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.
The Pizza Button
A prototype has been constructed for a device that will enable a single button depression to order up between one and five Dominos pizzas for delivery right to your door without you having to log onto your computer or place a phone call. Called PiePal, this undoubted best possible usage of professional engineer time and resources is the work of D.C.-based iStrategyLabs, and they’re currently accepting beta tester applications. Sign up here to make the supreme sacrifice of chowing down on the most easily-acquired pizza you’ll ever eat. Do it in the name of science!
Via NPR The Salt
Akane Farms Pinching Eggs
Consumption of raw egg is a typical part of enjoying certain Japanese dishes. Tsumande Goran (translated as “pinching egg” or “Give it a pinch”) is the name of an egg with a yolk whose outer membrane is so strong, one can pick it up with one’s fingers and hold it. It’s currently on offer with a somewhat simple rice dish called Tamago Kake Gohan at a restaurant in Fukuoka prefecture by the name of Tamago Kake Gohanya Akane Nojo. The eggs, said to be fresh-tasting, are certified by Japan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare (a thing that should but probably won’t alleviate any of the concerns certain people reading this may have about the bacterial dangers of consuming raw foods.) Having eaten a few raw egg-topped Asian dishes in my time, I can’t say that I love either the taste or the texture that it imparts. If, however, I were offered a bowl of food crowned with an egg that apparently hails from the planet Krypton, I would be hard pressed to decline the experience.
Optical Wine Grape Sorting
German scientists have developed an automated process of sorting wine grapes by quality. The technology will assess and sort the grapes by color (which corresponds to varying sugar levels in the grapes) as well as removing stems, insects, and leaves, its aim being to produce quality wines more affordably by reducing the necessity of manual harvesting. The “Grape Sort” won’t debut until around Autumn 2014, but is already showing great promise in its processing, and inspiring (my apologies for these next two words) grape expectations (again, sorry about that; couldn’t help myself. Tried. Couldn’t.) all around.
Via Inside Science
Canned Wine, ‘Cause Why Not?”
Intent on shaking up the experience of enjoying wine, Union Wine Company, headquartered in Oregon, has made it possible for you to drink your chosen nectar of the vine out of cans. Friendlier to the environment (not to mention more cost-effective) because the cans use less material, each can will hold an approximate two servings of wine. Despite obvious questions surrounding the long-term effects of such packaging on the overall quality of the wine, I can’t wait to get my hands on a can of this stuff (though any “shaking up” that should precede one opening a can would seem ill-advised. Poor phrasing, that was.)