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Strange, But It Just Might Work: Portable Folding Napkin Table

Foldable Napkin Table

 

Picnics are fun, but it’s hard to eat a decent meal without a table. That’s why most people pack finger food and sandwiches in their baskets instead to prevent any potential mess. A concept by Michael Jan, who’s an industrial design graduate from Taiwan’s Tunghai University, might soon change all that though.

Michael came up with this portable folding napkin table that’s essentially a cross between, well, a napkin and a table. Both ends are meant to be worn by people who are sitting opposite one another. The table-slash-napkin has slots for bowls and cups so you can have a proper meal without the fuss.Continue Reading

PareUp Pairs Restaurants With Customers Who Want to Buy Leftovers

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On one hand, we’ve got people going to sleep on empty stomachs. On the other, we’ve got restaurants throwing away leftovers (AKA perfectly good food) every day when it’s time to close up. It’s unfortunate, but that’s just how things work–or is it? Aiming to change this, even on a small scale, are the folks behind PareUp.

It’s an upcoming app that will let diners “pair up” with participating retailers and restaurants that will be selling their leftovers at discounted prices.

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TravelMate: All the Cutlery You Need In a Neat Package

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Eating takeout using the flimsy plastic spoon and fork that most restaurants hand out sucks, especially if they break or show signs of bending the moment you scoop or try to slice up some grub. Cutlery sets are on-the-go dining are readily available, and one particularly eye-catching and practice option is the TravelMate.

It comes with a detachable fork and a 4.87-inch blade knife with a Paperstone handle. The fork is a multi-tool in itself as well, since it’s also a bottle opener, can opener, flathead screwdriver, and grill scraper. Cut meat, slice veggies, spread butter, turn stuff over on the grill–it seems like there’s little the TravelMate can’t do.

It’s priced at ~$50.

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Case Hobo is the Swiss Army Knife for On-the-Go Diners

Case Hobo Knife

You can eat most take-out food with nothing but your hands and maybe some tissue, but there are some that can only be enjoyed with utensils (spaghetti, for one). Nothing is more infuriating than getting ready to chow down, only to realize that they forgot to include plastic utensils with your food.

Cue the Case Hobo, which is like a Swiss Army knife for people who eat on the go a lot, since it folds out to reveal a spoon, a fork, and a knife. With an amber bone handle and the utensils made from surgical steel, this is as fancy as portable utensils can get. Obviously you won’t be able to use all three at once, but it sure beats having to use your hands.

The Case Hobo is priced at $70.

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Rezhound Lets You Know When Reservations Open Up At Your Favorite Resto

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Being on the waiting list sucks, especially if you’ve been dying to try out the food that everyone’s been raving about at the hippest restos in town. Persistent foodies are not one to give up easily though, and life is about to get easier for them with Rezhound.

Rezhound is a service that monitors when reservations open up at your restaurant of choice. When spots eventually do open up, it will send you email and SMS alerts to let you know that it’s time to phone in before the spots are all filled up once more. The service is open for a number of regions, including San Francisco, New York, and Chicago.

You can try Rezhoud HERE.

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When Two Become One: Nendo’s Double Helix Chopsticks

2-In-1 Double Helix Chopsticks

For someone who hasn’t gotten the hang of using chopsticks yet, these 2-in-1 Double Helix chopsticks sure look complicated. But don’t be deceived by the twisted end, because it won’t affect how you’re supposed to use them at all. In fact, you’ll be able to use them like regular old chopsticks, because you won’t be holding the helix portion while you use them to pick up your food.

Designed by Nendo, the Double Helix chopsticks solve the first-world problem of storing chopsticks. The helix allows each of the sticks to fit perfectly with the other, decreasing the chance of losing one of sticks when you’re carrying them around.

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Easy-to-Make Foods Made Easier: Food Blue Print Place Mats

Food Blue Print Place Mats

If you’ve always wanted to be an engineer but didn’t have the brains or the aptitude for math and technical stuff, then here’s your chance to become an engineer of a different sort: a food engineer. You really won’t get a license from this or anything, but you will get a quick tutorial on how to make a bunch of tried-and-tested treats and popular dishes that will make people come back for more.

You won’t need books and you don’t need to sign up for any classes. In fact, all you need are these quirky Food Blue Print Place Mats and you’ll be able to whip up people’s most requested dishes in no time, starting with PB&J and s’mores. (Yeah, you’d be surprised at how a lot of people actually don’t know how to make some of this stuff.)

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Su Chef App Generates Recipes Based On What You Have

Su Chef App

Anyone can follow the instructions in a cookbook and cook something. It takes a certain level of skill, a bit of talent, and a whole lot of experience to prepare full meals from scratch. In case you’ve got a refrigerator and cupboard full of random stuff and don’t really have time to run to the supermarket before supper, then the Su Chef app can help you out.

Instead of presenting recipes with the ingredients each dish requires, you’re supposed to key in the ingredients that you have. It’ll go through its database of over a hundred thousand recipes to find what dishes you can make with what you currently have. Aside from having tons of recipes built in, it also comes with a shopping list feature and lets you build menus based on a special diet, like Paleo, vegetarian, and high fiber, among others.

Su Chef can be downloaded from iTunes for $1.99.

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Need Ideas for the Party? Check Out This Thanksgiving Menu Generator

Thanksgiving Menu Generator

Need some ideas for Thanksgiving dinner? Then you might want to check out this Thanksgiving Menu Generator by Saveur. With a click of your mouse, you’ll be able to generate a full menu to make the holidays a little more special. They don’t just stick you with images or names of dishes, either. You can click on the displayed dish under the appropriate column to check out its recipe so you can get the ingredients and start cooking.

In case you don’t want to leave the menu to chance, then you can access Saveur’s full gallery of twelve Thanksgiving menus instead. Happy holidays!

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