Reviews of New Food

When I need a snack, I don't turn to my refrigerator, or even the farmer's market down the block -- no, those are way too old-school for me. I need to combine snacking with internet geekery. Like all other things, I turn to the web for food advice.

When selecting a new food, McSweeney's Reviews of New Food is a critical resource. The site features literary "reviews" of food that generally read as stern warnings or ecstatic rhapsodic waxings from foodies. Here's an example:

Worldwide Sports Nutrition Rapid Recovery Grape Rejuvenation Post Workout Drink

Submitted by Sean Hannah

As a rule, the more syllables contained within a food item's name, the less foodlike it will taste. For the Worldwide Sports Nutrition Rapid Recovery Grape Rejuvenation Post Workout Drink, this does not bode well.

Also comes in Fruit Punch.

Humpty Dumpty Sour Cream & Clam Ripple ChipsFor even pithier reviews, check out Panic's New Product Reviews (in which foods are rated by a set of twins), or their USA vs. Japan Taste Battle. Serious snackaholics must consult, which currently features 3,469 snack reviews (including the products depicted in this post: Humpty Dumpty Sour Cream & Clam Ripple Chips and Cuttlefish Flavored Snack, both from their Worst Chips Ever list. Thank you, web-based e-snacking community.

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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead

Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

[h/t Thrillist]


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