Lunch on the go with Crock-Pot to go

The lunchtime conundrum is a troublesome question. As the meal that falls squarely in the middle of the day, it requires a certain amount of planning. One could choose to go out for lunch, visiting some place in a familiar radius when the lunchtime hour hits, or one could brown bag it from home with a cold sandwich. Perhaps neither of these well-traveled choices sounds appetizing. There is a third choice and no, it doesn't involve a microwave burrito in the break room.

Hot lunch is never far away with the Crock-Pot Lunch Crock Food Warmer ( in various colors, regularly $29.99).Read more

Pizza Hut table lets you touch-screen your toppings

Touch-screen tables already exist. Pizza Hut restaurants already exist. Put the two together and you end up with a touch-screen table concept for ordering pizzas using your fingers.

The concept video was developed in conjunction with design agency Chaotic Moon Studios. It demonstrates how an interactive touch-screen table could be used to choose every little detail of your pizza order, from the size of the pie to how the toppings are distributed. It also shows customers using the table to pay with a mobile wallet on an iPhone and playing games while waiting for the order to come.… Read more

Farmer's Fridge brings fruit, veggies to vending machines

Dinner from a vending machine usually evokes images of chips, cookies, frozen burritos, and other junk food. But if Farmer's Fridge has its way, meals from a vending machine could mean organic meats and cheeses and healthy salads full of locally grown veggies, fruit, beans, and seeds.

The Farmer's Fridge vending machines offer a selection of salads, including Antioxidant, High Protein, Detox, Thai, Mediterranean, North Napa, and more. The salads, with dressing included, are presented layered in BPA- and phthalate-free plastic jars. Smaller jars of organic meats -- such as lemon pepper chicken, tuna salad, lemon tofu, and salmon salad -- are sold separately.… Read more

Let your calories do the counting with Escali's SmartConnect Kitchen Scale

Keeping track of food intake is something that many people have striven to do. That's not to say many have actually done it, just that many have tried. After all, the process is time consuming and takes away from the time that we can actually be consuming -- which of course is a much more enjoyable activity. But just because something was inconvenient to do in the past, doesn't mean it will be in the future. Or right now.

Gone are the days of tediously weighing food and calculating its nutritional impact. Now, we don't even have … Read more

Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet pizza oven cranks up the heat

I sure could go for a slice of pizza right now, how about you? Might as well get a whole pie, right? I mean, it holds up nicely in the fridge and then there will be leftovers; leftover pizza is always good to have around. What's that you say? You would rather have something fresh and homemade? Well sure, but you know the oven doesn't get hot enough. Look out back...? Oh, what's that?

That is the Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet Artisan Fire Pizza Oven and it wants to bake your pizza. Not only does the outdoor countertop … Read more

Get ready for 3D-printed pasta, in any shape you want

Imagine you went out to eat and sat down to a meal of pasta shaped like the Batman logo. If a collaboration between Italian pasta maker Barilla and Dutch research organization TNO comes to fruition, restaurants could one day have 3D food printers that make this a reality.

According to Dutch news Web site Trouw, the two have been working on a fast 3D food printer that prints pasta and is targeted at the restaurant market. Diners could bring a USB stick containing their 3D designs, and chefs could plug-and-print on the spot. … Read more

Taqueria vending machine? Say hola to Burrito Box

In Los Angeles, a city full of taquerias and Mexican restaurants, you'd think a vending machine selling burritos at a gas station would be met with eye rolls from foodies and the burrito bourgeois. However, Burrito Box appears to be one of those novelties that even the most jaded hipster can't help but try. After all, Burrito Box is on Instagram.

The self-proclaimed "world's first burrito kiosk" (located at Mobile Gas, 8380 Santa Monica Blvd.) sells five kinds of burritos: chorizo sausage with cage-free eggs and cheese; uncured bacon with egg and cheese; roasted potato with egg and cheese; free-range chicken with beans and rice; and shredded beef and cheese. Sour cream, hot sauce, and guacamole sell for extra cost. Burritos are $3 plus tax by credit card. … Read more

Cuisinart Waffle and Pancake Maker solves the syrup conundrum

Weekend mornings staring at the syrup bottle have no need to be confusing. While one side of the equation may make perfect sense -- that being to serve something with syrup -- the other side can be as opaque as batter. For it may be that delicious syrup makes delicious breakfast even better, the fact remains a platform has to be chosen to pour it on to. The great eternal syrup question is of course: pancakes or waffles?

Unlike other breakfast conundrums, this one has no incorrect answers; both waffles and pancakes are delicious in their own ways. Yet just … Read more

3D-printed pizza: Here's what it looks like

I'm guessing you usually make or order a pizza like the cavemen used to do it. That's so yesterday. Start-up company Natural Machines is now tempting our tummies with a 3D-printed pizza made using its working prototype Foodini food printer.

Natural Machines shared a four-step photo collage of the pizza being made. It starts with the Foodini piping dough down in a tight spiral. This phase of the process isn't exactly tummy-rumbling due to the less-than-attractive look of the dough. The next step involves a spiral of bright red sauce. … Read more

Glow-in-the-dark ice cream: Next food craze?

Novelty foods are all the rage. Just look at the cronut craze that hit New York earlier this fall, with fans shelling out upward of $100 and waiting hours in line for a taste of the new twist on the breakfast staple.

Now, a British foodie has unveiled what might become the next cronut: glow-in-the-dark ice cream.

To create the glowing treat, inventor and entrepreneur Charlie Francis, founder of the Lick Me I'm Delicious ice cream company, synthesized the protein that gives jellyfish their glow. It's similar to the way that scientists produced glowing bunnies earlier this year. … Read more