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.
In NYC’s Chelsea Market, new Italian Restaurant Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina is serving up fresh pastas infused with the likes of artichoke, curry, and red lentil alongside cooked dishes certain to earn a quick following among diners. A labor of food love from veteran pastamaker Rana, this first of his full-service U.S. endeavors also includes on its menu, besides dishes featuring lobster mezzaluna and braised pork, a chocolate ravioli that gets stuffed with tiramisu before getting deep-fried and finished with a chocolate sauce drizzle. For reasons I have yet to pinpoint (though certainly among them is that I’m unable to locate a photo of it,) I find that last item the most intriguing of all. As if anyone needed another sweet reason to adore Chelsea Market, it appears to have arrived.
Smokin’ Bacon Hot Chocolate
At Poste Moderne Brasserie in Washington D.C.’s Penn Quarter, three of my favorite indulgences will mingle tomorrow November 3rd from 4pm to 8pm. The occasion (like anyone hearing bacon, bourbon, and hot chocolate mentioned in the same sentence should require further incentive) is the establishment’s launching of its winter patio bar Cour de L’hiver, and will be celebrated with free menu tastings and $5 cocktails, the bacon-booze-laced hot chocolate numbering among those options. Cuddling up under blankets with some tasty gratis bites and warm drinks sounds like a nice way to take the onrushing winter chill down a peg, however, know that reservations seem like a good idea.
A Mango-Flavored Mouth Burn Remedy
I’m filing this under “Coolness Yet to Be”: An associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of New Mexico named Jason McConville has developed a remedy for burning one’s mouth while eating and drinking hot foods. His invention, a quick-dissolve strip (not unlike those breath freshening strips sold at your local drug store) laced with local anesthetic benzocaine, is designed to be applied to and adhere to the burned area of the mouth without interfering with daily activities. They’re mango-flavored, and are intended to deliver quick relief that will last up to a few hours, though they’re sadly not yet available on store shelves. Still, hope is hope, since some of the best-tasting foods and drinks are often served piping hot, and with the chilly season upon us, now just isn’t the time to give them up.
How to Eat With a Movember Mustache
This guide to eating (what foods to avoid, what foods to pursue) for men with mustaches is inspired by the fact that it is officially Movember. Movember is a month-long awareness initiative aimed at drawing attention to and raising money for men’s health issues like prostate and testicular cancer, and is characterized by men attracting people to sponsor them as they spend November growing mustaches. As a man with some facial hair framing what I’ve been oft told are a pair of full, sensual lips, the neatly broken-down pros and cons of various food items dubbed either “Food for the Furred” or “Enemies of the ‘Stache” was timely information that put a smile on my mustachioed and bearded (‘stachebeardioed, anyone? Anyone?) face.
Via Bon Appétit