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FoodBlogCT Headlines Week 16 2012

Thursday, the 19th of April

#FoodFact: Blueberries are a good source of Vitamin C and fiber.


Wine Prices on the Up!

U.S. consumers are going to be faced with a choice this year: pay more for a bottle of domestic wine, settle for lower quality, or buy cheaper imports, the Silicon Valley Bank forecast on Tuesday. [read more]


Manager forced to serve 'expired chicken' at KFC

The term "green chicken" is pretty stomach-turning, especially when you learn it might have been purposely served to customers at an Oregon KFC, according to a lawsuit filed this week. [read more]


Christians fight SA religious food labels

A Christian voluntary organisation is taking the government to court over its new regulations allowing a wide range of food packaging to be religiously certified and to carry religious signs, such as the halaal certification mark, without regulating the labelling. [read more]


North Korea defiant as US cancels food assistance

North Korea broke off an agreement to halt testing of nuclear devices and long-range missiles after the United States cancelled food assistance to the totalitarian regime following last week's botched rocket launch. [read more]

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The Most Expensive Food Bucket List

 

I am not made of money so I love me a good deal. Bring on the 2-for-1, the half-price and the winter-specials. However, one day I plan on being a multi-gapillionaire and when I am, it’s this section of my BucketList that I will refer to.

The Pricy Ones

1.       Watermelon

No ordinary watermelon, the Dansuke is perfectly round and pure black. It is grown exclusively on Japanese island, Hokkaido, which only yields about 100 of these bad boys a year, each of which sells for around R48, 000. It is allegedly the sweetest, juiciest melon around and has a crisp and light texture. Whether or not it’s worth R48, 000 I am not sure, but rich Kayli definitely wants to try a slice.

Watermelon

 

Source: Inquisitr

2.       Caviar

Ya, ya caviar is expensive, everyone knows that. What everyone doesn’t know is just how expensive it can get. Almas caviar, which is Persian for diamond, is the rarest type of Beluga caviar available. Taken from an Iranian centennial female sturgeon, which is a minimum of 100 years old, this pearly white fish roe reaches almost R200, 000 per kilogram. Caviar House & Prunier in London sells the magical stuff in a 24-karat gold tin – they really don’t play games.

Caviar

Source: Toptenz

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FoodBlogCT Headlines Week 15 2012

Friday, the 13th of April

#FoodFact: Eating Cabbage brings good Fortune. Happy Friday, the 13th!


Jamie Oliver Foundation Announces Inaugural Food Revolution Day

The Jamie Oliver Foundation is announcing its first-ever Food Revolution Day, a global day of action to inspire, educate, and empower people everywhere to stand up for real food. Thousands of people worldwide will participate in events to raise awareness on preventing diet-related diseases, and to arm people with the knowledge and tools to make healthier food choices. [read more]


The Best Lines From Food Blogging For Dummies

On April 17th, Wiley Publishing will foist upon the masses Food Blogging For Dummies. The author, Kelly Senyei, runs the blog Just A Taste and works at Gourmet Live. [read more]


McDonald’s restaurants raise money to help sick Children and their Families
Two McDonald’s restaurants in Perris raised more money to help sick children and their families than any of the other 650 franchises in Southern California. [read more]


Fast Food’s Slow Exit From Hospitals

On one side of a wall inside the Truman Medical Center cafeteria in Kansas City, Mo., the menu features low-calorie, low-fat and low-sodium meals. On the other side of the wall is a McDonald’s, featuring hamburgers and french fries. [read more]

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Weird Food Bucket List

Bucketlists, like New Years resolutions, are things I have never been very good at sticking with. I forget about them, get over them, or realise that they make no significant difference to my life and decide to focus on something else that interests me more. Until now. Now I have a mission. It’s a mission with focus. Why is it so focused you may ask? Well, its something I care very deeply about.

Food

So here is the start of my food bucketlist. I am going to find things online, in recipe books and in my brain so over the new few months we’ll have a grand total of 100 items that I want to eat before I die. Here are the weird ones.

1.       Heart.

I started with something I’ve had before so that I can already tick off number 1. I’m not talking cobra, lion or camel heart – just a good old cow. Beefy and chewy, but if cooked well heart isn’t tough at all. I had an amazing beef heart kebab, called Anticucho, at local restaurant Keenwa. The gamey’ness of the beef works perfectly with the smokiness it gets from the fire it is grilled on.

Raw Heart

Source: SeriousEats

Heart Kebab

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FoodBlogCT Headlines Week 14 2012

Win Tickets to Taste of Cape Town 2012


Thursday, the 5th of April

#FoodFact: The typical American eats 263 eggs a year.


Deregulating sale of blowfish 'is putting lives at risk'

It's ugly, expensive and poisonous enough to induce respiratory paralysis and death, but the blowfish has long been one of the more desirable items on Japanese seafood menus. [read more]


How banks gamble on food prices – and the poor lose out

Investment in food commodities by banks and hedge funds has risen from $65bn to $126bn (£41bn to £79bn) in the past five years, helping to push prices to 30-year highs and causing sharp price fluctuations that have little to do with the actual supply of food. [read more]


Mary J. Blige Burger King Ad Pulled

Burger King has yanked an ad featuring the R&B superstar singing the praises of the fast-food chain's new chicken snack wraps after critics in the African-American community complained it was playing off racist stereotypes. [read more]


McDonald's Previews Sustainability Actions for London Olympics

McDonald's Corporation today announced its support of the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games' (LOCOG's) vision to deliver the most sustainable Games possible.[read more]

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FoodBlogCT Headlines Week 13 2012

Friday, the 30th March

#FoodFact: Artificial colourings in foods have been found to be linked to Attention Deficit Hyper-active Disorder (ADHD) symptoms.


Food Forward: A new Food Documentary Series

The director of "Food Forward," a new PBS series that explores various food issues, believes there is room for what he has to share. [read more]


U.S. suspends food aid to North Korea over missile plan

The United States has suspended planned food aid to North Korea as Pyongyang vows to push ahead with a plan to launch a long-range missile in defiance of international warnings, U.S. military officials said on Wednesday. [read more]


R100000 for Vryburg farm project run by the disabled

The Itekeng Gardening and Farming project in Morokweng, outside Vryburg provided consolation to the province after it was recognised and awarded R100000 at the national female entrepreneur awards in Kimberley on Friday. [read more]


World Scientists Tackle Food Insecurity

Nearly one billion people in the world are undernourished, while millions suffer from chronic diseases due to excess food consumption. [read more]

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FoodBlogCT Headlines Week 12 2012

Friday, the 23rd March

#FoodFact: Pearls melt in Vinegar


10 Things I Learned Working In A Restaurant Kitchen

If you had asked me six months ago if I planned to spend my winter in the hot kitchen of a Michelin-starred restaurant, I would have laughed and told you that it just wasn't my plan. [read more]


McDonald's CEO Stepping Down In July

McDonald's Corp Chief Executive Jim Skinner, who took the top post at the world's biggest hamburger chain following the abrupt departures of two CEOs, is retiring after more than seven years as a stabilizing force at the helm. [read more]


How food television is changing the way we dine

When Michel Jacob, owner and chef at Le Crocodile, opened his French restaurant in downtown Vancouver over 25 years ago, the term “celebrity chef” was reserved for people like Julia Child, speciality food channels on television didn't exist, and customers certainly weren't blogging about their dining experiences. [read more]


Food-born illnesses on the rise in the U.S

Foodborne disease outbreaks caused by imported food appeared to rise in 2009 and 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [read more]

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FoodBlogCT Headlines Week 11 2012

Friday, the 16th March

#FoodFact: The fear of vegetables is called Lachanophobia


SA Food labelling laws could backfire

New food labelling laws could mean consumers are given less information about products, it was reported on Thursday. [read more]


Anthony Bourdain: 'We are food pornographers'

"We are food pornographers ourselves," he said of his popular shows, "No Reservations" and "The Layover," which follow him around the globe in search of authentic, exotic regional grub. [read more]


McDonald's disclosed selling expired food in China

Beijing,May 15--McDonald's restaurants in China were exposed selling expired food, which fails to follow food processing instructions, according to an evening party of China Central Television (CCTV) for marking the World Consumer Right Day on March 15. [read more]


The water for men who can handle the raw awesomeness of minerals

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FoodBlogCT Headlines Week 10 2012

Friday, the 9th March

#FoodFact: Only 1% of corn that is grown is eaten as corn.


Pink Slime Found In 70% Of Supermarket Ground Beef

According to a recent "ABC World News" report from Jim Avila, 70% of ground beef sold in supermarkets contains the ammonia-treated sludge, which is the the product of a method for salvaging meat scraps from otherwise unusable parts of a carcass. [read more]


Jamie Oliver's foulmouthed response to question about his weight gain

The celebrity chef, 36, bristled when asked by a female reporter if he had gained a few pounds recently and called her a 'b****'. [read more]


Global food prices on the rise

The UN Food and Agricultural Organisation's (FAO) food price index published on Thursday, rose 1%, or 2.4 points from January to February. [read more]


Nestle cuts off entire Country

Nestle, the world's largest food company, has severed all trade ties with the country of Azerbaijan. The company says it made this decision due to supply problems, which local sources attribute to corruption between the local distribution company and the Azerbaijan customs authority. [read more]

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FoodBlogCT Headlines Week 9 2012

Friday, the 2nd March

#FoodFact: Wasabi is being used in smoke alarms for deaf people.


New La Mouette Tasting Menu

Vegetarian tasting menu at R240 & Gourmand tasting menu at R395 [read more]


Richmond pays food blogger $50.000 per year

Tourism Richmond has put out the call and believe it or not, it’s for real: Pay is $50,000 for a year, plus a daily dining-out stipend for two. [read more]


Understand what you read on food labels

Reading food labels is an important step in taking charge of your nutrition and health. [read more]


Food Trucks' Rocky Roads to Success

With the current craze in drive-by-dining, small business owners should consider all the facts before they hit the road. [read more]

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Top 5 Food Movies

I love going to the movies and do so about once or twice per month even though the ticket prices are somewhat rediculous. I've been told that tickets in Europe are around 15 Euros so we shouldn't be complaining here in South Africa. Also, I don't buy into the Hollywood hype of some of the blockbusters coming out of America. For example, superheroes can *uck off if it were up to me. I enjoy watching movies where you actually have to think a little bit and the ending can't be predicted right from the beginning. Some of my favourite movies include the likes of Insomnia, One Hour Photo, Lost in Translation and Burn After Reading. I hope that gives you an idea of what kind of movies I enjoy.

I've compiled a list of my top 5 favourite movies involving food. These only include titles I have watched; there might be other movies out there such as Julia & Julia or Eat Pray Love - but they just don't interest me at all *yawn.

1. Chocolat
Chocolat Chocolat is an enchanting, moving and heart-warming tale of love and temptation, a big-budget movie with its roots in European art house cinema. Magical and almost fairytale-like in theme, it's the story of the mysterious Vianne and her arrival in a quiet, old-fashioned French town at the end of the 1950s. Gradually her attitude to life and the delicacies that she prepares in her chocolate shop have a marked effect on the local people, bound as they are by the twin forces of religion and politics.
2. Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes Kathy Bates stars as an unhappy wife trying to get her husband's attention. After befriending a lonely old woman, Bates hears the story of a lifelong friendship between two other women who once ran a cafe in town against many personal odds. The tale inspires Bates to take further command over her life.
3. Sweeney Todd*
Sweeney Todd Murder. Cannibalism. Death. Obsession. Revenge. Blood. Goth makeup. And lots of razors! In the movie, Burton's frequent collaborator, Johnny Depp, plays Todd, a wronged man whose lust for revenge drives him to murder.
4. Ratatouille
Ratatouille Ratatouille tells the story of wannabe-chef Remy The Rat, who becomes drawn into the mantra of legendary cook Gusteau, that anyone can cook. The deceased Gusteau’s ghostly image appears to Remy, and guides him to his restaurant, whose standards have been slipping since his death. Remy, through the manipulation of a lowly restaurant worker called Linguini, soon starts secretly cooking the food, and this unusual set up proves to be a trove of treasures that Pixar carefully picks through.
5. Sideways
Sideways Struggling novelist and wine connoisseur Miles takes his best friend Jack on a wine-tasting tour of California vineyards for a kind of extended bachelor party. Almost immediately, Jack's insatiable need to sow some wild oats before his marriage leads them in into double-dates with a rambunctious wine pourer and a recently divorce waitress and Miles discovers a little hope that he hasn't let himself feel in a long time.

*Sweeney Todd is about food even if it is somewhat sickening when you think about it.

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QandA Session 1

To get to know us better, we have created the FoodBlogCT Q&A page. What ever you want to know, ask us. You'll find our answers to the questions we received last week below. Thank You for submiting them! If you want to know more about us, send in your own question.

Submit your questions!

Q: What were/are your New Years resolutions for 2012 and are you sticking to them?
Marvin:

I haven’t really thought about New Year’s resolutions to be honest. Most of the time, I don’t stick to them anyways – so what’s the point. I do have goals for this year however – I still have 10 months to achieve them.

Moving into town because the northern suburbs are becoming quite boring - not that there is anything wrong with Durbanville – it’s just that all my friends live in town. Plus there is this ‘don’t drink & drive’ rule and taking a taxi home on my monthly budget isn’t really an option. My 2nd goal is linked to 1st goal. To move into an apartment in town, I have to make money. Watch this space. My 3rd goal is dependent on achieving my 2nd goal. My car is 14 years old and is starting to fall apart. A Ferrari would be nice – but also willing to go for something cheaper.

Kayli: I don’t really make resolutions, purely because they are things you don’t really wan’t to do. By forcing yourself into something, you are treading on very thin ice because it is so easy to disappoint yourself by breaking one silly resolution, which can lead to giving them all up. In 2011 I made one resolution, which I have kept to this day. Call my parents more, just to say hi. I don’t live in the same city as them and they love hearing from me. It’s such an easy way to make someone happy.
Q: Do you have any advice for someone who has just started blogging?
Marvin:

With advice I’m assuming you are asking: How do I get people to read my blog?

Social media is a blogger’s heaven. Create your Facebook & Twitter accounts along with any other social networks that might be relevant to your niche (Pinterest, Flickr, Youtube,…list goes on) and start building your community by interacting with other bloggers & users. Also don’t neglect SEO: FoodBlogCT gets 60% of its traffic from Google and this isn’t by chance. You need to get other sites to point links towards your blog. For the past two years I’ve been guest-blogging like mad and taking part in link exchanges and it’s really paying off. It’s pretty boring work – but it needs to be done.

Kayli:  Don’t let people get you down. Yes, it is hard to start, but just do it and then carry on. Don’t let anyone tell you that there are too many blogs or that you can’t do it, because you can. It just takes time. Also, don’t be upset by criticism. Life’s a bitch, take notes.
Q: Where would you have your birthday dinner?
Marvin: The Mount in the Durbanville Winelands on the Hooggelegen Farm.
Kayli: Oh gosh, that’s really tough. I can’t choose. My favourite restaurant changes from week to week. I’m fickle like that.
Q: Do you hate any foods?
Marvin: Pineapple
Kayli: Yes, pawpaw. I despise it.
Q: Was the stuff you wrote about the restaurants in the "My opinion is important, 'cause I am a blogger" article true and why didn’t you say what restaurant it was?
Kayli:

Yeah, every word. It was a very strange, unpleasant evening. I explained in the article why I didn’t “Name & Shame”

The experience I had is not one that a customer would have. You wouldn’t go there for dinner and have a member of staff sit with you. So that part of my experience won’t affect anyone else, therefore it doesn’t make a difference where it was.

Q: How long have you two known one another?
Marvin: Since June last year, when she started writing for FoodblogCT.

 

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Joulies: Are you tired of burning your tongue

This should be a common problem for all coffee drinkers anyone who enjoys a hot beverage. It's too hot at first and burns your tongue. Then, before you know it, it's cooled to become a tasteless & cold brew. There are people in this world who will not accept this fact and will actively strive to battle against the norm. I introduce Dave Petrillo and Dave Jackson. They are both engineers that were faced with this serious problem that plagued the world's coffee drinkers and they have found a perfect solution: Joulies! [pronounced: Joo-Lees]

Jolies

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FoodBlogCT Headlines Week 8 2012

Friday, the 24th February

#FoodFact: Microwave cooking was discovered accidentally, when a chocolate bar melted in someone’s pocket


SA's food market fad explodes on iafrica

There's been an explosion of markets taking place, not only in Cape Town but around the country people are jumping into the idea. [read more]


Muesli placed on fat food blacklist on TVNZ

A list of 49 foods that should be avoided completely or eaten only as a treat has been released by University of Otago researchers. [read more]


The Restaurant Experience: The world’s first interactive restaurant on BigHostpality

TV chefs John Burton-Race and Jonathon Davies have partnered to create The Restaurant Experience – an innovative interactive restaurant, chosen by the people for the people. [read more]


Scan Your Food For Bacteria With Your Cell Phone on PopSci
Have you ever been tempted to order steak tartare but decided against it for fear of getting sick? This little cell phone scanner can take a look at it for you and let you know if it does in fact harbor any E. coli bacteria. [read more]

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Monkey Orange Mozambique

Earlier this year, I was on a much needed holiday. The last time I was away must have been around 4 years ago visiting family in Europe where it rained most of the time. This time I made sure I picked a warmer holiday destination. 14 days travelling through Swaziland and Mozambique while stopping at the Kruger Park on the way back to South Africa.

It was amazing. I can honestly say that it was the best holiday I have ever had. Most of the time was spend in Mozambique which is just incredibly beautiful. White sandy beaches and palm trees everywhere you look while nature as largely been untouched. Also, even though the country was plagued by years of civil war – which is still evident by the state of the current infrastructure – most of the people are friendly and welcoming. I had an amazing time and I can’t wait to get back. [Overview: Mozambique Tour].

Mozmabique Tour

Since this is a food blog, I also have to write about the food we had. Mozambique is well known for seafood and we had plenty of it: prawns, crayfish & fish. It didn't disappoint - I was in food-heaven. But I also had a taste of this - have you ever seen this fruit?

Monkey Orange Monkey Orange

No! It’s not a cross between brains and canned peaches: It’s called a monkey orange. Monkey oranges are mainly eaten by animals although during food shortages they are also collected by the rural community. Far from small, these fruits have a thick protective layer and can weigh up to 1,5 kg. We used a knife to cut it around the side and then bashed it on a rock to break it open. It was very sweet and the taste is comparable to an orange or apricot. Although I have to say that it is an acquired taste – I didn’t have a lot of it.

Snorkling was also a big part of the tour. We went to four different snorkling spots and seeing the sea life from up close was spectacular. Other highlights included seeing the Big 5 at the Kruger National Park and visiting the Moholoholo Rehabilition Centre who do amazing work helping injured animals.

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FoodBlogCT News Week 7 2012

Friday, the 17th February

#FoodFact: You'll eat about 35,000 cookies in a lifetime! Wow!


Restaurant Openings & Closures on Relax with Dax

An update of the latest restaurant openings and closures in Cape Town. [read more]


My blog is important, because I have an opinion! by Whale Cottage

Our latest article by @KayliVee, “My opinion is important, because I’m a blogger” proved extremely popular on Wednesday and prompted a reply by the Whale Cottage blog. [read more]


Best selling dishes in South Africa by Eat Out

Ever wondered how restaurateurs decide what goes on the menu? Or how on earth they know how much of each dish to keep in stock? [read more]


The nutrition puzzle by the Economist

Each year in developing countries, more than 160million children suffer from a lack of vitamin A, 1million die because they have weak immune systems and 500,000 go blind. What can bedone to stop this? [read more]

 

 

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What happens to your body when you drink Coca Cola

When the drink was first produced in 1888, Coca-Cola had two key ingredients: cocaine & caffeine. The cocaine was derived from the coca leaf while the caffeine from a kola nut. This lead to the name Coca-Cola. A future multi-million dollar company was born.

The original Coca-Cola forumlar once contained an estimated nine milligrams of cocaine per glass. At first Coca Cola used five ounces of coca leaf per gallon of syrup - a significant dose. In 1891, the formula (altered extensively from the original) contained only a tenth of this amount. It was removed completely in the year 1903. Nowadays, Coca-Cola uses a cocaine-free coca leaf extract.

The current Coca Cola formula doesn’t have a need for cocaine as a core ingredient to have an effect on us. Here is what happens to your body when you drink a glass of Coca Cola!

In the first 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavour, allowing you to keep it down.

Coca Cola Sugar contents

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Best Sushi in Cape Town

When I started the poll on Facebook, I wasn't expecting many votes...maybe around 100 - not much more than that! How wrong I was! It wasn't even close - it was so much better. We started to the poll on Monday, the 21st of November, and captured the results on Friday, the 25th November, at midnight. In total there were 732 votes.

All I can say is 'WOW!'. Thank You to everyone that participated! You are all legends. The results can be found below. Congrats to Jade Court restaurant at Tyger Waterfalls - the winner of the FoodBlogCT 'Best Sushi in Cape Town' Poll.

Featured: Cape Town Sushi Specials

Best sushi in Cape Town

1. Jade Court Restaurant - Tyger Waterfront (20%)
Jade Court Best sushi

Well done to the winner Jade Court Restaurant with a total of 148 votes!

Shop 2, Imperial Bank Terraces, Tyger Waterfront, Carl Cronje Drive, Tygervalley, 7530 Cape Town, South Africa

2. Salushi - Claremont (16%)
Salushi Sushi

2nd place goes to Salushi in Claremont with a total of  118 votes.

25 Protea Road, Claremont

3. Willoughby (12%)
Willoughby & Co Sushi

3rd place goes to Willoughby and Co. at the V&A Waterfront with a total of 89 votes.

Shop 6132, Victoria Wharf

4. Beluga (9%)
Beluga best sushi

4th place with 65 votes goes to Beluga in Green Point at the Foundry.

The Foundry, Prestwich St, Greenpoint.

5. Blowfish (8%)
Blowfish Sushi

Blowfish situated in Bloubergstrand makes up the top5. They received a total of 55 votes.

Dolphin Beach Hotel, 1 Marine Drive, Bloubergstrand

* The top5 restaurants made up 65% of the total votes.

* People can still vote if they want to; I might check back in a year or two: Vote here. But it won't make any changes to the top 5 above. These results are final.

* A total of 52 restaurants have been added to the poll by our community, to view all the votes click on the link added to the previous point.

*Food24 had a similar poll on their website which got 1388 votes. Their top 5 included Blowfish, Willoughby's, Takumi, Beluga and Sevruga.

 
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Tales of the Mystery Cafe

Most restaurants aren’t the most exciting places in the world – are they? Some can be. But most seem to copy each other, even the menus are similar.

But while browsing the net, I came across Cabel’s Blog. On his trip to Japan while in the town of Kashiwa he experienced something truly unique. And I'd like to tell you about it...

While waiting for a business partner to arrive, he got approached by a cashier of a cafe and was asked to “please...buy something.” This seemed odd but he agreed, got up and purchased an orange juice. A few minutes later his order arrived but to his surprise, he didn’t get his orange juice. He didn’t even get juice. In front of him were an Appletizer and a “weird” candy-bar. He was quite certain that this wasn’t his order and went to approach the cashier. In broken English the cashier explained:

At this cafe, you get what the person before you ordered. The next person gets what you ordered.

Welcome to the Ogori cafe!

This concept is epic! How often do you find yourself in the same old restaurant ordering the same old dish – the one you have ordered a thousand times before! Now you can get to try something that you might not normally have ordered. I just love the entire concept. Also, what you want to buy for the next person is entirely up to you!
 
The Mystery Cafe
 
 

Of course, Cabel had one last thing to do. He ordered a little bit of everything: some ice cream, a few snacks and drinks. And then he left with a smile on his face. His one good deed for the day!

I wonder if this would work in South Africa? 

 

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Im not going

Finally it's in sight - the restaurant!

...find the entire story inside

This restaurant is located somewhere in China. They say that once you have finally managed to reach the top, you can eat there for free. Let me know how the food is, 'cause I'm not going. This is insane! 

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