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.
Pikachu, I Chews You!
Adorable spokes-Pokemon Pikachu has been immortalized in pixelated and still art as well as animated form, and that’s before we even get to all the plush toys, action figures, and inspired fashion numbers to bear its likeness over the past couple decades. Westminster, California bakery The Loop was recently moved to capture Pikachu’s essence once again, in the form of crisp fried pastry. The Pikachurro (a ring-shaped churro with added “ears” and colored markings courtesy of strategically-applied black cookie crumbs and red candy stars) was driven into existence by the Pokemon Go gaming craze currently washing over the world like so much horchata, to the point that the bakery pulls double duty as a well-known Pokestop for gamers seeking to round out their collections of pocket monsters. Gamers gotta eat, after all, and churros gotta, um… churr (or whatever it is churros do).
Gorgeous New York Sky Vines
A company called Rooftop Reds has opened the world’s first commercial rooftop vineyard. Created with the aim of producing a single barrel of wine per year, the vineyard houses 168 Bordeaux red varietals and will release its first vintage in Autumn 2017. Given the scarcity of its output and the fact that the fruits of its labor will be sold exclusively onsite in the vineyard’s tasting room, this wine’s price tag is no trifle; one bottle will separate interested parties from about $150.00. Working with Finger Lakes industry leaders and Cornell University scholars, Rooftop Reds developed a unique planter system for the 14,800 square foot rooftop situated a stone’s throw from the Brooklyn Navy yard. Apparently, the project has already inspired a copycat enterprise operating out of Berlin. Great minds drink alike, it seems.
I Hope Ya Chork
So, “Chorks” exist.
Yes, “chork” is kind of a funny-sounding word. No, chorks are not chocolate-dipped Snorks (anyone old enough to remember these animated underwater heroes and their adorable aquatic antics, make some noise in the comment section). And no, the word doesn’t refer to some sort of chicken-pork hybrid meat harvested from the fever dream of some Dr. Moreau-inspired geneticist. A chork is a two-in-one eating utensil equipped with the tines of a fork at one end and a pincer/pair of chopsticks at the other. In truth, this item is not altogether new, but it’s back in the news due to Chinese fast food franchise Panda Express. The restaurant chain announced earlier this week that it is considering adopting the chork as its chief eating implement nationwide. This is much better news than, as one example, learning the word “chork” actually refers to a wine of wine bottle stoppers made out of cheese. The duality of the chork holds obvious appeal; cheese wine corks, somewhat less so.
Did you know that Huntington Beach, California has a restaurant that houses a bar dedicated exclusively to the enjoyment of bacon in all its myriad forms? Well it does. The establishment is named Saint Marc’s, and inside its walls is where you’ll find the Saint Marc Bacon Bar, a celebration of all things piggy. Coffee-rubbed bacon. Habanero bacon. Garlic Parmesan bacon. It’s all there, waiting for you, along with a ariety of sandwiches and burgers that also feature the meat candy we’ve all come to know and love. Bacon-by-the-slice runs from $1.50 to $3.50, and there’s even a Peach Bacon Danish available among the desserts. If ever there was a bar I’d be tempted to hang around until last call every single time I visited, I think I may have found it.
*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.