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Stamp On the Head

  "Stamp On the Head" lists are Good Taste Report approved! These folks stand out. They all remind me of why I work in this industry. I am proud to list them!

 

Graeter's Ice Cream of Cincinnati

A Bite Out

 

This French pot, “2 gallons made at a time”, heaven reigns supreme. This is the best U.S. store-bought ice cream I’ve ever tried! A bit pricey at $11-$15/pint delivered overnight to Austin, but mighty fine, tongue-numbin’, life goodness! Texas winemaker Chris Hefner turned me on to it and I’m a better person because of it…

Since its founding in 1870 by Louis C. Graeter, Graeter’s French Pot Ice Cream, handmade chocolate confections and fresh baked goods have become traditions in the Queen City. Today the Graeter family still faithfully uses his century old recipes and methods of production.

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A Greek Nut Afternoon Pairing

A Bite Out

An afternoon delight

Almonds and the search for wine-clapping compliments. Classics and the unknown. Friendly with so many sippers.

Years ago, a friend used to force 3 raw almonds down me a day. It can’t go unsaid without pointing out the evolution from that experience to my over-the-top addiction to Fino Restaurant’s fried anchovy-stuffed olives as an accompaniment to the following concert.

Sweet and bitter.

Sweet – Delicate and slightly sweet. The ones you know. The ones you want. The ones below. Rogue Bitter – More for flavor extracts and orgeat syrup.

What better way to spend the afternoon than in the company of whole, broke, raw, marcona, roasted, and smoked almonds to see who plays best with which wine. Pulling out the exit ramps from the ship of almondland, the chance encounter of the perfect pairing came to the following light. The winners of the tasting all tickled for more!

Beer, with its low acid – ale or pilsner (cheater. is this wine?)

Chard in general, but especially Chablis

Northern Rhone Syrah, especially Cote-Rotie with smoked almonds

Madeira on the richer side, Bual or Malmsey

Port, vintage or tawny. Couldn’t make ruby twinkle.

Sauternes, Barsac, Monbazillac

Sherry, fino or manzanilla, but the fat side works, too

Muscat, Vin Santo

and the king of most partnerships …Champagne.

Calcium, fiber, folic acid, magnesium, potassium, riboflavin, and vitamin E never hurt nobody. Well… there was that one time.
 

Tate's Cookies of Southampton

A Bite Out

Pure Genius

I’ve never had ‘packaged’ cookies taste this close to homemade brilliance! Sold in 8oz. bags.

In order preference.

1. Chocolate Chip – A thin and slightly crisp cookie loaded with chocolate chips and an addictive buttery taste.

 

2. White Chocolate Macadamia – Sweet white chocolate chips, crunchy macadamia nuts in classic thin, buttery cookie.

 

3. Chocolate Chip Walnut – A twist on the original, this cookie is loaded with walnuts.

 

4. Butterscotch – A scrumptious treat with butterscotch chips.

 

5. Oatmeal Raisin – Loaded with plump, juicy raisins and a hint of cinnamon, you can never have enough of these chewy buttery cookies.

 

6. Peanut Butter – Thick buttery cookie with the full flavor of natural peanut butter.


Tate’s Bakeshop

   

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