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EASY ELEGANT PICNIC EXPERIENCE

Gourmet Surprises from the Angel's

by Bonnie Carroll

Those of us who live in California or warmer climates have become not only addicted to the joy of putting together a picnic basket and heading for the beach, but also thrive on new and exciting food products to share with family and friends as an impromptu surprise dinner delight.

I recently went with two writer friends to do a wine review at Doug Margerum's Wine Tasting Lounge in the Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara and although I am familiar with Doug's amazing wine making skill I found myself completely stunned by the contents of the food plates and boards being presented with the wines. There was a mustard, duck and truffle salami, and gherkins presented that literally blew me away.

Following the writing of my review on the wine I did an investigation to discover where these amazing products came from and was pleased to discover Angel's Salumi & Truffles Located in Carlsbad that really does offer products that seem to be made by Angels as their marketing pieces indicate. They have so many unique gourmet items online that I was giddy to taste more of them. So, I set out to find a surprise picnic collection for a special occasion.

My Angel's picnic thermo bag arrived filled with a trio of salami (including black truffle and duck) Edmond Fallot Gherkins and white truffle butter, olive paste, a salami cutting board and a tea towel. Everything was beautifully wrapped and packaged with easy access for tasting. I combined this treasure trove of Angel's goodies with a few nice cheese blocks, a lovely bottle of Margerum wine and fresh French bread. My guest was thrilled with this beautiful collection of culinary taste delights. The Edmond Fallot products are French and simply perfect with the Angel's salami and a fine cheese. I had forgotten how much I love duck and the duck salami was my favorite. My guest thought the black truffle salami was the best they had ever tasted. For my friends who are vegetarian Angel's choices are many, and for those who don't care for pork Angel's have optional items they will love.

So, the moral to the story is, if you are looking for outstanding products for that unique picnic experience you need look no further for Angel's Salumi & Truffles has it all in one place for you to select and enjoy with a friend or send as an amazing gift to loved ones, or better yet business associates who will all think you are the angel.

Their gift items are beautiful and they ship everywhere. If you are a truffle lover you will be so pleased at the bevy of products. For some delightful culinary picnic or party adventure ideas visit their website at www.AngelSalumi.com or call for a brochure 760-931-1324. It was so delicious I can't wait to do it again!

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Post-pandemic global Food News Bites

Gong Cha


Photo courtesy of Gong Cha

Menu development pretty much came to a standstill as the spread of COVID-19 shut down restaurants around the world. But as quarantined customers began to dine out again, chains ramped up their offerings. Technomic’s Global Menu Trend Survey monitors new items and introductions on menus around the world. Since the U.S. is a month or more behind Asia in reopening its restaurants, these trends provide a glimpse of where American consumers and menus may be headed. Here are four to watch.

Immune boosters

Fear of contamination and infection from the virus is driving consumers towards foods and beverages that build immunity. Liho in Singapore is promoting teas made with honey, strawberries, lemon and avocado as immunity boosters. The iced beverages include Honey Avocado Milk and Summer Passion Fruit Green Tea.

In Indonesia, Ya Kun Kaya Toast is touting its new Kopi Kiasu bubble tea with ginger and brown sugar as an immune booster. Several of the items promoted as immunity builders boast the same ingredients that were labeled as “functional” pre-pandemic, but they are being repositioned now to coincide with concerns about COVID-19.

Savory snacks

KFC CHICKEN SKIN

While wellness products are in the spotlight at several chains, snacks are veering in the opposite direction. A serving of crispy, breaded chicken skins appeared as a recent LTO at KFC in Singapore. And at McDonald’s in Japan,customers now have a rich and creamy option as a dipping sauce for chicken nuggets. The Corn Potage Sauce is a take on corn potage soup and boasts a sweet and salty flavor profile.

Waffles usually show up in sweet applications, but at Caffe Bene in South Korea, the flavors of garlic bread infuse the familiar format. The concept’s new Pastry Waffle is sized right for a convenient, savory snack to grab-and-go.

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