As the name suggests, “Barbie Café”, which has just opened in Taiwan’s capital city, Taipei, is designed around the original Barbie doll toy. Taiwan has been chosen as the restaurant’s location since and themed restaurants have proven to be successful in this landscape. Barbie’s manufacturers, US toy company Mattel, hope to promote Barbie as a fashion brand to the Asian market and the staff uniforms and décor of the restaurant all accentuate the iconic Barbie world that is predominantly pink and girly.
The NASA Space Food Systems Laboratory (SFSL) is responsible for developing the US astronauts’ meals. The food needs to be high quality, easy to prepare in the weightlessness of space and must conform to the spacecraft stowage requirements. In addition, astronauts’ experience a loss in their sense of taste while in space and the SFSL make an extra effort to create spicy, flavour-filled food items to compensate for this.