Mar 19, 2011 food and drink
The cups are made from agar agar, which is a vegetarian gelatin substitute produced from seaweed. Since it has no taste of its own, it can be flavored with endless combinations of ingredients.
Some of their prototype edible cups have been flavored with such exotic combos as lemon-basil, ginger-mint, and rosemary-beet. These would then compliment the drinks that are served in them, as the cups can be nibbled on while drinking.
For the adults at a party, imagine serving martinis in an olive-flavored cup, or a White Russian in a Kahlua cream-flavored cup.
Even if you didn’t want to eat the cup, the nature of the material makes it biodegradable and very eco-friendly.
Awesome idea, eh?
Currently this product isn’t available, but if it did make it to mass market, I’d sure give it a try. How about you?
[Photos and info courtesy of The Way We See the World]
Last month I wrote about White Castle’s Valentine Dinner packages, but I really think I’ve found something even more romantic to the fast food lover.
It seems in the Asian country of Hong Kong, wedding couples can say, “I Do,” to more than just supersizing their meal.
They can now hold their wedding underneath the Golden Arches.
That’s right, starting at HK$9,999 (approximately US$1,282), you and your significant other can get married at McDonald’s.
- 2 hrs of venue renting to hold the event at the restaurant
- 50 invitations
- Up to HK$3,000 in McD’s food (approx. US$385 – wonder if they have a value menu in Hong Kong?)
- Happy meal toys McD-themed wedding gifts for up to 50 guests
- Wedding decorations
But the best items of the package? You get a pair of McDonald’s “balloon wedding rings” and a “cake” make out of boxes of McD’s apple pies.
Snazzy and romantic, or what?
Oh, and if you forgot to buy a wedding dress in all the excitement of having your nuptials at the fast food giant’s dining room, you can rent or buy a wedding dress from them, made completely of balloons.
Wonder if I can buy a dress without getting married?
I suppose, it’s a far cheaper price tag than having a traditional church-based wedding. But it’s a lot harder to toast the bride with super-sized cups of Coke.
[photos courtesy of McDonald's Hong Kong]
Rhonda and I spent yesterday afternoon over at the Orlando Science Center. Why? Because this weekend is the OSC’s annual Festival of Chocolate.
So we headed over after she got off work, to check out what the fest had to offer.
Normally admission was $17 per person (regular admission to the OSC), but we were invited by them to check out the event for CitySurfing Orlando.
It was more crowded than the Otronicon event in January, so much so that we typically had to wait 10 minutes just to get on the elevator.
We walked around, doing a once-over of all the treats for sale. They used gold coins for currency at the event, and there were several tables to exchange dollars for coins on a one-to-one basis.
We then bought a few pieces and went out to the fourth floor terrace for a breather from the crowds. It was a beautiful afternoon – sunny but cool, with a gentle breeze. From the terrace, we had a great view of the downtown Orlando skyline. We sat out there for a bit then went back inside.
We continued to peruse the various sale tables – in addition to chocolate confections, there were chocolate fountains to dip stuff in, chocolate-covered cookies, graham crackers and marshmallows (even chocolate-covered bugs, which I passed on). Lots of baked goods, like cupcakes, as well as chocolate-flavored cotton candy and ice cream.
All-in-all, I think we spent 15 coins on various goodies (including a few non-chocolate treats like pralines and a pecan nut bar, for me). Walked out with a bag full of stuff, since most of what we got was 1 or 2 coins in price.
Since we arrived later in the afternoon, we missed most of the demonstrations and contests. I was disappointed at that, but maybe next year they will run these events a little later.
Even though I’m not a chocolate fiend, I had fun at the event. And Rhon was the proverbial kid in a candy store.
Jan 25, 2011 food and drink
At a loss as to where to take your sweet nothing for Valentine’s Day?
Well, White Castle wants you to know they’re here for you. Pitching the lure of the “savory smell of steam-grilled onions,” the burger chain is offering a special Valentine’s dinner at select locations.
Simply call to make a reservation and on February 14th, you and your significant other will enjoy a candlelit dinner (most likely with White Castle’s burger-scented candles), complete with decorations, including a collapsible White Castle vase that you can take home after.
A complete list of participating White Castles, along with contact info can be found online.
[Image courtesy of White Castle]
Sep 6, 2010 food and drink
I received an email from Denny’s today about some of the new items they’re adding to their promotional “$2-$4-$6-$8″ value menu and one item really caught my eye.
Now, being from Wisconsin, I love cheese. Seriously love cheese. But even this makes me take a step back from the menu.
It’s basically breaded & fried mozzarella cheese sticks inside of a grilled cheese sandwich. And it’s served with fries and marinara sauce for dipping.
I suppose it’s no different than ordering an appetizer of mozzarella sticks and then eating a grilled cheese sandwich. But who was the person that went, “hmmm….what if we eat them together?”
I can feel my arteries hardening just looking at it.
Of course in the interest of journalism (and the fact that I really love cheese) I probably will give this one a try.
Just don’t tell my doctor.