Thailand’s Rolled Ice Cream, Cool-Sip Metal Mugs, SXSW’s Kwik-E Mart Food Truck, and Fried Frog Burgers

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.

I Want To Be Friends With This Ice Cream Vendor

As far as videos that 1. involve the sale of ice cream and 2. get better every time I view them,  the collection is growing. You might remember the gentleman in Istanbul who served up ice cream cones with generous sprinklings of dexterity and panache. Now I find this one out of Thailand. Yes, it’s true that neither the YouTube video above nor the process of rolling freshly made ice cream are new to the planet, but this video serves me irrefutable proof that perhaps U.S. vendors need to step up their game with regard to presenting their wares with style.

Via YouTube

Image credit: Uncrate.com
Image credit: Uncrate.com

Hot Lips Cool Lips

In the Snow Peak Hot Lips Titanium Mug, we have another of those ideas that once heard, cause me to wonder why no one invented it sooner because it makes perfect sense. Its rustproof lightweight construction and flip-out wraparound handles (for compact storing when traveling with it) are more than sufficient amenities to garner interest from people into camping and other forms of wilderness recreation. What boosted its cool factor above the clouds for me was the silicone rim sleeve that allows one heating its content over a stove or open flame to safely sip from it without burning their lips on heated titanium. Slips between hot cup and tender lip might be over.

Via Uncrate

Image credit: 20th Century FOX
Image credit: 20th Century FOX

The Simpsons’ Kwik-E Mart Does SXSW

25 years ago, the Kwik-E Mart made its first appearance on the televised cultural institution that is Matt Groening’s The Simpsons. In commemoration of the first time we heard Apu Nahasapeemapetilon chime “Thank you! Come again!” a food truck version of the Springfield convenience store will roll into the annual South By Southwest (SXSW to its friends) music festival. Free Squishees will flow in two exclusive flavors—”Not So Very Cherry” and “Give ‘Em The Razz”—along with free Simpsons World app demos, and access to a Kwik E Photo Booth to take photos you’ll look back on years from now and smile about. If you decide to check it out, one word of advice: Keep an eye peeled for Snake.

Via Foodiggity

Image credit: Akihabara News
Image credit: Akihabara News

I Just Couldn’t Kermit

“Poisonous creatures” and “collaborated food menu” just might be the two most daunting phrases I’ve ever seen contained in a single food-related announcement. The cafe in Japan’s Orbi Yokohama Museum will soon begin serving a fried frog burger on a menu created to tie in with its “Moudoku Ten” (which translates to “deadly poison”) exhibition taking place from March 21st through May 17st. Truth to tell, I find the prospect of ingesting an entire fried frog on a black bun less than captivating, due in no small part to the legs—the only part of a frog I’ve ever eaten or cared to— sticking out of the thing as if the photo has captured a meal in mid-escape from the plate of its would-be devourer. Not sure where the harm would have lie in using buns that actually encompass the entire article, but none can say the photo and the cafe menu don’t make a statement. I do wonder though, what they’ll call the burger in France…

Via Akihabara News

*Mention of a product, good, or service in a Friday Fourplay posting does not constitute and should not be interpreted as an endorsement either from Anthony Beal or Flavorful World LLC. Vendors are not notified ahead of time that their products/services will be featured, thus Flavorful World will at the time of posting have had no related interactions with said vendors or any sample of their products/services by which to judge them. As such, we have no idea what these vendors are like to work with, or about the quality of their merchandise and are unqualified to vouch for them as reputable. Our Friday Fourplay lists are posted in the spirit of our having come across something that looks and sounds engaging, and thinking that perhaps our readers will think so too; no more, no less. With that in mind, patronize these establishments and vendors at your own risk.

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