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For The Love of Bacon

Bacon

This site definitely is far from being kosher. But if pork is your thing this should be up your alley.

Head over to the Grateful Palate, a site dedicated to all that is bacon (and other things).

At the Grateful Palate, you can purchase bacon related products such as the BLT candle set ($33.95) as well as Bacon Soap ($24.95).

But if your a die hard swine fan, then you have to sign up for the Bacon of the Month club.

For about $140 a month you’ll receive all of the following:

  • A different artisan bacon delivered to your door each month for 12 months
  • Informative notes on all bacon selections
  • Discounts on The Grateful Palate bacon products and bacons
  • Bacon of the Month Club Membership Card
  • The bacon strip–Our members only monthly bacon comic strip
  • The Bacon of the Month Club Pig Ballpoint Pen
  • A little Rubber Toy Pig
  • One free Bacon Tee-Shirt
  • A recipe each month using the bacon selected
  • Discounts on suggested wines and products in recipes
  • And­–new for 2007–a pig nose!

But if you’re just looking for some damn good bacon, head to the Premium Bacon Collection and find the right swine for you.

Mini Chocolate AF1’s

Chocolate AF1’s

These are almost as cool as owning the real thing.

+41 is selling mini versions of classic Nike sneakers, made of chocolate for about $40 US. Included in the pack is 1 DUNKS, 1 TRAINERS, 1 BLAZERS.

Also available in white chocolate.

+41 stores are located worldwide, but if you’re in the US check out the store in Miami (at Arrive) or NYC (at Classic Kicks).

Visit +41 here.

Cork’d

Cork’d

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REVIEWED: Hello Red Mango…

Red Mango

…goodbye Pinkberry.

I might not be the first, but I’m definitely one of the few to actually sample the American version of Red Mango before their first store even opens.

If you haven’t yet heard of Red Mango, you will soon. Red Mango is the original Pinkberry. Red Mango has over 140 locations in Korea and has been operating since 2002. Ten Red Mango locations will be opening in 2007 with the first in Westwood, CA by the end of June. Although many people in the states will think Pinkberry was the first of its kind, rest assured that Red Mango is in fact the one that started it all. You can now prove your friends wrong when they try to convince you its the other way around.

Today I was taken to the Red Mango headquarters in Culver City to try what turned out to be the most delicious Pinkberry-style yogurt I’ve ever had. And this stuff IS actually yogurt, unlike Pinkberry. Red Mango yogurt is made with pure and natural ingredients, and loaded with live and active cultures.

If you haven’t heard, Pinkberry is dealing with some legal trouble over the fact that their yogurt might not actually be yogurt. They’ve been forced to drop the word “yogurt” from their cups and signage. That said, I still have much respect for Pinkberry and will be enjoying it until the first Red Mango location opens. But back to the taste test…

I was given a bowl of fresh Red Mango original flavor, plain, in the amount of what a small size would be in stores. It’s as creamy as gelato but not nearly as icey as Pinkberry.

But the taste? Well, let me say this. I’m actually a fan of Pinkberry. A very big fan. I find it to be delicious and refreshing without being disgusting full after I’m done eating it. The taste is a little tart, but still better than most other frozen yogurts. But that said, Red Mango is even better. It’s a bit tart, but not overly tart at all.

SIDE NOTE: For as many people as I’ve turned on to Pinkberry, that many have also been turned off due to the tartness of the stuff.

With Red Mango, that overly sour tart flavor is much less. Hardly noticeable. What is noticeable, however, is the creaminess of the yogurt. If you’ve had gelato, you know what I mean. Although it does come out of a high tech soft-serve machine, it tastes like it was just whipped up in the back of the store. No after taste is left (unlike Pinkberry), and (like Pinkberry) you don’t feel like you’ve just had a bowl of ice cream when you’re done.

The nutritional expert was also on hand working out the nutritional facts of the yogurt and enlightened me to the fact that Red Mango is not only healthier than Pinkberry due to the yogurt elements but also less in calories (about 20 calories in 1 ounce, compared to Pinkberry with 25 calories.)

If you live in LA you’ve probably noticed the onslaught of Pinkberry’s on almost every corner, not to mention the copycats like Kiwiberry, Snowberry, and various others. Well Red Mango has a copycat as well. California Roll & Sushi has been claiming to serve Red Mango yogurt for a while now, but be assured it is not. It’s just another rip-off trying to make a buck. To be sure you’re eating Red Mango, make sure you visit the Westwood location when it opens late June, and look for the Red Mango “O” logo like the one above.

Original and green tea flavor will be offered in various sizes, but only original was available to try. Green tea is being tweaked and they’ll be using high quality matcha. As for toppings, they’ll include granola, nuts, fresh fruits, cereals, chocolate chips and the like.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I went back for seconds.

FINAL VERDICT: Get in line now. It’ll be worth the wait.

Red Mango Locations: Westwood Village – Westwood/Pico – Las Vegas – Culver City – Northridge – Koreatown – Bellevue Square (Washington) – San Diego (Mission Valley)

Red Mango on Myspace
Red Mango Korea

Information for this review taken from the Korean American Journal and from Red Mango employees directly.

Jones Soda Sacks Coke

Jones Bottles

Jones Soda Co. has some big news today out of Seattle. According to SPORTSbyBROOKS, the company best known for selling seasonal sodas (like the 2006 Holiday Pack which featured 5 unique soda flavors including Pea, Turkey & Gravy, Dinner Roll, Sweet Potatoes and Antacid) has beat out Coca-Cola to be the official soda company at Qwest Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks.

I can’t think of any big-time sports venue that offers product from such a small company over the big guys, but this makes a lot of sense since Jones is a Seattle-based company.

And according to seattlepi.com

Jones Soda Co., a small, scrappy Seattle-based firm, has sacked beverage titan Coca-Cola to acquire the soft-drink rights at Qwest Field and its Event Center for the next five years, according to a securities filing.

Peter van Stolk, Jones Soda’s chief executive, told the Seattle P-I on Wednesday that his company will sell fountain drinks and sodas in plastic bottles throughout Qwest Field, and canned soft drinks in suites. The bottles will feature pictures of Seahawks players.

It is the first time a small private label has knocked off a large soft-drink company to win a major pouring contract, according to one beverage analyst. Jones Soda also becomes the only label outside of cola giants Coke and Pepsi to have an exclusive deal with an NFL team.

Jones Soda, which currently has 21 flavors, will sell at least six flavors at Qwest Field, including a new cola, diet cola and lemon-lime drink at Seahawks games, van Stolk said.

The company also produces a water beverage, a ready-to-drink organic tea, non-carbonated juice and tea, and an energy drink called WhoopAss. Jones Soda has the right to sell “other non-alcoholic beverages” at the stadium, but it hasn’t decided which products it will sell.

Summer of Stone Crabs

Joe’s

Just got an e-mail with some very good news.

Joe’s Stone Crab, the famous Miami Beach landmark, is now shipping all summer long. Unfortunately they only ship in within the US so the crabs stay fresh, so if you live elsewhere, you’ll have to get to the states to try them.

If you’ve never had Joe’s before, you need to try this. If you have a special event or are in the mood for a great meal, spend the extra cash and order yourself some Stone Crabs.

Joe’s used to only be opened from October to May (technically stone crab season), but in recent years they began keeping the restaurant open all year long. The stone crabs are frozen but still taste fresh and are definitely still worth it.

If you’ve never ordered from Joe’s, here are a few suggestions…

  • Joe’s Vinaigrette
  • 2nd Mortgage (Cold Seafood Sampler)
  • Creamed Spinach
  • Any Potatoes or Tomatoes
  • Cole Slaw
  • Key Lime Pie

Not sure if all of the above can be shipped, but the crabs and key lime pie definitely can.

Joe’s also now has locations in Chicago and Las Vegas, but if you want them fresh as can be, you’ll have to head to the original in Miami Beach.

Oh, and if you can’t make it to the restaurant or are low on cash, give these official Joe’s Stone Crab recipes a try. The viniagrette and key lime pie recipes are pretty easy and delicious. TIP: For the key lime pie, use an already made graham cracker crust to save time.

Visit joesstonecrab.com for ordering information (24/7) or call 800-780-CRAB, M-F 9am – 3pm (EST).

Ice Sticks

Ice Tray

Summer is just about here, and these definitely look like a better option to the normal ice cube.

Just fill up the trays with water or any other beverage you can concoct, freeze, and pop out and use.

Get yours from Crate & Barrel. They’re on sale for $4.95 $2.95 a piece.

And here are some ideas for your new ice sticks tray…

Crystal-clear ice cubes: Boil water, then cool to room temperature before pouring into ice cube trays. Bottled spring water will also produce clear cubes.

Decorated ice cubes: Place a small piece of fruit (cherry, melon ball, pineapple chunk, raspberry, lemon or orange twist, and so on) or edible flower or flower petal in each section of an ice cube tray. Cover with cold water that has been boiled and cooled; freeze until firm. Tailor your cubes for their intended use—small lemon wedges or mint sprigs for iced tea, a whole raspberry or blackberry for fruit punches, a cherry tomato for Bloody Marys, and so on.

Flavored ice cubes are great for icing drinks without diluting them. For instance, use lemonade cubes for lemonade, Bloody Mary mix for Bloody Marys, coffee for iced coffee—you get the idea. Forget about trying to make cubes from rum, vodka, and other liquor—alcohol freezes at a much lower temperature than water or juice and won’t solidify completely.

Nothing Rhymes With Orange

Orange

Another good lookin’ Threadless food-themed t-shirt.

I think it’d look cool in orange. $15 for guys, $17 for gals and kids.

These are the reprint batch, meaning the first round sold out. Get yours while their still hot.

Fenway’s for Foodies

Dog

As a sports fan, it’s always kind of fascinating to see how teams are changing with the times. And according to Slashfood and this article, Fenway Park in Boston is trying to class up it’s concession stands a bit.

It used to be that Ron Abell’s idea of a large crowd was dinner for 200. Now it’s more like 35,000.

The former chef de cuisine of Icarus in the South End is now executive chef at Fenway Park. That means he’s left one small kitchen to oversee six, and serves food to fans in the stands, in the luxury suites, in the park’s private EMC Club and State Street Pavilion, even some of the players in the clubhouse.

New menu items include a turkey wrap with mesclun greens and a steak sandwich with baby arugula and aioli. While he is adamant that staple foods will always be available, he is excited about something like lobster roll, a simple mixture of mayonnaise, celery, Tabasco sauce, lobster meat, and other seasonings on a buttered, toasted roll (it sells for $16).

But Fenway isn’t the only stadium classing is up. You can also get crabcakes at Camden Yards, an Ahi Tuna Sandwich at AT&T Park, a Cuban Panini at Miller Park, Garlic Fries at Pac Bell Park and Dodger Stadium…but according to ESPN’s Page 2 Stadium Review, Safeco Field takes the cake.

You’ve got all the classic stand-bys; but you’ve also got clam chowder, salmon sandwiches, sushi, chocolate-covered strawberries, garlic fries, wok-fried noodles, southern barbeque and much, much more. If Mo Vaughn knew about this, he would have insisted on a trade to the Mariners.

And in Yankee news…

Yankee Stadium finally wakes up to its massive Latino customer base and starts serving foods like empanadas and papas rellenas. (Grub Street)

For more on the Yankees latin food you’ll have to register with the New York Times.

Photo above from Flickr.

Pantone Plates

Pantone Plates

Apparently I’m a little late on these (they launched in 2005) but the Pantone Collection are really great looking kitchen-ware whether you’re a designer or not.

Inspired by vintage traveling salesmen’s samples from the Fishs Eddy archive, the dishes are decorated with a pattern resembling the iconic PANTONE Color Chip, complete with color name and PANTONE Number, in palettes developed by Pantone’s design team. The open stock group includes a dinner plate (MSRP $12) and color–coordinated side salad/dessert plate ($8.50), soup/cereal bowl ($9.50) and mug ($7.50), and is available in four colorways: Sahara Sun, Lettuce Green, Dusk Blue and Burnt Ochre. (from Pantone)

Those were the launch prices back in 2005, but you can now get them for a lot less. The bowls are down to $6.97, the plates are $6.97, and the 10 oz mugs are $5.57. Pretty good deal for some fine looking plates.

The PANTONE UNIVERSE Palette Plates Collection are on sale at all Fishs Eddy stores, as well as online at www.fishseddy.com.

You can also find other PANTONE UNIVERSE products at www.pantoneuniverse.com.

Oh, and in case you don’t know what pantone is or means, here’s what Wikipedia says:

The Pantone Color Matching System expands upon existing color reproduction systems such as the CMYK process. The CMYK process is a standardized method of printing color by using four inks—cyan, magenta, yellow and black. The majority of the world’s printed material is produced using the CMYK process. The Pantone system is based on a specific mix of pigments to create new colors—referred to as spot colors. The Pantone system also allows for many ‘special’ colors to be produced such as metallics and fluorescents. While most of the Pantone system colors are beyond the printed CMYK gamut, those that are possible to simulate through the CMYK process are labeled as such within the company’s guides.

Pantone colors are described by their allocated number (typically referred to as ‘PMS 130′). PMS colors are almost always used in branding and have even found their way into government legislation (to describe the colors of flags). In January 2003, the Scottish Parliament debated a petition (reference PE512) to define the blue in the Scottish flag (saltire) as ‘Pantone 300′. Countries such as Canada and South Korea and organizations such as the FIA have also chosen specific Pantone colors to use when producing flags. It is open to speculation whether legislators realize that Pantone may choose to reformulate the color.

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