For people who need a caffeine jolt in the morning or crave a strong cup of Joe when on the go, Minipresso is your go-to gadget. Unlike other portable coffee brewing systems, this one doesn't require batteries or external power, but rather on users pumping the device to brew the coffee to their liking. It utilizes coffee grounds or capsules along with precisely 2.4 ounces (68ml) of hot water, which is poured into its main chamber. Continue reading for a video of the gadget in-action and more information.
Now that you've seen the strangest Lay's flavors, weirdest Doritos flavors, Pepsi flavors and strangest Pringles flavors from around the world, it's time to check out more strange items from the world's largest fast food hamburger chain. What you're looking at above is a limited edition Cookies'N Cream pie that was available at McDonalds locations in Canada. As you can see, it's exactly as it sounds, an Oreo infused outer layer with cream filling on the inside. Now get yourself a cold glass of milk, and have the perfect after work / school snack. That is just one of the many cool and unusual items you won't find in the states - minus #8, which can be found in Hawaii. Continue reading to see them all.
September 29 is National Coffee Day and for those who love the brewed beverage, make sure you head on over to McDonalds, Krispy Kreme, or Dunkin Donuts for a free cup of joe (or many). Starbucks is also offering a free cup of coffee, but just a sample size of its Anniversary Blend until noon. While the exact origin of International Coffee Day is unknown, many countries around the world participate in this event. It was promoted in Japan by The All Japan Coffee Association and first celebrated in 1983. Continue reading for five interesting facts.
Cocoa solids are one of the richest sources of flavanol antioxidants. These have physiological effects on the body and are linked to serotonin levels in the brain. Some research has found that chocolate, eaten in moderation, can lower blood pressure. Chocolate has become one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world, and a vast number of foodstuffs involving chocolate have been created. Continue reading to see more.
A mother-of-two from Singapore decided to get creative with the lunches she packs for her kids about three years ago. She has gone on to make more than 100 different creations for her two boys - 10-year-old Ivey and and 7-year-old Lucas Tey - to take the school, including bento box versions of Mario, Spider-Man, and Hello Kitty. The Daily Mail reports, "Li makes around six different creations every week but keeps some of them a secret to put in her new book." Continue reading to see more.
Let's face it, scooping ice cream fresh out of the freezer is a tough task to say the least. Introducing Midnight Scoop, a nifty gadget invented by aerospace engineer Michael Chou that's designed to push the scoop away from you, bringing the power of your arm and chest muscles into play. It's taken about two years for the $49 scoop to go from design to reality, made from a coated and forged aluminum alloy. Continue reading for a video, the Kickstarter page where you can pre-order one, and additional information.
Did you know that the first commercial coin operated vending machines were introduced in London, England in the early 1880s for the convenience of busy and hungry businessmen? Or, that the word "vending" in vending machine comes from the term for automatic retailing, from a machine? With that said, there are many cool and unusual vending machines from around the world. Our favorite? Definitely the "Let's Pizza" made from scratch pies. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a puppy that apparently is an expert at "Cat Fishing 2" for the iPad.
In the early 1920s, the first vending machine that sold soda dispensed it into a cup.
Dining at a nice restaurant is good enough for most people, but for those who demand an extreme restaurant experience, look no further than the Villa Escudero Waterfall Restaurant. Located in San Pablo City, Philippines, this unique restaurant lets guests get up close and personal with a real roaring waterfall while enjoying their a tasty meal. The dining area sits at the foot of the Labasin Falls, and afterwards, guests can even lie against the rushing water covered wall for quick massage or post-lunch rinse off. Continue reading for another video, more images and additional information.
Orbitz, the lava lamp-inspired food creation, was a noncarbonated fruit-flavored beverage, made by the company Clearly Canadian Beverage Corporation, that had small edible balls floating in it. It was introduced around 1997 and quickly disappeared due to poor sales. The small balls floated due to their nearly equal density to the surrounding liquid, and remained suspended with assistance from an ingredient known as gellan gum. The gellan gum provided a support matrix - something like a microscopic spider web - and had a visual clarity approaching that of water, which increased with the addition of sugar. Continue reading for more.
Another week, another round of ultra geeky cakes that look almost too cool to eat. With that said, did you know that early cakes in England were also essentially bread: the most obvious differences between a "cake" and "bread" were the round, flat shape of the cakes, and the cooking method, which turned cakes over once while cooking, while bread was left upright throughout the baking process? Continue reading for more.