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.
Taiwan and China just got a bit cuter. Japan’s Sanrio Company Limited has licensed Hello Kitty’s likeness to Taiwanese beer company Tsing’s Long Chuan label. The flavor emphasis in these relatively low-alcohol brews is on fruits like banana, peach, and passionfruit. Available first in Taiwan and now also in China, the flavored suds join at least one other beer and several wines in trading on Hello Kitty’s disarming image to attract new buyers as well as those who’ve grown up knowing her. If HK continues expanding her brand influence at this rate and I don’t step outside one morning soon to find the words “Some Kitten” spun into a spider’s web, I’m going to be sorely disappointed.
Via Topless Robot
So, they’re called Soup Sticks by Julian Lechner. Put simply, this is a product that combines chopstick with drinking straw, to facilitate the slurping of delicious noodle broth. No further description seems necessary. Suffice it to say that my thoughts on the product are two. My first notion is that these look like all kinds of fun to use, and I hope I get the chance someday. My second thought is WHY HAVEN’T THESE EXISTED FOREVER?!
Food, Dancing Food
Minsu Kim, talented visionary graduate of London, England’s Royal College of Art has shown me something I can’t stop staring at: images of a future populated by foods that wave and flex on the plate as they wait to be devoured. Visit the Living Food project page of her website to see her creations come alive. Per the artist: “With this project I proposed a future where food shifts towards being a channel of aesthetic experiences: What if food were consumed alive, as a fictional character? What if food was able to play with our cutlery and create hyper-sensations in our mouth?” What if, indeed. I’ve watched the video five times, and it grows more entrancing on every re-viewing.
Via Food Republic
Homework Completion Earns Pizza Rewards
New Hampshire’s Greenville House of Pizza recently enacted some noteworthy policies in the effort to reward diligent students for their work. Kids who complete their homework assignments inside the establishment can buy a slice of pizza for 35 cents. Furthermore, students finishing their homework (to the proprietor’s satisfaction) on premises can receive a complimentary root beer float as well as help with their assignments from said proprietor, when possible. Every A earned on a report card is redeemable for one free slice of pizza. Not to exclude grown-ups, this pizzeria also rewards adult who can recite the Gettysburg Address from memory with a free large pie. I’d write more about this, but I’m off to study now.