The 99-Cheese Pizza,The $260 Ecuadorian Chocolate Bar, A Gingerbread Casa Batlló, and the First U.S. Pac-Man Restaurant

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: Devour
Image credit: Devour

Jay-Z Would Be Proud of The Chef Who Created This

No, I’m not going to type the line. You know the one. I’m not going to wreak any unwarranted pizza-themed cosmetic surgery upon a certain rap chorus in the name of predictable punnery. So don’t ask, okay?  I’m serious. Moving on. Don’t know what’s more awesome about this pizza created by Australian madman chef/2014 winner of the World’s Best Pizza award Johnny Di Francesco: that he managed to pack 99 distinct varieties of cheese into its production, or that he sold the limited edition pies for a cool $19. That’s what it’s like, one could suppose, to exist ever in a Pizza Empire State of Mind.

Via Devour

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Image credit: To’ak Chocolate

Rain Chocolate Reign

Did you know that there’s a limited-edition To-ak variety of chocolate out of Ecuador? Did you know that it is currently selling for $260 per 1.5 ounces, and ships with 116 pages of proper tasting techniques, as well as tweezers (to prevent the natural oils in one’s fingertips from tainting the tasting experience)? Recently described by an L.A. Times restaurant critic fortunate enough to taste some as “very intense, with notes of cherries, earth, flowers…sandalwood, caramel, hazelnuts, orange blossom — and more,” it has our attention and I dare say, our curiosity. Did you know, too, that the recommended drink accompaniment is a bourbon that doesn’t come cheaply and can be extraordinarily hard to find? That seems important. Of its initial 574-bar run, 325 bars remain unsold as of this writing. So, run, don’t walk. Or at least, walk, don’t amble if you want in before this 2014 Rain Harvest series evaporates.

Via Food Republic

This Gingerbread House Can Beat Up Your Gingerbread House

With Christmas less than a week away, and construction of our family gingerbread house yet to begin, the video above is inspiring and daunting in equal measure. All double entendre aside, this gingerbread re-creation of Gaudí’s Casa Batlló in Barcelona, Spain is pretty sweet. Created by Modernist Cuisine, the finished product is spectacle enough, but watching the various methods by which its components were crafted is equally entrancing. Modernist Cuisine’s house is a very, very, very fine house indeed. [Video courtesy of Modernist Cuisine’s YouTube channel]

Via Eater

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Pac Mangia?

Level 257” isn’t just the name of a secret glitch level in classic arcade game Pac-Man anymore. It’s also the name of a Pac-Man-themed restaurant scheduled to open in the Chicago ‘burbs next month. Said to collect bowling lanes, pinball machines, table tennis, and an arcade within its 40,000 square feet, this eatery sounds worth a look for lovers of gaming and burgers alike. Having said that, if the restaurant’s finished interior layout isn’t vaguely maze-inspired, and if its waitstaff don’t chase diners toward the exit at meals’ end while wearing brightly colored ghost costumes, then I call missed opportunity.

Via Thrillist

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