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If you constantly burn your tongue and never learn your lesson, you need this magic mug

Skipping Starbucks and its line in the morning initially seemed like a time-saver — until you realize your home coffee maker produces java as hot as lava and you have to wait ten minutes anyway. Isn’t this supposed to be the future?

Though multiple temperature-adjusting mugs are out there, a Kickstarter campaign claims that theirs works the fastest and keeps the perfect temperature the longest: meet Thero.

According to the Kickstarter listing, most coffee is poured at 180-200 degrees — ouch. While traditional insulated mugs keep coffee at this temperature for hours, Thero is made of a fancy phase change material that apparently absorbs the extra heat in two minutes, stops this process at the “perfect” temperature of 140 degrees, and keeps it that way for five to six hours. Because getting to the bottom of your cup and sipping cold coffee is not delicious.  

You’re not the only one who consistently burns your tongue on too-hot coffee — the Kickstarter project has far surpassed its goal. Back the campaign, get the early bird prices, and save your tongue here

Want to make fried food without using tons of oil? Try an air fryer.

Raise your hand if you’re constantly trying to eat healthy but your addiction to fried food is ruining it. 

You don’t have to wait until cheat day to eat your favorite treats, you just have to be smarter about how you cook them. With an air fryer, you can whip up your guilty pleasures with a tablespoon or less of oil. This one from Cozyna is on major sale now for 50% off. 

The Cozyna Air Fryer is not only a great deal — it’s also portable, versatile, and has excellent reviews on Amazon. The Air Fryer is about the size of a microwave and, according to the listing on Amazon, can cook almost anything a microwave can. “Fryer” is in the name, but the Air Fryer can also roast and bake. 

People in the reviews have cooked everything from Cornish game hen to pie. If you’re in need of inspiration, an Air Fryer cookbook is included in your order, as well as an e-book with even more recipes. 

You may need to purchase some accessories if you want to get super fancy with it. This bundle includes a pizza pan, two grilling racks, a cake barrel, and a heat-resistant silicone mat that’s compatible with the Cozyna Air Fryer and its more expensive cousin, the Philips Airfryer

Pick up these accessories if you want to be fancy.

Pick up these accessories if you want to be fancy.

Image: Coyzna

This Air Fryer is apparently easy to use for people of all ages. Bobbie, who may be the best reviewer of all time, wrote, “This is so nice. I put one in my cart many times and put it back, saying to my self. you don’t need this. that you are too old, this is for young people. One day I got up and said ‘today is your day my dear!’ I am so glad.” 

Another great thing about having an enclosed fryer with such little oil is that there’s no splatter and your kitchen won’t smell like oil for the rest of the night. Best of all (for us lazy cooks out there) everything is dishwasher safe so you can clean up with minimal effort too.

This deal is only available for Amazon Prime members. If you’re not a member, you can sign up here for a 30-day free trial. Pick up your Air Fryer for 50% off now and kiss that fried food guilt goodbye.

Here’s how much prices dropped at Whole Foods today

The big day is here — sorta. Amazon’s $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods was slated to bring significant price drops to a number of Whole Foods brand products today. Discounts we saw ranged from six percent on the low end for pasta sauce to nearly 30 percent on roast chicken.

We took a gander around the Whole Foods in SOMA, San Francisco to capture a number of the price adjustments. Most of the price changes in our backyard store seem to match with those in other parts of the country, but some regional differences are always possible. Overall the changes were fairly minimal, but given Amazon is considering this a starting point, we expect more going forward.

Download this: Off the Menu Club is the answer to all your foodie prayers

Off the Menu is a foodie's dream
Off the Menu is a foodie’s dream

Image: Off the menu/mashable

Most people know about In-N-Out Burger’s animal style fries, Jamba Juice’s gummy bear smoothies, and Starbucks’ infamous pink drinks.

But what about the secret menu items of other restaurants—high-end places? Enter Off the Menu Club, a foodie’s dream app

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The app is a members-only club for discovering secret-menu items from new and trending restaurants in Los Angeles, according to its website. Lawrence Longo, the app’s CEO and co-founder, is a self-described foodie who spent years compiling a list of secret menu items from restaurants all across the United States.

The app has a subscription fee of $20 per month, which lets you access new dishes every Sunday. A portion of your subscription also goes to feeding hungry children, so you get to feel good while you’re chowing down, too. 

The best part, though, is that once you’re a member of the Off the Menu Club, you get redeem one complimentary secret menu item daily. 

That’s right—your subscription entitles you to a free dish per day from “curated establishments” across the city. (It’s dine-in only, so no taking your grub to-go.)

The app is only available to LA foodies for now, but the company plans to expand to more cities in the future, beginning with New York, though they haven’t said when yet. 

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Enjoy your sustainable java in this cup made out of coffee

The HuskeeCup is a reusable and recyclable coffee cup made from discarded parts of the coffea plant, aiming to help serve delicious java and save the environment.

According to an EPA report, Americans produce around 100 million tons of paper and plastic waste annually.