Voltaggio’s Monte Cristo Burger, Japan’s Chocolate Chicken Burger, The Norwegian Fish-Filleting X-ray Robot, and Iberico Jamón-Flavored Mezcal

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: Foodbeast
Image credit: Foodbeast

The Monte Cristo Burger @ Umami Burger

This is the tale of a hamburger that gets topped with prosciutto before being smothered in Gruyère fondue.  It’s the tale of a burger that gets sandwiched between buns that get soaked in custard and then fried before a sprinkling of powdered sugar goes on to sweeten the deal along with a side of maple syrup.  These attributes alone would invite intrigue enough in the hearts and minds of food lovers everywhere.  But when you add to the mix that this burger was created for the Umami Burger restaurant chain by sixth-season Top Chef victor Michael Voltaggio, I can’t help but wonder why you’re still sitting there reading this, and not halfway to Umami Burger right this minute.  It’s been available since January 28th, and a dollar from each sale benefits the Los Angeles Mission, so all tasters can rest assured that they’ll be chewing for a cause.

Via Foodbeast

Image credit: Lotteria
Image credit: Lotteria

Japan’s Chocolate Chicken Burger

Not to be outdone by custard and powdered sugar, Japan’s Lotteria has created a Chocolate and Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Burger that is exactly what it sounds like.  Hitting restaurant menus throughout Japan on February 6th, the sandwich features two chicken patties topped with lettuce, honey mustard sauce (because why not? I suppose) and a dollop of chocolate sauce (for it to pull double duty as a Valentine’s sandwich, I guess?)  Try as I might, I honestly can’t think of a reason for this sandwich to exist, however I’m equally hard pressed, with taste being subjective and all, to think of a reason not to sauce a chicken sandwich with chocolate, which is as good a reason as any to try it out.

Via Devour

Image credit: Gizmag
Image credit: Gizmag

X-rays, and Water Sprays for Fish Filets

A joint venture between several Norwegian fishing industry companies has resulted in the prototype for a machine that could revolutionize the industry.  Using x-ray technology to locate fish pin bones, and high-pressure water jets to trim them away, the device would produce less waste than current filleting processes.  it would also create knowledge-based employment opportunities and allow more Norwegian fish processing jobs to remain in the country

Via GizMag

Image credit: Food Republic
Image credit: Food Republic

Iberico Jamon Mezcal

“Iberico” is the name of the newest release from Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, founded by Ron Cooper. Flavored with pieces of jamón ibérico (a type of specialty Spanish pork)hung to marinate in the distillery vapors, it is said to posess a more masculine flavor than a previous version called “Pechuga,” that used chicken breast.  It’s set to retail for about $200 a bottle, and destined to force me to make a difficult financial decision in the near future.

Via Food Republic

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