IBM’s Watson Creates BBQ Sauce, South Korea’s Penis Restaurant, Buying Second Hand Booze in Tokyo, and Europe’s Silver-Coated Ice Cream Bar

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: IBMblr
Image credit: IBMblr

The Sauce’s Afoot

Supercomputer and Jeopardy contestant Watson can add “Saucier” to its list of impressive credentials. The IBM construct has created a recipe for a barbecue sauce which IBM has released just in time for July 4th. Watson’s Bengali Butternut BBQ Sauce counts the likes of tamarind, Thai chilies, dates, and white wine among its ingredients, which number over a dozen. This feels like an olive branch extended to soften the blow when the robots eventually overthrow humanity. Perhaps it’s their way of letting us know that although our civilization will fall, we’ll at least be able to eat well.

Via NPR

Image credit: IamKoreAm.com
Image credit: IamKoreAm.com

An Eatery With an Eye to the Sky

Even if Deolmusae restaurant, located in Pocheon City, South Korea was not immediately recognizable by its giant penis oven smokestack, it would be by the rows of penises lining the road that leads up to the place (they light up after dark to illuminate one’s way to delicious penis-themed eating experiences that I won’t ponder for long.) The reason for the presence of so much hard wood? Too much feminine energy when the restaurant first opened back in 1996, according to a Buddhist priest. So to strike a balance between male and female juju, the restaurant owner sent in the crowns and shafts. Serving male patrons from cups and plates bearing vaginas, and female guests from like items bearing penis motifs, it’s clear that Deolmusae is (insert juvenile penis pun here. There are too many in my head and I just can’t choose).

Via Kotaku

Image credit: Hatena Diary
Image credit: Hatena Diary

Aren’t You Going To Liquor Off?

The establishment’s name is Liquor Off and its specialty is buying and selling secondhand beer, wine, and spirits. While it may be the hands-down winner of the “Stores with Double Entendres for Names” championship, however, there’s one thing that it is not, and that’s a buyer of opened containers. So the next time you’re in Tokyo and someone gifts you a bottle of something you’ll never, ever drink, no need to let it languish in the back of your closet. Like the song says, “There’s a place you can go.”

Via First We Feast

Image credit: Devour
Image credit: Devour

Magnum Ice Cream Goes Silver

To mark its 25th birthday, ice cream manufacturer Magnum Europe has released a celebratory ice cream bar. Called the Magnum Marc de Champagne, its interior mixes ice cream with Marc de Champagne, and its exterior is composed of silver-finished chocolate. It’s only available throughout Europe, though, meaning that those of us suffering from metallic-chocolate-coated ice cream intake deficiency will sadly have to sit out in the cold a bit longer, or else hop across the pond.

Via Devour

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Wishing a Happy 4th of July to all my U.S readers.

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