A few weeks ago, we made the trek out to the Somerville Winter Market. It was Saturday, we were moving slowly (Steph may or may not have fallen into the slush in the Commons), so despite our best efforts we missed the hours when the market was in full swing. As we arrived, the dozens of winter farm vendors were packing up (insert sigh here), but fortunately for us Russ from Apotheker’s was still around, and with a giant thermos of hot cocoa, no less.
Last weekend, we were lucky enough to meet up with Leigh of Nella Pasta during her demo at the new South End Whole Foods. If you don’t already know, Nella is a Boston-born line of raviolis with insane fillings. We’re talking something very different from the 99-cent bag you find in the bottom shelf at Shaw’s (hey, at least it’s not in a certain red can…). They combine seasonal vegetables (think Brussels sprouts, leeks, cauliflower, beets) and different cheeses and stuff them inside their signature fresh pasta. One of the best qualities of Nella is that these ravioli are intended to stand on their own. A little butter and olive oil is all you need, and you are ready to serve. In fact, having tried them with and without sauce, the simple version is much better. In the 20 minutes or so that we were with Leigh, we saw a good handful of people be converted to the Nella Pasta way – and we’re sure we won’t ever go back to the old stuff either.
As we alluded to in yesterday’s Smorgasbord, Sophie and I are psyched to announce our latest project. We had so much fun with our local shopping guides during the holidays that we wanted to extend the local business mindset to our main area of consumption- food! I will be buying my groceries from local shops for the month of January.
Part III of Howlin’ Lamb’s guide to gifting for the year.
We’ll break it down by type of recipient and share ideas for where to find the best wares for said recipient – whether your most well-heeled gal pal from college or a gentleman in your life (read: the guy you’ve been on one date with / your Dad / your best dude friend / whatever).
The third post in the series is designed to help you find gifts for the person in your life with style. Steph and I were trying to come up with a description of this type of person in our lives, but we’re coming up short on words. Basically, it’s the person who has a sensibility about the things they surround themselves with – whether that be their kitchenware or their jewelry. Someone who is a bit of an eccentric and ends up in the spotlight, but who isn’t angling for attention. We know it can be hard to find a present for someone along these lines, so here are some ideas to help, featuring: Farm and Fable, Flock, and Olives and Grace.
We love our bread, we love our butter,
But most of all, we love each other.
“Forget art. Put your trust in ice cream”
Charles Baxter, The Feast of Love
Meet Chloe, the confectionery mastermind behind the blog 100 Scoopsies. A former J.P. Licks and Emack & Bolio’s employee turned entrepreneur, Chloe set a goal to create 100 unique ice cream flavors in January 2013 to challenge her creativity. Right now, she’s on flavor 126 (Anise and Orange Zest, if you were wondering), and Scoopsies has grown from a fun hobby to a quickly growing delivery business. After meeting her and sampling the ice cream, Scoopsies’ success is no surprise.
As you may remember from one of our earlier Smorgasbord posts, the team at Howlin’ Lamb has made a resolution to expand our wine palate and increase our vinous exploration. To that end, last weekend, we had the pleasure of attending an event at the South End location of Urban Grape, a husband-and-wife-run wine shop. The “Cornucopia of Brews and Bites” was an evening of six courses of food inspired by the states in New England, with a book signing by Chef Jeremy Sewall (of Island Creek Oyster Bar, Lineage, Row 34, and Eastern Standard fame), dishes prepared by Rich Morin (the chef de cuisine at Lineage), and beer pairings imagined by the staff of Urban Grape (beer still counts as exploring if it’s not Coors Light).