Our weekly serving of off-the-menu items—one or two popular favorites from the week as well as a few morsels that may have slipped your notice.

Food photography has changed a lot in the past few decades, thanks to a host of unsung heroes who’ve ditched old tricks like using mashed potatoes as a stand-in for ice cream and opt for the real thing instead (example of said ‘real food’ above).


How good is this 100% biodegradable smoothie packaging by the perpetually impressive design studio Tomorrow Machine? It’s made from agar gel and water, so it “withers” as the contents pass their expiration date.

We up our mah jongg game by playing with truffle tiles made by Jews for Dim Sum (artist Imin Yeh and artist/pastry chef Leah Rosenberg) at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.


If you’re heading to London Design Festival next week remember to pack your Saltines; they’ll come in handy at the Tincan restaurant, a six-month-ling pop-up in Soho dedicated to elevating the “humble tin to an object of desire.”


Turns out the “weirdest” eating habits in the U.S. are actually kinda what we thought they’d be. Southwestern states love their chiles and tortillas, California is for vegetarians and avocado lovers, and cheese and creamy dips and dressings abound nationwide.


The Paris Review’s Sadie Stein works through her charming and completely understandable addiction to cookbooks.