I want to talk about something very near and dear to my heart. One of those things in life that you just can’t mess with, something that is so very essential, something that can be the difference between a great day or a not-so-great day.
What is it that I’m referring to? Chocolate, of course! Sweet, delicious, savory chocolate. I found just the company for fellow sweet tooth connoisseurs— with way more than just chocolate.
Xocalatti is located in the West Village in NYC and offers amazing treats like gelato, crumbles, slates, sparts, clusters, and truffles. Recently celebrating their first birthday; Xocalatti combines ingredients from around the world into inspired, delightful treats. Simply browsing the website will make your mouth water!
The Xocolatti Slates are various fruit, nut, chocolate, and spice brittles. Chocolate clusters like the pomegranate woodbury one are esthetically pleasing and palate pleasers. The crumbles and sparks are fantastic alone, or as garnishes for homemade desserts.
Let me highlight the amazing truffles, however. The various flavors are luxurious and exotic. Dark chocolate lovers should try the Malagasy Truffle, with a single origin Criollos and Trinitarios cacao blend. Looking for something more aromatic and unexpected? Try the Rose Cardamom Truffle, excellently showcasing India’s ‘queen of all spices’ with chocolate and rose petals. And what about a Sake Truffle?
…I think I want them all.
Xocolatti calls their creations ‘chocolate, redefined’…quite true, indeed.
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This is MUST read for those parents with tots that don’t like their veggies. Introducing the Super Sprowtz – really cute concept created by Radha Agrawal. Think “Sesame Street” of nutrition filled with a bunch of healthy veggie characters! Radha’s narration of each vegetable is meant to inspire children to get excited about nutrition and vegetables. I love that each Super Sprowtz character is given a special power turning them into a vegetable super hero:) What child wouldn’t enjoy that?
Meet Miki Mushroom, Zach Zucchini, Erica Egglant, Brian Broccoli, Colby Carrot, Oliver Onion, Gita Garlic, Samy Spinach, Suzy SweetPea, and Todd Tomato. So so so CUTE, right? I wish I can purchase these veggies as plush toys.
In reading about Radha’s background, the passion for educating nutritional lifestyle is quite evident. Before venturing in SuperSprowtz, she with twin sister Miki opened up SLICE, and organic pizzeria in New York. Miki opened a second SLICE location in the West Village and launched build your own ‘pizza kits‘ which are sold in selective supermarkets. I’m hoping my twins have the ‘super power’ minds of these twins!
Check out this adorable Super Sprowtz video (Beyonce’s version of loving veggies). Also stop by the site, SuperSprowtz.com. There’s tons of great stuff like, recipes, educational information, games, videos, and you can purchase the books there as well. You can also buy the Super Sprowtz collection at Amazon.com.
source: SuperSprowtz and YouTube
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Hi all! We all know that when it comes to fine wine and dining, France always takes home first prize. But never stand in the way of an Indian entrepreneur and his dreams! Pandit Patil spent came to America on scholarship in 1965 and like many immigrants worked a stable science career at the U. S. Department of Energy. But after he retired, he didn’t intend to spend time on the couch; instead, he and his wife Sudha decided to pursue their dream of operating a vineyard and winery. In 1999 they bought over 50 acres of Virginia farmland to get started on their dream and the result is this year’s harvest of 44 tons of grapes this fall, including varieties of Vidal, Traminette, ChambourcinÂ and Chardonnel.
The wine and vineyard is named Narmada after Pandit’s mother, the vineyard will produce nearly 3,000 cases of its 2009 wines with plans for expansion, including space for wine tastings. As reported in The Rappahannock Voice, one wine is called Mom. It’s an off-dry white made of 100% Chardonnel grapes, that Pandit and Sudha call “a tribute to the owner’s mother and to all out there for all the sacrifices that you make.” It’s a storybook ending befitting a longstanding immigrant dream!
source: Rappvoice.com and Narmada
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Hi everyone! It’s Richa from Mala Handmade and I’ve got Diwali party planning on my mind. The holiday will arrive in just a few short weeks, and for me Diwali is less about what you wear, but rather all about what to eat! I grew up eating Indian food daily, but like so many others I rarely make time to prepare an Indian meal (or admittedly any home cooked meals in general) these days – Diwali seems like the right time to break my takeout streak. And though Indian food has the reputation of being labor intensive, I firmly believe that with a well-stocked kitchen, Indian – and really any – food is less daunting than how it’s perceived and far more tasty, aromatic, and satisfying than whatever is delivered to my door.
Author Shubhra Ramineni just released “Entice With Spice“ – I knew I loved it immediately when the subtitle said “easy Indian recipes for busy people.” Shubhra Ramineni grew up enjoying healthy, traditional Indian food and she remained determined to eat well despite her busy schedule as a chemical engineer and mom. “Entice with Spice” is full of her adaptations of traditional Indian recipes, which she also shares when teaching Indian cooking classes at Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table. Knowing that gifting sweets is a Diwali tradition, I flipped straight to the desserts and saw just five basic ingredients necessary for my all time fave, malai kulfi, which is heavenly cardamom flavored ice cream. The classic potato samosas and mint chutney always seemed daunting to me, but after reading Shubhra’s easy recipes, they are on my menu.
“Entice with Spice” is one of several new Indian cookbooks attempting to make Indian cooking accessible – Indian icon Madhur Jaffrey is poised to release “At Home with Madhur Jaffrey” which also aims to reduce the number of steps in each recipe to make seemingly exotic Indian dishes part of our everyday cooking. Readers, has Shubhra encouraged you to take the home-cooking plunge with me for Diwali or another holiday? Or better yet, integrate Indian food into your weekly routine? Share your tips and inspiration!
source: Amazon and Random House
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1. Catherine Malandrino Silk-chiffon Blouse 2. Kundali Throw 3. Diwali Multicolored Diyas 4. Rosena Sammi, ‘Beautiful’ Sanskrit Necklace 5. Sweet Silk ‘Mithai’ Boxes 6. Yellow Glass Vintage Candle Holder 7. Prague Market Sling 8. Jonathan Adler, Daisy Footstool 9. Velvet Pintuck Pillow 10. Aarti Diya with Wooden Handle 11. Vintage Glass Candle Holder 12. Tanjore Candle Pillar 13. Mango Mojito
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