Archive for December, 2006
We prefer not to taint our dishes with Average Joe spices. We’re sure the feeling is mutual. Well, Marky is no average Joe. His poivre noir (black peppercorn) is harvested when the berry is not ripe, so the peppercorn is endowed with a strong essence and a peppery, hot flavor that’s slightly sweet. Think utter epicurean enjoyment.
Who doesn’t love Christmas in Paris? Well, if you can’t make a dash for Charles De Gaulle, Lady M Mille Crepes are sure to bring France to you. Twenty paper-thin, handmade crêpes are layered with light and creamy custard. The best part? Few desserts pair so well with champagne. Hiccup!
Apple cinnamon pancakes are enough to get us out of bed at 4 am on a Sunday. Of course, we’ll probably end up eating them and crawling back under the covers (and eating more when the rest of the family wakes up), but we digress. This heavenly, hearty pancake mix by Lollipop Tree is spiked with apples and cinnamon spice. When brought to life over a hot griddle, they’re begging to be doused in the brand’s real maple or fruit syrups. Check out the instructions for making crepes and waffles on the package.
Golden Crown Panaderia’s New Mexico Green Chile Bread is made from fresh tomatoes, onions, cilantro, green chile, parmesan cheese and spices. The bread is marked with the design of a coyote howling at the moon then baked sloooooowly to seal in the flavor and aroma of the impossibly fresh ingredients. Break us off a piece of that!
Metrosexuals give the darndest gifts. Handsome, if you’re still trying to figure out what to get your loyal hairstylist or manicurist, look no further than the gift of sugar cookies. Cookies By Designs features fresh-baked cookies that are hand-decorated to suit your fancy. If you’re feeling bold, ask the cookie designers if they can do a vanity bouquet of lil’ bears holding hairdryers and nail polish bottles. What stylist wouldn’t love it?
Greek or not, you’ll love Kokkari in SF. Snag a table by the fireplace, which proves to be the best place for devouring desserts. We love Rizogalo Arborio, rice pudding with vanilla & honey roasted pears; or Yiaourti Granita, a yogurt sorbet with seasonal fruit granita and mint syrup. This intimate spot is sure to conjure up memories of your summer jaunts down the European coast.
Sweeten up a chilly evening with hot cocoa blends by Moonstruck Chocolate. Classic American soothes with its fabulously familiar flavor and Mexican chocolate has spicy hints of cinnamon, almond and vanilla. Accessorize with the brand’s fluffy, handmade marshmallows.
We want cooooooookies! Zenful Cookies has mastered the art of cookie making, as evidence by delicious selections including peanut butter (bliss) and cranberry walnut (genius). Then there are the classics, including choco-chip walnut, white chocolate macadamia, regular choco-chip and turtles with a gooey caramel center. Drooling yet?
Want to do something new with your field green salads? Mix Napa Valley Inn’s balsamic blends with a bit of olive oil and garlic to create a dressing that yields maximum epicurean delight. Here’s another idea: pour them over fresh berries, peaches or apricots. Finish with whipped cream flavored with a little of the same balsamic. Options include champagne vinegar with peaches, blackberry balsamic with pear, fig balsamic with dates, and raspberry balsamic with lemon.
Live in NYC? Check out Foodie, a bi-monthly, six-course food and wine tasting event based in the Big Apple. This is your chance to join passionate food and wine lovers in an elegant loft setting, and to share a unique dining experience with like-minded people. Make a mental note: Foodie is unlike stuffy, lecture-type events, and is far more food-focused. Don’t believe us? Check it out.