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.
Crocodile Egg Ice Cream
Sweet Spot Artisan Ice Cream In Davao City, Philippines makes a specialty ice cream with eggs. That wouldn’t be noteworthy (ice cream frequently counts eggs among its ingredients) if the eggs didn’t come from a local crocodile farm situated near the ice cream shop. The crocodile eggs, approximately 80% yolk, are said to be healthier than chicken eggs, and are a key ingredient in the hand-mixed batches of crocodile ice cream made available in different flavors. Well played, Philippines. You’ve officially pulled ahead in the unique ice cream ingredient race forming the core of every person’s fundamental belief system (What’s that? It’s only me who feels that way about artisan ice cream ingredients? Oh…okay, then never mind…)
Whole Foods Camel Milk
“As much as I love a nice glass of ice-cold milk, I often wish it tasted a bit more gamey,” said no person in the history of the world. Nevertheless, Desert Farms Camel Milk is coming to Whole Foods supermarket shelves throughout Reno, Nevada and Northern California. Said to taste a bit sweeter—and yes, gamier, apparently—than cow’s milk, it will be sold frozen, going for a tidy sum of about$26.00 per 16-ounce bottle (yep, you read that right.) Rich in calcium, protein, Vitamin B1 and more, camel milk is reportedly lower in fat than whole USDA milk. So, depending on how adamant one is that good health should be delivered via routine ingestion of lactating camel secretions, this product has potential to become an expensive (though ultimately beneficial) habit.
Urban Beehives…For Our Homes…
Try as I might, (sarcasm imminent) I simply cannot conceive a single way in which cultivating a bee colony inside one’s home has any potential to go badly (sarcasm concluded). Born of honorable intentions, those of presenting a solution to declining bee populations and encouraging sustainability in modern-day households, the hives were designed with planted flowers to attract the bees, internal honeycomb structure for them to live in, and a smoke actuator to mellow their vibe before one goes in to harvest fresh honey. The concept would sound even more awesome than it already does (and despite my earlier facetiousness, I do think it’s a neat idea), if it didn’t also sound like the blueprint of a future bee-themed disaster movie starring James Franco, wherein the bees rise up under the leadership of one uncommonly intelligent member of their ranks and overthrow humanity. Until the arrival of our striped, winged overlords, however, free in-house honey! Wheee!
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Mixing Drinks, Mixed Scents
Patrons at Fragrances, a new cocktail bar that opened yesterday June 12th at the Ritz-Carlton Berlin, can enjoy what’s being called a “multisensory mixology” experience. Aimed at exploring the connection between our senses of taste and smell, the menu allows guests to choose their drinks by scent. Each alcoholic beverage arrives accompanied by a small bottle of perfume, the idea being that the drink will smell and taste representative of the fragrance paired with it. Drink ingredients and fragrance elements for each pairing are displayed under glass domes in the establishment’s “Hall of Fame,” adding a visual dimension to the sensory experience. Can’t help wondering whether I’d be likelier to earn strange looks for dabbing a bit of my chosen cocktail on pulse points and behind my ears, or for failing to do so.