▪ Goat curry at Thien Phu
$10.95; 6175 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento; (916) 476-4052
Bee restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson recently singled out goat curry as his favorite dish at this south Sacramento restaurant, writing that it features “a broth that’s jumping and pinging with flavor. ... The challenge is to get (the heat) dialed in to your liking. I would start by requesting medium-level heat so your senses won’t overload. Then, you could advance from there, depending on how your tongue and sinuses hold up. The meat in the bowl is exceptionally tender, adequately fatty and very tasty. It is served on the bone, which is something not usually seen in American soups.”
▪ 1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die
$24.95; 1008 pages; Workman Publishing; www.workman.com
If you’re not planning to travel to any of the locales in the popular “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” book and TV series, this new tome by former New York Times restaurant critic Mimi Sheraton might be the perfect passport for your palate. From Senegal to Stockholm, and from bird’s nest soup to saffron buns, it’s a trip to see what people eat and what they dream of eating.
▪ Fiscalini Horsefeathers cheddar horseradish spread
$2.99 for 8 oz.; Corti Bros.; www.fiscalinicheese.com
This blend of farmstead raw milk cheddar, sour cream and horseradish is on the mild side, but rich and just spicy enough to add zing to meats. It’s also makes a delicious appetizer when spread on bread. Made in Modesto, the horseradish’s milk comes from the adjoining dairy farm (giving this its “farmstead” designation) that has been owned by the Fiscalini family since 1912.
▪ Paromi Tea
$10 for 15 sachets; Whole Foods; www.paromi.com
For those who, as in Chinese culture, believe drinking tea is as much experience as taste, the sleek, slate-gray glass bottle holding these pretty mesh tea sachets will be a pleasure in itself. Inside are full-leaf teas, blended in small batches in flavors both old-school (Earl Grey) and innovative (chocolate orange).
▪ Walkers gluten-free shortbread
$4.99 for 4.9 ounce box; available at super markets, club stores and specialty stores; www.us.walkersshortbread.com
Gluten is a type of protein in wheat, barley and rye, and those who are allergic to it can suffer from the autoimmune disorder called celiac disease. The food industry has responded to celiac consciousness-raising campaigns by producing a growing array of gluten-free products. The family-owned Walkers company has released its popular shortbread in gluten-free form, in three flavors: pure butter, chocolate chip and ginger & lemon. The gluten-free line contains no wheat; instead, it’s a mix of rice and maize flours, and potato starch, with the same butter and sugar content as the original.
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