How not to be a barbarian when eating in different countries around the world [7 pics]

March 26, 2014 | 1 comment

You may think you know how to behave yourself in order to seem like a polite person while you eat…but it totally depends on where in the world you are. What may seem sophisticated in the U.S. might be utterly boorish in Japan.

To prepare you for your next cross-cultural culinary tour, here are some quirks of dinnertime etiquette from several countries around the world…

Dining Etiquette Around the World - 06

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Self-identifying beer snob makes pretentious but awesome beer glasses for fellow snobs [10 pics]

March 19, 2014 | No comments

Pretentious Beer 1 set all PG glasses

When you’re selling beer glasses in sets called The Pompous Set or The Snobby Set, it’s just a simple formality to call yourself the Pretentious Beer Glass Company. Coors Light would feel out of place in the presence of such malty arrogance.

Owner, artist, and designer Matthew Cummings explains,

The PBGC originated from a small drinking club at the Mellwood Arts Center in Louisville, KY. Each Friday afternoon, we would take off work early to sit in the courtyard and drink great craft beer. After a couple too many (all good ideas start this way, right?) the club decided that I should make beer glasses for everyone.

Cummings spent months perfecting his designs before launching his product line and is now working 7 days a week to keep up with orders as he still runs his shop largely on his own. He maintains the pretentious tone throughout the site, including recommended beer pairings with each glass. Descriptions about which types of beer each glass can get to “really sing,” how they can enhance the “aromatic qualities,” or ways in which “you can smell the bouquet of both beers” will either leave you feeling right at home or have you reaching for a Bud Light.

See some of Cummings’ creations below and visit his Etsy page to order one (or a set) for yourself…

The complete “Pretentious Set”

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11 delicious maps made with region’s most popular food

March 17, 2014 | 6 comments

New Zealand artist Henry Hargreaves and New York stylist Caitlin Levin teamed up with Vermont typographer Sarit Melmed to bring us this series of delectable maps, each made from foods that represent the cuisine specific to that region.

Avid travelers, Hargreaves and Levin know how important food is to exploring a new region, noting:

These maps are a playful representation of our interpretation of food from around the world, painstakingly created with real unadulterated food. This project speaks to the universality of how food unites people, brings us together and starts conversation – just as we hope these beautiful maps will do too.

United States of America – Corn

Food Maps 11

Italy – Tomatoes

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Kid gets a banana as a gift, responds unexpectedly with absolute joy

March 13, 2014 | 2 comments

Last Mother’s Day, after all the mothers had opened their gifts, this youngster felt left out. So a couple of the adults at the party pranked him a bit by sticking a banana in a gift bag so he’d have something to open, too. They were expecting him to get annoyed, but this was his reaction in stead…

Pure, simple happiness.

Jim Gaffigan discusses the absurdity of weddings

March 8, 2014 | No comments

In this clip from Jim Gaffigan’s upcoming special, he (of course) talks about sitting in his sweatpants eating a full pint of ice cream. Then, surprisingly naturally, he segues into some truly insightful thoughts on marriage ceremonies…

(via Tastefully Offensive)

The infographic you have to see before you go to Starbucks today

March 7, 2014 | 4 comments

Would you eat a bag of Skittles for breakfast? If you order a Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino from Starbucks, you’re getting the same number of calories as you would in a sugary bag of 120 Skittles. How about a Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha? You’ll be appalled at how many cans of Coca-Cola that is.

Living in Seattle, the coffee capital of the world, Japanese writer and illustrator Ryoko Itawa loves coffee so much she started a blog called I Love Coffee. Needless to say, Itawa is keenly aware of the dessertification of her favorite drink.

In response, she created this infographic that’s equal parts amusing and sobering…

Starbucks Drinks 1

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5th-grader’s letter to her 20-year-old self covers everything that really matters in life

March 5, 2014 | 1 comment

In 2005, along with all the other youngsters in Mr. Clark’s class, Redditor ah1117 had to practice typing by writing a letter to her future self. In 2014, she discovered that her mom had saved the note for her.

The message from the past briefly touches on technology, romance, and pets. But it stays mainly on point, discussing the most important thing in life: Tacos…

5th-grader's letter to her 20-year-old self