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Wood Burl Coffee Roasters
Picking up a bag of fresh, locally roasted coffee is no longer limited to major cities. After 10 years working professionally in the coffee business, Brett Barker decided to turn his personal hobby of home roasting into a full-time job. Setting up...
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Penny Blue XO Mauritian Rum
Nearly 1,000 kilometers off the coast of Madagascar lies the island nation of Mauritius. Known mostly for its beaches and lush mountains, Mauritius is also home to a long tradition of rum-making, utilizing the island's rich sugarcane crops. The Medine...
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Pipcorn's The Chili Lab Popcorn
For over two years, Pipsnacks' Pipcorn has won over everyone from attendees of Williamsburg's Smorgasburg to Oprah—and for just cause. The tiny, hulless popcorn kernels are really tasty, non-GMO, and can be quite inventive, as the brand continues...
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Left Field Cider Co.
While roughly half of the world's cider is still made in the UK, it turns out that the apples in British Columbia can yield a pretty kick-ass artisanal cider too. The young Left Field Cider Co., founded in 2011, started out as Kate Garthwaite's curious...
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Brazilian Sweet Treats by Simply Brigadeiro
by Eva Glettner Even though she has spent many years in Los Angeles, Sabrina Pires Kahn's Brazilian roots are deeper than just her Portuguese-tinged English. In fact, Pires Kahn is on a mission to bring brigadeiros—Brazil’s most loved confections...
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A 100% Canadian Vodka from Odd Society Spirits
It's no secret that vodka is a crowded space in the alcohol industry, often with differentiation between brands seeming to begin and end with the label. So when Vancouver native Gordon Glanz set out to develop a distillery in the Canadian city after...
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Avuá Cachaça
Cachaça—the national spirit of Brazil, made from distilled sugarcane juice—has a curious reputation outside of its home country. Often misclassified as a rum, the spirit is best known as the base ingredient in Brazil's trademark simple yet satisfying...
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The Hudson Standard Shrubs
No visit to New York's Hudson Valley is complete without a trip to Hudson Wine Merchants, where the unprecedented selection is matched only by the knowledge of their staff and the reliability of their recommendations. On our most recent visit, CH...
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Mamacita's Gourmet Hot Sauce
Making the farmers market rounds, but also available online through outreach, Mamacita's Gourmet Hot Sauce is a Virginia’s Finest product and a local merchant favorite in its hometown of Richmond. The spicy blend carries more than enough potent flavor...
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Spoil Me Rotten Dog Biscuits
The natural, artisanal and small-batch renaissance hasn't left the pet world untouched—with some hits (like CH favorite Bocce's Bakery) and some misses. Spoil Me Rotten Dog Biscuits are the newest to receive paw-prints of approval from CH mascots...
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Brooklyn Sesame Halva Spread
Taking Brooklyn by storm is newcomer Brooklyn Sesame, whose debut product breaks down dense, crumbly blocks of sweet halva (Arabic for "dessert") into a delicious spread for more versatile munching. Halva is a traditional food enjoyed all over...
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The Jam Stand
Ever since we discovered boozy jams made from local spirits, our expectations for unique, bold flavors have drastically increased—and the offerings from Brooklyn-based The Jam Stand do not disappoint. Founders Jessica Quon and Sabrina Valle aren...
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Interview: Justin Willett of Tyler Winery
by Tariq Dixon Very few vintners can boast having nine vintages under their belt at 32 years old. Even fewer can claim patronage by so many of America's leading restaurants—Eleven Madison Park, Daniel and Le Bernardin included. But these are just...
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Interview: JAQET
Many of us have experienced the rush of finding the perfect wallet—only to discover one feature that breaks the final decision, whether it's an ostentatious logo or machine-stitched threading, promising to unravel. When a car designer decides to...
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Sweeteeth Chocolates
Admittedly, we were first seduced by Sweeteeth's irreverent packaging for their "Call of the Wild" port wine caramel chocolate bar, but once unwrapped it became immediately clear that the contents inside were also worth a healthy drool. While...
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Omnipollo
Swedish brewing nomads Henok Fentie and Karl Grandin founded Omnipollo in 2010. Fentie, a homebrewing enthusiast and Grandin, an illustrator, graphic designer and one of the founders of Cheap Monday, take a unique approach to brewing that has seen...
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Gordy's Pickles
A good pickle is typically welcome any time of year, but as backyard barbecues heat up they become the essential summer accompaniment. Sure to add a zesty burst of flavor to your next veggie burger or Italian sausage is Gordy's, a Washington, DC...
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Pemberton Distillery
On a recent trip to Whistler, we had the opportunity to sample the vodka from Pemberton Distillery, a fledgling outfit nestled in the Pemberton Valley of British Columbia. Within their unassuming walls, the distillery employs copper stills to create...
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Bourbon Barrel Foods
Based in Louisville, Kentucky, the city known as the gateway to bourbon country, Matt Jamie has found a new way to repurpose barrels that have been used to age the region's signature spirit. Bourbon Barrel Foods makes micro-brewed and barrel-aged...
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Sqirl Jam
One bite of crusty bread spread with Sqirl raspberry and fresh lavender jam made by Jessica Koslow creates an explosion of local flavor. From the taste of such a juicy creation, it's hard to believe that Koslow swears she barely ate fruit as a child...
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Cold Spring Apothecary
Cold Spring Apothecary founder Stacey Dugliss-Wesselman cultivated a special knack for ingenuity during her childhood in the Catskills, where the closest store was 45 minutes away. Later, as a hair stylist in Brooklyn, with a background in both cosmetology...
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Le Marche
Since we covered Nudo's "adopt-an-olive-tree" program a few years back, we've been repeatedly impressed by their commitment to bridging the gap between consumers and their food. With a global community of adoptive tree "parents" as well as a localized...
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Malie Kai Chocolates
As the only U.S. state with the tropical conditions to cultivate cacao, Hawaii has been producing the sweet-yielding bean since the 1850s. In recent years the demand has raised chocolate production in the 50th State, bringing with it a new breed...
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Ramdane
A year after French designer Ramdane Touhami moved his family and introduced Cire Trudon to New York with a whimsical boutique, he has since sold the company and moved on to his next venture—the eponymous store and house label Ramdane, characterized...
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