Florida’s Python-Frog-Gator-Meat Pizza, Icelandic ‘Dead Whale’ Beer, Colorado’s Sushi/Marijuana Pairing Restaurant, and Two Anti-New Year’s Resolution Burgers

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.

Image credit: Delish
Image credit: Delish

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.

Via Delish

Image credit: Hvalur
Image credit: Hvalur

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

Image credit: Buzzfeed
Image credit: Buzzfeed

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.

Via Buzzfeed

Image credit: Foodbeast
Image credit: Foodbeast

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…

Via Foodbeast

*Mention of a product, good, or service in a Friday Fourplay posting should not be interpreted as an endorsement either from Anthony Beal or Flavorful World food and drink blog. Vendors are not notified ahead of time that their products/services will be featured, thus Flavorful World will at the time of posting have had no related interactions with said vendors or any sample of their products/services by which to judge them. As such, we have no idea what these vendors are like to work with, or about the quality of their merchandise and are unqualified to vouch for them as reputable. Our Friday Fourplay lists are posted in the simple spirit of our having come across something that looks and sounds engaging, and thinking that perhaps our readers will think so too; no more, no less. With that in mind, patronize these establishments and vendors at your own risk.
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