A Japanese Student Role-Play Izakaya, Sushi Donuts, Cookie Monster Bagels, and 2,000-Year-Old Butter

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.

Image: Rokunen Yonkumi
Image: Rokunen Yonkumi

Where Everybody Eats Their A-Pluses

An izakaya with multiple locations throughout Japan is now available to those looking to relive their elementary school days. “Rokunen Yonkumi” is staffed by servers who role play as teachers and school nurses, and treat visitors sixth-year students attending fourth-period classes. Diners looking to go all out can don one of the yellow caps and randoseru backpacks standard to Japanese students made available to patrons before leaving their shoes in designated “school” lockers and being directed to their “classroom” (some of which are equipped with labs and nurse’s stations) for a meal. Because no school day would be complete without an exam, diners are subjected to a written test before leaving, which would sound less fun than a 7-hour cutthroat dodgeball PE class, except that perfect scores are rewarded with free snacks. And just like that, the term “cramming” as relates to exams has forever changed, since this writer will now and forever feel compelled to follow the word with “snacks into my face.”

Via RocketNews24

Image: SoBeautifullyRaw

Sushi Goes Round and Round

I think we can all agree that it was bound to happen. With all the food chimeras thriving in the world today, the number of far-fetched potential food mashups is diminishing at a rate that could be considered alarming (though if so, that consideration is likely held mostly by killjoys and people who hate fun). For the starting investment of some cooled sushi rice and a coconut oil-greased doughnut mold (and maybe a smattering of black sesame seeds, wasabi, avocado, and your choice of raw, sushi-grade fish), you too, can enjoy an embarrassment of sushi donut riches.

Via Bored Panda


Image: Bagel Nook
Image: Bagel Nook

C is for “Cool Bagels”

The first thing you need to know about this is that it’s only available for a limited time.

The second thing you need to know is that despite the still-inexplicable decision to move new airings of Sesame Street from PBS to HBO, the Cookie Monster Lives! In bagel form!

Again, for a limited time, anyway.

New Jersey’s The Bagel Nook has immortalized The Blue One by stuffing a blue bagel with cookie dough cream cheese and a chocolate chip cookie, then sprinkling additional chocolate chip cookie crumbles over the whole affair. As cerulean-hued food goes, this one’s good enough for me.

Via Foodiggity

Image: NextShark
Image: NextShark

Geriatric Butter

So, a lump of butter estimated to be about 2,000 years old was discovered recently in a bog in Ireland. Said to have a crumbly texture and pungent, cheese-like aroma, the cheese is potentially edible, though doing so is said to be inadvisable. Cool temperatures and high acidity are said to have contributed to preserving the 22-pound lump, which apparently is a less-than uncommon find in Ireland and Scotland. And with this knowledge in hand, we need only patiently await the inevitable “bogbutter” selfies and hashtag as the list of 400-plus like discoveries swells.

Via Foodbeast


*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.
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