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.
Deep-Fried Deep Dish?
I’m filing this under “Foods That Sound Questionable On First Hearing And Potentially Life-Changing On Second Consideration,” or the handy acronym “FTSQOFHAPLCOSC.” How else to classify an item that has appeared on the menu at NYC’S Sake Bar Hagi 46 in the form of a slice of pizza that gets dipped into tempura batter before being flash-fried to a golden crisp? Aside from making me want to try my hand at making this in my own home, it makes me feel something I haven’t experienced in quite a while: the desire to make the trip back home to sample a single menu item. And a fried one, no less. At $6.00 a serving, the price is more than a little right, although they honestly had me at “Sake Bar.”
The Easiest “Few More Reps” You’ll Ever Lift
Protein shakes be warned; you have competition. Alcoholic competition.
Word has it that UK-based online nutritional product store Muscle Food is selling a low-calorie bottled beer said to contain as much protein as a portion of sirloin steak. Barbell Brew is also gluten-free and low in carbs, and while it might sound (or yet prove) too good to be true, the 3.6% ABV brew is described as bearing flavor notes of tropical fruit and faint caramel. Not an un-promising palate, though the proof remains in the drinking. If it ever makes its way stateside, I’ll be the first in line to give it a try.
Bread and Ramen
No, this isn’t what you might be thinking. This doesn’t refer to traditional meat sandwiches that have swapped out bread for pressed slabs of ramen noodles. Ramem’s been there, done that, and bought the t-shirt (right, ramen burger?) In this iteration of the ramen sandwich recently released by Japanese baked goodsmith Yamazaki Baking Co., we find out valiant hero, the ramen noodle, nestled into a crustless pocket made of white bread. Flavored with soy sauce and garlicky pork broth, this sandwich is brought to us through Yamazaki’s collaborative efforts with Yokohama-based ramen house Yoshimura. That said, and given the explosion of imitators that cropped up in Yokohama after Yoshimura opened, if one were to gamble on a ramen sandwich from any source, this could be the one.
Butter Me Up, Butter Me Down
Ever wanted the ability to turn a stick of butter liquid in seconds? Yeah, me too. Snack chip mogul Doug Foreman, entrepreneur behind Guiltless Gourmet and Beanitos snack chips, has made our collective desire into reality in the form of the biem butter sprayer. Available for pre-order as of March 1st, 2016, the device lends itself to a number of uses, including (but far from limited to) basting turkeys and seafood, buttering toast, flavoring vegetables, and creating perfectly buttered, theater-worthy popcorn.
*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.