Sriracha Popcorn Now Exists For Your Consumption

Sriracha Popcorn Now Exists For Your Consumption

We’re always looking to bring you some sort of Sriracha news.  Any news in that field is simply exciting, if not just plain spicy.  The folks over at The Oatmeal really like their Sriracha.  So much so that they’ve teamed up with J&D’s (purveyor of popcorn among other things) and they’ve teamed up to bring the world Sriracha Popcorn.

It’s not just popcorn with Sriracha dumped over the top, tasty as that might sound – the recipe is a mixture of salt, pepper, garlic, and Sriracha.  And, the label is courtesy of The Oatmeal.  Available at The Oatmeal Shop here.

IKEA Now Sells Beer (Well In The UK At Least)

IKEA Now Sells Beer (Well In The UK At Least)

If you’re a fan of getting lost in an endless loop of flat pack furniture wandering through IKEA, you’ll no doubt be delighted to know that IKEA is now making a dark lager beer.  Officially it’s titled Öl Mörk Lager, sadly it can currently only be found at IKEA stores in the UK.

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One Trip Grip – Carry More Plastic Groceries Bags (If You Don’t Already Use Cloth)

One Trip Grip - Carry More Plastic Groceries Bags (If You Don't Already Use Cloth)

I don’t know about you but I’m generally wont to make only one trip from the car after a supermarket run.  Now that I live across the street from the market itself, not such a big deal.  In suburbia I used to go once a week or even week and a half.  My fingers and hands would take an hour to recover after grabbing every single bag and struggling inside.  I’m not sure what it is about making two trips.  I’m not into it.  I also have to admit this whole problem went away after I started using cloth bags.  They carry more and you can hang them off yourself in 20 different directions.  So I’d head this under great idea, 15 years too late.  But if you’re still rocking plastic bags (dog walker’s unite) here’s something cheap that can save your hands from blood starvation. Continue reading

These 10 Companies Control Most (Well Almost) Everything You Buy

While on my little vacation in the warm and sunny climes of Las Vegas I decided it would a neat idea to throw myself off the top of the Stratosphere.  Let me explain that a bit, lest you think I have a death wish.  The Stratosphere is an 1149 foot tall tower, the 9th tallest freestanding structure in the US.  That’s tall.  In 2010 they installed a ride called SkyJump.  They harness you to an enormous cable that’s hooked to a very large spool.  You jump.  And fall.  855 feet.  It’s not quite a free-fall, the cable sees to that.  It is however, horrifying.  I have a terrible, paralyzing fear of heights.  This was an attempt to scare myself out of that. Not sure how that worked out but when’s the next time I can honestly say I jumped off a building?

After that we wandered Freemont Street a bit and then made our way home.  On the way home we were looking for somewhere to stop for razors and Wal-Mart came into view.  We were all fairly on board that we weren’t interested in stopping there because it’s a terrible corporation.  That lead to an enormous drawn on discussion on what company owns what, who we won’t buy from – on and on.  In my searching last night I came across this infographic which nicely details ownership of brands.

A huge majority of major brands are controlled by just 10 multinationals.  A French blog Convergence Alimentaire put the infographic together.  While the information is slightly out of date (Pringles was sold to Kellogg’s in February) it’s quite eye-opening.  It’s also very nicely produced.  Check out the image below – click on the picture to get the full size version.  (We’d hope that many of you reading are buying outside the box, as it were, but some of this stuff is just impossible to avoid purchasing.)

Think that trend is limited to just food?  Nope.  Six companies control over 90 percent of media outlets.  There were 50 in 1983.  Automobile and truck manufacturers?  VW owns thirteen brands worldwide.  The rest of industry is equally tied together.  How about your money?  Mother Jones reported that 37 banks merged into four in just about two decades. While I’m sure corporations would love to expound on the virtues of economies of scale, the truth is that less competition and more of the products you buy day in and day out come from fewer and fewer sources.

Sprinkles Cupcakes Offers 24-Hour Cupcake Vending Machine – Automatic Cake Machine

Sprinkles Cupcakes Offers 24-Hour Cupcake Vending Machine - Automatic Cake MachineThe Los Angeles based cupcake purveyor Sprinkles has announced plans to open a 24-hour cupcake vending machine.  How cool is that?Sprinkles Cupcakes Offers 24-Hour Cupcake Vending Machine - Automatic Cake Machine

Sprinkles bakery founder Candace Nelson, said she came up with the idea while she was pregnant and suffering sugary cravings.  “Even as Sprinkles’ founder, I couldn’t get my midnight cupcake fix,” Nelson said in a press statement about the new cupcake ATM machine.

And we’re talking fresh cupcakes, none of those nasty super-market ones.  The cupcake ATM will allegedly deliver up freshly baked cupcakes made within only a few hours of vending — even after store hours. “The machine is attached to our bakery, which is essentially a 24-hour operation,” Schwartz explained. “There’s only a small gap between the time closers leave at night and when the bakers arrive in the wee hours of 2:00-3:00a.m. “We’ll constantly be restocking the automate with freshly baked cupcakes.”  And it’s pink!

Sprinkles Cupcakes Offers 24-Hour Cupcake Vending Machine - Automatic Cake Machine

Cupcakes will be individually wrapped to prevent any damage in transit, the machine holds enough for 600 orders, and the treats will cost four bucks a piece.  Good deal.



From the Big House to Your House – A (Woman’s) Prison Cookbook

From the Big House to Your House - A (Woman's) Prison CookbookFrom The Big House To Your House is a new cookbook with about two hundred recipes for you and your family. That is if your family happens to be serving 50 to life.

The cookbook comes to us from female prisoners at the Mountain View Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.  All but one are in prison for murder.  Ouch.  Equipped with just a hot-pot (boiling water is considered a weapon and therefore banned), microwave, and limited food items from the commissary, the women recipe-tested items such as Frito pie, peach Habanero salsa, and a faux baked potato made from re-hydrated potato chips.

I’m not so sure about how edible some of the recipes are but the book funds a good cause.  Because they can’t profit from their crimes or incarceration, the book was produced with the help of an inmates mother, who typed the recipes and submitted the manuscript on the women’s behalf to The Justice Institute, a Seattle group that works with convicts who maintain their innocence. The group published the book and now sells it online.  All proceeds benefit The Justice Institute.

For less than $15 this one goes under the category of many of the cars I grew up driving – cheap and cheerful.  It’s a testament to people doing whatever they can to make a bad situation better and doing the best with what they can.  And given that the proceeds benefit freeing innocently jailed folks – it’s also a purchase that can help you sleep a little better at night.  Nice!