This $3000 Wagyu Beef Bento Box Is Every Meat Lover's Dream

Gochikuru
Gochikuru

There are beef lovers who can tell porterhouse from filet mignon, who are regulars at their local steakhouse, and who turn up their noses at any cut of meat cooked past medium rare. Then there are beef lovers who are willing to shell out close to $3000 for a bento box of beef shaped like the animal from which it came. If you know someone who's passionate about their steak, this cow-shaped package spotted by Eater is the gift for them.

The box comes from a new Japanese lunch delivery service called Gochikuru. Other offerings on their menu include bento box staples like fish, egg, fruit, and vegetables. But in their Tottori Wagyu box, high-end beef is featured front and center.

Wagyu beef comes specially-bred cows native to Japan. The meat is world-famous for its melt-in-your-mouth fat marbling and unique, fruity aroma. It’s also famous for being one of the most expensive foods on Earth.

This particular selection of Wagyu will set buyers back about $2800 with tax. For that price they get roughly 10 pounds of cooked beef from Japan’s Tottori Prefecture, Kinu Musume rice, Yakiniku sauce, lime halves, a wasabi root, and the 2-foot-wide bovine box it all comes in. The 10 cuts of beef, which include tongue, brisket, and prime rib, are arranged according to their location on the cow.

Dipping beef in a bento box.
Gochikuru

Gochikuru only delivers the item to customers in the Tokyo area, so if you’re looking to give it as a gift stateside, traveling to pick it up will cost more than a few thousand bucks. Fortunately, there are plenty of other options out there if you're shopping for a foodie friend.

Wagyu beef on top of white rice.
Gochikuru

[h/t Eater]

Keep Your Cat Busy With a Board Game That Doubles as a Scratch Pad

Cheerble
Cheerble

No matter how much you love playing with your cat, waving a feather toy in front of its face can get monotonous after a while (for the both of you). To shake up playtime, the Cheerble three-in-one board game looks to provide your feline housemate with hours of hands-free entertainment.

Cheerble's board game, which is currently raising money on Kickstarter, is designed to keep even the most restless cats stimulated. The first component of the game is the electronic Cheerble ball, which rolls on its own when your cat touches it with their paw or nose—no remote control required. And on days when your cat is especially energetic, you can adjust the ball's settings to roll and bounce in a way that matches their stamina.

Cheerable cat toy on Kickstarter.
Cheerble

The Cheerble balls are meant to pair with the Cheerble game board, which consists of a box that has plenty of room for balls to roll around. The board is also covered on one side with a platform that has holes big enough for your cat to fit their paws through, so they can hunt the balls like a game of Whack-a-Mole. And if your cat ever loses interest in chasing the ball, the board also includes a built-in scratch pad and fluffy wand toy to slap around. A simplified version of the board game includes the scratch pad without the wand or hole maze, so you can tailor your purchase for your cat's interests.

Cheerble cat board game.
Cheerble

Since launching its campaign on Kickstarter on April 23, Cheerble has raised over $128,000, already blowing past its initial goal of $6416. You can back the Kickstarter today to claim a Cheerble product, with $32 getting you a ball and $58 getting you the board game. You can make your pledge here, with shipping estimated for July 2020.

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The Long, Fascinating History of Chocolate

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Wikimedia Commons//Public Domain

Walk into just about any grocery or convenience store today and you're sure to find row upon row of chocolate in every imaginable form. While we have come to associate this sweet treat with companies like Hershey, chocolate has been a delicacy for centuries.

All chocolate comes from the cacao tree, which is native to the Americas, but is now grown around the world. Inside the tree’s fruits, or pods, you’ll find the cacao beans, which—once roasted and fermented—give chocolate its signature rich and complex flavor. While we don't know who first decided to turn cacao beans into chocolate, we certainly owe them an enormous debt of gratitude.

In this episode of Food History, we're digging into the history of chocolate—from its origins to the chocolate-fueled feud between J.S. Fry & Sons and Cadbury and much, much more. You can watch the full episode below.

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