Perhaps what is equally as important as rooting for your national team is what you are eating and drinking during the matches. While Thailand hasn’t qualified, and whose cuisine I will sadly miss, you can still celebrate the other 31 teams in style. This morning, I sipped on a lovely Graham Beck Brut Rose (SA) while downing some chipotle bacon with rasberry pancakes doused in agave syrup. The Tecate was on ice, but since the match was level, I decided to wait for the Uruguay vs. France outcome to let it loose. Champagne with churrasco? What a match. Tomorrow’s anticipated England vs. USA. Bangers and mash, fish and chips, hot dogs, burgers, and beer baby, lots of beer. Also tomorrow, South Korea vs. Greece – surf and turf. Lots of saganaki, tsatsiki and taramosalata followed by kimchi and bulgogi. Retsina and Soju, painful no matter who wins.
Think of all the world fusion. Japan vs. Cameroon, Spain vs. Switzerland, Germany vs. Australia. Mix and match wine, beer, spirits and cuisine.
Let the games (and food & wine pairings) begin!