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.
Civic Duty Never Tasted So Good
Next Tuesday, November 8th will bring to a merciful close what has arguably been (certainly feels like) the longest, most contentious U.S. presidential election season of our lifetime. Our friends at Krispy Kreme want to help soothe your wearied soul with a treat, and so on that day, any voter who has done his or her duty at the polls will be rewarded for their quality queuing ability and button-pushing prowess with a free doughnut. Simply beat a path to your nearest participating Krispy Kreme location while still wearing your always-stylish “I Voted” sticker, and select your pick of one gratis doughnut of any style. If you’re so inclined, or if you simply cannot enjoy a sweet treat without informing friends and strangers worldwide about it, the franchise also invites you to share your Election Day doughnut decision via social media, with the hashtag #KrispyKreme.
Easy Bake Meets Easier Bake
So, there’s a machine now designed to bake cookies by the pod (presumably so you have something sweet to gnaw on while knocking back hot beverages also dispensed by the pod. It’s called CHiP™, and it talks, it bakes in 10 minutes, it’s wi-fi driven, and it’s ready to dispatch “perfect cookies” by the batch for you in the comfort of your own kitchen that won’t end up cluttered with baking ingredients you’ll dread cleaning up afterward. That is, if its Kickstarter comes together the way its creators hope it will. Capable of rendering your sweets in textures from chewy to crispy in a wide variety of selections, this smart cookie oven determines how long to cook what you put into it when you scan the QR code on the side of a dough pod. It will be funded if it meets its $100K goal before December 2nd, 2016, arriving in its backers hot little hands late next year. Just in time to make its way onto all the 2017 Christmas wish lists. ALL of them.
Via Grub Street
Bottoms Up and Lights Out
T.R.I.P., the latest album by Boston rock band The Lights Out has been released in collaboration with Aeronaut Brewing Company. The result of that team-up is an Imperial Session IPA that also is named T.R.I.P., whose label is printed with instructions for how to score the album for free. Hint: it involves social media. The Lights Out guitarist Adam Ritchie likens the brew to fuel for “your trip through the multiverse” with the band’s music providing the soundtrack. Well, damn. When one puts it that way, what more is there to say, except “To inebriation and beyond!” [Video courtesy of The Lights Out YouTube channel]
Via Food Republic
Real Comfort Food
Village Vanguard, online font of all things that must be seen to be believed, is selling bath powders that smell like tasty, tasty food (take that, lavender and chamomile!) For the pittance of 324 yen (about $3.14 USD), you too can recline in a steaming bath that smells indistinguishable from a bowl of hot ramen. Or Japanese curry. Or Korean Jjigae (Hot Pot) stew. Or miso soup. For those of you reading this too fast, please note: these powders do not make actual soup in your bathtub. They merely recreate the aromas of your favorite comfort foods. In your bathtub, as you sit stewing in their delicious-smelling waters. Sounds like fun, though whether the same could be said for spending the rest of the day or evening smelling like noodle soup wherever you may roam is up for debate. While I ruminate on the matter, however, I’ll take one Korean Jjigae soak, please.
[Top image: Village Vanguard Online Store]
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