A Sriracha Talk and Free Chili on This Week’s To-Do List

February flew by, which is lucky because this winter has been brutal. Find incentive to emerge from hibernation in this week’s top events.

A Fork In The Road Book Reading, The Strand, 828 Broadway, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

In celebration of Lonely Planet’s latest guide, a collection of over 30 original stories from chefs and other fooderati, editor James Oseland will lead a panel of personalities like Sigrid Nunez and Josh Ozersky, who will discuss their favorite meals and travel stories. Attendees can gain admittance by purchasing a copy of the book or a $15 Strand gift card on the bookstore’s website.

Burnin’ Down the Mouth, Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Stop by this art gallery for a discussion on the cultural impact of spicy food. Learn about Sriracha, the mysterious ghost pepper, what chilies are used for Indian and Thai food, and how we derive heat right here at home. The event is free to attend and those interested need only bring an I.D. — the event is 21 and up.

National Chili Day, multiple locations, Thursday

Take advantage of a free giveaway that’ll warm your bones. Virgil’s Real Barbecue will be handing out free samples of its Texas chili from noon to 2 p.m. in celebration of this food holiday; if you’re craving a full size bowl, you can always head to places like Hill Country and Morgan’s.

Kayaking Around the World with Jon Bowermaster, The Explorers Club, 46 East 70 Street, Thursday, 6 p.m.

If you’re a seafood fanatic, consider checking out this documentary about the planet’s oceans. For $70, non-Explorer Club members can attend a screening of Bowermaster’s film, which recaps a 10 year journey across the globe and focuses on the ocean’s health and the lives of the people who depend on that status. The event includes a three-course dinner, light bites, and an open bar. Additional information regarding the event and how to attend is available on the Explorers Club website.



The Cocky Rooster: A Sriracha Beer

Goodbye ketchup. Sriracha is now America’s new favorite condiment.

We’ve done Sriracha booze before (in the form of a glorious ice cream shake), and we’ve also featured Sriracha popcorn.

But what about Sriracha beer?

The Kitchn recently featured a recipe appropriately called “the Cocky Rooster,” in which Sriracha, Maggi sauce, and 12 ounces of lager-style beer are mixed together to create a glorious blend of hotness.

The recipe comes from An Choi, a banh mi restaurant in New York City.


Sriracha Popcorn Exists

In a world where Sriracha ice cream shakes and Sriracha booze are becoming the norm, it was only natural for someone to roll out Sriracha popcorn.

The Oatmeal has teamed up with the founders of bacon salt to create this wonderfully spicy pastime snack.

From the product website: “We cooked this popcorn using a special blend of garlic, vinegar, and peppers to create a fiery explosion for your mouth.”

It costs $5.99 per pack.

You can also buy it in a three-pack or 18-pack case.

Here’s the nutritional information:

Ingredients: popped corn (popcorn, soy oil, salt), palm oil, whey, buttermilk, coconut oil, maltodextrin, natural flavors, salt, chipotle powder, sugar, rice flour, corn starch, dehydrated garlic, dextrose spice, yeast extract citric acid, silicon dioxide (anti-caking agent), sea salt, malt vinegar powder (maltodextrin, food starch modified, malt vinegar), paprika extract, malic acid, dextrin)


Sriracha Ice Cream Shake Returns

People have really taken a liking to the Sriracha ice cream shake. First we posted a photo, then we published our own recipe of the spicy but oh-so-sweet concoction. But wait, there’s more.

The Sriracha ice cream shake was intended to be a limited addition flavor, but thanks to the popularity of the shake, Go Burger has decided to bring the item back permanently as a off-menu item.

The price: $8.


Sriracha Ice Cream Shake

Lately, we’ve been kind of obsessed with ice cream. Here’s another one to add to your list: a Sriracha ice cream shake.

It’s called the “The Fiery Berry Crumble” and made with strawberry ice cream, Sriracha, and graham crackers. For those a little uneasy about the Sriracha component, rest assured, only four “circles” of the sauce is used. It’s mixed with three scoops of ice cream, two tablespoons of graham cracker crumbs, and a sprinkling of cayenne pepper.


The shake is available for $8 at the GO Burger on the Upper East Side until Sunday.

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What to Drink at An Choi: The Cocky Rooster

Each week in The Daily Shot, we have ourselves a drink that we think you should try, too.

The drink: Cocky Rooster

The bar: An Choi (85 Orchard Street, 212-226-3700)

The price: $7

The ingredients: Beer with sriracha, maggi, lime, jalapeƱo, served in a salt-rimmed plastic tumbler

The buzz: Like pho that you would want to sip as a refreshing beverage rather than slurp as a hearty meal, this Vietnamese take on the michelada comes across as exuberantly intense and subtly detailed. The freshly sliced pepper and bitter citrus, along with the maggi — a sort of vegetable bouillon popular in Asia — play up the beer’s hoppy graininess while preventing it from tasting too yeasty. Carbonation, meanwhile, keeps the savory and sour components from being too powerful: The cocktail doesn’t have the heavy, steak-in-a-glass vibe of many a Bloody Mary.

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