F.A.Qs: DB of Crazy Foodie Stunts

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Crazy Foodie Stunts is a food blog that appeals as much to the eye as to the stomach. Created and operated by DB, it expresses an obvious love for food and cooking that cannot be taught, and places significant emphasis on techniques that many people cooking day-to-day in their own kitchens would consider unusual. These two things are what drew me there initially, but after DB recently took the time out of his busy schedule (a schedule that included working as a Brand Ambassador in the 2014 Food and Wine Conference) to answer nine queries from yours truly, I found much more to appreciate about what he’s doing right now at Crazy Foodie Stunts. Check out his interview after the jump, and I’m betting you will too.

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Friday Fourplay: Mysterious Simpsons-Inspired Wine Bottles, Dip Some Balls in Your Liquor, SDCC’s Life-Sized TMNT-Inspired Pizza Thrower, and Beer Brewed Using Ancient Whale Bone Yeast

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.

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Tipple Simpsons Style…Maybe

Duff Beer may be Homer Simpson’s drink of choice, but Russian designer Constantin Bolimond clearly sees him  as a nectar of the vine kind of guy. His recently-unveiled designs (one fashioned after the color palette for Homer and the other after Marge) reflect an appreciation for the works of artist Pieter Mondrian. The  designs, utilizing the minimalist pairing of blocks of solid colors with uncomplicated black lines, even offer observers a sip of intrigue in that the bottles may or may not actually be filled with wine. As it turns out, although they are filled with…something, their contents have gone undivulged for the past 26 years. D’oh!

Via Eater

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Image credit: OriginalBOS.com

Balls of Steel In Your Bourbon

No, ‘Balls of Steel’ is not the working title of my autobiographical screenplay (at least not as of this writing, it’s not.) It’s the name of a pair of steel beverage chillers one can purchase here. They’re ready to use after a short stint in the freezer, and enable one to enjoy cooled spirits without having them diluted by melting ice cubes. A portion of the sales proceeds gets donated to testicular cancer research also, making this quite the opportune moment to grab your balls.

Via Drinkwire

You Will Believe A Pizza Can Fly

San Diego Comic Con is in full swing as of this writing (its friends get to call it “SDCC”) and one of the event’s highly-anticipated attractions is a vehicle capable of firing real, full-size pizzas as projectiles. As for why in the name of everything that is reasonable and rational on this earth anyone would want to do such a thing, it’s a promotional tie-in with Pizza Hut and the soon to be released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie (as far back as 1989 the four pizza-loving heroes of their own comic and cartoon series used such an assault vehicle to lob pies at evildoers.)   [video courtesy of Pizza Hut's official Youtube Channel]

Via ComicBook.com

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Image credit: Ryan Kellman/NPR

Thar She Brews!

So a beer-loving paleontologist and a microbiologist walk into a brewery…

Jason Osborne (amateur fossil stalker) and Jasper Akerboom (brewery microbiologist) have created a tasty beer by swabbing yeast from ancient fossils at Maryland’s Calvery Marine Museum. Testing several before striking pay dirt with the bone of a prehistoric, possibly amphibious whale that had canine teeth and hind legs, they’ve created what’s being dubbed a “Paleo Ale.” Described as a Belgian-style Amber with hints of citrus, it sounds like a pleasant way to wile away an afternoon, be it on land or sea.

Via NPR The Salt

*Mention of a product, good, or service in a Friday Fourplay posting should not be interpreted as an endorsement either from Anthony Beal or Flavorful World food and drink blog. 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 simple 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.

What Would it Cost to Eat the World’s 10 Most Expensive Foods in a Single Day?

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Ever wondered what it would cost to spend an entire day eating the most expensive foods and dishes that money could buy? So did our friends at FinancesOnline.com, and the resulting infographic produces some pretty astonishing results.

In the interest of fairness, it bears noting that not every food discussed earned its exorbitant price tag on its own merits; a few of them owe a debt to external accoutrement such as sprinklings of edible gold leafing or a scattering of precious stones. Some expected items that are known to be pricey made the list, such as saffron and Japanese wagyu beef.  The $1,000 lobster frittata and the Serbian Pule cheese that goes for $700 per pound, though…those were revelations. See more after the jump.

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Friday Fourplay: Iceland’s Poop-Smoked Beer, Fans Wrap Their Lips Around a Japanese Pop Idol’s Stiff Banana, A French Supermarket Wants to Fix You Up With Its “Ugly” Veggies, and Game of Thrones Wine Is Coming

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.

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Image credit: Craig Rogers

Poop-Smoked Beer

Icelandic brewery Borg Brugghús recently engineered “a lightweight IPA with fresh citrus and hop notes,” which might hardly be newsworthy if not for the source of its other, heavier flavor notes. Fenrir Nr. 26 is made using malted barley that spends several hours smoking over Icelandic sheep dung. Oh, Iceland, you so crazy.

Via Eatocracy

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Image credit: Izakaya Eguzairu

Get Sticky Eating Takahiro’s Banana

Okay, I admit it: obvious sexually-loaded double entendre aside, I was flat-out dying to share this photo. Maybe this compulsion was driven by the second layer of duality presented by the condensed milk glaze streaking the thing. Or maybe who am I kidding it was totally the condensed milk glaze and the way it steadfastly defies one to think of anything but stuffing one’s mouth with things you’re more likely to encounter on Chatroulette than (one would hope) in an Odaiba B&G like Izakaya Eguzairu, where the item, a frozen chocolate dipped banana that one may drizzle with a viscous condensed milk before devouring it, is sold. Dreamed up by vocalist Takahiro of J-Pop group Exile, it is currently bringing all the girls to the yard just in time for the annual Fuji TV summer event Odaiba Shintairiku beginning on July 19th. And chances are, Takahiro’s is better than yours.

Via RocketNews24

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Ugly Vegetables Need Love Too

French supermarket chain Intermarché wants you to give ugly peas (and carrots and potatoes and so on) a chance. Aiming to reduce the 300 million tons of food waste created by the amount of less photogenic vegetables going unpurchased and therefore discarded in supermarket produce sections, the enterprise has launched a print, video, and radio campaign on behalf of those “inglorious” fruits and vegetables with awesome personalities. Selling them for 30% cheaper than their more attractive brethren, Intermarché even offered up soup and juice recipes in which the deformed, but otherwise tasty produce with descriptors could be used.

Via Design Taxi

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Image credit: TheWinesofWesteros.com

Games of Wines

With a line of reds associated with houses that are headstrong and robust, and whites fashioned after the more cunning and mysterious houses, The Wines of Westeros are likely to be as anticipated as next year’s GoT premiere. Retailing for about $20 per bottle, and bearing names like The White Walker, The Targaryen, and many other referential titles, the wines will be on sale soon.

Via Buzzfeed Food

*Mention of a product, good, or service in a Friday Fourplay posting should not be interpreted as an endorsement either from Anthony Beal or Flavorful World food and drink blog. 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 simple 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.

One More Round: Another Refreshing Summer Cocktail Round-Up

The heat is on, and so are the cocktails.  Here are four more luxurious libations recently shared with us for the sole purpose of wetting adult whistles in a way that celebrates style and summertime.


Beach Breeze

Courtesy of VOGA Italia

Strawberry liqueur and strawberry puree bring their sweetness to this cocktail along with VOGA Italia Sparkling to create a drink whose coolness you’ll appreciate.

Beach BreezeIngredients:

  • 3 oz. VOGA Italia Sparkling
  • .75 oz. Strawberry Liqueur
  • 2 oz. Strawberry Puree
  • 0.5 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1.5 Tsp. Sugar
  • Mint leaves for garnish

Directions:

Combine VOGA Italia Sparkling, strawberry liqueur, strawberry puree, lemon juice and sugar in a glass. Stir and garnish with mint.


Teeny Bikini Coffee Martini

Courtesy of RealBeanz

Diet Cappuccino laced with vanilla goodness make this a sure winner for coffee lovers during the dog days.

Teeny Bikini Coffee MartiniIngredients:

  • 3 oz. RealBeanz Diet Cappuccino
  • 1 oz. vanilla vodka
  • ½ oz sugar syrup
  • Coffee beans to garnish

Directions:

Combine all ingredients together with cubed ice in a Boston and shake. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with coffee beans.


Geisha Green Tea Cherry Margarita

Courtesy of Palais des Thés

Black cherry juice and cherry blossom-scented green tea give a luscious lift to a classic margarita.

Geisha Green Tea Cherry Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces spring water
  • 4 teaspoons of Fleur de Geisha tea*
  • 12 ounces black cherry juice
  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon agave
  • Sugar and ground ginger for rimming the glass
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Juice from half an orange
  • Splash of triple sec
  • 4 ice cubes
  • Lime slices for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a small pot, bring the spring water to a simmer over a low flame  (Do not let it boil.). Add the Fleur de Geisha tea and infuse for 3 minutes. Filter out the leaves by pouring liquid through a mesh strainer or remove teabags, if using. Let the tea cool, and then place in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes.
  2. For the margarita, combine a little sugar and a few dashes of ground ginger on a plate. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of each glass then dip the rim into the sugar-ginger mixture. In a large cocktail shaker, combine the green tea, cherry juice, tequila, agave, lime juice, orange juice, and triple sec. Shake vigorously with ice until the outside of the cocktail shaker appears wet. Pour in glasses and garnish each glass with a slice of lime. Serve immediately. Yields 4 servings.

Adapted from a recipe created by Candice Birdsong of Pretty Girls Cook.

*Inspired by the Japanese Hanami tradition of cherry blossom viewing, Fleur de Geisha is a refined Japanese green tea, delicately flavored with cherry blossom. Available in 3.5oz/100 g loose tea canister ($19), 3.5oz/100 g loose tea pouch ($15) or boxes of 20 gourmet tea bags ($13)


Spicy Green Tea Rum Punch

Courtesy of Palais des Thés

A lighter, fresher take on a traditional rum punch featuring exotic flavors of pineapple, lime, and peach complemented by the unexpected addition of Thé des Fakirs, a spiced citrus green tea inspired by the Indian Chai tradition.

Spicy Green Tea Rum Punch

Ingredients:

  • 14 fluid ounces spring water
  • 3 rounded teaspoons Thé des Fakirs*
  • 2 fluid ounces fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice
  • 5 fluid ounces peach liqueur
  • 5 fluid ounces white rum

Directions:

In a small pot, bring the spring water to a simmer over a low flame (Do not let it boil.) Add the Thé des Fakirs tea leaves and infuse for 3 minutes. Filter out the tea leaves by pouring liquid through a mesh strainer. Let the tea cool, and then place in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes.

In a 32-ounce pitcher, combine chilled tea, lime juice, pineapple juice, peach liqueur and white rum. Stir and let the mixture chill for at least two hours before serving. Yields 7 servings. *Inspired by the Indian Chai tradition, Thé des Fakirs is a scented blend of green tea flavored with spices (cardamom and clove) with a hint of citrus.

Available in 3.5oz/100 g pouch ($15), 3.5oz/100 g metal tin ($19), box of 20 gourmet tea bags ($13).