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.
Gummy, With Hints of Wine & Cheese
Japanese candymaker Puccho has released a gummy candy that brings all the charm of the classic “You got chocolate in my Peanut Butter! You got peanut butter in my chocolate!” argument together in a single morsel. Except that instead of chocolate, they give us wine, and instead of peanut butter, they give us cheese. Puccho: Wine & Yaki-Cheese combines flavor elements of “French Bordeaux red wine” with, presumably, a cheese that pair nicely with such a selection. This might seem more subversive if the brand’s Ajiyui series didn’t include past candy flavors like salmon. Still, any candy that promises to serve you “mellow wine” along with the “savory flavor of cheese” deserves points for at least striving to keep things interesting. For the paltry sum of 150 yen (‘bout $1.40 USD), you too can chew on some cheesy, grape-laced adventure, though ideally, you have access to a Japanese convenience store, in addition to your 150 yen…
Sweat Your Way
Because there’s no side order for your meal more enticing than a nice steam, Finland has opened a Burger King restaurant that houses a 15-person sauna. Equipped with a 48-inch TV (which sounds impressive until you discover the 55-inch TV and PlayStation 4 console hiding out in its media lounge),the sauna/spa also has a locker room, showers, and of course, restrooms (all that beef and cola’s gotta go somewhere, right?). 250 euros (roughly $280 USD) will buy you three hours to Flame-Grilled and Chill (let’s work on getting that hashtag going, shall we?) and afterward, you can hit the showers before wrapping up in a big Burger King-branded towel.
Battersea is more than just one of my favorite Hooverphonic songs; it’s also the district in South London where Sambrook’s Brewery and sourdough bakery Flour to the People are located. The reason this is significant is that the two have let their powers combine, and that sound you hear above the cries of “Finally!” is the sizzle of pizza that’s topped with hop shoots, a dish born of collaboration between the two establishments. A one-time tasting event is scheduled at the brewery for June 2nd, and ticket cost of £25 will buy you a welcome pint (arguably the best idea of all time), a tasting paddle, some hop shoot pizza, and a tour of the facility. With a new brew called Buffalo Badger Brown Ale on hand, and exotic pizza on the table, this could be the start of something grand.
A variety of Chinese tea known as Da Hong Pao (Imperial Red Robe) is currently going for around $1400 per gram. That shakes out to about ten large per pot of this heavily-oxidized dark Oolong with a mellow and lingering aftertaste. The high price tag grows justifiable however, when one considers that this brew can only be found in a single town in China, and comes from the leaves of ancient trees, the last of which were harvested in 2005, never to yield again. Tea aficionados with bucket lists had best pull out their passports and their wallets if they want in on this soon-to-be-extinct sipping experience, because all indications suggest that the price will climb even higher as the tea becomes scarcer.
*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.