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.
Boozy Ice Cream’s On a Roll
Regardless of how hectic it sometimes gets dealing with unending streams of bills to be paid or bumper-to-bumper daily commutes, every so often, life seems to try and remind us grown-ups that adulthood really does have it all over being a kid. Take this ice cream truck launched by adults-only holiday organizer Warner Leisure Hotels, for example. Its booze-spiked wares include offerings like the IcePA (a frozen beer-flavored dessert served in a cone made of pork scratchings) and the Bacon and Bourbon (ice cream that, as if tasting like bacon were not draw enough, is served with a shot of bourbon). Dubbed “The Warner Ice Cream Bar,” this vehicle is a most decidedly for the patronage of legal adults only, as evidenced, if not by its extensive menu of cold, alcohol-laced goodies, then by its bouncer stationed to turn away underage buyers (gently, one hopes). Those seeking to quash sobriety and satisfy a sweet tooth in one fell swoop can track its roll on Twitter using the hashtag #GrownUpIceCream.
Yes, It’s Fruitless; No, Not In That Way
On first reading the words “Ava Winery,” knowing wine lovers might grin inside, with “AVA” being shorthand for “American Viticultural Area.” What the California-based winemaker is up to these days is as likely to incite smiles as it is spates of purist rage. Scientists at AVA Winery have declared their intention to re-produce well-known wines without the use of any grapes, yeast, fermentation, or any of the other elements that contribute to what we think of as necessary wine production components. This might sound ambitious enough, but their goal isn’t simply to create wine by replicating its molecular blueprint, but to fashion the good, high-end stuff out of whole, grapeless cloth. Whether their product of their efforts could legally even be called “wine” (wine law-regulating governance ain’t nothin’ ta @&*$ with) is one question among many surrounding this endeavor, and though my skepticism looms large, more news is certain to follow.
Because we’re not in the business of dashing hungry people’s hopes, we’ll preface this one by making clear that as of this writing, it’s only available in India.Yeah, we know. We’re bummed, too.
Now that that’s out of the way, meet the Domino’s Burger Pizza. The size of a burger, it sandwiches everything that’s good about ‘za in an herb-dusted bun that’s styled after pizza crust. While the lovechild of those two food indulgences might seem less-than-health-conscious, the Burger Pizza forgoes any fried ingredients, utilizing only baked ones. There’s also a vegetarian option for people who get down like that, so if you count yourself among that number, don’t say that pizza and burgers never did anything tasty for you.
Oh…and maybe fly to India if…y’know, you wanna give the Burger Pizza a try.
We may have opened this week by touting the merits of adulthood, but kids still have us beat when it comes to imagination. For all their dependency on the adults around them for shelter and sustenance and love, they dream up the darnedest things, the little darlings do. For example, when Dr. Dat Tran’s children asked him, “Why can’t bubbles be lickable and made from any liquid?” they lit the spark of curiosity that would eventually give birth to this product. Add a bit of your favorite beverage to the partially-filled bottles of non-toxic bubble solution sold by Bubble Lick Edible Bubbles, and a few gentle turns transforms your drink into flavored bubbles that you can blow. Nothing says “cocktail party game for the ages” like spheres flavored with your favorite sips wafting around waiting to be captured on your tongue. The possibilities for such a product seem only as limitless as your cocktail recipe repertoire.
*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.