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Fine wine goes casual with single-serve pouches
The market for a product is not necessarily a fixed thing, and we’ve even seen beer redesigned as a fitness drink in recent months. For those who find fine wine too snobby, two US companies, Nuvino and Spotwine, are now repackaging premium wine in convenient juice-style pouches to make it more accessible for busy consumers. READ MORE…
This edible water blob could replace plastic bottles
Plastic water bottles have long been recognized as a big problem for the environment, so much so that San Francisco recently banned the sale of bottled water on city property. But a new invention from a group of UK students could offer a solution. Ooho! is a spherical membrane for carrying water, which can be eaten when it’s finished with. READ MORE…
Free lecture series replaces inane bar conversations with stimulating talks
The web has made higher education-level learning more accessible, and even free, through programs such as MIT and Harvard’s EdX and the nonprofit Khan Academy, but it’s actually inspiring adults to want to learn new skills and knowledge that can be difficult. New York’s Raising The Bar is an event placing 50 lectures in 50 bars across the city, replacing drunken conversation with stimulating talks. READ MORE…
Think that’s a craft beer you’re drinking? This app identifies genuine microbrews
In recent years, craft beer has been transformed from the preserve of ale connoisseurs into a viable consumer market, replete with its own thriving app market. In the past we’ve written about Untappd, which lets beer fans find the nearest bar selling craft ales, and now a new iOS app called Craft Check is enabling customers to ensure the beer they’re drinking is genuinely from a microbrewery. READ MORE…
Ice cream offers a musical accompaniment with each lick
Eating is about more than just the taste of the food in our mouths, and the experience can be enhanced or tainted by a whole range of factors, from atmosphere and ambience to dining partner. NY-based artist Emilie Blatz has now created Lickestra to take advantage of just that, demonstrating ice cream that acts as a musical instrument when it’s licked. READ MORE…
iPad-integrated kitchen scale could turn an amateur into a pro chef
Consumers are already using their tablets and mobile devices in the kitchen in place of their battered old cook books, so it’s not too much of a leap to imagine appliances that can sync with them to make cooking a bit easier. In the past, we’ve seen the Prep Pad measure the nutritional content of the items being chopped on it, and now Drop is another smart kitchen scale that can adjust recipes on the fly if users put too much of one ingredient in. READ MORE…
In Japan, train station allotments let commuters garden on the move
Rooftop gardens are not only a solution to enabling space-scarce cities to create produce locally, but — when combined with specific venues — can be especially convenient, such as Dakboerin‘s farms atop restaurant kitchens in the Netherlands. Now Japan’s Soradofarm scheme is placing allotments on top of train stations, to allow commuters to more seamlessly fit growing their own vegetables into their busy lifestyles. READ MORE…
App lets diners keep a 10% bill discount, or give it to food banks
Hunger is a real problem, not only in the poorest parts of the world but even in major US cities. In fact, 50 million Americans are meal insecure and one in five kids in the US faces hunger, according to Jon Carder — co-founder and CEO of Mogl, a startup that hopes to do more to stop people going without food. Its new app now enables diners in San Diego to enjoy a ten percent discount on their meal at participating restaurants, which they can either keep or donate to food banks and hunger charities. READ MORE…
Book-themed food event matches meals with fiction
Dining is more than just a treat for the tastebuds and takes in a whole range of sensory thrills, which explains the popularity of themed film events such as Toronto’s Mise — which matches its menu with on-screen dishes. Now the Netherlands is serving up The Bookish Banquet, a culinary event for bookworms that takes inspiration from popular fiction. READ MORE…
Public urinals harness pee to grow food
How much use is a city-load of urine? Quite a lot, it turns out. So much so that the Netherlands’ Waternet utilities company has placed some pee-collecting urinals in Amsterdam, with the hope of turning it into fertilizer for the city’s urban roof gardens. READ MORE…
The IV Doctor will visit your home and cure a hangover
For those who have partied too hard in Las Vegas, there is a bus called Hangover Heaven that tours the strip and offers hangover remedies. But what if there’s absolutely no way of even moving from that bed? The IV Doctor is a service launched in New York that actually offers a home visit to give revelers the treatment they need to feel fresh. READ MORE…
This machine turns water into wine
Home beer brewing is already a popular activity for hobbyists and ale lovers, but many people might think that wine-making is preserved for the vineyards of France. Hoping to change that, The Miracle Machine is a device for the home that makes a bottle of fine wine from simple ingredients in a couple of days. READ MORE…
Live concert app launches seamless bar tab platform for venues
Bars are busy at the best of times, but it’s especially the case at gigs and concerts where there’s a mad rush to get a drink before the next act starts. Having already made booking tickets for recommended events easier and more social, WillCall is now introducing BarTab, a tablet app for businesses that lets gig-goers order and pay for a drink simply by giving their name. READ MORE…
Café for cats set to open in London
Animal lovers don’t like to go anywhere without their dogs and cats, but public venues aren’t so keen on filling their space with pets — aside from the occasional pet-friendly hotels we’ve seen in the past. Opening this weekend in London, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium is not only open to cat-lovers, but even has its own resident felines to entertain guests. READ MORE…
Vending machine promises hot burritos in 60 seconds
While organic, fresh, gourmet superfood salads straight from a vending machine are making healthy meals a cinch, let’s face it — sometimes all you want is a burrito. Burritobox is a new vending machine that delivers five different types of filled tortillas on demand. READ MORE…