Today’s discovery is too delicious not to share~Tastemade.com, which launched in early March. Their mission statement: Tastemade, based in Santa Monica, CA, is a global media company with a mission to connect the world through food. Through its platform, studio and network of culinary talent around the world, Tastemade produces a wide range of programming designed to inspire people to learn and spread their passion for food.
We’ve already watched a number of the videos on their Youtube channel. Our favorite thus far is A Day in India which has us wishing we were about to embark on a trip there (it’s a constant daydream). So grab your favorite beverage–a nice bourbon or aged rum would be our pick–and indulge in a little culinary voyeurism. A little warning: you might find yourself running out to grab supplies to make the “The Slacker Milkshake”.
Add this to the list of things we’re crazy about–BITTERMENS , which we discovered while sitting at the bar having dinner at The DUTCH restaurant in Miami Beach last weekend. When we spied the tidy row of beautifully designed bottles sitting behind the bar, we asked our charming (and talented) bartender to pass us a couple of bottles for a closer look. And after having a drink that included a few drops of these delicious bitters we had to investigate further.
Here’s what we discovered: BITTERMENS’ was created by Avery and Janet Glasser in 2007 in Somerville, MA and, in January 2011, they moved production to Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood where they produce every batch by hand. Have a look at their website to see what other exciting bitters flavors they make. We’re sure you’ll be as happy to add them to your bar as we were. Cheers!
From fashion to food to furnishings, Tangerine, the “living reflection of a dream”, is Pantone’s color of 2012. Perfect for an accent color or statement pieces, it’s a hue we love to wear and use in our interiors.
Pair of Brass Low Chairs with Asian Motif
Rolex Steel Oyster Perpetual Date c.1978 Custom “Tangerine” Dial
Pair of Natural Tangerine Calcite Cluster Lamps
Oysters! Oysters! Oysters! My idea of heaven, eaten steamed or raw, we tried every variety we could get our greedy hands on.
This snapshot is just a small portion of a seemingly endless table filled with the most incredible pastries, breads, cakes, meringues, and pies I’ve ever seen. We started at this end where we marveled at this amazing feat of a pastry….
…And ended at these football-sized meringues. We took home huge bags filled with everything we couldn’t say no to; half of it was gone by the time we made back to the house. We even invented a new favorite dessert with the coffee flavored meringue that involved salted carmel, chocolate/toffee crunch, and homemade coffee whipped cream. There was a fight over the last spoonful…!
They grow the most perfect bulbs of garlic, shallots and onions…almost too perfect to eat.
One of our favorite late afternoon activities is to go foraging in the hedgerows near the house for blackberries, wild fennel, and Mirabelle plums–which we turn into jams, cobblers, flavored simple syrups (the fennel simple syrup is a favorite for a refreshing afternoon cocktail), and sorbets depending on what strikes our mood. With such abundance it’s easy to make something new and different every day. This year the blackberries were especially wonderful…I don’t think I’ve ever eaten more blackberries as I did in those two weeks.
We love going to the Brooklyn Flea most of all for the delicious food vendors. Our first stop is always the LIDDABIT SWEET table to stock up on our absolute favorite sweet--their Beer and Pretzel Caramels. Made with Brooklyn Brewery’s Brown Ale and East India Pale Ale combined with crunchy chunks of salty Martin’s pretzels folded into a creamy caramel, well it's pure bliss. We try not to over indulge, but it's hard! One just isn't enough.
Another treat we can’t resist is their King Bar–a candy bar layered with peanut butter nougat, brown sugar-brown butter cookie, banana ganache, and then dipped in milk chocolate. If a trip to the Brooklyn Flea isn’t in your future, you can order Liddabit goodies at www.liddabitsweets.com. We promise, it’s worth every penny!