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GrubHub Food Delivery Takeout review

GrubHub Food Delivery/Takeout app for Android makes it easy to find your next meal, whether you want to eat out or have it delivered. Enter your location and preferences (such as delivery or takeout), and it displays all the nearby restaurants and eateries in its large database. Log on to your GrubHub account for even easier hunting.

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Let's eat: As soon as we ran it, GrubHub found five nearby restaurants: two health-oriented and three Asian, with distance, directions, hours, and even menus.

To order: We could narrow or broaden searches for carryout or delivery, online ordering, coupons, … Read more

Restaurant uses parachutes, PayPal to deliver sandwiches

Waiters are so last century. These days, sushi is flown to your table via a quadcopter and beer is dropped out of the sky from an octocopter. Now, a new pop-up restaurant in Melbourne, Australia, has added another, albeit less high-tech, method of food delivery: sandwiches that parachute several stories down to customers waiting on the street.

The novel nosh drop is the brainchild of David McDonald and Adam Grant, who make the toasted sandwiches, called "jaffles," after people order and pay for them via PayPal on their Web site. The customers then stand on an "X" on the sidewalk and wait for their meal to drop down like mana from heaven. The locations change, and customers are kept up to date via Facebook. The company is fittingly called Jafflechutes.… Read more

'Smart tags' can sense when food or medicine go bad

What if you never had to do a smell test for spoiled milk again? Instead of having to take a whiff of the sour liquid, you could just check the color of a small tag placed on the container.

This is exactly what researchers at Peking University in Beijing, China, are working on: color-coded "smart tags."

These corn kernel-sized tags can be stuck to containers of food or medicine and have the capabilities of determining whether the food has gone bad or if the medications are still active. What's more, these tags will reportedly cost less than one penny each. … Read more

How to shoot eye-catching food photos with your phone

Roll your eyes, but I'm one of "those" people who launches her smartphone camera at the sight of food. Sometimes, it's to catalog the delicious (or maybe not-so-delicious) meals I've had; other times, it's to share those experiences on Instagram.

But there's an art to capturing food photos. A simple lighting error can make your soup look like something post-digestion, while a slight tilt of the camera can make it look magazine-worthy.

If you want to know what techniques make food photos stand out from the ones that look like this, here are … Read more

Let them eat Yoda: A geek food feast full of fun and failure

I recently stood at the end cap of a grocery store aisle, doing a double-take at a stack of macaroni-and-cheese boxes. I rubbed my eyes. I wasn't seeing things. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kraft mac and cheese is a real thing. And it's not alone. Geek marketing of foods is a trend.

There are Angry Birds fruit gummies, Super Mario Campbell's chicken noodle soup cans, Spider-Man Cheez-It crackers, Iron Man candies, and some sort of mysterious juice beverage with the Incredible Hulk's roid-rage head on top of it. I bought them all. I poked and prodded them. I inspected Yoda's apple-flavored gummy ears. I held crackers up into the light to evaluate the artwork. I even ate them.… Read more

It's a 'Star Wars' snack! Admiral Ackbar cupcakes aren't a trap

Transforming an ordinary cupcake into Admiral Ackbar's head is simple with a few yellow candy melts, coffee sprinkles, black icing, and cocoa-cinnamon butter cream frosting.

Jenn from the JustJenn Recipes food blog explains how to make Admiral Ackbar cupcakes. "These cupcakes are sweet and delicious if you can get past Ackbar's giant eyes staring back at you begging you not to eat him," Jenn wrote on her blog. "Don't fall for it -- it's not a trap, IT'S A SNACK!"

Jenn is quite the Jedi Master chef when it comes to creating "Star Wars" treats. She's paid tribute to both the Millennium Falcon and its pilot Han Solo in Jell-O. She's baked a gruesome-yet-tasty severed Wampa arm cake. She's paid homage to Princess Leia in cupcake form with adorable Oreo hair buns. So Ackbar cupcakes are a nice addition to her portfolio of pastries, cakes, cookies, and other desserts for this galaxy and one far, far away. … Read more

Eating food off the floor may be OK, scientist says

We all have our rules.

For some, it's five seconds. For others, ten. And for students, it tends to be measured in days.

Every time we drop food on the floor, we know we're taking a risk by picking it up again and putting it in our mouths. But, well, it's food. And it wasn't there for that long.

A microbiologist took it upon himself to test just how dirty food gets when dropped on the floor.

Anthony Hilton of Aston University in Birmingham, UK, thought it might be instructive to try various surfaces to see if what goes down can come up again intact.

He and his students dropped toast, pasta, and sticky candies on various floors -- carpet, laminate and tiled surfaces -- for between 3 and 30 seconds. Then they ate them. No, wait. Then they examined them for bacteria.… Read more

The Food Cycler: Home is a compost heap for your kitchen counter

Promising to reduce your carbon footprint at the touch of a button, Food Cycle Science announced its first in-home composter this week, the Food Cycler: Home. With an approximate size of 1 cubic foot and claims of an odorless drying process that takes just 3 hours, the Food Cycler is designed to be a convenient alternative to traditional composting methods.

Of course, that level of convenience doesn't come without a cost. In the case of the Food Cycler: Home, that cost is an MSRP of $499, though Food Cycle Science says that the device will actually sell for $399 … Read more

Lab making salami out of Jennifer Lawrence?

Whenever someone tells me they're serious, I'm wary. Whenever someone tells me they're "100 percent serious," I imagine their noses at twice the length.

So when I hear that BiteLabs is making salami out of celebrity tissue, I reach for a precautionary Kleenex.

BiteLabs offers an impressive headline: "Eat Celebrity Meat." After all, it's what we do every day.

We masticate on celebrities' personal lives and we swallow the storylines often peddled by their own PR people.

But would we really push a little genetic matter from a celebrity into our mouths and stomachs? Of course we would. It would be something to talk about, to post on our every social network.

BiteLabs promises that it will obtain biopsies from the likes of Jennifer Lawrence ("A Different Type of Hunger Game"), James Franco ("He's Sexy. He's Artsy. Let's Make Him Salami") and, quite naturally, Kanye West ("Always Push The Boundaries In Taste").… Read more

Snack on social media with Birds Eye Mashtags

There might not be an emoticon for hunger, but thanks to Birds Eye Foods' new Mashtags potato snacks, kids and adults can eat social-media symbols like hashtags, smiley faces, @ signs, asterisks, and hearts.

Noshing on letters and numbers is nothing new. We've been eating alphabet soup and cereal for years. But updating kids' food with tech-savvy symbols seems inevitable.

"Social media is all about conversation and we're confident Mashtags will resonate across various groups of people," Birds Eye brand manager Pete Johnson said in a statement. "We're constantly looking for ways to innovate and inspire consumers and hope that Mashtags will get people talking around the table and help to make mealtimes more enjoyable."

Mashtags will be available in the United Kingdom in March from Birds Eye UK. … Read more