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The Shrinking Screens Of TV Dinners

Whether you’re ready for the five millionth season of Grey’s Anatomy, out for blood while watching Empire, or just hoping that you can navigate the minefield of spoilers while trying to catch up on Game of Thrones, quality TV can be as heartwarming as a cup of hot cocoa.

Primetime television became an additional family member in American households about half a century ago and we took very little time to jump from watching I Love Lucy after dinner to plopping pre-portioned food on mini tables we still call TV trays during a half hour of America’s favorite redhead.

Even though the tradition of watching a show while you eat still stands, you don’t really find frozen dinners outside the freezers of devout Weight Watchers and substitute teachers. Plus, the advents of Hulu, Netflix, smartphones, and tablets have created an anytime, anywhere atmosphere of media guzzling.  So, where does that leave the TV dinner? Can we have TV lunches? Do we even need our TVs? 

TV dinner version 2016. #tvdinner #tv #vegan #dinner #terrasse

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Our morphing social landscape is creating a space for individualism and the ever-popular “me time.” You can really eat however you want, whenever you want with Queen Elizabeth II or the cast of Downton Abbey. If you do find yourself eating alone, your smartphone can keep you company or help you avoid awkward eye contact with strangers/co-workers you don’t know very well.

Gear Up

Support your phone

Whether it’s simple DIY phone stands made via origami or a couple of binder clips to Miso Soup Design’s ramen bowl with a built in phone stand, you’re going to need some help propping up your phone. (http://www.cnet.com/news/anti-loneliness-ramen-bowl-invites-your-phone-to-dinner/)

Wireless meals

Dining in public brings a certain noise level to the table and no one likes headphone wires in their food, so invest in a pair of wireless earbuds so you don’t miss a single punchline or plot twist.

Splash zone

Even if you have a newer, water resistant phone, getting your phone wet is never ideal. Be wary of your splash zone and safeguard your phone with a waterproof case or, at the very least, a plastic screen protector.

Eating For One

Focus on what you’re eating

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Just because you’re using a smaller screen doesn’t mean the issues stemming from eating and watching TV disappear. If you’re watching a 22-minute comedy and you’ve finished your meal in the first seven minutes, you need to slow down. Television has a way of distracting us from our body’s fullness signals, so it’s important to reign in your fork.

Stay strong

If you’re chowing your way through a drama, watch out for those tears. They’ll add some unplanned flavor to your meal while dehydrating you and making you hungrier! Comedies are much safer calorie-wise (plus, they offer a little abdominal workout), but too much hilarity might require a self-heimlich maneuver.

Whatever you choose, make sure you relax and take comfort in the fact that you’re supporting an American tradition with a modern edge.

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What If All Our Favorite Movies Were About Food?

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We may not yet have perfected smell-o-vision, but this may be the next best thing for feeding our culinary obsessions.  All your favorite movie titles now come in new delicious flavors, thanks to the wonderful people over at Snack To the Future, a website dedicated to taking your favorite movies, and giving them a little more bite.

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Delectable titles like “The Curious Quesadilla of Benjamin Button” and “Little Miss Capri Sunshine” are cute in a cheeky sort of way. Jurassic Pork actually makes me kind of hungry, and I don’t know what to make of that.  But, as is the case with any collection of movies,  there are the great ones, and the Oscar winners:

Braveheartichoke is too perfect for words.

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127 Hors D’oeuvres may already seem a little sinister, but it gets way worse when you read the next line: “Every Bite Counts.”  If you know 127 Hours, you can’t help but cringe, shut your eyes, and chuckle, just a tiny bit.

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Personally, my favorite is “Thoreo: The God of Omnomnom”

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I don’t think I need to explain why.

What’s your favorite foodified poster? Let us know in the comments!

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Labyrinth Wedding Cake is Six Tiers of Awesome

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These past few days have been excellent for Labyrinth paraphernalia. First, we brought you these hand-painted Etsy mugs featuring two of the cult classic’s many memorable characters. The set could easily become a pair of his-and-her mugs, perfect for the lucky couple who commissioned this kick-ass wedding cake.

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Tracey of the Black Cherry Cake Company has made herself a hero for 80s babies everywhere when she retold Jim Henson’s puppets-on-LSD fairy tale. With a cake. It’s everything a person needs in life.

I tried to tell the story moving up the cake, the bottom tier depicts the start of the Labyrinth with the tiny blue worm, Riddle Guards, Door knockers, red lipstick arrows, stone book chair and other doorways.

From there Sarah makes her to the Fire Gang and the bog of eternal stench, Hoggle is sat around the bag holding the peach.
Ludo is sat ontop of a rock in the the Bog inside a Jareth glass ball.

From there they all make their way to the Goblin city on the next tier and the clock showing she is running out of time. She makes her way to the Goblin Castle into the starirs maze, Toby is sat around the back holding a glass ball. Then on top is Jareth and Sarah in the ballroom scene as it is afterall a wedding cake!

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The downside? She expects us to devour Ludo whole. Heartlessness has never existed in a more heinous form.

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