A Picnic-Basket Breakthrough, Deep Thoughts During Lunch and Lego-Friendly Shot Glasses



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Wheely Convenient: Picnicking is great, but figuring out how to transport your sumptuous spread to the perfect spot can rank right up there with bugs as a buzz-killing complicating factor. Wouldn't it be great if you could just ferry it all there on your bike? Enter (on two wheels) the Kickstarter-funded, Dutch-designed Fietsklik, a detachable, foldable recycled-plastic crate that snaps onto the back of your bike. The crate is big enough to transport up to 24 bottles of beer or 25 pounds of groceries. Who's bringing the blanket? [ Fietsklik via Food Republic]

Spicing Up Your Lunch Bag: Would you like your burrito with a side of deep thoughts? Chipotle believes you would. The Mexican restaurant chain is launching a "Cultivating Thought" initiative, tapping best-selling author Jonathan Safran Foer to bring illuminating quotes to its bags and cups. The two-minute essays and nuggets of wisdom from 10 writers – from Malcolm Gladwell, Toni Morrison and George Saunders to Judd Apatow and Sarah Silverman – will create "a small pocket of thoughtfulness right in the middle of the busy day," Jonathan said. "We will never have a perfect world," read the words of experimental psychologist Steven Pinker on one bag, "but it's not romantic or naïve to work toward a better one." Food for thought. [ BusinessWire]

Everything Is Awesome: Speaking of products that will improve your life – or at least make it more fun – how about Lego-compatible shot glasses? ThinkGeek is selling a set of four BPA-free plastic shot glasses (blue, yellow, red and white; $19.99) that are also construction platforms for your Legos and other finger-friendly building blocks. You provide your own bricks; the glasses give them a place to stick as you drink. "Time for a block party!" the site quips, but one sober commenter notes that it's all good fun until someone "swallows a Lego man." Gulp. [ ThinkGeek via GeekDecor]

In Other Food News: The proliferation of unusual ice cream flavors at your local supermarket is not a figment of your imagination; an International Dairy Foods Association spokeswoman told the Associated Press that, when it comes to ice cream, people are increasingly "willing to experiment." [ Associated Press] On the other hand, New York's love affair with frozen yogurt may be on the way to being over. [ Grub Street]

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