LONDON (Reuters) – A cafe in London is taking barista art to a new level by giving customers the chance to sip on their own self-portraits.
The Tea Terrace, based in House of Fraser’s Oxford Street branch, has become Europe’s first location to deliver the “Selfieccino,” which features an image of customers’ faces on the frothy topping of their drinks.
Patrons send their headshots via an online messaging app to the barista and are given the choice of either a cappuccino or hot chocolate as their canvas.
The image is uploaded to the “Cino” machine while the drink is placed in position. The picture is then scanned and reproduced onto the froth using a flavorless food coloring.
The process takes around four minutes before an image is presented on the froth, ready to be photographed and sent to all points via social media before drinking, and costs around 5.75 pounds. ($7.5)
”Due to social media, the dining experience has completely shifted,“ Ehab Salem Shouly, owner of The Tea Terrace told Reuters. ”It’s not enough any more to just deliver great food and great service – it’s got to be Instagram worthy.”
Over 400 of the personalized drinks have been sold since they launched on Saturday, with the hash tag “Selfieccino” going viral across various social media platforms.
The Tea Terrace hopes to trademark the term as they expand the service across their other two locations in London Victoria and Guildford, Surrey.
Category Archives: Life is stranger than fiction
The War on Christmas keeps getting wider in its focus:
I’ll bet you didn’t realize that “Jingle Bells” is an unabashed celebration of white supremacy and that “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” inadvertently celebrates the bullying of a closeted homosexual.
What’s worse, I find your willful ignorance on these issues to be highly problematic.
According to the pelican-faced Kyna Hamill of Boston University:
The legacy of ‘Jingle Bells’ is one where its blackface and racist origins have been subtly and systematically removed from its history….Although ‘One Horse Open Sleigh,’ for most of its singers and listeners, may have eluded its racialized past and taken its place in the seemingly unproblematic romanticization of a normal ‘white’ Christmas, attention to the circumstances of its performance history enables reflection on its problematic role in the construction of blackness and whiteness in the United States.
As far as I can tell, she thinks the song would have been more accurately titled “Slave Bells Ring.” She appears to be arguing that behind every “Jingle Bells” lies Emmett Till’s bloated corpse. Remind me not to buy her a Christmas card.
Over at Slate, Christina Cauterucci and her ill-advised hairdo are waxing wroth about the fact that Santa Claus treats Rudolph—who obviously was intended by his creators to represent a bullied Gay Everyman—like a sweatshop worker in his capitalist Ponzi scheme. Santa is scolded for not stepping in and protecting Rudolph against body-shaming until he realizes he can exploit the little battered gay reindeer’s shiny red nose for profit.
The only problem I see here is the fact that people see problems here.
The rest of the article, though not about Christmas, is highly amusing and entertaining, showing progs devouring their own, coming down against the sort of things they used to love. Guess we shouldn’t be surprised that a virtue-signalling purity spiral ends with the prog Ouroboros eating its own tail… 😉
War on Christmas meets rape hysteria: Northern Ireland police claim kissing under mistletoe without consent is rape
Police have warned Christmas party goers to obtain consent before kissing under the mistletoe otherwise they may be guilty of rape.
Some respondents suggested PSNI had failed to understand the law regarding rape, while others said it showed the organisation had a “warped view of the world”.
The tweet was subsequently deleted, with the force later saying it had been “taken out of context”.
The message was intended to form part of PSNI’s “without consent” campaign, launched in 2013, which has previously run into criticism for allegedly “victim blaming” over a tweet in March warning women about the dangers of “overindulging”.
One Twitter user, @69mib, wrote: “Bumping into someone, under the mistletoe, is now considered rape? Why do you trivialise such a serious issue with such a nonsense tweet?”.
Another, Mike Love, responded: “This tweet tells people that a kiss is rape. Do you realise what you’ve said?”
While the offence of sexual assault involves intentionally sexually touching another without consent and without reasonably believing the other consents, rape must involve penetration with a penis.
PSNI later appeared to defend the thrust of its earlier message, tweeting on Sunday: “We posted a message on Twitter yesterday that some may have taken out of context but the message remains the same; when you are out socialising over the Christmas period, please remember without consent it is rape.”
Some Twitter users appeared more offended about what the messages said about the police force’s attitude to Christmas than crime.
One responded: “Don’t put a downer on things sure! Very cheerful Mr PSNI”; other people said they were astounded that @PoliceServiceNI was not a spoof account.
In August a probe was launched following allegations that six PSNI officers and staff had tweeted sexist and racist messages, as well as those that could aggravate sectarian messages, which may potentially prejudice criminal investigations.
Some of the tweets were said to have included allegations against a Northern Irish journalist and also the abuse of another journalist from a Belfast radio station.
Kissing under the mistletoe is a centuries-old tradition inspired by a belief that the plant increases life and fertility.
Historical accounts suggest the ancient Norse tradition was to kiss the hand of a host under the mistletoe, rather than the cheek or lips.
Someone with a marketing degree thought that was a good idea. SMH
— Debra McCreery (@DebraMcCreery) November 20, 2017
Canada’s first trans mayor elected in village near Montreal known for its very Christian name and huge church
The small village of Très-Saint-Redempteur, Que., near the Ontario border, is known for its towering historical Catholic church — and now, for being home to Canada’s first openly transgender mayor.
The election of Julie Lemieux last Sunday flew under the radar as the surprising victory of Valérie Plante, Montreal’s first elected woman mayor, stole the headlines.
The irony of her religiously-rooted village having been the one to create the milestone was not lost on Lemieux.
“It’s quite funny,” she told CBC News over the phone Friday.
That church is now a community and cultural centre, she noted, and saving the old building by making it so was what got her into politics in the first place.
I guess the best man won… 😉
A gardener got so fed up with his wife’s nagging he ran away from home and lived in the woods for ten years.
Malcolm Applegate, 62, was married to his wife for three years before upping sticks after the relationship reached breaking point.
He then made his way from Birmingham, where they lived, to London – making half the three-week journey on foot after his bike was stolen.
Malcolm said: ‘I was married to her for three years, but unfortunately it got too much.
‘First of all I met her in Eastbourne and I married her in Birmingham.
‘For three years it was alright, we got on with one another and the gardening got too much for her.
‘She said, “Why don’t we have more time together?’ I said, ‘How can I? I have been recommended to people”.
‘I just upped and left, I got fed up with her because we used to get so many arguments.
I guess he took Proverbs 21:19 to heart! 🙂