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Thursday, May 25, 2006

"I could not forgo the delicious pleasure..." ~ Jane Eyre

Food Porn is a term I have been enjoying lately; its fairly new to me since I have only been reading food blogs for the past few months. I love the term, but of course I love the actual descriptions that constitute food porn even more.

However, I must assert that beverage porn is not as widely written about in the epicurean porn industry. So, I decided to perpetuate it a bit here in this post.

The Stars of My Beverage Porn Collection

1) Banana Coconut Frappucino (Starbucks) ~ It didnt matter that it was cold and rainy last week when I trapsed into Starbucks with splashes of water running down my umbrella onto the sacred ground that is Fourbucks. I was unaware of this new drink until I saw the tropicalesque banner for it in the shop. The barristas were enthusiastic when I asked them about the new concoction, but I ordered a "tall" just to be on the safe side. Safety was not needed; the drink is orgasmic. Nevermind the phallic symbolism of the banana. The coconut flavor makes you think of the tropics, which makes you think of the beach, which makes you think of sex on the beach.

2) Affogato ('Inoteca)~ J.Sarah and I first went to 'Inoteca on the LES two summers ago for her birthday celebration. I remember an excellent wine list and amazing Italian-style "tapas," but what stood out the most was the affogato. Affogato is creamy vanilla gelato being doused with strong and hot expresso. Though I have had it a few other times, 'Inoteca's is the best; I think it must be something to do with the gelato to expresso ratio. In any event, affogato makes you think of Italy, which makes you think of the Statue of David (or Botticelli's Birth of Venus for the gents), which makes you think of nakedness.

3) Chardonnay on the Rocks With a Shot of Peach Schnapps (Recipe courtesy of NYTimes Travel Section) ~ Years ago, a writer for the New York Times Travel Section was in Provence, France, and sat in a small countryside cafe. She ordered a glass of chardonnay, and this was how it was presented to her: in a regular white wine glass with a few bits of ice and a splash of creme de peche. The nuttiness of the Chardonnay is complimented by the fruitiness of the peach flavor. Since reading the article, this glass of wine has become a staple in my summer drink repertoire, substituted with the schnapps since many bars do not have the creme. The drink makes you think of France, which then makes you think of Belle De Jour, which makes you think of seduction.

4) Peppermint Hot Chocolate (William's Sonoma) ~ Popular during the holiday season, this hot chocolate is rich and creamy with a minty kick. I served it to Chaz this past winter and he loved it. It is prepared by heating up the milk first and then adding the pure chocolate flakes into the milk and whisking it in the saucepan. Williams' Sonoma also makes chocolate marshmallows and chocolate covered marshmallows. Pick your poison (I have both). Hot cocoa makes you think of winter night snows, which makes you think of warmth, which makes you think of kissing by a fireplace.

5) Hoegaarden Beer (Imported from Belgium) ~ I love wheatbeers. Purple Haze Abita is another favorite, but Hoegaarden remains on top for me. I enjoy it at the Belgian bistro by my apartment, Waterzooi, and at places like the Biergarten in Astoria. It is definitely more of a summer beer than a winter beer. Sometimes places outside of New York serve it with a lemon slice. Personally, I am a straight-up Ho' girl. The beer makes you think of hot summer nights, which makes you think of being sweaty, which makes you think of being sweaty with someone you are extremely attracted to.

It would be nice to hear about the collections of others.

Cheers to Beverage Porn!


Anonymous Buffy said...

I'm getting ever so slightly addicted to food blogs.

So much so that I'm not getting my usual 'Thursday' night cleaning rituals out of the way.

The laundry will keep.

I'm all about crepes tonight.

2:37 PM  
Blogger work in progress said...

Sangria (LOVE it) makes me think of Montreal (funny, huh?) and of romantic evenings. I first tasted it in a restaurant located in the old port area with The Good Guy. It makes me think of sitting on a patio, enjoying the company of the man that I love and watching people walk by, all while looking forward to the evening ahead (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) ;-)

And I should mention that thanks to you the kids and I now fondly refer to Starbucks as Fourbucks. They love it (the nickname), and correct me if I call it Starbucks.

3:04 PM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Buffy ~ You tease! What kind of crepes did you make? Sweet? Savory? You can't just drop that and leave!

WIP ~ Ooooo. Sangria is a sexy choice! As you said, its quite the aphrodisiac! Yum.

4:57 PM  
Blogger beachgirl said...

I want to know more about this food porn thing...

5:14 PM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

BG ~ The best definition I found:

Food Porn is a term for photography and writing about food that is done in a decadent and borderline erotic style. This has become particularly prevalent in food blogging.

10:21 PM  
Blogger Clearlykels said...

My favorite summer drink is still a crisp chardonnay kept virgin from the oak barrels and brought to maturity in stainless steel tanks. This wine that goes down so smoothly is not a sipping wine, but one that makes you wonder wher the bottle went and why are you thinking about kissing that cute person next to you.

9:59 AM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Kels ~ Did I mention that I am SO jealous you live next door to wineries? I think I did. I think I constantly will, too! :)

4:21 PM  
Blogger ThoughtsGalore said...

Hey..I'm a book whore! LOL!

That sooo must count towards something. :)

I've missed you.

10:00 PM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Book whores are certainly valuable in the Prose Porn Industry! ;)

What would your book whore name be, Christie? I say it is the first name of your favorite author and the name of your favorite genre of writing.

Mine would be: Charlotte Mystery.

10:41 PM  
Blogger David said...

Hello, I discovered this blog by clicking on the "next blog" button. Why did it land on Eyre Affairs and not some tribute to Pokemon? Well, I must be in the care of a supremely just Providential being.

I absolutely loved your beverage porn. Simply beautiful. Your writing is exquisite. My own blog seems like the uneducated ramblings of a deranged prisoner, held captive in an attic. I swear, if my blog was a veil of fabric, I'd rend it in disgust!

Well, I'm off, placing myself in the trust of the "next blog" button. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm sincerely hoping for some righteous Adam Bede coverage.

3:17 AM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

You had me at "My own blog seems like the uneducated ramblings of a deranged prisoner, held captive in an attic." Of course it is NOT and I am looking forward to having your blog in my daily reads! :)
Thanks for coming here ~ your comment made my day. Loved Adam Bede. :)

11:57 AM  
Blogger Marty said...

"Personally, I am a straight-up Ho' girl. The beer makes you think of hot summer nights, which makes you think of being sweaty, which makes you think of being sweaty with someone you are extremely attracted to."
You're killing me, Thursday!
Beverage Porn? Red Wine, I suppose....any brand, any kind. Red. Wine. Is it hot in here?

6:31 PM  
Blogger David said...

Aww, thanks. :) Being an Eyre-head, you're probably already cognizant of this book, but if you're not, check out "Wide Sargasso Sea." It goes into greater detail about the "mad woman in the attic."


5:56 AM  
Blogger bob said...

oh, amy, i loves me some hoegaarden! haven't had any in years. must remedy that soon. of course, this weekend it's all about the red (wine), white (wine), and blue (food . . . that's a george carlin reference).

1:42 PM  
Blogger ThoughtsGalore said...

Ok..I'm only getting to my whore name..LOL!

Ok..How about...Sophie Fluff!

Sophie Kinsella..love her reading for summertime. Even though, I've read all she has to offer. LOL. I also love Jennifer Weiner and did before she was huge. I'm a classics kind of girl, too. Oh and throw in a little smut. I'm a lover of books...lol. We have talked about my love for Chaucer..right? I loved the Canterbury Tales so much I took two Chaucer courses in college..LOL. I know..I know, but hey..loved it. Anywhoo...you crack me up and love your writing.

10:27 AM  

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