Chile Pepita Crunch

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 …

Holiday Gift Guides 2020: Tasting Wanderlust

Cookbooks and candy, spices and snacks, booze and breads that take you on a trip

Whether or not you know your way around a kitchen, it can be easy to unlock the room’s potential as a portal to another place or time. We aren’t traveling right now, but our palates can and it’s a safe and satisfying way to explore the world. Taste and scent provoke memory, so a sip of a local hot chocolate might call to mind a …

Hot Pepper Sauce

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 …