June 5, 2016 |
Head to Long Beach Island today, and you'll encounter the sizzling fun of the Hop Sauce Festival. As its name suggests, the fest fuses craft brews and spicy condiments. Toss in some local eats, live music, and a craft market for extra zest, and you have a recipe for a Shore day well spent. Now in its third year, Hop Sauce's organizers anticipate a crowd of about 7,000 people - double the size of the first festival. A collaboration between the Beach Haven specialty shop Spice It Up and the Jersey-born surf lifestyle brand Jetty (the flagship store is in Manahawkin)
March 17, 2016
Hunter Everyone was familiar with sloppy joes from the cafeteria here. The students weren't too excited about making them. But all agreed they were a hit. Eunice Cuevas called them "delicious, moist, chewy, excellent. " Myneisha Matis said: "the most delicious sloppy joes I ever tasted. " - Kristin Stit, Dana Srodes La Salle Academy The tears began to flow for Jayleen Rodriguez and Marvese Forrest - not because they didn't like the menu this week, but because of the onions.
September 18, 2015 |
WHEN IT comes to staple condiments, some like it hot - and in the United States, the sum of that "some" is growing at a tongue-singeing pace. American hot-sauce sales now top $600 million annually, with the potential to crack $1 billion in the next four years, according to figures cited by Reuters earlier this year. Take it as a sign that our tastes and eating habits, as a nation, are de-wussifying at a fiery clip. (Happy, Ed Rendell?) And they're going global, too. Don't tell Donald Trump, who apparently eats his steaks well-done, but this chili-laden uptick might have something to do with America's burgeoning immigrant populations.
August 14, 2015 |
Local hot sauce goes national Yong Chi, owner of Giwa, the Korean fast-casual favorite, is going national with his Yong's Korean Hot Sauce, a variation on the traditional bibimbap topper, made with red pepper, sesame oil, vinegar, and tamari. "A lot of hot sauce only brings heat. This is tangy, spicy and sweet. 'Deliciously Spicy' is our tagline," he said. It is selling at Whole Foods across the Mid-Atlantic and in more than 100 Kroger stores, and there are plans to roll out a Korean barbecue sauce in September.
July 26, 2015 |
SEA ISLE CITY - Any hot sauce you can find in a surf shop lined up in rows like the next artisan sunscreen or surf wax maybe means its creators have got something figured out. For the Jersey Shore guys behind Hank Sauce, which has taken the red-hot red-hot-sauce market by storm in the last few years, having their friends at Heritage Surf sell their sauce was a no-brainer. So was opening up a restaurant on Landis Avenue in the south end of Sea Isle, at 86th Street. Brian "Hank" Ruxton, after all, was an accomplished and creative chef who started out making the sauce for his friends at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla. When Matt Pittaluga, now 28, decided to create a logo and bottle design for a college project, the business model seemed to coalesce like a well-formed set of waves.
February 20, 2015
L ALIT KALANI, 31, of Bella Vista, co-founded Bandar Foods, which premiered its Indian hot sauces on Kickstarter in 2012. The sauces, sold at Whole Foods and other retailers, are inspired by Indian condiment flavors like spicy mango and mint cilantro. Kalani oversees production, while co-founder Dan Garblik, 32, of San Francisco, heads marketing. I spoke with Kalani. Q: How'd you and Dan come up with the idea? A: We were MBA classmates at Wharton. Dan went to an Indian restaurant here and asked for hot sauce and got Tabasco.
January 22, 2015
The truck: Our mouths started watering as soon as we saw Ricardo Barbosa's Casa Brazil on 33rd Street, on Drexel University's campus. The truck, which opened in June, features a photo of juicy meat over an open flame - basically the only two things you need in life, when you really think about it. Concept: Culinary creativity is great, but there's something to be said for simple dishes done right. That's what drew us to Casa Brazil - the sirloin steak, lightly seasoned and cooked to perfection.
February 11, 2013 |
APALACHICOLA, Fla. - For oyster lovers, Apalachicola is Florida's pearl. There are many reasons to visit Franklin County, the collection of tiny Panhandle communities often called the "forgotten coast" because of its non-touristy, Old Florida vibe - the uncrowded, pet-friendly beaches on St. George Island, the St. James Bay Golf Resort in Carrabelle, charter fishing in Alligator Point, and bird-watching in Eastpoint. For many people, though, there's nothing as satisfying as Apalachicola's world-famous oysters.
January 11, 2013
What to eat: Halal (food that meets Islamic dietary laws) chicken, lamb, falafel or tilapia platters with rice, lettuce, tomato and onion are $5 - soda or water included! Sizable portions, too. Sandwiches and a drink are $4. Go with the creamy white sauce or the hot sauce, or both. Eat for less after you "dress for less" at the Ross store nearby. Don't miss: Halal chicken platters are popular for a reason: They're consistently good. Tender - not greasy or fatty - morsels of chicken with a shot of hot sauce make the perfect quick lunch.