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.
Some People Call it A Space Whisky
In 2011, a portion of whisky was launched into space to see how the liquor would respond to that environment. Three years on, it’s time for our wandering hooch to come home. On September 12th it returns to earth to be evaluated and compared with a control sample as scientists see how the earthbound whisky measures up against its more well-traveled counterpart. Tasty research seems imminent.
PB & IPAJ?
So, what was once beer-flavored jelly fiction is now beer-flavored jelly fact, and we owe that change to a crafty Vermont foodie named Nancy Warner. Beer jelly small-batch preserves are rendered from hops, malt, and yeast and are available in four varieties that match the four styles of beer from which they’re made. Whether your preference is for a rich, smoky Porter, an earthy Oatmeal Stout, or the floral spice of an IPA or Black IPA, there’s a jelly for you and the set of four will only set you back $28. Put it on toast or smear it on things best left unmentioned. We won’t judge you either way.
The Chocoholic’s Loo
Gold plating may have just officially been replaced as the go-to mark of a high roller’s belongings. A UK retailer will sell you a 100% Belgian chocolate bathroom suite complete with chocolate bidet, sink, and bathtub. BathroomSweets.com‘s chocolate fixtures are available by special request as a set or as individual items. To dispel the “ick” factor inherent in toilet furnishings as an edible medium, rest assured the items are not intended for actual use. The idea for a chocolate bathroom was driven in large part by customers frequent misspelling of “suite” as “sweet” when conducting online searches for potty upgrades. That means that for better or worse, the fact that this exists is officially on us.
Via FN Dish
The Salmon Cannon
It’s not as bad as it sounds. Let me say that right up front. Yes, it is does rely on pressure to launch live fish through a tube at up to 22 mph. Yes it can shoot them up to 30 feet into the air. But its purpose could not be more benign. The device was designed to assist salmon with navigating to their spawning grounds, an increasingly difficult endeavor for our scaly friends, given the disruptive contribution that humankind’s river dams have made to destroying salmon migratory routes. The launched fish are said to suffer no ill effects from this transit method, and the device is said to be far less expensive and more efficient than other methods of moving them. When the salmon win, we win.
Via NPR The Salt