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…”

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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

 

Guest Passover Recipe: Flourless Chocolate Walnut Cookies by Chef Francois Payard

Flourless Chocolate Walnut 2This evening begins the Jewish holiday Passover, which will run until the evening of Tuesday, April 22nd. With a mind toward sweet and auspicious beginnings, we have this recipe for Flourless Chocolate Walnut Cookies to share, courtesy of renowned pastry chef Francois Payard. In the spirit of the holiday, Chef Payard’s recipe is unleavened and grain-free, so indulge.

Flourless Chocolate Walnut Cookies
By Chef Francois Payard

  • ½ cup  plus 3 tablespoons (68 grams) Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 3 cups (350 grams) confectioners’ sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 ¾ cups (272 grams) walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Place a rack each in the upper and bottom thirds of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

Combine the cocoa powder, confectioners’ sugar, salt, and walnuts in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed for 1 minute.

With the mixer running, slowly add the egg whites and vanilla. Mix on medium speed for 3 minutes, until the mixture has slightly thickened. Do not overmix it, or the egg whites will thicken too much.

With a 2-ounce cookie or ice cream scoop or a generous tablespoon, scoop the batter onto the prepared baking sheet, to make cookies that are 4 inches in diameter. Scoop 5 cookies on each pan, about 3 inches apart so that they don’t stick when they spread. If you have extra batter, wait until the first batch of cookies is baked before scooping the next batch.

Put the cookies in the oven, and immediately lower the temperature to 320°F. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes, or until small thin cracks appear on the surface of the cookies. Switch the pans halfway through baking. Pull the parchment paper with the cookies onto a wire cooling rack, and let cool completely before removing the cookies from the paper. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Makes about twelve 4-inch cookies

Friday Fourplay: A South Korean Café Inside a Giant Camera, London’s e-Cigarette and Coffee Pairing Café, Sydney’s Caffeine Lab, and a $100 Chocolate Toothpaste

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: TheVerge.com

Image credit: TheVerge.com

A Camera Café That Dreams

About 40 miles outside of Seoul, South Korea, one can sip coffee and share stories about their dreams inside a shop whose exterior is modeled after a Rolleiflex twin lens camera. The impressive two-story, 30-foot-tall Dreamy Camera Café is run by husband and wife retired armed forces pilots Park Sung-hwan and Kwak Myung-hee. Photography lovers, the couple displays cameras they’ve owned throughout the years and has lined much of the coffee shop’s interior with photos of the establishment’s visitors, encouraging patrons to write a few words about their dreams along the image borders. If a picture really is worth a thousand words, then any establishment that encourages people to dream in photographs sounds worth stopping into.

Via The Verge

Image credit: Chubby Hubby

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Coffee and Cigs, 21st Century-style

French expats Jonathan Cadeilhan and Pierre Durand are the creative minds behind East London’s recently-opened Vape Lab, a Shoreditch coffee shop that sells electronic cigarettes as well as renting them to patrons at hourly rates. Customers’ desire to enjoy an “Old-fashioned” fair-trade and organic coffee while vaping smokeless, odorless, “beautifully engineered electronic cigarettes” is a trend whose growth the duo appears to feel confident about, given that e-cigarettes are already a major market throughout France. The establishment’s range of e-cig flavors runs the gamut from custard and absinthe to tangerine, gin, and more, the flavoring agents coming in 10 ml bottle that run £7 each. I no longer smoke tobacco, and have never ‘vaped,’ however, I’ll confess to being every flavor of curious about the concept and this establishment.

Via Foodbeast

Image credit: Chubby Hubby

Image credit: Chubby Hubby

Sydney’s Caffeine Reformatory

The Reformatory Caffeine Lab near Sydney, Australia’s Bustling Central Station serves up blended, filtered, and cold-drip coffees in a former loading dock whose interior is now emblazoned with comic book-styled black and white artwork (revealing proprietor and fourth-generation Columbian coffee farmer Simon Jaramillo to be the kind of comic book fan I’d like to drink with). Its two signature blends are respectively dubbed the Joker and the Squab. Ristretto espresso shots arrive on wooden boards alongside a ground portion of their respective beans to offer drinkers a complete crop-to-cup experience, accompanied by sparkling water to cleanse the palate between sips. A weekly single-origin coffee is featured as well, as are a variety of savories and sweets such as tarts, scrolls, and four varieties of Argentinian empanadas. I could get into this kind of reform, and so, probably, could anyone who loves coffee.

Via Chubby Hubby

Image credit: RocketNews24

Image credit: RocketNews24

Chocolate Toothpaste. Yes, I’m Serious…

I had no idea that cacao’s beneficial properties to tooth enamel are powerful enough to rival those of fluoride. But that’s the claim of oral care company Theodent, producer of a natural, fluoride-free alternative to conventional toothpaste. Made with patented cacao-based substance rennou, a tube of Theodent 300 will set you back $99.99. Even though this non-toxic past is not harmful if one swallows it, and is claimed to be safe for children’s usage (because how cruel it would seem for a chocolate-flavored toothpaste not to be?) seems a long way to go for a clean and pretty smile given the generous availability of alternative products on the market, but perhaps my sweet tooth just isn’t what it used to be. At any rate, it’s a compelling notion that many people will doubtless jump teeth-first at the chance to try.

Via RocketNews24

*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.

Guest Passover Recipe: Fried Matzoh by Carrington Farms

It’s April, and besides being the month in which we all look forward to a visit from a certain mythical rabbit obsessed with hoarding decorative hard-boiled eggs, April is also the month in which the Jewish holiday of Passover is celebrated. The holiday, celebrating the deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery in ancient Egypt, is happening from April 14th to April 22nd, 2014.

Significant among the traditional foods eaten during the holiday is an unleavened bread called matzoh.  Matzoh is said to be a symbol intended to promote humility and an appreciation for freedom (as a tangible reminder of what lives of forced servitude were like) and to deter arrogance and inflated ego.

This recipe for Fried Matzoh, comes courtesy of Carrington Farms, a leading organic food brand with a 10-year history of developing healthy, delicious food products including coconut oil, chia seeds, and flax/hemp seeds.

Fried Matzoh

Image: Carrington Farms

Image: Carrington Farms

Ingredients:

  • 2 sheets of Matzoh, broken into pieces soaked in milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Carrington Farms coconut oil 

Directions:

  • Soak matzoh in milk, drain milk and add eggs and mix well.
  • Melt Carrington Farms coconut oil in pan
  • Add matzoh and egg mixture and fry like an omelet, turn and fry each side 5 minutes
  • Garnish with Carrington Farms flax, jelly, cinnamon, etc