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.
Gotta Gotta Catch ’em All…With Fries
The times are a-changing. Used to be, McDonald’s restaurants were where you went when you were jonesin’ for a bun full of ground beef and a side of fries. They still are, but throughout Japan, they’re soon to convert into places to go when you want to give your Pokemon a little exercise. If you’ve been conscious at any point since mid-July, then you’re aware of the Pokemon GO “augmented reality” game currently spreading like an adorable wildfire through countries all over the world. With its finally having debuted in Japan, the McDonald’s fast food chain plans to convert every one of its Japan locations into either a Pokestop or a Pokemon Gym. Besides being a savvy notion from a business perspective, this seems destined to add yet another item to the list of things McDonald’s patrons will soon be lovin’.
Hope Ain’t All That Floats
Anytime science that looks like magic gets combined with drinking, people are bound to take notice. An idea recently born on Kickstarter, the LevitatingCUP, is already attracting interest for its use of magnetism and electrical field to suspend filled beverage glasses over an ostensible coaster (a base that can be purchased wired or wireless). As of this writing, the company has raised over $5,000 toward its $50,000 goal, with just under a month remaining in its campaign. Folks who fancy a little levitation with their libations can even purchase glasses crafted to correspond to the beverage filling it (think wine glass vs. beer glass vs. cocktail, and so on.) With our drinks now having gained the ability to hover, we may never look at the phrase “Raise your glass” the same way.
Via Digital Trends
Drink Without Shame. Or Pants.
Takeout food delivery service Deliveroo has, without much fanfare, begun bringing customers beer, wine, and even cocktails with their sushi and pide. The product of a partnership with Brewdog and Majestic Wines locations as well as several independent alcohol manufacturers, claims surrounding this new feature state that roughly 20 minutes is all that stands between you and your brew. That means that once your order is placed, you’ll be sipping and chugging in less time than it takes to watch a rerun of Black Books. The speedy turnaround time and the option to enjoy one’s ordered beverages in the comfort of one’s own underwear if one desires to, would seem to offer much to drinkers of every stripe. Some may never leave the house again.
Via Evening Standard
Ketchup What With Who, Now?
In addition to being the owner of the Freezer burn ice cream shop located in Taguig City, Phillipines, Chef Miko Aspiras is an award-winning crafter of intriguing flavor combinations. Perhaps the most mind-bending example of his artistry is the Ketchup-and-Mayo Ice Cream he created along with Chef Kristine Lotilla, his creative partner. Said to carry hints of sour tomatoes and creamy mayonnaise, this ice cream currently reigning among the shop’s most popular menu items is served with hot french fries to complement its flavors. Other gems churning out of this shop, which only serves up 8 flavor in total) include ice cream flavors like Maple Bacon, Corn and Cheese, and even the minimalist Butter. This seems like the kind of place where, despite the small number of offerings, making decisions on what to taste would be a feat (so, I guess I’d just have to try them all, right?)
*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.