Archive for November, 2006
Wham! The eighties invasion has taken San Francisco by storm and it’s all because the party boys of Vintage 415 opened utterly retro tribute bar Double Dutch. The interior revisits the dastardly decade with neon chandeliers, black leather couches and a wall mural that embodies NYC’s hip-hop and punk scenes. No matter how b-b-b-bad to the bone you are, take note: walking in this Mission neighborhood is not advised. Grab your entourage before checking out this way cool scene.
Looking for a sweet alternative to gingerbread cookies and fruit bread? These hand-rolled Sweet Wine Cookies by Pistachio are done up with rustic Italian flair and sweetened with chocolate, citron, anise and Muscato wine. Even your discerning Italian mamma-in-law will love them.
When we think of pretzels, thoughts of stale bar minis dance in our heads. Well, we’ve had a run-in with some gourmet goodies that we’re compelled to share with our loyal foodies. Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels suit our discerning taste buds with super fresh flavors such as pizza, grilled cheese, spinach and feta, savory herb and cream cheese, traditional Bavarian, mixed berry, cinnamon roll (we’re noshing on them at the breakfast table), original twisted omelette, chocolate crumb, apple cinnamon, cheddar jalapeno and sourdough asiago. Order them by the armful and expect them to arrive at your door individually wrapped with incredibly easy heating instructions.
Brace your sweet tooth. This decadent Grand Sequoia Mousse not only packs a rich punch, but looks stunning when presented on white dessert plates that have been drizzled with chocolate syrup (break out the fine china). Other flavors include triple chocolate mousse, raspberry and lemon mousse, and cappuccino mousse. Simply thaw and serve.
Isamu Noguchi’s tea cup is unmistakably modern, given its clean curves and lines, but its design was actually derived from an ancient Japanese piece. In polished stainless steel or ceramic, the cup’s exquisite sculptural sensibility blends modern formalism with the essentials of any Japanese tea ceremony – but you don’t need the ritual to enjoy your brew.
Had your fill of holiday pecans? We didn’t think so. Feast your eyes on Pear’s Gourmet Pecans, which are deliciously sweet, albeit natural. These are curated pecans, so to speak, and they’ve been carefully selected, roasted, and salted, then packed fresh in Pear’s signature tin. Devour them on pies, green beans, and whatever else strikes your fancy.
Smoked salt? Who knew? Why we did, of course. Wait ‘til you see what a fabulously mild dash will do for soups, stews, chowders, quiches and steaks. Just a pinch is all you need because it’s quite powerful. In Denmark, evaporated seawater is reduced to salt and then smoked over an open juniper, cherry, elm, beech and oak bonfire. The maker then blends the result with pure Kosher salt.
Aren’t these chocolates gorgeous—and just so perfect for winter? Smooth chocolate ganache is infused with vanilla and French lavender (you are getting very sleeeeepy…). We’ll gladly pop a couple before bed because lavender is said to induce “zzzzzs.” Sweet dreams!
New NY lounge Lollipop brings some much needed playfulness to the Upper East Side. The bonbon-inspired art and confection-inspired hues are very Shirley Temple but they pair well with luxe touches like alligator leather. On the menu? Lollipops (aha!), Panko Fried Oysters and Thai Curry Chicken.
27 East 61st St.
New York NY 10021
Etro is the designer who made paisley a must-have pattern. You’ve seen it on scarves, dresses, even bags—but now you can also go vintage chic with paisley plates. Etro’s Sinphony dinnerware, inspired by the designer’s now-legendary shawls, are made of sturdy yet dainty bone china and bordered with classic Etro paisley. You’ll want to break these babies out for special occasions. Available from Vivre.