Meats of Our Cultural Stew: Thursday March 17th

It’s Sunday Thursday, everyone!  And while your weekend is starting to come into hazy focus after Hump Day, we at Choosy Beggars are here to prepare you with a drink and the latest in food culture (that we didn’t write).

If you’re not reading us on Twitter (and judging by our follower count, you aren’t!), here’s a round-up of what caught our attention this week.

  • Kim Kardashian is the official spokesmodel spokesperson replicant android for Midori melon liqueur.  Though we can’t speak for Midori in particular, generally melon liqueur tastes like green cough medicine — so really the interesting point here is just how Midori’s ad demonstrates how closely Kim has come to resemble a RealDoll (not linking to the RealDoll site, and don’t you go Googling it either):

  • It’s St. Patrick’s day!  Enjoy it with a modern twist on corned beef, perhaps a bit of Guinness Irish stew, or hell, a gut full of a lot of delicious liquor.  The important thing is celebrating the unique traditions of Irish culture or whatever!
  • Coming soon to an upscale bar near you, the kind you can’t afford and probably aren’t even allowed into without a Corporate expense card, cask-aged cocktails!  That’s right, more than garden centers will be competing for old, small oak casks — hotels will be pre-aging Negronis and Rusty Nails for your enjoyment and a modest 500% markup.
  • Aren’t you tired of wondering, “When oh when will someone launch a web-based ensemble comedy about food snobs?”  We know we are, and thank God someone’s finally listened:  episodes one and two of Foodies are now live!  Will this recipe for slow-braised funnybone render sweet flavors of comedy?  It has to be funnier than our puns, anyway.
  • Pepsi announced this week that they have “cracked the code” of an entirely plant-based bottle that they plan to test in 2012, significantly reducing their carbon footprint and leapfrogging Coca-Cola’s own eco-efforts.   Think about this deeply and feel good!   Those happy sensations may be enough to drown out your anxiety about all that radiation creeping into the food chain over in Japan.

Ugh, that calls for a drink.

Drink of the Week (that Mike didn’t think of)

The Puck Friar, via New York Times

  • 1 ounce Bushmills Irish whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce cherry liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 whole egg

Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake very vigorously, for at least 10 seconds, to emulsify the egg. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Yield: 1 serving

The sparky heat of Irish whiskey, the sweetness of cherry liqueur and the acid of orange juice, all brought stiff by the raw egg that will terrify your most squeamish guests.  Perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day cocktail that will help you forget all of your woes.

It’s a cultural festival, and excuse to tipple, and nearly the weekend!  Enjoy!