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.
Caveat: This one hasn’t yet moved past the prototype phase, so don’t look to your dinnertime dirties to tidy up after you anytime soon. Swedish designers at Tomorrow Machine are hard at work on the concept though, and are presently refining the technology necessary to make it happen. Utilizing the organic compound cellulose, developers at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology have created lightweight, shatter-resistant plates and dishes with an outer surface resistant to water and dirt.
Neapolitan Milk Stout
Chicago’s Saugatuck Brewing has accomplished quite the flavor-based hat trick. It’s created a beer called Neapolitan Milk Stout that, as one might glean from its name, tastes like Neapolitan ice cream (that frozen confection we all know and love for combining vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice creams in a single carton.) The beer also does tricks, as its creamy flavor is said to hit the tongue as chocolate before transitioning to vanilla, and finally, to strawberry. Dark roasted chocolate malts blended with extracts of strawberry, chocolate, and Madagascar bourbon vanilla are used to brew this curious and compelling concoction that leaves me incapable of looking at ice cream floats the same way ever again.
Via Time Out Chicago
Taxi Meets Dining Car
Kab-U-To Work (“Cab you to work”) , a service currently provided for free during the holidays by a London noodle shop, has earned the nickname “The Hangover Taxi.” It’s a shuttle for tipplers who’ve gone overboard, carrying them safely from home to workplace, providing them a meal along the way of a bowl of noodles, a glass of orange juice, and even hangover medicine and breath mints. Missing not a single trick, the service can even be reserved ahead of time, for those occasions when one’s binge drinking on a work night is an avoidable foregone conclusion. In the battle between whether to consider that immutability sad because the surest remedy for a hangover should be avoiding it to begin with by drinking responsibly, or wonderful because it created a demand to which Kab-U-To Work provides the supply in a way that’s new and interesting, the latter sentiment is winning. Wonder if this third glass of wine I’m enjoying as I type this has anything to do with that…
What’s in the Farmer’s Fridge
Luke Saunders, founder of Farmer’s Fridge, cares about you and wants you to eat better. How is he helping to make this possible? Vending machines made from reclaimed wood and recycled materials, filled with salad options instead of the usual terrible fare automated vendors are known to carry. Recyclable salad jars. Vegetarian and vegan options. Organic, frequently locally-sourced ingredients. Anyone worried about uneaten salads sitting in the machine until they grow beards will be happy to know the salads are made fresh daily at 5 a.m. and delivered to the machines by 10a.m. the same day. Unsold salads get donated to food banks the following day.
Via Kitchen Daily