Will It Blend? Food And Vape Pairings

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Introduction

In this second installment of “Will It Blend”, we’re taking a look at various types of food and the right vape to complement them. Now, just as with drink selections, some food selections will pair better with certain types of foods than others.

Food and vape pairings, though, are a lot more subjective even than drink and vape pairings — and those are, themselves, pretty strongly subjective. The second layer of difficulty in recommending food and vape pairings is that most people don’t tend to vape at the table. But some do; and that’s why, like Fats Domino, I’m gonna try for a big, flashy trick shot here and provide some recommendations because of the difficulty level involved.

But I hope you gathered, from the foregoing, that these recommendations — just as with those in the previous entry in this series — are based on my own subjective tastes, and should only be taken as starting points for your own explorations.

What works well for me might work out nicely for you, too — but, ultimately, no-one but you can decide what works best for you. So! With all that laid out and set aside, let’s get down to business.

 

Breakfast & Vapes

Maybe this is just an idiosyncrasy of mine, but I tend not to frame the idea of “breakfast” in my mind so much by time of day, as most people do, as by a common theme among the foodstuffs consumed during what is, really, a mini-holiday that happens every day. 

You might say that breakfast is sort of special to me. It’s that quiet, reflective time before the day’s adventure has started. I am also aware that holding that perception of it is something of a luxury afforded to only a few people these days.

For most people, breakfast — when it happens at all — is a rushed, borderline-stressful affair, half about getting sustenance into you (more often than not headed up by Vitamin Coffee) and half about making sure you’ve got everything in your pockets that you need to rush out the door and into the jaws of the work day.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy that mood that comes with a breakfast treat, if you pair that morning coffee with a slightly more decadent flavor courtesy of the right vape. So what are the right vapes to pair with breakfast? Well, for the most part, it depends on how much breakfast you’re working with.

If you’re going with a hastily grabbed cup of java, one of my favorites is “Blueberry Cinnamon Streusal Muffin” from The Vapor Girl. If you’ve managed to secure more hearty fare, but have that feeling that something might be missing? Perhaps you’ve forgotten the O.J. And The Vapor Girl can cover that nicely, too, with her “Orange Dew.”

On the other hand, if you haven’t managed to scoop up even as much as a cup of coffee, perhaps Vaporetti’s “Espresso Italiano” will do?

 

Light Snacks & Vapes

Snacking is just about the easiest place to begin with food and vape combinations — because damned near anything goes with snack foods. Snack foods tend to pair best, in my experience, with dry, non-sweet tobacco vapes.

The combination of chips and dip with a cigarette or loose-leaf tobacco variety, in my opinion, just can’t be beat for the ultimate in dressed-down leisure. Of course, with snacking, we’re not so much dealing with a combination of flavors as a combination of purposes.

Snacking is typically done in an informal social setting or with a more personal spirit of, “downtime” or “r&r.” That being the case, the overwhelming theme is relaxation. And when one is relaxing, it’s generally the case  that one is looking for things to be as uncomplicated as they can be.

It doesn’t get a whole lot less complicated than finger foods and a vape which bears a flavor that’s familiar and tasty, yet not overly “busy” or engaging. Typically, my favorite combination is homemade french fries with ranch dressing for dipping, paired with “Smooth & Mild” by The Plume Room.

 

Sandwiches & Vapes

I like to separate sandwiches from lighter snacks because, although both are “portable”, sandwiches tend to pack as much or more density and that “filling feeling” as well as multiple flavors into less consumption time.

Like snacks, sandwiches tend to pair better with a non-food flavored vape — this is a case where harmonizing is better than contrasting, in my opinion. For example, if you’re eating a roast beef sandwich, you might not have a real good time if you’re taking drags of “cherry pie” or something similar.

If you were to try to complement the savor of a sandwich, you would be well advised to go for something which is, itself, savory — for example, “The Turk” from Indigo Vapor provides a wonderful, faintly-spicy Turkish tobacco profile that goes beautifully with almost any sandwich, from BLT to patty-melt.

 

White Meats & Vapes

Now, there are two principal “white meat” based entrees I’m going to discuss: poultry (meaning primarily chicken and turkey) and pork. Both tend to be served with both veggies (common to just about any meat entree) and, very often, mashed potatoes and gravy. I imagine this is generally done to balance the perception with white meat that it’s “lighter” both in flavor and in the stomach than red meat.

Owing to the light and nuanced flavor profile of the meal, I would recommend a tobacco vape that is similarly light, with a semi-sweet character. In my opinion, a good vape to begin your explorations with for pairing with this type of meal is, “Prime 15” by Halo

 

Red Meats & Vapes

Red meat based entrees tend toward bolder, and occasionally spicier, flavor profiles than poultry or even pork dishes. Nothing quite embraces the senses with the same forwardness as a juicy, lightly seasoned steak and baked potato, or a plate of spicy carne asada fries.

And for me, nothing pairs with that savory robustness quite like a vanilla flavor, be it custard or cream. It recharges the tongue and, depending on just how ferocious a level of spice we’re talking about, soothes it. So what vanilla flavor do I recommend? For my money, there’s no stronger contender out there that I’ve found than Cyclops Vapor’s “Colossus.”

 

Veggies & Vapes

I’ve separated this section from “Light Snacks” because, frankly, the flavor profile of something like corn chips and that of something like celery sticks are completely different. Additionally, most vegetarian sandwich I’ve tried tended to present at least a reasonable facsimile of a meat-based sandwich — things like “veggie-burgers” and the like.

So this section will deal with vegetarian snack foods, such as celery sticks, raw carrots, hummus and crackers, and so forth. This section also presents some of the greatest variety of potential pairings, since among the examples listed above, the flavor profiles can differ to an incredible degree.

For the sake of brevity and simplicity, however, I’ll assign two categories to the most common veggie snacks: sweet and spicy. Raw garden vegetables, with one exception, would fit into the sweet category — by which I mean only that they aren’t spicy.

Raw carrots? Celery? Olives? Well… olives are a little unusual. They’re pretty close to savory, I suppose. But for the purposes of pairing, they’ll work with the same stuff ‘sweet’ will. In my opinion, the best vapes to pair with “sweet” veggie snacks are fruit flavors — and my personal preference is for non-citrus fruits, such as apple, peach, pear — grape might be a little overpowering — and mixed berries flavors.

One flavor I heartily recommend, then, is Virgin Vapor’s “Razzmatazz”, which is a simply epic and unbelievably authentic raspberry treat that will complement any “sweet” veggie perfectly.

But what kind of vegetarian snacks am I talking about when I talk about “spicy”? I’m talking about two snacks, primarily — radishes, and the seasoned varieties of hummus. My recommendation with spicy veggies may surprise you: grape. And I can think of no better grape eliquid to pair them with than Mountain Oak Vapors’ “Grape Onya.”

 

Desserts

Here’s the part of this article where I drop a bomb on you: I don’t believe in pairing vapes with desserts. I believe in vapes as desserts. There are so many dessert vapes out there that are so good that you can easily substitute them for that high-calorie, high-fat mountain of sweet stuff and save your health two ways by vaping, rather than eating, dessert.

So what are some of my recommendations for dessert vapes? If you’re a chocolate lover, you can do no wrong by choosing the aptly-named and damn-near-too-rich-to-not-be-bad-for-you Choco-La-Tee-Da by Rocket Fuel Vapes.

If you’re in the mood for something more tangy, give The Plume Room’s “Lemon Chiffon Pie” or “Magic Melon Medley” a try. 

 

Conclusion & Featured Vendors)

I hope you’ve found these suggestions to be exciting, and I’m excited to hear your comments. Let me know about your discoveries or experiences you’ve already had with great food and vape pairings.

Here are the details on the prices, sizes, and nicotine strengths offered by the vendors I’ve mentioned above (Note: Prices do not include shipping unless otherwise noted):

 

Cyclops Vapor:

 

Size & Price: 35ml ($22)

Nicotine Strengths: 0mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg

 

Halo:

 

Sizes & Prices: 7ml ($5.99), 30ml ($19.99)

Nicotine Strengths: 0mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg, 24mg

 

Indigo Vapor:

 

Sizes & Prices: 15ml ($9.49), 30ml ($17.95), 60ml ($32.95), 120ml “The Monolith” ($61.95)

Nicotine Strengths: 0mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg, 24mg

 

Mountain Oak Vapors:

 

Sizes & Prices: 15ml ($8.99), 30ml ($15.99)

Nicotine Strengths: 0mg, 9mg, 18mg, 24mg

 

The Plume Room:

 

Sizes, Bottling & Prices: 5ml PET Bottle ($3.99), 10ml PET Bottle ($6.99), 30ml PET Bottle ($16.99) 30ml Cobalt Glass Bottle ($17.99), 60ml Amber Glass Bottle ($33.00)

Nicotine Strengths: 0mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg, 24mg

PG/VG Ratio Options: 50VG/50PG, 70VG/30PG

 

Rocket Fuel Vapes:

 

Sizes & Prices: 15ml ($6.50), 30ml ($16.00)

Nicotine Strengths: 0mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg, 24mg

 

The Vapor Girl:

 

Sizes & Prices: 7ml ($3.99), 12ml ($6.99), 30ml ($15.99), 50ml ($24.99)

Nicotine Strengths: 0mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg, 24mg

 

Vaporetti:

 

Sizes & Prices: 10ml ($7.99), 30ml ($16.98)

Nicotine Strengths: 0mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg, 24mg

 

Virgin Vapor:

 

Sizes & Prices: 0.5oz ($13.50), 1.0oz ($22.50)

Nicotine Strengths: 0mg, 4mg, 8mg, 12mg, 18mg, 24mg

PG/VG Ratio Options: 50/50 VG/PG, 100% VG


As always, thanks for reading. Until next time, please remember to support this blog; do good work, and be good to yourselves and to each other.

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