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.
Coffee Imitates Art
Starting on December 1st, your local barista won’t be the only person you know capable of crowning your morning coffee with ridiculously detailed artworks. This, because on that fine day, Japanese manufacturer Takara Tomy Arts will release Deco Latte: flavorless white-and-coffee-colored gelatin discs that when placed upon the surface of your hot beverage, will delight you with an image that last for up to two minutes before breaking down to be stirred into your cup. Best of all, at 500 yen (less than $5.00 USD,) per ten-sheet pack, Deco Latte won’t set you back that much for the privilege of being the envy of your coffee-preparing friends.
Japan’s Whisky Can Beat Up Your Country’s Whisky
Japan’s Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 recently earned 97.5 marks out of 100 in the 2015 World Whisky Bible. An impressive enough feat, one made more impressive by the fact that never in the Whisky Bible’s 12-year history has a Scottish malt failed to place among the top five. Chapter 14 Not Peated, from the English Whisky Company took honors for the best European whisky. I’m sure that’s going to sting for a while, Scotland, but I’m sure I’m not alone in having faith in you. You’ll get ’em next year. In the meantime, I extend to Japan a heartfelt Omedetou, Nihon! and soon will extend to my local liquor merchant my credit card to purchase a bottle of Yamazaki.
Via The Independent
Stealth Ice Cream
I don’t know about you, but I can scarcely think of a cone full of sweet, tasty ice cream anymore without also calling to mind clandestine military maneuvers. Perhaps sensing this compulsion in me and countless others, Baskin-Robbins has created “First Class Camouflage Ice Cream.” Its description on their website reads, “Chocolate, Salty Caramel, and Cake flavored ice creams team up to make a flavor so delicious, you’ll never see it coming.” Never thought I’d find myself sleeping with one eye open to watch for battle-ready ice cream’s silent approach, but here we are. Though, as the popular ice cream chain’s Flavor of the Month for November, I’m sure it comes in peace.
A Pumpkin Spice Latte Burger (Of Sorts)
I know. It’s Fall. I get it. Now’s the time of year to flavor everything from lip balm to postage stamps with pumpkin and spice. But when one reads of things like this latest creation from Umami Burger, one could be forgiven for asking “Was this really necessary?” In fairness, one might also be excused for answering, “Absolutely!” before taking a huge bite of this chimera composed of “Umami Burger’s signature beef patty with a garlic aioli, tempura Kabocha (an Asian winter squash), spiced Mascarpone, and a coffee glaze.” It certainly deserves points for originality. And it is, after all, a limited-time item, only slated to hang around on the menu until the holiday season ends. Or until supplies run out, whichever comes first.
Via The Braiser