Dominique Ansel Creates Lobster-Shaped Tribute to Friends Sitcom


Valentine’s Day frenzy is already starting, which means soon stores will be flooded with bad chocolate, red and pink M&Ms, and lots of sappy cards. It also means that some of our favorite pastry chefs are stepping up their game to stand out from the competition. Dominique Ansel, cronut-master, has wowed us  with these adorable lobster cookies, referencing a classic scene from Friends where Phoebe explains what true love means… with lobsters.

The red frosted, lobster-shaped linzer cookies arrive with a note for that special lobster in your life.  They’re available as of Friday, January 31, so you have plenty of time to snatch them up for your loved one. But make sure you know what you’re doing before you give these away.  After all, lobsters “mate for life” so no takebacks.

H/T + Picthx Gothamist


Turn Your Thanksgiving Leftovers Into a Moist Maker


It’s November 30th and we’re guessing you probably have towers of tupperware lined up in your fridge stuffed with Thursday’s leftovers. Before you toss out those Thanksgiving goods you should probably construct this epic Moist Maker and then see how you feel.

Reimagined by the ladies at Spoon Fork Bacon, this Thanksgiving concoction was originally introduced to the world via the television show, Friends. Ross would wait all year for his sister Monica to make him this seasonal sandwich but when someone at work stole his precious meal he flipped out. Don’t lie, you’d do the same thing if someone nabbed your lunch.

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Cranberry sauce, stuffing, turkey, tomato and lettuce nestled between some hearty bread. Yeah, that’s the stuff. But there’s a kicker to this creation that takes it to the next level. A third slice of bread is soaked in gravy then added smack dab in the middle of the sammich. This genius addition is both practical for the sandwich’s structural support and a delicious way to keep your sandwich perfectly moist, thus The Moist Maker.

There’s no right way to build your own Moist Maker but you can check out how Spoon Fork Bacon made their version here.

H/T + PicThx Spoon Fork BaconHypeseek


Someone Opened a Real-Life ‘Friends’ Central Perks Cafe in Beijing


Friends fans, rejoice! While the sitcom that pretty much ran the 90s may have fallen from prime time grace in America, it’s apparently still all the rage in China. So much so that one super-fan, Du Xin, recreated the show’s famous Central Perk Cafe in Beijing (originally located in Central Park in New York, but not really, which is news to me). It’s got the same giant window logo, same entry way, and even the couch where Ross, Rachel and company shared witticisms. But this is 2013. You don’t have to share witticisms any more. Instead, you can sit on that orange couch and watch reruns while sipping your latte.

“I’m crazy about Friends,” Xin said in an interview with NPR. “For me, it’s a religion. It’s my life.”

Don’t worry. This isn’t creepy or crazy. Xin managed to turn his obsession into a business, opening a second cafe in Shanghai. The menus serve snacks (and lulz) from the show, so prepare for lots of Joey-esque references over the pastry you’re nibbling.

This gives me hope. Maybe someone will do this for Boy Meets World. Hint, hint, readers. Hint, hint.

H/T+PicThx NPRNeatorama


DRUNKBEAST: Orange Street Fair 2010 x In-N-Out

Last night some of the crew got their pregame on, then cruised over to the annual Orange International Street Fair for some grub and drinks. For three days the city of Orange closes off their beloved circle and turns it into a melting pot of different nationality food booths. I was too distracted from all the random people to eat, so we headed to In-N-Out after leaving, which as you may know is always a solid choice. Check the gallery after the jump.