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.
The Miracle Machine
Depending on who you ask, homebrewing alcoholic beverages has either just taken a tremendous leap forward or backward (I say this because I can already hear wine purist noses wrinkling as I type this.) A machine has been invented that is capable of turning water into wine (like in that old story you read or heard about that one time, involving a certain young and gifted carpenter.) Utilizing grape concentrate, yeast, and various “finishing powder” packets, one can brew wine in about three days. The Android-compatible Miracle Machine can even make different kinds of vino, capable of producing up to six varieties. The machine capable of feeding multitudes from a few loaves of bread and a handful of tiny fish can’t be far behind.
*Update – 03/14/2014: Since this article was initially published, those responsible for advertising the above-mentioned product have admitted their miracle water-into-wine machine to be a hoax; a publicity stunt intended to garner attention for their true cause, which is far different and even charitable. I’m not above chuckling at myself over making mistakes, and I certainly made one in not asking enough questions before choosing to report on this. Oh well, live and learn. I suppose, though, that if I must be duped on occasion, it’s at least nice to be in good company. – AB
Cookie Shot Cups
Cups that one can eat after draining them of a tasty beverage seem to be where we’re headed as a society, so this entry just makes sense. Dominique Ansel (who else?) of Cronut fame will roll these crunchy bad boys out this Sunday March 9 at an event sponsored by Allison+Partners at the annual SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.
I enjoy maple flavor. I enjoy the living hell out of a glass of wine. Up until recently, I wouldn’t have dreamed of ever finding the two keeping company. And while maple’s inclusion in the ingredients of various liquors and beers is nothing new, this is the first wine I’d seen to contain it. Apparently, barrel-aged Blackfeather Maple Wine is quite good, cutting the sugariness one might expect of such a product with lemon juice, which is one of only four ingredients used to make it, along with maple syrup, yeast, and water. As a wine drinker and also a student of wine, my chief reaction, aside from the obvious curiosity over its taste and having had time to digest the information, is simply that I still have so many questions.
Via Food Republic
Bacon Alarm App
Oscar Meyer’s Wake Up and Smell the Bacon app seems well-intentioned. People love the smell of bacon cooking. People hate being driven from warm beds in the morning by the obnoxious scream of an alarm clock That’s why our favorite uncle Oscar conceived this app, which instead of waging aural warfare, is designed to coax a person gently from slumber with the aroma of bacon frying. A contest is under way until April 9th, which people can enter to win the bacon fragrance attachment needed (since having just the free app, does not a pleasant awakening make). Only 4700 can win, so enter now. Personally, though it seems, as I said, well-intentioned, this seems like a potential dirty trick to play on oneself over and over. Awakening to the smell of bacon cooking and the sound of gently sizzling bacon, only to come fully awake seconds later to the realization that there is in fact, no bacon available to be eaten = a daily morning letdown. Though perhaps this gentleman doth expect too much of this narrow world’s bacon-themed gadgetry.