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.
The World’s Fair of Wine
Item number 103,218 on the list of food- and drink-related things happening around the world right now that make my passport itchy, is the news that France is just days away from opening a wine-focused theme park. La Cité du Vin will open (uncork?) in Bordeaux on June 1st, 2016. The 10-story installation will feature attractions like a museum and a ride simulating a wine merchant’s intercontinental travels. The park grounds are said to be architecturally structured to mimic the motion of wine swirling in a glass. This is intriguing enough, but the fact that a wine theme park even exists fills me with hope for the future of both wine and theme parks. It also fills me with questions, not the least of which is whether to shout “Wheeee” or “Ouiiiiii” while enjoying the wine merchant simulator ride.
Via The Daily Meal
Water People Thinking
I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago about how wrong I’ve been anytime I’ve jokingly thought to myself, “Well, now I’ve seen everything” as relates to acts of culinary derring-do, as well as the occasional derring-don’t or derring-what-the-$#!@ ? The deep-fried water recently created for a “stupid ideas” hackathon involves something akin to a miniaturized version of the Japanese raindrop cake, coated in batter and fried up into what its creator admitted was the blandest thing he’d ever tasted. So, if nothing else, the snack seems to have satisfied the spirit of the hackathon that inspired it. Science!
Via First We Feast
So, Fluff This’s All About, Then?
London’s getting a bunny-themed pop-up restaurant. From June 5th through July 11th, afternoon tea sippers can take their brew at Bunny Blossom Café. The adorable concept’s ulterior motive is finding homes for rescue rabbits, but that needn’t detract from the immense pleasure to be taken from enjoying a cup of tea with a long-eared friend. As with all things that sound like a blast, the bunny cafe is not without its opponents claiming to be concerned about general bunny welfare in environments such as this, but the cafe is currently scheduled to move ahead as planned. If even one bunny finds a loving and caring home as a result, it seems a risk worth taking, but time will tell.
UPDATE: Metro reports that this event has been cancelled amidst a storm of complaints and negative reactions from animal welfare groups. It looks like time has told, after all.
Coffee Cups Dressed Better Than You
Cafe Adagio‘s coffee cups can outdress you. There’s no sense in arguing the fact. It is what it is, and the sooner we all learn to live with being sartorially outclassed by a paper cup, the sooner we can get on with upping our respective fashion games. International cafe/bakery franchise Paris Baguette is to blame for the classily clad drinking vessels and the affordably-priced beverages held within them. If you’re in South Korea and confident enough in your wardrobe choices to order one of the tasty beverages served in these cups, we’d love to hear from you (if only for opinions on what we should wear to our next formal outing).
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