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.
Man’s Best Friend
French beer company Kronenbourg 1664 is opening a pop-up bar in London, where a lack of opposable thumbs won’t stop trained German Shepherd dogs from serving beer to its customers. Called “Alsatians” in the U.K., the dogs will each be equipped with a tiny barrel strapped around it neck for it to carry cold ones to thirsty patrons. Before you get excited, all the available reservations for this one-day-only event have been snapped up (insert mournful howl) but rather than frowning because it’s over, why not smile because the fact that this event exists at all will hopefully take those ubiquitous cat cafes down a peg.
Via First We Feast
So, KFC rolled out a new nail polish collection (yes, nail polish ) in Hong Kong that is said to taste like fried chicken. Had the month of April not ended several days ago, I’d have bet a considerable amount of money on this being a latecomer to the April Fools’ Day party. In fact, I’m not altogether convinced it isn’t an early salvo in next year’s round of pranks and hijinks. I say this not only because imbuing fingernail polish with a pleasing flavor seems like an episode of My Strange Addiction just waiting to happen, but also because doing so will undoubtedly lead some wearers to forming unhygienic habits (as in, no one wants to touch anything that’s been handed to them by someone’s who’s constantly licking their own fingernails, no matter how potent the eleven herbs and spices flavoring them). Still, the company swears it’s for real, leaving the rest of the world little to do except dust off our chicken fingers-related puns and declare open season.
The Keurig of Tortilla
The Flatev is a machine that you can use to produce fresh corn or flour tortillas in your own kitchen in only 90 seconds. First whispered about a couple years ago, the company recently launched a Kickstarter that smashed its goal of $50,000, having topped $112,000 as of this writing. Able to prepare tortillas to the maker’s desired level of crispiness, the device has in short order earned the name “The Keurig of Tortillas” (due to its operation method entailing the use of single-serving pods filled with pre-mixed and pre-measured ingredients). Appearing to take up about as much countertop space as your average rice cooker, it’s an intriguing concept made more intriguing by the use of all-natural, non-GMO organic ingredients, and leaves me eager to see the Flatev do its thing, if only to see what a pod-produced tortilla tastes like.
Footloose and Gluten-Free
World-famous premium vodka producer Stolichnaya has created Stoli® Gluten Free, a gluten-free version of its product to appeal to those livin’ la vida sin gluten. Believing itself to be the first global producer to take such a leap, the company has released a vodka that’s earned a Beverage Testing Institute rating of 92. The vodka is made from Russian-grown corn and buckwheat, and retails in the U.S. for $19.99. Small price to pay, for a triple-distilled, quadruple-filtered liquor said to carry subtle flavor notes of butterscotch and creamed corn. Gluten doesn’t stand a chance.
Via The Daily Meal
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