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Crazy Food Experiments in Movies

In the immortal words of some random scientist, “Don’t just play with your food, experiment with it!” It’s with that spirit that we present to you the greatest, wackiest and just plain tastiest experiments with food in the history of cinema.

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Super Food Nerds: Make Your Own Creme Fraiche

In my lifetime, I’ve bought (and eaten) a pretty significant amount of creme fraiche, which is like a thicker, tangier sour cream that falls somewhere between condiment and fresh cheese. I’m not a terribly fancy hors d’oeuvres person, but every so often there’s a recipe that calls for it, or a dessert that might otherwise be too sweet. I’m a big fan of serving it alongside chocolate cake, which I think I stole from April Bloomfield at The Spotted Pig long enough ago that it’s officially become my own personal thing.

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Here is a London Cafe Dedicated to Smokers of E-Cigarettes

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Ah. The humble e-cigarette. These vaporizer-based “fake” cigarettes are usually used by heavy smokers as a stopgap measure before they quit. However, lots of people just like them and smoke them in lieu of regular cigs, not as any sort of first step toward a smoke-free lifestyle. For these latter folk, boy does London have a cafe for you.

Vape Lab, located in trendy East London, is a coffee shop that also doubles as an e-cigarette lover’s dream. They sell dozens of e-liquid flavors, ranging from absinthe and Cuban tobacco to bubblegum and custard. Also, you don’t even have to own your own vaporizing device. They’ll rent one to you for the evening.

Unfortunately, the cafe’s policy on actual cigarettes is a bit vague. Hopefully there won’t be some kind of tobacco-based turf war.

Go Eat a Friggin’ Rainbow! Alie & Georgia’s Guide to Colorful, Healthy Eating

Turns out, an apple a day does not keep the doctor away. But seven might.

The University College London studied the eating habits and health of more than 65,000 people, and recently published the finding that seven servings of fruits and veggies a day cut death risk by 42 percent compared with eating less than one serving a day — as opposed to a 29 percent reduction in five-a-day eaters.

What does this mean? Grub some plant-y things As if your life depended on it!

But stay on track and keep things colorful using the simple trick of eating a rainbow a day. This does not mean chasing water vapor to the end of a horizon; just look for the color fruit or veggie you haven’t eaten yet and gobble it up like you’re in a video game. The more you chomp, the longer you’ll be around. Pretty delicious strategy, if you arm yourself with these handy recipe suggestions:


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Thirsty Thursday: Silk Sheets Cocktail

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

This sweet and dreamy cocktail is ideal for those looking for adventure in every sip. Since you’re probably reading up on how to make kimchi or tackle molecular gastronomy, you might as well make your next cocktail hour an enterprising endeavor.

This springy Silk Sheets Cocktail pairs strawberries with sweet, tangy balsamic vinegar and gin. For a modernist twist, the mix is topped with silky, luxurious St.Germain foam, which could potentially give you a floral milk mustache. The cocktail is delicious without the foam, so even if you don’t have a nitrous oxide cream charger (which, let’s face it, is likely), you should shake some up while strawberries are at their juiciest.

Bottoms up, folks!

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Spring Fest: 5 Kid-Friendly Cupcakes

Cupcakes, when you get down to it, are just cakes sized for kids. And some of the best cupcake flavors — including strawberry — are at their peak in spring. Give in to sweet temptation with these spring cupcake recipes that appeal to kids of all ages. A few are even decorated with seasonal, floral accents, making them ideal for a spring garden party.

1. Strawberry Surprise Cupcakes
Perfect for a spring party or birthday celebration, these cupcakes hold an unexpected burst of strawberry frosting inside, not just on top. The inviting pink hue is all natural — the jewel-colored berries mean that no food coloring is needed.

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The Concept Restaurant of the Future is Chockfull of High Tech Goodies

The future comes slowly when it comes to restaurants. After all, eating out offers essentially the same experience as it did fifty or a hundred years ago. What has changed, besides those pagers that let us know when a table is ready? Not a whole lot. That could be changing, however, if this concept restaurant of the future has anything to say about it.

A concept restaurant in Tokyo is riding high on the future, with all manner of affiliated gadgets. Eggcellent, an egg-based eatery, is outfitted with Google’s VR headset Glass, Bluetooth hookups for ordering and paying, customer face identification and even avatars. That’s not all. The restaurant also features touch-screen tables, augmented reality applications and, oddly, a holographic waitress that floats amidst clouds in the ceiling. Cool!

Of course, this being a concept restaurant you aren’t going to experience any of this cool stuff anytime soon. Oh well. At least the future is coming.

Hump Day Snack: Game of Thrones Dragon Egg Cookies

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or on the wrong side of the wall,) you probably know that HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones premiered its fourth season on Sunday, snagging a jaw-dropping 6.6 million viewers (and the network’s most-watched episode accolade from the 2007 Sopranos finale). Celebrate the new season of Game of Thrones — and yesterday’s announcement of two more seasons — with these stunning Dragon Egg Cookies that will transport you straight to the land of Westeros. Rows of scalloped edges, a textured bottom and a crafty coating of airbrush paint make the dragon eggs seem so lifelike, they may even hatch right in your kitchen.

Crack open a bottle of Fire & Blood Red Ale and round out your Game of Thrones-themed menu with these medieval munchies from Cooking Channel:

Why You Should Eat Eggs

After a few years on the naughty list, eggs are back in nutritionists’ good graces. Vegetarians and breakfast fiends know that they’re an excellent source of protein, but if eggs are not a regular part of your diet, here are a few reasons to crack open one or a dozen.

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Pizza Hut Hong Kong Now Stuffs its Crusts With Creamy Fish Eggs

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Once upon a time pizza chains only filled their crusts with more crust. Those were sad days in which people could only ingest a normative amount of cheese. Pizza Hut, the rebels that they are, decided to hide cheese, pepperoni and other gunk all over the dang place. How could they one up themselves? With creamy fish eggs, of course.

Pizza Hut Hong Kong has just gone off the deep end (da dum dum) and unveiled the Flying Fish Roe Salmon Cream Cheese Pizza. As the name suggests, the crust of this bad boy is filled with salmon-flavored cream cheese and flying fish roe. The pizzas come in two different topping varieties, Crayfish Seafood Deluxe and Sausage, Pepperoni & Pomelo. The pomelo is a citrus fruit, lest you think the sausage and pepperoni pie would be the traditional choice.