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Instant Critic: Like/Dislike Napkins

Like-Dislike Napkins

 

 

Love the grub in front of you? Hate what you’re currently eating? Let the whole world know by tucking the Like/Dislike napkin into the neck of your shirt and choosing its orientation depending on your verdict: thumbs up if you can’t get enough, and thumbs down if you think you can make it better yourself at home.

The washable napkins are made from 50% polyester and 50% cotton so they’re absorbent and functional, as you’d want your napkins to be. A set of two is sold for $13.

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Ahoy, Matey: Peg Leg Pirate Chopsticks

Peg Leg Pirate Chopsticks

 

It’s frustrating to use chopsticks when you haven’t gotten the hang of it. It’s worse when you’re doing so on an empty (or close-to-empty) stomach. But you’re not alone. The pirate at the end of these uber adorable chopsticks echoes your sentiments with his comically pained expression, and he wants to help you.

With his mere presence, he turns the chopsticks into sort-of clips that makes picking up food easier. They’re great if you’re just starting to learn to use chopsticks.

The Peg Leg Pirate Chopsticks are available online for about $6.

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Chuck Norris Would Approve: Nunchops Chopsticks

Nunchops Chopsticks

Eat ramen the way Chuck Norris would with these Nunchops Chopsticks. As its name so cleverly implies, they’re chopsticks linked with a plastic chain like nunchucks. You won’t be able to flip ‘em and twirl ‘em around menacingly to scare off your enemies, but you will be able to eat your meal like a boss.

The chain also means you won’t misplace one or the other, since the chopsticks are linked together.

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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

TravelMate

 

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

Rezhound

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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