20 Globe-Spanning Dipping Sauces, A World Record-Setting Cocktail, The 2013 MidAtlantic Wine/Food Fest, and Liquor You Inhale

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.

20 International Dipping Sauces

Photo credit: nemuneko.jc on Flickr
Photo credit: nemuneko.jc on Flickr

So, over at Food Republic, Jess Kapadia has compiled a list of twenty dipping sauces intended to help your midday meal sing.  Covering a broad span of sauces, chutneys, dressings, and other condiments from all over the globe, the thoughtful list even includes suggestions for a meal with which to enjoy each clickable entry.  Being the glutton adorer of delicious things that I am means I can personally vouch for every single one of these, having tasted them at one time or another (and some quite recently, as they are staples in the Flavorful World kitchen.)  If they aren’t already, hopefully at least a few of them will soon be staples in your kitchen as well.

Via Food Republic

A Cocktail Costing More Than My First Car

Photo credit: http://www.theshout.com.au
Photo credit: www.theshout.com.au

Because it is without a doubt exactly what the world needs right now, there now exists a mixed drink that carries a $12,500 price tag. Setting a new world record for the most expensive cocktail ever to fill a glass, The Winston counts an 1858 Croizet cognac (known to go for as much as $157,000 USD per bottle at auction) among its ingredients along with other pricey liquors and liqueurs and of course, a touch of chocolate nutmeg.  Because what’s life without whimsy?

Via Devour

Photo credit: VisitWilmingtonDE.com
Photo credit: VisitWilmingtonDE.com

MidAtlantic Wine and Food Festival 2013

Benefiting the arts in Delaware, and bringing together international and regional chefs and winemakers at more than 45 scheduled events, this celebration of food and wine excellence is happening March 6-March 10, 2013.  Included among the festivities going down in and around the Brandywine Valley and coastal Delaware are a 1,000 point wine tasting, a South African Braai (barbecue), a Centennial Tea with a certified tea master, and loads more to attract the stomach that hungers and thirsts for culture as well as good food and drink. Peep the event schedule here in its entirety.

Via Wine Spectator

Photo credit: Thrillist
Photo credit: Thrillist

The Vaportini

We’ve all heard it said of things too delicious to be allowed to remain outside an appreciative stomach for one second longer than necessity dictates: “I could inhale something that tastes that good!” It seems the sentiment has been taken to heart.  The Vaportini makes it possible by heating alcohol to its vaporization point inside a glass sphere, at which point you inhale said vapor through a straw. Inebriation effect, unhindered by the time that traditional alcohol absorption through digestion would typically take, is said to be immediate (and therefore safer, claim its creators.)  As little as one ounce of at least 80 proof flavored liquor is said to be enough for one to enjoy the ultimate Vaportini experience.  I might not be 100% convinced on the whole safety angle, but either way, owning one is not someone I would reject out of hand, if only to irritate the next person who tells me to stop for a moment and take a deep breath.

Via Thrillist

*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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