NYC’s Coming All-Ice Bar, Regretfully Fiery Peanut Butter, El Bullipedia, and a Tasty Phone App

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.

Photo credit: New York Times Diner's Journal
Photo credit: New York Times Diner’s Journal

All-Ice Hotel Bar Coming to NYC Hilton

It will be called Minus5° Ice Bar and feature tables, chairs, and even lounges and glasses carved from frozen New Zealand Artesian well water.  When it opens next Spring though, don’t go there hungry, as it will serve no food.  Its drinks-only menu will feature vodka as the specialty libation, with beer and others also available.  If you’re willing to dress warmly and spend some dollars above the cost of your drinks, you can purchase various package deals, some including drinks and photos of the place.  Insert your own “cold comfort”-themed joke here.  There are just too many skating around inside my head for me to decide on just one.

Via New York Times Diner’s Journal

Photo credit: Firebox.com
Photo credit: Firebox.com

Ghost Pepper Peanut Butter

How aptly titled Instant Regret Peanut Butter is depends on how spicy you like your PB&J.  Said to pack 10,000 times the wallop of Tabasco, it rates more than 850,000 Scoville units, making it seem more like an instrument of vengeance than something to be eaten for pleasure.  It does, however, intrigue and disturb me in equal measure, as have many of the most delicious things I’ve ever tasted, so in that regard it could be well worth a try.

Via Devour

Photo credit: Devour Blog
Photo credit: The Braiser

Ferran Adrià’s El Bullipedia

Those wondering what renowned chef Ferran Adrià has been up to since closing his famed restaurant El Bulli in 2011 need wonder no more.  He recently shared an exclusive look at El Bullipedia, the project in which he’s been immersed since that time. Aimed at assembling all the culinary know-how in a single global database edited by chefs, it will let users navigate not only ingredients’ histories, but also creative usages. I can hardly wait, and in that regard, I’m sure I’m far from alone.

Via The Braiser

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

Fair Restaurant Staff Treatment App

Based on a national diner’s guide compiled by the non-profit Restaurant Opportunity Centers United, this phone app evaluates restaurants in a manner and according to criteria that are certain to be valuable to diners everywhere.  It rates restaurants according to which ones pay above minimum wage, provide paid sick leave, and which offer promotion potential.  If the thought of your restaurant staff working while sick concerns you like it does me (apparently roughly 50% do just that), then this could be worth the download, if only for the pre-written Twitter message available for sending to low-scoring establishments by patrons.

Via NPR The Salt

*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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