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.
Mix n’ Match Burgers
On NYC’s UES (that’s New York City’s Upper East Side, for any non-natives) a special kind of burger place is waiting to coax your most ambitious inclinations toward the patty/bun dynamic out of your head and onto your plate. Burger Bistro‘s laminated menu comes with a wax pencil you’ll use to make selections from among its list of meats, cheeses, breads, toppings, and sauces. Shrimp burger topped with hot Italian sausage on garlic bread? Check. Lamb burger with guacamole and frizzled onions in a lettuce wrap? Yup. Some daily specials even add waffles and glazed donuts to your bread options, and for dessert, you can design your own ice cream sandwich. If you conceive it, you’ll achieve it. Let the food-related hijinks commence.
Lady Chefs Turn Up the Heat
On February 4th, 2013 at Washington DC’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel, over 30 female chefs will gather for an event supporting the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. Delectable small plates, appetizers, and desserts will be served during the evening, and other planned happenings include a silent auction and prizes ranging from chef’s delicacies to a meetup with auto racing star Danica Patrick. Buy a ticket through LivingSocial.com and take advantage of the 50% off deal they’ve got going right now. It’s an opportunity to do something charitable while sampling delicious fare from the most talented lady chefs around.
Orchid Cellar Barrel Tasting Weekend
Beginning tomorrow January 19th, 2013 and lasting through the holiday weekend, visitors to Orchid Cellar Winery in Middletown, MD can sample their favorite sips right from the barrel. Orchid Cellar is a producer of honey wines that are recreated from ancient recipes, many of which are made with rose petals, with chili peppers, with apples and other spices. Open 12pm to 5pm on these dates, this winery will present samples of all its wines, along with a souvenir glass to mark the occasion.
Coffee and Tea Combine in a Super Sip
London, England’s Royal Botanic Gardens is building a bridge between tea drinkers and coffee drinkers whose loyalty to their chosen hot beverage has always demanded they reject its alternative option. We need no longer choose between the two, a sipping boon that London researchers working in concert with French scientists have discovered in a tea that’s made from coffee leaves. Bursting with antioxidants, this new (and as yet unavailable) brew is also lower in caffeine than tea or coffee and is believed to have benefits for people suffering from heart disease and diabetes.