Thursday, September 21, 2017

Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce Product Review

I was recently shipped Gringo Bandito's line of hot sauces to check out. Another hot sauce you say? Well this one's got the sales and the face to back it up! It all started over 10 years ago by Dexter Holland (yes, Dexter of the multi-platinum punk rock band, The Offspring). Initially given away by Holland as a Christmas gift, it has since taken off from Southern Cali to sell over a million bottles nationwide and around the world. 

The original red is the milder version, but with a nice bold flavor that was perfect to amp the flavor of peppers and onions for fajitas. 

The green uses unripened habaneros instead of tomatillos. So be prepared for a spicier version than your typical verde. Delicious to spice up some lighter dishes like my fish and cauliflower rice burrito bowl.

If you're looking to go super spicy, check out their Super Hot version, which utilizes ghost and scorpion peppers to create a natural (no additives!), but scorching blend. It worked to create an addictive hit of heat with some leftover Percy Street BBQ brisket and pulled pork. 

You can buy it online on their website or at your local store so be sure to check it out!

FTC Disclaimer: I was provided this product to review. Regardless, my opinions are mine alone and, therefore, unbiased. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Heirzoom Popup at Reading Terminal Market

I first encountered Heirzoom's phenomenal fennome pastries at the West Chester Artisan
ExchangePassed down through the generations, founder Diane Holtaway learned the Hungarian recipe from her aunt Betty. Crisp, buttery, and wonderfully light, these gustatory delights were one of the highlights of my trip to the Artisan Exchange. So when I heard that Diane was bringing Heirzoom to Reading Terminal Market in the form of a Sunday popup, I knew I had to stop by! 

Every Sunday from 9-5PM, Diane will be selling the pastries at RTM. She'll even show you how to make them! Each of these delicious bites are handmade - no two are exactly the same! It's a family-run operation, and when I stopped by this past Sunday, she was with her son highlighting their product to the crowds, right by the Metropolitan Bakery on the NE corner of the market. 

Heirzoom Fennome Three-Pack [$4]

Fennomes are inspired by the Hungarian term "finom." Meaning delicious, delicate, and tasty, it's wonderfully emblematic of each bite. Artisanally made with sweet cream butter, unbleached flour, and pure cane sugar, each fennome is filled with all-natural jams and fillings, including blueberry, strawberry, apricot, and raspberry. Treat yourself and obviously, they're perfect for gifting! 

Heirzoom Fennome Box [$12]

You can also get an entire box of these fennomes to share with the family or your co-workers. These can come decorated with chocolate, offering a nice richness to contrast with the sugary crystals studding the fennomes. Absolutely no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives!

So be sure to stop by on Sundays at RTM and stop by to try Diane's heirloom recipe. You won't be sorry. And if you can't make it on Sundays, stop by their website to get them shipped! 

Autograph Brasserie: Scent & Food Pairing Event

Regular readers know that if you're in the Wayne, PA, I highly recommend Autograph Brasserie. And there's no better excuse to check out what Executive Chef Ralph Fernandez has to offer than on October 11th, they'll be hosting a Scent & Food Pairing Event! Sure, we've all had the perfect wine pairing, but have you ever had the perfect candle scent or perfume to accentuate your mood, or meal? In an effort to provide a unique experience, Autograph is partnering with diptyque for a home fragrance and food-pairing event. 

Guests will be able to discover the fragrances and raw materials behind diptyque, with Chef Fernandez translating three iconic eau de perfumes into three courses: dyptique's Philoskyos scent of fig leaves, wood, sap, and black pepper will be paired with Humboldt Fog goat cheese toast with black mission fig jam, barrel aged black pepper balsamic, and fall herbs. L'Ombre dans L'Eau of Bulgarian Rose, black currant buds, petit grain, and black currant leaves will be paired with black currant honey-glazed duck breast, autumn spiced root vegetables, Red Jewel sweet potatoes, and cassis huckleberry duck jus. Finally, Eau Duelle, which has notes of bourbon vanilla, pink peppercorn, cypriol, and calamus will be paired with vanilla creme brulee, barrel-aged bourbon maple berries, and pink peppercorn shortbread! 

Be sure to purchase tickets here before they sell out of this unique event! 

Autograph Brasserie
Wednesday, October 11th
503 W. Lancaster Ave.
Wayne, PA 19087