Cheers to the weekend! Now’s the time to settle into a laid-back rhythm and catch up on all the best food stories and most interesting food news on the web. For your perusal, here’s a thoughtfully-curated selection of stories that we loved reading this week.
- Our obsession with everything bacon, from bacon-infused cocktails to peanut butter and bacon doughnuts, has finally taken its toll: the price of pork belly, which is used to make bacon, is up nearly 175 percent from its low five years ago. [Food Network]
- Sasha Petraske, the creator of the influential New York bar Milk & Honey, has died. He was a key figure in the revival of speakeasy cocktail culture, and was among the first to champion pre-Prohibition cocktails, handmade ice, “bartender’s choice” drinks, and formal bartender attire, among other things. [New York Times]
- Move over, Cronut. The latest it dessert to spring up in New York City is a phenomenon called rolled ice cream — essentially, ice cream frozen into a thin sheet and scraped into rolls. [PopSugar]
- Will our wine of the future be aged underwater? That’s the question being asked by one Napa winery, whose research suggests that wine aged under water matures more quickly than wine aged on land. [Eater]