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.
Gummy, with Hints of Stone Fruit
NYC candy boutique Sugarfina is no stranger to inventive flavor profiles, as its collection of cocktail-flavored sweets has shown us. Because an evolving menu is key when it comes to luring back repeat customers, the establishment is moving on from mixed drinks at least for the moment, and dipping a toe in some wine. That’s wine as in rosé, and dipping a toe as in releasing a line of rosé-infused gummy bears. It’s an idea intriguing enough that the list of New Yorkers angling for a taste of the new creation hit over 400 before the candies sold out within two hours’ time. Don’t worry, more are on the way, though getting onto the establishment’s current email waiting list is a good idea for anyone who has ever lamented that their gummy candies didn’t taste enough like pink wine.
Via First We Feast
Tastes Great? Clearly
Guess what’s about to come screaming back into our lives from the 1990’s? No, it’s not that boomerang you chucked through a time portal and forgot about. That’s right, it could only be Crystal Pepsi. Those of you who are old enough to remember it might recall that the year was 1992: Sophie B. Hawkins’ “Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover” was at the top of the charts. Two of the protagonists of Star Wars: The Force Awakens were born within a month of each other. And Crystal Pepsi was on everyone’s lips, either from drinking it or talking it up on their way to buy some. The clear cola will return in all its “you-can-read-a-newspaper-through-it” glory to North American stores shelves beginning August 8, 2016. It’s only sticking around for 8 weeks, though, so those who get nostalgic about soft drinks of yesteryear have been warned.
Via Grub Street
Wonder If These Are Allowed Into Hotels…
So while my experience with the flavor of durian (and perhaps most importantly, the odor, oh sweet merciful heavens, the odor) of durian has been confined to taking it in smoothie form, I can say with honesty that the flavor isn’t altogether a bad one, and that the fruit shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand. Having said that, it will be interesting to see how dragging its rather unique sensory attributes into sexual situations will be received by consumers. One can’t help wondering what demand is driving the supply of such a product, whose manufacturers claim to produce a couple billion each year. Whether these condoms go the way of the fruit that inspired them and end up being banned from public transports and lodging premises depends on how authentic a durian-sampling experience they deliver. If anyone reading this should purchase or otherwise encounter any of these fruity French letters, please, please tell us what you thought of them.
Okonomiyaki Sliders! Okonomiyaki! Sliders!
The food hybrids just keep on coming. Okonomiyaki is a savory pizza meets pancake meets omelet Japanese dish that lends itself with gusto to an endless variety of customizations. A slider is a little burger/sandwich dealie-bob that lends itself to devouring by the dozen. Some mashups just make sense. This one’s on the menu at Essex Street Market eatery Osaka Grub, and uses okonomiyaki as “buns” to help you get a grip on the beef, bonito, aonori, and pickled ginger filling your hands with goodness. Go any day of the week but Monday, since the joint’s closed on those days. Otherwise, slide through.
*Mention of a product, good, or service in a Friday Fourplay posting does not constitute and should not be interpreted as an endorsement either from Anthony Beal or Flavorful World LLC. 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 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.