Corbin Sweet Potato Vodka
$35 for a 750 ml bottle; available at Nugget, Total Wine & More and select BevMos!; sweetpotatospirits.com
Everything seems to be farm fresh these days, and now that even includes spirits. Corbin Vodka boasts being “estate grown,” and made of sweet potatoes harvested from California’s Central Valley. This vodka comes with a fairly rich mouthfeel and a touch of sweetness not usually found in the typical potato-based vodkas. It’s smooth and complex enough to be sipped on its own, but also works fine with your favorite mixer.
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Illy Y5 Duo coffee & espresso maker
$299; Bed, Bath & Beyond, Amazon and other retailers; www.illyusa.com
Before artisanal coffee could be found on almost every street corner, connoisseurs of the brew turned to Italy’s Illy for their beans. The venerable roaster, now more than 80 years old, recently introduced this new sophisticated double-duty machine. Slightly bigger than a toaster, it makes a creamy espresso or a smooth cup of joe with equal ease.
Engraved Avion Reserva 44 Tequila
$170 for 750 ml bottle; available at reservebar.com
Mother’s Day is history, but dad’s turn is coming up soon. Skip the socks and give him something he’ll really enjoy: a hand-poured crystal decanter full of Avion’s extra añejo tequila. A true sipping liquor, it’s aged for 43 months in a stone, temperature-controlled cave, then mellowed in barrels for an additional month. Only 744 cases were made. Reservebar.com will etch your special Father’s Day message right onto the bottle. Drink up, Pops.
Boxed Water is Better
99 cents for 500 ml carton; available at Target and Amazon; www.boxedwaterisbetter.com
It’s hard to feel sustainably good guzzling water out of landfill-clogging plastic bottles. Which is why Boxed Water may indeed be better. Made in Grand Rapids, Mich., these white cartons simply contain carbon-filtered H2O, but the BPA-free packaging is far less likely to be around in 1,000 years. That’s a refreshing change.
The Greek Food & Wine Festival in Roseville
$2 admission (12 and under free); May 22-24; festival.saintanna.org
Come for the authentic Greek food and homemade pastries, stay for the cooking demonstrations by Figs & Feta. There will also be DJs, live music and dancing. The festival runs 5-10 p.m. May 22 and noon to 10 p.m. May 23-24. At the St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church, 1001 Stone Canyon Drive, Roseville.
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