Ramen Cakes, Bacon-Honey Cocktails, Potoffee Chips, and Scoring Free Austin Smoke Experiment Tickets

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.

Ramen Cake

Photo credit: RocketNews24
Photo credit: RocketNews24

Few things satisfy me like a steaming bowl of ramen on a cold day.  Despite that it is nether steaming, nor, technically, a bowl of ramen, a taste of this could grant me a level of joy to run a close second to my noodle love.  Utilizing Earl Grey jelly as “broth,” pistachios for “green onions,” and kabocha pumpkin cream as its “noodles” this specialty cake is going for 1,000 yen (about $11 USD) at a little bakery in Gunma, Japan called Machi no Kumasan.  Customer reactions have been so positive that the bakery has created other such cakes that are astonishing facsimiles of other, quite un-cakelike examples of Japanese cuisine, including a cake that looks like soba, and one that masquerades convincingly as katsu. Oh, Japan; you had me at ramen.  I’m on my way and will be there soon.

Via RocketNews24

Photo credit: Bake Your Slovak Roots
Photo credit: Bake Your Slovak Roots

Hriato: Slovakia’s Bacon-Honey Cocktail

Okay, I promise this will be the last thing I write for a while about anything containing bacon, as I think we’ll all agree that we’re over it.  At least we’re over it turning up in everything from soda pop to Valentine’s candy (No, I will not provide links.  If you want to seek that stuff out, then have at it, but I’m not helping you.  Not this time. Got to draw the line somewhere, y’know?)  Still, there are two things about this alcoholic drink called Hriato that interested me enough to mention it here.  The first is that it is sold on the streets throughout Slovak cities during the Christmas holiday season.  The second is that it is a hot beverage, but nonetheless intended to be drunk with all possible haste to avoid the bacon fat from congealing once the beverage begins to cool.  If there exists any non-living thing I love as much as bacon, that thing is a challenge.

Via Bon Appétit

Photo credit: Potoffee.com
Photo credit: Potoffee.com

Potoffee Chips

Potoffee Gourmet Snack Company.  Potato (chips) + Handmade butter toffee = Potoffee (chips).  Salty, sweet, and crunchy like the best snack foods, they’re available for purchase online to serve your hunger-sating needs.  If that’s not convenient enough, and if you happen to live in Southern Florida, then you can buy yours from the Potoffee Truck, you lucky devil.  Crunch on, my friends.

Via Potoffee.com

Photo credit: TheFoodExperiments.com
Photo credit: TheFoodExperiments.com

Win Two Tickets to the Austin Smoke Experiment

The SXSW Interactive Festival begins one week from today in Austin, Texas, and the Austin Smoke Experiment—a cooking competition that challenges all entrants to create the best smoked dish─is a much-anticipated festival event.  From now until 3pm EST on March 5th, 2013, Serious Eats is offering the chance to win two tickets to the festivities.  If you’ll be in Austin, Texas on March 10th, and anticipate wanting to sample some tasty smoked foods, then either enter to win, or purchase tickets directly here.

Via Serious Eats

*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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