Besides eating and drinking everything in sight, our chief mission at the Fancy Food Show
was to forage for compelling new products and companies from the Bay
Area. And it was a success; keep your eyes out for these five new
standouts, all available now:
5. A common South African sweet treat
, Kari's Malva Pudding
from Aptos tastes like a hybrid of bread pudding and souffle, and is especially irresistible à la mode
. Currently available in the frozen aisles of several S.F. stores
(1200 Irving at Funston), we'd bet it'd also score a home run with some Recchiuti Burnt Caramel sauce
4. Far from the cloying sweetness of so many iced teas on the market, the light flavor of Moroccan Mint puerh green tea
from Numi Tea
was among the best of about a dozen cold green tea beverages we sampled. Treat yourself by sipping it at their tea garden
in Oakland (2230 Livingston at Colton).
3. It's hard to get excited about hot sauce in a trade show with
approximately eleventy billion varieties of it on offer, but new
S.F.-based company Chile Colonial impressed the heck out of us with its hot crunchy condiment Chile Crunch,
a simple yet fierce combo of chile de arbol, canola oil, and crunchy
garlic and onion pieces. It hardly needs any accompaniment if you're a
spice addict like us, but the product seems suited for endless dipping
and saucing possibilities. Find it at Rainbow Grocery
(1745 Folsom at 13th St). We actually drove to Rainbow Monday night
to snag a jar and a spoon to go with it, temporarily forgetting
that the store was closed for the holiday. But we had a dream.
2. We can make a mean batch of crab cakes, and rarely buy the frozen kind, but the new line of frozen crab cakes
, the well-known Fisherman's Wharf restaurant, has finally answered the call. While not yet available in retail stores, they can currently be ordered online and are worthy enough to pass off as your own! Seriously.
1. Our Number One was a no-brainer, since we kept dragging people over to the vendor's table for more bites. The brand-new vanilla bean goat milk caramels
from Happy Goat
are unique and have a lovely, rich taste without a hint of any gaminess. We also tasted a few future products from HG, including a deep dark chocolate and decadent caramel spread. For now, the goat milk caramels are available at the Candy Store
(1507 Vallejo at Polk), but interest at the Fancy Food Show was high and more local visibility in the near future is certain.
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