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.
Japanese Cat Marshmallows
Don’t make the mistake that I did concerning these. Don’t fall in love with them and start lining up people in your head to whom you intend to gift a box of these little marshmallows shaped like the head and forepaws of a curious kitty. Seriously, don’t. As of this writing, they’re only available in Japan, sold at Yawahada Marshmallow Shop. Furthermore, they’re already back ordered for about a month. Word has it that they’re soon to go on international sale, but for the moment, those of us outside Japan will have to keep our interest sheathed.
South Africa’s National Braai Day is September 24, 2013
South Africa, for all the progress it has made since the death of apartheid, remains a nation divided. Jan Scannell hopes his proposal of establishing an annual holiday, National Braai Day, devoted to the South African barbecue method known as “braai” might help bring people together. Braai forgoes gas or charcoal in favor of cooking meat and/or vegetables over wood embers, and is a facet of the nation’s cooking tradition that Scannell would like to see unify South Africa’s diverse society. It goes without saying that good barbecue is a thing to be treasured. Good barbecue put forth with the intention of mending strained relationships by binding people together over common traditions that also happen to be delicious is surely the work of angels. National Braai Day will be celebrated on South Africa’s National Heritage Day, September 24th, 2013.
Via NPR The Salt
Every so often, a mashup is born that seems immediately ridiculous, due not to any flaws in the product itself, but to the realization that of course this chimera should exist, and in fact, it should have existed for quite a long time prior to its advent. Recent events alone have given us the cronut, the lasagna bun meatball burger, and of course, the Sharknado (I’ll let you sort out which of those things isn’t quite like the others in terms of having its existence deemed generally justifiable by society at large). Now Kyoto, Japan’s Pizza Little Party restaurant has given us the Megapizzaburger: four 400g grilled beef patties topped with meat sauce, blended cheese, ketchup, mustard, pickles, and onions, and sandwiched between two 11-inch pizzas. Weighing in at over 2.5 lbs, the behemoth will be available from September 1st through November 22nd for 2,580 yen (approximately $26.00 USD.)
The $750 Gold-and-Caviar Cupcake
And then there are those food oddities that rather than inspiring awe or admiration (speaking only for myself here, though I doubt that I’m alone in the sentiment), invite the simple question, “Why?” When fashioning a cupcake recipe that includes vintage chocolate, Charentes-Poitou AOC butter, 40- to 100-year-old blended cognac, Tahitian Gold vanilla caviar, and edible gold flakes, the obvious (if not entirely logical) answer is “Because we can.” The Decadence D’Or is that cupcake, and was born at Sweet Surrender Bakery, inside the Palazzo in Las Vegas. Sure, “because we can” might not entirely satisfy me on why the world needs or even deserves a $750 cupcake. But having personally enjoyed many a night in Sin City, I doubt that a person tasked with rendering all that Las Vegas is and represents, for better or worse, into cupcake form could do better than this costly confection.