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.
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.
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.
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.
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