Hachikyo Restaurant In Northern Japan Fines Customers Who Don’t Eat Everything In Their Bowl.

Hachikyo Restaurant Sapporo JapanAmazing! Hachikyo restaurant in Sapporo Japan has a signature dish, tsukko meshi or salmon roe on rice, and if you order it and don’t eat your entire meal – you have to make a donation.

Rules for eating tsukko meshi at Hachikyo Restaurant.

Rules for eating tsukko meshi at Hachikyo Restaurant.

From RocketNews 24:

“According to the explanation in the menu, the working conditions for fishermen are harsh and so dangerous that it’s not unknown for lives to be lost. To show our gratitude and appreciation for the food they provide, it is forbidden to leave even one grain of rice in your bowl. Customers who do not finish their tsukko meshi must give a donation.”

We need to port this idea stateside. Have you ever been to a Vegas buffet and seen the amount of food thrown out? Even closer to home, have lunch at your kid’s school and check out the amount of uneaten food that gets tossed. It’s mind numbing.

The way the Hachikyo restaurant limits food waste is by bringing their customers closer to the fisherman that catch their food. And taking it further, staff members at the restaurant are trained to appreciate what they’re serving by working on the fishing boats.

Maybe every restaurant should have a trash monitor or servers that reward customers for eating all of their food. For more information on food waste, check out Jonathan Bloom’s WastedFood.com. [RocketNews 24]


New Zealander Pounded 10 Liters Of Coca-Cola Per Day And Dies At Age 30. Was It Soda’s Fault Or An Over-Coke?

Empty bottles of CokeNatasha Harris died three years ago of cardiac arrest and according to coroner David Crerar, drinking large quantities of Coca-Cola was a substantial factor leading to her early death. Prior to her death, Ms. Harris was drinking approx 10 liters of Coca-Cola per day which is equal to 2.2 lbs of sugar and 970 mg of caffeine. Her addiction to Coke not only cost her her teeth but also lead to a cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and that’s what eventually killed Ms. Harris.

Who’s at fault – the soft drink or the soft drinker? I think coroner David Crerar hits on the head in the BBC Article:

“I find that when all the available evidence is considered, were it not for the consumption of very large quantities of Coke by Natasha Harris, it is unlikely that she would have died when she died and how she died…

The fact she had her teeth extracted several years before her death because of what her family believed was Coke induced tooth decay, and the fact that one or more of her children were born without enamel on their teeth, should have been treated by her, and by her family, as a warning,”

Mr. Crerar uses the “if your teeth are falling out, reduce your consumption” technique and it should work with most people. I’m not a fan of Coke and I try to avoid it but we can’t place all of the blame on unhealthy soft-drinks when consumers consume irresponsibly. The whole teeth falling out should’ve been enough of a sign – unfortunately in Ms. Harris’ case, it wasn’t and her continued over-consumption shortened her life. [BBC via Inhabitat]


Juicer-Pulp Fritter Recipe.

Juicer with juicer pulpRecently, a friend of ours loaned us their juicer. When we went to set it up, we noticed the large pulp catcher and hesitated about juicing. What do we do with all that pulp? We could compost it but juicer-pulp is made up of normally edible food and we didn’t want to waste it. In the end, Jubbling juice-blocked us and we used our blender instead. Then I read about the juicer-pulp fritter recipe and I think we’re going to give the juicer another try.

The 20 minute juicer-pulp fritter recipe was submitted by Aylin on Glow Kitchen and here are the details:

Ingredients (6-8 patties):

  • 2 cups juice pulp (kale, carrots, chard)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Juicer-pulp fritter ingredients
Instructions: Mix until all of the ingredients are combined and then form them into patties. Place the patties in a greased saucepan over medium heat and cook each side 2-3 minutes.

Juicer-pulb fritters cooking.

In the GK article, the author suggests eating your juicer-pulp fritters in a sandwich or crumbled over a salad. When we try the recipe, we’ll probably add an egg to help hold the patties together.

A quick Google search will net you quite a few recipes for juicer-pulp. A nice bonus of the juicer-pulp fritter recipe is that you can feed your whole family with it: parents get the juice, kids (and pets) get the fritters. [Glow Kitchen via Ecorazzi]


Wasted Food: Lose Weight By Pumping Food Right Out Your Stomach With The AspireAssist™.

The AspireAssist from Aspire BariatricsIt’s the AspireAssist™ weight loss solution and it works by pumping the predigested food out of your stomach which you then replace with self-pumped in water. During a yearlong European trial, 24 patients lost an average of 45 pounds by puking out of their stomachs using the AspireAssist™. The AspireAssist™ was invented by Dean Kamen – the inventor of the Segway.

After reading about the AspireAssist™ and watching the video, I did some thinking and came up with two positive features of the product:

  1. It’s not FDA approved.
  2. With the mainline to your stomach, you can get drunk on some skunky liquor without actually tasting it.

AspireAssist™ – please be another eagle snatches kid or Rayfish Footwear hoax.

In food waste news… according to the IME:

“Due to poor practices in harvesting, storage and transportation, as well as market and consumer wastage, it is estimated that 30–50% (or 1.2–2 billion tonnes) of all food produced never reaches a human stomach.”

Thanks to the AspireAssist™, the IME report may have to change stomach to intestines. [Gizmodo and Mashable]


HAPILABS’ HAPIfork Is A Vibrating Fork Whose Intentions Are Good. Consume More To Consume Less?

HAPILABS HAPIforkThe $99.99 electronic HAPIfork from HAPILABS will alert you with a vibration if you are eating too fast. It will also track your eating habits by sending data via USB or Bluetooh to a dashboard app that will tell you how many bites you took to eat your last meal and your meal schedule. Of course the HAPIfork can’t stop the user from untraceably eating with their hands but I’ll ignore that for now.

So what do you think is more Jubbling: consuming less with the HAPIfork or consuming less prior and not purchasing the HAPIfork? [Gizmodo]


Starbucks Solution For Their Non-Recyclable Cup Problem: Charge $1 For A Reusable Plastic Version.

Starbucks new reusable cup.After years spent trying to perfect the recyclable cup, Starbucks has figured out a solution: sell a reusable plastic cup for $1, that looks like a disposable Starbucks cup, and then encourage people to reuse it by offering a $.10 discount on any drink served in the cup (aren’t they already doing this?). The $1 reusable cup was test marketed in the Pacific Northwest where Starbucks found that 26% of the reusable cups were reused. Not sure if this is a temporary fix or the final solution taken from their Cup Summits.

Reusable cup penance for sale?
The 26% reuse rate is better than a “poke in the eye” but I’m hoping the new reusable Starbucks cup will give returning customers $1 of additional motivation to remember to bring in a cup they already own and avoid the plastic reusable model. It feels like Starbucks has gone full-circle on this and instead of encouraging customers to bring in their own cup, they’re now selling us a $1 plastic reusable cup that we’re still likely to forget… or just throw out. [Gizmodo]