Archive for March, 2007
What could be better than a glass of champagne? Not much, natch, but we somehow managed to stumbled upon a sweet treat that’ll do in a pinch: Champagne peach gourmet fudge by Fuzzy Bubble. Individual pieces are handmade with the freshest premium ingredients, then individually wrapped in foil and packaged in a signature Flippin’ Fudge party box. When was the last time you had peach flavored dark chocolate fudge?
These buttery low-cholesterol nuts were almost named Fast and Furious Cashews because that’s how everyone was eating them. So here’s a little trick if you’ve also been known to eat at high speed. Add them to a fresh spinach salad, a curried chicken recipe, or smooth coconut ice cream. You’ll find that the exotic curry and cleansing citrus flavors are downright deeee-lish and far more enjoyable when you take time to savor every bite.
Villa Le Scatole’s gorgeous bent beechwood trays jump out at you with a cut-out sunburst shape that might have you contemplating Fibonacci sequences…or perhaps, a piece of fruit. We love it as a decorative centerpiece, especially in the midst of monochromatic digs.
Simply Divine Brownies are baked with the finest ingredients. The resulting flavors are otherworldy. We get frequent cravings for the sweet potato, sour cherry crumble, or caramel brownies. To call them little slices of heaven would be cliché, but it would also a vast understatement. You simply must try the Silhouette Brownies, which are hand-cut and decorated to celebrate life’s most divine occasions.
Breakfast just got glam. Randy Fuhrman’s lemon blueberry yogurt creation not only looks dashing when perched atop the kitchen dining table, it makes Sunday brunch so much snazzier. This moist and rich yellow cake is swirled with succulent blueberries and topped with a fresh lemon citrus glaze. Serve it with fresh-squeezed orange juice and scrambled eggs, and vow to make this $50 cake a part of your weekend morning ritual.
Fortnum and Mason produces some of the subtlest tea blends around, and this is our most luscious discovery yet. A semi-fermented black tea from China’s Guangdong Province, it’s just the thing to provide you with an early morning lilt. An infusion of rose petals will make you feel like royalty and also allows for a taste that’s restrained yet exquisitely flavorful.
Hostesses, take note! Pamela Barsky has created the perfect notebook to commemorate interesting soirees. This gorgeous new journal, with an elegant look reminiscent of a water color painting, provides places where you can specially log minor details like table chit-chat, seating charts, what everyone was wearing, and the evening’s menu. Might seem trivial to some of us, but as any good hostess knows, it’s the details that make or break the next party.
America’s cookie culture is fast evolving thanks to a number of interesting recipes—many of them with unusual “architectural” forms. More than just a clever marketing ploy, Confuzzled Cookies’ puzzle-shaped sweets appeal to foodies of all ages. These delicious creations boast a crisp cracker base; a middle made from milk, white or dark chocolate; and too-cute toppings like coconut or toffee. And yet they somehow manage to look sophisticated when presented on fine china with a tall glass of milk. Looking for something a bit more festive for, say, your little one’s birthday party? Try the white chocolate variety which is covered with rainbow sprinkles.
Spring is just around the corner and you’ll be looking for chic party, baby shower, or wedding gifts, no doubt. Northern California-based Iomoi creates customized coasters, matches, stationery and paperweights to snazz up your dining or office space. We’re reveling in winter’s fleeting days with the brand’s coasters. Some pair especially well with hot drinks and can be personalized with your name or initials. These are too cute to resist.
Any yogurt snob will attest to the sheer fabulousness of Greek varieties. Opt for Fage’s basic, albeit authentic, flavors and throw in fresh-cut slices of seasonal fruits or a handful of dried ones, if you prefer. You can also order a container that offers a yogurt and honey pairing in two separate compartments. You get a pot of Total Greek yogurt and a sidecar of premium, pure honey. Simply mix the honey cup into the yogurt, stir and savor. The packaging may be a bit mainstream, but the classic contents taste like heaven.