What’s For Lunch? Grilled Cheese Delivered By Parachute, Of Course

03/19/2014 at 05:29 PM ET

Jafflechutes Grilled Cheese Parachute
Courtesy Jafflechutes

The heavens have heard the prayers of cheddarheads: It’s raining grilled cheese!

At least it will be soon in New York City — Australian pop-up Jafflechutes, Melbourne’s “first float-down eatery,” is bringing its airborne sandwiches to the States.

“NEXT STOP: NYC!” the company wrote on its Facebook page, telling fans the pop-up is due to hit the city in May or June.

In Australia, a “jaffle iron” is a sandwich press that makes hot, toasty grilled cheese, in this instance attached to a toy parachute. Customers order from two options, Drop It Like It’s Hot (cheese and tomato) and Gust of Wind (cheese and ham), pay the $5 or $6 via PayPal, then designate a time and delivery point to catch their cheesy triangle (thrown out a nearby window, presumably).

See a Jafflechute captured during its descent by Instagram user heyitsjustmeok:

Hopefully it lands where X marks the spot, but of course there’s always the issue of a wayward tree branch or hungry interloper. Instagram user adelphimou proves you can successfully catch a Jafflechute:

Check out the crowd waiting at one of Jafflechutes’ pop-ups Down Under.

Jafflechutes Grilled Cheese Parachute
Courtesy Jafflechutes

What do you think of Jafflechutes: gimmicky or genius?

Watch the company’s Facebook page for updates on the U.S. debut. In the meantime, we’ll keep our eyes peeled for Cronuts delivered via paper airplane.

—Brooke Showell

FILED UNDER: Food , Food News , Sandwiches

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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