Soft Slice

PlaypizzaThe transformation of the gastronomical landscape into a spectrum of soft, sometimes woolly, and always inedible toys continues apace. Lilly Bean's handmade Play Pizza set includes a 9" felt pie with mushrooms, pepperoni, and green pepper. Sadly, there's no plush prosciutto. Be sure to also check out the breakfast, dinner, and brown bag lunch sets. $28 per pie at Mahar Dry Goods.

Listed by Josh Friedland on Oct 2, 2006 in Toys | Link | Comments (1) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Plush Pork

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From conventional meats to organic, free-range, and grass-fed varieties, consumers face myriad choices that have complex ethical, health, and environmental consequences. But, what about plush meats? As seen at Cool Hunting, the Sweet Meats collection of antibiotic-free stuffed toys includes ham, beef, pork, ribs, and hot links shapes. Could a huggable stuffed pork chop be the answer to the omnivore's dilemma? What would Pollan do? Available in individual and family sizes from $19.99 at Sweet Meats.

Listed by Josh Friedland on Jul 14, 2006 in Toys | Link | Comments (3) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Baby's First Bento

Babybento Just because your baby is still on pureed peas and rice cereal, it doesn't mean she can't begin her training in the finer points of Japanese dining. With this Bento Sushi Box Play Set (as seen at babygadget), she can practice away on plush versions of shrimp tempura, california rolls, sushi, and a big green ball of pain-free wasabi. Before long, she'll be ready for the real thing. $35 at The Spoon Sisters, sake not included.

Listed by Josh Friedland on Jun 21, 2006 in Toys | Link | Comments (2) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Sweet Shot

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If you ever find yourself backed in a corner and threatened by a giant mug of hot chocolate, you can take comfort in the fact that this Marshmallow Shooter will fire a reloadable magazine of mini-marshmallows over a span of 30 feet in rapid succession. $25 at wishingfish.com.

Listed by Josh Friedland on Jun 5, 2006 in Toys | Link | Comments (1) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

Mini Mario

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So you can't afford Del Posto, but for less than $20, a wind-up version of Mario Batali can be yours. The officially licensed Food Flippin' Mario -- replete with red pony tail, shorts, and orange clogs -- shakes a bottle of olive oil and flips a pan of spaghetti and meatballs (see demo). But, shouldn't it be pici and duck testicles that he's flipping? According to Gearlog, the mini Mario is $15.95 and will arrive in stores after July 15.

Listed by Josh Friedland on May 30, 2006 in Toys | Link | Comments (1) | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post