Monday, May 12, 2008

Meagan Pizza

source: Zoitz

Pizza Hut Japan

A while ago I was surfing the net and I came across this link to the McDonald's Wikipedia page. It featured a list of international variations of menu items. For example, in India, McDonald's serves mostly vegetarian food because it can't serve beef burgers. Indian McDonald's serve Veg McCurry Pan™ and McAloo Tikki™ and Pizza McPuff™. Pizza McPuff™ is "mixed vegetables (carrot, beans, capsicum, onion and green peas), mozzarella cheese mixed with tomato sauce and spice blend coated with a savoury dough."

Of course I started thinking about pizza variations from around the world. In another blog (Breakdancing Godzilla) I referred to a Crazy Happy Fun Time Pizza, a crazy pizza from Pizza Hut Japan that featured fruity ketchup, honey maple syrup dressing sausage roll ups and little "hamburgs."

So I'd check out what else Pizza Hut had cooking over in Japan. Here's what I found:

Pizza Hut Japan has the craziest menu of pizza by far! Pizza Hut began operations in Japan in 1991 with its first location in Myougadani, Tokyo. In Japan, Pizza Hut is run by KFC Japan Ltd. It features toppings that would be considered quite bizarre in the US. and well, pretty much anywhere out side of Asia. Squid, corn, potato and mayonnaise are just a few of the toppings available.

Totally crazy menu items from Pizza Hut Japan include:
"Crab & Shrimp Mayo King" (snow crab, shrimp, broccoli, onion, and corn),
"Idaho Special" (diced potato, bacon, onion, corn, parsley, and black pepper),
"Tuna Mild" (tuna, mayo, bacon, onion, and corn),
"Seafood Mix" (shrimp, squid, tuna, mayo, broccoli, and onion),
"Mayo Q" (BBQ chicken, mushrooms, onion, corn, nori),
"Super Korean Burukogi" (bulgogi, garlic sprouts/shoots, and onion),
"Mochi, Mentai & Potato" (shrimp, diced potato, mochi, corn, onion, mayo, and nori, with a mentaiko sauce),
"Mochi & Shrimp Chili" (shrimp, mochi, garlic sprouts/shoots, and onion, with a shrimp and chili sauce),
"Cheese and Cheese"
"Meat Paradise" and more!

It also appears that you can get toppings on just 1/4 of a pizza. In fact many specialty pizzas from Pizza Hut Japan, including "Gorgeous 4" and "Smile 4 Set," already divided toppings into 1/4.

Not only are Pizza Hut Japan Pizzas wacky, but hey have some pretty wacky side dishes as well. Creamy shrimp gratin, corn soup, corn salsa, chicken nuggets, smoky roast chicken and purukogi rice top this list. Japanese Pizza Huts also serve tea, muscatel, beer, and "cocktail partners," among their various other soft drinks.

Would you eat any of these pizzas? Check out the Pizza Hut Wikipedia page for more international variations

In China, Pizza Hut is marketed as a dine-in restaurant, serving sangria and escargot as well as the traditional pizza (including traditional toppings and others like tuna).

In Pakistan, Pizza Hut offers annually an "All you can eat" in the month of Ramadan. that should come in handy when you are FASTING!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Yoda Pizza

Ha ha ha!

source: Geekologie

Crocheted pizza - still delicious!

Check out this work from artist Joy Kampia O'Shell

Pizza Meal, April 2005.

Wall Pizza, October 2006.
15.5" x 15.5", Cotton, cashmere, wool and synthetic fibers, crocheted.

Here are some other crocheted pizzas:

Source: Etsy

Source: Taj's Ramblings

Check out this tutorial from BitterSweet Blog!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Green Pizza Oven!

Backyard pizza oven cooks up trouble with community ban

Gary Dobis checks on a pizza in his wood burning oven at the back of his home in Waterford Lakes. (JACOB LANGSTON, ORLANDO SENTINEL / April 27, 2008)

by: Daphne Sashin | Sentinel Staff Writer
May 3, 2008

An east Orange County man is using a law designed to encourage modern energy-saving devices to save his old-world backyard pizza oven.

The Waterford Lakes homeowners association told Gary Dobis the oven had to go because it breaks the community's ban on accessory structures. The group sued him in January.

Disagreements between homeowners associations and residents are common. But the 1991 state's renewable-energy regulation usually saves clotheslines and solar panels.

Dobis says his wood-burning oven should count.

Board members say it's the 6-foot structure they object to.

So the oven remains a source of conflict, in addition to being a source of Margherita pizzas, chicken with rosemary and potatoes, pork roasts with home-grown herbs and other Italian delicacies.

In its lawsuit, the Waterford Lakes Community Association said Dobis broke the rules. He didn't submit plans to the association's architectural review board before it was built. When he submitted them after the fact, the plans were denied. He wasn't allowed to appeal.

Dobis' friends from Italy built him the oven during a visit a few years ago. The stucco exterior matches his house, and it is built to hurricane standards.

They knew he would appreciate the gift, having been stationed in Naples 20 years ago in the Navy.

Dobis uses leftover wood from his son's lawn-care company to fuel the oven. He says he also saves energy by not using his conventional oven.

The energy law doesn't mention ovens, but Marguerite Jordan, spokeswoman for the Department of Environmental Protection, confirmed that a wood-burning stove "is an example of a renewable energy technology."

Other experts say the wood should come from a source that doesn't damage the environment.

Jordan, however, couldn't comment on whether Dobis' stove meets the law's intent.

The law also doesn't waive Dobis' need to seek permission from his homeowners association for the structure, said Colleen Kettles, executive director of the Florida Solar Energy Research and Education Foundation. The association can't say no, but it can impose restrictions on where the structure is built or how it looks, Kettles said.

Association board president Jim Witmer said he could not comment on the dispute because of the lawsuit. Dobis and his wife, Patty, gave depositions to the association's attorney Tuesday.

Dobis said in his 17 years in Waterford Lakes, he never had trouble before with the association. He maintains he's not "anti-homeowner association."

The real-estate broker said he is being unfairly targeted.

Plenty of homeowners have built sheds, hot tubs and other structures in their yards without permission from the architectural review board and were never sued, he said. He said he offered to build a fence to hide the oven and submitted an application. That, too, was denied, he said.

Dobis said he uses the oven a couple of times a week.

"We would use it more if wasn't for the legal problems. You get a little gun-shy."