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.
99 Scratches of Scratch on the Scratch
Pop Chart Lab has invented a perfect means of keeping track of the beers you’ve tasted (and of outlining which ones you have yet to sample). Its 99 Bottles of Craft Beer on the Wall Scratch-Off Chart presents 99 illustrated beer bottles of varying styles, inviting one to scratch off gold foil on each beer as one samples it. Each 18 x 3 inch print uses 100 lb. archival stock, and in all likelihood, represents the only time any of us will ever again score 99 beers for just $35.00 USD.
Via First We Feast
Can’t Wait to Hear About Elective Courses
The University of Kentucky is offering a course called “Taco Literacy: Public Advocacy and Mexican Food in the US South.” Said to actually count toward a degree, the course is intended to use food as a jumping-off point to examine issues such as immigration, intercultural communication. Collecting information as they sample and review tacos, students will learn how food connects us all, regardless of geographical borders. Oh, tacos, what can’t you do?
Electricity Tastes Like..Salt?
Japanese researcher Hiromi Nakamura has been eating electricity for three or four years. Her research has devised an electric fork to utilize electrical currents to intensify perception of salt on the palate. This is significant for many reasons, not the least of which is that it reduces the amount of actual salt one might feel inclined to apply to one’s food. As it turns out, according to Nakamura, electricity is less a flavor than a sensation, leading certain other foods and beverages to feel carbonated or even spicy upon the tongue. “Augmented Gustation,” as the phenomenon is being called, rolls off the tongue pretty nicely.
Via Laughing Squid
This Hot Plate Wants You to Talk to Your Family
A hot plate sold by IKEA Taiwan is determined for you to look your fellow human beings in the eye and hold an actual conversation around the dinner table. Its design allows it to enforces this in clever fashion (for those of you wondering why anyone should care what a hot plate wants). The unit only powers on when a sufficient number of cellphones have been placed in the space beneath it; not a bad way to encourage social interaction without letting our growing addiction to social media encroach on mealtime. [Video courtesy of IKEA Taiwan]
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