A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.Free Swap Meet Sites Booming - Christian Science Monitor As more people stop buying new things, they're turning to Web sites like Freecycle, ReUseIt, and FreeSharing to exchange used goods. Why Are Solar Stocks So Low? - Earth2TechRecent "manic depressive" declines of 6 percent to 8 percent in solar stocks are triggering dark moods among investors. SUVs Become Tougher Sell - Washington Post As Americans brace for fuel costs to remain high, the love affair with gas-guzzling sport-utility vehicles could be crashing to a halt. Barriers Grow to Big Coal - Greentech Media … Read more
Bon appetit for Cooking.com: The kitchen appliance retailer announced Wednesday that it has pulled in $13 million in venture funding in a round led by Azure Capital Partners. ORIX Venture Finance also contributed venture debt to the round, and Azure partner Michael Kwatinetz is now on the company's board of directors.
The new cash will be used toward a variety of goals at Cooking.com: expand editorial and social-networking operations on the site (a sound decision when it seems like everyone can't stop talking about Bobby Flay and Mario Batali), opening a new distribution center in Ohio, … Read more
If there's a Krispy Kreme near you, don't be surprised if it's the nexus of a stampede. Today, June 6, is National Donut Day (who knew?), meaning you can score yourself a free circle of glazed goodness. Check the Krispy Kreme store locator to find a shop near you.
Alas, my closest KK is 18.77 miles away; the gas would cost more than the donut. What does any of this have to do with technology? Nothing... but it's a free donut, people!
A friend of mine has cockroaches in his house as pets. As confusing as his choice of pet might be to all of his friends, he just might be on to something. Cultivating microlivestock might just be the next big food movement.
Westerners have traditionally been squeamish about eating creepy crawlies, but perhaps it is time that has changed. The rest of the world has long since recognized and appreciated bugs for the protein source they are. Turns out, once-pesky critters can be considered a good source of vitamins and minerals too.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization sites more … Read more
This device is billed as a Waffle Dogger/Crepe On A Stick Maker, but I think that might be a little shortsighted. All food tastes better when it's served on a stick; it's a well-known fact.How an appliance like this doesn't have a name such as the "Stick-o-Later," or even the "Tastee-Stick" is beyond me. Instead, the manufacturer, Cecilware, includes this model in its waffle-maker line as the rather vague sounding WD-120. One thing for certain, though, is that whatever the name, this high-class iron would be put through the paces in … Read more
The rest of the world might not know about it, but MenuPages, an online compendium of restaurant and take-out menus for eight major U.S. cities, is a pretty big deal in New York. But is it ripe for the picking? A source close to MenuPages told us that the Gotham-based start-up has been acquired, or is close to it, but didn't know who the buyer was, which means this one remains a rumor.
The ad-supported MenuPages, operated under the company name Slick City Media, runs local sites for New York to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, the Miami region, … Read more
Not in New York, but still excited by our write-up of Web food-ordering service Wakozi last week and the prospect of ordering snacks from your browser? Check out CityMint, a free service that links you up with the menus and ordering information for local food places. The service's claim to fame is its iPhone-optimized Web app, but users get a much richer experience on their regular desktop browsers.
Like Wakozi, CityMint lets you browse the menus and inventory selections of local places and add various items to a single order. It'll tell you which places deliver, what the … Read more
Imagine you're on a road trip and that inner stomach clock starts ticking. You peer along the horizon searching for quick, fast, and easy road food. With visions of previous stops of greasy burgers and suspect tacos, you roll into a gas station unable to make a decision. Perhaps another bag of chips or a cellophane-wrapped sandwich will quell the rising hunger. You make your way past the nacho cheese and the perpetually rolling hot dogs, and suddenly a bright, oddly shaped contraption catches your eye.
Not only does the Cucina 2000 look and sound like a robot, it … Read more