Archive for June, 2007
All aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train where elegant meals by are prepared by chefs while you soak up the stunning scenery of the region. You can catch our impeccably dressed entourage sipping brandy in the parlor cars or toasting in the Wine Tasting Car on any given weekend. Once you step into the Gourmet Express Dining Cars, you’ll step back into a bygone era via velvet and brocade fabrics, brass lighting fixtures and damask linens. Enjoy a scenic sunset dinner excursion on July 4 that ends with an amazing display of fireworks over the historic grounds of the California Veterans Home and Domaine Chandon Winery in Yountville.
Intense flavor? You could say that. This Roasted Pistachio Oil by California-based La Tourangelle is created from San Joaquin Valley pistachios that have been hand roasted and expeller pressed in small batches. Consider the luxurious dark green color a pleasant reminder of its health benefits and drizzle it on your favorite foods with reckless abandon.
Love fast food? Check out Gregoire, a little shack in Berkeley that does made-to-order lunch or dinner packaged in cardboard boxes that cater to gourmands on the run. Snap up the crispy potato puffs with southern fried chicken drumsticks the next time you need grub for a p.m. picnic. We also like the sautéed lamb with spring garlic and balsamic vinegar on ciabatta for lunch.
This new Sugar bowl and milk pitcher from Danish Menu looks like two abstract birds that have landed on the table. Designer Pernille Vea has clearly gathered inspiration from nature for the new generation of the design company Menu’s popular porcelain series, Black Contour. The milk pitcher holds a half-litre, and the sugar bowl conceals an accompanying sugar spoon that is held in place by the lid.All of the set’s pieces are made of porcelain of the highest quality, fired at 1320 degrees Celsius, ensuring strength, durability, and an easy to clean surface. The glazing is acid-free, and therefore does not change colour. Furthermore, the glazing does not contain lead or cadmium.
Nestled in the heart of the Napa Valley, Annette’s Chocolate Factory produces a magnificent assortment of confections such as truffles, fudges, creams, and brittles. Here rich chocolates are infused with fine wines and English Toffee is nothing short of heavenly. This selection is dreamy with butter toffee, roasted almonds and milk chocolate. If you can’t stop by to visit dear Annette in person, no worries: She’ll ship all over the United States and will gladly mail you her catalog.
Maze International wants to change the world. Pretentious words, but they only use ecological materials and methods that do not drain our natural resources are self-evident for us. From every component to the assembly of the final item, they present not only an aesthetical, but also an ethical product. Majamoo tray has a classic, Scandinavian organic design. Made in moulded birch and available in black or white.
Here’s one for the why-didn’t-someone-think-of-this-sooner file: Key Lime Apples. The crisp, dark chocolate-coated fruits help to usher in the dog days of summer (smile!). C’mon, there’s no better way to fit a serving of juicy, vitamin-packed fruit into your day. Tear into these with caution in the company of friends (translation: tote toothpicks), as they tend to get wedged between the teeth, as apples often do.
This spring Normann Copenhagen is launching a foldable spaghetti dozer, designed by Serge Atallah. A smart and functional kitchen utensil will be on sale in the shops this spring. The foldable spaghetti dozer makes dosing out spaghetti easy, and its functional design means it is convenient to store in a drawer. Here is the product for everyone who hates seeing good food go to waste.
Love to doodle while you imbibe? Use these dashingly designed notebooks from Modern-twist can be used as coasters, place cards, or simply for jotting down wine-tasting notes. Coaster Notz are crafted of non-toxic silicone and come in a variety of colors and patterns that will embellish any dining table and allow you to scribble while you sip. Founder Kat Nouri creates other clean, minimalist home décor items fit for those with discerning taste. Take a whirl through her site.
Give your grilled chicken dishes, or even your steamed carrots and asparagus, a little TLC with this Apricot Dijon Tarragon Grilling and Finishing Sauce. It’s tangy and boasts ingredients such as Dijon mustard, fragrant tarragon and silky apricots. This means it pairs well with roasted red potatoes and blends with a little cream to create a mix that should inevitably be heated and poured over Chilean sea bass.