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.
Wine For Cats
I get it; if any domesticated animal species coexisting with humans ever seemed to embody any part of the wine drinker’s discerning sensibilities, of course, it’s cats. Of course it is. Created by a Japanese pet supplement company, Nyan Nyan Nouveau may not contain any true alcohol, but it is said to contain catnip (certain to be a more welcome presence among its furry target group than ethanol would have been) and to taste like a Cabernet. How nice to know cats will be drinking better than I will this holiday season.
Via The Braiser
America’s First Trappist Brewery
For the uninitiated, Trappist Ale is a kind of abbey beer that developed over centuries in monasteries, primarily in Belgium. Beers in this category must be made within the walls of a Trappist monastery, under the control of Trappist monks. Worldwide, fewer than ten exist that satisfy these guidelines and have earned the right to label their beers “Trappist” (imitators have to settle for “Trappist-style”). More impressive then is the fact that the United States is getting its first Trappist brewery in Saint Joseph’s Abbey, soon to open in Spencer, Massachusetts. Though no official release date has yet been decided upon, the brewery’s debut offering will be golden-hued, with a full body and fruity notes.
Charlie Brown Goes To Singapore
The Charlie Brown Cafe is an officially-licensed restaurant located in Singapore’s tourist haven Discovery Walk. It offers up all manner of fried foods as well as the obligatory sandwiches, pasta dishes, and desserts, some of which will come to the table baring the likeness of various Snoopy, Linus, of other beloved Peanuts characters. No word yet on whether each meal concludes with a thought-provoking soliloquy exploring the meaning of Christmas. But a guy can dream, can’t he?
The windy city is the most recent geographical location to find its way into a bottle of Absolut Vodka. Absolut apparently has decided that Chicago tastes like green olives, thyme, and rosemary (a nod to Chicago-style pizza, perhaps?) Notable Chicago landmarks and attractions decorate each bottle designed by Ross Bruggink for this limited edition series.
Via Food Republic