Nespresso Pixie & Aeroccino3 Milk frother A few weeks ago I received my shipment from Nespresso: the Pixie which was released this spring as well as the Aeroccino3 milk frother. The Pixie ($249) has the same power like its bigger siblings (e.g. CitiZ), utilizing 19 bars of pressure to produce an espresso extraction. The Pixie still uses the same Nespresso coffee pods. It still has the same sexy, chic, and streamlined design that Nespresso is known for but in a smaller, lighter (in weight) form.
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WA Imports’ brands I stumbled upon WA Imports from shopping once every so often to the museum-like gourmet store (same goes for the prices), Dean & Deluca in the search for unusual marmalades (for spreading on sandwiches, scones, sandwich cookie filling, or serve along on a cheese platter) that D&D stocks frequently. One in particular was from Yakami Orchards yuzu marmalade. I searched for the company’s site and ended up from their importer, WA Imports. This company is an ingredient driven company, partnering with some of the world’s finest artisanal growers and processors that tend to skew toward Japanese brands..
Caviars & Roes from California Caviar A few weeks ago I received a shipment of caviars and roes from California Caviar. This company specializes in sustainable caviar, works with the United States’ top caviar importers, farmers, and purveyors to provide the highest quality sustainable alternatives to luxury food items. They harvest their fish’s roe the time-honored traditional way. Most caviar producers should (if not already) follow this company’s mission as the populations of sturgeon fish are dwindling, which is one of the reasons why I chose to use their caviar for my luxurious dinner. In my overnight box contained: Farmed..
I admit having one too many sweets for the past several weeks that my body wants needs something healthy before I send myself into a permanent state of diabetes. I was perusing through several markets and stumbled upon Hippie Chow Granola from Kansas City. They make all-natural granola that doesn’t taste too sweet and not artificial. I ended up having their entire line since I was in a granola kick and try to think of ways to have granola in interesting ways.
Blissful Brownies: Outside and inside the box Going along with my chocolate obsession due to Valentine’s Day (they should consider naming this holiday as Chocolate Day, instead…), I was craving for a good, fudgy brownie and discovered Blissful Brownies from Hood River, Oregon. They use the best, all natural ingredients with no added preservatives. And they are made hand made in small batches so there’s a lot of love and care into each batch they ship out.
Perfect Puree: Passion Fruit and Meyer Lemon This year’s harsh winter season made me either stay curled up in bed in my pajamas and not leave home or bound to St. Barts. Since the latter couldn’t happen at all because of graduate school, I could do is make something tropical-inspired. Earlier the past month, I acquired some fruit purées from Perfect Purée. They carry a number of fruit puree concentrates that range from the usual fruits of raspberry, cherry and the like, to the savory roasted bell pepper. I ended up getting the passion fruit and Meyer lemon. Homemade Tapioca..
As many of you are well aware, Valentine’s Day is coming up in a few weeks. If you have a significant other to impress and he or she loves a good bottle of wine or spirit, this would be a good guide to have ideas, ranging from the celebratory bubbly (Champagne), fine bourbons, to gin and liqueurs that would fill up his or her bar at home. Bourbon Basil Hayden http://www.smallbatch.com This 80-proof bourbon is the lightest bodied bourbon whiskey in the family of Jim Beam small batch bourbons. This spicy bourbon with a hint of honey flavor and a..
Cute on the outside…and sweet on the inside Recently, I acquired a box of cookies from Cookie Panache by Between the Bread. This new cookie spinoff from the catering company, Between the Bread in Midtown West gotten me piqued with interest since I love a good cookie (or should I say, a ton of cookies). The box was beautifully wrapped in adorable, vintage Valentine’s Day paper (appropriate for Valentine’s Day coming soon. Hint, hint to the men out there.). Going beyond the surface, these cookies were delicious. From the assortment I had, they’re fresh, chewy cookies that flirts with sweet..
For the person in your life who loves a good bottle of wine or cocktails, here is my list of wines and libations that he or she would like to add in their collection or for consumption. (Like my Holiday Food Gifts editorial, this list would expand as we near the holidays.) To see the list of brands, tasting notes, and where to get these alcoholic beverages, please read on after the jump.