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.
Oh, Maki Nutella. . .You Complete Me
There’s a place in France where maki rolls consist of dollops of Nutella that get rolled into coconut rice and wrapped with crepes. It is called Planet Sushi, and its “Maki Nutella” is my new spirit animal, religion, choice for president in 2016, zodiac sign, blood type, and personal anthem. This, because while dessert sushi always has the potential for awesomeness, it most certainly does not always deliver. Here’s hoping this is one that does.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Beer. . .Yep.
North Carolina’s Catawba Brewing Company is making beer that tastes like schoolyard lunches of yore. Roasted peanuts and fresh raspberries are responsible for the taste of peanut butter and jelly. It’s available in North Carolina, as well as eastern Tennessee and upper South Carolina, which is a bit farther than I’m willing to travel for it, but anyone in those areas looking to recapture a scrap of childhood in a can of beer (an experience not necessarily to be rejected out of hand, if only for the stories certain to follow it) should certainly check this one out and tell me all about it.
Mythological Heroines You Can Drink
NYC’s Harlem Vintners wants to change the way you drink and transport your favorite wine. MAENAD™ – Wine in a Can will be the instrument of that change. Aimed at a more youthful (though still, of course, above legal drinking age) market, and with a thought toward environmental consciousness, Maenad cans are made of lightweight, easily-recyclable aluminum, each one featuring gorgeous exterior artwork. Despite its containment method, the wine (made from California grapes) never comes into contact with any aluminum, thanks to the patented Vinsafe® technology used in lining the cans. If that isn’t enough to arouse an interest in Maenad, then consider that Harlem Vintners has pledged to donate 10% of its profit to the Harlem community to support after school programs for at-risk youth, technology centers for children, art supplies for schools, and more. So, whether you choose curiosity or altruism to be your guide, there are worse ways to spend some downtime than hanging with a Maenad (Greek mythology buffs know what I’m talking about.)
Atomic Grill Slips Us Some Skin
When a recent visitor to Morgantown, WV’s Atomic Grill wrote in an UrbanSpoon review of the establishment that its female servers should “show some more skin,” owner Daniel McCawley responded with class. From now through Memorial Day, the Atomic Grill is offering a special discount on platters of fully loaded potato skins. They’ll sell for $7.00 per order, with all proceeds donated to the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information Services. Kudos to Mister McCawley for finding an opportunity in the embarrassing request of an obvious idiot to do something positive. For many people (perhaps including myself) responding to ugliness with equal ugliness would have proven too much temptation to resist, but McCawley took the high road and for that, the Atomic Grill deserves as much business as possible this weekend.