Don’t Worry Guys, The Avolatte Isn’t Real

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By Cooking Panda

We all know that millennials love avocados and lattes. In fact, there may be more Instagrams of latte art and avocado toast variations than grains of sand on Earth. 

Just kidding. But seriously, young people today have a severe avocado/latte fetish.

But how about a latte inside an avocado? A hipster cafe in Melbourne, Australia, has created just that: The Avolatte.  

If you often find yourself buying $6 lattes and eating anything that comes with avocado on or in it, then the avolatte may be for you. Or not. 

“It’s literally coffee in a piece of rubbish,” Jaydin Nathan, a barista at the cafe, said to news.com.au. If you consider a carved-out avocado skin “rubbish,” then yeah, more or less.

The avolatte gained fame after the Truman Cafe in Albert Park posted a video of it being prepared on their Instagram page. 

The video shows a barista pouring a latte into a mostly carved-out avocado half. He even finishes it off with a graceful foam flower. 

“We weren’t actually selling them but then someone came in today and wanted one,” Nathan said to news.com.au. Yes, someone actually ordered and was willing to pay $4 for coffee in an avocado shell.  

The Instagram video was posted alongside a laughing-crying emoji. “It was actually just a joke,” Nathan said,. 

The avolatte may also be a satire of the ongoing housing affordability debate in Australia, according to news.com.au., or a comment on hipster culture. 

Ironically, however, after the video was posted, customers have come in actually ordering the thing. A cafe in Turkey is also now serving The Avolatte, according to The Independent. 

The avolatte has sparked a bit of debate on the internet. The more serious among us believe it is a sign of the end of culture; some find it a humorous satire, while others are salivating to try to it.

Personally, I’m a bit curious about the taste. Maybe the avocado makes the coffee smoother and creamier, or maybe it’s just like drinking a regular latte except out of a discarded fruit peel instead of a normal cup.

So, would you try the avolatte?  

Sources: News.com.auIndependentTruman Cafe/Instagram / Photo credit: T.Tseng/Flickr

Tags: avocado, avolatte, hipster, latte, truman cafe
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This Deconstructed Hipster Sandwich Is Infuriating

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By Cooking Panda

We all know that it’s no use crying over spilled milk — but perhaps there is some kind of therapeutic benefit to raving over deconstructed sandwiches?

In the newest annoying food trend move, a group called the Melbourne Flames Dragon Boat Club has decided that just eating a plain old sandwich — you know, one that comes with fillings encased between two pieces of bread — just wasn’t cutting it. So they decided to post a photo to Facebook of their very own invention: the “deconstructed sausage” sandwich.

Apparently, this was all done in the name of a sausage sizzle fundraiser in order to raise money to help get the Dragon Boat Club to the Australian Championship.

“Our flamies having a great time at the Bunnings sausage sizzle in Brunswick. Choose from a traditional snag or our new hipster deconstructed sausage,” the club wrote on Facebook.

The sausage sizzle is comprised of a piece of bread, a sausage and a little lump of cooked onions accompanied by three separate spoons. One spoon contained a squirt of mustard, another had barbecue sauce and the third had ketchup.

Of course, it all ended up being a big joke and a great way to raise awareness and money for their cause, but we can’t help but remember how many people out there are actually deconstructing food that was perfectly fine on its own to begin with!

Who can forget, for example, the deconstructed coffee trend that struck our hearts with sorrow back in June 2016? We don’t know if we can recall anything so pretentious or annoying.

What’s next? We’re almost afraid to find out.

Source: Melbourne Flames Dragon Boat Club/Facebook  / Photo Credit: Melbourne Flames Dragon Boat Club/Facebook (2, 3)Tags: deconstructed food, Deconstructed Hipster, deconstructed sandwich, hipster, Melbourne, Melbourne Flames Dragon Boat Club
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The Company Behind The PBR Resurgence Wants To Help Make Twinkies Great Again

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By Cooking Panda

About four years ago now, junk-food enthusiasts had their world turned upside-down when Hostess Brands announced that it had filed for bankruptcy, and sent panicked fans sprinting to the snack aisle in order to pick up one last box of the iconic Twinkies; or the Ding Dongs; the Ho Hos; the Sno Balls; the Suzy Qz; and the list goes on and on…

Happily, the company was saved when private buyers took over and instigated some major cost-cuts; and now, the same investors who helped revive the hipster brew of choice, Pabst Blue Ribbon (P.B.R.), have taken over Hostess, and they have a mission.

The private equity firm Metropoulos & Co. wants to make snack-cakes great again — and they want to do it with Twinkies.

Per Bloomberg, Metropoulos & Co. bought Hostess in 2013, and is now joining forces with various investors to revamp the image of snack-cakes, and rebrand them as The Snack For The Youth, with the yellow sponge cake tubes at the helm of the movement.

“Hostess has incredible brand power,” William Toler, the chief executive officer of Hostess said on a conference call to Bloomberg. “It has an amazing emotional connection with consumers.”

Daren Metropoulos, one of Mr. Metropoulos’ sons and an executive at the family firm, told The New York Times: “There’s a great consumer fan base that hasn’t declined… We saw a real opportunity to revitalize these brands, just with some T.L.C.”

While that may be true, others think that with today’s health-conscious consumers, Metropoulos & Co. is fighting an uphill battle.

They’ll be “fighting gravitational forces in the world of food that are very different than the beer market,” Allen Adamson, former North American chairman of the branding company Landor Associates, said to Bloomberg. “With Twinkies, they have to get people to consume a product that is bucking all the health trends.”

Only time will reveal if the nostalgic tie consumers have to Twinkies will truly trump its nutritionally void profile. Expect to see more ads, and a variety of different Twinkies to roll out later this year.

Sources: The New York Times, Bloomberg / Photo credit: Guardian LV

Tags: hipster, Hostess, Metropoulos & Co., pabst blue ribbon, Twinkies
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