Nine Meals Too Cute to Eat

Jessica Hlavac's miniature meals look too good to be true.

Jessica Hlavac is a master chef–serving up everything from tacos, to caprese salad, to homemade Twinkies–in a most unconventional way. Her ingredients of choice? Clay, pastels, and varnish. And Hlavac eschews fine china, plating her dishes atop the tip of a knife, the edge of a chopstick, or the face of a coin.

Hlavac's clay meals are in fact too cute (and too artificial) to eat. The Los Angeles-based micro-sculptor has been creating and posting images of her miniature meals since January, on the adorable blog i'm so tiny. Since then she's produced a calendar of her photos, held an art show in a lingerie shop, and began marketing her photos on Etsy.

"There is something exciting about seeing an everyday object, which is inherently comforting, in a new perspective," Hlavac told Crushable. "It makes them wake up for a second, like a magic trick."

Hlavac's transformation of the normally mundane Twinky is a perfect example of what she's talking about. The photo of the familiar childhood snack has become one of her most popular prints among fans, Hlavac wrote in an email.

Hlavac herself doesn't personally eat Twinkies, or many of the other foods that she creates. The inspiration for a piece usually comes from the method itself, like "realizing a way to create citrus skin, or the cut side of bread, or how to color a cheese rind," Hlavac wrote.

While Hlavac considers herself only an "eager beginner" when it comes to cooking people-sized, edible meals, she'd love to partner up with a restaurant or chef to create miniature versions of their signature dishes.

Whose food would you like to see Hlavac miniaturize? Send suggestions below. Also, be sure to check out the slideshow of Hlavac's images above, the i'm so tiny blog, and her Etsy store.

Images courtesy of Jessica Hlavac

via Real Time with Bill Maher / YouTube and The Late Late Show with James Corden / YouTube

A controversial editorial on America's obesity epidemic and healthcare by comedian Bill Maher on his HBO show "Real Time" inspired a thoughtful, and funny, response by James Cordon. It also made for a great debate about healthcare that Americans are avoiding.

At the end of the September 6th episode of "Real Time, " Maher turned to the camera for his usual editorial and discussed how obesity is a huge part of the healthcare debate that no one is having.

"At Next Thursday's debate, one of the candidates has to say, 'The problem with our healthcare system is Americans eat shit and too much of it.' All the candidates will mention their health plans but no one will bring up the key factor: the citizens don't lift a finger to help," Maher said sternly.

Keep Reading Show less

There is no shortage of proposals from the, um, what's the word for it… huge, group of Democratic presidential candidates this year. But one may stand out from the pack as being not just bold but also necessary; during a CNN town hall about climate change Andrew Yang proposed a "green amendment" to the constitution.

Keep Reading Show less
Me Too Kit

The creator of the Me Too kit — an at home rape kit that has yet to hit the market — has come under fire as sexual assault advocates argue the kit is dangerous and misleading for women.

The kit is marketed as "the first ever at home kit for commercial use," according to the company's website. "Your experience. Your kit. Your story. Your life. Your choice. Every survivor has a story, every survivor has a voice." Customers will soon be able order one of the DIY kits in order to collect evidence "within the confines of the survivor's chosen place of safety" after an assault.

"With MeToo Kit, we are able to collect DNA samples and other tissues, which upon testing can provide the necessary time-sensitive evidence required in a court of law to identify a sexual predator's involvement with sexual assault," according to the website.

Keep Reading Show less

Villagers rejoice as they receive the first vaccines ever delivered via drone in the Congo

The area's topography makes transporting medicines a treacherous task.

Photo by Henry Sempangi Senyule

When we discuss barriers to healthcare in the developed world, affordability is commonly the biggest concern. But for some in the developing world, physical distance and topography can be the difference between life and death.

Widjifake, a hard-to-reach village in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with a population of 6,500, struggles with having consistent access to healthcare supplies due to the Congo River and its winding tributaries.

It can take up to three hours for vehicles carrying supplies to reach the village.

Keep Reading Show less
via Keith Boykin / Twitter

Fox News and President Trump seem like they may be headed for a breakup. "Fox is a lot different than it used to be," Trump told reporters in August after one of the network's polls found him trailing for Democrats in the 2020 election.

"There's something going on at Fox, I'll tell you right now. And I'm not happy with it," he continued.

Some Fox anchors have hit back at the president over his criticisms. "Well, first of all, Mr. President, we don't work for you," Neil Cavuto said on the air. "I don't work for you. My job is to cover you, not fawn over you or rip you, just report on you."

Keep Reading Show less