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.
An iPhone App That Smells Good Enough To Eat
Want a more convincing means of tricking your palate and stomach into thinking that bowl of steamed white rice you’re eating is really short ribs with buttered potatoes? Yeah, turns out, there’s an app for it. Who knew?
Via NPR The Salt
The World’s Strongest Beer
While unspoken, the declaration from Scottish brewery Brewmeister, producer of a 67.5% ABV brew called Snake Venom, is crystal clear: “Our beer can beat up your beer.” Marketed as the world’s strongest, it boasts an ethanol content level that handily outdistances that of your average whiskey. Interested drinkers with roughly $81 and the liver of a proud warrior sorely missing the thrill that accompanies staring mortality in the eye can acquire a bottle online here.
Thanksgiving Dinner: Form of…Ice Cream!
In what could well turn out to be either the best or the worst idea of this holiday season, Portland’s Salt & Straw has released a limited run of Thanksgiving-inspired ice creams. Intended to complement one another as do the courses of a holiday meal, the flavors include Apple Cranberry Stuffing (made with celery soda), Sweet Potato & Candied Pecans, and of course, Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey (among its ingredients, turkey-skin brittle and caramelized onions). These hand-made small batch ice creams are made with locally-produced sustainable and organic ingredients, and are currently available at the establishment’s Portland locations or online. I won’t wager a guess as to whether Thanksgiving dinner has just gotten more fattening or less so, but it bears pondering at some point between now and November 28th.
Japan’s “Fukurou” (Owl) Cafes
I’m not made of stone. I find fluffy, large-eyed owls as adorable as the next person. And the thought of eating and sipping owl-themed treats and warm beverages does make me smile. Bearing these two things in mind, combining adorable birds with whimsically-themed fare sounds like it should hit all the requisite marks to make Japan’s current fukurou café trend something I’d be all about. One could be forgiven for thinking the fact that some of these establishments even allow patrons to handle the owls should only redouble that sentiment. Instead, it gives me pause. Eating and drinking alongside staring, molting birds of prey who typically resist potty training, and whose feet are equipped with needle-sharp murder talons designed expressly for crushing and dismembering other living creatures sounds like a one-time hoot (I’m truly sorry for that one) at best. Don’t know how eager I’d be to make a regular haunt of such a place, despite the cuteness of its feathery residents. Still, if I were writing this today from Tokyo or Osaka, no force in the universe could stop me from visiting the nearest fukurou café this weekend to sample all that it had to offer.