Pasta Waterfall – a new shape of pasta.

From the mind of James Beard Award winner Dan Pashman, creator and host of The Sporkful food podcast, comes CASCATELLI (Italian for “waterfalls”). Three years in the making, this brand new shape was created in collaboration with the artisans at Sfoglini. Cascatelli is designed to maximize the three qualities by which Dan believes all pasta shapes should be judged:

Sauceability: How readily sauce adheres to the shape
Forkability: How easy it is to get the shape on your fork and keep it there
Toothsinkability: How satisfying it is to sink your teeth into it

Listen to the story of Dan’s quest to create this shape in a special Sporkful series entitled “Mission: ImPASTAble,” available in your podcasting app or at And try cascatelli today to experience the next chapter in pasta history!

Source: The Invention of a New Pasta Shape

Space Cup Noodle

Instant ramen is a well-known ally of students and bachelors, but it’s also pretty popular with travelers in Japan. Since it has a long shelf life and it’s easy to prepare, it’s not uncommon for a dinner away from home to be a cup of instant noodles in a hotel room, especially if you’re staying in a remote location without a lot of local dining options.And since you can’t get much farther away from the restaurant rows of the big city than outer space, Nissin is now producing multiple types of space ramen, so that astronauts can enjoy the familiar and comforting flavor as they orbit Earth.Naturally, the company’s flagship foodstuff, Cup Noodle, is accounted for, in a variant now known as Space Cup Noodle, which features dried shrimp, ground pork, scrambled egg, and green onion, just like the terrestrial Cup Noodle you can get at the grocery store (and also the terrifying Cup Noodle ice cream that we keep trying to scrub from our memory).However, the starches of Space Cup Noodle’s noodles are specially formulated so that they’ll reconstitute with 70-degree Celsius (158-degree Fahrenheit) water, the temperature readily supplied to astronauts on the International Space Station, as opposed to the boiling 100-degree Celsius water that normal Cup Noodle requires. The noodles are also thicker and the broth more viscous, to prevent them from swirling around and causing problems in the ISS’s microgravity environment.

Source: Cup Noodle’s Nissin develops space ramen, space curry rice for astronauts to eat among the stars | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

Evangelion emergency rations

Ever wonder what everyone who has to evacuate Tokyo-3 while the Evangelions are fighting Angels is eating?

There’s no shortage of sci-fi anime settings that get regularly wrecked whenever the heroes sortie out in their robots to fight for humanity’s survival, but few get wrecked as hard as Evangelion’s Tokyo-3. With the mysterious organization Nerv’s Japanese headquarters keeping the very thing the invading alien Angels want in their basement below the city, extraterrestrial intruders attack the community with alarming frequency, and it’s not like the team of adolescent pilots in often uncooperative mecha ever manage to keep the collateral damage especially low.

So with urban evacuations part of the basic rhythm of life, there must be a lot of emergency rations being handed out to people eating them in shelters while Shinji is out there in his Eva punching Angels, right? And now you can experience such fine dining for yourself with an entire line of Evangelion emergency rations that’s just gone on sale in Japan.

Source: Official Evangelion emergency rations, with curry and beef bowls, are now on sale【Photos】 | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

New Calpis Water bottle design can only be fully seen after you drink the contents | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

Keep refreshed and get a glimpse of Japanese high school life with these charming bottle designs.Yoghurt-based soft drink Calpis is, for many Japanese people, a beloved summer drink. Sure, for some people, a yoghurt-based drink doesn’t sound particularly appealing, especially when paired with a name that sounds like bovine urine.But Calpis remains popular in Japan and has been for over 100 years, with the company constantly coming up with fresh and creative collaborations.This year, Calpis has released limited edition summer Calpis Water bottles, with three unique designs all featuring charming illustrations of high school kids and their after-school life. But there’s also a mysterious instruction: “Once you finish the drink, a new illustration will appear.” What is this, Alice in Wonderland?

The person responsible for the beautiful drawings on the bottles is artist Rei Kato, who posted the full illustrations on their Twitter account.

Source: New Calpis Water bottle design can only be fully seen after you drink the contents | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

Limited edition Ramen Pringles to be sold in Pringles vending machines in Japan

Make your hunt for this new Pringles flavor an adventure!

Much like KitKats, Pringles in Japan come in all sorts of limited-edition flavors like green curry, cheeseburger, eggs benedict, pizza toast, and more. It’s become one of those snacks that you constantly look for on the shelves to see what new flavors are available.

This time around, Pringles Japan is paying homage to the eastern Kanto region of Japan and its famous shoyu ramen made with a seafood dashi base. These Kanto Dashi Shoyu Ramen Pringles will be on sale in Japan starting July 27.

▼ The label features a bowl of ramen set against a skyline of Sensoji Temple, Tokyo, and Tokyo

Source: Limited edition Ramen Pringles to be sold in Pringles vending machines in Japan