Amy Ratcliffe


The world of emojis has brought a different way to communicate in texts and on social media. I especially like using the mini illustrations to show what I’m eating, but there aren’t emoji for everything. When Kelsey Rexroat of The Atlantic realized that many every day foods weren’t represented in emoji, she decided to take on a diet based only on the 59 food-themed emojis from bananas to rice. She broke down the foods eaten each day and part of the fun was figuring out what exact foods some emoji depicted. On Day Two:

For dinner, it’s time to face down my fear of the unknown: Specifically, the mystery brown shapes on a stick. I’m relieved to learn that though this emoji resembles some primitive meat-based weapon, it’s actually oden, a soul-food dish of varying ingredients such as eggs and fish cakes stewed in a dashi broth. Like many of the foods, it reflects emoji’s origins as a character set created for a Japanese phone operator in 1999. If Western users feel that the characters aren’t representative of their daily diets, it’s because they were never expected to catch on globally.

It’s an interesting diet, and since it was only for seven days, there wasn’t much harm in doing something this off the wall. The plan even led to her trying new edibles. Of course, she also noted that emoji aren’t really an ideal diet for weight loss due to an emphasis on white rice, alcohol and desserts.

(Grub Street via Eater)


Morning coffee is usually a suitable pick me up on its own, but sometimes you need an extra kick to get through the day. That’s where this Extra Shot Coffee Mug comes into play. The mug comes with a “leatherette” belt and a miniature flask that you can use to make your coffee more interesting.

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Soot sprites are cute little creatures that appear in a couple of Studio Ghibli films; you can spot them in Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro. Food Fiction came up with a way to translate the sprites to cookie pops, and they couldn’t be more perfect. It requires chocolate sandwich cookies, candy melts, Tootsie Rolls, and a handful of other supplies. The process looks a touch time consuming but just look at the results! I want to turn everything into cookie pops now.

See more pics of the adorable treats after the break.

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peanut butter pretzel ice cream cake

If you could capture the idea of heaven in food, I’m pretty sure it would look like this peanut butter and pretzel ice cream cake. Instructables user thekites posted this gorgeous dessert, and it’s made with two boxes of brownie mix, cream cheese, Reese’s Cup minis, and several more sugary ingredients. The ice cream portion isn’t technically ice cream from the carton, but it’s close enough to count. The recipe looks easy enough, and it’s definitely the kind of dessert that deserves to be shown off at a cookout or family gathering.

Get the full recipe at Instructables.


The first Denny’s in Manhattan is opening this Friday and besides swank decor, they’re offering craft cocktails. No, seriously. The location’s owner, Rahul Marwah, told Good Morning America that they wanted to serve the higher-end clientele in the Financial District nearby. To that end, they put together the $300 Grand Cru Slam. It includes the infamous Grand Slam entree for 2 and a bottle of 2003 Dom Perignon champagne. Let’s not forget that the price tag also includes a high-five from the bartender.

(via Eater)

pumpkin spice gum

Pumpkin spice has officially hit critical mass, everyone. This seasonal version of Extra was spotted on the shelf at Kroger. Is pumpkin spice gum really a thing anyone asked for? I love the flavor and just enjoyed my first pumpkin spice latte of the season, but this? It sounds gross. I never want pumpkin spice breath on purpose.

(TIB via Consumerist)

Star Wars Cookies

Some bakers are secretly Jedi Masters, and Compassionate Cake might have a higher ranking than even Yoda. Jessica, the woman behind the bakery, is responsible for these sugar cookies and she did an unbelievable job with the portraits. She painted miniature pieces of art featuring Princess Leia, Darth Maul, Jango Fett, and more. I especially love that even Leia’s hair is textured and realistic looking. These desserts really do look too amazing to eat.

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Giant sausage

Green Bay Packers fans: it’s time to get even more excited about the upcoming football season. The chefs at Lambeau Field have a new treat for you, and it looks like a meaty toilet seat. That’s kinda gross, I have to admit, but it’s actually called “The Horse Collar” and it features a 22-inch kielbasa covered with beer cheese and fried sauerkraut on a bun. It will be priced at $20 and is meant to be shared among friends. I’d try a bite.

The stadium is also adding a doughnut ice cream sandwich and “Bratchos” to the menu. The latter is a bowl of brats, cheese, and fried chips. Oh. Boy.

See the doughnut sandwich and Bratchos after the break.

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Meat Mountain

Arby’s got tired of their customers assuming they only did roast beef, so they put up a poster featuring a stack of the all the meats they offer. Turkey, brisket, corned beef – there are many meat options. The ploy worked, but in a different way than Arby’s expected: customers started asking if they could order the pile of meat in the picture.

Not ones to stomp all over the dreams of ‘Murica, Arby’s said “sure.” The Meat Mountain sandwich was born. It’s $10 and not advertised; you have to ask for it at the counter. John Wright shared a picture of the creation on Twitter, and it looks like a beast. Or more correctly, several beasts. Here’s what the Meat Mountain contains:

2 chicken tenders
1.5 oz. of roast turkey
1.5 oz. of ham
1 slice of Swiss cheese
1.5 oz. of corned beef
1.5 oz. brisket
1.5 oz. of Angus steak
1 slice of cheddar cheese
1.5 oz. roast beef
3 half-strips of bacon

Yeah, that’s a lot of protein.

See the sign that started the meat craze after the break.

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Finally, a Dalek that won’t go after the Doctor! This Dalek won’t be exterminating anyone because it’s only a harmless cake. Happy Occasion Cakes made this edible version of a Dalek, and it’s so detailed that it practically looks like a toy. The fact that the eyestalk and base light up only adds to that illusion.

See what the cake looks like all lit up after the break.

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