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New Dating App Matches Singles Over The Contents of Their Fridges

Plus, Ariana Grande stokes vegan ire over Starbucks’ new egg white drink, and other news to start the day


That’s one way to sell an expensive cold box

Riffing off a popular Subreddit, Samsung has a new app that hits the sweet spot between “novel” and “invasive”: Called Refrigerdating, it’s basically “Tinder, but with the contents of your fridge.” Users download the app, peep at pictures of other singles’ refrigerators, and then decide if they’re interested. It seems to be partially a ploy to sell an expensive-yet-unnecessary Samsung fridge that has a camera inside for those too lazy to open the door, but anyone can sign up without requiring a state of the art camera-fridge. The New York Times notes that despite the Black Mirror vibes, it may not be a terrible idea, as there are some researched links between food preferences and personality types (risk-takers may prefer spicy food, for example). There’s plenty of potential here: imagine two unlovable singles with fridges full of Soylent bonding over “biohacking”, or a young professional realizing her potential dreamboat suffers Peter Pan syndrome after seeing a fridge containing two cans of Pabst and a bottle of ketchup. Samsung even has some clunky-ass suggested pick-up lines, like, “Hey, love that spicy taco sauce, makes me think of my exchange semester in Mexico.”

And in other news...

  • Chipotle is launching its loyalty points program across the country (it was already being trialled in a few regions). In a perfectly 2019 trade off, you get a free entree for about every $125 spent, while Chipotle gets your demographic data. [CNBC]
  • Some Ariana Grande fans are mad at the vegan pop star for promoting Starbucks’ new Cloud Macchiato, which is made with decidedly non-vegan egg white and dairy. Others are mad at Starbucks for not concocting a vegan version (even though egg white is required for the foamy texture of the drink). [Cosmopolitan]
  • It might have been obvious to anybody familiar with the word “density,” but a report suggests that it’s harder for food delivery companies to operate in rural areas. [WSJ]
  • Grubhub is the target of a class-action lawsuit from a Philadelphia chain, alleging that the delivery company inappropriately charged commissions to restaurants for phone calls from customers that didn’t actually result in orders. []
  • The company that owns New York-born fancy steakhouse chain Palm is headed to bankruptcy protection after nearly a century in the biz. [CNBC]
  • A woman was arrested in central California after spending an hour in a dressing room chugging Stella Artois, and then allegedly stealing the clothes. Shoplifting is bad, but six beers in one hour? That’s some impressive bladderly fortitude. [The Takeout]
  • The Times and Brooklyn booking agency Discwoman have a host of tips for how non-binary folks can stay safe at the club. [NYT]
  • She might have been the villain for some on Top Chef’s Colorado season, but Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins makes a heavenly Mexican meal, Times critic Tejal Rao finds in San Diego. [NYT]
  • There’s no morning food quite like greasy fish, so why not commit 13 minutes of your life to this supercut of Gordon Ramsay reacting to the worst seafood dishes on Kitchen Nightmares? [Digg]

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