Anyone who’s ventured to a Nordic nation understands the importance of smoked herring—perhaps with dark bread or schnapps (as the Danish brand Glyngøre suggests). Named after a town in Denmark, Glyngøre’s kippers in oil are tinned smoked herring fillets in vegetable oil with salt. Savory and delectable, they’re also reasonably priced.
From Lior Lev Sercarz’s NYC-based spice studio, La Boîte, the Tunisian-inspired Izak N37 blend uses sweet chilies and cumin (as well as garlic and salt) to evoke harissa flavors without the heat. This dynamic blend can complement everything from lamb stew to Niçoise salad without overpowering the other ingredients. La Boîte’s roster of spices runs deep so it’s worth exploring their other offerings—some made with Michelin-star chef Eric Ripert, too.
Bringing a bit of Alpine dining coziness to your home, Swissmar’s Stelvio Raclette Party Grille broils cheese on one level and grills meat and veggies on top. This two-tier model—which features granite above and stainless steel below—includes variable heat control. For anyone who hasn’t yet hosted a raclette dinner for their housemates, the grille also comes with a straightforward recipe book.
For the whiskey collectors among us, Woodford Reserve’s Baccarat Edition sits with the most rarified releases in 2020. This prestigious Kentucky Bourbon spent three years “finishing” in select XO Cognac barrels. Altogether, the time in French and American casks imparts a nose of vanilla bean and cocoa powder, as well as cloves and cinnamon. On the palate, caramel carries into a lengthy finish. Woodford Reserve commissioned the Baccarat Crystal vessel specifically for this liquid.
Few flavors call to mind Scotland quite like peated scotch—and there are none peatier than Bruichladdich’s highly sought after Octomore expressions. Hailing from Islay, this limited edition annual offering of the liquid was distilled in 2009 and bottled 10 years later at a whopping 108.6 proof. The complex liquid isn’t just a whirlwind of smoky notes though; that time in ex-bourbon casks lends it a nice nuttiness.
From actor and designer Waris Ahluwalia’s House of Waris botanicals brand, the Organic Turmeric Honeybush tea blends rooibos with ginger, cinnamon, black pepper and bee pollen, as well as turmeric and honey bush. Each package contains 15 sachets to steep individually for five to seven minutes in order to achieve ideal flavor.
Comprising three high-quality Italian products—olive oil from Lazio, tomato puree from Puglia and spaghetti from Umbria—Sardel + Roscioli’s pasta cooking kit perfectly illustrates how delicious a simple meal can be. All the products can also be found at Roscioli, a beloved family-run restaurant in Rome.
For anyone seeking an exciting addition to the classic Old Fashioned cocktail (or any number of beverages, boozy or otherwise), family-owned and Vermont-based Runamok Maple’s Smoked Old Fashioned Maple Cocktail Syrup lends complex complementary flavors. This cocktail syrup is composed of their acclaimed, pure and ultra-premium Pecan Wood Smoked Maple syrup and real orange essence. It is not too sweet and lightly smoky. Runamok is certified organic by the Northeastern Organic Farmers Association—and certified bird friendly by the National Audubon Society. They’ve also launched a brand new line of bitters, too.
Poilâne’s sourdough Miche (a large, round loaf with a signature P carved before baking) is a Parisian staple. Now available for delivery, it brings a little bit of Paris to us when we aren’t able to visit. Four humble ingredients—sourdough starter, stone ground wheat flour, sea salt from Guérende and water—are baked to perfection in a wood-fired oven. Much like a NYC bagel or yakitori in Japan, this bread delivers perfection in its simplicity, texture and terroir that can’t be found elsewhere. While shipping can be pricey, it’s an indulgence for bread lovers.
From the first-ever Vietnamese bottled cold-brew coffee brand, Omni Bev—founded by first-generation Vietnamese-American entrepreneur Tammy Huynh—comes this six-pack of dairy-free Coconut Matcha Plant-Based Cold Brew Coffee. This delectable and delicately sweet beverage contains more than two times the caffeine of a regular cup of coffee. Omni Bev’s products are also sustainable and fair trade. For those who love the flavor as much as we do, the brand also offers subscriptions.
Made from fresh hot chili peppers, onions, ginger, lemon juice, horseradish, turmeric, mustard and apple cider vinegar, Shaquanda’s Hot Pepper Sauce first made its appearance at queer party Bushwig in 2013. When asked to perform as Shaquanda (the drag persona of Andre Springer), Springer said she would oblige if food could be part of the show. After her performance, Shaquanda handed out samples to the crowd, and the response was overwhelming. With no fillers or starches, the hot sauce (along with three other condiments) is super-flavorful.
Patagonia is the gold standard for ethical and sustainable outdoors products. Reaching beyond apparel and gear, their Provisions line sets the same standards for packaged foods intended for outdoor adventures. This kit includes snack pouches, meal bars, soup mixes and a variety of proteins that are all mindfully sourced and easily prepared following the included recipes. Delivering 2400 calories of energy per day, per person it’s all the food you need for a weekend adventure.
Known for their handmade tea canisters, Japanese brand Kaikado is now run by third-generation artisan, Takahiro Yagi. Their simple design creates a vacuum seal when they gently slide closed. We commissioned the brand to create 30 items with this very unique finish—using our original CH Omakase pattern. This marks the first time Kaikado was able to match a hand-engraved pattern and then cover it in lacquer. The more you touch this object the more patina the lacquer will acquire. And of course it can be used for more than tea—coffee, pot, candy and more will be quite happy inside.
Using old-world techniques, Good Intentions Wine Company crafts their wines with minimal intervention. All fruits are hand-picked at their three vineyards, located at the base of one of Australia’s youngest volcanoes, Mount Gambier (also known as Ereng Balam) on South Australia’s Limestone Coast. The cool climate, rainfall and limestone of the region all contribute to making fantastic wines, which Good Intentions ferments with indigenous yeasts. Their Relatively White (2018) is made from sauvignon blanc grapes that are macerated on skins. With notes of flowers, citrus, peach and ginger, this unfiltered wine pops with the right amount of acidity.
Diaspora Co’s customizable trio offers an array of spices packaged in a pint-sized set. For your box, choose one of three from their rotating list. Right now, they’ve made their Pragati turmeric, Aranya pepper, Nandini coriander, Nagauri cumin, Kandhamal black mustard, Baraka cardamom and Sannam chillies available. All of their offerings are made in India and the company aims to foster more equitable and seasonal spice sales.
From experimental Icelandic chocolatiers, Omnom, the Big! Sea Salted Almonds bar utilizes a handful of premium ingredients—organic cane sugar and cocoa beans, cocoa butter, Icelandic milk powder, sea salt, almonds and sunflower lecithin—to deliver larger-than-life flavor. It’s a delectable small-batch, bean-to-bar delicacy, designed and made in Reykjavik. It’s worth exploring the brand’s roster of other items, too.