Curated by CLAI
BUY FOOD WITH BITCOIN? You can use the virtual money to order Thai food and pizza through Foodler and Pizza For Coins. A Subway in Allentown, Pa., will gladly trade you a toasty 12-inch sub for the intangible currency. A handful of food trucks have been testing bitcoin out in the streets.
Overseas, you can spend the currency at the Pink Cow cafe in Tokyo, Burger Bear in London or the Old Fitzroy pub in Sydney, all of which are among the firsts to accept bitcoin in their respective cities.
FOOD FLAGS: National flags made from each countries traditional foods.
- Brazil: banana leaf, limes, pineapple and passion fruit
- China: dragon fruit and star fruit
- USA: hot dogs, ketchup and mustard
- Greece: olives and feta cheese
- Japan: tuna and rice
- Vietnam: rambutan, lychee and starfruit
- Korea: kimbap and sauces
- UK: scone, cream and jams
- Spain: chorizo and rice
- Thailand: sweet chilli sauce, shredded coconut and blue swimmer crab
PEANUT BUTTER PRETZEL MONOPOLY: Trader Joe’s is being sued for allegedly cornering the market on the snack by switching from one retailer to another supplier.
The technology to make a hard pretzel shell stuffed with peanut butter didn’t even exist until the 1980s. The peanut butter pretzel is a marvel of food manufacturing. It’s a process called co-extrusion — basically, an outer tube pumps out pretzel dough, while an inner tube pumps out peanut butter filling onto a conveyor belt. The whole thing is then sliced up and baked in a giant 100-foot oven. If there is too much water in the pretzel or the shell is too thin, the things will explode. And imagine having to clean a 100-foot oven full of peanut butter.