Gourmet Food News for May

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Gourmet Food News for May

Incredible American made pepper mills from an actual mill in Maine is discovered in the middle of Oregon wine country. Also, our Gourmet Shop has acquired some pretty fun foods.

Randy and I were having breakfast at the beautiful Allison Hotel in Oregon's Willamette Valley wine country and I noticed him admiring the solid wooden pepper mill on our table from Fletchers' Mill in New Vineyard, Maine.  He was so impressed he took a picture of it.


Most people eating breakfast on an outdoor veranda in the heart of the Oregon wine country would be admiring the verdant view, the hollandaise sauce, the fresh fruit bowl or even the fresh-brewed coffee.  But Randy was fixated on a wooden pepper mill from Maine.


Fast forward two-and-a-half years, Randy found a local broker for his Maine pepper mill and ordered a few for our store.  I swear, the guy never stops working.



Fletchers' Mill 4" Walnut Sierra Pepper Mill,

New Vineyard Maine          $29.99

Fletchers' Mill, 4" Cherry Sierra Salt Mill,

New Vineyard, Maine         $29.99

Fletchers' Mill 17" Walnut Pepper Mill,

New Vineyard, Maine         $59.99


Frozen But Not Forgotten

Randy snuck home a pint of Dolcezza Mascarpone & Bderries Gelato $8.99.  I only knew that because I found the empty carton in our recycle bin.  His shit-eating grin told me it must have been delicious.

New in our frozen food case are Sukhi's Chicken Tikka Masala Samosas.  They heat up in your oven to make exotic and tasty quick appetizers.

Also new is Goodpop Coldbrew Coffee frozen bars from Austin.  Back in stock are the Orange & Cream bars.


New For The Cook's Pantry

For you home cooks, we just took delivery of Cannellini Dry Beans from Cucina & Amore from Novato, California, and Catalonian Anchovies in Olive Oil from De L'Escala. 


New to the Deli Case


Adding to our impressive selection of cured meats is Jasper Hill Farm Dry Cured Salami $10.99, and new items were added to our dairy selection, Clover Cream Cheese from Sonoma County and Les Petits Cochons Sous Vide Egg Bites in three flavors which you can microwave in 40 to 50 seconds and get your protein fix.


And Don't Forget the Sweets

Also in our deli case is Honey Butter from Velvet Bees, $9.99 a jar.  Samantha took them to a family gathering.


"Whoa!  They were good, but were they sweet!  Like eating frosting!" she said.


We tried them at home and Sam was right.


Finally, after a hiatus of a few years, we couldn't resist bringing back in a selection of Charles Chocolates from San Francisco ($7.99 a bar).  We have them up front at the checkout counter, and you'll have a devil of a time trying to decide what looks most delicious.  The only solution we know is to buy them all, invite friends over and have a chocolate tasting.  Just brew up some Kicking Horse Canadian Coffee to break everyone out of the sugar coma that's sure to follow.


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