As I write this post, I’m looking out over the Atlantic Ocean from a beach house in Delaware. I’m on a rare vacation with family…parents and in-laws included. To provide a little structure to a vacation with multiple families (ie minimize drama over the “what are we doing for dinner” questions) I pre-planned each dinner for the week. Yeah, I know, it sounds really anal…but it works.
To make it fun, each night has a different cultural theme with a matching drink and relevant music to complete the ambiance – courtesy of Pandora. For example, Monday was “Latin Night” so we had Fish Tacos, Margaritas and the Tito Puente channel on Pandora. As it turns out, it works really well to keep everyone stress-free and added something intangible that I never quite noticed until I stumbled upon a little site called “Turntable Kitchen“.
While exploring Turntable, it got me thinking about how important music and environment is to me when I’m eating and how, when paired properly, music can elevate the dining experience. Just like properly paired food and wine. Or, for example, if you’ve ever had a hot dog at a sporting event, you’ll know what I mean…it just tastes better than the ones you make at home.
So as a tribute to Turntable, I started eating more meals with specific music tied to it. And just for fun, below are some suggested songs to pair with a few of my favorite sausages. Enjoy!
Asian Hot Dog – the vibrant flavors of this dog demand a fun and hip vibe so I would pair it up with one of the hottest Korean songs of 2010 – “Turn It Up” by T.O.P.
Mexican Chorizo Tacos – spicy with a zesty vinegar bite, chorizo screams for a playful Mexican song by one of my favorite artists Manu Chau.
Blood Sausage – I’ll get some hate mail on this one, but I have to say…the soundtrack to Silence of the Lambs. Don’t forget to include the Chianti and Fava Beans.
Hot Dog – this is a no-brainer…
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