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Ten Tetris Treats

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Some people play with their food, while others make a game out of cooking -literally! Tetris is great for all kinds of food preparation because it's simple, recognizable, colorful, popular, and fun. Some of these you can try out yourself!

1. Block Cookies

A batch of colorful cookies were made from dough shaped into Tetris blocks before they were baked by andromache. The icing is enhanced by a thin outline to accentuate the Tetris shapes. Photograph by Flickr user mache.

2. Pixel Cookies

Close-up on some of the cookies

Artist Eva Funderburgh mostly works in ceramics, but also made cookies with Tetris blocks built right inside! It's part of her pixel cookies project, in which she explains through photographs how it's done. How fun is it? Well, you start with a Play-Doh extruder. Really. Photograph by Flickr user Eva Funderburgh.

3. Pancakes

Jim at Jim's Pancakes says he's not good at Tetris pancakes. What he means is that he's not good at winning the game, as you can see from the gaps, but he is excellent at making Tetris pancakes!

4. Bento Box

Bento Tuesday

A bento box by Night-thing uses cut vegetables on a bed of rice to inspire young gamers to eat their lunch! Photograph by Flickr user Night-thing.

5. Truffles

Baker and DeviantART member Ana Fuji makes all kinds of geeky food art, including truffles decorated with edible Tetris blocks. Too bad the recipe isn't included!

6. Tetris Brownies

Fraske Designs posted instructions for making Tetris brownies. Make your brownies thinner than normal, and color small batches of frosting to set them off. The hard part is cutting the shapes, but at least you can eat your mistakes!

7. Waffles

Since waffles are already made in a grid, it should be relatively easy to cut out pieces to make a game of Waffle Tetris! The addition of syrup would make a real mess, though.

8. Ice Cubes

You can get a pliable silicone rubber Tetris-shape ice cube tray and form blocks of the various block shapes. Take the time to color your water and make the shapes in different colors for an impressive addition to a video game-themed birthday party.

9. Gingerbread

Joakim's gingerbread tetris (with pac-man)

Joakim cut a batch of gingerbread into Tetris shapes and, just in case someone didn't catch the video game theme, added a Pac-Man to the middle! Another picture shows the cutting process. Photograph by Flickr user Craig Morey.

10. Tetris Wedding Cake

La tarta

This clever Tetris cake was served in 2008. According to the photographer, the top of the "video screen" is to the right, so what we see is the groom figure waiting for his bride to arrive sitting on a falling tile! That idea "just fits." Photograph by Flickr user bea & txema.

Bonus: Gummi Bears

As a bonus, here's a video by Sam Q. Kim that uses Gummi Bears to recreate various video games (including Tetris) in stop-motion form. Ten pounds of Gummis were used, and then eaten.

This post is about video game-themed food. If you want to read about food-themed video games, see Playing with Your Food: Fast Food Videogames.

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How to Make Perfect Fried Chicken, According to Chemistry
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Cooking amazing fried chicken isn’t just art—it’s also chemistry. Learn the science behind the sizzle by watching the American Chemical Society’s latest "Reactions" video below.

Host Kyle Nackers explains the three important chemical processes that occur as your bird browns in the skillet—hydrolysis, oxidation, and polymerization—and he also provides expert-backed cooking hacks to help you whip up the perfect picnic snack.

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Japan Is Getting Sushi Delivery Robots
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Japan, home of robots that feed you tomatoes, check you into your hotel, and act as surrogate children, is about to get a sushi delivery bot.

In August, the Japanese robotics company ZMP and the food delivery service Ride On Express are due to launch CarriRo Delivery, an autonomous sushi delivery robot, according to Fast Company and RocketNews24.

The sushi will come from Ride On Express’s sushi restaurant Gin no Sara and be delivered in the red robot, which looks like a cross between an ice cream cart and one of London’s signature red buses. The CarriRo robot can deliver sushi for up to 60 people and is designed to navigate the city on its own with the help of cameras and sensors.

ZMP has aspirations for the robots outside the culinary sphere. The promotional video shows the robots navigating sidewalks to pick up prescription drugs, household supplies, and more, bringing them to people who order from an app on their phone. It has headlights, so it appears you can order at all hours of the day. The robot can run for up to eight hours at a time and can be controlled remotely.

For now, though, the laws governing autonomous robots roving around public sidewalks aren’t super clear, so the CarriRo’s sushi service is debuting on private land only. That means futuristic sushi parties will be confined to office parks and other areas where it won’t run afoul of the law. (It has a top speed of less than 4 mph, so it can’t exactly run away from the police.)

For select office workers, though, this will bring the convenience of conveyor belt sushi to a whole new level.

[h/t Fast Company]


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