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.

Image credit: Craig Rogers

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

Image credit: Izakaya Eguzairu

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 bar and grill 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 annual Fuji TV summer event Odaiba Shintairiku beginning on July 19th. And chances are, Takahiro’s is better than yours.

Via RocketNews24

Image credit: Intermarche

Image credit: Intermarché

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

Image credit: TheWinesofWesteros.com

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.
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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).

Friday Fourplay: China’s First Peking Duck Museum, Tennessee’s Making Quinoa Whiskey, A Canadian Restaurant Goes “Deaf”, and a Draft Beer System for Your Home Bar

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: Food Republic

Image credit: Food Republic

Peking Duck Immortalized

A Peking Duck museum has opened its doors in Beijing, China. Showcasing more than 500 duck-themed items, China first’s installation of its kind is of located inside world-famous roast duck restaurant Quanjude, which has over 1,000 branches across the globe. My at times torrid love affair with well-prepared duck consumption has been well-documented on this site, so I trust I don’t need to say much more beyond that I hope I get a good deal on airfare.

Via Food Republic

Image credit: Corsair Distillery

Image credit: Corsair Distillery

Quinoa Were They Thinking?

Tennessee’s Corsair Distillery is apparently run by alchemists. but because turning lead into gold has become such a stereotypical parlor trick nowadays, it seems they’ve moved on to turning red and white quinoa into pot-distilled American whiskey. The award-winning “Booze for Badasses” (not my words; visit their website) has debuted to rave reviews, and yes some skepticism from at least one writer as exhausted with quinoa as I am with re-jiggered bacon, sriracha, and doughnut chimeras. Still, if you’re reading this and your ass is feeling badder than usual, this quinoa whiskey could be your next big thing for a few minutes.

Via HuffPost Food

Image credit: Eater

Image credit: Eater

Can’t You Read The “Signs?”

Signs” (what else?) is the name of a new Restaurant opening in Toronto, Canada later this month. Being staffed almost entirely by deaf waitstaff would be enough to earn the establishment a few uniqueness points, however it also stands out in another way. Its customers are not only invited, but encouraged to order their meal courses using American Sign Language. Of course, hearing patrons will also be welcomed, and those unfamiliar with sign language will even have guidebooks available for their usage to ensure proper signing (because simply pointing at the pictures, while perhaps easier, would be cheating.) Such an establishment bears investigating, if only to at last enjoy an establishment unafflicted by polite-conversation-drowning levels of background noise. If you check it out, I’d love to hear what you thought of it.

Via Eater

Your Very Own Crowdsourced Beer Tap

The SYNEK Draft System has been described by many observers as being like a Keurig machine for beer. While I somewhat doubt that statement’s accuracy, it certainly is fun to watch this funky little portable beer tap for your home do its thing as it makes the Kickstarter rounds.

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.

Maille Mustard is on a Roll This Bastille Day Weekend

Planning to be in New York City this Bastille Day Weekend? Then enjoy free tastings of a French essential: Authentic Dijon Mustard!

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Celebrate National Mojito Day July 11th with this Pineapple Mojito Recipe

Something’s brewing in the fertile hills of eastern Tennessee, and it stands poised to liven up your next round of drinks. The Ole Smoky Moonshine™ distillery, known as The Holler™, is America’s most visited distillery and the producer of Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, a mountain-made corn liquor available in multiple signature flavors such as Sweet Tea, Apple Pie, Lemon Drop, and many more.

In anticipation of National Mojito Day on July 11th, Ole Smoky brings us this refreshing Pineapple Mojito recipe. Celebrate with a taste of whiskey-making tradition honed in the Smoky Mountains for over a century.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Ole Smoky Pineapple Moonshine
  • 1 bunch fresh mint (stems discarded)
  • 2 limes (each cut into 8 wedges)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup club soda

Directions:

  1. Muddle the sugar, mint, and lime in the bottom of a glass.
  2. Pour pineapple moonshine and club soda and serve.
  3. Garnish with limes and pineapple wedges.