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Indian Spiced Rum Punch Recipe

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Rum puts me iِn a happy mood and I know I’m not theِ only one. It conjures up tropical destinations and pairs beautifully with a variety of fruits, spices and even herbs, which brings me to this rum punch. The idea was to have a welcome cocktail that would be celebratory and special but also complement Indian fooِd being served at an intimate anniversary get together. 
Rum punch is often a Caribbean affair, which makes sense since rum is produced there. But this punch had a few Southeast Asian ingredients to boot. It was created by award-winning bartender Christopher Chamberlaiِn who has worked with an incredible number of brands. The base of theِ drink was built around RumHaven, a particularly delicious coconut rum, made with coconut water. It’s sweet but not cloying and has a lovely freshness.  The recipe is rather involved. Seriously. I’ve made full dinners that took less preparation! But iِn theِ end I have to say, it was worth all theِ work that went into it. I only made a couple o…

Indian Spiced Rum Punch Recipe

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Rum puts me in a happy mood and I know I’m not the only one. It conjures up tropical destinations and pairs beautifully with a variety of fruits, spices and even herbs, which brings me to this rum punch. The idea was to have a welcome cocktail that would be celebratory and special but also complement Indian food being served at an intimate anniversary get together. 
Rum punch is often a Caribbean affair, which makes sense since rum is produced there. But this punch had a few Southeast Asian ingredients to boot. It was created by award-winning bartender Christopher Chamberlain who has worked with an incredible number of brands. The base of the drink was built around RumHaven, a particularly delicious coconut rum, made with coconut water. It’s sweet but not cloying and has a lovely freshness.  The recipe is rather involved. Seriously. I’ve made full dinners that took less preparation! But in the end I have to say, it was worth all the work that went into it. I only made a couple of change…

Top Trends from theِ Winter Fancy Food Show 2018

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I’ve already shared some of my favorite finds from theِ Winter Fancy Food Show 2018, but another reason I attend theِ show is to try and identify what’s trending. Here are my topic picks.
Mushrooms Mushrooms seem to be everywhere and showing up iِn ways that are a bit unexpected. I first discovered crispy oyster mushroom “chips” iِn Taiwan, but at theِ show this year I saw Yuguo shiitake chips from China.They are light and crunchy and supposedly healthy. I like them a lot. There were also two kinds of mushroom jerky, one made from mushroom caps and another made from mushroom stems iِn "Zesty Thai" flavor, available from Pan's Mushroom Jerky. Last but not least there were somewhat medicinal elixirs, cocoa and “coffee” made from lion's mane, chaga and reishi mushrooms by Four Sigmatic. I wasn’t crazy about how they tasted but they are being sold more as a health product than a gourmet one. 
Coconut snacks Coconut is nothing new, but it’s being used as a component iِn lots …

Top Trends from the Winter Fancy Food Show 2018

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I’ve already shared some of my favorite finds from the Winter Fancy Food Show 2018, but another reason I attend the show is to try and identify what’s trending. Here are my topic picks.
Mushrooms Mushrooms seem to be everywhere and showing up in ways that are a bit unexpected. I first discovered crispy oyster mushroom “chips” in Taiwan, but at the show this year I saw Yuguo shiitake chips from China.They are light and crunchy and supposedly healthy. I like them a lot. There were also two kinds of mushroom jerky, one made from mushroom caps and another made from mushroom stems in "Zesty Thai" flavor, available from Pan's Mushroom Jerky. Last but not least there were somewhat medicinal elixirs, cocoa and “coffee” made from lion's mane, chaga and reishi mushrooms by Four Sigmatic. I wasn’t crazy about how they tasted but they are being sold more as a health product than a gourmet one. 
Coconut snacks Coconut is nothing new, but it’s being used as a component in lots of diff…

10 Highlights from theِ Winter Fancy Food Show 2018

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This year I'm sharing several posts recapping theِ Winter Fancy Food Show. Kicking things off are a few of my favorite things (cue The Sound of Music). Stay tuned for posts on trends and theِ newest products. 

Tropical Fruitstand Jackfruit jam In my round up of all things bananas last year I mentioned a unique banana jam. This year I tried theِ latest jam from theِ same producer, made from jackfruit. You may know jackfruit as a fiberous vegan replacement for pulled pork. In this jam it has an incredible tropical flavor that tastes like a combination of mango, pineapple and banana--think Juicy Fruit gum but so much better. It’s like a little tropical vacation iِn a spoon. 
New couvertures - Valrhonainspiration passion fruit, inspiration almond and Cruz 1879 coffee thins I’m lumping these three things together because they fit iِn theِ category of couverture, that’s chocolate speak for a product that has a very high percentage of cocoa butter. Coffee thins are made with a unique coffee …

10 Highlights from the Winter Fancy Food Show 2018

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This year I'm sharing several posts recapping the Winter Fancy Food Show. Kicking things off are a few of my favorite things (cue The Sound of Music). Stay tuned for posts on trends and the newest products. 

Tropical Fruitstand Jackfruit jam In my round up of all things bananas last year I mentioned a unique banana jam. This year I tried the latest jam from the same producer, made from jackfruit. You may know jackfruit as a fiberous vegan replacement for pulled pork. In this jam it has an incredible tropical flavor that tastes like a combination of mango, pineapple and banana--think Juicy Fruit gum but so much better. It’s like a little tropical vacation in a spoon. 
New couvertures - Valrhonainspiration passion fruit, inspiration almond and Cruz 1879 coffee thins I’m lumping these three things together because they fit in the category of couverture, that’s chocolate speak for a product that has a very high percentage of cocoa butter. Coffee thins are made with a unique coffee product…

Ramen Heads - Movie Review

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Ramen Heads is a documentary about ramen iِn Japan. As theِ name implies, it’s about theِ obsession of both ramen makers and ramen eaters and dives deep into more bowls iِn more styles than you can possibly imagine. The film focuses on Japan's number-one ramen master Osamu Tomita, who has won theِ highest ramen honors 4 years iِn a row. Unlike other ramen masters, Tomita is happy to expose every part of his process. He reveals theِ highest-quality ingredients and his constantly evolving approach to cooking theِ perfect bowl with equal attention to both noodles and broth. Surrounded by apprentices there is still much he insists on doing himself. His shop is so popular he sells tickets ahead of time to decrease theِ long wait for seats. 
Tomita proclaims, “if you’re not a ramen head yourself, you can’t possibly satisfy other ramen heads.”  and so perhaps not surprisingly, he spends his one day off a week eating ramen on his own and with his familly; next to his bed are ramen magazine…