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.
GITD Ice Cream
I’ll answer the obvious question first: (I’ll do so working under the assumption that the obvious question is “What makes it glows?” rather than “What does GITD stand for?”) A UK ice cream company bearing the name, Lick Me I’m Delicious — arguably the most face-meltingly awesome name for a food-focused proprietorship in the history of the world— has developed an ice cream made from bioluminescent jellyfish proteins. Not only is it certain to inspire an incalculable number of juvenile punchlines by allegedly glowing brighter the more it gets licked, it is also more than a little expensive, given that the jellyfish used in its production command a high price. Still, the novelty of food that glows in the dark unaided by black light could well be worth the cost to many.
Via Topless Robot
NYC Ramen Map
We can thank Brooklyn’s All You Can Eat Press for this latest in an ongoing publication series that guides hungry souls to the city’s most delicious and compelling iterations of various foods. The ramen edition highlights 33 of the best noodle restaurants, and has a glossary and the added bonus of a ramen map of Japan. $8.00 USD will get you one of your very own from All you Can Eat Press’s website. Previous editions of this official guide have focused on burgers and doughnuts, so they all seem like good bets for anyone looking to get the best out of eating in NYC.
Via Food Republic
Sriracha Candy Canes
Let’s just ignore for a moment to what nefarious usage this item could be put if one were so inclined (surely no one reading this is cruel enough to offer one to an unsuspecting recipient without first disclosing sriracha’s typical heat level, right?) Let’s also ignore the fact that if the current trend of srirachafication (for lack of a more eloquent invented word) of everyday items continues as it’s been going, then it runs the risk of over-saturating the public consciousness like other food items before it (I’m looking at you, bacon.) Let’s instead smile at the fact that these items exist on a mercifully seasonal basis, and for those of us who enjoy it when our food bites us back, at the fact that Thinkgeek will sell you a 12-pack of these for $8.00 USD. But seriously, sriracha, maybe cool it for a while after this. Absence makes the tongue grow fonder, and such.
“Green” Paper Wine Bottles
British packaging firm Greenbottle has partnered with California wine producer Truett-Hurst to bring its bottle-shaped paper wine containers to the U.S. Boxed, a.k.a. “Bag-in-Box” wines have long been as much a point of contention among wine aficionados as screw cap bottle closures. And while somewhat snobbish attitudes toward screw-capped wines have begun to evolve, it remains to be seen whether these lightweight paper “bottles” (printed with natural inks and composed of a compressed recycled paper exterior within which a recyclable sleeve contains the wine) will do likewise for enemies of the box. Speaking strictly from an environmental viewpoint, however, its significantly reduced carbon footprint comparative to glass bottles is just one aspect of GreenBottle’s “green bottle” that makes it seem like an idea worth exploring.