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Apparently Sprite is being scientifically lauded as the new hangover cure.  A study published in the September issue of Food and Function found that imbibing the lemony-limey pop can effectively reduce all of the main hangover symptoms.

Now for the science-y bit…

Your typical hangover symptoms such as nausea, exhaustion and an exploding-skull-stylee  headache aren’t caused by alcohol as such, but rather by acetaldehyde, an enzyme the body produces as it struggles to process all the toxic booze you recklessly consumed.

So lots of the traditional hangover cures such as strong coffee, greasy fry-ups, McDonalds, Coca-cola, green tea and salt and vinegar crisps (no? Just me then?) actually slow down the digestion process, thereby eeking out the acetaldehyde’s impact.

Sprite (and soda water, but I’m tempted to ignore that on the grounds of it being not v appetising at the best of times, let alone when you’re feeling like death warmed up) speed(s) up the conversion process and actually helps to reduce your hangover.  Yippee.

Obviously I’m not encouraging you to go and get hideously drunk to test this theory as that would be incredibly irresponsible…which I’m not.  So I’ll defer to a favourite author of mine who has much to say on the subject.  Take it away Ernest:

“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” 

“I drink to make other people more interesting.”           Ernest Hemingway

bacon flavoured coffee

Granted, I’m probably not in the most gastronomically objective of moods, given that at 1am today I was rounding off the evening (a quiet night in with a friend, don’t you know?) with a large tumbler of elderflower liqueur. It was one of those ideas that seemed great at the time, but now in the cold light of day, with pounding head and churning tum, was clearly a huge mistake. Not remotely big or clever…especially on a school night.

But even without a hangover, bacon flavoured coffee just seems wrong. I’m all for pushing the boundaries of flavour combinations in pursuit of the next taste sensation (well, maybe not today), but there is a line.  And that has crossed it. Created by gourmet coffee company Boca Java, they claim their Maple Bacon Morning blend is  ‘reminiscent of a hearty Saturday morning breakfast’. Even for a brand whose tagline is ‘redefining the perfect cup’ this has surely got to be a massive stretch?

I mean, I’m all for the nuances bestowed by different coffee blends – spicy, fruity, full-bodied, rich, smooth etc, but to my mind coffee should taste like coffee…and definitely not like bacon.

Now some flavour combinations, that seem plain weird at first, just work. Peanut butter and jelly (sorry, jam), chilli and chocolate are a couple that spring to mind. Discovering new taste sensations is all in a day’s work for the scientists at Foodpairing. They are slaving away to discover new ways to pair old ingredients.  Using a scientific flavour analysis, they pair together foods that share major flavour components, in ways that we couldn’t even dream of.

According to their findings, surprising yet winning combinations include: Heinz Tomato Ketchup and banana, dark chocolate and parmesan and French cheese and almond cookies.  What say you Rumblechatters? Do any of those tickle your fancy, or even your tastebuds?

I’m not keen on the first pairing, but on a better day I could see the appeal of the latter two. For now though, I just need a strong coffee-flavoured coffee…and maybe a little lie down.

I may be a bit behind the times here (it wouldn’t be the first time), but I’ve just discovered the Suspended Coffee Campaign.  Born of an Italian tradition, the ‘caffe sospreso’ is a cup of coffee paid for in advance as an anonymous act of charity. The tradition began a century ago, in the working class cafes of Naples, where someone who had experienced good luck would order a sospeso, paying the price of two coffees but consuming only one. The remaining coffee would remain suspended for a poor person to claim later.

This heart-warming practice has been championed successfully on social media, igniting social consciences globally and subsequently being adopted by communities around the world. Suspended coffees represent an affirmation of the old English adage ‘Charity begins at home’ – supporting the ‘down on their luck’ people within your local community.

So far, about 150 British cafes have signed up to what has become a formal scheme, with coffee giant Starbucks recently signing up for the initiative. Ian Cranna, vice-president of marketing at Starbucks UK told Marketing Magazine the campaign “will provide warmth and comfort for those looking for food or a hot cup of coffee.”

The only problem I can foresee is that of the target audience (vulnerable people) feeling ashamed to pop in and ask for the off-chance of charity.  Some cafes across the UK have pre-empted this barrier, adopting the initiative in different forms, with some donating cash equivalents to local homeless shelters or providing tokens to be discreetly donated to those in need.

On a (frivolously) political note, if this is an example of what the EU brings us, who can knock it?

detox

This article from the Telegraph demonstrates ways in which we can change our diet to keep ourselves youthful, both inside and out.
This includes replacing your morning caffeine hit with ginger tea, rye bread instead of wheat, almond milk instead of diary, fish instead of red meat, no starch after 5pm and a lot less alcohol.
How many of you RumbleChatters out there have been on a detox this January, and have you enjoyed the experience? Was it easy to cut out all those naughty vices like sugar, alcohol, starchy carbs and bad fats? How do you feel now we are approaching the end of the month? A lot lighter, brighter, and full of energy?
Let us know what you did during your detox by tweeting @RumbleChat with #detox!

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This recently discovered App has kept all of us at RumbleChat really busy this week! It’s a great little creation called Forkly for foodies to discover local restaurants, cafes and other eateries that have been rated by others. You can search through your feed and click on foods that you ‘want’, and read how others have rated different places to eat.

You can also rate places you have visited and share your tastes to influence other people! It’s become really useful to find the best local places to eat – a word of mouth recommendation is so valuable!

 

Take a look at this amazing photography exhibition of tiny plastic people amongst real food environments. It’s adorable, clever and foodie. And we like foodie don’t we RumbleChatters?!

Artist Christopher Boffoli created this world when he realised there has been an age old fascination for the miniature and the gigantic going as far back as Jonathan Swift’s tale of Gulliver’s Travels. He explains that his inspiration came from the fact that when you are a child everything is out of proportion… From tiny, detailed Matchbox cars to enormous, chunky Mars Bars… (which when you get to adulthood you are convinced have become smaller!)

Anyway, enjoy taking a look at this gorgeous exhibition!

 

If you are a keen mixologist, then we have found the perfect tool for you! The Bar10der is a 10 pronged Swiss Army Knife style gadget that features everything you need to create your favourite drinks in minutes. It has a bottle opener or a corkscrew for the less adventurous, and when you’re ready to go crazy with your cocktail making skills, then check out the muddler, the reamer and the jigger. Yup, I have no idea either.

But it looks awesome!

 

This is genius! An E-book has just been launched called ‘The Startup Chef‘. It features 75 recipes that were created by techy wizards who work for huge corporations such as Facebook, Google, Spotify and Yahoo! All recipes are now firm family favourites and give you an insight into the diets and guilty foodie pleasures of the creators and employees within some of the world’s greatest techy brands.

So you can make a ‘SLO Town Tri-Tip Sandwich’ just like Bubba Murarka from Facebook, followed by ‘Thumbprint Cookies’ just like Hunter Walk from YouTube, and wash it all down with ‘The Ultimate Bloody Mary’, as made by David Pakman from Venrock.

Not only is this a sweet idea, but ALL proceeds go to charities to save the lives of hungry children such as NoKidHungry. To get your copy, click on this click RumbleChatters and let us know what you make!

Over at RumbleChat HQ, we are fascinated to see how the Angry Birds franchise has expanded beyond the highly addictive app. Rovio, the Finnish creaters of the app, have already partnered up with the kings of the golden arches themselves – McDonalds – to provide Angry Bird games within some of their restaurants in China.

Now they have started selling Angry Birds fizzy drinks in Finland, and soon they will be expanding to Australia and New Zealand. But the biggest news is that they have outsold fizzy pop kings Pepsi and Coca-cola in some of their stores!

So RumbleChatters, do you see the appeal of buying a fizzy drink JUST for the fact that it is associated to a fictitious character, an app, or your Smartphone?

 

Yes, this is as crazy as it looks. Strongbow – the masters of deliciously sweet commercial cider – have taken drinking your favourite tipple one step further with StartCap

Utilising RFID technology, the StartCap can be set up to an antenna and used to trigger anything you connect it to… The technology can get the music playing, turn the lights on (or off!) set off confetti cannons, or turn the tv channel over!

Strongbow’s genius idea can really get the night going. Still in prototype form, but looking to feature around events very soon. Not that we’re supremely lazy, but RumbleChat will definitely be keeping an eye out for it!

What do you think? How would you put it to work for you?