to chomp down on KFC’s attempt at Japanese food? There has been nothing announced, but keep your chopsticks sharp anyways.
It’s something of an open secret that people are more creative after a few sips of the ole ‘work juice.’ However, tis a fine line between excess creativity and excess alcohol consumption. A Danish brewery is attempting to help people skate right on that line, without ever falling off.
Rocket Brewing, along with a marketing agency called CP+B Copenhagen, has just unveiled a new beer called The Problem Solver, which attempts to solve the problem of keeping people drunk but not too drunk. The companies cite a study in which it is suggested that peak human creativity is attained at 0.075 blood alcohol content. Thus, every bottle of this 7.1 percent India Pale Ale comes outfitted with a drinking guide. It uses sex and weight to ascertain when you should stop drinking, so you can finally finish that novel instead of just texting sad faces to your ex-spouses.
Of course, this assumes one would stop drinking as soon as they get their creative buzz on. Ten thousand years of human history says otherwise.
Many people predict that drones, tiny helicopters that fly about automatically, are going to be a fixture in the very near future. A slew of companies, including Amazon, are working on their own variations on the concept. One such company in Amsterdam, however, may have them all beat. They designed a drone that delivers coffee.
A tech firm called Purrontwerp & Skeyework are behind the Coffee Copter — and what a copter it is. If you work in a building that employs this technology, all you have to do is order a coffee and then wait as that delicious caffeine is flown to you posthaste. You won’t ever have to lift a muscle, which is good because muscles are heavy. A constantly evolving 3-D algorithm ensures the drone doesn’t bump into anyone or cause any trouble while it’s traveling and it also has a built-in stabilizer so it doesn’t waste any of that liquid gold.
The company is currently looking for investors so they can enter the manufacturing phase, but for now they have a working prototype set up in their own office space. The rest of us will have to get our coffee the old-fashioned way, by sending an intern out to get it.
Garfield, in all of his infinite wisdom, sure does love lasagna. He’s also pretty greedy. It would stand to reason that America’s favorite fat cat would be all over a delicious lasagna that also happened to be packed to the gills with precious metals. Well, if you happen to know Jim Davis, send him a link to this crazy pasta dish a Las Vegas casino just concocted.
The famous Mirage Hotel and Casino, which sits right on the Las Vegas strip, just unveiled the appropriately named Diamond and Gold Lasagna. This modest meal features layers of Kobe beef, Iberico ham, prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano-Riggiano, buffalo mozzarella, porcini mushrooms and foie gras Alfredo sauce. That would be decadent enough on its own, but there’s also white-diamond truffles and 23-karat gold leaf. Maybe you can eat enough gold to make up for the life savings you puttered away at the craps table.
If having the pasta-equivalent of an engagement ring floating around your innards sounds appetizing, you can buy this ornate lasagna for $100.
Spoiler alert: People in China don’t eat anything that resembles what the west knows to be “Chinese” food, even though General Tso was actually a real person. You could walk for hours, with nary a piece of crab rangoon in sight. However, thanks to the invasion of American pop culture, there is certainly a market for it. Now, thanks to a duo of entrepreneurs, people in search of endless grease can get their fix.
Introducing Fortune Cookie, an Americanized Chinese restaurant right in the heart of Shanghai. They serve all of your favorites, including the aforementioned general’s favorite chicken. You can also get orange chicken, sweet-and-sour pork, fried dumplings and just about anything that can be ordered via paper menu in the west. They also give fortune cookies with every order, another American invention.
The eatery’s owners say, when it started, the clientele was comprised of primarily expats. Now, however, it has become a popular destination for young people.
Sous-vide cookers are something of a holy grail among foodies. High quality home units can cost thousands of dollars and mid-grade units clock in at a few hundred. There’s just something about a piece of meat brought to temperature in a sous-vide, and then finished in a hot pan, that simply cannot be replicated. Why spend all of that cash, however, when you can make a tech forward model out of spare parts? That’s what one MIT student just did for a final project.
Matthew Arbesfeld spent around $100 on parts to create a completely functional, including an accurate thermometer, sous-vide system. Also, it must be noted, it goes even further than some restaurant level units. His sous-vide is completely wireless, being controlled via Bluetooth. To show the efficacy of his device, he cooked a steak and devoured it like the visionary he is. He’s also used it to cook burgers, eggs and potatoes. The holy trinity.
If you ever find yourself in a tiny dorm room with some raw meat and a bunch of electronic components, you know what to do.
From being stuffed with cheese or topped with all manner of flavoring, the world of pizza crusts has been in constant flux. Will there ever be an end to the madness, a plain Jane crust lover might cry. Probably not. On that note, here are some pizza crusts stuffed with peanut sauce.
Domino’s Taiwan has just introduced a specialty crust, available for all pizzas, that features a mixture of both cheese and peanut sauce. This salty-and-more-salty combo may just be the ticket for someone who couldn’t decide between a pizza and a bowl of dandan noodles.
So if you find yourself wandering around Taiwan in search of the calming glow of a multinational corporation, give this bizarre concoction a shot.