Category TASTE

Sugarfina

…Sugar-whipped pillow fluff marshmallows! …A kaleidoscopic zoo of gummies! …Voltaic sours! …!!! My neurotransmitters were spitting and spewing platinum sugar sparks. A latent sweet tooth began quivering with anticipation as I gazed upon the neat little plastic cubes lining the shelves in neat little stacks. The tidy restraint seemed to add to the allure. Cubes […]

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Vital Tea Leaf

Sorry, but you’ve been killing your tea. The young woman flicks back her long, black hair and pours hot water into a ceramic bowl containing a lump of twisted brown tea leaves. “Tea should be brewed with water that’s between 180 and 195 degrees—not boiling.” Moments after pouring the water, she places another bowl over […]

Omnivore Books

  An ideal truffle smells like the perfect lover in your most elaborate fantasy, only better. — Shroom: Mind-bendingly Good Recipes for Cultivated and Wild Mushrooms, Becky Selengut Now that is something I need to taste. Silken Scrambled Eggs with Shaved Alba White Truffles… Truffle Gougères… Paging through the book, I come across a fluted, […]

The Fizzary

One spot left. Dog Drool or Swamp Juice? Something more traditional? I cross back to the colas and peruse the shelves. Jolt. Bawls. Perhaps something that won’t send my heart twitching and sputtering. I wander toward the phosphorescent Orange section and contemplate the merits of a straightforward classic versus an orange cream. Hmmm… * The […]

San Francisco Wine Trading Company

I squeeze into a narrow space at the San Francisco Wine Trading Company’s stand-up bar and within moments, an empty wine glass is set in front of me. A printout listing the day’s tasting—wines of the Languedoc—promptly follows. To my left, a laughing, boisterous couple barely gives each new pour more than a passing twirl […]