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.
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Food And Comics
So, in addition to being a food lover, I’m also a comic book geek. I know more about the personal, out-of-costume daily habits of the members of the Justice League than a man my age ought to, and I apologize for absolutely nothing about that. So imagine my delight in discovering Food And Comics, on Robot 6 at the Comic Book Resources website. Updated each Tuesday, here’s where bookish bon vivants will find the latest news on tomes filled with dynamic, beautifully-drawn artwork featuring food as a vital element of their stories. Food and cooking in comics may not be news, but it’s nice to watch tastes evolve as general appreciation for all the ways cooking and eating can fit into our lives unfurls through an ever-expanding number of mediums. The good people at Robot 6 obviously think so too.
Via Robot 6 @ ComicBookResources.com
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Sushi for Giants
Umewaka Japanese Restaurant in Aichi, Japan’s Anjo prefecture is serving up monster-size sushi that outdoes even the generous “Nagoya-sized” portions typical of area Japanese eateries. One example is its “Huge sushi roll,” wherein twenty types of raw seafood get rolled into a two-meter-long expanse of rice and nori. Weighing nearly six kilograms, this order requires two-day advance reservation and lightens the wallet by about $190 USD. The jumbo-sized “Astonishing anago” is another example, costing about $33 USD and utilizes entire anago (conger eel) fillets rather than the slices typical of the dish. I’ll forgo the easy joke about fish tales here, but wow. Just…wow.
Photo credit: Inside Insides
Andy Ellison is an MRI Technologist who takes magnetic resonance images of food and posts them to his blog, Inside Insides. Equally eye-pleasing as still pictures or as quietly compelling animated gifs (of which there are several) his subjects have included the cucumber, the tomato, the pomegranate, and even an ear of corn captured from multiple viewpoints. Elegant in black-and-white, they put food’s power to affect and captivate more than our palates on full display in a manner worthy of our appreciation. So please: go and appreciate them. Often.
Photo credit: Food Republic
With this being the last Friday Fourplay between us and Halloween, it seems fitting to end with a thought toward fear inducement, so here’s hoping this list of the world’s six scariest restaurants that Food Republic published earlier this week fills the bill. With options like Dinner In the Sky (affording adventuresome eaters willing to sign a $10 million dollar insurance waiver the privilege of dining at a banquet table suspended 160 feet in the air by crane) and Spain’s Disaster Café (to which diners are encouraged to wear easily washable clothing to guard their couture against being ruined by food and drinks toppled in the wake of the establishment’s nightly 7.8 earthquake simulations) ours seems an exciting age in which to live as both a foodie and a thrill-seeker.
Via Food Republic
*Mention of a product, good, or service in a Friday Fourplay posting should not be interpreted as an endorsement either from Anthony Beal or Flavorful World food and drink blog. Vendors are not notified ahead of time that their products/services will be featured, thus Flavorful World will at the time of posting have had no related interactions with said vendors or any sample of their products/services by which to judge them. As such, we have no idea what these vendors are like to work with, or about the quality of their merchandise and are unqualified to vouch for them as reputable. Our Friday Fourplay lists are posted in the simple spirit of our having come across something that looks and sounds engaging, and thinking that perhaps our readers will think so too; no more, no less. With that in mind, patronize these establishments and vendors at your own risk.
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Brooklyn, New York is a borough with no few claims to fame (enough that to place the word “Brooklyn” before words/phrases like Museum, Botanic Gardens, Brewery, and Navy Yard, is in each case to name an instantly recognizable and much-beloved institution originating in history far too expansive to receive due exploration in a single blog posting such as this.) Now this most populous of NYC’s boroughs can boast an additional laurel: In Brooklyn as you sit reading this, there’s a cozy little café with a secret identity.
Posted in Bar/Lounge, Food, Restaurants
Tagged Brooklyn, café, crossroads, nanny goat hill, new york city, nyc, pop-up, restaurant, wine bar
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Joe’s Crab Shack in Gaithersburg’s Washingtonian Center recently offered up this fish dinner smothered in Mushroom Pontchartrain Sauce and topped with grilled shrimp. By no means a bad meal, this one didn’t knock my socks off. The “dirty” rice that accompanied it was underseasoned and therefore undeserving of truly being called “dirty.” The broccoli served alongside it tasted previously frozen, and while I’m not knocking the supermarket freezer case, I expect a bit more when dining out. The best part of the meal was the shrimp. Large, juicy, and rubbed with old Bay seasoning, their inclusion was an eye-opener in an otherwise unremarkable meal. As seafood meals go, I’ve had much better.
My first impression of Relic was that it is the sort of plush, lowlit cavern I’d expect to find tucked into some quiet narrow in lower Manhattan, down near the Bowery where the city’s glitter is long faded, and where after dark, one knowing where to go can still get just as drunk on live music as on whiskey and wine. Its ceilings are low. A good measure of its interior lighting is left to candles placed at every table. Its loveseats like tandem cushioned thrones that seem to beckon, “Why aren’t you sitting here?” and well-stocked bar spanning nearly the entire length of the place, its bottles and glassware candied by colored neon lighting, conspire to arrest one’s cares for all things beyond well-deserved leisure.
As a rule, I typically dislike seeing the word “upscale” used in reference to restaurants. In my experience, when people call a place “upscale,” they usually mean that it is overpriced, tries harder than necessary to embody the postmodern zeitgeist, and is likely staffed by employees who are as much part of its décor as the drapes and expect disinterested behavior bordering on rudeness to impress upon you as patron the privilege you are enjoying in having them deign to exchange substandard service for your hard-earned money.