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.
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.
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.
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
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