Japanese Farmers are Growing Heart-Shaped Watermelons


Do we need watermelons grown into shapes of squares and hearts? Well, yes and no.

No, they don’t taste any different (we’re guessing). Sure, they’re probably easier to store. Yes, they will melt your heart.


Farmer Hiroichi Kimura from Japan’s Kumamoto Prefecture underwent a long series of trial and error to create his proprietary watermelon heart-mold, which was inspired by a comment from a neighbor. Rocket News reports, “Mr. Kimura’s heart watermelons have a crunchy consistency that gives way to pleasantly sweet juices. Once you’ve gulped down the red flesh, you’re left with a mellow sweetness that lingers on the tongue. The taste was better than Mr. Kimura imagined.”


Watch this neat featurette to see how he did it and start planning your Valentine’s Day shipment now. Bonus points if you figure out a way to hide an engagement ring inside. This is some Grade-A Pinterest sh*t.

H/T + PicThx Design Taxi

Fast Food

Wear Your Pizza on Your Sleeve: Domino’s Japan Offers Heart-Shaped Valentine’s Pizza


For you gals and guys who have yet to make reservations at the closest frou frou restaurant, tsk tsk, here’s an idea: Skip the Italian joint stuffed full with snogging couples, stay home, pop open a couple of beers and order a heart-shaped pizza from Domino’s.

How’s that for romance? The unique offer is available  until February 14 and just in Japan, as are all things awesome. For those lucky couples (or singles) overseas, note that it’s online ordering only and just ¥ 1300 (~US $14).

Although, I do hope you didn’t take my Valentine’s date suggestion to heart (hehe) and actually have a reservation at that frou frou spot. Unless, of course, you actually want to be single, sipping a beer and chowing down on that heart-shaped pizza. . . alone. Womp womp.

H/T + PicThx itmedia


For the 14th: Nutella Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting


As Yammie, the creator behind this gorgeous Nutella mess, advises, “Bake them. Eat them. Love them.” And really, how could you protest? They’re red velvet cinnamon rolls slathered in the stuff of chocolate hazelnut dreams and decked out in sweet, sweet cream cheese frosting — drizzled in mo’ Nutella.

Oh, and they’re shaped into hearts (that kinda look like boobies, hehe, I’m soo mature), making them perfect for Valentine’s Day. So like Yammie said, bake them, eat them and then repeat.

Check out the full recipe here.


H/T + PicThx Yammie’s Noshery