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Do you have favorite pairings of food and beverage, either something rarified you encountered just once or an every day combo you couldn't live without?

My rarified one was from my graduation party. My mom had had a special Italian cake traditionally served for transitiony kind of events made for me. It was a delicious almond cake encased in a hard marzapan crust with red Jordan Almonds (more traditional Italian thingies) decorating the top. The liquid accompaniment was a Moscato d'Asti whose vinyard name very unfortunately escapes me (Santo Stefano maybe? Help me, Presence of the Passenger!) : a semi-sparkling dessert wine with peachy undertones that did something magical with the not too sweet almond cake.

An every day favorite is probably Cherry Coke and a cheeseburger (mustard and relish, no other spooge or plant matter).
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I like to wash pizza down with root beer. :yup:
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Yum. I love root beer. Have you ever had IBC?
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Can't say that I have. I like most root beers but I despise Barq's. I don't know what it is but it ain't root beer. My favorite is served at The Spot, a local drive-in.
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Can't say that I have. I like most root beers but I despise Barq's. I don't know what it is but it ain't root beer. My favorite is served at The Spot, a local drive-in.
I hate Barq's too. They should change the q to an f. IBC is the best store-bought root beer out there, and I've tried them all, believe me. Their black cherry soda and cherry cola are also out this world.

I thought of another combo I love: Bellinis (peach juice and champagne) with a big rustic frittata. Best. Brunch. Ever.
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Oh man, IBC is great even in the diet rootbeer. IBC cream soda is heaven sent if anything other than Krispy Kreme donuts are heaven sent. But, far and wide, the very best rootbeer I've ever had was the Circle C rootbeer brewed at the Dr Pepper bottler in Waco, Texas and sold only in the Dr Pepper museum store there.

But, food combinations? It hard to beat red beans and rice.
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I can't think of red beans and rice without thinking of Baby Got Back. Give me a sister/I can't resist her/ Red beans and rice didn't miss her. :dancin:

But seriously folks, is there any beverage that matches it perfectly? (And don't say Jack Daniels.)
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Oh, no, Jack Daniels? Never. Sickenly sweet iced tea, that's what goes with red beans and rice.
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I think rice with soy sauce makes a perfect compliment to grilled chicken. If that isn't available then mayonaise as a dipping sauce for the chicken rocks.

As far as beverages go, I think spicy bloody marys go well with green olives and a brandy/coke goes well with pretty much anything. If you don't think the first one goes well, wait until the fifth at which point you will agree it goes very well.
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Oh, no, Jack Daniels? Never. Sickenly sweet iced tea, that's what goes with red beans and rice.
Or with good old southern style BBQ.
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Here's an odd combo I discovered at a Halloween pig roast one year... pumpkin pie and beer. I'm not kidding. It's very good.
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What happened, bump into someone at the pig roast and they spilled beer in your pumpkin pie? Then you looked at each other simultaneously exclaiming "You got beer in my pumpkin pie." and "You got pumpkin pie in my beer." Tasting the results, you both agree that it was very good.

Okay, how about pumpkin pie flavored beer?

Hey, if it works for Jones Soda, why not Burpwiser or Cooers?
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A double chocolate brownie and a large glass of cold milk.

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:coffeemug: and warm homemade apple pie

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Backyard grilled baby back ribs and tart iced lemonade.

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Can't say that I have. I like most root beers but I despise Barq's. I don't know what it is but it ain't root beer. My favorite is served at The Spot, a local drive-in.
Yeah, Barq's is like the missing link from root beer to Dr. Pepper, or something. It's weird. I'm a Mug man, myself. A&W used to be good, but they went down the tubes in my youth, the Neolithic. There was a local place called XXXX which was primo. Man was that tasty root beer.

Sorta like finding the perfect Rueben sandwich to go with it. Here in Portland, that possibility died when Rueben's 5 was torn down. The last I saw one was at Schwartz's Deli in Montreal. Three pieces of grilled rye, thousand dressing, hot thin-sliced corned beef on one segment, warm sauerkraut, thousand dressing, and swiss cheese on the other.

Man. They don't make 'em like that anymore. Around these parts, at least.

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Guinness and Oysters
Cold lager and a curry
Haggis and Malt whisky
Hangover and bloody mary
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A hangover is not food.

Is haggis food?

WTF is curry? Actually, that should be, what kind of curry?

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Another tasty combo:

A cold glass of whole milk and oatmeal cookies.
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Spicy garlic pasta (pasta, olive oil, garlic fried in olive oil, italian herbs, cayenne pepper, parmesan cheese) with either orange juice or a root beer float.

This will sound pathetic, but nearly every non-hot flavor of ramen can be dramatically improved by mixing it 50-50 with a thing of chili ramen. (Which is pretty much cayenne.)

Almost any spicy food does really well with a reese's peanut butter cup for desert.

People say I'm crazy, but I like to have salt on pancakes. More generally, I like salty foods and maple syrup near each other; I'll do alternating bites of french toast and bacon, for instance.

I was once eating lemonheads candy (mmm!) and drinking Dr. Pepper (mmm!) and suddenly it tasted EXACTLY like buttered corn. !?!

Speaking of corn: Cajun spice on buttered corn on the cob. Mmm.
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Guinness and Oysters
That's really interesting. I'm not usually a Guinness fan on account of the fresh-layed Georgia asphalt texture, but I'm getting a taste premonition and I'm really liking it.

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I unfortunately have a curry resistance due to the Pakistani cooking class my mom took in my youth and all the eperiments I was forcefed. Still, my daddy always drinks lager in a chilled pewter mug with his curry, so I know it's a might fine combo.

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Haggis and Malt whisky
You're just saying that to gross everyone out, aren't you?

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When I make broiled catfish, I like to have iced coffee with it. Mmmmm...
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You're just saying that to gross everyone out, aren't you?
Haggis, horrifyingly enough, is actually wonderful. I admit I've only had it once, but I was exhausted and starving and had missed my train and the weather was filthy, and haggis hit the spot.

Combinations? I love cold lager with anything that's so spicy it makes my head sweat. The combination of the buzz from the beer and the endorphin rush from the capsaicins is one of the best highs on earth.

While we're being all Britishy, snakebite and hot fish and chips is lovely.
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Sorry, Rev, I just can't believe that. Remember, I'm still traumatized by the rigatoni alla paiata incident.
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