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Singapore is the First in the World to produce Lab-grown Chicken

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It has been a grueling journey among scientists to produce lab-grown Chicken or chicken meat produced without the actual Chicken. With the help of science and technology, Singapore innovators’ great minds are the first to make this seemingly impossible task possible.

Current Chicken Production

Chicken is considered as one of the staples in every meal across the globe. The current chicken production is so vast that it even poses a danger to one’s health. Chicken farms are probably the most productive way to breed and raise chickens. However, because of the demand for Chicken, chickens are in warehouses that pose many threats such as fire hazards, public health hazards (because of virus and bacteria), and even worker safety hazards.

However, you can consider all of these dangerous threats to go away because breeding chickens without actually raising chickens is now possible thanks to a group of innovators from Singapore.

The first lab-grown Chicken

This December 2020, the Singapore Food Agency has finally approved a lab-grown Chicken or cultured meat. This has been such a success that this chicken meat is now on the menu of 1880, a famous Singapore restaurant. Other countries are now following suit in the attempt to grow their lab-grown chicken meat. One such country is Israel, which is attempting the same feat. However, the restaurant that will be serving this is currently closed due to the ongoing pandemic.

What is Lab-Grown Meat

Many people are currently skeptical of lab-grown meat and its health hazards, especially since this is a novel way of growing poultry. From a physical and cellular standpoint, lab-grown meat is identical to Chicken from slaughtered animals. Their cells are made from live chicken cells, but instead of growing them in a poultry farm, scientists develop them from a cell-growth scaffold in a factory. This process is also different from plant-based meats, which use plant proteins to create products that taste like meat. In this process, the taste is similar, but it is entirely different on a cellular level.

However, why Chicken, you ask? The same approach can be applied to pork, beef, and other animal products. Yet, scientists have decided to use chickens in the pilot session instead, and they did so strategically. First, chickens are considered one of the animals raised to be slaughtered in the United States. This can lure Americans away from raising and killing livestock and consider producing lab-grown meat instead. Second, one of the biggest challenges for lab-grown meat is the texture of the meat itself. For someone who loves steak, consuming a lab-grown steak without the texture can be quite disappointing.

For lab-grown products to grow, one has to get cells from a live chicken, and they do not need to kill these chickens to produce the meat successfully. This can gain massive support from vegetarian people to consume lab-grown meat. The chicken cells are then submerged into a growth solution that allows the cells to multiply. Indeed, this is a huge step to boost food production sustainability and do away with livestock and poultry farming that poses health hazards with science and innovation.

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Unique Japanese Christmas Treat: KFC Chicken!

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One of the holiday season hallmarks, especially during Christmas Eve, is a sumptuous feast joined by family members. This tradition is celebrated across the globe, including Japan. Let us take a look at how the Japanese celebrate their Christmas Eve.

Unique Christmas Meal

Colonel Sanders seems to be making a buzz this year with his controversial movie and his famous Kentucky Fried Chicken Recipe as a Japanese Christmas treat! Yes, you heard that right! KFC for Christmas? It is one of the unique traditions in Japan that makes for a beautiful Christmas.

The Origins: KFC as a Japanese Christmas Treat

Buying KFC chicken as part of the Japanese Christmas Eve menu is very typical according to some local Japanese folks, including Naomi, who have waited in line practically the whole afternoon to purchase a KFC party barrel which is comprised of heaps of KFC chicken, coleslaw, mashed potato, and even a Christmas cake! According to Naomi, this is a tradition she took up even from her parents, who had the same habit of buying the KFC Party Barrel for Christmas Ever. Apparently, Naomi is one of the many local Japanese folks who partake in this unique Christmas tradition.

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So how exactly did KFC become a popular tradition in Japan? This dates back to the 1950s after World War II, where Japan was slowly bouncing back from its economic setbacks from the war. According to a history expert, Japan was in a place where their economic power was slowly building up, and they were able to indulge in consumer culture. Because of the Western influence, the US was something that Japan adhered to and looked up to – and it was also during this time that western restaurants started setting up franchises on Japanese soil. The likes of Mister Donut, Pancake House, and Baskin-Robbins began to establish their western roots in the Asian country, and KFC was no exception. KFC first launched its restaurant in Nagoya, Japan, back in 1970. Ten years later, KFC expanded to over 300 stores across the country and made over $200 million per year.

During the early 1970s, Japan did not have an established Christmas tradition as less than 1% of the Japanese population identified themselves as Christians. KFC saw this as a huge gap and a marketing strategy. It launched its “Kentucky for Christmas” campaign, which markets a KFC meal during the holiday season as a way for families to bond together over good food. They have also launched the party barrel, which was a perfect Christmas feast for the Japanese families.

However, there are conflicting stories on how KFC became a Christmas tradition. One perspective mentioned that KFC falsely advertised that KFC was the usual holiday meal in the United States to boost its sales. Another story noted that a foreigner visiting Japan requested KFC to deliver their world-famous chicken using a Santa suit. Others said that the chicken was a replacement for turkey for the western celebration of thanksgiving.

No matter the origins of how KFC became a favorite Christmas eve meal, it seemed to have worked because sales are up to during the holiday season. KFC raised $63 million from December 20 to 25 in 2018 alone! People also started to get in line beginning December 23 to taste the yummy KFC chicken with 11 secret herbs and spices.

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The Hands Down Best Places To Do Spring Break

Spring break is right around the corner, folks. So here are the absolute best possible locations for an amazing spring break.

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Spring break is right around the corner, folks. So you better start getting your plans in order now! You don’t want to miss out on all the fun because you did plan an epic trip. Well, lucky for you, we got you covered. Here are the absolute best possible locations for an amazing spring break.

THE BAHAMAS

The Bahamas is perhaps the perfect blend of relaxing paradise vibes and party all night energy. With all the games, contests and free-flowing booze a spring breaker could ask for. But another major bonus of this little oasis: everyone there speaks English! Which can definitely make getting back to your hotel easier if you get a little lost after a few too many margaritas.

 

MIAMI

Has Will Smith ever steered us wrong? I didn’t think so. Miami is a world-famous party destination. But be ready to not get much sleep because this vibrant city goes all night. Just be sure to bring your most colorful wardrobe options!

CANCUN

Come for the beaches, stay for the… beaches. The beaches here are really pretty, OK? It’s really the best part of any good spring break. But Cancun also just happens to be the most popular spring break destination. So the parties are sure to be “off the hook.”

LAS VEGAS

 The old standard. If you’re looking for a crazy good time, you can’t do much better than Vegas. You might think it’s not an ideal spring destination due to its lack of beaches, but it more than makes up for it with its pools (which more often than not include their own poolside bar!). Just be careful you don’t gamble away your savings while you’re there!

THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

More known for its main export – professional baseball players, the Dominican Republic is also a fantastic spring break location. Punta Cana is party central in the D.R. and offers plenty of affordable amenities. While the beaches themselves provide various shows, games and swim-up bars.

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND

A little slice of paradise just off the coast of Texas, South Padre Island has for years entertained college co-eds looking to get wild on spring break. Thanks in large part to the annual “Coca-Cola Beach.” A multi-day party that includes live music, contests, and wild party games. If that’s a little too much for you, enjoy the snorkeling, volleyball, and banana boats offered up and down the coastline.

PUERTO VALLARTA

Although it may be less famous than it’s fellow Mexican party spot (Cancun), Puerto Vallarta still provides the spring break of dreams that many young people are seeking. With an endless supply of water activities and a lively nightclub scene that could rival even Miami, this Mexican oasis is more than worthy of its status as a spring break destination.

JAMAICA

Jamaica is known for its easy-going vibes. Which makes it the perfect location for a little spring break fun in the sun. If you’re looking for the biggest parties, hit up Negril. But there are plenty of other areas of the country that are well designed for maxing and relaxing.

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Vacation Ideas Based On 2018’s Oscar-Nominated Films

Amazing vacation ideas inspired by the settings of some of the best films of 2017.

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2017 was a great year in movies. So many amazing films made by some of the best directors and actors of our generation. And a lot of them were set in very cool places too! So when planning your next vacation, why not consider the settings of some of your favorite movies of the year? Here are the 6 best vacation spots that come to us from this year’s Oscar-nominated films. 

NORTH YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND (PHANTOM THREAD)

Easily one of the more visually beautiful films of 2017, Phantom Thread owes a lot of that beauty to its location of North Yorkshire. Tucked along the coastline, it provides amazing views in every direction. And be sure to visit the Victoria Hotel in Robin Hood’s Bay to recreate the moment Daniel Day-Lewis first meets his muse!

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (LADY BIRD)

Perhaps the perfect location for a film about a teenager looking for more, Lady Bird takes place in the California state capital of Sacramento. And while not typically considered a desirable travel destination, it is the perfect exemplification of a town someone could become nostalgic for without planning on it. Nothing beats that California sunshine!

LONDON, ENGLAND (DARKEST HOUR)

If you’re looking to take a vacation in some place rich with history than you can’t do much better than the setting for Darkest Hour, London, England. Visit the famous landmarks of Big Ben, Downing Street, and Buckingham Palace. But be sure to “Keep Calm and Carry On’ while you do!

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (COCO)

Coco may be an animated movie, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it’s setting! Well, technically the film didn’t take place in Mexico City. But the animators used specific elements of the city when designing the movie’s locations. Just be sure to plan your trip around Dia de los Muertos. It is not to be missed.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (THE POST)

If you want to experience the energy and fast-paced lifestyle of a political journalist, then look no further than the setting for The Post, Washington, D.C. Some of the crowds and lines can be annoying, but it’s worth it to experience such important American history.

NORTHERN ITALY (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME)

 Italy is famous for being one of the most beautiful countries in the world. With its elegant and timeless architecture, winding cobblestone roads, and rolling hills, the Italian countryside is indeed worth experiencing. Take your time, relax, and contemplate what it must have been like to come-of-age in such an incredible place. 

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