America's First Cat Cafe, a Titanic Menu and Chicken Pot Pie in a Cone

America's First Cat Cafe

A Purrfect Cup: Considering the fact that it combines two of our nation's collective obsessions — cats and coffee — under one (temporary) roof, it's probably no surprise to read reports that a pop-up shop that's being billed as America's first cat cafe, which brings to the U.S. a concept that's already a hit in other countries, has had lines out the door since opening in New York's East Village on Thursday morning. (Watch a Livestream from inside the cafe here.) Patrons of the Purina-sponsored cafe will not only be able to drink their Cat'achinos — cappuccinos customized with kitty faces — and fraternize with a bunch of felines, they will also be able to adopt cats from a local animal shelter and get expert advice about cat health and behavior. It's open only until Sunday, April 27, though, so if you want to check it out, don't pussyfoot around. [ Business Insider]

Going Once, Going Twice: An artifact both sad and rare — a second-class menu from the Titanic — will be offered for auction on Saturday by British auctioneers Henry Aldridge & Son. Written on a 3-by-5-inch postcard dated April 11, 1812, and featuring a prophetic note ("Good voyage up to now") written by one of the oldest crew members to have survived when the ship went down, Jacob Gibbons, the menu reveals that passengers traveling aboard the ill-fated ship dined on foods including potato hash, ham, eggs and oatmeal. Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge told ABC News that he's sold several first-class Titanic menus during his 20 years in the business, but second-class menus are far more rare. It is expected to fetch $150,000 on the block. [ ABC News]

The One-Handed Meal: You may never have longed for a chicken pot pie you could eat like an ice cream cone, but it has arrived for your enjoyment anyway. Nick Chipman, who blogs at DudeFoods, has debuted his Chicken Pot Pie Cone, a savory follow-up to his recent hands-free dessert innovation, the Apple Pie Cone, by shaping store-bought pie crust into a cone shape, baking it, filling it with "diced chicken pieces, sliced carrots, peas and chicken broth before covering it with a lattice top," baking it again, then eating it warm. The results, he reports, were "amazing." The secret to eating it without making a mess, he writes, is to nibble "around the sides like you do with an ice cream cone and not take too many big bites out of one side at a time." Dude. [ DudeFoods via Foodbeast]

Not Your Supermarket Sushi: On Wednesday, President Obama dined with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at triple-Michelin-starred Tokyo sushi restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro, a venue reportedly chosen by the POTUS, despite the fact that its acclaimed octogenarian owner Jiro Ono reportedly discourages diners from speaking during their meal, so as to better focus on their food. The meal was said to have lasted an hour and a half, and as he walked out, the President reportedly told the press pool, "That's some good sushi right there." [ Eater]

In Other Food News: Filmmaker Adam Rifkin, whose credits include Detroit Rock City and Underdog, has optioned the movie rights to the Easter-time marshmallow candy Peeps; he plans to make an animated family film featuring characters inspired by the classic treat, a la The Lego Movie. [ Deadline] Stephen Colbert has a few things to say about the great lime shortage of 2014. Watch it here. [ The Colbert Report] Ronald McDonald, perhaps fast food's most-famous clown, is making a comeback, getting a fresh new wardrobe, and, soon, joining Twitter and snapping selfies. Can Grimace, the Hamburglar and Mayor McCheese be far behind [McDonald's Newsroom]

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