Eats

Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeef!

Introducing: The Month of Beef

It’s October, and what this month lacks in historical feasts and gift-giving holidays it makes up for many times over as autumn’s marrow. It’s apple picking season. It’s football season. It’s sweater and waxed canvas jacket season. It’s foliage season. And guess what else? It’s beef season.

Mayo state of mind

Empire Mayonnaise

Empire Mayonnaise ($6+) is either simplifying or mucking up the most polarizing condiment in your fridge. Started in 2011 by Sam Mason and Elizabeth Valleau, the Brooklyn-based company is classing up the blue collar sandwich lubricator for foodies by experimenting with ingredients such as emu and ostrich eggs as bases and creating flavors that include...

Cider Press Rules

Cider & Wine Press

With fall nearly upon us, sweatered men across the country are getting pumped for that Sunday afternoon excitement that accompanies the changing of the leaves — visiting nearby orchards with their better half. The Williams-Sonoma Cider & Wine Press ($300) redeems missing the big game takes full advantage of the bounty that Mother Nature and...

Longform meat

Side Project Jerky

If you’re cool with eating the same dried meats as Sasquatch, by all means, continue munching away and enjoy the doublewide. But if you thirst (or crave) for a finer meat-snack, look no further than Side Project Jerky ($8). Dehydrated with love and meticulous attention you expect from a Swiss watch or a German car,...

Sweet on you

Tonewood Maple Products

Now that you’re no longer a pimple-faced adolescent, we think it’s just fine to betray your loyalties to the Butterworth and Jemima matriarchs. While you’re at it, lose the frozen waffles, too, and ramp up to Tonewood Maple products. Their maple-infused lineup ranges from specialty syrups to melt-in-your-mouth maple wafers and, of course, a decadent...

Salame Bene

Olli Salumeria Salame

Salame (or “salami” to us Yanks) deserves to be called the swiss army knife of comestibles. Whether it’s a picnic, a fancy dinner, or a last minute get-together, you can always count on the cured delicacy to liven up and accompany any food offering. But not every salame is made equal, and Olli Salumeria proves...

Don't be chicken

Beyond Meat Veggie Chicken Strips

Typically, fake meat has no sex appeal. It also has very little eating appeal, especially to us non-vegans and non-vegetarians. Beyond Meat Veggie Chicken Strips are plant-based strips made from a laundry list of moderately-healthy sounding ingredients, like soy protein isolate, pea protein Isolate, Soy Fiber, Carrot Fiber, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, White Vinegar and a...

The Big Cheese

Tupelo Honey Pimento Cheese Club

Cursed as this particular author is with lactose intolerance, it’s still not reason enough to hold back from subscribing to Tupelo Honey’s Pimento Cheese Club ($228). If you’re lucky enough to have enzymes that don’t screw you out of the most delicious food there is, don’t take it for granted; eat cheese. Tupelo Honey’s club...

Burrito ex machina

Burritob0t

The closure of El Bulli + the rise of 3D digital printing = Opportunity! Bereft foodies now have common cause with CAD manufacturers — to rejoice in the dementedly creative mind of one NYU grad student who has prototyped the Burritob0t, a 3D printer for making, yep, burritos. Inspired by a frustration over the paucity...

Get Into a Pickle

Gordy’s Pickle Jar

Pickles polarize. You’re on one side of the fermented fence or the other. We consider the salty, crispy cukes “the white man’s kimchi”, frankly. Gordy’s Pickle Jar just so happens to take their delicatessen delicacies seriously enough for fanatics like us. With four diverse gourmet pickle-based products — Sweet Chips, Hot Chili Spears, Sweet Pepper...

A new reason to dine in

Modernist Cuisine at Home

Have a date this weekend you want to impress and can’t get a reservation at Alinea? If you have some cooking chops, or a partner that’s attracted to unproven culinary hubris, we suggest making a romantic dinner for two with the help of Modernist Cuisine at Home ($140). The take home version of the James...

Sweet sin-sation

Twice the Vice Spirited Chocolates

Add the food of the gods, cacao, to the water of life, booze, and you’ve got Twice the Vice spirited chocolates. A box holds nine chocolate-enrobed, liquor-filled morsels that are available in a variety of spirit themes including a fine tequila and a kentucky bourbon series. While we’re sure all of their delightful boxes are...

Caught by hand, saved by mouth

Patagonia Provisions Salmon Jerky

In 1996, founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard, changed the clothing industry with the move to organic cotton. The big dogs, such as Wal-Mart, are finally following suit. Now, 16 years later, Chouinard plans on once again changing an industry –- but this time, it’s the fishing industry. Salmon has been a hot topic of controversy,...

The new bull market

Brisketlab

New York is known for a lot of things, but barbecue ain’t one of them. Luckily for those in the city that never eats good barbecue, there’s hope on the horizon. Brisketlab is a self-described “underground smoked meat guild” that sells shares in authentic, Texas-style brisket to hungry New Yorkers. At a price of $25...

Tough only to resist

Krave Jerky

Be honest about it. The last time you had a tender, moist, flavourful, and well-spiced piece of jerky was never. Instead, you almost dislocated your jaw with an endless amount of chewing on what felt, tasted and acted like a piece of salted tire. But fear not, for Krave Jerky has heard your silent plea...

The fifth element, for your tongue

Red Boat Fish Sauce

Umami is a term borrowed from the Japanese, roughly meaning “pleasant savory taste”. In 1985 umami was officially recognized as the fifth basic taste profile, joining salty, sweet, sour and bitter on your tongue. Red Boat Fish Sauce ($10~$20) is an artisanal, first press “extra virgin” fish sauce from Vietnam; and its quite simply umami...

Dinner is served

Kitchit

Having a hard time getting a seat in Yountville? Instead of constantly hitting the redial button for reservations, the chefs-for-hire team at Kitchit offers a different solution that will have you feeling right at home. The San Francisco-based web company brings some of the top chefs in the country — including those of The French...

Finger lickin’, Mama slappin’ good

Germantown Commissary Memphis BBQ

For over 90 years, this humble structure stood as a commissary to the locals of Germantown, TN. Selling everything from bluejeans to bologna, a commissary was a place were you could go to get just about anything. In 1981, Walker Taylor purchased this building with hopes and dreams of making some of the best Memphis...

Scoville Sublime

Gindo’s Spice of Life Pepper Sauce

Sriracha and Pete’s are great. In fact, they’re staples. But like a newly discovered spirit, unearthing a hot sauce we haven’t tasted gets our fire, and food, roaring. Unlike the Cold War nuclear pursuit of so many hot sauces, Gindo’s Spice of Life is anything but a tongue melter — make no mistake though, this...

Tastey Travel Tubes

Plant Studio Mobile Organic Spice Kits

Do right by your taste buds and support those less fortunate than you by purchasing a Plant Studio Mobile Spice Kit ($20). Each organic kit is assembled in Poughkeepsie NY, by a team of workers at the Hudson Workshop for the disabled. Four versions are available including a more general set for the mobile foodie,...

The First American Cookbook

American Cookery by Amelia Simmons

American Cookery ($10) is the first cookbook written by an American. Strangely, the only details that are actually known about its author come from the words “American orphan” found on the cover. Other hints from the book’s text suggest she was a domestic laborer who lacked formal education. The book was published originally in 1796...

Sweet Surrender

Best Made Co. Big Jug of Organic Maple Syrup

Best Made Co. has slowly evolved from a handmade axe company into a brand known for anything woodsy. In that light, offering an enormous jug of organic maple syrup makes total sense, right? Don’t worry, the company hasn’t translated their hewning skills into making the sweet stuff. Instead, the pancake dressing comes from the organic...

Munchy Manuscript

Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook

Crack pie isn’t a label most bakeries would readily slap on one of their confections, but then again most bakeries aren’t run by Christina Tosi. Inspired by her nostalgia for the teeth-depleting sugared cereals of Saturday morning fame and probably more than a few hits off of the peace pipe, her offbeat sweet tooth captured...

Quite Elkcellent

Allen Brothers Elk Burgers

Elk is similar to Bison, in that it packs a great beefy flavor while actually being high in protein and low in fat. Bison just happens to be a little more prevalent. If you’re looking to avoid developing a “winter coat” this season, or are just eager to try something different, famed mail-order meat company...

Even a caveman can eat it

Caveman Cookies

Living a healthy lifestyle can be confusing: Eat six times a day by reducing meal size and snacking. Don’t snack. Don’t eat carbs, focus on proteins. Too much red meat is bad for you. Drink soy milk because it doesn’t contain lactose. Don’t drink soy milk because it increases estrogen levels lest you risk a...

Hog 'O Plenty

Di Bruno Bros. Bacon Basket

Nothing says love like a slab of sliced pork, but maybe it’s time you class up the gift of swine with a Di Bruno Bros. Bacon Basket ($150). Stuffed with all the wonderful bacon (bits) you’ve seen on the web, the basket is brimming with a drool-inducing list of provisions including: 1 lb of Loveless...

For the weight weenie who has (almost) everything

Snow Peak Titanium Straw

Consider the humble straw. Jabbed into a juice box or fast food beverage, discarded without a thought, it is a useful but overlooked tool. How else would you get that last bit of chocolate malt out of the bottom of your glass? But plastic is a four-letter word these days and straws suddenly seem wasteful....

Snack Better

Kickstarter: Quinn Popcorn

Want a crash course on the “miracles” of modern industrial food science? Then take a gander at the ingredients of a bag of big brand microwave popcorn. What seems like a simple process apparently requires a labs worth of chemicals and GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) to flavor, preserve, and pop those gum aggravating kernels into...

A Foodie's Quarterly

Lucky Peach

Lucky Peach is the latest business venture of New York restauranteur David Chang. Based on the cover and Chang’s notorious personality, it’d be easy to dismiss this project as a simple exercise in brand extension (a la Skymag to Delta). A quick read of the first issue, however, proves that Lucky Peach is much deeper...

Tasty like steak, healthy like chicken

High Plains Bison

Summer’s here, and we can’t think of a better way to welcome it than grilling. Instead of reaching for the standard red meat, may we recommend bison? With only 45% of the calories and about 10% of the fat, bison meat is a far healthier option to its beef brethren. High Plains Bison offers a...

All the Taste, None of the Wait

Momofuku Cooking Sauces

The odds of becoming a successful restaurateur on the level of New York’s Chef David Chang are about the same as Mel Gibson becoming a rabbi. Thanks to some business savvy merchandising, though, anyone with a mailing address can at least get a step closer to cooking like him. These Momofuku Cooking Sauces $24 are...

Big Cheese

Beecher’s World’s Best Mac & Cheese

Carbo load like a king by having a tray of Beecher’s World’s Best Mac & Cheese ($50-$125) shipped over night to your door. Not familiar with the Beecher’s brand? Then you’ve been missing out friends. The company began in Seattle, in 2003, and quickly captured the hearts of foodies everywhere thanks to their dedication to...

No Simple Joe

Stumptown Hair Bender Espresso Blend

One can’t help but think that when Stumptown decided to name this blend Hair Bender they were considering the origin’s complexity versus the zippy after-effect. Made from coffee sourced in all three coffee growing regions (Latin America, East Africa and Indonesia) Stumptown Hair Bender Espresso Blend ($12) is not only their most popular coffee but...

It's what's for dinner.

35 Degrees Premium Aged Steaks

We love a great steakhouse but shelling out coin for a healthy dose of pomp and circumstance isn’t always our preference. The problem is, access to exceptional meat isn’t always readily available or convenient. Luckily there’s a secret on this fantastic thing we call the web that bestows its buyers access to premium butcher cuts...

McILhenny fire

Tabasco Family Reserve Hot Sauce

Tabasco Family Reserve ($25) starts out life as the finest peppers grown on Tabasco’s Avery Island home, handpicked by the family. These superior specimens are then smashed and combined with Avery Island salt and set to age in white oak barrels for a minimum of three years. Certain amounts age for an additional five years...

Putting the pop into popcorn

Biofuel Caffeinated Popcorn

Biofuel Caffeinated Popcorn ($3-8) is not the solution to the world’s energy problems, and it isn’t brewed from organic detritus. It is, however, a creative way to stave off afternoon narcolepsy. Taste-wise, Biofuel teeters between salty and sweet, a la Kettle corn, while packing a 150 to 200mg wallop of caffeine per bag (roughly two...

From Shack to Stomach

Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. Downeast Lobster Rolls & Whoopie Pies

Unless you’re fortunate enough to call the state of Maine home, tracking down a decent local lobster roll can be — to use the native vernacular — wicked haard. Thankfully, Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. is around to help anyone with a mailing address indulge their crustacean cravings, granted they have the patience for overnight shipping....

The name says it all

Kate’s Real Food Energy Bars

Energy bars are a staple for endurance athletes, outdoor adventurers and people too busy to stop for a proper meal. But even though they’ve been around for over twenty years, most still taste like cardboard and are sticky enough to be used to patch a rusted muffler in a pinch. Why can’t they taste like...

Killing Guesswork Grilling

Steak Button Thermometer Set

Some men are grill-capable the day they leave the delivery room. Others have an uncanny ability to turn great cuts of meat into fresh sets of mud-terrains. If you or someone you know falls into the latter bucket, these Steak Button Thermometers ($20) will help. Their big, easy to read dials are essentially idiot-proof, even...

Here's One Club Where the Dues Are Worth It

Zingerman’s Bacon of the Month Club (Sponsored)

We all know that bacon is the proper foundation to any good diet. Zingerman’s Bacon of the Month Club ($99) is the easiest way we’re aware of to insure your bacon stockpile never runs out. Available in three or six month options, signing up guarantees you’ll receive a 12 to 16 ounce package of artisan...

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid.

Bhut Jolokia Ghost Pepper Products

Are you drinking straight from the gallon jar of Tabasco without even flinching? Then why not upgrade to cooking with the Bhut Jolokia Ghost Pepper. As the hottest pepper on the planet, it only has a Scoville heat rating of 1,041,427 — which happens to be over three times hotter than the Habanero and over...

Not for Marshmallows

Hyper-Caffeinated Coffee-Flavored Marshmallows

The concept of Hyper-Caffeinated Coffee-Flavored Marshmallows ($6) is just plain dangerous. Why deal with guzzling over 16 oz of piping hot coffee, or down one of the billion or so energy drinks brands out there if you could get the same effects from popping a cloud of sugary goodness? Yes, these will power-destroyers are packed...

Dinner Is Served

Destination Dinners Recipe Kits

The biggest bone we have to pick with Food Network personalities — or any telegenic chef for that matter — is how much easier cooking looks when their ingredients are already on hand and nicely organized by an army of production minions. “Now just take seven- and-a-half peeled edamame beans wrapped in pancetta and mix...

Pantastic

Handle Me Cookware

We try to avoid talking about conceptual products on GP mainly because teasing cool things that might not be commercially developed can be frustrating to the gear obsessed – aka us. This Handle Me Cookware series was just so damn good looking though we had to make an exception. It’s the brain child of the...