Gift Guide: Culinary Los Angeles

Snacks, sauces, munchies and moles that are worth sharing

From sauces and caramels to wine and bitters, these products from LA-based makers conjure up distinct memories for those who live there; for others, it’s a virtual culinary trip to California‘s largest city. Treat yourself to the bar version of the gooey, filled bombolini at Jon & Vinny’s, or pick up the secret ingredient to mole enchiladas at Guelaguetza, grab a bottle of Angeleno Wine …

Product of the Pepper: Inside Cholula’s Chapala Factory

The flavors of traditional Mexico translated for an international audience

Set on the northwestern bend of Lake Chapala, in the town the lake is aptly named after, is Cholula Hot Sauce‘s only production facility, SANE—a place they’ve inhabited for more than three generations. Their sauces aren’t the hottest, per the Scoville scale, but they boast the prideful and ritualistic flavors of Mexico‘s matriarchy (in fact, the woman adorning their bottles is an abuelita in the …

Sweet + Spicy Nono Sauce from Pharrell’s Williams Family Kitchen

A debut product from the Dean & DeLuca-produced brand, from a recipe by the iconic musician's father

Many of the best recipes aren’t in cookbooks. They exist in the minds of loved ones and they’re often tossed together without much consideration, pulled directly from sense memory—and the result is a concoction that’s composed with a little nostalgia and a lot of love. This is true for so many families all over the world. One of those families happens to be that of …