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Amuse Bouche

by Brian Clarey

Some things go together — like, say, bacon and tomato. Others don’t — like chocolate and fish. This is the theme for this week’s Amuse Bouche column, because things are so slow not only do I have space for a theme, I could probably create characters and a subplot as well.

Do bikinis go with latte? You would think so, but officials in Mason County, Wash. labeled coffee makers of Espresso Gone Wild as “adult entertainers” because they wear bikinis and, sometimes, pasties, at work. Washington State takes both its coffee and its adult entertainers pretty seriously, so it will be interesting to see how this one — ahem — shakes out.

Winston-Salem-based doughnut maker Krispy Kreme has announced plans to open stores in Malaysia. A good match? Overly sweet desserts are a part of Malaysian cuisine, most involving fruit and coconut milk or some type of coagulated rice business, so I think they’ll relish the pleasures of a freshly baked glazed doughnut.

Do alcohol and Asheboro mix? Voters say yes, and so does the city’s Rock-Ola, which is serving a new drink called the “Asheboro libre,” made with sweet tea and lemon rum. Ask for it by name.

Wine and food, of course, are natural complements. Check out Greensboro’s Press Wine Café on Wednesday for Dave and Michael’s Wine Dinner, a five-course offering paired with wines from Lodi, Calif. Dishes include country ham and pineapple crostini paired with Incognito White, fig-and-spinach chicken with 7 Deadly Zins and lavender-rubbed lamb with blueberry and Brussels sprouts, paired with Petite Petit.

How about watermelon and a hot summer day? That’s an easy one. Head out to the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market on Saturday for Watermelon Day, beginning at 6 a.m. and running until noon with free samples and recipes.

The Brass Taps in Greensboro has some new menu items including deli sandwiches, an appetizer sampler and a Buffalo chicken wrap. Most intriguing is the Backyard Plate, consisting of two miniature hot dogs with fixin’s and two slider-style mini burgers with cheese. The menu items, it seems were created specifically to go along with cold beer.

Also on Saturday, Earth Fare in Greensboro hosts a sampling of its new probiotic fruit drink, Goodbelly, which aids digestion and enhances immunity. This drink would not go well with, say, a cigar.

And hospitality is something that goes hand in hand with the city of High Point. Join Hospice of the Piedmont next Tuesday, Aug. 19 for the 20th annual Hospice Taste of the Town at the downtown Showplace. The event features more than 50 restaurants plying their wares, a silent auction with more than 100 items and a kids’ zone. It is hospice’s largest fundraiser — last year saw more than 5,000 attendees and donations in excess of $130,000. Go to www.hospicetaste.com for more information.

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