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Yummy: Most Expensive Meals In The World

When we live in a world of haves and have-nots, stories like this can always feel a bit grim. You know, stories about luxurious foods that cost more than the average person earns in a month. It’s a dreadful state of affairs and only helps to perpetuate the idea that those with all the money don’t have a clue how to spend it properly. Anyway, I digress. You are here because you want to read about quality food items.

Well, the world knows how to price its luxury foods. Want some examples? Here are a few grotesquely priced delights.

Vanilla Flower

I know what you are thinking – but you have lots of vanilla ice cream in the freezer. At around $4,000 per pound, vanilla costs a huge amount. It only blooms for a few hours in a year, and does not leave much by way of pollination.

Vanilla itself is a very expensive product – the idea that you can get it so easily is quite a surprise given the cost of it per pound in its purest form.

Almas Caviar

A classic of the ‘it cost how much!?’ food world, Almas caviar is horrendously expensive. You would be paying as much as $25,000 for this kind of caviar. It’s needle in a haystack stuff to find it, even in its native Iran. The fact it comes in a 24-karat gold tin lets you know just how ridiculous the world has gone when it comes to how we spend.

White Truffles

At not far off seven grand for a kilogram of white truffles, these outrageous foods are one of the most expensive in the world. They are used in the highest quality of fishes, and only tiny amounts will be used such is their rarity, cost and, most importantly, quality.

It’s one of those foods that, you may be surprised to know, I have never tried. Apparently, though, it’s dynamite with scrambled eggs. It looks rancid, but apparently tastes like royalty.

Bluefin Tuna

Another very popular dish but madly priced is that of the Bluefin tuna. At close to $4,000 for a single pound of it, Bluefin is a very expensive product. It gets used in a lot of top meals and tends to be a very expensive add-on if you were to want it used in your food.

However, given the Bluefin tuna is a species getting close to extinction as it stands, it’s not just an expensive dish to eat – it’s an ethical hazard, too.

Densuke Watermelon

One of the most expensive items that we could find, though, is the Japanese Densuke watermelon. This item sold for over $6,000 at an auction in Japan, and became a huge talking point. This black watermelon isn’t rotten or anything like that – it’s a unique kind of Japanese fruit.

It might seem a bit nuts, but the Densuke watermelon is among the most expensive dishes that you could ever eat.

Foie Gras

Out of all the items we looked into, though, we found that Foie Gras – duck/goose liver – was among the most expensive. It’s extremely nice apparently, but it’s going to cost you a hell of a lot to eat if you want to try it out. Prices depend on where you go, but a 2lb Foie Gras would cost you around $150.

That might not sound like much considering the above prices, but keep in mind it’s a meal, not an ingredient like some of the above.

In a world where so many starve, it’s pretty wild that we have food that can cost as much as this, right?

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When we live in a world of haves and have-nots, stories like this can always feel a bit grim. You know, stories about luxurious foods that cost more than the average person earns in a month. It’s a dreadful state of affairs and only helps to perpetuate the...

Health Nature & Tech

Think These Healthy Foods are Great? Think Again

Life is full of surprises for us. often, foods that we would think are really good for us are terrible for us – and vice versa. It’s a common problem, and one of the main reasons why many of us eat such poor and radically unbalanced diets. When you cannot find out for certain what is good and what is bad, how can you possibly moderate your food to a high standard?

To help you get around that problem, we recommend that you take a look at these simple ‘health foods’ that you should try and avoid. Starting today, you can make a pretty quick change to the way that you eat simply by making sure you stop eating these foods promoted for their goodness.

Whole Wheat Bread.

Another common food to eat for a health kick is whole wheat bread: that may not be the case after all. Many whole wheat pieces of bread are still loaded with the poor dietary fiber of white bread. They are also often loaded with high fructose corn syrups, meaning they aren’t anywhere near as healthy as certain health gurus might make out.

Diet Juice.

 

Removing sugar for sweetener ain’t as healthy as it sounds. Not only are quite a few of the big name sweeteners under review for their potential ill-causing health effects, with links to cancer becoming clear in some studies, but they are loaded with artificial colors and other nonsense. If you want to enjoy a treat, simply reduce your consumption of real soda down to a couple of cans per week: it’s better than drinking diet soda at the same rate you drink the real stuff. If you can, though, cut it out altogether.

Dried Fruits.

A common food to eat on-the-go for easy enjoyment, it might not be anywhere near as good for you as some people make out. Cured using a sulfite and loaded with added sugar on top of what is already in the fruit, these are anything but healthy treats!

Salad Dressing.

Lastly, put an end to picking up salad dressing at the supermarket. ‘Low fat’ salad dressings are often made from sugar and salt mostly meaning they are worse for you than the fats. If you are going to use a salad dressing, use a tiny helping of the real stuff.

Agave Syrup.

Supposedly the ‘healthy’ way to sweeten your foods it’s actually really bad for you. Some studies show that it might be even worse for you than standard white sugar. Don’t keep taking this stuff: it’s not the natural sweetener many claims.

Keep this in mind, and you should find it a fair bit easier to get around the problems that you face with ‘healthy eating ‘that leads to weight gain!

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Breakthrough: A New Medical Procedure Will Freeze Your Hunger

There is a new horizon (possibly) for those who suffer from failed diets and weight loss programs. An initial trial has shown that hunger signals to the brain could be stopped.

Stopping my brain from getting hunger signals?! Seems like a dream come true! Well, don’t take your shirt off yet… this procedure will probably be approved for use in a few years at best.

The procedure has only finished the safety check testing before a real trial, but “results are in” as they say. Safety testing is actually checking to see if the test itself is safe. If the test process is correct and nonhazardous.
So… in this pilot test researchers have shown good signs that freezing the nerve that carries our hunger signals to the brain could freeze hunger itself, helping us lose weight without a real downside.

Too good to be true?

Currently, it IS too good, and it IS true. But now, real medical trials need to be done to see long-term effects, side effects and how long does this treatment last.
This freezing of the nerve procedure is being done on other nerves to treat chronic pain. It’s called CryoablationThe men and women in the study had a BMI of 30-37 (categorized as obesity), but did not meet the criteria of a surgical intervention.

 

How does it work?

Doctors sedated the patients and inserted a needle into their backs using a CT as their guide. The needle was inserted into the posterior vagal trunk (don’t ask us what that means). Then the needle was filled with a freezing gas that froze the needle and its surroundings, including the nerve itself.
That freezing degenerates the part of the nerve and stops the signaling to the brain. It takes no more than 30 minutes and you’re out.

Initial Results?

Everyone in the initial trial reported a lowered appetite sensation. Remember, they are all considered obese.
53% of the patients reported “very much less appetite,” 30% said “much less appetite” and 17% reported “somewhat less appetite.” Overall, people had a 14% decrease in their excess BMI.
The researchers say that it is not supposed to help on its own, but it will make calorie restriction much easier.

Will I ever be hungry?

The nerve freeze isn’t a permanent procedure. The nerve will fully grow back after 10 months, give or take 2 months. The head researcher said: “We are able to do this because the body [also] has other backup systems” for cueing hunger.

 

There is a new horizon (possibly) for those who suffer from failed diets and weight loss programs. An initial trial has shown that hunger signals to the brain could be stopped.
Stopping my brain from getting hunger signals?! Seems like a dream come true...

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Cracker Barrel Lovers Tour Every US Venue

As one of the most enjoyable cracker venues in the word, Cracker Bar restaurants are up there with the best drive-through foods that you get to enjoy. However, one couple decided that they loved Cracker Barrel so much, they would make a trip to every single Cracker Barrel restaurant in the whole of the USA!

The Happy Couple’s Adventure Begins

Ray and Wilma Yoder of Goshen, Indiana, are happily married farmers who have been together for the best part of 60 years. As Ray, an RV driver delivering them to dealerships and finding buyers, drove around the States for years he got used to the idea of stopping in for a quick bite to eat.

He stopped at a Cracker Barrel nearly 40 years ago, and says that at first he “wasn’t too impressed” but as he continued to use them as he drove around, it became a familiarly enjoyable experience for him.

With one in most towns, it became easy to eat in this way; always capable of finding one even in the smallest of towns. After years of eating them, though, and their kids grew older Wilma started to join him when he was on the road. They would go to all manner of Cracker Barrels together, and then decided that they should go and visit them all!

A Quest Complete

With the help of their daughter, Doris, the couple began to track down all of the best options for them to go and look at, divulging details on everything from store opening times to locations so that her parents could fulfil their wish of visiting every last one of them.

Wilma, sadly, suffered a brain aneurism and they had to take a year out from their trip to let her recover. Ray takes care of all the driving and instead drives around in a smart Ford Fusion rather than a big, bulky RV.

So far, they’ve finished their quest, having visited all 645 Cracker Barrels across the 44 US states that have one.

If you could only ever eat from one restaurant again, what would be your choice of food?

As one of the most enjoyable cracker venues in the word, Cracker Bar restaurants are up there with the best drive-through foods that you get to enjoy. However, one couple decided that they loved Cracker Barrel so much, they would make a trip to every single...

Entertainment

Seven Most Expensive Foods Out There

Pretty much everyone loves food. But while most of us will settle for a delicious (and cheap) plate of greasy french fries, there are some with a more expensive taste. These seven foods are the most expensive of their kind, and while I can’t relate to spending thousands of dollars on a pie, clearly some people could!

A Dreamy Dessert

• $25,000


For some of us, just the thought of dessert is a treat. But for the rich among us, dessert has its own separate standards. This Frozen Haute Chocolate ice cream sundae costs a whopping $25,000! How can an ice cream be more expensive than a car you ask? Well it contains 28 cocoas, it is decorated in edible gold, and is served in a goblet of gold too.
Don’t forget the 18-karat gold bracelet found at the bottom of the treat as a sweet surprise.

A Pricey Pie

• 14,260


With $870 worth of beef fillet, special Chinese mushrooms that cot $400 a pound and two bottled of vintage wine used for the ingredient, this incredibly rich dish has left all our moths watering.

A Bagel in a Billion

• $1,000


Although half the proceeds go to a scholarship for future culinary students, this bagel still seems quite overpriced. With white truffle cream cheese and goji berry infused Riesling jelly and gold leaf, this one if for the real bagel lovers of the world.

The Perfect Pizza

• $2,400


Orders need to be made a full week in advance for this artwork of a pizza. It is decorated with 100 grams of white truffles and gold leaf. However, the place which sells it, “Margo’s Pizzeria”, donates every penny to charity!

The Haughty Hot Dog

• $145.49


Hot dogs are meant to be the cheap snack you grip on your walk, but not the hot dogs from Capitol Dawg. The list of ingredients that make this dish perfection goes on forever, including French mustard, garlic mayo, sautéed shallots, mixed baby greens, Applewood smoked uncured bacon, Swedish moose cheese, tomato, dried cranberries, pepper and a basil olive oil and cranberry-pear-coconut balsamic vinaigrette.

Black Watermelon

• $6,100


One would think a natural dish like watermelon could only cost so much, but these rare Black Watermelons are only grown in the island of Hokkaido in Japan with a harvest only yielding a dozen fruits a season! Not only is it rare, but it is said the sweetness and crispiness of this watermelon is near to perfection.

Cash for Caviar

• $25,000


Caviar is known to be a pricey delicacy, yet the rarity of the specific Almas Caviar makes this dish even more expensive. To find a store that offers this dish is not a common happening. The only store known to offer this dish is Caviar House & Prunier which is in London. The store packages the caviar a tin made of 24 karat gold.

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Health

You Wont Believe What These Countries Consider Delicacies!

We all have our own personal tastes. Some prefer sushi, and others a juicy piece of steak. But these countries may have taken what they consider delicacies just a little too far. This is a list of the most weird and wonderful dishes from around the world

 

Fried Grasshoppers, Mexico

Oh no, you did not miss-read. Apparently in Mexico there is nothing more delicious than Chapilines, a dish made from fried grasshoppers. Next time you see one hopping outside your window, remember all you need to do is catch them, fry them, and there you go- dinner is ready.

Smalahove, Norway

The ingredients for this dish are just about as weird as the name. Comprised of one ingredient: the fully intact head of a lamb, this delicacy is enjoyed in Norway and is usually kept as a pre-Christmas treat. Yummy.

Balut, South East Asia

The method of making this delicacy is far from ordinary and may leave you with nightmares. Balut, eaten in south east Asia is a developing duck embryo that has been boiled alive and eaten in the shell. Traditionally served with beer- probably to get drunk enough to forget the whole eating experience.

Snake penis wine, Vietnam and Asia

Okay, so it involved a snake, but whether it involves the actual penis of said snake is questionable. This wine, popular in Vietnam and Asia comes with a whole venomous snake in the bottle since snakes are thought to have health properties. Personally, this is one of the only times I would refuse wine point blank.

Arroz de Cabidela, Portugal

Essentially a rabbit or chicken cooked in its own blood and added to rice, water and vinegar. This is not a delicacy for the feint-hearted.

Butod, Malaysia

Incredibly ugly, but apparently incredibly nutritious this ‘butod’ is the name used for the delicacy consisting of sago grub or sago worm. Disclaimer: this wormy wriggly bug is eaten ALIVE.

Blood Tofu, China

What looks like delicious chocolate chunks, is actually fat lumps of pig’s blood. However, in China they are not fussy and will also use sheep, chicken, and even cows blood for this bloody delicacy.

 

Frog Legs, France

The French call it delicious, I call it questionable. But difference of opinion aside, the well-known French delicacy consists of fried frog legs, parsley and garlic source and is said to taste like chicken or fish.

 

Tuna Eyeball, Japan

Although visually unappealing (excuse the pun), this Japanese dish is said not only to be super affordable but super tasty.

Virgin Boy wee eggs, China

And finally, the strangest of the lot. These eggs are cooked in the urine of young boys. Seemingly a tradition, in spring urine of pre-pubescent boys is collected all over China and boiled with the eggs. The eggs can be sold for double the price. And I am left with absolutely nothing to say except I’ll take my eggs pee-free thank you very much.

 

And there you have it- the most bizarre delicacies from across the globe. Bon appetit!

We all have our own personal tastes. Some prefer sushi, and others a juicy piece of steak. But these countries may have taken what they consider delicacies just a little too far. This is a list of the most weird and wonderful dishes from around the...

Animals Entertainment

Happiness In a Cookie: The Unicorn Treat You Will Want To Devour

In the most recent years, mystical unicorns have become a fashion statement and a food theme that has most foodies and almost all fashionistas going crazy for in their works. We’ve seen unicorns used in designs for the market of children’s clothing as well as unique dresses and apparel, and even seen the magical creature have its images posted on cakes and cookies, in forms of savory desserts that have all creators inspired. What could be the next level of the art of the unicorn? Combining it with the fan favorite Macaroon cookie.

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Duluth, Georgia based bakery Mac Lab Bakery now has fans going wild for their new take on the unicorn and sweets trend by making the most creative Macaroon cookie with the face of an adorable unicorn, and the taste of Fruity Pebbles inside. People are absolutely going crazy! The design begins with the cutest, one line eyes, centered with a sprinkley design, and topped with two ears and a spike in between to show the symbolic horn of the distinguished, mystical creature.

We are open today! Come on in and warm yourself with the company of unicorns!

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Mac Bakery is one innovative bakery that exceeds the unique design; they also use healthy ingredients in their cookies. They use non GMO ingredients as well as almond flour to ensure that their cookie serves those with gluten allergies, aside from those who will simply want to delve into this treat regardless, because it is so worth it! The one appealing thing about the Unicorn Macaroon is that aside from its cute little designs, the flavoring makes it everything. Like we said before, the flavor is based off of fruity pebbles with a cream filling that brings us back to our childhood, and that is a beautiful quality in itself that makes the cookie worth its calories!

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In the most recent years, mystical unicorns have become a fashion statement and a food theme that has most foodies and almost all fashionistas going crazy for in their works. We’ve seen unicorns used in designs for the market of children’s...

Health

Light meal recipes ideas

 Looking for some cool ideas for light meals during the hot summer? Well, we might give you some options if didn’t already try them yet.

FRIED BROWN RICE WITH SAUCE

Fried brown rice with hot sauce, pineapple, cashew nuts and beans is healthy, light and delicious meal.

Ingredients:

4 cups of cooked brown rice
4 spring onions, chopped into 1.5cm pieces
1 cup of coarsely chopped pieces of pineapple
1 cup of frozen beans

½ cup of cashews

2 tablespoons of coconut oil,

3 tablespoons of tamari soy sauce,

1 tablespoon of any hot sauce of your choice.

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 160o C. Mix rice, onion, pineapple,  green beans and cashew nuts in a large bowl. Mix coconut oil, tamari soy sauce and a hot sauce in a small bowl.  Pour that mixture over the rice and stir. Put it in the oven and bake for 45 to 60 minutes. Stir every 20 minutes. When the rice becomes dry and crunchy, your meal is ready.

Serve with little tamari soy sauce, if necessary.

GUACAMOLE – AVOCADO SPREAD

Very simple and nutritious spread that goes well with various kinds of bread

Ingredients:

2 avocados,

50g of finely chopped onion,

1 finely chopped pepper (remove the seeds),

2 tablespoons of lemon juice

2 finely chopped small tomatoes (remove the seeds),

1 teaspoon of salt

1 pepper, if desired,

 Preparation:

Strain avocado with a fork, but keep it in one piece. Add remaining ingredients and stir.

This is a very simple and nutritious spread. It goes well with all kinds of integral bread, thin corn breads (tortillas), or as a side dish to a meal (fried potatoes, seitan, etc.). Can be held for 2 days in the fridge or in a cellophane wrap to prevent the color change.

 CAULIFLOWER SOUP AND CHEESE

 Ingredients:

2 to 3 tablespoons of butter,

1 onion,

6 cups of water,

1 head cauliflower, cut into little florets (about 6 cups)

1 cup of grated herb cheese,

Few pieces of toasted bread.

For the garnish:

a handful of kale,

a handful of parsley,

½ cup olive oil,

clove of garlic,

½ teaspoon salt,

½ lemon.

Preparation:

Soup:

Heat the butter in a large pot. Cut the onion into thin slices. Add the onion and simmer the mix about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the color of onions into golden/brown, add water and cauliflower. Simmer the mix about 10 minutes or until the cauliflower becomes soft (try a fork). Whisk with blender stick until the soup becomes thick. Add cheese and stir until melted. In the end, you can still quite briefly stir with blender stick. Fry cubes of toasted bread briefly in olive oil, turning them until they get brownish color.

Side dish:

Put the parsley, kale, garlic and salt in a blender and grind. Squeeze a half of lemon in it and stir.

Add the toasted bread into the soup. Add a top garnish and serve.

CHICKPEA SPREAD

Ingredients:

250 grams of dried chickpeas,

2 cloves of garlic,

2 tablespoons of olive oil,

1 lemon,

1 teaspoon of salt,

1 teaspoon of pepper,

1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper,

2 tablespoons of tahini.

Preparation:

Soak the beans overnight in water to soften. The next day, boil it in water for 30 minutes, until they become soft. Drain the beans, leaving a cup of liquid. Grind the cooked chickpeas in blender (food processor, chopper), add the liquid from cooking and add a little lemon juice until you get the desired consistency. Then add shredded garlic, oil, tahini, spices (if desired) and  re-grind until you get a thick paste, similar to cheese. A dove quantities can give about 1 liter of spread and you can keep it in the fridge for 2-3 days. Cooked chickpeas can be freezed, but gradually defrosted so you could always make a fresh meal. Serve it warm or cold with a salad or as a spread for bread.

ZUCCHINI MOUSSAKA

If you like zucchini and you have little time, then you will like this recipe – the preparation takes only 20 minutes

Ingredients:

300g of pasta

2 to 3 zucchinis

3 cloves of garlic

2 tablespoons of olive oil

150ml of white wine

250ml of cooking cream

1 tablespoon of salt

1 tablespoon of pepper

100g of herb cheese

Preparation:

Cook pasta as directed on the package. Heat the olive oil in a wok and add the zucchini and a pinch of salt. When the zucchini softens, and add crushed garlic and white wine. Cook (braise) on lower heat. When cooking with wine, add approximately half of cooking cream. Spice it with pepper and, if necessary, add some more salt. Drain the pasta cooked in a wok and mix it with sauce and cheese (leave a little cheese for sprinkling the moussaka from above). If desired, add a little thyme.  You can also decorate the meal with cheese and serve immediately.

 Looking for some cool ideas for light meals during the hot summer? Well, we might give you some options if didn’t already try them yet.
FRIED BROWN RICE WITH SAUCE
Fried brown rice with hot sauce, pineapple, cashew nuts and beans is healthy, light and...

Health

Stay healthy and fit

Feeling healthy and fit is a wonderful feeling, but many people don’t know how to obtain that state of complete mental, physical and social well-being. We all know that it takes time to get there and that we also need to maintain it. How do we actually succeed to have that socially and economically productive life? Well, there are several very successful ways to reach that state.

Exercise is one important part of our intentions to maintain healthy body image. Just 30 minutes a day can significantly reduce stress, improve our sleep, lower the body fat, and even boost confidence and self-esteem. There are many different kinds of exercise that are very useful like walking, running, swimming, dancing, weight lifting, yoga and lots of other. But, there are three general types of exercise: cardiovascular exercise, strength training and exercises that improve our flexibility.

Consuming food that gives our body nutritional benefits would be another way to stay healthy. If we’re going for both fitness and good health, we should certainly try to eat food that provides us with extra energy, calcium, antioxidants, proteins and heart-healthy fats.

Bananas, sweet potatoes and dried fruits deliver complex carbohydrates which are the best option when it comes to using and storing energy efficiently. Broccoli, tomatoes, blueberries and cocoa contain antioxidants that easily eliminate all cell-damaging free radicals from our blood. Green vegetables and milk provide calcium which is crucial for having healthy bones. Bedtime warm milk gives us some additional benefits like boosting the serotonin and melatonin that help us sleep. Nuts and salmon deliver necessary heart-healthy fats and proteins to our body. Very recommendable type of food for everyone would be Brazil nuts as a part of a diet, because they contain high level of selenium, a mineral that helps bolster our immune system.

As our bodies are made mostly of water, we need to know that most fluids and foods contain water that will help to keep our bodies hydrated, but the best way to do it is to use fresh, clean, plain water as the healthiest beverage.

The thing that certainly wouldn’t help in our intention to look good is spending too much time looking at images of perfectly shaped celebrities, because it’s important to have a positive image of our body. Surrounding ourselves with images should be definitely replaced by using that time to try some new exercise classes or to make some healthy meal and share it with a friend. Finding fun activities instead of obsessing over our body is the best way to obtain healthier body image.

We don’t just buy the good health in grocery shops, we have to create and maintain it at the same time. A good health can be achieved by doing patterns which are health related. Following this logic will make us realize the importance of healthy lifestyle. There are lots of patterns, but most successful ones are eating the right food at the right time and exercising at least 30 minutes per day. The result will always be the reduced illness.

Feeling healthy and fit is a wonderful feeling, but many people don’t know how to obtain that state of complete mental, physical and social well-being. We all know that it takes time to get there and that we also need to maintain it. How do we actually...

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Hong Yi inspired many to try themselves in Food Art

Two years ago, Malaysian artist Hong Yi, also known as “Red”, has started a food art project on Instagram, where she quickly gained thousands of followers. For each day during the month, Hong Yi posted a different artistic image made entirely out of food, with only a white plate as her backdrop. She started the project in order to push herself to be more creative, as she wrote to her followers.

A 31 day mission Malaysian artist & architect Hong Yi created a daily fun illustration with her food, saying that her main two parameters were: 1. an image entirely comprised of food 2. a white plate as only backdrop.

The project has been documented heavily around the web. We must say that it influenced a lot of artists to explore this new area of art, so today we have lots of those involved in food art.

Hong Yi spent about 8 years studying and working in Australia. She graduated from university of Melbourne with a masters degree in architecture in 2010, and after that she worked for a Australian architecture firm in Shanghai.

After six months of living in Shanghai, China, she started painting portraits of iconic Chinese people and shared them with friends in Australia and Malaysia by posting them onto her blog/facebook. Inspired by her surroundings and the range of affordable materials available from wholesale markets, it was here Red completed her first unconventional work, a portrait of Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei made entirely out of sunflower seeds. A wave of innovative artworks ensued, including a portrait of Adele using 1500 melted tea lights, Aung San Suu Kyi with dyed carnations, a hanging structure of Jackie Chan using chopsticks. The use of materials in bulk in her project alludes to the globalization and mass production in China and Asia. Her Yao Ming portrait done with a basketball, uploaded onto youtube, was the first project that gave her a significant amount of media exposure. People from around the world started supporting her work immediately.

Another piece of art inspired by Shanghai’s suburbs. “When I first moved to Shanghai, I stumbled upon an old residential alleyway and saw bamboo sticks poking out of windows with laundry hanging on them, waving in the air. To me, that was incredibly beautiful”, Hong Yi said. So she decided to make Chinese film maker Zhang Yimou’s portrait, using 750 pairs of black, gray and white socks and pins. Red chose Zhang because she liked how beautifully he portrays the Chinese tradition in his movies.

 

“My “creativity with food” series has helped me push the limits of my creativity, and has taught me to work within the confines of a very small area” she said. “I’ve learned to slice, dice, stir, boil…who would have thought I’d need that to do art!” she added.

Nowadays, we can find this type of art on many blogs around the internet. Why did it influence so quickly? Probably because we all love food and even more when it looks good.

 

 

Two years ago, Malaysian artist Hong Yi, also known as “Red”, has started a food art project on Instagram, where she quickly gained thousands of followers. For each day during the month, Hong Yi posted a different artistic image made entirely out...