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.
Porter’s Gettin’ Piggy Wit’ It
Okay, so for this, you have to read the following quoted passage aloud in your best infomercial narrator voice:
“Is your favorite porter suffering from a distinct lack of porcine flavor influences? Flying Fish Brewing Company is here to make all your dream come true.”
As part of the New Jersey-based brewer’s “Exit” series of beers each honoring a different exit on the NJ Turnpike, it has created a “Pork Roll Porter.” This 7.5% abv counts actual Pork Roll (a Jersey-born style of meat also known as “Taylor Ham”, depending on where in the state one resides) among the ingredients used in its brewing process. Given that the beer is said to carry sweet flavor notes like maple and chocolate, I can’t wait for the inevitable county fair deep-fried version of this inventive-sounding porter. Prove me wrong, society. Prove me wrong…
I Guess “Fro-Ro” Was Taken?
Apparently, 2016’s was the summer of Frosé. That’s Frozen Rosé wine to anyone reading this who was as unaware of the fact as I was. In London and New York, though, it’s been all the rage during the past few hotter-than-Hades months. Easy to make at home, it literally consists of rose wine subjected to the ol’ deep freeze and little else (though some innovators are mixing it up with the likes of strawberries, sugar, and even vermouth). The concept has gone over with wine purists about as well as one might expect. While I’ll cop to having one foot firmly planted in that camp, I’ve also knocked back my shares of kalimoxtos, so I’ll rest my stone-throwing arm for now. Wine slushies do have serious potential to be awesome, so maybe keep an open mind on this one, huh?
Via The Telegraph
Ice Cream Dons War Paint
I don’t doubt that it tastes good. I don’t doubt that it would be a more than welcome frozen treat on a blistering hot summer day of the sort we’ve had too many of this year. Despite this, something about camouflage ice cream just feels off to me. This isn’t to say that I don’t find the concept fascinating, because I honestly do. It’s just that given its legions of adoring fans all over the world, it’s hard to imagine ice cream having so many enemies that it must resort to finding ways to make itself harder to detect in the wild. Camo n’ Cream, the newest and hands down, most visually-arresting ice cream from Blue Bell, is comprised of pistachio almond, cream cheese, and milk chocolate flavors, mottled together in the same container to mimic the recognizable camouflage pattern worn by soldiers. If you love the smell of ice cream in the morning, this could be the start of something big.
A Different Kind of Sports Bar
Tokyo keeps getting all the stuff I want.
The latest in this list without any discernible end in sight is a cafe here patrons can watch video gamers compete for pixelated glory. The cafe, to be called Storia, is slated to open in Ikebukuro this Fall, and will feature massive video monitors that will display video gameplay and other video footage related to gaming.
Square Enix is at the helm of this enterprise, and we know this isn’t their first foray into gaming-themed dining (remember a certain Final Fantasy-inspired restaurant?). The cafe will open on October 5th and is certain to attract gaming-minded diners to its lunches and dinners in ever-increasing droves. As long as the menu is as tight as the graphics on display, things are looking good for gamers in Tokyo.
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