SFQ barbecue sauce
$8 for 9-ounce jar; Whole Foods and other retailers; sfqinfo.blogspot.com
SFQ bills itself as “the original San Francisco-style barbecue sauce,” because it “includes three of San Francisco’s favorite things – local chocolate and coffee, as well as oak-aged red wine vinegar, straight from Wine Country.” We taste tested the medium spicy edition and found it intriguing. The flavor began with big tang followed by smoldering heat, and then segued to silky sweetness and finished with tasty complexity.
Laughing Glass margarita
$16.99 for 750-milliliter bottle; Nugget and other retailers; www.laughingglasscocktails.com
Skinny Girl has some competition from the three Marin moms behind this newish line of ready-made margaritas. Just premium tequila, citrus and agave make it a light, tart cocktail with 110 calories for a 4-ounce drink.
Chocolate almond baklava
$7.99 for four pieces; Taylors Market; www.taylorsmarket.com
Taylors has taken this Greek sweet to a new level of decadence by adding layers of chocolate in between crunchy almonds, sweet honey and perfectly flaky filo dough – an indulgent and sophisticated treat.
Milk & Cookies Night
$6.50 for a pint of beer and two cookies; Pangaea Bier Cafe, (2743 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento); pangaeabiercafe.com
For many of us, milk and cookies were our first food pairing experience. At 6 p.m. Jan. 21, you can delve into the grown-up version. Dubbed “Milk & Cookies Night,” this casual tasting event at Pangaea Bier Cafe pairs a pint of Nitro Merlin Milk Stout from Firestone Walker with two brown butter and sea salt cookies by Brown Butter Cookie Co. Reservations are not required.
Bandar Crisped Harvest Vegetables
$4.99 for 2.65-ounce bag; Nugget and other retailers; www.bandarfoods.com
Hearty pieces of sweet potato, okra, green beans and more are sprinkled with salt and crisped for a healthy, flavorful snack light on the fat. We like it because it actually tastes like the vegetables from which it’s made.
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