Nestlé’s ‘Nude’ Baristas, Japan’s ‘Restaurant M’, Bacon-Flavored Seaweed, and The Simpsons’ Duff Beer Is Now Real

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.

Naked Coffee Hour

It’s no secret that sexuality sells, nor that sex and nudity are often part and parcel of one another. A good number of you reading this right now are probably only here because you saw the word “nude” in this post’s title and popped in seeking visual titillation. You know it. I know it. And apparently, Nestlé knows it. That’s why to maximize exposure (pun unintended) for its Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss line of all-natural non-dairy creamer, it took over a New York coffeehouse, staffing it with baristas who were nude. Or, make that “nude” since although wearing no clothing, they had their bodies painted to appear as though they were. (Loophole!) the coffees dispensed, each containing the product, were free, a thing that seems to have intrigued New Yorkers at least as much as the bare bodies behind the cash registers, if not more so. That seems both sad and wonderful at the same time, and I’m not sure why. but hey, free coffee and a slam dunk ad campaign are far from being the worst possible outcome here. [Video courtesy of Coffee-Mate YouTube channel]

Via Design Taxi

Image credit: Sorrida
Image credit: Sorrida

‘M’ So Fancy

So in fairness, the first thing to know here is that the “M” is for “McDonald’s.”

Still reading? Good.

On July 27th, 2015 the internationally-recognizable burger franchise is going upscale for a single day in Tokyo, Japan: serving patrons their meals on honest-to-goodness plates. With utensils. “Restaurant M” will be the ordinarily modest restaurant’s alter-ego for that duration, wherein its kitchen will churn out reimagined meals like a vegetable gelée, vichyssoise made of McDonald’s french fries, and a berry-topped Oreo McFlurry served in a bowl. Its beef, fish, and chicken burgers will be served cut into toothpicked bite-sized morsels for ease, and likely to accommodate the legions of ironic selfie-takers certain to pounce on this opportunity to perhaps wring a bit more fun than usual out of sitting down to a McDonald’s meal.

Via Kotaku

Image credit: Oregon State University
Image credit: Oregon State University

Bacon Up That Seaweed, Boy!

Oregon State University researchers have patented a new strain of dulse seaweed that tastes like fried pork-rich love when cooked. Somewhat resembling translucent reddish-orange shrubbery, the seaweed was developed over the course of fifteen years and is said to put kale to shame in terms of being nutrient-packed. Sure it may have originally been developed as a food source for sea snails, but anything that tastes like bacon when fried is good enough for humankind as well, am I right?

Via The Telegraph

Image credit: Guillermo Arias/AP
Image credit: Guillermo Arias/AP

Duff Enough

At long last, the moment when it is acceptable for Simpsons Fans to have a cow has arrived. Twentieth Century Fox is preparing to launch an official real-world version of Springfield’s favorite beer, Duff, in Europe (to begin with, though hopefully it will wash up on our shores soon afterward.) This, after years and no small amount of money spent battling illegal distributors of knockoff beers bearing the same name. The beer is said to taste better than the brews being slung to and fro at Moe’s Tavern; this real-life rendering, a premium lager, will bear aromatic notes of caramel, with fruit on the palate. I’m sure Homer would approve of anything in which caramel is involved, so I am hopeful that I’ll enjoy the taste of it when opportunity presents itself.

Via Yahoo News UK

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