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.
Anyone reading this who has ever hosted a dinner party and fretted over new ways to blow their dinner guests’ socks off will want to lean in and pay attention to this. Clifford Endo, host of the tips and hacks video series You Can Do This has blown our collective minds with his latest how-to that involves fashioning votive candles out of butter sauce that can be applied to your meals once the candle has burned enough. Without spoiling the clever series of actions that leads to table decor that you can eat, I’ll just say that it involves purchasing candle wicks coated in ghee (clarified butter) rather than wax. It also involves garlic, thyme, and lemon zest, each of which are things that I have yet to encounter combined with butter in a displeasing way. Thanksgiving may be behind us, but Christmas and New Years dinners remain up the road a piece, so, these could be something to keep in your back pocket (no, not literally, you cheeky rascals) if you’re hosting the gathering this year.
Nutria are adorable orange-toothed semiaquatic vermin that—in case the word “semiaquatic” doesn’t express it well enough—like to hang their hats at near bodies of water. They’re also the main ingredient in the food craze currently sweeping trendier eateries throughout Moscow, Russsia. Chef Takhir Kholikberdiev is the man to thank for this turn of events, having begun serving up nutria burgers and other fare featuring the surprisingly clean and high in Omega-3 acids little beasts at his restaurant, the Krasnodar Bistro. A burger consisting of an all-nutria patty, lettuce, and relish will set one back about $8.00 USD, making it one of the more nutritious (had to get up and walk away from the computer three times to talk myself down from calling the burgers “nutria-tious”) eight-dollar meals one is likely to find comparative to what we have to offer here in the U.S. If anyone else is conflicted over how to feel about that, then rest assured that you’re in good company.
Via The Guardian
Craft brewing titan Brewdog is resurrecting a super-rare and prestigious beer for the first time since 2010. Coming with a price tag that hovers around the $20K mark and packaged inside a taxidermy-preserved squirrel corpse, it is already garnering its fair share of curiosity value. Titled “The End of History,” the beer is being brought back as a crowdfunding initiative aimed at helping the Scottish enterprise launch its first U.S. brewery. A bottle of beer that could well prove to be the best conversation piece your home bar has ever seen is just the tip of the iceberg though, as an ownership stake in Brewdog also awaits those willing to part with a cool twenty thou. Don’t think of it as losing a pile of money; think of it as gaining twelve ounces of beer, a foot in the door of the craft brewing business, and a furry new friend whose glassy-eyed stare will be the wind beneath your wings for decades to come, as long as you don’t drink him.
Via First We Feast
These Shoes Were Made for Eatin’
“Gentleman’s Radiance” is the name of a new line of chocolates created at L’éclat, a chocolate boutique in Osaka, Japan. These aren’t the usual candies, though. Resident chocolatier Motohiro Okai has taken great efforts to fashion the sweets into life-size edible men’s shoes. Each measuring 26 centimeters and constructed of chocolate right down to the shoelaces, the masterpieces have various shades of red-brown “leather” finish applied to them. Selling for 29,160 yen which is roughly $260.00 USD, the shoes (or perhaps, “shoes” is more appropriate) a scant nine pairs will be released just in time for Valentine’s Day. Kinda makes a romantic heart feel like dancing, no?
[Top image: PRtimes.jp]
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