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.
Sriracha Stix It to Your Grillables
Remember when injecting marinade into your food was all the rage? The pitch wasn’t altogether uninspired: flavor your food from the inside out. Makes sense. Well, the makers of a product originating in a collaboration between Sugarmade, Inc. and Huy Fong Foods, and being described as being part marinade, part dry rub, seems to agree. Sriracha Seasoning Stix (sorry, everyone who’s sick to death of sriracha-flavored-everything) are made to be inserted into the food of your choice before you grill. On cooking, the sticks break down and melt into it, unleashing flavors like sriracha butter garlic and sriracha teriyaki in addition to the classic sriracha and a variety with the enigmatic interim handle of Blend X (which the public will have the honor of christening with a permanent name.) People wanting more info on how they can stick it to some grillables, need look no further than SrirachaStix.com.
Oh, Liquor, What Don’t You Make Better?
Denver’s Habit Doughnut Dispensary is serving a line of booze-enlivened doughnuts, each variety coming with a pipette full of your favorite spirit shoved into it. You can choose your poison with regard to deciding which liquor to pair with which doughnut, so if you’re a fan of Fireball or cuckoo for Kahlua, you’re covered. While the concept of serving liquor with the sweets isn’t a new one (the establishment used to serve the doughnuts with shots on the side), the pipette as delivery vehicle adds a level of creativity to enjoying them. You can squirt the booze directly down your gullet. You can inject it into the core of your doughnut. You can drip it over the top of your chosen confection. Because you’re a grown-ass adult and it’s perfectly legal for you to enjoy your handheld pastry and hooch together in any manner you please. Spiking your doughnut incurs an upcharge of $2.00 on the standard doughnut price, but the ability to get toasted while devouring frosted, sticky goodness is priceless, is it not?
Hoping For One On Every Corner
At long last, there exists a solution to the age-old dilemma: whether to have Mexican food or Japanese food (Oh, don’t make that face! We’re pretty sure that’s been someone’s dilemma a time or two!) Norigami Tacos is the name of a young company in Los Angeles that has combined the two cuisines in a single handheld meal you. It begins with sheets of nori fried in tempura batter to form a taco shell, and ends with said shells being loaded with everything from sushi rice and sashimi to ramen noodles and chashu pork. The company has even experimented with crispy sushi burritos, an innovation whose popularity has earned it a permanent place on their menu. That popularity has the proprietors of the business, previously operating out of food booths at various events, thinking about opening a proper brick-and-mortar joint. They’ve opened a GoFundMe page for the endeavor that looks like not the worst place to spread a little love if you like the way Japan and Mexico throw down in the kitchen and think they’d make delicious music together.
These Mugs Get Salty
The ceramic coffee mugs made by Meriwether of Montana have got some truths to tell. For those times when words don’t come easily, perhaps because you’re not yet fully awake and would rather be anywhere than at your job, these cups will serve you as snark vehicles as well as beverage receptacles. Which purpose they fulfill more effectively is perhaps best left to their users to decide. It goes without saying though, that sipping your morning joe out of a cup bearing the greeting of “Don’t worry about me. Worry about your eyebrows.” is a unique way to rouse a smile or two in your immediate vicinity and earn you some solidarity―envy, even―from your fellow nine-to-fivers.
Unless, y’know, someone in your vicinity happens to have those eyebrows. You know the ones.
*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.
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