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.
Don’t Kick This Bucket
Caveat: As of this writing, this is only a limited release giveaway item, so don’t bother flocking to your local KFC in hopes of snaring one. KFC is celebrating 60 years of doing chicken right in Canada with the Memories Bucket—a container whose base houses a bluetooth-enabled printer that works with your cellphone to print your gallery photos (a.k.a., your “memories”). Whether the fried chicken juggernaut will temporarily alter its motto to “It’s photo-printin’ good” remains to be seen. In the meantime, is anyone getting as big a kick out of this KFC commercial featuring a singing Colonel Sanders as I am? [Video courtesy of KFC YouTube channel]
Via The Verge
Hello Dim Sum, Hello Kitty
Hong Kong has a Hello kitty-themed restaurant whose cuisine is making quite the name for itself for being adorable as well as delicious. While there’s no English-language menu available as of this writing, non-native patrons seem to be having no trouble ordering up tiny tasty things that are frequently adorned with the titular feline’s kind, curious face and trademark hair bow. That motif extends well beyond the menu, in a dining room whose decor manages to work Hello Kitty in wherever possible, right down to the chopstick rests shaped like her bow. I don’t know about the rest of you, but as a dad of two girls, I think I’ve just found the first definite must-stop for my family whenever we make our way to Hong Kong.
It’s Crunch Time in Yorkshire
Mr. Crisp, England’s first crisp sandwich shop opened yesterday, and even more intriguing than the fact that another (the world’s first, in fact) exists in Belfast, Ireland, is that it’s already receiving significant positive public response. The restaurant offers a variety of sandwiches and dressings made with over 50 varieties of crisps (more commonly known in the U.S. as potato chips). Don’t get me wrong; I don’t begrudge the shop or its proprietor any of its success, and some of the sandwiches sound quite tasty. I just am still having trouble digesting the current trend of paying for food items that a person could prepare in mere minutes in his own kitchen (recent examples: a service that will mail you all the ingredients for a grilled cheese sandwich, a restaurant that serves patrons bowls of cold cereal and milk, etc.) Surely piling potato chips between two slices of white or brown bread in my own kitchen can be accomplished as easily as trekking all the way to a restaurant for the same. But who am I to scoff at the evolution of the sandwich restaurant? Maybe I simply lack vision. What I don’t lack, however, is a loaf of bread and a bag of chips, so let the experimentation begin…and let it begin in the comfort of my own home with me dressed in nothing but my socks and underwear, if I so desire.
Via The Telegraph
The Colors…The Colors…
A restaurant modeled after the Pantone Color Matching System has popped up on Monaco’s Grimaldi Forum promenade. Due to remain open until this September 9th, the eatery wants its patrons to “Taste The Colors,” assisting them in this endeavor with aptly-named/color-coded menu items. So one can wash down one’s Tomato Red & Mozza White #18-1660 sandwich and Decadent Chocolate #19-1625 éclair with a Vibrant Orange #16-1364 juice while appreciating the same color system as it’s been applied to the restaurant’s decor. Tables, chairs, napkins, all get the Pantone treatment. In Monaco; hardly a place known for having a drab aesthetic. The Pantone Cafe does lend new meaning to the phrase”soak up some local color,” though, so it is perhaps not an unclever placement.
Via Paste Magazine