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This Is The Star Wars Dinner Set You’re Looking For…

Despite having been out for nearly three weeks now, Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues pulsing through the hearts and minds of fans new and old. The buck doesn’t stop there, as the lovable nerds over at Think Geek have come up with yet another way to make adults hate being adults.

*Cue theme music*

DUUUUN drrrrrrun drrrrun dun dun DUN dun dun dun dun dun DUN dun dun, bum bum bum buuuuum BUUUUUUUM bum bum bum BUMMMMM buuuum bum bum bum BUUUUUUUM, buuuum bum bum bum buuuuuuum!

Sorry, I had to. No regrets.

Think Geek has come up with a dinner set that could make any food edible, no matter how awful. Don’t let yourself be fooled, this set is not meant for children. The design and details speak to the die hard fans that want to show respect to the greatest film series of all time without compromising their ability to shred their poorly prepared chicken parmesan.

The melamine plate has a highly detailed depiction of the death star, while the polyester place mat shows off the size and strength of a Star Destroyer with TIE Fighters littered around the base, like a mother hen and its chicks. Seriously though, how great would it be to EAT the Dark Side? And when I say Dark Side, I mean peas and broccoli.

The piéce de résistance of the set is easily the fork, knife and spoon, shaped to represent the hilts of some of the more famous lightsabers we’ve seen to date.

For those who have a fear of space, your needs have been addressed as well. Think Geek also created an exclusive Hoth set, complete with two snowspeeders and an AT-AT.

Good luck not having fun with every meal you eat, even if you’re eating Solo.

Image Source: Think Geek, Richard Alexander Hall, Fantasy Flight Games

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Why The California Drought Is Leading To More Disposable Dishware At Restaurants

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With the California drought getting worse, restaurants are facing more restrictions when it comes to using fresh water. Restaurants in the Northern California town of Fort Bragg can’t use their dishwashers.

A “Stage 3” water emergency was declared in Fort Bragg after the local Noyo River got dangerously low, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

Both restaurants and hotels have to use disposable plates, cups and flatware during the water emergency. This also means cutting back on washing tablecloths, napkins and towels. So pretty much like most college apartments.

During the drought, restaurants have already been asked to not serve customers a glass of water unless they specifically ask for it.

So far, restaurants are livid over the new rules. Sure, using paper and plastic tableware will save water. The cost of constantly buy new disposable plates, however, is a serious concern. It’ll more than likely add to existing expenses.

Not to mention how bad a $80 meal will look when thrown onto a cheap paper plate.

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This Restaurant Created Their Plates With Instagramers In Mind

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In this day and age, chefs and restauranteurs not only have to worry about whether or not the food tastes good, but also if it’ll look good on Instagram. People taking pictures of their meals when dining out has become the norm.

While it definitely irks some of the traditional diners who would rather enjoy their meal than wait for it to get cold, it doesn’t look like the trend is going away any time soon.

The Carmel Winery in Israel is well aware of this. Collaborating with Tel Aviv restaurant Catit, the two figured out a way to make the most of the trend by creating plates that are Instagram-friendly. Utilizing a variety of designs that both block out background distractions and focus on the food, the plates became a social media hit.

Check out some of the innovative designs featured.

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These Dishes and Cups Are Permanently Covered in Ants

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Ants on your dishware usually aren’t something you want to see.  For many people, it’s a surefire way to ruin a lunch. Yet Evelyn Bracklow, a German artist, wants to put ants on your dishes, permanently. She’s created a set of porcelain plates covered with tiny hand-painted ants and it’s a mix of intriguing, horrifying and strangely beautiful.

The plates are classic white porcelain, with borders of gold paint varying in width. Yes they’re a little creepy, and yes, the thought of drinking your coffee while tiny ants stare at you from the bottom of your cup is a tad disconcerting, but alas, art! Apparently, Bracklow was inspired to create the unique dishware after seeing a real ants descend upon a real plate of food. ” The ants symbolize all the stories that any formerly discarded piece of porcelain carries with it. Where one once dined and drank, today ants bustle in ever new formations, every single one applied with a great love for detail,” she explained to Demilk.

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You can find Bracklow’s work on Etsy.

Picthx Evelyn Bracklow

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This Clever Dinnerware Literally Cuts Your Meals in Half

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It’s hard to control our food intake when stuff like Cronut Burgers and Moreos exist. Fortunately, we can rely on clever inventions like the ‘Halved’ dinnerware set to help keep face-stuffing episodes to a minimum.

Jo Djauhari, Fajar Kurnia and Jeremy Chia came up with this idea to literally cut dinnerware in half to eat healthier portions. The result? Plates, mugs and bowls resembling cool tabletop art that comes in yellow, blue, green, brown and white. While we’re obviously huge fans of eating, these guys could definitely be on to something.

‘Halved’ is currently seeking funds on Kickstarter, so head on over if you’re in the market to practice portion control. Or if you just want half o’ mug for kicks. (We do.)

H/T Design Taxi + PicThx Kickstarter

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Pizza Plates Remind Us How Ridiculous Pizza Looks on Circular Dishes

If anything can remind us how unorthodox a slice of pizza looks when set on a circular plate, it’s a slice of pizza set on a pizza-shaped plate.

Pizza Plates are the rave. We’ve seen the concept executed beautifully with these tear-away pizza plates, but now we get a chance to purchase the real deal made of a stoneware material.

The set of four plates was made with pizza in mind, everything from the three-sided silhouette, the crust hugging curved end and its tapered point that slides beneath slices with ease.

Each plate is 10.25″ long, 9″ wide and less than .88″ at its highest point. The microwave and dishwasher safe plates will run you $40.00 for a set of four.

Would you drop that kind of money on plates that contour to your pizza? Or are you find with all that wasted surface area that comes along with eating pizza off traditional round plates?

[Via Gizmodo]

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Japanese Manga Inspired Plates

These Manga plates were created by Japanese designer Mika Tsutai. Each plate features clips of various black and white manga style drawings. There are so many ways to arrange these plates with food to create a story right at your table. A great conversation starter and definitely the “gotta have” plates at your next dinner party.

[via 1designperday.com]

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Pancake Plates

Designer Jon Wye takes eating pancakes to a whole new level by creating the perfect companion to the fluffy breakfast-time treats. These custom plates are designed with a slope and a bank, that when eaten with pancakes, pools the syrup to enhance the eating experience. Here, you can maximize your syrup intake by dipping your pancakes into the pool. Sold in a set of two, these plates are are yours for $45.

Experience may differ with waffles or french toast.

via: Uncommon Goods