Germany’s Gourmet Pet Deli, Vodka-Powered Text Messaging, A Hand-Warming Mug, and The Combining Double Helix Chopsticks

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.

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Gourmet Pet Deli

No carnivorous pet should have to stoop to eating rougher deli cuts like some kind of animal, so there now exists in Berlin, Germany a gourmet delicatessen for the beloved beasts. With options ranging from berries to kangaroo, each menu offering is approved by the staff nutrition expert at the aptly-named Pet Deli. I suppose if cats can drink wine, it’s only fair that they, dogs, and other pets should have access to additional tastes of the finer things, if only for dogs to have something worthy of pairing with their beer.

Via Eater

Vodka Texting

York University researchers have devised a way to send messages by programming messages into sprays of vodka.  These are sent across a room to a receiver which then translates the messages into text.  I’ve read enough drunk-texting-themed jokes on this topic to easily avoid adding to them.  This video posted on York University’s YouTube channel details the process and easily wins the “Clever Drink Science” award I just invented in my head.

Via Foodbeast

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Hand Warmer Mug

The day on which I’m typing this is a cold and snowy affair.  A snowstorm that began yesterday and continued through much of last night has blanketed my region as well as many other parts of the United States in snow and harsh, subzero temperatures.  So today, this mug seems more like a wonderful idea than it might on a day that I didn’t have to twice take a break from shoveling my outside grounds because my hands were freezing from the bitter cold.  Today I can ignore that virtually any hot liquid-filled drinking vessel would likely do a fair job of warming one’s hands, or at least one’s palms.  The ToastyMUG, created by Product and Interior Designer Sabrina Fossi, is notable for its handles, which envelop the hands, transmitting the warmth of the beverage filling it to simultaneously surround both hands with heat. They also look great and are sure to start conversations wherever they are found. Items that are functional and attractive? More, please.

Via Foodiggity

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Image credit: Nendo

When 2 (Chopsticks) Become 1

Japanese design firm Nendo has created a pair of interlocking helix-shaped chopsticks.  Called rassen chopsticks (“rassen” being Japanese for “helix”), they are designed to separate into two when used for eating, then re-combine into one when not be used.  It’s a neat (if not entirely necessary) innovation that at the very least, could solve my problem of occasionally misplacing chopstick partners.

Via Spoon and Tamago

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