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.
No matter what cocktail specialties you’re serving up, this bar analog to the Swiss Army knife seems like the final utensil you should ever need to acquire for easy mixology at home. Available in four colors, this handy beast simultaneously equips one with a corkscrew, bottle opener, reamer , muddler, zester, stirrer, jigger , knife, channel knife (for garnishes and twists), and strainer. Obviously created with portability in mind, this one seems guaranteed to make mixing drinks look easy.
A growing number of supermarkets are now offering their customers the option of enjoying a beer or glass of wine while shopping for groceries. Whole Foods Market and Wegman‘s are among those chains that, claiming the desire to transform grocery acquisition from a chore (perhaps by drowning it in tasty, tasty ethanol) into “an experience”, have already begun carving out wine-and-beer havens to offer the weary shopper something to sweeten the shopping experience and perhaps make those long checkout lines more tolerable. As one with a history of responsible drinking, I shouldn’t wonder how shoppers unacquainted with their limitations regarding alcohol intake are expected to safely drive their groceries home after indulging. Still, having the option of strolling the market aisles with a much-favored drink in hand sounds too good to pass up.
Delivers what it promises: each 1.75-ounce bar of this 57% small batch dark chocolate chimera gets a generous dose of spicy Sriracha sauce. The term “melt-in-your-mouth” as applies to chocolate just got an upgrade. Nothing like a helping of sun-ripened chile peppers to give a sweet treat the teeth to bite you back.
Taiwan’s Barbie Cafe
If you’re anything like me, nothing evokes thoughts of French and Italian cuisine as well as seafood and sandwiches like the Barbie doll. Toymaking giant Mattel must share that associative tendency. How else to explain the Barbie-themed eatery the company recently opened in Taiwan’s capital city of Taipei. The menu will serve foods in the aforementioned styles to customer seated upon hot pink sofas and chairs at tables shaped like high-heeled shoes. Glitter- and tiara-bedazzled waitstaff attired in pink Barbie t-shirts and matching tutus will take meal orders, and will do so, I imagine, without a hint of irony. Theme restaurants enjoy significant popularity in Taiwan, so this concept is perhaps viewed as less of a non-necessity there than it would be if placed in the United States. Still, only time will tell whether or not Taiwan will prove to truly be a Barbie World.
Via Huffington Post