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.
Two Anti-New Year’s Resolution Burgers
Take heed, those who haven’t yet broken their food-based New Year’s resolve: Philadelphia’s PYT and California’s Slater’s 50/50 burger restaurants are out to break it for you. Slater’s 50/50’s chosen means of doing so is its Excesstasy burger, which includes among it merits a pile of Southern Comfort-drunken onions, a 100% bacon patty soaked in bone marrow butter, and an entire white cheddar-and-bacon grilled cheese sandwich—and that’s not even everything that’s on it. PYT’s Kettle Chip-Fried PB&J Burger takes the almost elegant by comparison approach of topping a banana sriracha-marinated beef burger patty with bacon and replacing the standard burger bun with two deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches coated in crushed kettle-cooked potato chips. Note to both establishments: that was mean; perhaps not a bad tasting bit of resolution sabotage, but still mean.
So, Dead Whale Beer is a Thing Now
I won’t, and honestly can’t, pretend this one is anything other than what it sounds like. Spawned by a partnership between Iceland’s Steðji brewery and Hvalur whaling firm, this beer is made with whale meal, a by-product of reducing whale flesh to oils. Available only for a limited time, and not intended for export, the brew has nonetheless displeased animal rights activists. This doesn’t seem to have dissuaded the beer’s producers, in a region where whale and whale product consumption has a centuries-old history. On the contrary, the beer is being touted as a drink that will make “True Vikings” of its drinkers. So one’s willingness to drink it will depend to a large extent on how badly one wants to be a Viking.
Via Food Republic
Everglades Pizza Has Python, Gator, and Frog Meat Toppings
If you have $45 and the stomach and palate of some kind of daredevil-lion hybrid, Evan’s Neighborhood Pizza in Fort Myers, Florida has your next meal covered. Its “Everglades” pizza is topped with the meat of pythons, frogs, and alligators. Understandably, this pizza and its eclectic blend of toppings is receiving a great deal of media attention; enough that it has me considering topping my next novel with the same in hopes of garnering half as much interest. I’ll do it. Don’t think I won’t.
One Colorado Restaurant’s Sushi/Weed Pairing Menu
With recreational marijuana usage now legalized in Colorado, this doesn’t seem nearly as farfetched today as it might have at this same time last year. Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar now offers a (mock) pairing menu for those seeking to derive maximum simultaneous enjoyment from their sushi and weed selections. Although no marijuana is sold on the restaurant premises, it’s a pretty good joke that’s made funnier by the restaurant chain’s placement of table placards expressing the establishments particular willingness to accommodate patrons inclined to discuss topics such as “how cool their pets are and that fish would make cool pets but you would have to live in the ocean to hang out with them and this weed is really good and…”
Um…Dude, what was I just writing about? I like food. If any animal was going to taste like sunshine, I think it’d be unicorns…