Archive for January, 2006
The retro bar harks back to a bygone era where candy was made before your very eyes, perhaps on the beach boardwalk or in the neighborhood soda shop. It evokes a warm rush of nostalgia in the form of seven fabulous flavors: key lime pie, peanut butter caramel, coconut cream pie, malted milk, caramel apple, raspberry jam and salted pretzel. At 2.25 ounces, each one is filled with classic crème flavors that are sensually smothered in the finest gourmet chocolate.
Superdupia is the trade markname for products developed and manufactured by Swedish designers Pia Jonsson and Per Liljeqvist. Recognized by its practical usefulness in combination with high quality that all together makes you smile. The Spaghetti Book helps you get the portions right in a fun way. Each hole both gives and communicates the right amount of portions at the same time. Comes in two versions, color or antracite. The perfect gift for someone you like!
Anti-oxidant cocktail, anyone? Quite honestly, we never though we’d be recommending an apricot tea, but we’ve found a delicious one packed with globally-sourced herbs. Crisp, bold and potentially habit forming for fruit lovers, this selection contains Stevia and natural apricot essence with a finishing bouquet of hibiscus, rose hips, orange and lemon peel and marigold petal. We find it’s great with cookies and Fig Newtons.
All drinking water is created equal or is it? This one, based in Hawaii, has quite a fancy name (MaHaLo Hawaii Deep Sea Water) and a fancier than average reputation. “Natural building blocks of life” are said to be bottled inside, extracted from 3,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. Here, the water is teeth-chattering chilly and safe from surface pollutants. New technology has gently filtered out excess sea salt, while maintaining essential minerals. If you’re into this kind of healthy kick, we recommend you get your fill.
For painter and musician Monica Passin, art is about animal instinct. And because she’s a self-professed chocolate lover, she explores new modes of expression with her exquisitely hand-crafted candy bar brand, Painter Girl. Fine Belgian chocolate is the medium and, oh how incredibly tasty it is. The bar comes in a variety of colors and wild Tarzan-esque prints straight outta the jungle.
This eye-catching and expensive museum copy has yet to be featured on VH1’s Fabulous Life (the show that highlights the bank-breaking belongings of the rich and famous). However, we have a hunch that there are a handful of spoiled celebrities out there who have one of these in their kitchen. Make no mistake, the Gigogne Coffee Service from Christofle is functional and certainly strives to make the after-dinner cup memorable and awe-inspiring. You’ve got your coffee pot, creamer and sugar bowl in one stunning design. Sleek, polished sterling with round wood handles and a lid knob add to its stunning stature. If you’re interested, swing by the company’s Paris museum to sneak a peek of the original. In 1926, the original art deco design was created by Christian Fjerdingstad. Copies such as this are a limited edition available exclusively at Pavillon Christofle locations.
We appreciate a labor of love, especially one that introduces a sumptuous liqueur. One inspired day, over a decade ago, Cellar Master Tom Meeker experimented with fermenting pears in tanks (at the time, his premises were not yet known as J Wine Vineyards). Years later, Winemaker Oded Shakked purchased the distilled pear brandy for the company J Wine. The circumstances are said to have been the result of a fruitful fate. Today, the libation is presented in a gorgeous vessel. The liquid gold inside is made from scrumptious baked pears distilled into a not-too-sweet liqueur that’s brilliantly infused with de-ionized (rain) water and liquid sugar. It’s available for purchase at the J Wine Visitor Center in Healdsburg, California.
Whilst most of our readers might think of a Tragically Hip post or Marie’s Closet post when it comes to reporting from Bread and Butter, well, think twice, Barcelona is definitely an epicurean highlight in Europe with it’s amazing Catalunian cuisine, and at it’s forefront is definitely the unbelievable Ferrán Adria and his El Bulli – but that’s 2 hours outside of Barcelona… Anyways, the Roca brothers known for their amazing dishes at their phenomenal Cellar de Ca Roca near Girona have opened their second eatery in the wonderful Hotel Omm, and it is such a wonderful experience! We opted for it 2 nights in a row – and so should you. The first evening we felt slightly overwhelmed with the menu, so we settled for the munú de degustación and with the assistance of Jordi Patronella – their wonderfully patient sommelier – we mastered the highlights of their wine list as well. It was a true voyage of taste sensations… The second evening we created our own menú and were equally delighted, at times stunned and always grinning with the delicate and surprising dishes that were all wonderful to look at as well as perfectly crafted and never randomly assembled… So if you are traveling to Barcelona and are looking for a wonderful dinner experience, this would definitely be one of the recommended restaurants, elegant, modern and restrained. We will definitely recommend it to Charles and Marie the next time they are there…
American-made teas often yield little satisfaction to frequent travelers with discerning palates. Jet setters claim that these 12 tea samples from India, Nepal and Sri Lanka never fail to disappoint and we agree. How refreshing that they’re presented in metal tea tubes rather than (gasp!) tea bags. Each one holds enough to prepare 6 teacups. Le Guide du Théophile (in French, of course) is included.