Posted in Beverages, India, Tea, Travelogues, tagged baking, bread, chapati, dairy, food, ghee, India, lassi, milk, naan, poppadoms, roti, spices, travel on August 3, 2010 |
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Staff members here at Formaggio Kitchen regularly travel the world to seek out the unique products that we carry. While our trips have tended to focus on Europe, my colleague Tim and I recently had the opportunity to travel to India (a first for both of us!). We were able to make the trip thanks largely to a small business grant from British Airways that gave us 10 round-trip tickets for use this year.
The primary motivation for our trip was to visit tea country. Initially, we looked into visiting the region of Assam – flat and plains-like, it is well-known for its tea. However, eventually we decided to explore the region of Darjeeling – mountainous, cool and verdant, it is nestled in the skinny part of India that sits between Nepal and Bangladesh. (more…)
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Posted in Dairy (non-cheese), Producer Profile, United States, tagged Chocolate, dairy, food, ice cream, Jeni's ice cream, milk, pear, sorbet on April 14, 2010 |
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Jeni’s Ice Cream from Columbus, Ohio
In addition to my chocolate problem, I have a concerted weakness for ice cream. I lamented the closure of Herrell’s in Harvard Square, a staple of my college days. However, I now have reason to rejoice in the arrival of Jeni’s ice cream in our store.
Before it actually hit our shelves, Jeni’s sent several pints of their frozen magic which we opened up in the kitchen and which staff (liberally!) sampled. As Liddabit’s chocolate bar, The Snacker, made me revisit and rethink my aversion to peanuts in my sweets, Jeni’s ice cream surprised me with the addictiveness of its non-chocolatey flavors. Chocolate (or something with chocolate chunks in it) tends to be my go-to ice cream flavor. With Jeni’s, however, it’s not quite so simple. If there were a fairytale written about ice cream, or if Edmund had been seduced by ice cream instead of Turkish Delight in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or if Willy Wonka had made ice cream, I could easily imagine them using the flavors that Jeni’s has so imaginatively and deliciously concocted! (more…)
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