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This Knife Set Assembles into an X-Wing Starfighter

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So you’ve already stocked your kitchen with a Darth Vader toaster and an R2-D2 measuring cup set, eh? Now all that’s missing is the X-Wing Knife Block.

This plastic knife holder has a cool chrome finish, giving all other kitchen appliances “a rebellious kick in the vegetables”. It also comes with five stainless steel knives — cook’s, bread, carving, utility and paring — all assembled to make one badass-looking counter topper.
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If you’re in the market for this Star Wars must-have, unfortunately you’ll have to wait until August to buy. However, it’s currently on pre-order over at TheFowndry, so get a move on Jedis!

X-Wing Knife Block, $120 @TheFowndry

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This Barbecue Bible Comes with Everything You Need for Grilling Including Charcoal and a Cutting Board

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If there was ever a Swiss Army Knife of books, it’d be the Biblia Definitiva Do Churrasco (Bible of Barbecue). The novelty cookbook was released in March as a promotion to Tramontina, a Brazilian line of kitchen ware. The book contains everything one would need to barbecue and look boss doing so.

The bible has a page made entirely out of coal to help jump start your grill, while another helps you sharpen your knives. There’s even a page that unfolds into an apron. The best thing is that everything is categorized in the order you’ll be needing them from charcoal to serving tray.

Sadly, it looks like the Bible of Barbecue is only available in Brazil. Though if anyone’s making a trip out there…

Note: Barbecue enthusiasts should have some minute experience if they plan on using the book. Pretty sure it doesn’t come with a first aid kit.

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How to Choose the Proper Knife for Every Type of Food [INFOGRAPHIC]

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When I’m preparing a meal in the kitchen, I grab the nearest utensil in my proximity. Now, whether I’m attempting to slice a slab of brisket with a bread knife when I should really be using a chef’s blade, is another issue.

For those of us who momentarily consider the difference between a steak knife and a smaller pairing knife, then recklessly reach over for the vegetable knife to cut our steak — this insightful infographic was made for us. Although, there’s no guarantee it’ll convert us to proper kitchen chefs overnight.

Anything can happen when all the appropriate knives are dirty in the dishwasher and all we have to filet our salmon is a petite decorating knife. Just clean the salmon knife, you say? Psh, you’re not our mama.

[click on infographic to enlarge]

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Picnic Backpack Guarantees First Date Success

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Ladies and gentlemen, it’s about damn time we stepped our first date game up. Dinner at your go-to Italian restaurant isn’t going to make her swoon and watching Fast and the Furious 273 isn’t going to make him tumble head over heels.

No, it’s time to take things to the next level with the Picnic Backpack.

The canvas pack comes decked out with plates, goblets, utensils, cloth napkins, and a cozy blanket for you and your date to cuddle under. There’s a detachable wine cooler on the side for pinot noir or some bubbly, plus a large insulated compartment to keep your food cool.

Of course, the impressive part comes in the attention to detail, as the backpack also includes salt and pepper shakers, a wooden cutting board and a corkscrew (which you know how elusive those can be).

So, next time you’re trying to impress, invite your date to a modern-day picnic. Break out the wine and cheese plates, then follow it up with a steak dinner while soaking in Mother Nature. Might as well do it proper the first time around.

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As you can see, we got ours personalized. Swag.

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Picnic Backpack, $80 @Red Envelope

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Del Taco Customer Stabbed By Employee Over Wrong Order

Last Thursday at around 1:50 AM in the city of Hemet, California, 28-year-old Del Taco employee Gabriel Villalba was arrested for stabbing a customer over a messed up order.

According to officials from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, an argument ensued on June 21 between the drive-thru window employee and an unidentified customer when the two disagreed over the contents of an order. The argument quickly transpired into a physical altercation that ended when Villalba used a knife to stab the customer in the abdomen.

Villalba was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and was taken to the Larry Smith Correctional Facility. Friends of the victim rushed him to the hospital and is expected to survive since his wounds are not considered life-threatening.

Some of my biggest questions about this altercation is where the knife came from, and why he had it with him to begin with. To my knowledge, most of the equipment and food in fast food restaurants already come pre-cut, so it only really requires employees to cook and assemble the orders.

I understand kitchens are supposed to have knives, but did this one belong to Gabriel?

Another question that’s going through my mind is why Villalba or another employee didn’t simply correct the order. Since Villalba was manning the drive-thru window, it’s a bit alarming that another employee didn’t (or couldn’t) calm him down before the situation escalated. Even in the wee hours of the night, Villalba couldn’t have been the only employee on the shift.

Lastly, it makes me wonder if this attack means more idiot-proof kitchens in fast food restaurants. Although situations like this are rare, it may be enough for restaurants to take more precaution in what they allow their kitchen staff to use.

Personally, I think these are just isolated incidents that can happen very randomly, but you never know how a company like Del Taco, or any other company, could take situations like this.

What do you Foodbeasts think about the situation? Do you think it was Gabriel’s knife?

[Source & Photo Credit: SWRNN via Gawker]

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United Steaks of America

Better snatch these up before it’s too late. If you love meat, steak in particular and you also claim to be an art connoisseur then this is perfect for you. There is not much, food wise, that’s more American than steak. The United Steaks of America is a art series of 5-layer screen-prints on freezer paper, rendered in the shape of a US state. There are only 10 of each state being made, each one being 9″ x 16″ in size. $100 gets you all 50 states, and makes you the owner of one of the coolest art collections known to man. I should just buy a set, and then open a steak house based on that theme with the same name. Don’t take my idea. (Thx Etsy) (Source: Coolmaterial)

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How to Make Bacon from Scratch

I came across an amazing article about making the best bacon ever, from scratch and I will tell you it’s quite a process. The beginning of the article is so well written that I just have to quote it: “Bacon. It has a wonderful place in human history. Humans have eaten it for thousands of years, traded it as a staple of economies, and most recently, turned it into an internet craze. It’s no mystery why we have a love affair with Bacon. It’s the Christina Hendricks of meat products. The smell of bacon soothes a crying infant. Vegetarians make exceptions for bacon. Bacon is the closest we can get to empirically proving the existence of God. Bacon, for lack of a better word, is The Shit”. Check out how to make this after the jump: