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South Korea’s Gastronomic Voyeurism Really Pays

[Video courtesy of Reuters YouTube Channel]

 

Every so often the universe sees fit to reinforce to me that I’m in the wrong line of full-time work.

A recent Reuters article reported on one Park Seo-yeon, known to her legions of adoring fans as “The Diva.” Park is one of an approximate 3,500 people in South Korea running online food-eating shows that let viewers watch someone enjoy sumptuous meals while filming the eating experience via webcam.  Noshing in front of her webcam for about three hours each day, Park earns income in the form of virtual “balloons” sent to her by online viewers seeking and finding comfort in this growing fad dubbed “gastronomic voyeurism.”  With each virtual balloon worth 100 won (about 9 cents USD), Park’s current average monthly income from her web program is over $9,000. Not a bad earning for spending three hours a day doing something a person would normally do anyway, given that it’s kind of crucial for one’s continued existence.

There must surely have been some singular thing at some point in my life that has amused, depressed, annoyed, and inspired me in equal measure all at once, as this fad does, but damn if I can presently call it to mind.

So yeah, I’ve been doing the whole online food presence thing wrong.  Time to consider eating at a larger table.

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Cold Where You Are? Get in on IMUSA’s New Year, New Food Giveaway

wine--food-graphic-revised 2If you’re like me, then you haven’t been able to get the song “Baby, it’s cold outside” out of your head for the past 48 hours or so.  The fact that it is Wintertime notwithstanding, temperatures have been arctic across the U.S. as of late. No one could be blamed for desiring to escape the “polar vortex” via a trip to someplace warm. If the trip was for two, then so much the better,  right?

If you responded “yes” out loud, nodded, or otherwise expressed or conceived some form of agreement with the question posed above, then you’ll want to pay attention to this next part: Hispanic and International cookware company IMUSA is holding a giveaway that you can enter for a chance to win a trip for two to Miami and indulge in the much-anticipated South Beach Wine & Food Festival!

The New Year, New Food Giveaway will be live for the month of January and is exclusively for IMUSA’s Facebook fans. By “liking” IMUSA’s page and entering in the contest you’ll have a chance to WIN a trip to Miami for 2, with the costs of travel, hotel accommodations, and 2 tickets to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival included! Ten runner-ups will receive IMUSA prizes as well.

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On Nelson Mandela’s Passing

I’m going to keep this brief for reasons that are somewhat hard to frame. It feels lacking somehow, not to acknowledge here the recent passing of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, thus I do so now – even though this is a food blog, even though that places such an acknowledgment somewhat outside my typical subject matter. I can only attribute my silence on the matter up until now to my inability to think of anything to say that has not been or will not be said more eloquently by those who knew him best. I’ll simply confess that days after hearing the news I am no closer to the words to express my profound sadness at this loss than I am to those capable of conveying my admiration for the world-changing example he set as a champion for peace and human rights. So, because this remains a food blog, I’ll share a link to a recently-purchased read that I thought others might enjoy, and leave it at that.9781770095656_p0_v1_s600
Hunger for Freedom: The Story of Food in the Life of Nelson Mandela
by Anna Trapido
ISBN-13: 9781770095656
Publisher: Jacana Media

Product Review: Glicco’s Pasta Gravy

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

Photo credit: ElbowFoods.com

Photo credit: ElbowFoods.com

“Thick and Rich Flavor” promises the label on this product that recently arrived for review in the Flavorful World kitchen.  In claiming thus, the label tells no lies.

Having been burned by my share of runny tomato-based supermarket pasta sauces, I found the finely chunky texture of Glicco’s Pasta Gravy oddly comforting on first opening it. The inviting aroma of tomato and herbs was enough to elicit a prompt spoonful tasted right from the jar. When I took it, the first flavor notes to register on my tongue were of oregano and onion.

Intent on testing the product’s versatility in addition to its immediately encouraging taste, I used my sample to make three dishes. My first outing consisted of lamb meatballs baked about halfway to doneness, then covered in Glicco’s Pasta Gravy and placed back into the oven to finish cooking. Next, I moved on to a baked macaroni and cheese (extra sharp white cheddar and fontina) made with a béchamel into which I stirred several tablespoons of the product.  After that it was all about spaghetti (selected for a more classic touch) and wilted fresh spinach, simmered in the sauce and topped with diced pork jowl bacon. In each case, not only did the product play nicely with all ingredients present, but with each dish it seemed that a different flavor element of came to the forefront of the gravy. With the meatballs, the strength of the gravy’s onions lent depth to the dish. The sweetness of creamy tomato ruled the macaroni and cheese. When the gravy met my spaghetti, spinach, and bacon, herbal notes like oregano and basil came front and center.

Glicco’s Pasta Gravy seems more like something I would taste in the home of a friend or relative who cooks than something I would purchase and scoop out of a jar. There may exist other pasta sauces that currently can claim greater brand recognition and are more widely available than Glicco’s. However, based on my sampling and the sense of comfort I derived from enjoying something that tastes so homemade, I feel confident that I can go ahead and replace the word “currently” in the preceding sentence with “temporarily.”

Flavorful World’s Fannie May Berries Giveaway: We Have A Winner

Photo credit: Fannie May Berries

Photo credit: Fannie May Berries

Congratulations to Twitter user @MsCarolsueA, winner of our Fannie May Berries giveaway contest!

The delectable prize, coming courtesy of Fannie May Berries, is a 6-piece box of Holiday Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this contest.  Be sure to keep an eye on FlavorfulWorld.com for upcoming contests and giveaways in 2013!