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Moët Impérial Golden Sparkle Bottle: Holiday Gifts

For an always perfect hostess gift, bring a bottle of bubbly as it's always a welcome addition to any holiday get together. Consider Moët Impérial dressed up in a golden sparkly bottle (SRP $39.99). This Moët & Chandon champagne — in a gold bottle —adds a touch of glamour to all holiday celebrations.The bubbly  has bright fruitiness and elegant maturity with a seductive palate.

By | December 4th, 2017|Food & Drinks, Products, Recommended|0 Comments

Dole Organic Salad Mixes

Dole expanded its Organic Salad Mixes to six different varieties including baby spinach, spring mix, 50/50 salad mix, kale, super spinach, and baby spinach and arugula. All mixes are available in 5-ounce containers serving two - the baby spinach and spring mix are also available in 16-ounce containers serving five. Save Save

By | September 19th, 2017|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

Emile Henry Fish Steamer

The Emile Henry Fish Steamer, made out of high resistance ceramic, steams fillets or whole fishovercooking without the need to add fat or oil. It features bottom ridges that keeps the fish above its own juices preventing overcooking. The lid traps flavors and aromas until serving and fits upside down in the base for compact storage.

Sancerre… yes, Rouge

"A red Sancerre?" I said somewhat bewildered. Until that moment, Sancerre was Sauvignon Blanc, I hadn't a clue that Sancerre Rouge even existed! I learned about the Loire Valley red through a chilled bottle of Lucien Crochet: La Croix du Roy, an elegant light-bodied, bright but earthy, Pinot Noir at dinner at Montmartre. The sommelier had kept the wine at 50 F, making it much more drinkable with the French foods. Interestingly, I also drank Pinot Noir chilled while dining with master sommelier Fred Dexheimer early this summer. "Chill ... and the natural beauty comes out," Fred explained. We were at Artisinal, where Fred — spokesperson for Pays d'Oc IGP [...]

By | August 18th, 2013|Food & Drinks, Rambling|0 Comments

Good Food Made Simple Original Unsweetened 100% Steel Cut Oatmeal

bonnie_webBonnie:Steel-cut oatmeal is my breakfast grain of choice. I love it plain, with just a smidgen of salt -- no added sugar or sweetener, no dried or fresh fruit and no nuts. I like the nutty flavor of the grain that best comes through in steel-cut versions.

About five years ago, we recommended...

BiteoftheBest bloggerBryan: You've got to love any ingredient list that's just a simple, graphic representation of three items. If you're checking out GFMS's website and navigate over to the page for steel-cut and organic rolled oats, you will see that three small pictures serve as your entire guidance on what you're about to eat. Sometimes simplicity speaks volumes. A small pile of whole ...

Eric (2 sunglasses)Eric: On a cold Winter morning, I would admit that I'm a fan of oatmeal. The hearty, stick-to-your-bones texture warms me up on cold mornings, but the bland flavor leaves me desiring more. Plus, quality oatmeal is laborious, taking a good amount of time to make from start to finish; time most of us need in the morning....

     

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By | October 2nd, 2012|Food & Drinks|5 Comments

Villa Manodori Artigianale Aceto Balsamico di Modena

bonnie_webBonnie:" Good vinegar can turn an ordinary dish into something ethereal.

Artisan-made Villa Manodori Artigianale Aceto Balsamico di Modena begins with the boiled down must (juice) of locally grown Trebbiano grapes that’s aged in wood — oak, chestnut and juniper — barrels to yield a rich, dark balsamic with an intense aroma and syrupy consistency.

Chef Massimo Bottura, of the three-star Michelin restaurant Osteria Francescana in...

BLOGGER-B_2Bryan: This stuff is already vouched for by freakin' Mario Batali! What could I possibly tell you about it that would make you feel more secure about its quality than this: the king of Italian cuisine in the United States has given it a shout-out on his menu at Babbo. What more can you ask for? Try it. As such, I thought I'd take a moment to talk about balsamic vinegar, as it can be quite a confusing food product. Why are some so...

BOTB bloggerEric: Balsamic vinegar is a fickle product, manipulative in myriad forms. For some consumers, the flavor profile of mass-produced balsamic vinegar is synonymous with salad dressing. For others, more "gluttonous" consumers, balsamic vinegar is a flavor-enhancing agent to pasta, cheese, charcuterie, meat and dessert.

To compare a high quality balsamic vinegar such as Villa Manodori to ...

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By | September 18th, 2012|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

34º Caramel Crisps

bonnie_webBonnie:

Craig Lieberman is the man behind these paper-thin crisps first introduced in 2003 with savory flavors and earlier this year with sweet ones. The new sweet ones include chocolate, cinnamon, graham and today’s FeaturedBite, caramel. All are made using ingredients you...

BOTB BloggerBryan:

Today’s Bite seems to have more than a few fans. Now, we certainly don’t base our product recommendation decisions on other peoples' opinions, nor necessarily on mass appeal. In fact, many of our chosen...

Eric (2 sunglasses)Eric:

The original savory 34° Crisps are designed to treat the palate of your average cheese aficionado; they're thin, flavored with subtlety and nearly melt in your mouth. The new 34° Sweet Crisps are also designed to treat the palate. However, it's ...

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By | July 3rd, 2012|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

High West Campfire Whiskey

bonnie_webBonnie: David Perkins, proprietor of High West, the gastro-distillery on Main Street in Old Town Park City, Utah, recently introduced a one-of-a-kind blend of smoky scotch, fruity rye and sweet bourbon whiskeys that he calls Campfire Whiskey. He named it in celebration of the western tradition of ...

BiteoftheBest bloggerBryan: Park City, Utah... one of the most magical places on Earth. Truly a ski-Mecca, Park City offers access to seven of the country's greatest resorts, airy powder snow unlike anywhere else on earth, an amazing après-ski centered town with fantastic dining options... it's heaven. That is, unless booze....

eric...Eric: I enjoy the occasional weekly glass of whiskey. Actually, I am joking with you; I enjoy the occasional weekly bottle of whiskey, and just like many notable men of History, it is usually part of my daily routine. Now some might scoff at the idea — shouting ...

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By | June 19th, 2012|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

Lucini Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oils

bonnie_webBonnie: I met Daniel Graeff, one of the founders of the Lucini Italia Company, at a private home in San Francisco many years ago when he conducted an olive oil tasting for a group of food editors who were in that city attending the Fancy Food Show. Just as for wine tasting, we sniffed, swirled and sipped to...

Bryan 3aphoto - Version 2Bryan:

Olive oil is one of those special kitchen ingredients that somehow makes its way into almost everything I cook. Pretty much anything that's going in a pan gets a coating of olive oil (especially before it's seasoned). Even many noncooked items, especially salads, get a splash of this heavenly liquid before making...

Eric (2 sunglasses)Eric: "Simply the Best" is certainly a statement worth touting for Lucini and for the myriad products they produce, bottle and sell. I believe most consumers couldn't care less about the olive oil they're consuming or, for that matter, with what they are cooking. But we epicures sing the praises of the...

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By | June 12th, 2012|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

Coach Farm Fresh Goat Cheese with Fig

bonnie_webBonnie: We do love our cheese, especially fresh chèvre. Today's feature is about Coach Farm Fresh Goat Cheese with figs.

I've been in love with Coach Farm's chèvre since my first bite of its fresh goat cheese back in the '80s. That's when the company began making cheese in a small Hudson Valley (New York) town, just two hours from New York City. The company boasts more than 900 dairy goats, born and raised on its farm.

And to answer the question always asked: Yes, the name...

BLOGGER-B_2Bryan: Figs and goat cheese... Can you think of a better combination of flavors? This combo has to be the perfect example of sweet and savory goodness; it is a product that makes my mouth water even as I type right now. Coach Farm's new offering wonderfully pairs the subtle barnyard creaminess of fresh goat cheese with beautiful, ripe, delicious figs. This is good eating at its very best!

As with almost any cheese (especially ...

BOTB bloggerEric: I've always been a glutton for combining fresh goat cheese (_fromage de chèvre_) with dried fruits: My favorite combination is using dried cherries. There is something incredibly sumptuous about the tart flavor and almost candyesque texture of the cherry paired with the creaminess of the cheese that leaves your palette salivating for more; and that's only one flavorful combination.

Coach Farm has always (at least ...

By | April 10th, 2012|Food & Drinks|4 Comments

Harney Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea

bonnie_webBonnie: This hot cinnamon-spiked tea is an oldie but goodie blend of tea flavored with three types of cinnamon, plus orange peel and sweet cloves. Harney now offers new varieties of Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea that include a green, herbal and decaf versions. All are delicious.

I fell in love with the Harney Hot Spice Cinnamon Tea the first time I brewed it many a decade ago. I also fell for the members ...

BOTB Blogger Harney & Sons has been in the tea business going on 30 years! That's a lot of tea expertise, especially when their only product is tea. John Harney, the company's founder, worked in the tea business for 13 years before starting his company, making for almost a half century of tea know-how... that's possibly 15,000 cups of tea he consumed himself. Let's just say the man knows his teas.

Harney & Sons is inspired by the British Legacy teas, and while the world ...

eric5Eric: I’m loving that tea now has become a mainstream affair in this country — not to say that it hadn’t been consumed prior, but for a while it seemed that we depended on coffee to get our fix of a hot beverage and caffeine. (Thank you Starbucks.) Some people might not realize it, but tea primarily contains more caffeine than your average cup of coffee; and the effect also lasts longer; as an experiment, try it next time ...

By | March 13th, 2012|Food & Drinks|2 Comments

PackIt Double Wine Cooler

bonnie_webBonnie: As Bryan and Eric can attest, I’ve always been a stickler about food safety — keeping my cold foods chilled and warm foods warm whether at home or on the go. Their school lunches were always packed with something to keep their meals chilled, either a cold pack or a frozen aseptic juice pack. And I schlepped (and still do) a cooler filled with ice packs whenever food shopping on warm days.

So when I was walking...

Bryan 3aphoto - Version 2Bryan: PackIt claims that over a 30-year professional career, a person will save nearly $100,000 by packing lunch rather than eating out. I don't know exactly how they have come to this particular figure, but they are spot on about a simple fact: You absolutely will save money by bringing your lunch with you rather than eating out or on the go. More importantly, you also will...

Eric (2 sunglasses)Eric: In a society focused on convenience and instant gratification, it's nice to know there are companies helping these causes; just in a practical way. When was the last time you packed a lunch to take to work? Packed a few bottles of wine to take with you to dinner? Packed a lunch bag for a summer hike or winter excursion? Simple, convenient and cost effective are all reasons to bring your own food and drink, and PackIt, a company focused on earth-safe, eco-friendly, reusable...

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By | February 28th, 2012|Kitchen Counter, Drawer and More|0 Comments

Kerrygold Cashel Blue

bonnie_webBonnie: Each year the folks from Kerrygold invite food editors to an event to sample its Irish dairy products such as butter, cheese and cream. At this year's event I sampled the new Cashel Blue, an authentic artisanal farmhouse cheese.

I asked for samples...

BOTB Blogger >Kerrygold's Cashel Blue cheese (actually produced by J&L Grubb Ltd.) is made by Jane and Louis Grubb on their farm in County Tipperary, Ireland. And, like any good cheese maker, they've been making it the exact same way, in this case, since 1984.

Cashel Blue is actually the first farmhouse blue cheese to be ...

eric5Eric: Kerrygold's Cashel Blue is one-of-a-kind (although mass produced) and would be one of my choices as an accompaniment to my "last meal". By no means am I a blue cheese advocate -- most of the time, blue cheese taste just like it smells, pungent with an almost mildewy ...

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By | November 29th, 2011|Food & Drinks|1 Comment

Trois Petits Cochons Mousse Truffee

bonnie_webBonnie: All year, BOTB has been scouting for products to share with you during the holiday season. Today's FeaturedBite is just that — another goodie to serve at one of your upcoming gatherings or to bring as a hostess gift. This Trois Petits Cochons Mousse Truffee is a delectable combo of chicken liver, pork, truffles, sherry and Pineau — a French aperitif. And for anyone who likes liver pâtés, it’s addicting.

I like to unmold the tub version onto a platter for easy slicing and attractive presentation surrounded by...

Bryan 3aphoto - Version 2Bryan: Les Trois Petits Cochons began humbly in 1975, a small charcuterie in New York's Greenwich Village taking its name from the three young French owners who are the self-titled "Three Little Pigs." The shop was a quick culinary success, counting James Beard amongst their friends and customers. So successful in fact, that Les Trois Petits Cochons closed the store to open a larger kitchen in order to turn out what was to some in New York City simply the best pâté around.

Les Trois went on to supply....

Eric (2 sunglasses)Eric:I never thought I’d see a day when pâtés became nearly, dare I say, mainstream. The term liver doesn’t usually jump off the plate and make your taste buds dance with delight; in fact, I imagine most people cringe at the idea of eating anything more ...

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By | November 8th, 2011|Food & Drinks|1 Comment

Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

bonnie_web Bonnie Cincinnati natives and visitors have known it. And their friends and relatives have heard them rave about Graeter's ice creams, especially the signature eye-catching, berry-colored Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip.

The fourth generation of Graeter's makes this ice cream just as Louis Graeter did in 1870, using a French Pot method. It's a small-batch way (they tell me that's only ....

Bryan 3photo - Version 2Bryan: Leave it to your friends to have the best recommendations. This is the social age (as you read this blog), is it not? So, kudos to my friend Alex, who has sung the praises of Graeter's Ice Cream for almost as long as I've known him. Today, your recommendation is official.

The discussion actually began over a product called Skyline Chili. You may or may not have heard about it. It is apparently a Cincinnati ...

Eric3Eric:: I've never indulged in ice cream as fast as I did when I popped the top on the Graeter's Chocolate Chip. The written word can barely describe how delicious this product truly is. Sure, it's ice cream, but in my opinion, it's more than that; it's ice cream with purpFB_Graeters_raspberryose.

Small batch translates to...

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By | July 26th, 2011|Food & Drinks|6 Comments

Fever-Tree Premium Indian Tonic Water

Bonnie: We do like our libations!

Generally the only sweet mixer I ever use is tonic — especially in summer. For me, I mix it with vodka; for some friends, with gin. And to save calories, I made a "sonic" — the alcohol mixed with part bubbly club soda or seltzer + part tonic. For the seltzer, you can either ...

Bryan: What more can I do to let you know how amazingly good and unique Fever-Tree beverages are than to simply list the collection of outstanding, luxury, eating establishments that currently serve it? What more would it take for you to think these tasty drinks are worth a try? What wonderful adjectives could I put forth that would do better than noting that Fever-Tree mixers are currently served in seven out of ...

Eric: I wouldn't consider myself a tonic drinker. In fact, it was only while I was spending time in Africa that I found myself sipping a gin and tonic -- and that was mostly due to my belief in the "medicinal" benefits as it's a natural mosquito repellent.

Tonic has never found a spot in my fridge; the bitter, dry flavor is something my ...

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By | June 7th, 2011|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog

Bonnie: Yes, it's true. The Bite of the Best team loves cheese.

When I'm fantasizing about those foods I must have on my desert island, goat's milk cheese (chèvre) is on that list. I smartened up recently thinking that instead of cheese, I should have a goat or two for an endless supply, but then I'd need to learn both how to milk the goat and make the cheese. Nah!

For now, I'll just get some chèvre...

Bryan: What an absolute delight it is to taste-test cheese for a living! So many different types, different flavors, textures and smells. Did you know that there are more than a thousand different types of recognized cheese and cheese products in the world? And though there are terrible ones (Cheez Whiz), there are also wonderful ones... like today's offering from Cypress Grove, Humboldt Fog.

So what, you ask, is on the cheese ...

Eric: All bleu cheese is not created equal, but I imagine you're aware of that. As fellow foodies, I'm sure you've encountered a variety of cheeses that have made you question your palate. And that's great. That's what being a true epicure is all about -- the process of trial and error in finding the tastes that delight your senses and make you hungry for more.

Cheese, like wine, is a product of many different...

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By | August 31st, 2010|Food & Drinks|4 Comments

Salem Baking Signature Collection Moravian Cookies Mint

Bonnie: Watch out Girl Scouts! These chocolate mint cookies that are just being introduced this month could hurt the sale of your Thin Mints. These — like those — contains a wafer enrobed in chocolate. And so sorry Girl Scouts, I prefer the flavor of the Moravian Cookies enrobed in an artisan blend of chocolate to yours. (Nutritionally ounce for ounce, they...

Bryan: We're talking about the Salem Baking Co. today. Salem Baking produces a variety of desserts and baked goods, but they are known for their Moravian cookies. "Okay, great. What are those?" I asked myself. A brief, but thorough investigation (God, the Internet is amazing, isn't it?) into the matter led me to find a wonderful food story, so, I felt I must share a (brief) synopsis of ...

Eric: My cookie of choice has always been the Pepperidge Farm Brussels. It has the perfect ratio of crunch to chocolate, and the flavor of the cookie dough has subtle sweetness that dances over the palette (as you can tell, I enjoy my cookies). When I took the first bite of the chocolate-enrobed Mint Moravian cookie, in my mind, it was as if...

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By | August 24th, 2010|Food & Drinks|3 Comments

Fabulous Flats Tandoori Naan

Bonnie: To me, no meal is complete without bread. Because I travel lots — and there’s no good bakery near my home — I always keep bread in the freezer to warm and serve when needed, buying it when I frequent one of my local farmers’ markets.

When we ....

Bryan: I’ve always got to have bread on hand, but oh the headache in keeping it fresh. The problem is, any bread that actually lasts on the counter is not real bread at all. Hence, my freezer is full of time-tested, freezer-stable breads ready to join in on any meal.

My personal freezer aisle started...

Eric: I usually eat bread with most of my meals — in fact, I’ve been laughed at by most of my European friends because I will always make a sandwich out of whatever I’m eating, even, on occasion, with mashed potatoes. From my understanding, most people view bread ...

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By | June 15th, 2010|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

Annie Chun’s Pork & Ginger Mini Wontons

Bonnie: Annie Chun’s recently introduced frozen mini wontons are something that I can rave about. I’m as surprised as you that I’m recommending a convenience food. But one look at the ingredient list of these small, round dumplings with a savory pork and ginger filling assured me that these contain the same ingredients I’d use if I were making them myself: wonton wrappers filled with...

Bryan: If you haven’t heard of them before, Annie Chun’s is a San Rafael, Calif.-based company that offers a wide selection of shelf-stable pan-Asian foods. I’ve tried a number of its products before and have always been wowed by the strong flavors. It’s a great thing, as I’ve come to rarely expect...

Eric: I love Asian food – or more specifically, I love American-Asian food (as well as European-Asian food). I enjoy eating Asian-inspired cuisine so much that I have my very own pair of chopsticks, and an endless supply of Asian cooking sauces and a wok that’s probably been around since...

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By | March 2nd, 2010|Food & Drinks|9 Comments