Edible Housewares, Off-Menu Dino Ribs in London, Putting Food on the Map, and the D.C. Santa Crawl ‘12

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.

Israeli designer Debbi Nitsan has created fully-functioning clocks, radios, and flashlights with baked bread as casings.
Photo credit: Debbie Nitsan

Edible Housewares

Of particular interest here is a desk lamp (composed of biodegradable plastic derived from veggie glycerin) that after having its electric component removed, can be soaked in purified water and devoured once its owner tires of its aesthetic.  There’s also a parmesan cheese pencil that when one takes a pencil sharpener to it, yields shaved flakes of cheesy goodness, and an edible dinnerware set composed entirely of flour, seeds, and water.  The rest, you have to see to believe.  And while I shudder to contemplate what sort of dire straits one’s life has come to that sheer need of sustenance would motivate him to resort to eating his furniture, it is exciting to know such things exist.  And that perhaps they don’t taste awful.

Via The Atlantic

Massive beef ribs served off-menu at The Blues kitchen in Camden, London
Photo credit: Thrillist London

Dinosaur-Sized Off-Menu Ribs in London

Finish a platter of these massive beef bones that look like they’d tip your car a la the Flintstones, and you get to have a drink on the house. The Blues Kitchen in Camden, London, smokes these mammoths for 16 hours, then slow-cools them for another seven before serving them up on a first-come, first-served basis (which could be at least part of the reason they don’t appear on the menu.)  But now that you know all about them, you’ll seem that much worldlier the next time you stop in for a chew.

Via Thrillist London

Photo credit: NPR The Salt
Photo credit: NPR The Salt

Food Cartography

UC Berkeley cartography professor Darin Jensen and a team (or as he’s dubbed it, a “disorganization”) of over 100 “guerilla cartographers” have spent the past five months stalking your favorite foods all over the globe. Mapping everything from agricultural history, production and distribution statistics, to regional and global trade data and food collection points, they’ll soon release the more than 80 maps they’d created in the form of a Kickstarter-funded book project. Equally as exciting as this anticipated global food atlas is that Jensen is already looking ahead to the prospect of releasing a second edition that will include hundreds of maps. I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but food travel is about to get even more interesting.

Via NPR’s The Salt

Photo credit: DCSantaCrawl.com
Photo credit: DCSantaCrawl.com

DC Santa Crawl

December arrives tomorrow, and the days have wasted little time in growing shorter and darker. Sounds like the perfect time to rustle up a few friends, dress up in bright colors, and get in on a Winter/holiday-themed bar crawl through the streets of Washington D.C. On December 8th from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., you can join the merry mass of revelers that will rove from one participating establishment to another, enjoying songs, drink discounts, and yuletide cheer. Get tickets online in advance and pay only $15, or pay $20 on the day of the event. Need further enticement? There’s a refillable signature mug in it for you, as well as entry in a prize raffle. Need more still? Then donate a Toys for Tots toy for a child in need, and enjoy a cold one on Santa. Details on drink specials and participating bars are available here.

Via DCSantaCrawl.com

*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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