San Antonio’s Hotel Emma—named for Emma Koehler, an famous Pearl district figure who kept her late husband’s brewery running during Prohibition—has an online gift store full of goods for those who can’t visit right now. Among the products are several tasty treats by the hotel’s culinary director (chef John Brand) and his team. Our favorite is the Chile Pepita Crunch, a nutty, earthy, slightly spicy and crunchy relish-style condiment that can be added to salads, roasted vegetables, grilled fare and more. The blend is made up of pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, hemp hearts, roast garlic, sunflower oil and morita chile and adds a little kick to your chosen dish.
Only the second rye ever from the small-batch whiskey brand Jefferson’s, the Jefferson’s Rye Cognac Cask Finish continues founder Trey Zoeller’s mission to broaden the spectrum of American whiskey through experimentation. The former cognac casks used for finishing soften the spice of the hearty rye, lending elegance and a delectable honey conclusion to the 94 proof whiskey. This will be an annual limited release.
Breville’s most affordable and compact espresso maker, the Bambino is designed to save counter space but maintain coffee quality. Despite measuring only 6.25 inches in width, the Bambino incorporates many of the features Breville users have grown to love, including the advanced system that pre-infuses coffee grinds for greater extraction and the electronic temperature control. The stainless steel appliance also includes a steam wand for manual frothing.
An organic, fair-trade hibiscus water, Ruby is full of antioxidants, vitamins and electrolytes and free of nasty preservatives and additives. Refreshingly tart, the drink contains zero sugar—in fact, its only ingredients are organic brewed hibiscus and water. Hibiscus water is known to help in lowering blood pressure, promoting healthy skin and boosting metabolism. Price is for a 12-pack and a gently sweetened version is also available.
From Eat Offbeat, The Kitchen Without Borders is part cookbook, part story book. With recipes by refugees and asylees from Syria, Sri Lanka, Iran, Eritrea, Venezuela and beyond, who relocated to NYC and became chefs at Eat Offbeat, the book contains diverse and delicious dishes. From fattoush to stuffed momos, the recipes will thrill home cooks. Much more than a list of ingredients and a method, the book profiles each chef. The overall result is imbued with tales of memories, places, family and identity.
Made to help with digestion, AYNI’s SMOOTH Digestive Superpowder comprises consciously sourced organic superfoods, prebiotics and digestive enzymes that are highly bioavailable—meaning they are absorbed into the body rapidly and effectively. Including turmeric and cinnamon (to decrease inflammation, which also reduces constipation and gas), Maqui Berry and naturally occurring prebiotic Inulin increase good bacteria, while green papaya and quinoa provide plenty of fiber to benefit digestion. Sprinkle the powder into shakes or granola, make a golden milk, or simply add it to water—for those who especially enjoy the cinnamon-forward flavor. Each jar contains 30 servings, and every purchase results in a donation to One Tree Planted and Survival International.
Made using the highest quality matcha, Tenzo’s Movement Bundle comprises a tin of tea and a reusable blender bottle to take your beverage on the go. The tin contains 30 grams of tea, which equates to 60 servings of matcha drinks that provide clarity, focus and energy—without the jitters or anxiety thanks to the naturally occurring calming amino acid, Theanine. Without the grassy flavors that sometimes accompany matcha, Tenzo’s tea tastes bold, balanced and rich with umami.
Born from a collaboration between Barcelona-based businesses Florentine Kitchen Knives and Liken Wood, this natural oak magnetic knife strip boasts room for six full-sized knives. Six magnets are sandwiched between two handcrafted pieces of solid wood, providing impressive strength and aesthetic appeal. The softer material deters peeling, warping or chipping. Measuring out to 40cm wide by 3cm deep, the board fits on most kitchen walls and can be maintained with an occasional oiling. Price is in Euros.
From Teeling Whiskey and La Colombe, this limited edition Irish Coffee cocktail kit includes one 750ml bottle of Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey, two nine-ounce La Colombe Vanilla Draft Latte Cans, two whiskey glasses, two metal straws and grated nutmeg with a shaker. Together, the components produce an unconventional cold brew iteration of the cherished classic cocktail, but it’s unsurprisingly delicious.
Launched in 2005, Tony’s Chocolonely was founded when Dutch journalist Teun van de Keuken was investigating the cocoa industry and found most grocery store chocolate was made from ingredients harvested by enslaved people. Working directly with farmers at seven cocoa cooperatives in Ghana and Ivory Coast, Tony’s Chocolonely makes fair trade treats that taste extra delicious. Our pick is the Dark Chocolate Pretzel and Toffee Bar which contains crunchy sweet and savory chunks.
Your Super’s rich magic mushroom powder comprises six ingredients: cacao, chaga, ashwagandha, reishi, lucuma and cinnamon. Every component was sourced directly by the brand, through select purveyors in Peru, China and India. Together, they work to support and strengthen your immune system, and assist with stress management—whether you mix the powder into warm milk or water or add it to a smoothie. Inside each order there are 30 servings (one tablespoon each) and the mix is certified organic, non-GMO, plant-based and gluten-free.
Created to celebrate, honor and revitalize Jewish food and cooking traditions, The Jewish Food Society explores identity, family and culture. With the belief that recipes are inextricably linked to stories, they share both on their site and podcast. They also offer a handful of products online, from aprons to T-shirts and this 100% cotton twill tote designed by Fuzzco.
Beverage brand Optimist Botanicals specializes in distilled, non-alcoholic spirits. Their Smokey iteration—available now in 500ml bottles—employs clove, ginger, sage, bergamot, cinnamon leaf, habanero and angelica root to replicate the experience of sipping an ultra-smooth, subtle mezcal. A suggested serving entails mixing one part Smokey and two parts sparkling (tonic or club). We found, though, that mixing equal parts proves even more pleasant on the palate.
The ceramic Origami Dripper M features 20 ribs to maximize airflow and increase flavor in pour over coffee. Made from porcelain, the dripper boasts high thermal conductivity, which makes it ideal for maintaining high temperatures as steam separates from hot water. The shape of the structure also slows water absorption into the ground beans. The Origami Dripper M is also dishwasher and microwave safe and available in array of colors.
In the era of sharing just about everything on social media it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Pinkglow pineapple, with its sleek graphics and photo-op ready packaging, has arrived. Powered by lycopene, this pink pineapple varietal actually tastes good too, with a less sour and slightly sweeter profile. It’s currently grown only in Costa Rica by Del Monte, and while not likely to be your daily pineapple of choice, it’s a tasty and tasteful gift or surprise to liven up another evening at home.
There’s a lot to appreciate and respect in this limited edition Champagne from one of our favorite family-owned Maisons that loves to experiment. This expression is made entirely from one of the three varietals used in Champagne, Pinot Meunier. It relies heavily on grapes from 2014 harvested across three vineyards and has spent more than four years on the lees. Crisp and fruity with little sweetness, this “Meunier Billecart style” is meant to be enjoyed now.