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Garlic Shrimp Are Extra-Amazing When Wrapped in Banana Leaves

You know what are awesome? Shrimp. There’s a reason why we love a “cocktail” comprised solely of cold, cooked shrimp—they’re sweet, juicy, and snappy enough to enjoy on their own. 

And hell, when rolled around in some fat and garlic? Well, there’s hardly anything better than that. 

But suppose you could take things a step further, adding a special kick with a spicy chile pepper sauce and wrapping the dish in banana leaves to make sure all of those amazing herbs and spices infiltrate every bite. That brings us to this dish from Flavio Solórzano. 

Start by making a buttery, peppery garlic oil, then make a sauce with cocona fruit, aji charapita peppers, oregano, ginger, and cilantro. We’re talking huge flavor. Gargantuan. 

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Eating Competitions Killed Two People This Past Weekend

Eating competitions are an American institution, but can we all finally agree that they are pretty damn dangerous?

This past weekend, two tragic and needless competitive-eating-related deaths occurred within 24 hours of each other. A 20-year-old college student and a 42-year-old Colorado man died in separate choking incidents tied to eating competitions: one involving pancakes; the other, doughnuts.

Caitlin Nelson was a student at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut who died Sunday after participating in a Greek-life-sponsored eating contest. She was said to have eaten four or five pancakes when she stopped breathing. Caitlin was said to have multiple food allergies, although it’s not clear whether they contributed to her choking. To make the story even more horrific, Caitlin was the daughter of a Port Authority … Read the rest

Edible Chopsticks Are Now a Thing and They Taste Like Furniture

Turns out, chopsticks are still ripe for innovation, even after more than 6,000 continuous years of use in pretty much all of Eastern Asia.

In what will surely go down in the annals of history as an achievement as momentous as the harnessing of electricity, Japan’s Marushige Confectionery company has recently unveiled edible chopsticks that are meant to be both environmentally friendly and to preserve age-old Japanese agricultural practices.

Oh, and they also happen to taste like furniture.

Marushige’s chopsticks are made with igusa (soft rush) reeds, the material traditionally used to make tatami, the floor mats found throughout Japan. RocketNews24 reports that the Nagoya-based company is openly billing the chopsticks as being “tatami-flavored” and that they hope the creation will promote the cultural significance … Read the rest

A Colombian Street Art Duo Is Transforming Phoenix with a Nomadic Art Space | #50StatesofArt

Origin stories don’t get much more American than that of the Fortoul Brothers, whose nomadic art gallery is the spice of Phoenix’s art scene.

Isaac and Gabriel Fortoul immigrated to the US from Colombia as children, and grew up in Union City, New Jersey, nurturing dreams of becoming artists. After Isaac graduated from art school and Gabriel cut his teeth in the financial industry on Wall Street, the two went into business together. Isaac is the artistic force, while business-minded Gabriel handles the performance of the work. Their partnership is so symbiotic, they bill all of their work as belonging to The Fortoul Brothers. Their traveling pop-up space is called 40Owls, a gag on the phonetics of their shared last name.

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Delivering Bread in Cairo Is a Balance of Life and Death

This article originally appeared on MUNCHIES in March 2015.

Aish baladi, like the Nile, is a source of life. The handmade bread is an Egyptian staple, which at one point existed in 82 varieties. In Cairo, its ubiquity is made possible by the network of agalati—bread carriers—who deliver the bread to the restaurants, ful (fava bean) carts, and street stands of the metropolis. The coarseness of the bran and wheat turns the bread into a magnet for dust and the city’s airborne toxic elements, but that doesn’t stop anyone from eating it. The art of the agalati is in carrying large trays of bread on their heads as they maneuver through the manic streets of Cairo on a bicycle, like lunatics sailing into the … Read the rest

These Poetic Photograms Were Made in Total Darkness in Nature

If I narrated a scene of a group of women heading into the outdoors at night, carrying strange objects and performing odd rituals, you’d justifiably anticipate the unfurling of a classic witch’s tale. Perhaps it’s fitting, then, that the results of Klea McKenna’s nocturnal communion with nature—a series of photograms titled Automatic Earth—are downright magical. Rather than trying to conjure supernatural forces, however, McKenna captures the transcendent beauty of what’s plainly within reach, and reminds us that the mysteries of the natural world are already boundless. Her “photographic rubbings” of soil, concrete, and trees yield textured images that hint at the story of their making, but leave plenty unsaid.

She (1), 2016, Photographic rubbings of a redwood tree. Collage of 2 unique

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A Light Artist Uses Projections as a Conduit to God in Arizona | #50StatesofArt

Although art has shared deep connections with religion throughout its long history, it seems like most art today is made in a more secular vein, often created by artists without strong ties to any particular religion. Phoenix, AZ-based, Tijuana-born artist Francisco Flores is an exception to the rule, boldly stating on his website that his video projections, generative artworks, and installations are “inspired by and reference the construct of God using the medium of light” as a result of “growing up with Christian traditions”.

Crystals and Lasers

There are no overtly religious references in Flores’ work, but it’s clear that the artist is deeply fascinated with light as a raw medium and incorporates it in nearly all of his works, almost like a conduit to God. … Read the rest

Business Is Booming for Restaurant that Banned Young Children

In the competitive and fiscally risky business of restaurants, incentives have always been used to drum up new customers, whether it be happy hour specials, two-for-one appetizers, or the promise of a meal undisturbed by children. The latter has lead to a big spike in business—and a helping of controversy—for one North Carolina eatery.

At Caruso’s—a Moorseville Italian restaurant where, according to their website, “proper attire” is required to eat at the “traditional, classy, intimate” space—a no-child policy put into effect in January has lead to an uptick in customers seeking a quieter, tantrum-free dining experience.

According to manager Yoshi Nunez, once children under the age of five were banned from the restaurant, the daily customer count quickly rose from 50 to 80. Taking … Read the rest

We Asked Bourbon Country Experts for Their Favorite Hangover Cures

I am in pain, a lot of it. It’s 8 AM in Louisville, Kentucky, the capital city of bourbon country. About an hour outside of town are America’s most prized bourbon distilleries. I am in so much pain because of the products they distill, and yet, according to the experts around these parts, there doesn’t seem to be any way of avoiding this fate.

Yesterday started casually enough with a 9 AM tour of the Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont, a picturesque town nestled in the green rolling hills of the Bluegrass State. Jim Beam produces 50 percent of the world’s bourbon, which is a goddamn lot of bourbon.

Jim Beam produces 50 percent of the world’s bourbon. All photos by the author.

That’s a

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[NSFW] Hyperreal Nude Portraits of Elderly Women Show Time’s Toll on the Body

As we grow older, the long term effects of gravity become gradually more apparent: our skin starts to sag, wrinkles begin to show, and getting off the couch becomes a workout in and of itself. In a new show of paintings called Stark Realism, Dutch artist Francien Krieg portrays elderly women as unyielding and complete nudes. Her candid representations of weathered female bodies ask the viewer to reflect on the impact time has not only on our physical bodies, but on our spiritual psychology, as well. The beinArt Gallery writes that Krieg uses realism as a way to, “explore the substance and mystery of being human.”


Art critic Alan Katz says that Krieg’s work is foreseeably controversial, as it can be easily misinterpreted … Read the rest