Drinking Rules for 2013, A Bibimbap Party How-To, Christmas Tree Booze, and Your Food Horoscope

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.

Photo credit: Liquor.com
Photo credit: Liquor.com

Liquor.com’s New Drinking Rules for 2013

On the second day of this brave new year, Liquor.com gave to us its list of five resolutions to inspire drinkers and broaden our horizons.  Calling all tipplers to fill the time between sips with things like mixing beer and spirits or seeking and treasuring reprints of vintage mixology guides, here’s a list good enough to drink.

Via Liquor.com

Photo credit: Christina Holmes
Photo credit: Christina Holmes

Bibimbap Party How-To

For the uninitiated, bibimbap is a Korean dish typically served in a hot clay pot and consists of rice, savory, thinly-sliced beef, and crunchy vegetables like bean sprouts, shredded carrots, and kimchi.  Generally topped with a fried egg, and always beautiful to look at, it is easily among my top ten favorites dishes of all time.  Perhaps sensing this, or perhaps born of sheer benevolence toward mankind, Bon Appétit has made available a brief instructional on how to build a party around the prep and enjoyment of this great meal, and included a recipe courtesy of BonAppetit.com user Kay Chun with it.

Via Bon Appétit

Photo credit: NPR The Salt
Photo credit: NPR The Salt

Christmas Tree Beer and Gin

Making an apparent comeback is a form of alcoholic brew made from the shoots, needles, and inner bark of the spruce tree.  Once popular as an archaic potion for warding off scurvy and promoting fertility, spruce beer is seeing a resurgence among craft breweries, and for those who fancy a higher proof in their Christmas tree-flavored alcohol, spruce gin.  Do-it-yourselfers can even get frozen spruce samples by mail to brew their own beer.  If anything should cast the phrase “Tastes like the holidays” in a newer, more literal light, here it is.

Via NPR The Salt

Photo credit: Epicurious.com
Photo credit: Epicurious.com

2013 Food Horoscope

Whether you go whole hog for astrology or take it with a grain of salt (I know, I know. I’m working on the puns, really I am.  You can’t expect me to quit cold turkey!), this is just interesting.  Any deal where the worst one can come away with is a couple of new food and recipe ideas sounds worth checking out to me.

Via Epicurious

*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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