Flavorful World’s Friday Fourplay offers up a bite-sized tidbit of info on each of the four food- and drink-related things we found most interesting each week.
A Camera Café That Dreams
About 40 miles outside of Seoul, South Korea, one can sip coffee and share stories about their dreams inside a shop whose exterior is modeled after a Rolleiflex twin lens camera. The impressive two-story, 30-foot-tall Dreamy Camera Café is run by husband and wife retired armed forces pilots Park Sung-hwan and Kwak Myung-hee. Photography lovers, the couple displays cameras they’ve owned throughout the years and has lined much of the coffee shop’s interior with photos of the establishment’s visitors, encouraging patrons to write a few words about their dreams along the image borders. If a picture really is worth a thousand words, then any establishment that encourages people to dream in photographs sounds worth stopping into.
Via The Verge
Coffee and Cigs, 21st Century-style
French expats Jonathan Cadeilhan and Pierre Durand are the creative minds behind East London’s recently-opened Vape Lab, a Shoreditch coffee shop that sells electronic cigarettes as well as renting them to patrons at hourly rates. Customers’ desire to enjoy an “Old-fashioned” fair-trade and organic coffee while vaping smokeless, odorless, “beautifully engineered electronic cigarettes” is a trend whose growth the duo appears to feel confident about, given that e-cigarettes are already a major market throughout France. The establishment’s range of e-cig flavors runs the gamut from custard and absinthe to tangerine, gin, and more, the flavoring agents coming in 10 ml bottle that run £7 each. I no longer smoke tobacco, and have never ‘vaped,’ however, I’ll confess to being every flavor of curious about the concept and this establishment.
Sydney’s Caffeine Reformatory
The Reformatory Caffeine Lab near Sydney, Australia’s Bustling Central Station serves up blended, filtered, and cold-drip coffees in a former loading dock whose interior is now emblazoned with comic book-styled black and white artwork (revealing proprietor and fourth-generation Columbian coffee farmer Simon Jaramillo to be the kind of comic book fan I’d like to drink with). Its two signature blends are respectively dubbed the Joker and the Squab. Ristretto espresso shots arrive on wooden boards alongside a ground portion of their respective beans to offer drinkers a complete crop-to-cup experience, accompanied by sparkling water to cleanse the palate between sips. A weekly single-origin coffee is featured as well, as are a variety of savories and sweets such as tarts, scrolls, and four varieties of Argentinian empanadas. I could get into this kind of reform, and so, probably, could anyone who loves coffee.
Via Chubby Hubby
Chocolate Toothpaste. Yes, I’m Serious…
I had no idea that cacao’s beneficial properties to tooth enamel are powerful enough to rival those of fluoride. But that’s the claim of oral care company Theodent, producer of a natural, fluoride-free alternative to conventional toothpaste. Made with patented cacao-based substance rennou, a tube of Theodent 300 will set you back $99.99. Even though this non-toxic past is not harmful if one swallows it, and is claimed to be safe for children’s usage (because how cruel it would seem for a chocolate-flavored toothpaste not to be?) seems a long way to go for a clean and pretty smile given the generous availability of alternative products on the market, but perhaps my sweet tooth just isn’t what it used to be. At any rate, it’s a compelling notion that many people will doubtless jump teeth-first at the chance to try.