CAFFEINE IS THE EMPIRE’S NEW ULTIMATE WEAPON
Look – the Death Star is a planet-killing armored space station of doom. We get that. We’ve watched the movie… a lot. It’s just that when you see the Death Star all dolled up as a teapot/mug set, pouring out hot steaming caffeine instead of lasers, it kinda seems adorable instead of super murdery. Even Luke Skywalker wouldn’t have had a bad feeling about approaching this Death Star.
Which isn’t to say that this is your average ceramic teapot and mug. We got a princess to smuggle us the secret plans for this Death Star pot, and then asked our resident science-monkeys to take a look. From what we can tell this is not only a high-quality ceramic replica of the Empire’s Ultimate Weapon, it’s also a nestled set – it pulls apart to reveal a 12 oz. teapot on top, which can then be poured into the cute little 6 oz. mug base. The real Death Star only came apart if you managed to hit a womp rat-sized target, which took an elaborate space battle to accomplish. Yet another reason why we’ll take this teapot version over the real Death Star any day. Unless the Empire is just pandering to our caffeine-addictions now….
On a dark, haunted night, a Russian oligarch dares a circle of international chefs to play the samurai game of 100 Candles--where each storyteller spins a terrifying tale of ghosts, demons and unspeakable beings--and prays to survive the challenge.
Inspired by the Japanese Edo period game of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, Hungry Ghosts reimagines the classic stories of yokai, yorei, and obake, all tainted with the common thread of food.
First course: With bad consequence, a ramen chef refuses to help a beggar, and a band of pirates get more (and less) than they were bargaining for after their encounter with a drowning woman turns ghastly.
Hungry Ghosts is cooked up by the infamous author and chef, Anthony Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential, Emmy-Award winning TV star of Parts Unknown) and acclaimed novelist Joel Rose (Kill, Kill, Faster, Faster, back again from their New York Times #1 best seller, Get Jiro!). Joining them this issue are stellar artists Alberto Ponticelli and Vanesa Del Rey, with amazing color by Jose Villarrubia, and a drop-dead cover by Paul Pope