News at 9: Whiskey made from crabs, France bans marketing of plant-based ‘meat’ as steak, bacon, or sausage and more



A New Hampshire distillery is making whiskey from crabs, France bans plant-based ‘meat’ from being marketed as steak, bacon, or sausage and more in top stories of the day.

This Whiskey Is Made From Crabs

New Hampshire’s Tamworth Distilling — working with a team from the University of New Hampshire — have created Crab Trapper, a green crab-flavored whiskey. And regardless of whether a seafood-accentuated spirit sounds up your alley, this unusual alcohol has an even greater purpose: to find a use for the state’s unwanted green crab population which wreaks havoc on New England’s coastal ecosystem. Bottled at 51 percent ABV — the whiskey is described as presenting notes of maple, vanilla, and caramel on the nose, followed by flavors like cinnamon, clove, and all-spice. Distillery founder Steven Grasse described the whole thing as a “briny and better Fireball.”

Crab Trapper is currently available for sale, with 200-milliliter bottles priced at $65. The limited-run whiskey can be found while supplies last at, Philadelphia’s Art in the Age, or directly from the Tamworth Distillery at

France Bans Plant-Based ‘Meat’ from Being Marketed as Steak, Bacon, or Sausage

France became the first European country to ban words that have been used to describe meats or fish — like “steak” — from being used for their meatless counterparts. France’s ban on its no-no words will go into effect in October, 2022.

The move will supposedly prevent “consumer confusion” as meat analogs become more realistic. Domestic meat industry players and France’s largest farming lobby supported the proposal and now celebrate the ruling. Meat names facing censorship on plant-based products include “sausage,” “steak,” “bacon,” and “chicken.” “Burger” is exempt as it does not implicitly refer to one type of meat.

A Robot Chef Cooks All the Pasta in This New Tokyo Restaurant

If you finish a bowl of pasta at Tokyo’s newly opened E Vino Spaghetti restaurant and want to say thank you to the chef, don’t bother: all eight of its noodle dishes are being prepared by an automated robot. The AI-powered chef, which was co-developed by Japanese cafe operator Pronto Corporation and robotics firm TechMagic, can not only boil water and cook pasta, but it can also clean up after itself.

P-Robo, as it’s called, is equipped with four pans, so it can cook and prepare its pasta dishes in rapid-fire intervals. It starts with frozen pasta, defrosts each portion in 10 seconds, and heats the dish while sauces are added during the cooking process. The first meal is ready to serve in 75 seconds, and each subsequent serving can be ready to go in 45 seconds.

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