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Berkel Red Line 250 Slicer

Visit https://www.theberkelworld.com/us/us-red-line-250-red.html In 1898 W.A. Van Berkel invented the world’s first meat-slicing machine. After over 100 years, Berkel still means reliability, innovation, and durability, with attention to detail possible thanks to an entirely artisanal production process. The high-precision mechanical features enhance the quality of the sliced product and blend with the beauty and extraordinary appeal […]

Orchestra Provisions Artisan Cricket Seasonings

Orchestra Provisions seasoning blends are our new go-to favorites in the kitchen. The astonishing range of flavors — from Szechuan Cracked Pepper to Chai Spice to Za’atar — is what first attracted our attention, but the nutritional content from the addition of cricket powder is what elevates these from seasoning to ingredient. Ground crickets have […]

The Prisoner 2017 Napa Valley Red Wine

Delightful was not a term I thought I’d use in describing this (yes) delightful wine.  Brooding (yes), because I had assumed from its (stellar) reputation as a “big, sexy, fruit bomb” (Robert Parker) and from the label-announced 15.2 percent alcohol that it would hold up its wine-soaked fingers and say, “Slow down, taster; small sips, […]

Two Long-Lost Sisters, Four Wines: The McBride Family Collection

On the back label of each of their four wines, the McBride sisters—Robin and Andréa—tell the unusual origin story of their lives and of their winemaking. Each was raised among vineyards, but these vineyards were 7000 miles apart:  Monterey, California, and Marlborough, New Zealand. The sisters were even further from each other, in that, as […]

Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer

Bon & Viv is a leading brand in the hot new trend of spiked seltzers. At only 90 calories per 12 ounce can, with 0 grams of sugar and no barley or wheat, this alcoholic beverage appeals to the health conscious, gluten-free, low-carb and low-calorie consumer. The fresh, light flavors of Bon & Viv are […]

The Prisoner Wine Company’s Eternally Silenced and Saldo

The Prisoner Wine Company of Napa, California, was created and launched by winemaker Dave Phinney twenty years ago, with a single wine that he called The Prisoner and of which he made only 385 cases. Today, The Prisoner Wine Company (sold ten years ago by Phinney and now owned by Constellation Brands) is a widely […]

Cilio Champagne Stopper and Cilio Wine Stopper

These two almost identical wine accessories are supplied to Frieling USA by the German company Cilio-Tisch. They are called, alternately, Champagne Stopper and Wine Stopper. The German word on the neat little box is Verschluss, which may be translated as seal, fastener, clasp, and, yes, stopper. Each does all of those. The Champagne Stopper is […]

Bee Free Honee

Bee Free Honee, a thick syrup made from organic apple juice, cane sugar, and lemon juice, has an impressively honey-like consistency and flavor. It differs from honey in having a seductive tang reminiscent of biting into a freshly picked apple. Perfect for vegans as it is not derived from actual honey. Bee Free Honee Original will […]

Zassenhaus hand-crank coffee grinders

Oh, what a pleasure it was to grind coffee beans for the first time in these two hand-crank, non-heat producing coffee mills from the venerable (since 1867) German company Zassenhaus. The Lima is sleek and modern and comes in a single stainless steel and acrylic model. The Brasilia is classic-kitchen traditional in design and is […]

Quarter Size Sheet Pan

Quarter size sheet pans, 23 x 30 cm (9 x 12 in) and 2.5 cm (1 in) deep, fit nicely into small ovens and can accommodate a multitude of tasks. I have four of these eminently useful pans. They are perfect for toasting nuts or breadcrumbs, or keeping a few pancakes warm. I also like […]

Aermate Wine and Spirits Aerator

Wines and spirits change when they are exposed to air. Allowing a wine to “breathe” permits sulfites (added to most wines to prevent oxidation) and naturally-occurring carbon dioxide to dissipate. Tannins – chemical compounds that create a sense of roughness on the tongue – soften with exposure to air, and this allows the flavor of […]

Manfrotto Pixi Mini Tripod

Any experienced globetrotter will tell you that traveling light is the key to happiness. This can pose a challenge, though, particularly when the things you feel you can’t do without are large or bulky. For photographers, the Manfrotto Pixi Mini Tripod can provide the benefits of a larger tripod, but at a fraction of the […]