Posts Tagged ‘food’

Pizza-Making Robot

August 17, 2022

Pizza-Making Robot

We know, you’re thinking “Great, yet another pizza-making robot.” But the inventors of RoDyMan (RObotic DYnamic MANipulation) digitized the actions of noted pizzaiolo Enzo Coccia, who wore a motion-capture suit while making traditional pies. Result: a robot going through the motions of making pizzas while producing soulless, pizza-like objects.

More:

“$2.9 Million Pizza-Making Robot Still Can’t Make Pizza,” Joel Hruska, ExtremeTech

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Memphis Women and Chicken

July 17, 2022

“Memphis Women and Chicken,” written by Donnie Fritts, Gary Nicholson, and Dan Penn, recorded by Dan Penn, 1994.

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Kavanaugh Asserts Constitutional Right to Steak

July 15, 2022

Kavanaugh Asserts Constitutional Right to Steak

US Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett “I Like Beer” Kavanaugh was eating at Morton’s steakhouse in DC on July 6th when womens’ rights activists found out, and protested in front of the pricey eatery. Mr. Kavanaugh had to sneak out the back without dessert. Sad, but there’s always Grubhub.

Morton’s angrily responded that “Politics … should not trample the freedom … of the right to … eat dinner.” Protesters reponded by flooding Morton’s with fake reservations by phone and on Open Table.

There were other reactions. “Sounds like he just wanted some privacy to make his own dining decisions,” Chasten Buttigieg tweeted, alluding to Kavanaugh’s vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the decision that guaranteed abortion access on the basis of Americans’ right to privacy. And after Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked if “These justices … have no right to privacy?”, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted “Pretty sure they overturned that right 2 weeks ago Doocy.”

More:

“Brett Kavanaugh is the latest target of protests at D.C. restaurants,” Emily Heil and Tim Carman, Washington Post

“‘Let him eat cake’: AOC reacts to Kavanaugh being forced out of restaurant by abortion rights protesters,” Axios

“Sorry, but the Constitution contains no right to eat dinner,” Washington Post

“Group offers up to $250 for SCOTUS justices sightings after Kavanaugh protest,” Axios

“Protests of Public Officials in Restaurants Aren’t Going Away,” Jessica Sidman, Washingtonian

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Pots and Pans

June 11, 2022

“Pots and Pans,” a Van Beuren Studios cartoon featuring Tom & Jerry, 1932. Directed by John Foster and George Rufle. Music Director: Gene Rodemich. To prevent confusion with the better-known MGM cartoon cat and mouse, the main characters’ names were later changed to Dick and Larry.

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Swedish Squeeze Food

June 9, 2022

It’s Swedish. It’s squeezable. It’s food in tubes. The convenient containers of comestables are also popular in Norway, Finland, Germany, and the Netherlands, but Swedish supermarkets have vast arrays of tube food. You can even get tubes of cod roe paste from Ikea in the US. Some Americans get their tomato paste, pesto, or anchovies from tubes, but squeeze food is much more popular in Sweden.

More:

“Food in Tubes: A very Swedish way to package food,” Äteriet

“The Über Efficient Food Tubes That Are Beloved in Sweden,” Rose Heichelbech, 12 Tomatoes

“The Wonderful World of Tube Food,” Adventure Foodie

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Lawsuit: False, Fattened Burger Advertising

May 31, 2022

Lawsuit: False, Fattened Burger Advertising

A new federal class action lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of New York alleges that Wendy’s and McDonald’s advertising exaggerates the size of their beef patties. The claims: McDonald’s ads use undercooked patties to make them look bigger, and Wendy’s ads pile toppings on their burgers so they look 15 percent to 20 percent larger than they really are.

Is it “food styling” or falsehood? Let the court decide. Don’t expect a fast fast-food decision, though.

More:

“McDonald’s, Wendy’s accused of beefing up burgers in ads,” María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post

“This is the photographic evidence presented in a lawsuit over fast-food burger sizes,” Michelle Cheng and Amanda Shendruk, Quartz

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Food Court

May 24, 2022

John Oliver puts British Cuisine on trial.

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The Chef’s Menu: Bugs, Plants, Forage

May 2, 2022

James Beard-nominated chef Bun Lai closed Miya’s, his renowned sustainable seafood restaurant in New Haven, to focus on living off nature as a food source. A short video directed by Edward Columbia.

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Jello

April 28, 2022

Jell-O gelatin was a household staple in the United States throughout the 20th century. Once the star of dinner parties, Jell-O is now served as jello shots to college students. A Business Insider video.

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Horn & Hardart Automats

April 11, 2022

Horn & Hardart Automat cafeterias provided meals without waiters in Philadelphia and New York during the 20th century. Playwright Neil Simon called automats “the Maxim’s of the disenfranchised.” The restaurants looked like they were automated because patrons couldn’t see the dozens of sweating workers preparing their dishes and putting them behind the serving doors.

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