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Original Parmesan Crisps

Kali, “the baking goddess” is the creator behind Original Parmesan Crisps – gently baked crispy crackers made with one ingredient: parmesan cheese. Inspired by a trip to Parma, Italy, Kali set upon capturing the culinary culture of the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy by changing the region’s most famous cheese product into a simple delicious cracker . Each tangy, crunchy melt-in-your-mouth bite will remind you of those beautiful chunks of parmesan cheese for which Italy is so famous for. Read more »


Marco Paolo Chocolates

Mark Lewis is the founder and genius chocolatier behind Marco Paolo Chocolates – an artisan chocolate shop known for its distinctive double layered chocolate truffles that taste as decadent as they look. Instead of a single flavored truffle, Lewis combines two complementary ganache flavors using fruits, flowers, spices, herbs and seeds to create a tasting and sensory experience.

One of the most popular truffles is the Coconut Cilantro Dark Lime Truffle: white chocolate coconut ganache enlivened with cilantro teamed with tart lime dark chocolate ganache: two distinctive fruit flavors (the jury is still out on whether coconut is considered a fruit or nut) enhanced with spices and then enrobed in dark chocolate make for one scrumptious tropical truffle.  Read more »


Salty Wahine Passion Fruit Chili Pepper

A friend of mine whose food preferences run towards the crunchy and the spicy gave me a 4 ounce grinder of Salty Wahine Passion Fruit Chili Pepper with the promise that I would forever look at chili pepper in a different way. She was right. I was hooked with the first grind, as was my whole family. When we recently found ourselves traveling to three different places, we all began scheming to see who was going to get the Salty Wahine Passion Fruit Chili Pepper in their suitcase, which led me to order three 2.5 ounce grinders – one for each of us. Family war successfully averted…phew. Read more »


Brewers Bars

A Brewers Bar is a chewy-crispy fruit and seed (no nuts) granola bar created by Granola Lab of Brooklyn, New York with organic rolled oats, organic rice syrup, brown sugar, barley malt, organic pumpkin seeds, organic dried apples, organic dried apricots, organic malt syrup, organic dates (with oat flour), hemp seeds, olive oil, organic sesame seeds, flax meal, organic vanilla extract, and salt. Sounds like most energy bars…but it isn’t because of one ingredient:  barley malt. Read more »


“The Secret History”

It is easy to see things in retrospect. but I was ignorant then of everything but my own happiness, and I don’t know what else to say except that life itself seemed very magical in those days: a web of symbol, coincidence, premonition, omen. Everything, somehow, fit together; some sly and benevolent Providence was revealing itself by degrees ….

While J.D. Salinger revealed the tortured soul of a teenager in an exclusive private school in Catcher in the Rye, it is Donna Tartt who opens our eyes to young adulthood when she takes the reader into the underworld of a small liberal arts college in The Secret History. Published in 1992, 41 years after Catcher in the Rye, The Secret History tells the story of six young adults at a liberal arts college (the fictional Hampden College in Vermont  – not unlike the college Tartt attended: Bennington College in Vermont): Read more »