• Coca-Cola + Riedel glasses
$16.99 each; $24.99 for set of two; www.riedelusa.net
And you thought it was enough to have separate glasses for red and white wine. Would-be sommeliers of soda can now treat their Coca-Cola like a glass of 1988 Krug champagne. Riedel caters to high-end restaurants and oenophiles with its crystal glasses, and has recently moved into the soda game. These Riedel glasses were designed to enhance Coke’s aromatics and subdue some of the fizziness through a curvy shape and refined lip on the glass. Riedel recommends adding three or four ice cubes to the glass and pouring to about 3/4 inch below the rim. Don’t even think of using a straw like a 6-year-old. Maybe a Sprite decanter is coming next?
• Earth & Vine Provisions Papaya Pineapple Grilling & Dipping Sauce
Under wife-husband team Tessa and Ron Cooper, Earth & Vine Provisions specializes in all-natural sauces, jams, cocktail mixers and more, made in Loomis. With grilling season in full force, this tropical sauce with a zesty mustard back note is the ideal coating for chicken, fish and pork – but the forward fruit taste is so satisfying you may find yourself dipping into it with a bite of bread long before the meal is served.
• Maya Kaimal Chickpea chips
$4.95; www.mayakaimal.com; local retailers including Nugget and Sprouts
For anyone of South Asian descent, these chips are reminders of an addictive treat an Indian auntie would pull from a tin tiffin for late afternoon snacking. Flavored with the spice asafetida (nicknamed devil’s dung for its pungent stink when raw), this snack imparts a garlickly, oniony kick on a base of rich chickpea flour, with a soft, salty crunch that just makes you want another. They also come in lightly salted and sweet chili flavor.
• Dancing Deer Baking Co. Kalamata Olive & Fig Savory Shortbread
$6.99; www.dancingdeer.com; various retailers including Nugget
These pretty biscuits with their fluted edges are an irresistible nibble for kids and adults alike. The slightly sweet, buttery dough is offset by the salty tang of the olives, making them equally delicious with a glass of wine or a cup of milk.
• Bridgee’s Brittle
$6 for a 3 oz. bag; www.bridgeesbrittle.com
Made by a Southern California schoolteacher, Bridgee’s Brittle offers peanut, cashew, almond, pecan, coconut and jalapeño brittles and more. Our favorite was almond brittle with orange zest. As for the brittle candy itself, there’s a whole lot of butter, cane sugar and vanilla in there, and our tasters loved it. There’s even a sugar-free version.
— Bee staff
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