Guest Cocktail Recipe: Woodbridge Pinot-Grita

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The Woodbridge Pinot-Grita is a cocktail that offers a unique twist on the traditional margarita.  Made with Woodbridge Pinot Grigio, it adds a refreshing kick of  lime to the wine’s clean peach and citrus flavors, creating a light and invigorating cocktail perfect for welcoming the warmth of Spring and Summer.  Check out the full recipe below, shared courtesy of  Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, and enjoy this sip at your next gathering of friends and family, preferably outdoors on a sunny afternoon.
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Makes four servings

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Combine Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Pinot Grigio, limeade and orange juice in blender.
  2. Slowly add ice until all ingredients are well-combined
  3. Pour into 4 salt-rimmed glasses, and garnish with lime wedge (optional)

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[Images courtesy of Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi]

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Product Review: Body Works Shots by RelaxZen

Reviewer’s Note: Samples of the products discussed here were provided to me for reviewing purposes at no cost.

Image credit: BodyWorks.com

Image credit: BodyWorks.com

Body Works shots is distributed by award-winning company RelaxZen Life, LLC. Its formulations are rich with amino acids, vitamins, and herbal ingredients, said to be overseen by a staff of advising doctors and fitness experts. Body Works contains zero calories and is available in “Relax and Unwind,” “Energy,” “Perform Under Pressure,” “Wellness,” “Sport,” and “Sleep” formulas.

The shots are pleasant-tasting, offering to the palate a range of indistinct berry flavors differentiated by varying degrees of welcome tartness. The product’s 2.5 oz. serving size means a shot can be taken quickly or on-the-go, a welcome contrast to other energy beverages that require one to throw back 16 or more ounces of caffeinated liquid in order to enjoy their benefits. The Body Works product line tailors a gamut of boosters that for the most part performed adequately to very well.
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Friday Fourplay: Japan’s 3D Ice Cubes, South Africa’s Portable Food Photography Studio, Taiwan’s Sex-Themed Restaurant, and Illinois’s Jellybean-Flavored Milk

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.

Cube-Shaped Ice = So Passé

A collaboration is under way between Japanese brewery Suntory and Japanese ad agency TBWA\Hakuhodo.  The result? The world’s first 3-dimensional ice cubes (for those reading this and thinking “Wait a minute! Ice cubes are already three dimensional! That they are ‘cubes’ pretty much guarantees this. How special can these ’3D’ ice cubes be?” Well, you’re right but you’re also wrong. Just watch the video. Any further explanation I attempt would only consume your valuable time, which is far better spent watching the above video. Watch. Marvel. Repeat. [YouTube video courtesy of Suntory threedontherocks.]

Via BuzzFeed Food

Porta-Studio For Instagramming Foodie Pics

As if diners snapping foodie photos during meals didn’t provide restaurant chefs a sufficient source of irritation, South Africa’s MWEB WiFi network has given us the DinnerCam. The placemat-sized photo station, currently undergoing a test phase at El burro restaurant in Cape Town, will allow people to take pictures of their eats and immediately upload the hashtagged images in exchange for free prints of their food. It’s not yet available stateside, and I’m no more willing to hold my breath for its release here than I am for American restaurant chefs and managers being fine with people setting up a sophisticated photo studio right on the table.  But I’ve been wrong before, so we’ll follow this as it develops. [YouTube video courtesy of MWEB.]

Via Food Republic

Image credit: 7DeadlyMag.com

Image credit: 7DeadlyMag.com

Funny Sexy Food

Can’t in good conscience recommend it as a first date locale. Sure, hilarity has the potential to ensue in an establishment where ice cream desserts get shaped into phalluses and the crockware you eat out of is shaped like a woman’s breasts. But you and your date would really, really need to be on the same page beforehand about what to expect. At Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s Funny Sex, carnal pleasure is the theme, extending from the suggestive visual representation  of the food to the leather restraints and blow-up dolls and statues engaged in various coital pursuits that are placed throughout the room. As entertaining as it all sounds (before one even broaches the subject of the quality of the menu), I think I’d have to have been dating a woman for quite a while before suggesting this place.  Still, at least the theme isn’t toilets

Via 7Deadly Mag

Image credit: Devour

Image credit: Devour

Jellybean-Flavored Milk (’cause EASTER!)

Let’s end with something a bit more wholesome…

Carlinville, Illinois-based Prairie Farms Dairy recently released a low-fat milk that tastes of jellybeans (Yes, I know jellybeans come in a remarkably wide variety of flavors, making a rather dubious claim of the whole “jellybean-flavored” thing. Just go with it this one time, all right?) Perhaps it did this so we’ll all have something tasty on hand this Sunday, when the Easter Bunny stops by, in case he cares to wet his whistle before continuing onward.  In any event, if you want a taste, better act fast: the dairy claims entire stock has already sold out and says stores that carry it are starting to run low, also. Miss out, and you’ll have to wait ’til next Easter season, and that’s a long time to wait for a glass of seasonal candy.

Via Devour

*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.

KFC Debuts Fried Chicken Corsage for Prom Season; Flavorful World Writer Dislocates Eyeballs From Rolling Them So Hard

Image credit: KFC.com

Image credit: KFC.com

Making headlines today is news that KFC has rolled out a $20 wrist corsage (just in time for prom season) that replaces flowers with pieces of fried chicken.

If this is legit (and I’m still not convinced it isn’t a belated April Fool’s Day prank rolled in 11 herbs and spices), then I can just about imagine how this product was conceived:

KFC Marketing Exec #1: “I’ve been thinking…if only there existed a greasy food that’s wearable on one’s wrist and guaranteed not only to smear indelible evidence of its presence into expensively-priced ballgowns and rented tuxedoes, but also to coat the fingertips of any person handling it with crumbs and grease that will leave the fingers sticky even after a paper napkin is used, and will require a copious supply of wet naps in order to be completely removed…”

KFC Marketing Exec #2: “Way ahead of you, my friend. Pass the cocaine. It’s finger-lickin’ go─”

KFC Marketing Exec #1: “…We could slap the phrase “Limited-Time” on all the advertising to make it seem like a must-have item that’s…y’know, um…what’s the opposite of ‘so ridiculous that its layers of sheer absurdity can be accurately measured only in sagans’? Anyway, I’m telling you, we’d make money hand over fist.”

KFC Marketing Exec #2: “Look under your chair, my friend…”

3 Easter Cocktails to Flavor Your Holiday This Sunday

Easter Weekend is on its way, and as with any family-oriented holiday, good food and drink are traditional elements of the festivities. Today’s emphasis is on tasty cocktails to accompany and enliven your Easter meals, and they come to us courtesy of VOGA Italia wines and RealBeanz Iced Coffees.

Spicy Sparkling Mimosas

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Bottle of VOGA Italia Sparkling
  • 5 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 2 3/4 cups pineapple juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon finely grated ginger

Directions:

  • Mix orange juice and pineapple juice in a pitcher.
  • Pour VOGA Sparkling into pitcher.
  • Add ginger.
  • Stir and enjoy!

 

Mocha Beer Float

Mocha Beer Float

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. RealBeanz Mocha
  • 3 oz. Irish stout beer
  • 1 scoop Pralines & Cream ice cream

Directions:

  1. Pour RealBeanz Mocha into glass.
  2. Add one scoop of Pralines & Cream ice cream.
  3. Top with Irish stout beer.

 

VOGA’s Easter Sangria

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Bottles of VOGA Italia Moscato
  • 1 12-oz. bottle of Peach Beer
  • 3 oz. Triple Sec
  • 2 sliced peaches
  • 2 sliced apricots
  • 1 container of fresh raspberries
  • 1 sliced Granny Smith apple
  • 1 sliced orange

 Directions:

  • Pour wine and beer in a large pitcher and add sliced fruit and berries.
  • Add triple sec and stir gently.
  • Cover and chill from 2-24 hours (the longer, the better!)
  • Before serving, top with club soda.
  • Stir gently and serve over ice.

Makes about 15 servings