Outlandish square watermelon gaining popularity in Japan

TOKYO, Japan (CCTV) — The proverb “rarity brings high prices” has proven universally true and lastingly so. Thirty years since its invention, square watermelon still fetches some $150  per fruit in its birthplace of Japan. But some salesmen argue that square watermelon was invented as an indoor ornament rather than fruit. “Square watermelons are not meant for eating in fact. They are sold as ornamental items for household decoration. They are good for at least […]

Global warming reduces protein in key crops: study

by Kerry Sheridan Agence France-Presse MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Rising carbon dioxide levels from global warming will drastically reduce the amount of protein in staple crops like rice and wheat, leaving vulnerable populations at risk of growth stunting and early death, experts warned Wednesday. Researchers say they still don’t understand how or why carbon dioxide emissions sap protein and other nutrients from plants, but the mystery is one that could have devastating consequences across […]

The Cheesecake Factory launches new celebration cheesecake for National Cheesecake Day

By Julie Ann Docena Eagle News Service It’s National Cheesecake Day, and since it’s the Cheesecake Factory’s favorite holiday, they’re doing something special this year. The new flavor is available starting July 30. And as an added treat, for every slice sold through August, the restaurant will donate 25 cents to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. There are over 30 different flavors to choose from, from the outrageous to the most […]

Mexico breaks its own record for largest “torta” sandwich

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Reuters) — Crowds gathered in Mexico City on Wednesday (July 26) to watch chefs craft a record breaking super “torta” sandwich. According to organizers, the 67-meter (220 foot) long “torta” sandwich set a new local record for the longest sandwich ever prepared in Latin America, for a fourteenth year running. The mega “torta” record attempt took place in Venustiano Carranza district of Mexico City. Local authorities and dozens of local establishments dedicated […]

July is Nutrition Month – Read your food labels!

QUEZON City, Philippines (July 22) – Do you read your food labels? July is Nutrition Month! It’s that time of the year when we are reminded to eat a healthy, balanced diet! And to some, eating healthily may be like a chore but the truth is it is very easy to eat healthy! The secret is reading the food labels! Every food product that we purchase has a label on it. This label gives us […]

Ice cream takes a trip to the dark side, with charcoal soft serve

(Reuters) — Los Angeles store Little Damage is taking dessert to the dark side with a gothic-inspired charcoal ice cream served in an inky-black waffle cone, and it’s taking social media by storm. The ice cream, named ‘Dark Cinns,’ gets its color from activated charcoal and comes in horchata flavor, a nutty, creamy Mexican drink. Customers can add toppings like desiccated coconut, sprinkles, Oreo cookies and chocolate sauce. Artistically shot photographs of the soft-serve frozen […]

South Korean barista recreates ‘The Scream,’ ‘The Starry Night’

SEOUL, South Korea (Reuters) — A South Korean barista is gaining popularity online with his recreation of famous paintings like Vincent van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’ on the tops of cups of coffee. Lee Kang-bin’s passion started at the age of 17 when he first learned how to make coffee. Three years later, he even made it for his fellow troops during his military service at a camp near the border with North Korea. He […]

Enjoy your favorite song in drink form

TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) — Curious visitors to a Tokyo technology expo queued to experience a new product that lets music fans “taste” the tunes they’re listening to. Japanese firm Nomura’s open innovation lab NOMLAB displayed “Squeeze Music”, its jukebox-inspired juice maker that blends a glass of juice according to the mood of the tune it’s playing. Akinori Goto, one of the developers, said software inside the jukebox analyses a waveform of the selected tune into […]

Tokyo diners are treated to a digital art full course feast

TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) — One restaurant in Tokyo’s shopping district of Ginza has teamed up with art collective company to provide diners with an interactive virtual art and food full course feast. Called “Worlds Unleashed and then Connecting,” it uses the latest technology in sensors, projection mapping and sound, to give a maximum of eight diners per day experience a multi-sensory digital art space paired with their 12 course fusion meal. It is a feast […]

Beirut ice cream shopowner reveals recipe for success

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Reuters) — Mitri Hanna Moussa’s ice cream shop has a barely recognizable sign outside the store, but people queue there every weekend for a taste of what many in Beirut consider the best ice cream in the city. The shop has been serving ice cream for the past seven decades. Moussa took over the business in 2012 when his father passed away. The secret to success is love and fresh ingredients, he said. […]

Museum of Ice Cream serves up sweet art

LOS ANGELES, United States (Reuters) — A mouth-watering exhibit in Los Angeles celebrates all things ice cream. Called the ‘Museum of Ice Cream,’ the collection features interactive installations where visitors are encouraged to taste, sniff, and play. In the ‘Banana Split Room,’ 10,000 hanging banana replicas create a colorful jungle, while banana-scented scratch-and-sniff paper lines the walls. Other exhibits feature enormous popsicles, giant gummy bears, and even a pool filled with 100 million custom made […]