What’s important is the quality of the food, not what it’s served on. Right? Wrong! Sometimes, when you’re at a fancy restaurant, waiters serve your meal on such weird things and in such strange food containers that you pay more attention to them than your dinner. Those are the times that it’s acceptable to bombard your friends with pictures of your food, instead of eating it.

There’s a whole community of regular people and dedicated foodies who have banded together to form the online group ‘We Want Plates.’ Their mission is all in their name — they want restaurants serving food on actual plates, not on “bits of wood and roof tiles, chips in mugs and drinks in jam jars.” This is an internet community that loathes hipster things and trends, and “crusades” for the right to have their food brought to them on plates, as Mother Nature intended.

Keep scrolling and let us know in the comments what bad designs of food serving you found to be the most amusing. Let us know if you’ve seen something even weirder! Remember to upvote the worst food serving designs and ideas and share them with your friends. And after you’re done, have a look at Bored Panda’s other lists about restaurants that have gone too far with food serving and trying to impress customers too hard. Some of these eateries are beyond saving, don’t you think?

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#1

Self-Aware Absurdity? Apple Pastry Desert Served On An Image Of A Plate.... On An iPad

Self-Aware Absurdity? Apple Pastry Desert Served On An Image Of A Plate.... On An iPad

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Chancey
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2 years ago

This is ridiculous!!!

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#2

A Meringue Served On A Magnetically Levitated Pillow

A Meringue Served On A Magnetically Levitated Pillow

It took over 5 minutes for them to get the pillow to hover. I nearly fell asleep.

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hispanic! at the disco
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2 years ago

I mean that looks cool.

Amelia stephenson
Community Member
2 years ago

It does look very cool, but not as a plate for my food, more for just entertainment purposes

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Red
Community Member
2 years ago

that is actually really cool

Chyppa Homer
Community Member
2 years ago

But can you also take a nap after you finish it ?

Magpie
Community Member
2 years ago

Much respect to the staff that got it to the table without losing it. But again the hygiene issues.

Magpie
Community Member
2 years ago

And yes I get the "so light it is floating on air " reference...but meringues should have that effect in themselves.

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Xmayze
Community Member
2 years ago

This is at the Fat Duck, Hesten Blumenthals restaurant. Yes it may seem a lot but it is a completely immersive dining experience and has been taken out of context here.

Wyomudder
Community Member
2 years ago

Most of these are taken out of context. People will find anything they can twist around and be the first to post, gloating at how great they are because of it.

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Wyndmere
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2 years ago

Did anyone notice that all the food is white?

Doubanji
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2 years ago

Fairly sure that's the point...

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Emily Leonard
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2 years ago

Really cool but probably not worth the price

The Girl on Fire
Community Member
2 years ago

This is the best on the list. At least it actually looks cool rather than trashy, even if it is unnecessary

criminalgirl
Community Member
2 years ago

but why a pillow, and not a plate?

Max L.
Community Member
2 years ago

That probably costs like it's served on the ISS levitating for natural reasons.

Foxxy
Community Member
2 years ago

Different but interesting none the less.

Tahani
Community Member
2 years ago

Kinda cool, I like that one!

wandile dludlu
Community Member
2 years ago

Kinda cool

Lazy Panda
Community Member
2 years ago

This one is really cool

Dani
Community Member
2 years ago

But that's awesome.

Douglas Campbell
Community Member
2 years ago

Literally "iles flottante"!

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
2 years ago

Hampers dinner convo...

Banjo Peppers
Community Member
11 months ago

“Nearly fell asleep” it was five minutes, calm your dramatic butt down.

Lois Grace
Community Member
1 year ago

That's what you get for eating at pretentious places like this! lol

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

Simply ludicrous !!!

Suzanne Parvin
Community Member
2 years ago

Fucking stupid...any place that serves this has awful food. Next time served on a uranium-325 cake.

Roody
Community Member
2 years ago

WHY?!

Camilla Melander Drakenborg
Community Member
2 years ago

Hey thats a Heston Blumenthal floating pillow desert! Saw it on Masterchef Australia lol :)

Sally Hudd
Community Member
2 years ago

Style over substance.

Momo Skarsgård
Community Member
2 years ago

Nope cool looking or not it's still on a pillow. Gross

Kim McCormick
Community Member
2 years ago

Why, just why? Trying Way too hard!

Lisa Georgette
Community Member
2 years ago

Egad! How many of those would be (in the way) for a 20 Top?!

Christine Ladyman
Community Member
2 years ago

And princely charged a fortune for it. 😢😕

Christine Ladyman
Community Member
2 years ago

Probably , not princely!

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MimsLarson
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2 years ago

Over the top stupid!

Tracey Adams
Community Member
2 years ago

No, just no!

Ashley Wright
Community Member
2 years ago

Ridiculous

Nefertiti
Community Member
2 years ago

This was on MasterChef. Well at least the guy who created this

Ursula Nieuwenhuizen
Community Member
2 years ago

Saw this on the final of Masterchef Australia 2018 So ridiculous

nikki ty
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm the ultimate nerd. When I see a ray of sunshine I wave my arms around and croon "photons". I should love this, but the pillow is ugly. How about a floating metal plate? Sheeesh I'd try to buy the whole display if it weren't so ungainly. Great idea though!

Linda Brown
Community Member
2 years ago

What!

Ursula Nieuwenhuizen
Community Member
2 years ago

Saw that on Masterchef australia It was the final challenge Ridiculous !

Alison Cotes
Community Member
2 years ago

Gimme a break!

Susan
Community Member
2 years ago

Like my friend would say - thanks for the sample. Now where's the rest?

Carolina Carolina
Community Member
2 years ago

haha I saw this recreated in Masterchef Spain a few months ago.

Doubanji
Community Member
2 years ago

This is so much more acceptable than the others so far, mainly it's just large & impracticle...

Sophie B
Community Member
2 years ago

looks like something Alinea in Chicago would do...

auntyj
Community Member
2 years ago

I saw this on Masterchef Australia last year

Slune
Community Member
2 years ago

A fat fart and the duvet is hovering.....5 minutes!?

Michelle Chevalier
Community Member
2 years ago

That is some dessert...luv the idea

Diana Crawford
Community Member
2 years ago

Too much cotton on a desert that already looks like cotton yuck!

Desiré Yen
Community Member
2 years ago

This was in Masterchef Australia 2018, in the final with Sashi and Ben, awesome and yummy!!!

Jigs Gabest
Community Member
2 years ago

David Blaine is to blame! hahaha

Bob Eckert
Community Member
2 years ago

I flick it with my finger and say oops!

Helene Oldemark
Community Member
2 years ago

That's a Heston Blumenthal dessert. Nothing is normal with Heston Blumenthal, the guy's a genius.

Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
2 years ago

How do you eat it? Just grab it off the pillow? I can imagine doing so would spoil the equilibrium and it would take off or fall down.

Milda Mockūnaitė
Community Member
2 years ago

But... why?

Pug Pug
Community Member
2 years ago

I dont even know what Meringue is. To fancy for me to go to this place

Soba
Community Member
2 years ago

cool!

Minnie-me
Community Member
2 years ago

I can't stand those types of restaurants.

CbusResident
Community Member
2 years ago

What's wrong with that? Looks like some Jetsons shit!

Mary Montejo
Community Member
2 years ago

Was it float on air edible?

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
2 years ago

"To say it’s pricey is an understatement: prospective diners currently have to shell out £325 up front for a ‘ticket’ that allows access to the 17-course itinerary." (https://www.squaremeal.co.uk/restaurants/the-fat-duck_720) This is for the very richest of the planet. For the ones that never themselves make a cup of tea at home. Yes, it must be quite an experience but that is a lot of money for one meal.

Clare E
Community Member
2 years ago

I know quite a few people who are not "the richest of the planet" who have been because they saved up for a treat or special occasion.

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Monika Soffronow
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2 years ago

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Adam
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2 years ago

What a load of pretentious wank!!!

RaroaRaroa
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2 years ago

Very Heston Blumenthal

maria albekoglu
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2 years ago

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Some really dumb payed so much for this 🤣

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Bored Panda reached out to Ross McGinnes, the founder of the ‘We Want Plates’ community: “I started the campaign in 2015 after a friend posted a picture of an average-sized steak on Facebook, which had been served to him on a large chopping board. It was captioned, unironically, "That is a big meal!" It wasn't a big meal — he'd fallen for all this style-over-content hipster gastropub nonsense. I searched Twitter for an account which would allow me to vent my spleen with like-minded people, but found nothing. We Want Plates was born. Four years later we have over 150,000 followers on Twitter, and three quarters of a million across all social media platforms.”

McGinnes noted that some restaurants put food on strange things, because they want to try to stand out from the crowd. “My local pub used to do a great Sunday roast: twelve quid, piled high, tasted great and yes, it came on a plate. One weekend they added a quirky offering to the menu: little sandwiches, pies, dainty cakes and mini milkshakes served on a miniature picnic bench. The benches, painted bright pink and yellow, sat on top of tables seating actual grown adults. And what was the first thing these infantilized diners did? It wasn’t try the food — it was whip out their phones and take a picture.”

#3

My Bread Served Inside Roadkill

My Bread Served Inside Roadkill

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MagicalUnicorn
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2 years ago

that would immediately kill my appetite

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#4

Cheese Foam That Is Spooned Onto The Back Of Your Hand By The Waiter And Then You Have To Lick It Off

Cheese Foam That Is Spooned Onto The Back Of Your Hand By The Waiter And Then You Have To Lick It Off

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hispanic! at the disco
Community Member
2 years ago

Okay what the heck?

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“Over the following months the picnic benches became increasingly popular, coinciding with the specials board becoming progressively smaller, before it eventually disappeared altogether. I sat there one Sunday, watching bench after garish bench emerge from the kitchen like a technicolor carnival of idiocy, before my usual roast arrived. The meat was cold and the potatoes were burnt. It was once their main Sunday trade, but the traditional roast had died an unpalatable death. But that’s OK because they were doing a roaring trade with the benches, right?  Sure, until the pub down the road started doing them too. Then the one around the corner. Before you know it, everyone’s doing the same ‘quirky’ thing, except it’s not ‘quirky’ any more because you can’t move for mini picnic benches and now all their roast dinners are rubbish to boot.”

The creator of ‘We Want Plates’ listed how there are plenty of examples of food served on bizarre things, such as beef Wellington on barbed wire, tempura in a shoe, sandwiches in a phone box, and a chutney cupboard. “The worst I've encountered personally was when I was served a piece of cake on a table tennis bat in Barcelona around 2008. It still gives me sleepless nights.”

#5

So These Motherf**** Actually Gave Me A Plate... Upside Down

So These Motherf**** Actually Gave Me A Plate... Upside Down

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Queen_Nkotanyi
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2 years ago

how much did you pay for this??

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#6

"I Put Fries In An Enclosed Bowl So They Steam And Get Soggy" - Some Prick Cook

"I Put Fries In An Enclosed Bowl So They Steam And Get Soggy" - Some Prick Cook

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Koalamonster
Community Member
2 years ago

So you shove it all in there and don't give them a plate so they can actually eat it? Just... that's just annoying. At least with some of the other nonsense you don't have to excavate layers of food.

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The ‘We Want Plates’ community is very popular in the internet realm. Nearly 95,000 people follow the group on Facebook, another 20,000 on Instagram, and almost 156,000 on Twitter; while the plate-lovers’ subreddit has more than 509,000 members.

Lesley Lassiter from the Nashville Scene wonders whether the only reason restaurants put so much effort in presenting food is that the owners want to get popular online and get more customers. Naturally, this backfires more often than not because the presentation is impractical and just plain bizarre. There’s also the added question of money: do restaurants jack up their prices just because they spent an inordinate amount of cash on random things for serving food on?

The next time you’re out for dinner with your friends at your local artsy restaurant, watch their reactions when everything leaves the kitchen served on twigs, logs, and leaves. If your friends’ eyes light up and they start posting photos online, they might just be a ‘We Want Plates’ enthusiast.

#7

Saw This On Twitter

Saw This On Twitter

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Neon Petra
Community Member
2 years ago

That's not how you use a urinal.

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#8

I Guess I'm Not Supposed To Eat My Soup?

I Guess I'm Not Supposed To Eat My Soup?

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Foxxy
Community Member
2 years ago

Drink it instead.

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#9

My Boyfriend Was Just Served A Bloody Mary In A Fry Basket

My Boyfriend Was Just Served A Bloody Mary In A Fry Basket

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Neon Petra
Community Member
2 years ago

That looks really, really unappetising. In a fry basket would look cool, but guys... it's a liquid. Let it stay in a glass.

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#10

Ravioli On A Clothesline, As You Do

Ravioli On A Clothesline, As You Do

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Vanessa
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2 years ago

ok this made me laugh a little :D

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#11

Curry On A Chopping Board

Curry On A Chopping Board

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wandile dludlu
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2 years ago

It would have made better sense to have the rice on the board and curry in the bowl

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#12

It Has A Plate... But Still

It Has A Plate... But Still

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Evgeniya Khon
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2 years ago

Hope that meat did not come from an actual rat

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#13

This Dessert Trend Needs To Stop

This Dessert Trend Needs To Stop

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nanashi
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2 years ago

I can't even begin to think how to consume those without making a mess

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#14

Why?????

Why?????

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nanashi
Community Member
2 years ago

sunbathing with the (unborn) kids

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#15

This Is The Most Awful Thing Ever. Broccoli Impaled On A Metal... Thing?

This Is The Most Awful Thing Ever. Broccoli Impaled On A Metal... Thing?

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Lenka Fedor
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2 years ago

I think it supposed to be a tree. Like from the Lord of the rings. :) :) :)

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#16

Self Cleaning Bowl

Self Cleaning Bowl

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hispanic! at the disco
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Ugh this makes me feel gross just looking at it.

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#17

I Was Served 3 Chips On A Log

I Was Served 3 Chips On A Log

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
2 years ago

What's with the few chips?

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#18

Your Food Directly From The Shovel To The Table

Your Food Directly From The Shovel To The Table

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Ceejay Avilez
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2 years ago

That's kind of cool

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#19

Raspberry Ice Cream On A Twig, In A Hole Drilled Into A Rock

Raspberry Ice Cream On A Twig, In A Hole Drilled Into A Rock

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Evgeniya Khon
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2 years ago

What did the cook smoke?

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#20

Love It When Sand Gets In My Soup

Love It When Sand Gets In My Soup

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Neon Petra
Community Member
2 years ago

Who thought this would be a good idea? The soup looks like vomit and the sand looks like that stuff they use to clean up vomit with.

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#21

Fish Are Friends, Not Food

Fish Are Friends, Not Food

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MagicalUnicorn
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2 years ago

that's animal torture. not cool

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#22

My Parents Sent Me This Picture From Their Vacation In Italy

My Parents Sent Me This Picture From Their Vacation In Italy

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Samantha Comerford
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2 years ago

I like this one, the food looks nice also

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#23

So I Went To Eat Hot Pot Today...

So I Went To Eat Hot Pot Today...

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Asat Voong
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2 years ago

Lady Gaga meat dress 2010

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#24

My Wife's Cocktail Was Served In A Hollow Stone And Had To Be Drunk Through The Hole, Without A Straw

My Wife's Cocktail Was Served In A Hollow Stone And Had To Be Drunk Through The Hole, Without A Straw

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NWB
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2 years ago

could be anything in there!?!?!

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#25

Pizza Served On Hooks

Pizza Served On Hooks

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Jesper Rasmussen
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2 years ago

How does the topping stay on?? 🤔

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#26

Pizza On A Snowboard

Pizza On A Snowboard

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Neon Petra
Community Member
2 years ago

Next up: Spaghetti on Skiis!

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#27

Our Appetizer In A Shoe. They Refused My Request To Try It On Or Take It Home.

Our Appetizer In A Shoe. They Refused My Request To Try It On Or Take It Home.

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Rinpai
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2 years ago

I think the most insulting thing is that they think 3 tots is enough for a serving.

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#28

Horrifying

Horrifying

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Valerie Lessard
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2 years ago

this is one of those tiny portion restaurants where you're supposed to eat at home first

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#29

Someone I Know Got Her Food On Some Kind Of Bone

Someone I Know Got Her Food On Some Kind Of Bone

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Koalamonster
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2 years ago

I want to know what kind of bone that is!!! Also if it's easy to clean/ sanitize.... but mostly what it came out of.

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#30

Literaly 6 Nachos For The Whole Table

Literaly 6 Nachos For The Whole Table

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wandile dludlu
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2 years ago

More dip than nachos

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