“The Ultimate Food Fight” Is Coming to Las Vegas This November

Image credit: World Food Championships Instagram

Image credit: World Food Championships Instagram

The 2014 World Food Championships will take over downtown Las Vegas, Nevada’s world-famous Fremont Street from November 12th to 18th. In this culinary competition, professional and amateur cooks from across the globe will gather to do kitchen battle for fortune and fame, using the Kenmore Coliseum as their combat arena. An approximate 500 competitors will cook-off in this 3rd annual event series which averages roughly 25,000 attendees per day.
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OptiGrill Cooking Test Series – Third Batch: Sandwiches

20140805_224707We grilled up some sandwiches and burgers this past weekend on the T-fal OptiGrill. Having previously had success with seafood and meats, we were excited to see what the sandwich setting could do. 20140818_185622

Stopping the burgers at medium wellness, we were pleased to see the grill cook with precision. The burgers came away from the grill juicy and lean, with good excess fat drainage into its removable drip tray for easy discard.

20140818_231740Sandwiches grilled to perfect crispness accented by attractive grill marks. The sandwich auto-cook setting and the included user manual helped us to gauge sandwich doneness to precise preferences without difficulty. They were easy to remove from the grill as well, with no sticking or residue.

There’s still time to enter to win your very own T-fal OptiGrill. Our giveaway contest ends at 11:59 pm EDT August 30th, 2014. Click the link above for details on how to enter. Learn more about this exciting product’s capabilities at http://optigrill.t-falusa.com/ and read what people are saying about it on its Facebook page. The T-fal OptiGrill is available at Walmart.

Product Review: Chimay Trappist Cheeses

Reviewer’s Note: Samples of the products discussed here were provided to me for reviewing purposes at no cost.
Chimay0A recent sampling of a trio of Trappist cheeses sent our way courtesy of Belgian Trappist beer brewer Chimay was eye-opening as the most affecting eating experiences tend to be. For the uninitiated, a “Trappist” beer is one that’s brewed within the walls of a Trappist monastery under the control and responsibility of the community of monks, and whose revenue is devoted to social service. The Trappist cheeses, made exclusively with regional milk produced on their farm, are so-called because their rinds get washed with Chimay Trappist beer as part of their production process, which includes a period of ripening in the Abbey cellars.

For the purposes of this review, I received along with an attractive wooden cheese cutting board and bottle opener, sample wheels of Chimay à La Grande Réserve, Chimay Doré Gold, and Chimay à La Première. The cheeses came with serving suggestions that included pairing each one with the Chimay beer that best complements its flavor. The Chimay à La Première cheese paired with Chimay Red Cap, a beer that gets labeled as Chimay Première when sold in 750 ml bottles. Respective recommended beer pairings for the Chimay à La Grande Réserve and Chimay Doré Gold cheeses were a dark beer named Chimay Blue Cap (labeled as Chimay Grande Réserve when sold in 750 ml bottles), and one called Chimay Triple (which, when sold in 750 ml bottles, gets labeled Chimay “Cinq Cents”). In order to experience the best flavor interactions for each cheese, I made sure to acquire each one’s recommended companion beer before sampling it.
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Friday Fourplay: Japan’s Sparkling Sake, Tap a Beer and Unlock Free Online Movies, Edible Chocolate “Legos,” and New York’s Doctor Who Restaurant

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.

Image credit: Takarashuzo Press Release

Image credit: Takarashuzo Press Release

Bubbly Sake

In a bid to make Japanese alcoholic beverage sake more accessible, a “sparkling” style of the classic brew was developed some time ago, and seems to finally be catching fire. Born in 2011, carbonated sake first came to market via Takarashuzo Brewery’s “Mio” label in an effort to breathe some life into flagging sake sales. It’s said to share similarities with champagne due to its brewing method (which also heightens its sweetness), and has officially earned this drinker’s enthusiastic interest. If I manage to get my hands on a bottle, I’ll share my impressions. In the meantime, if you’ve already had the opportunity to taste it, feel free to share yours.

Via RocketNews24

Image credit: Design Taxi

Image credit: Design Taxi

Tap Some Cinema

There’s now a Bluetooth tech-powered app available that lets you tap a beer bottle against your computer (or other electronic device) to access free online movies. Born of collaboration between beer manufacturer Grolsch and Russian app developer Aleksander Semenov, it works via signal beacon placed under the bottle cap, allowing one to activate and view whatever movie is coded into it simply by lightly tapping the bottle against (or swiping it past) an electronic device on which one wants to watch said film. Because who has time for manual mouse clicks and button pushes when there’s beer to be drunk and movies to be watched? There are only so many hours in a day, people!

Via Foodbeast

Image credit: Akihiro Mizuuchi

Image credit: Akihiro Mizuuchi

Chocolate Legos

Yes, they’re edible, and made in different flavors and colors. No, they are not, as of this writing, for sale, so you can’t buy any. Yes, they can be used to actually build things. No, I can’t think of the last time I encountered anything that flew so proudly in the face of the old adage, “Don’t play with your food.”

Via Buzzfeed Food

Image credit: Imgur

Image credit: Imgur

Doctor Who’s Pandorica

On learning of this establishment’s existence, my initial thought was that not placing the restaurant on First Avenue was a missed opportunity (readers old enough to be fans of Abbott and Costello and unabashedly dated pop culture references will get that one.) Still, Whovians will delight in the décor and menu items available (“fish fingers” and custard among them) at Pandorica in Beacon, NY

Via That’s Nerdalicious!

*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.

OptiGrill Cooking Test Series – Second Batch: Turf

This past weekend, we continued in our series of tests designed to evaluate the T-fal OptiGrill’s capabilities. The order of the day was red meat and poultry (we did seafood last week and you can see how we fared with that here) and the device continues to produce promising results.

Juicy grilled chicken  tenderloin cooked to perfection.

Noble chicken tenderloins grilled to perfection. Tasty, juicy perfection.

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