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Spaghetti Doughnuts: The Latest Food Hybrid

After the burger/burrito and the croissant/doughnut, one might have thought that the world of food hybrids was out of ideas. Now, however, the carb-loving geniuses at Brooklyn’s Pop Pasta have made a doughnut out of spaghetti. Pop Pasta invented the spaghetti doughnut by combining cooked spaghetti and sauce, then baking it in ring-shaped molds until firm and crispy. The spaghetti doughnuts are available in several flavors including classic red sauce, aglio e olio, Bolognese, and carbonara, with more flavors to come in the near future.

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Chrissy Teigen Manages Coconuts in New Vita Coco Ad

If you thought Chrissy Teigen was a jack of all trades, you haven’t seen anything yet. The model, mother, and cookbook author is adding “plant manager” to her resume with her role in Vita Coco’s newest ad. In the spot, Teigen’s fictional role involves keeping track of the “employees” — aka the coconut trees — through micromanaging and not leaving their side. Her character’s relaxed attitude embodies her personality in real life, which is what the company says drew it to having Teigen in the spot in the first place. “We wanted to create an iconic character — the plant manager — someone who could be in commercials in the future and across channels,” Chris Sojka, co-founder and chief creative officer of the ad agency Madwell, told Adweek.

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Dominique Ansel Bakery / Tokyo

These Cake Slices Are Sold Floating Inside Balloons

Dominique Ansel, the cronut king, is well-known for his unusual sweets inventions. His latest creations are slices of sponge cake floating inside magic balloons at his new Tokyo bakery location. However, these are not just ordinary balloons — Ansel has explained that when one of these balloons is popped, it turns into a plastic bag, which becomes a convenient receptacle for the slice of cake. “That cake is so fun — we tested so many versions,” Ansel said in a statement. “Different-sized balloons to hold different amounts of helium, weighing every cake by the gram to see how big we could get it until it stopped floating. The testing was hilarious.”

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Starbucks

You Can Only Pay With Your Phone at This Particular Starbucks Store

The Starbucks mobile ordering feature launched in September 2015, but since then, customers have noticed that sometimes digital convenience is not nearly as convenient as they thought, and that long lines still awaited them once they went to pick up morning coffee ordered through the Starbucks app. But now Starbucks is testing out mobile-ordering-only stores at its headquarters in Seattle. Any of the coffee chain’s more than 5,000 employees will be able to simply punch in an order on his or her phone and stop by a “walk-through” window to pick it up at either of the headquarters’ two internal cafés — all without having to wait in any line. If all goes well, this completely digital store design could go national.

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People Are Waiting Three Hours for a Taste of This Ranch Dressing-Themed Restaurant

The people behind the Twisted Ranch restaurant in St. Louis, Missouri, really can’t get enough of the creamy, white dressing. At Twisted Ranch, you can order 27 different types of ranch dressing and have it slathered on top of any menu item. Ranch dressing flavors include "cheesy bacon” and "ruffalo," a roasted garlic buffalo sauce-blended ranch. After a popular video of the restaurant went viral, thanks to BuzzFeed, lines were out the door last weekend, with people waiting up to three hours for a table.

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