3 Good Things: Cereal Mascots

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Mike Boon
1 Mike Boon's Breakfast Mascot Alphabet, a poster inspired by cereal box mascots. Can you recognize all of them? (I had to cheat.) [Laughing Squid]

2 Grape breeder Bruce Reisch is taking suggestions from the public for two new wine grape varieties (currently just called NY76.0844.24 and NY95.0301.01) developed by Cornell University. Ideally, something easy to pronounce. [Syracuse]


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3 Good Things: Human Cheese?

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1 A very interesting story about the former president and COO of McDonalds, currently developing a sustainable, healthy brand of fast food in Palo Alto. [Wired]

2 A Q+A with Miriam Simun, a graduate student whose "human cheese project" explores the ethics of biotechnology and sustainable food production. [Grist]

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3 Good Things: Orbiting Sprinkles

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1 The BBC considers the future of food: insects, sonic-enhanced snacks, lab-grown meat, and algae. [BBC]

2 The art in GQ's new ice cream story turns colorful scoops into planets, and sprinkles into beautiful, orbiting particles. [GQ]


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3 Good Things: Murakami, Gianduia, Barista Crushes

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1 Jess Row's interesting piece about Haruki Murakami's "blandness," which compares the Japanese author's tone to the foods we seek out for comfort and routine (like, spaghetti). [Three Penny Review]

2 This cool, carefully annotated series of 35 blog posts about the history of gianduia, that lovely Italian concoction of chocolate and hazelnuts, which used to be a seasonal product available in the late fall. [DallasFood via Michael Laiskonis]


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3 Good Things: Scratch 'n' Sniff

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1 A design student in China is working on a device that would print food smells, captured by the user, onto postcards. But for now it's just a concept building on electronic nose technology. [Wired]

2 Serious Eats goes on a mini hot-dog tour of northern New Jersey with one of their readers, John Fox, a postman and obsessive hot-dog lover. Together they taste "several distinct styles of hot dog from the classic Italian Hot Dogs (deep fried, in pizza bread) to the classic Texas wiener." [SE]

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3 Good Things: Vintage Carving Manuals, Corn Butter

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Joachim von Sandrart

1 This art historian's Tumblr focuses entirely on the odd pleasures of the early modern banquet. So, a lot of fun snippets from old European carving manuals and great illustrations. [Tumblr]

2 A cleverly designed tea shop in São Paulo pops out of the wall like a gigantic children's book. [Lost at E Minor]

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3 Good Things: Hamsters in the Kitchen

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1 Russian photographer Elena Eremina photographs her pet hamsters in the kitchen, after her husband and son have fallen asleep. It's just as odd as you'd imagine, but also terribly cute. [Feature Shoot]

2 A new cookbook for gamers? Why not. [Kickstarter]

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3 Good Things: The Universal Tea Machine, Sneaky Pugs

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1 The Universal Tea Machine is a tea-making device, a primitive computer, and a pinball machine. And if you can perform binary addition, it will make you a (free!) cup of tea with milk and sugar. [Edible Geography]

2 This sneaky little pug knows how to grab food from a much larger dog (it sort of rolls over submissively, as close to the food as possible, then gets at it upside down). [YouTube via MetaFilter]

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3 Good Things, Including a Lobster Dress

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1 Harnessing the power of the sun to make dinner! Here's a nice bit about solar cooking, or concentrating sunlight and converting it into heat. NPR shows us how to heat a pot with reflective panels using some cardboard and aluminum foil. [NPR]

2 Francis Lam on food writing and the joy of talking to people about food: "I eat food because I love food. I cook food because I love food. But I write about food because I love people." [Gilt Taste]

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Three Good Things: Bagels, Thoreau, Crayfish

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1 How Dan Graf looked to science to create a bagel with a blistered, crispy crust, a chewy interior, and a rich dough flavor. [Wired]

2 Did Henry David Thoreau really invent raisin bread? Lapham's Quarterly clears it up. [Tumblr]

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