OK, this food could be aggressive, dangerous, over-designed and even alive – but is it eatable?
People would eat the darnedest things, depending on their cultural background and love of unique experiences. The point of this article (the first in a series) is to find the food that is not necessarily disgusting (in most cases it’s only a matter of taste), but such food – and things made from food – that cause us to stop in the tracks and think twice before bringing it to our mouths.
Food as Art
Pierre Javelle & Akiko Ida (see their site Minimiam) make very special food landscapes where little people go around their business among the tasty morsels we eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Utilizing the variable depth of field, their photography is exceptional in creating the illusion of a miniature world.
Zooming in on the little figures, we see that they are hand-made using the old school skills, no computer trickery here:
(images credit: Minimiam, used by permission)
Seeing all this miniature activity should cause you to examine your food more closely before taking a bite – who’s this construction worker stuck in the cookie’s crevasse?
Love your favorite anime characters? Have them with rice!
Asian creativity is put to good use in Hong Kong’s fast-food establishments:
(image credit: freakingnews)
“Chick Magnet” food:
(image credit: englishrussia)
Asian soft drinks market is simply nuts
InventorSpot listed some weirdest Japanese soft drinks, among which you can enthusiastically find
You can drink it from this jug, perhaps:
and salad-flavored water:
Food that we will hesitate (or flatly refuse) to eat
Check out this Ukranian Chocolate Pork Fat, described in this article. No picture here, cause it looks as unappetizing as it sounds.
Wasp Cookies are getting to be popular in Japan, believe it or not. Read more about this culinary curiosity here.
Penguin Poop luckily is only a name for a candy, not the actual noxious substance. Buy them online here
One German company makes the most curious liquor, which is only one of the many of their “fun liquors” line of products.
Try “Sigmud Freud Watermelon Head Pops”:
(just don’t keep them in your head for long)
Bacon Mints, anyone?
Some Asian restaurants serve live (or almost live) food. See the full bizarre account of one such family visit for dinner:
Just make sure such animated food stays on your plate:
Innovative Approaches to Preparing & Consuming Food
Boiling water for tea with solar energy:
Make yourself some coffee from a cool PC case mod:
Drink your coffee from the artsy mug:
(designs by Monique Goossens)
or use this simple device for tea:
Carry your bananas in style:
Pick the eggs by the bunch:
I don’t think my tastes are as flexible as to enjoy the “flexible” approach for my toast:
(image credit: Christoph Niemann)
Use steampunk-ish Victorian Killer Cutlery:
(just don’t point it in your direction). Seen here.
or cutlery, which is unsure of itself:
(image credit: Chema Madoz)
Be nice to your coffee:
and it will be nice to you…
(see more latte masterpieces at this site)
While you’re eating, some appliances may look at you strangely:
When you eat, mind the little scavengers:
(“Overachiever”, photo by: Shannon Calvert)
More “food art” by Shannon Calvert – Food Coloring:
(art by Shannon Calvert, used by permission)
Make sure your food isn’t suicidal:
also seen in Blur’s music video “Cofee and TV”