I still love Fran’s–that’s what is readily available at Market Hall–but there are two other brands I’m loving that I discovered at Lulu Rae.
I made a special trip to the upper Rockridge College Avenue confection boutique for Barlovento and Poco Dolce.
As far as fleur de sel chocolate caramels go, Fran’s is a great staple. Barlovento packs the biggest caramel chew (a big hunk of chewy caramel with a thin coat of dark chocolate) and most salt (high points for the latter). Poco Dolce has the most sparing smattering of salt, but, in my opinion, the highest quality chocolate taste. Poco Dolce is a small crispy center of caramel toffee and a solid sea of dark chocolate surrounding it.
Bonus: Poco Dolce has a large variety of flavors all topped with sea salt. YUM
It’s been a hard week; lots of work and little rest. I wasn’t sure I would make it to Friday afternoon. On a just-before-closing-run to Rockridge Market Hall browsing for beer, I spotted my new FAVORITE thing sitting in the refriegerator: Organic Apple Juice with Elderflower from Luscombe. I’m not a huge juice person–unless there’s some beet and spinach in there I figure it’s not really that good for me. But when it comes to Luscombe I know the ingredients are top notch, and frankly with that flavor, I could care less.
Thanks to Luscombe I know today will be a good day! Soothe!
PS: additional soothing element: check out the top left corner of their website, which reads, “wine of wild orchards, juice of these valleys.” Wildness soothes.
I had been very excited to try Nigella Lawson’s Perfect Roast Potatoes but in the end they didn’t wow me. Admittedly I didn’t procure goose fat, I used bacon fat. I like the semolina coating and the crisp exterior-to-soft-interior factor was good, but they didn’t send me. Here’s a pic of my creation:
I ended up sprinkling my serving with some 5% black truffle salt I picked up at Pasta Shop, which had a lovely affect.