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.
Savory, With a Hint of Pixels
Food Ink is the name of a London restaurant where literally everything comes to table by way of three-dimensional printer production. The food? 3D-printed. The plates and flatware? 3D-printed as well. The restaurant furnishings? Yep. This conceptual pop-up, the world’s first 3D printer restaurant, is described as a place where cuisine, art, and philosophy converge with tech of tomorrow. Gadget-minded gastronomes will find much to whet their appetites at this pixel-to-plate dinner series intended to stimulate conversations about the impact of evolving modes of eating and creating. If, as has been said so many times, we truly do eat with our eyes first, then the eyes of Food Ink’s patrons are about to gorge like never before. [Video courtesy of Food Ink YouTube channel]
Via Digital Trends
Pizza Ex Machina
A university in Cincinnati, Ohio is installing a vending machine on its campus that cranks out piping hot pizza pies 24/7. Three idle minutes and about ten bucks are all it takes to fill your hands with one of the up to 70 pies (topped in varying styles) that the machines can house. Slated to open for business on Xavier University later this month, the touch screen-equipped Pizza ATM will be the first of its kind in the United States. Stocked with artisan pizzas courtesy of the campus’ dining services, the machine keeps them refrigerated until an order is placed, and then cooks them up while you wait. Although a college campus would hardly the ideal environment for it, I kind of want to see each of these devices paired with a beer vending machine right beside them.
Attention, all those who can remember tearing open that foil packet of freeze-dried mediocrity that was “astronaut ice cream” in the gift shop of your local planetarium as kids: A brooklyn-based Kickstarter is afoot, its purpose being to bring an artisanal version of astronaut ice cream to the hungering masses yearning to cast off the shackles of marginally-interesting dried novelty desserts and walk in the sunshine of tastiness. What steps has it taken to accomplish this? Well, Gastronaut Ice Cream (yes, that’s right) is organic, made with a touch of sea salt and no artificial coloring, and is incapable of melting. It also transcends the standard Neapolitan flavor scheme of the freeze-dried stuff we all know with flavors like Cookies n’ Cream, Mexican Chocolate Chip, and its newest offering, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. I will be merciful and forgo the outer space-based pun currently burning the inside of my mouth as it fights to get free, and instead say simply that as of this writing, there are five days to go on the Kickstarter campaign, which has blown sixfold past its stated goal. Seems a lot of people are wanting to be gastronauts these days.
Big Daddy Mac
Los Angeles restaurant Smoke’s Poutinerie has bestowed yet another rose upon the world’s affection for the Canadian specialty dish called poutine. This one comes in the form of its “Mac Daddy” poutine, which features all the components of a McDonald’s Big Mac burger. Frankly, this seems like unadulterated genius. Gravy and cheese curds is delicious enough, sure, but when you invite ground beef, cheese sauce, lettuce and pickles to the party before finishing them off with a sprinkling of sesame seeds, things get exponentially more awesome. A limited-time item originally scheduled to hang around for only a week or so, this dish will now remain available until the end of this month. A willingness to part with ten dollars is the price of experiencing this just-passing-through menu item, so choose wisely.
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