In this week’s roundup of the most interesting food-related stories on the World Wide Web, we discover the existence of cappuccino potato chips, the future of food, exclusive restaurants require tickets, the chocolate kebab in Germany, and the machine that lets you inject fillings in an unpeeled banana!
Cappuccino potato chips
Lay’s held a contest called “Do Us a Flavor” wherein people can nominate what flavors the company should put in their potatoes next. Some nominations included salt and tears from Noah Galuten, Tasted’s host. The top four flavors that got the most number of votes are now available in the market – Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, Wavy Mango Salsa, Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger, and Cappuccino. Reactions from the citizens ranged between confused and angry, but it seems that these new flavored chips are in very high in demand, because the Youtube show had to buy them from Ebay instead from the supermarket. Prices in Ebay for one bag of these limited edition flavors ranges from Php 200 to Php 360. Watch the full video here.
The future of food
Population growth and diet changes are both sensitive issues. However, these issues are connected to an even bigger problem that can result because of these – food shortage. Three continents have already suffered from food riots and this shows how the international food system is still unstable. This 50-minute documentary from BBC shows you the interconnection between the farms and the plates of the consumers, how citizens take our food consumption for granted, and the challenges the world has to face in the future. For instance, in the UK, most fishes that are available in the market haven’t reached sexual maturity, meaning they didn’t have the chance to reproduce. Climate change has made farming very difficult for farmers and they plead for a change in the system. We at ENON have a suggestion, use wasted food (see #2) properly! Watch the documentary here.
Exclusive restaurants require tickets
Exclusive restaurants are going through a major change in how they accept their VIP customers. Instead of calling for a reservation, customers now have to purchase tickets in advanced. The tickets include everything from the food, tax and the service charge and guess what? Just like UAAP tickets, they are hard to find. Trois Mec, a top bistro in Los Angeles, opens ticket sales on Friday at exactly 8:00AM. If you’re 4 seconds late, too bad – tickets are usually sold out for the next 2 weeks at 8:03AM. In another restaurant in Chicago called Next, which offers seasoned tickets, much like subscribing to an NBA season pass. One person in NPR’s interview commented that trying to get a ticket for these exclusive restaurants is like waking up at six in the morning for a Led Zeppelin ticket. Scalpers have taken advantage of the possibility of reselling the tickets, selling them as much as Php 80,000 a piece. Read more here.
There’s Chocolate Kebab in Germany!
This description is going to be crazy. Are you ready? Imagine that machine in the Shawarma stall that holds all the juicy meat? Well, forget about that. This new German innovation replaced that meat with a thick solid block of Nutella chocolate. When you order “Choco Kebab” for Php 220, Nutella will be scraped off from the chocolate block, placed on top of a crepe, poured with whipped cream and chocolate syrup, and tucked nicely using the crepe’s folds. If ever you want to see this in Manila, you better start sharing this article so business owners can hop on as fast as possible. Who wants to wait for a long time for Chocolate Kebab to come to the Philippines? Nobody! Watch the full video here.
The machine that lets you inject fillings in an unpeeled banana
If you have a problem that some bananas just don’t taste anything close to “yummy” at all, good thing that an invention called DestapaBanana was launched. It’s a tube-like device where you can cram the unpeeled banana and it gets the center fillings out, so you can pour more-delicious-but-also-more-unhealthy fillings such as Dulce de Lece and chocolate. There’s still no update whether we can see this product in the Philippines, because as of date, it’s only available in Argentina. Too bad. guess you’ll have to just slather Nutella on top of the banana for now. Read more here. -#EatsNowOrNever