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Restaurant Automation: CaliBurger to Roll Out Burger-flipping Robot

Lisa Jennings wrote

The quick-service CaliBurger chain on Tuesday unveiled a new burger-flipping robot that it plans to roll out to more than 50 locations worldwide by the end of 2019.

Dubbed “Flippy,” the robotic kitchen assistant is the creation of Miso Robotics, an engineering firm specializing in “adaptable robotics” for commercial kitchens. The goal is to develop technology that can handle hazardous, tedious and time-sensitive aspects of cooking, from flipping burgers to frying chicken, cutting vegetables or final plating, according to press materials.

For CaliBurger, the move is part of a larger emphasis on technology.

Some CaliBurger restaurants, for example, feature video gaming walls, on which diners can play communal games, like Minecraft, and watch gaming tournaments, like League of Legends. And, like many quick-service chains, technology is also being incorporated in operations, from ordering
to delivery.

Once seen as an In-N-Out Burger knock off that operated mostly overseas, CaliBurger was reportedly sued by In-N-Out in 2012 for trademark infringement, but the case was later settled. CaliBurger made some changes to be less like In-N-Out, renaming the double-patty burgers it once called the Double Double as the “Cali Double,” for example.

CaliBurger now operates in 12 countries, first coming to the U.S. in 2016. The chain has seven domestic restaurants and is available in Washington D.C. for delivery only.

Flippy works in the kitchen of the Pasadena, Calif., location, near the chain’s headquarters. Miso Robotics is also based in Pasadena.

John Miller, chairman of the Cali Group, parent to the CaliBurger chain, said in a statement that Flippy will not necessarily replace a kitchen worker, but will allow the restaurant to redeploy staff to the dining room to engage more with customers.

“The application of artificial intelligence to robotic systems that work next to our employees in CaliBurger restaurants will allow us to make food faster, safer and with fewer errors,” said Miller. “Our investment in Miso Robotics is part of our broader vision for creating a unified operating system that will control all aspects of a restaurant, from in-store interactive gaming entertainment, to automated ordering and cooking processes, ‘intelligent’ food delivery and real-time detection of operating errors and pathogens.”

The chain declined to reveal the cost of Flippy, saying Miso Robotics is working with customers to determine the best pricing model.

“The price will be in line with the productivity benefits Flippy provides to restaurant owners,” said a spokesperson.

Source: Nation’s Restaurant News

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Chinese-style Stewed Pork Belly with Pickled Mustard


10 oz belly pork
6-1/2 oz mui-choy (梅菜)
1/2 tbsp mashed garlic


1 cup water
1 tbsp wine
1/3 tsp salt


1/2 tsp cornstarch
2 tbsp water


  1. Wash mui-choy and soak for 10 minutes. Squeeze out excess water and dice.
  2. Par-boil belly pork for about 10 minutes in boiling water. Slice thickly and mix with 1/2 tbsp dark soy.
  3. Saute mui-choy and garlic with 2 tbsp oil. Add 2-1/2 tsp sugar. Mix well and remove. Set aside.
  4. Stir-fry pork with 1 tbsp oil. Add seasoning and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer for 1/2 hour. Add mui-choy, and cook for another 20 minutes. Add in thickening and cook until sauce thickens. (If there’s not much liquid left, no need to add thickening.) Serve hot.

Source: Chinese Stewed Dishes

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Eyes Hold Clues to Future Narrowing of Leg Vessels

Changes in tiny blood vessels of the eye may predict a higher risk of later narrowing in the large blood vessels in the legs, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention | Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions.

Researchers reported on 9,390 adults participating in the long-term Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study, each with retinal photographs taken between 1993-1995, when they did not have peripheral artery disease (PAD). During a 19-year follow-up, 304 developed PAD requiring hospitalization or a procedure to open narrowed leg vessels. Of those, 92 had the most severe form of PAD, called critical limb ischemia (CLI), resulting in ulcers on the leg, gangrene or the need for amputation.

After adjusting for common PAD risk factors, such as diabetes, the investigators found that when scans showed any type of abnormalities in the retina, there was a 2.16 times greater risk of PAD developing during the follow-up period, and a 3.41 times greater risk of CLI. Individual retinal abnormalities — including bleeding, yellow spots from the breakdown of lipids (hard exudates) and areas of blood protruding from vessels in the back of the eye (microaneurysm) — were also associated with the risk of PAD or CLI. The associations between retinal damage and PAD were stronger in people with diabetes than those without.

According to the researchers, microvascular abnormalities may impair wound healing or the creation of alternative routes for blood to flow around narrowed leg vessels, leading to more severe PAD.

Source: American Heart Association

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