17 Apr 2018

Princess Rose Tea

The roses can only wish that we stopped at the smelling. For centuries, we have seen fit to drink the roses too. Nicholas Culpeper – influential 17th Century botanist, herbalist and physician – prescribed roses for all types of ailments. As he wrote in The Complete Herbal: ‘The decoction of

20 Mar 2018

Melted Chocolate

Marie Antoinette – the Queen with her own Chocolate Maker – started each morning with a wee tass of hot chocolate. Decades earlier, Louis XV and his mistresses looked to hot chocolate for an aphrodisiac boost. In 1755, Menon captured this Louis’ recipe. ‘Place an equal number of bars of chocolate

04 Mar 2018

Vanilla Salted Caramel Cake

On visiting new cities, wise tourists will look for the restaurant teeming with locals and go there. A crafty visitor wandering up and down Main Street will take one look at Trafiq and rush right in. The place is buzzing and the food is delicious. This Cafe and Bakery at 26th and Main

16 Feb 2018

Lucky Clementines

Happy Lunar New Year! Prosperity, happiness and good health to you as we usher in the Year of the Dog. One of the most commonly offered symbols of good fortune and abundance is the orange, particularly of the clementine variety. Our orange offerings come in the form of beautiful paintings.

04 Feb 2018

Raspberry Liqueur

Thank Ida. If you like raspberries, take a moment to show some gratitude to Ida. According to Greek mythology, baby Zeus’ nursemaid nymph, Ida, was picking snow-white berries for her young charge. When she pricked her finger with a thorn, her blood dripped onto the berries, staining them red for

30 Jan 2018

Hawksworth’s Nightingale

“My son’s a painter,” said jazz virtuoso Charles Mingus. “All through school his teachers tell him he’s a genius. I tell him to paint me an apple that looks like an apple before he paints me one that doesn’t. Go where you can go, but start from someplace recognizable. Making

28 Jan 2018

Himalayan Pink Salt Caramels

We had been going to Purdy’s since we were kids. We had no idea why there was pink salt on the chocolates nor what was so special about rock crystals from the Himalayas. Yet, we had to have some. As soon as we heard about these Himalayan Pink Salt Caramels,

21 Jan 2018

Hot Chocolate Festival ’18

Dr. Francisco Hernandez, Royal Physician to Philip II of Spain, believed that he had just the thing to treat fever, liver disorders, intestinal pain, colic and even poisons. The cure was hot chocolate, he said. ‘When pepper was added, it had an agreeable taste and warmed the stomach and perfumed the

14 Jan 2018

Brewing Bitters

Charred Cedar Bitters, Husk Cherry Bitters, Meyer Lemon Bitters, Coffee-Pecan Bitters. These are just some of the bitters you can make at home, according to Brad Thomas Parsons, author of Bitters. A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All. Bitters, according to Parsons, ‘are an aromatic flavoring agent made from infusing

07 Jan 2018

Chocolate Dipped Cinder Toffee

Well, depending on your home city or country, you might know it as: Angel Food Candy Fairy Food Candy Hokey Pokey Honeycomb Puff Candy Old Fashioned Puff Sea Foam Sponge Candy Sponge Toffee If you have Crunchie bars in your town, we’re talking about the innards. This sugar, water, baking