The 10-in-1 Bar Tool, Supermarket WineBars, Sriracha Chocolate Bars, and Taiwan’s Barbie Cafe

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: OpenSky.com
Photo credit: OpenSky.com

The Bar10der

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.

Via OpenSky

Photo credit: Jonathan Helman / CNN
Photo credit: Jonathan Helman / CNN

Supermarket Bars

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.

Via Eatocracy

Photo credit: ThinkGeek.com
Photo credit: ThinkGeek.com

Sriracha Chocolate

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.

Via UrbanDaddy

Photo credit: Sam Yeh / AFP
Photo credit: Sam Yeh / AFP

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

*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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