This Artist Makes Amazing Carvings Out of Food

Courtesy of Daniele Barresi
Courtesy of Daniele Barresi

Food market aisles are like a blank canvas for Daniele Barresi, an Italian carving designer who’s now based in Sydney, Australia. The creative 26-year-old turns fruits and vegetables into edible art, using knives to whittle intricate shapes, patterns, and designs into their flesh.

"Every time I try to carve a different product," Barresi tells Mental Floss. "[I get] excited seeing different colors, different shapes."

Barresi, who began carving fruits and vegetables when he was only 7 years old, has placed in several international food sculpting competitions. He dreams of someday hosting his own TV show "that showcases the art of carving," according to the artist’s website.

Until this ambition becomes a reality, you can view Barresi's too-pretty-to-eat culinary creations below and on Instagram.

 A food carving by Italian carving designer Daniele Barresi

 A food carving by Italian carving designer Daniele Barresi

 A food carving by Italian carving designer Daniele Barresi

 A food carving by Italian carving designer Daniele Barresi

 A food carving by Italian carving designer Daniele Barresi

 A food carving by Italian carving designer Daniele Barresi

 A food carving by Italian carving designer Daniele Barresi

 A food carving by Italian carving designer Daniele Barresi

 A food carving by Italian carving designer Daniele Barresi

 A food carving by Italian carving designer Daniele Barresi

Photos courtesy of Daniele Barresi

Golden Girls Cereal Has Arrived

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NBC

Fans of The Golden Girls can now spend their mornings with Dorothy, Blanche, Sophia, and Rose. The ladies of the beloved sitcom now have their own cereal—and it's only available for a limited time, Today reports.

Funko—the toy company known for its vinyl Pop! dolls depicting nearly every character in pop culture (including, of course, The Golden Girls)—rolled out the special-edition cereal in Target stores on September 30. The box is decorated with Funko-fied versions of the four leading ladies, and the multi-grain loops themselves are a shade of deep blue that would look great on one of Rose's dresses.

At $8 a box, the product is more expensive than your average breakfast cereal, but that price includes a little something extra. Each box of Golden Girls cereal comes with its own version of a prize inside: a Funko Pop! figurine of one of the four women.

The cereal won't remain on shelves forever, so collect all the dolls while you still can.

[h/t Today]

These Food Pun Coasters Are Fun for the Whole Family

Courtesy of Marie Saba
Courtesy of Marie Saba

Romaine calm. Gouda vibes only. Everything happens for a raisin.

We at Mental Floss love puns—especially food puns—and these ones come courtesy of chef, author, and expert pie baker Marie Saba. Her food pun coasters are a delightfully "corny" take on popular motivational and endearing phrases. Keep calm and carry on? More like curry on.

As Saba tells Mental Floss, the idea for her coasters sprang from food pun Valentines she created a few years ago. She was sick of the same old sayings featured on the kind of mass-produced cards you'd find at supermarkets, so she decided to make her own. The more punny products she made, the larger her Instagram following grew. Eventually she decided to branch out and try a new craft.

"Quite a few followers asked to buy prints of the puns, so that led me to the coasters," she says. "The coasters are perfect because you can set them out at a party, or on your office desk, and they're an instant conversation piece. Most of them take some effort to figure out, and I think people enjoy the challenge."

The coasters, made of durable cardboard, are available on Saba's website. They’re priced at $18 for a pack of eight coasters, and they're grouped into different themes, including motivational, snarky, complimentary, and Christmas. Keep scrolling to see some of the different versions on offer.

A pun that reads as "Love you from my head to-ma-toes"
Courtesy of Marie Saba

The pun reads "We're a perfect matcha"
Courtesy of Marie Saba

A pun reads "Wind beneath my wings"
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A pun reads "You're my everything (bagel)"
Courtesy of Marie Saba

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