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.
Sriracha (Sigh….) Vodka.
Like a number of items that have found their way into past Friday Fourplay columns, here is one I haven’t quite decided how to feel about. On one hand, kudos to the minds at UV Vodka for pulling it off. On the other, I’m just not certain this needs to exist. It isn’t as though I’ve never encountered a pepper-spiked liquor before (though my relationship history with them is best described as “checkered”). I’m just unconvinced that we need another sriracha-flavored oddity. It may be interesting that such a thing exists, and would be still more interesting, were this brand to catch fire and begin to fly off the liquor store shelves as demand for it exploded. Whether this will soon happen and serve me a heaping plate of crow to eat remains to be seen, but for now, I’ll file this product under
“Why? For the sake of Pete, Paul, and Mary, WHY?” “Fleeting curiosity; little else.”
Emails aren’t edible. Tweets aren’t tasty. These are things we know. Sent messages have gained a bit of flavor however, in Cookie Mail, a service launched earlier this month. Now accepting orders from all over the world (but currently shipping only within Japan) Cookie Mail is available in message lengths of 35, 70, or 105 characters which get printed onto various assortments of cookies, one letter or hiragana character per cookie. As flavors go, sender options are 3: soft chocolate, butter cookie, or langue du chat (cat’s tongue) This method of communication certainly would take some sting out of receiving jury duty notices, past due invoice requests, and the like. Here’s hoping to see its shipping area extended beyond Japan in the near future.
Yes, Virginia, There’s Ron Burgundy Scotch
I am positively in a glass case of emotion over this. If you’ve never seen the 2004 comedy ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,’ then with all possible haste, you need to step away from this post and watch it right now. Then watch it again and come back here. Go on, I’ll wait…
Good stuff, yes? More good stuff: a scotch whiskey is launching later this month, and its name is “Great Odin’s Raven Special Reserve”. “Great Odin’s Raven!” is one of several exclamatory catchphrases uttered by titular character Ron Burgundy, whose favorite alcoholic beverage is scotch. Timed to coincide with the release of ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ here is a drink that’s just begging to be consumed before you head out to your next vacant lot newscaster rumble. Don’t forget your trident.
Edible Chocolate Paints (Tubes and all)
Japanese design firm Nendo may have just created the food/chocolate lover’s gift of the season. What on first glance appears to be a 12-piece set of artist’s paints is revealed on closer inspection to be a box of twelve chocolates shaped like paint tubes. Bearing wrappers naming their respective paint “colors” (some examples being melon, green tea, and cranberry) each paint tube is filled with a caramel or syrup flavored to match the hue named on its label. Well-painted, Nendo. Well-painted, indeed.