This Restaurant In London Just Launched A Menu Written Only In Emojis

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By Cooking Panda

Welcome to the future of dining.

Gone are the days when you could sit down at a restaurant, read a menu from left to right (assuming you’re at an establishment catering to English-speaking customers) and then order your meal.

Welcome to 2016, also known as the year the London restaurant called The Little Yellow Door decided to cleanse its menus of the restrictive written word, and employ a more universal language — one made out of pictorial abstractions.

That’s right: their specials menu is written entirely in emojis, and if you want to eat at the Notting Hill pop-up, you’re going to have have to decipher what their emoji sequences mean.

Basically, for the duration of summer, guests will place their orders for the emoji-specials menu via WhatsApp. Says owner Kamran Dehdashti, 34, to the Evening Standard: “We like to embrace technology and we thought this could be a cool way to engage with our audience, get them to WhatsApp what they want to eat, and we bring it to them. Emojis are now really part of everyday conversation. 

“When we first opened we pioneered doing all our bookings by WhatsApp. The reason being that if you were going over to someone’s house, you’d probably text or WhatsApp them.”

The dishes, which come with rankings ranging from “easy” to “not-so-easy” to decipher, are meant to be a fun innovation for guests; however, Dehdashti reassures guests that the waitstaff will inform unamused customers of their options — they need only ask.

“The Yellow Door house punch has a yellow heart, a door, a house emoji then the punch. You’d figure that out. 

“Buffalo chicken wings with crudites and blue cheese sauce, that takes a little bit of working out. But that’s the whole point — it’s fun. Worst-case scenario, you can always ask the waiter.” 

Sources: Evening Standard / Photo credits: Pinterest, The Little Yellow Door/Instagram

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You Can Now Order At Pizza Hut Using Only Emojis

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By Cooking Panda

July 17 is World Emoji Day, and Pizza Hut is pulling out all of the stops to ensure that its customers can celebrate the holiday in style.

According to The Sun, six Pizza Hut restaurants across the United Kingdom will be offering patrons the chance to order from an entirely emoji-based menu from now until July 17. The limited-edition offering was designed as a celebration of both World Emoji day and Unicode’s recent release of 72 new emojis.

In the words of Kath Austin, Pizza Hut’s director of HR and marketing, “Emojis have been named the world’s fastest growing language, so what better way to honor World Emoji Day and the recent release of 72 new emojis than by creating our very own emoji-themed menu for customers to decipher and have some fun with. We have a huge focus on menu innovation and having already launched a brand new menu recently, we hope customers enjoy decrypting the emoji version as much as we did creating it!”

While emojis have become an important part of our texting and social media language, we think that pizza-ordering might be their true calling. After all, the only thing more fun than eating pizza might be using emojis to order that pizza!

Currently, the emoji menu is available at Pizza Hut restaurants located in The Strand in London, Birmingham’s Bullring, Edinburgh’s Hanover Street, Manchester’s Fountain Street, Liverpool’s Paradise Street, and Cardiff’s Queens Street. However, if the menu catches on, there’s no telling where it might appear next.

Check out the full menu below to see if you have the emoji-knowledge to decipher it, and then start planning your own personal celebration for World Emoji Day!

Source: The Sun / Photo credits: Pizza Hut, Liverpool ECHO

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The Starbucks Emoji Keyboard Is Available For Download (Photos)

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The Starbucks emoji keyboard is finally available for download!

Starbucks has recently released an emoji keyboard for those of us who have been wanting to insert emojis of Frappuccinos, iced teas, and unicorns enjoying a blended beverage while chatting with friends on Facebook Messenger, iMessage, WhatsApp, email and more. The keyboard is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store, and the emojis will be updated throughout the year (photos below).

However, incorporating the keyboard is not as simple as merely downloading an app. As explained by Bustle, you’ll be on your way to using Starbucks emojis after following this short step-by-step guide:

1. Download the Starbucks keyboard from the ITunes App Store or Google Play.

Search for “Starbucks emojis” or “Starbucks keyboard” to take you to the free download. Install it from the app store of your choice. 

2.  Open the keyboard app. Read the instructions.

After opening the app, swipe through the instructions to understand how it works.

3. Go to “Settings,” then “General.”

Since this is a keyboard, it must be installed in a similar manner as any other keyboard, such as Japanese. 

4. Go to “Keyboard(s).”

Scroll to find your phone’s “Keyboard” settings. Then head to “Keyboards,” which will contain a list of the different keyboards and languages currently on your phone. 

5. Go to “Add New Keyboard.”

6. Add the Starbucks Keyboard.

The Starbucks Keyboard should pop up in the section called “Third-Party Keyboards.” Click it to add, then click it again and enable to “Allow Full Access.”

7. Use your new Starbucks emojis.

When you’re writing a message through SMS, email, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, iMessage, etc., click the globe icon until the Starbucks keyboard pops up. Click the emoji you want, press and hold the message field, and select “paste” to add your favorite Starbucks emojis to your conversations.

Enjoy!

Source: Starbucks, Bustle / Photo Credit: Bustle

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