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Flavor Spray, Cultured Meat and Port and Madeira

Bartholomew Broadbent

Flavor Spray?? Why do we need to spray flavor? OK no calories but is it a good idea to divorce flavor from food? Are we supposed to eat like in Star Trek? Should we want to? The Guys also discuss the emerging concept of food production: growing animal muscles in a laboratory. These are known as "cultured meats". It's as disturbing as it is disgusting. The challenge, say the producers, is texture. It is hard to exercise it the "muscle" but they're working on it. The Guys response: "Where are we going and how did we get in this hand-basket?"

Bartholomew Broadbent, America's foremost expert on food and wine, joins The Guys to talk about Port and Madeira, cigars, English manners and the bloody French! Did you know that America has now become the largest importer of Vintage Port? Broadbent feels that though port has been considered primarily a dessert wine, the cuisine of America lends itself to port drinking overall. Port was once the drink of "old crusty old men in leather arm chairs," says Broadbent. "I remember being a crusty young man drinking port in a leather armchair," remembers Francis.

Bartholomew recommends two ports in particular A.A. Ferreira (the largest selling port in Portugal) and Quinta do Crasto and he recommends their table wines as well.

Podcast Date: 8/15/2005


The Restaurant Guys

Who Are The Restaurant Guys? Every week, Francis Schott and Mark Pascal host the Restaurant Guys, a show that's as informative as it is fun. Francis and Mark own Stage Left Restaurant in the heart of New Brunswick's theatre district, and, along with their expertise in a wide range of fine dining and wine matters, they bring to the table humor and intelligent conversation, perfect for the midday listener. The show includes discussions and interviews with famous chefs, restaurateurs, wine and food writers, critics; and the Guys even give stuff away occasionally.