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OREO Is Selling A Turntable Powered By Cookies, Seriously

Now that Thanksgiving is over, we’re really going to have to get a jump on our holiday shopping. No more last minute lottery tickets from this guy. If any of your friends or loved ones happen to be Oreo fiends, Nabisco just launched a new item that might be the perfect present to leave a song in their hearts.

Called the Oreo Music Box, the device is designed to turn cookie consumption into a musical experience.

Here’s how it works:

  • Put a whole Oreo cookie on the turntable
  • Move the music box “arm” over the cookie to make music play.
  • As you take more bites of the cookie, the melody will change.

You can also record your own message or melody, up to 30 seconds, directly on the device.

The Oreo Music Box is currently sold through Amazon for $19.99, while supplies last. Each order comes with a single music box, five Oreo Thins packs, one 5.2 ounce pack of Original Oreo cookies, one 8.5 ounce pack of White Fudge Oreo cookies, and three 1-ounce packs of Oreo Thins.

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Sound Bites: Chef Brian Fisher

Imagine you’re in Chicago enjoying a Michelin Star-quality meal at Entente. You’ve got the perfect wine pairing to go with your visually stunning and palate pleasing dishes while the perfect soundtrack wafts from the speakers throughout the dining room, heightening the whole experience.

What’s playing to complete such a scenario? An orchestral arrangement from Bach? Perhaps the soothing sounds of Coltrane fit the scene? Nope. Try the neck-snapping stylings of ASAP Ferg’s “New Level” instead.

See at Entente, Chef Brian Fisher infuses as much energy from his playlist into the place as much as he does flavor into his impeccably seared scallops. Fisher’s love of hip hop follows him everywhere, and that includes the kitchen. This edition of Sound Bites melds the unlikely duo of fine dining and bombastic beats in a marriage that works as surprisingly well as tamarind and foie gras.

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It’s all about keeping the energy up, and these songs get me in the place that I like to be when I’m cooking. I don’t talk a lot. I let the music speak for me for the most part. Sometimes literally. Its more about the vibe.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a lot of these artists and cooking for some of them as well, so it creates a much more personal connection to these songs.

Ultimately, it comes down to keeping the energy level up, not only during the prep hours through the day, but dinner service as well, especially since the kitchen is open here, and the music is played throughout the restaurant. Granted, some of these songs are daytime only, but the artists still make it into heavy rotation in the evening playlists. Another aspect to the music here is to take people out of their comfort zone, somewhat. We could play Top 40 hits or whatever, but that doesn’t serve what we are trying to do, which in the end, is to get people to let their guard down and open up to new experiences. For the most part it works, and people kind of forget about the music, in a sense, and are immersed in not only what they’re eating but the experience that they’re sharing.

Getting hyped over some chawanmushi is an understandable moment, really. So who can blame Fisher for throwing on some Mobb Deep and feeling some type of way over being awarded a Michelin Star. It’s the perfect pairing.

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Sound Bites: Chef Michael Fiorelli

In the second edition of our series Sound Bites, we welcome the contribution of Chef Michael Fiorelli of Love & Salt in Manhattan Beach, California. This ongoing series is a unique lens into how music has influenced many chefs and kitchens throughout the culinary world, and Chef Fiorelli’s playlist is a great insight into how he grew an appreciation for food and cooking growing up.

This list is nostalgic for me because it features songs my family loves and introduced to me. Listening to this music brings back memories of cooking and eating together, and reinvigorates that sense of tradition and culture.
I remember listening to “Lazy Mary” for the first time. My mother played it during the Christmas holidays. At first I was just enjoying it a pleasant background noise, but then I listened to the lyrics. The picture of what’s going on in the song made my head turn. A woman who’s being urged to get out of bed so they can use the bed sheets to set the table. It’s the epitome of Italian humor — subtle and brilliant — just like Italian food. I kept asking my mother to play it over and over after that, and she couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t get enough of that song!
Music plays a vital role in my whole sense of being. It’s how I start my day, and it sets the tone for what’s to come. I think everyone needs a soundtrack for their life that’s motivating and inspiring. I also think music and cooking are so closely related. Both are a form of someone sharing something close to them. Something from the heart. The more genuine and the more heartfelt the art, the more inspiring the experience is going be.

So go ahead and fire up a boiling pot of pasta and pour your favorite red. Let Chef Fiorelli’s playlist of Italian-American standards set the mood for the perfect night in with Ol’ Blue Eyes.

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Sound Bites: Chef Aron Habiger

To us, music is food for the soul. Whenever we’re home making dinner — because fast food more than three times a week is frowned upon by our doctors — our phone is bellowing out melodies from decades we’ve nearly forgotten. Music, like food, fills us with joy and fuels us when we’re hungry for inspiration.

This leaves us curious, fascinated, and eager to learn what sort of music successful chefs listen to while they’re in the kitchen. Now some chefs may not listen to any at all, their kitchens being an ocean that demands respect and focus.

Other chefs, however, live for the music.

This new series will highlight a chef and the music that’s in their heart when working in the kitchen.

We spoke to Aron Habiger, formerly of Petit Trois, The North Left, and current head chef at Vacation Bar, and also curator at Cooking on the Lam, and asked him to share his Spotify playlist with us.

We’ve had the pleasure of seeing Habiger cook in person, and every time we’re in a kitchen with him, he’s always asking for music recommendations. Well chef, it’s time for some recommendations of your own.

Here’s what’s on Aron’s playlist:

Habiger chose to begin service with Joy Division’s “Warsaw” to get him fired up, with the following songs to keep him pumped through prep and service. To finish the night he begins to wind down with some Mos Def and ends with Sade’s “Smooth Operator” as his mellow closer.

The Southern-California based chef added that he was excited to be the first in this Foodbeast series, as music was a huge driving force for his cooking.

My eyes lit up when you asked me this, I was so excited. I wanna hear what other people listen to, because that’s the first question I ask any cook that comes in the kitchen or anyone that I ever work with. I don’t care about what you eat, or all that other stuff. Music is the thing that drives you to want to do other stuff.

So sit back, Foodbeasts, and enjoy Chef Aron Habiger’s handpicked tunes.

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Sweetfin’s Collaboration With BØRNS Yields A Poke Bowl Masterpiece

Surely good food and dope music are a winning recipe for a fantastic dining experience. So what better result could one get than when a musical artist and renowned chef form a masterful collaboration?

In a partnership with popular singer and songwriter BØRNS, Sweetfin Poke has created an exclusive poke bowl that’s truly a work of art.

The Blue Madonna, named after BØRNS’ new album, was created by Sweetfin’s own chef Dakota Weiss. Chef Weiss’ creation features a medley of unique ingredients such as golden beets, Green Dragon apples, forbidden rice, golden edamame shoots, and a Forest Berry Anise Ponzu sauce designed to complement the albacore. As a garnish, Chef Weiss adds blue Borage blossom and tops the bowl with a curry toasted almond for some heat.

Kind of makes sense why they’re describing it as something from “the garden of Eden.”

Launching Monday, Jan. 15, the Blue Madonna Bowl will be available at all Los Angeles Sweetfin locations through Feb. 28.

Visually and conceptually, this a masterpiece.

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This Chick-fil-A Inspired Rap is Our New Sunday Anthem

Admit it; we’ve all had that feeling of hunger pangs and disappointment at your Chick-fil-A dreams being dashed simply because it’s Sunday. Those unfulfilled not-so Sunday Funday cravings leave us wondering, “Isn’t it supposed to be their pleasure to serve us?”

Most of us curse the fast food gods for being so cruel, shaking our fists to the sky while simultaneously hitting up the nearest Mickey D’s drive-thru to get some semblance of a nugget fix.  But for Shama Mrema, he took his Chick-fil-A defeat to the next level by penning a rap professing his love for the chicken chain.

In a music video obviously shot on a Sunday outside an empty Chick-fil-A location, Mrema waxes poetic about his weekend woes, lamenting over his lack of mini sandwiches and sweet tea. Mrema’s Drake-like simping speaks to our waffle fry-loving hearts with lyrics like “Chick-fil-A sauce so good like it was made by G-O-D.” Seriously, that sauce is like crack.

Like Mrema, we’ll have to”drink [our] own tears till 6 a.m. Monday” until we’re reunited with that glorious chicken biscuit.

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McDonald’s Canada Just Entered The Audio Market With ‘The McBoombox’

We can all recall the joyous feeling of getting a new toy inside of our Happy Meal at McDonald’s. While most of us have outgrown the Happy Meal stage, Canada’s Waterloo University and McDonald’s Canada just released an adult toy that will have music fans singing high praise.

In celebration of the McFlurry 22-year anniversary — which was originally created in Canada — McDonald’s Canada, the University of Waterloo’s Audio Research Group along with the Toronto-based industrial design group Stacklab, created a limited time product, that might actually be the first of its kind.

The McDonald’s McBoombox is a recyclable drink tray that’s been outfitted with some custom designed “cones” that help create a full, more robust sound. The cones are a 10-side shaped polygon, enabling the 100 percent cardboard speakers to send sound out audio at a decibel level of 70.4, according to It’sNiceThat.com.

To put 70.4 dB into perspective, an ordinary iPod with headphones can reach 100-115 dB, with the volume at 50 percent. So, it might not blow your eardrums, and you might not be able to feel the bass in your chest, but you’ll be able to hear some tunes at a reasonable volume.

However, the McBoombox was produced in very limited quantities, according to Mashable. For the lucky ones, who caught the slim five-hour window of opportunity, McDonald’s gave the McBoombox away on July 28 from 2:00-7:00 pm. For everyone in the U.S. that wasn’t able to cop this limited edition product — there’s always eBay. So, there’s still a chance for all you music loving McDonald’s heads out there.

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Instagram’s Newest Interactive Photo Guide Highlights Coachella’s Best Food

After the desert dust had settled at the Empire Polo Club in conclusion of weekend one of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, all that’s left besides your sore feet and drained cell phone batteries are the memories captured and the hashtags to help us navigate them.

#Coachella, #Coachella2017 — the usual suspects are there to hit up and help recap the weekend. But for the first time ever, there’s an official hashtag for foodies to peruse all the mouthwatering eats one can sink their teeth into at Coachella. #EatAtCoachella is the new hashtag created in collaboration between Instagram and Coachella to debut a new food portrait series via interactive photo grid. Clearly this use of photography at Coachella is much better than what’s used on basics in flower crowns.

This year’s lineup of food vendors, chefs, and foodie influencers on hand were the source of the photos, which gave an in-depth and behind-the-scenes look at all of the most viral food content that went down this past weekend at Coachella. What’s even cooler is that Instagram expertly curated all the drool-worthy coverage into the first interactive photo grid of its kind related to all the eats at the music festival. You can even watch it all go up live here and get the latest on-the-fly updates like a glorious munchie highlight reel.

So if you’re ready to relive the biggest hits of Coachella’s food lineup, peep #EatAtCoachella and get ready to feel just how cavernous your stomach feels after you realize how many epic bites you missed out on. For Coachella weekend 2 warriors, get ready to feast your eyes on what awaits your palates and use this as your one-stop guide to figuring out just what your appetite needs.