Cooking Antarctica

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Let’s face it, even though Antarctica is a beautiful barren landscape, it can get quite boring there, especially since summer is just around the corner with the sun up nearly 24-hours a day. Astrobiologist Cyprien Verseux decided to have some fun by cooking up a meal and seeing just how quickly it would freeze in the -94°F temperatures, or at least bringing a few cooked items from the base. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Domino's Self-Driving Pizza Delivery Car

Ford and Domino’s Pizza teamed up last year to test self-driving pizza delivery cars in Michigan, as part of an effort to better understand how customers respond to and interact with autonomous vehicles. Now, the program has extended to other parts of the US. How does it work? Simply place your order using the Domino’s app, type in your code on a tablet mounted on the C-pillar after the Ford Fusion Hybrid arrives, retrieve your order from the backseat, and then confirm that you’ve taken delivery of the pizza. The interaction above was captured in a Las Vegas, Nevada neighborhood recently. continue reading for another video and more information.

Geometric Pastries

Photo credit: Dinara Kasko via Twisted Sifter

Dinara Kasko, a culinary artist from Ukraine, has become a social media star, thanks to her edible masterpieces. These geometric designs are first created in 3D-modeling program, 3D Studio MAX, and then the files are used to make actual cake molds. What happens next? Lots of work to get the final pastries looking picture perfect. continue reading for more.

Cafe Yeonnam-Dong
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You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped right into a comic book or cartoon after walking into Cafe Yeonnam-dong 239-20, which is actually also its address, in Seoul, South Korea. The entire shop has been plastered with comic book-inspired accents, right down to the cups, plates and furniture. Whether it be for a cup of coffee or to film a music video, this cafe fits the bill. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

AmazonBasics Microwave Alexa

The AmazonBasics line has just gotten larger with a new Alexa-enabled microwave that will be priced at $59.99 and released on November 14th. Unlike traditional microwaves, this one offers voice-activated presets using Alexa wake phrases and then a duration, or just simply say what you’re cooking, like “popcorn”. Speaking of popcorn, Alexa automatically keeps track of how many times you’ve said the phrase “Alexa, make popcorn” and then re-orders when you’re running low, or simply push the integrated popcorn Dash button. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Arctic Coke Machine

Want your bottled beverages chilled to a slush in seconds? If so, then look no further than the “Arctic Coke” machine – currently being tested in approximately 800 convenience stores across the US. Simply select a 20-oz. bottle from the Arctic Coke cooler, which keeps the beverages at a temperature just below freezing, place it on a platform, push a button, and watch the icy magic happen. “What we’re trying to do is heighten the sensorial experience. They’re getting the same delicious Coke they know and love; we’re just creating a visual effect that engages the consumer and in engaging them in the process of crafting their beverage,” said Kim Drucker, director of platform innovation, Coca-Cola North America. Continue reading for two more videos and more information.

First McDonalds Moscow

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On January 31, 1990, the first Soviet McDonald’s opened in Moscow. At the time, it was the world’s largest McDonald’s, but one things you may not know is that all the McDonald’s restaurants in all of the former Soviet Union are wholly owned by McDonald’s Canada with no input from the US parent company. To overcome Soviet supply problems, the company creates its own supply chain, including farms, within the USSR. Unlike other foreign investments, the restaurant accepts rubles, not dollars, and is extremely popular, with waiting lines of several hours common in its early days. Continue reading for more pictures from its opening day.

McDonalds Chicago Headquarters

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This isn’t an Apple Store, just the new McDonalds headquarters in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood that houses 2,000 employees and the company’s Hamburger University for training employees. Inside, you’ll also find ‘work neighborhoods’, a McCafe, lots of outdoor terrace spaces, and museum-like displays showcasing Happy Meal toys as well as vintage memorabilia. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Starbucks Reserve Roastery Milan Italy

Starbucks has just opened its first store in Italy on Friday, and it’s officially called the “Reserve Roastery Milan”. This stunning building, which was a former post office near the city’s Duomo, features a heated, marble-topped coffee bar, complete with a 6.5-meter (22-foot) high bronze cask that customers can watch. It also boasts a cocktail bar and an affogato station that offers made-to-order single-batch ice cream. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

New McDonalds Flagship Store

This is not an Apple Store with a McDonalds inside, but rather the latter’s all-new flagship store in Chicago – formerly the ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s’. This 19,000-square-foot space was designed by Chicago-based Ross Barney Architects and boasts floating glass gardens, touch-screens, 27-foot windows, as well as wireless phone charging technology. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.