A Strange Pair… The Most Bizarre (and Delicious) Food Combinations Being Served Today
By Rebecca Muh
Ever wonder what it would feel like to live in an alternate universe where hats are worn on your feet and dinner is served on ice cream cones? Sounds more like a Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror” episode than reality, right?
Well, keep your hat on your head for the moment and don’t be surprised if you find your dinner served in drink form the next time you venture out for some grub. Contemporary restaurants and the ever-growing army of hipster-friendly food trucks have blended the lines of what dishes belong in which courses; drinks are becoming appetizers, entrees are masquerading around as desserts.
The science of food substitution has evolved into flavor manipulation. Exciting new concoctions have been making their way onto menus, often inconspicuously, as shock factor is a huge draw for restaurant goers.
In KoldCast TV’s new heartwarming episodic food-themed comedy Pairings, Alan Wallace’s palette is put to the test. As a genius chef, Alan is a master at pairing up perfect ingredients in the comfort of his own kitchen. However, when it comes to his love life, things just don’t seem to be blending together.
Join Alan on his quest for good food and love
in the first episode of Pairings!
The story: Alan is terrible with women. His friends and family convince him that ‘the way to a woman’s heart is through her stomach.’ As he starts cooking his way through the dating world, Alan discovers things about women, himself, and the lasting memories of food.
Whether enjoying a cocktail as a hot appetizer makes for a great conversation starter or a ticket to the nearest lavatory, you have to experience it for yourself. Give your taste buds a whirl with these bizarre creations that are garnering buzz amongst foodies everywhere.
A Southern Twist with a Cherry on Top
Throw Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles and Cold Stone into a blender and what do you get? Dinner and dessert in one. The Coolhaus Ice Cream truck roams around the streets of Austin, Dallas, LA, NY, and Miami looking for adventurous foodies to test out their new dinner cones.
With bizarre flavors like Spicy Pineapple & Cilantro with Serrano Chili, and Peking duck, Coolhaus is not afraid to combat your mother on having ice cream for a proper meal. One of their most popular flavors, Fried Chicken and Waffles, is actually made with real chicken! Before you scream Bloody Mary, there are no actual chicken meat bits in the ice cream. Instead, a caramelized sauce is slowly infused with a broth made from chicken skin, then blended with milk and churned in an ice cream maker. Don’t underestimate the power of a single scoop. It’ll have you in a food coma before you can say, “Pass the maple syrup.”
Speaking of Bloody Mary…
Forget to make a reservation for tonight’s dinner? One to two hours wait for a table? Forget about it! Take your dinner at the bar with The Tractor Room’s hearty Filet Mignon Bloody Mary. Heavy chunks of pure beef are drowned in a spicy tomato mix. The citrus and alcohol pairs perfectly with the slightly smoky taste of the charred meat.
Tender enough to rip apart with your bare teeth, you can have your dinner and drink in one, and still have time to catch that eight o’clock movie. Settled in the bustling city of San Diego, TTR takes its cocktail menu very seriously, which is a secret reserved for patrons and unavailable online.
Remember the days when you would beg your parents for some extra dough to fill your mouth with mounds and mounds of sugary goodness at the local traveling carnival? Chef Jose Andres mixes up the carnie vibe in his stylish hip spot, The Bazaar, located in the heart of Los Angeles. The menu may sound quite normal, but take a closer look. Chef Andres not only prides himself as a chef but also as a scientist.
Spending years studying molecular gastronomy, Andres bases his dishes on the manipulation of form and flavor. Perhaps his most interesting creation is the Foie Gras Cotton Candy Lollipop. Reminiscent of those youthful carnival outings, the appetizer arrives spun on a small, wooden wand. Hold your pinky up high even if your fingers start to feel sticky.
Drinks Before Brunch To Set You For Lunch
Chef Leah Wilcox takes drinks at brunch to a whole new level. The creator and owner of Babycakes gourmet pancakes truck in the city of Chicago, Leah is known for her bizarre daily pancake flavors from Bubblegum to Candied Apples. A distinguished special that will have you tipsy from breakfast through lunch is the amazing Strawberry Margarita Pancakes, which are rich in flavor and in color. Who says a good drink can’t come in stacks?
Keep It Classy
Although the dish keeps getting banned, perhaps the most innovative duck liver creation is the Foie Gras Milkshake served at Flip Burger Boutique, located in Atlanta, Georgia. Burgers often get a bad rep for being the quick, cheap American meal, but FBB fancies itself up, combining the staple American meal of a burger and milkshake into a delicacy. The shake stands alone as a meal with traces of nutty, earthy tones blended into a rich vanilla cream. Although it’s designed for the seasoned palette, it’s definitely worth a try that may shake up your world.
Hopefully you’ll share Alan’s luck with food and find a bizarre mash-up to tickle your taste buds. Then again, it might feel like you’ve inherited Alan’s luck with women when a meaty cocktail is set in front of you and The Twilight Zone theme starts to play in your head. If that’s the case just take a deep breath and remember: opposites attract.
Click to watch Episode 2 of Pairings, “The Risotto Solution”
There are 6 episodes of Pairings, Season 1.
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Rebecca Muh was dragged back to Los Angeles by her heels after a glorious four year run at New York University. Making the most of the loneliest city on earth, she is always on the search for fairy rings and a secret portal to transport her to the end of the world. Be the first to follow Rebecca on her tumblr, Manifest.