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If you thought chocolate covered strawberries and oysters were aphrodisiacs, wait until you’ve tried Viagra ice cream.
After bringing us roast beef, horseradish and glow-in-the-dark jellyfish ice cream, food inventor Charlie Harry Francis of the Lick Me I’m Delicious blog decided to take the gelato game to the next level, the Latin Times reported.
On his blog, Mr. Francis describes creating a champagne-flavored, Viagra-laced ice cream upon a special request from an anonymous A-list celebrity.
Space the Final Frontier
Trying new recipes — it’s a pain in the butt, right? You have to pore over a cookbook, schlep to the grocery store, and then spend a small fortune on full jars of saffron and garam masala when all you really need is a single tablespoon of each. The whole process is also really time consuming, especially if — like me — you work till 6 p.m. and then have to commute back to Queens before you can even think about preparing food.
That’s why I was compelled to test out Blue Apron, an online service that delivers fresh, perfectly portioned-out ingredients with accompanying recipes directly to your door. For $9.99 per person per meal, customers can subscribe to receive the ingredients for three meals per week, each catering to their personal tastes and — as much as possible — dietary restrictions. (To my dismay, Blue Apron hasn’t started intentionally making gluten-free meals, but I did find some that were naturally gluten-free, or that could be tweaked, slightly, to accommodate my allergy.)
In the future, becoming an astronaut might not involve consuming dehydrated cream of mushroom soup.
According to Russian news agency RIA Novosti, “Russian space farmers” have managed to grow a variety of crops on board the International Space Station, and yesterday, they were verified as safe to eat.
If you avoid Instagram on Sunday afternoons due to the endless stream of mimosa-and-omelet photos it yields, you may be missing an opportunity for weight loss.
A BYU study found that maybe, just maybe, “seeing photos of certain foods, as opposed to eating them, still gives you a feeling of satiation, which makes those foods less appealing” when you go to stuff them in your face IRL, TechCrunch reports.
Don't Hate -- Masticate
The United Nations predicts that by 2050, the Earth’s population will reach 9.6 billion. Even though we’re getting really good at force-feeding factory farmed cows—and even growing test-tube burgers—we’re still going to need a lot more meat if we’re going to want to feed ourselves. Enter Farm 432 with a solution: forget those damned cows; grow your own bugs instead.
If you can afford a smartphone, you can afford meals. At least that’s what we thought until we learned of the forthcoming Leftover Swap app, which enables users to barter their old food.
It’s the kind of thing that could work on college campuses — but like pledging a fraternity or chugging Everclear, just because college students do it doesn’t make it right.
Feast your eyes on Viewfinder Head to the App Store to check out Viewfinder, the sleek, newly updated photo-sharing app developed by a team of ex-Google and Microsoft folk. The app conveniently organizes your photos by date and location, and allows you to “dial through your memories” with a really cool, easy-to-use scroll-y device. You can also privately share your photos and instant messages with other Viewfinder users—like a more personal version of Instagram or Facebook. Maybe Viewfinder’s trying to make a subtle hint to hipsters posting photos of their vegan eggs benedict to Facebook: not everyone needs to see that.
Planet Google, Planet GOOG
The one thing still lacking in the American iPhone case market? Edibility.
Luckily, Japan’s got you covered. For $64 you can buy the “Survival Senbei Rice Cracker iPhone 5 Case,” which is shaped like an ordinary iPhone case, but handmade of brown rice and salt by someone suspiciously named “‘Mariko’” (quotation marks included).
App for That
If Mayor Bloomberg’s soda ban freaked you out, you’re going to drool over Google’s new search feature.
This morning, Google announced it’s going to start incorporating nutritional information into its search results. Apparently they’ve collected stats for over a thousand fruits, vegetables, meats and meals, and they’ll show up in a sidebar whenever you search a particular food. In other words, you’ll never be able to search “Nutella recipes” without feeling guilty again.
It’s surprisingly difficult to stand on a street corner and use your smartphone to find a restaurant you’ll actually like. Yelp, for example, just serves up a long list of other people’s favorites. But a new-and-improved version of the recommendations app Ness, released late last night, hopes to remedy that.
Open Ness 2.0, CEO Corey Reese told Betabeat, and “it provides instant recommendations without a person having to take any interaction at all.”