Sushi baked: Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, the Highland Park bakery known for the Cruffin (croissant-muffin hybrid pastry), is now serving something called a California Croissant. The bakery is billing the pastry hybrid as a sushi-stuffed croissant, even though there isn't any actual sushi involved. It's a croissant stuffed with smoked salmon wrapped in nori, with ginger and wasabi -- but no rice. The croissant is served with a side of soy sauce for dipping. The California Croissant is $5 and available at both the San Francisco and Highland Park locations.
Pop singer Rick Astley, best known for his 1987 hit "Never Gonna Give You Up," is joining the craft beer craze and says he will soon be coming out with his own brew. The 50-year old English musician, whose hit reached number one in 25 countries nearly 30 years ago, said he's a big beer drinker and is currently seeking a fitting name for the new ale, reports the Irish Mirror. "I enjoy a beer with friends and I'm hoping to sell my own brand soon," Astley said. "I've been working with the Mikkeller brewery in Copenhagen, which was founded ten years ago by a teacher who made his own beer at home. Mikkeller beer is quite experimental and they've been sending me various bottles to sample."
Rauchbier in German --traditionally acquires its particular flavor from heating malted barley over an open fire, though craft brewers these days are finding many ways of imparting a smokiness in their brews. SEE ALSO: A staggering 1860s photo series illustrates the '5 stages of inebriation' Here are seven eclectic examples to try. All achieve smokiness in different ways, and all with excellent results. Brewery/distillery/restaurant Brouwerij De Molen, run out of a 1697-era windmill in Bodegraven, Netherlands, churns out some of Europe's very best beastly big beers. Rook & Vuur (Smoke & Fire) is one of brewer-owner Menno Olivier's several smoky offerings.
In the quaint town of Billund, Denmark, 30 teens have the ultimate after-school job: disassembling the thousands of creations that will be built each day by visitors to the Lego House, opening September 28. It's the clattering of 25 million Legos under one roof.) Visitors can tag photos of their handiwork via RFID wristbands and view them later in the Lego House app. The Lego House contains one of the largest models in the world: A 22-ton, 50-foot-tall topiary composed of over 6.3 million bricks.
In life, you're never going to be everyone's cup of tea. That rule applies to famous people, as this BBC clip proves. Rick Astley -- the much beloved singer of "Never Gonna Give You Up" -- received a rather awkward introduction when appearing on BBC Breakfast. Meteorologist Matt Taylor, having just finished a weather update on the show, was asked whether he was a Rick Astley fan by BBC Breakfast presenter Charlie Stayt. "Err not a massive one," he replied in a very unenthused tone.