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.
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
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
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
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.