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Is Synthesizing Food Really In Our Future?

Fictional media has portrayed a variety of enticing gadgets of the future. Fantasy staples like air ships, time machines and teleportation devices certainly make their rounds, but some of the more domestic and practical manifestations involve food. From The Jetsons to Disney’s Smart House, audiences have witnessed imagined machines that instantly concoct gourmet meals in the time span it takes to tie your shoes.

A device that can instantly generate food seems rather absurd, making it fitting for cartoons and science fiction, but not a likely candidate for kitchens in the real world. However, recent advances in 3D printing technology have made it a reality. Sort of.

It’s true that there are 3D food printers like the Foodini that can create edible food in the same vein that other 3D printers create objects. Unfortunately, the food is limited to being extruded by tubes in ropes of paste, which is hardly appetizing. The paste can certainly create a variety of shapes, which is great for cookies and other baked goods, but many of the creations seem visually unappealing.

Texture is also a vital component in the culinary world, and a paste machine leaves little room for exploration. Even if 3D printing evolved into a complex system that created food rivaling a master chef, I doubt many people would be as ravenous for machine crafted food as something that was prepared by the skilled hands of a human being. Of course, a great deal of food, especially in the Western World, is already manufactured with machinery, chemicals and conveyor belts. Perhaps food crafted completely with artificial intelligence is a part of the natural flow of modern food culture.

The Big Apple’s Best Spots for a Sundae

We’re going to assume that, like us, you love ice cream. And if you do, there’s a special place in your heart for ice cream sundaes. New York is a great place to eat and grabbing a sundae should definitely be on your list.

Here are the top Big Apple places to get one.

Victory Garden
The ice cream – made from goat’s milk – isn’t as sweet as the store bought stuff, but that isn’t so bad, is it? We’re going to throw crunchy, sugary things on top of the whole kaboodle anyway. If you want variety, go elsewhere. Ice cream only comes in four flavors at a time on a rotating basis. But the flavors are unique and the results will make you smile.

Brooklyn Farmacy
Between Henry and Sackett streets, Brooklyn Farmacy’s sundaes challenge the purse strings ($15), but you won’t mind. The ambiance is delightful and there are almost 20 specialties. Brooklyn Farmacy offers its guests the opportunity to play with salty and sweet, providing options like potato chips and a dried plum powder for your Flyin’ Hawaiian.

Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream
The New God Flow has been called the greatest sundae of all time. The boast is worth seeking out this little gem hidden in the Bowery. Two scoops of ice cream atop a slice of fluffy, honey Japanese milk bread that’s toasted with a blow torch that melts the ice cream ever so slightly. Many places use sweetness to distinguish their taste, but Morgenstern’s goes for a delicate balance.