Just a short time ago The Brothers Brick hosted a rather tasty space inspired contest and the world was flooded with amazing futuristic eateries. While driving in too late for that contest, the Space Grinder 2900 ECO by Rat Dude has arrived from a future where food itself is a lot less appetizing than it is now. With a simple two point operating system, the Space Grinder 2900 ECO truly embodies the phrase “food on the go”.
While I certainly admired the delicious-looking tempura shrimp and rice bowl by nobu_tary I highlighted a week or so ago, I’m vegetarian and prefer some lovely vegetables with my rice — no homemade Japanese meal feels complete without some umeboshi, or pickled plums. I think I’d enjoy this gorgeous LEGO bento box a bit more, with black sesame seeds and an umeboshi on the rice, with broccoli and a variety of small side dishes packed with care into a lacquer box.
Many restaurants in Japan have plastic models of their food in their front window. Japanese builder nobu_tary has recreated the fake food that gaijin visiting Japan sometimes find so amusing. But as someone born and raised there, I know that it’s food art in its own right, and I can admire the well-built fried shrimp drizzled with sauce, chopsticks, and even some delicious pickled eggplant peeking out from behind the red and white striped bowl.
And after chowing down those crisp golden shrimp, you might consider ending the meal with some fruit. Perhaps a LEGO banana by the same builder would do nicely. Don’t forget to brush your teeth after every meal.
Tary says on his blog that this is his entry in this year’s Original Model Contest, held by clickbrick for the past 14 years. You can see this entry, along with all the others, at the Odaiba store in Tokyo from this Saturday through the end of March.
We all know how important it is to get your dose of fruit and vegetables each day and Japanese builder and TBB regular nobu_tary has two creations full of Potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin B and …well actually they’re just LEGO.
This is the best LEGO banana I have seen, the varied wedges are a perfect choice to form the peeled banana skin and the use of lime, reddish-brown and black at the end really adds to the realism. I also note that the builder has peeled the banana the ‘correct‘ way to avoid bruising the flesh.
A plate of broccoli is the second build served up by nobu_tary. The angle of the photographs help the plant limb elements (Part 2423 and Part 2417) appear more ‘broccoli-like’ along with the lighter stem in lime elements.
According to Indonesian builder Kosmas Santosa, kerak telor (a kind of spicy rice/egg/coconut omelette) is a traditional snack in his home city of Jakarta. It is always freshly prepared, and during the annual Jakarta Fair kerak telor vendors are hard to miss! As part of a local LEGO display celebrating Jakarta’s 488th birthday, Kosmas created this beautiful model of a kerak telor vendor’s cart, complete with ingredients and equipment:
For context, here is a picture of the real thing:
This authentic-looking LEGO sushi bar is the work of Malaysian builder Denil Oh. The attention to detail in every corner of this scene is amazing – and extends right up to the walls! I also like the subtle use of custom stickering to give the cuts of fish an appetizing sheen. Check out tons more delicious close-up images over on Flickr.
This month’s winner of our informal TBB cover photo contest is this invigorating breakfast scene by Swedish builder LegoJalex. Yes, every single part of this scene (even the kitchen) is built from LEGO. And if you’re confused, that’s a popular brand of caviar paste on the toast. Just think of it as the Swedish equivalent of Vegemite!
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At the risk of encouraging followers of this peculiar and completely arbitrary new tradition on this 14th of March… Feast your eyes upon this lovely pie, that Bill Ward has built for the occasion. Looks almost good enough to eat.
Of course, this version of Pi day is a somewhat US-centric holiday. Our readers from Europe and other parts of the world will have to wait until the 3rd of Duodecember to celebrate their version – which means they’re in for a wait that’s as long as the digits of Pi itself!
Well, guess it’s time √ -1 23 Σ Π…
Unless you’ve been living on the nerd equivalent of Mars for the past few weeks, you’ve probably heard about Exploding Kittens, a new card game featuring artwork and character designs from Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal. It has already become the largest Kickstarter campaign ever, at this point just shy of $6M in funding from 150,000 backers.
To unlock project stretch goals, the game’s creators have challenged backers to post photos of themselves accomplishing certain “achievements”, such as posing with goats or cramming five spidermans into a Kayak. Nick Della Mora decided to do his part by contributing photos of a taco cat, magical enchilada and potato cat built from LEGO. Which meant he could follow the artwork on the cards, rather than torturing actual household pets!
If anyone feels like creating “weaponized back hair” out of LEGO next, we’d love to see it…
Kosmas Santosa just built this most incredible milk carton. I have to say that it is probably the best milk carton LEGO model I’ve ever seen. It’s just so smooth. The brick-built label is spot on, not to mention that the folds and angles of the top are perfect. Nicely done.
Kosmas has been building a lot for FOODcember. You should check out his martini as well. Not sure if it is shaken or stirred but it looks awesome!