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.
Swine and Wine
Double entendre alert: Wine and cheese just got served. As timeless and enjoyable as that duo has proven to be, the nectar of the vine just traded up. BaconFreak.com’s Swine and Wine club pairs your choice of a California red or white wine with a specially-selected bacon and is available as a three-month membership or an individual combo (not currently available in all states or outside continental U.S.) What bacon pairs best with Zinfandel or Riesling? Which wine best complements the piquant flavor of Jalapeño Bacon? You will know.
Via Bacon Freak
Once a rare wild growth along the coasts of Scotland and certain British Isles, this leafy green is now the star of multiple farmer’s markets throughout the U.S. The flat, broad leaves are said to taste as much like the briny deep as a fresh oyster (hence the name) and can be purchased online here so you can taste them for yourself.
Via Tasting Table
This cool new online portal with heavy focus on cooking and travel is still in its beta phase, but looks infinitely promising. Apart from allowing visitors and members to search, plan, and book culinary travel tours and track discounts on food events worldwide, it also lets them review restaurants and share personal recipes to menus and cookbooks. One can enter competitions to win prizes and even search for recipes from professional restaurants/B&B’s and local pro chefs. With all this to offer, DestinationCuisine.com seems to be well on its way toward fulfilling its stated goal of building “the world’s single largest food and travel CULTure.” (see what they did there? You see it, don’t you?)
Priscilla, Queen of Wine, Food, and Drag
This October 19, British Columbia’s only desert will spring to colorful, tasty life. The inaugural Priscilla Queen of the Desert Food, Wine, and Drag Festival will last until October 21, and feature the best of the region’s cuisine and wines along with performances and appearances by groundbreaking drag queens like Joan-E (also the festival hostess,) and Iona Whipp. For those unfamiliar with it, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert was a 1994 film that followed the journey of three drag queens across the Australian Outback in a tour bus they named “Priscilla.” Tickets for a variety of festival event packages including parties, tastings, and exquisite wine-paired meals can be purchased here, and availability is limited. Proceeds benefit the Shooting Stars Foundation to support BC Direct Service HIV/AIDS Organizations.