Culinary Concierge | Hatchery Monthly Subscription Tasting Box

Great news for you culinary aficionados, foodies, and cooking fans. If you’re looking for an easy way to get your hands on artisan ingredients and condiments delivered to your door every month, look no further than the wonderful, monthly tasting box from Hatchery. Every month you receive 5-6 of the best sample-size ingredients carefully chosen from green markets and family farms from across the country. We were super excited to indulge in the incredible variety of curated flavors Hatchery had to offer.

This month’s Hatchery box included the following amazing culinary delights from Delta Blue Blueberries, Tonewood Maple, Elbow Foods, O Olive Oil, Two Snooty Chefs, and Murphys Mustard:

Delta Blue Blueberries Organic Blueberry Fruit Spread (Stockton, CA) – a low-sugar, flavorful, and certified organic spread that is high in antioxidants.

Tonewood Maple Flakes (Waitsfield, VT) – the amazing taste of rich, smoky, 100% pure maple syrup in an unconventional texture – Flakes. Add these crunchy flakes, which packs a delicious punch and livens up everything, to sweet to savory dishes.

Elbow Foods Glicco’s Arrabbiata Pasta Gravy (Meridian, MS) – love a pasta gravy (not sauce) with a bit of heat? You will love the chili kick that accompanies the fresh tomatoes, garlic, onions, bell peppers, honey, and herbs that are in this old family recipe.

O Olive Oil Fig Balsamic Vinegar (Petaluma, CA) – juicy, ripe mission figs slow-aged in Sonoma oak amplifies this rich, dark and almost syrupy California balsamic vinegar. Hatchery suggests drizzling it over vanilla ice cream.

Two Snooty Chefs Ol’ Hickory BBQ Gourmet Seasoning (Seattle, WA) – these self-proclaimed “uppity” seasonings do the hard work for you if you’re looking to add flavor to seafood, meat, soups or veggies. These curated spice and herb blends, created by chefs Gary Fuller and Chris Plemmons, will add the right amount of amazing flavor boosts your dishes need.

Murphys Mustard Motherlode (Murphys, CA) – this is not your run-of-the-mill mustard. With the power of brown sugar and cinnamon, this grainy mustard is a great way to add some great gusto to your dish. Mix with mayo for a quick dipping sauce with a bit of a bang.

Does this sound as great to you as it does to us? Get your monthly Hatchery tasting box subscription for only $20 per month to enjoy the 5-6 hand selected artisan ingredients, free shipping, and exclusive member promotions and discounts.

Sweet Smelling Easter Treats from Yardley London

Who says Easter treats only have to just have to taste delicious; they can smell delicious too! If gorging on sweets, tirelessly egg painting, and egg hunting this Easter is not your thing. Why not settle for a relaxing goodie basket filled with skin soothing Yardley London Bath Bars in a variety of yummy scents.

Established in 1770, Yardley London is one of the oldest cosmetics, perfume and toiletry companies in the world; their bars are made with essential oils and skin loving ingredients that help smooth your skin and soothe your mind; their creamy body washes and fragrant shower gels boasts gentle, natural extracts and rich moisturizers that pamper the skin in sumptuous aromatherapeutic pleasure. Their bath bars come in two collections, Botanical Bath Bar Collection, and Premium Bath Bar Collection. Today we highlight scents from the Botanical Collection, including a favorite we grew up with, the Oatmeal & Almond bath bar, a rich, exfoliating bar with enriched with sweet almond and oatmeal.

These sweet-scented bars of cleansing delights come in a total of seven varieties including:

NEW Shea Buttermilk Sensitive Skin

Jasmine Pearl

English Lavender

Oatmeal & Almond

Fresh Aloe & Cucumber

Lemon Verbena

Pomegranate Rose

All varieties are available for $1.49 each at mass retailers nationwide.

Vodka from the Land Down Under: VDKA 6100

Forget what you think Australia is known for and get ready to enjoy the latest import from down under. Making it’s US debut is an incredibly pure and smooth premium vodka called VDKA 6100. Inspired by the Australian country code, VDKA 6100’s name pays tribute to its Australian roots but its incredible bottle design, created by leading New York designer Joe Doucet, highlights the quality and purity of this incredibly smooth vodka. VDKA 6100 is distilled from fresh seasonal whey and natural spring water from New Zealand, one of the most pristine spring water locations in the world.

With whey that is sourced from grass-fed cows’ milk, then is 3x distilled and filtered through a bed of carbon, the result is a silky, ultra-smooth liquid that is a cleaner, purer vodka which is also gluten free, sugar free, and lactose free. VDKA 6100 will be a real delight to vodka lovers, fans of the spirit will love its light and crisp taste. It’s wonderful on the rocks with twist of lemon and makes a mojito so incredibly delicious, it can only be described as velvety. Adding to this vodka’s greatness is the involvement of Actor Robert De Niro, ­described as the “co-creator” of VDKA 6100, who will be the face of the brand.

“I’m very proud to be associated with the creative team behind the launch of VDKA 6100. It will be personally rewarding to be a part of its growth,” said Robert De Niro. We think that Paul Gardner, President of VDKA 6100, has an incredible product on his hands, and we’re not just saying this because we’re primarily vodka drinkers. Two other cocktails we recommend trying with this satiny vodka are featured below…of course feel free to experiment.

Strawberry Sky

2 Parts VDKA 6100
¾ Part Lemon Juice
¾ Part Simple Syrup
Soda Water
3 Strawberries
2 Cucumber Slices
Muddle strawberries and cucumbers with simple syrup. combine lemon juice and VDKA 6100 in a shaker with ice and shake until extremely cold. Strain into a collins glass over fresh ice. Top with soda water, stir and garnish with a fresh strawberry and cucumber.

Greener Pastures

2 Parts VDKA 6100
¾ Part Lime Juice
½ Part Simple Syrup
½ Part Sweetened Kiwi Puree*
3 Fresh Basil Leaves
*One part simple syrup to four parts fresh kiwi puree.
Gently rub basil in a shaker with a muddler. Combine all remaining ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and shake until extremely cold. Strain into a sour glass over crushed ice. Garnish with kiwi slices and fresh basil.

VKDA 6100 is available in two sizes, 750ml, retailing for $34.99, and a 1-liter bottle for $44.99. For more information, visit http://www.VDKA6100.com.

Pamper Mom w/ Teleflora’s Blissful Floral Bouquets this Mother’s Day

Want to surround your mom with beauty for Mother’s Day? Thanks to Teleflora, you can give mom the gift of beauty in two ways. The floral giant has partnered with SpaFinder Wellness to create the ultimate 3-in-1 gift packages for Mother’s Day. These floral and spa gift combos include stunning Teleflora bouquets in lovely collectible containers, and the option of adding a SpaFinder gift card in amounts of $25, $50 or $100. Mom can choose from a variety of spa services, beauty treatments or other premier wellness offerings available at any SpaFinder partner location worldwide. As an added bonus, from April 14 through May 11, when you make a Teleflora.com purchase of any the featured Teleflora Mother’s Day bouquets, you will be entered to win a luxurious SpaFinder vacation package, as
well as other daily spa prizes. Who knows, maybe you will win and gift your mom with an extra bonus gift by taking her with you on the spa vacation. Check out the lovely bouquets below

The Everything Rosy Gift Set – Exclusively from Teleflora.com for $69.95

A rose is but a rose. Give Mom the ultimate bouquet of luxury with a chic, vintage-style jardiniere filled with lush pink roses and a selection of spa delights, including deluxe body wash, moisturizing hand and body crème and candle, in a fresh citrus rose-scent

Teleflora’s Lavender Grace Bouquet – Available on Teleflora.com for $89.95

A tranquil treasure overflowing with the season’s freshest flowers features stunning roses, oriental lilies, and chrysanthemums crafted in a lovely hand-blown lavender glass vase. This limited-edition sculpted keepsake vase dazzles with graceful details and elegant proportions that accompanies a range of seasonal and everyday bouquets.

Teleflora’s Pink Bliss Bouquet – Available on Teleflora.com for $57.95

So Pretty in Pink! Pamper her with a stunning floral arrangement that is delivered in a beautifully detailed hand-blown glass vase in
the perfect shade of pink. Hand-cut details add a touch of luxury to any Mother’s Day bouquet.

Teleflora’s Butterfly Serenity Bouquet – Available on Teleflora.com for $49.95

Give her a reason to relax and pour on the charm this Mother’s Day with this sweet floral bouquet. Delicate roses and a variety of cushion and daisy spray chrysanthemums are freshly presented in a delightful ceramic mug featuring hand-painted details and an applied ceramic butterfly on the handle.

Teleflora’s Enchanted Garden Bouquet – Available on Teleflora.com for $39.95

Bring all the springtime magic of an enchanting English garden into the home with this charming, butterfly in bloom floral arrangement. Wrapped in a collage of vintage-inspired botanical artwork, this exclusive glass cube is a perfect complement to a Mother’s Day bouquet.

We have a difficult time choosing our favorite bouquet to gift mom with. Which one will your mom love?

Shop Sorial’s Spring 2014 Handbag Collection

There is a butter soft leather tote bag in our possession that gets compliments every time even with its simplistic silhouette, that tote is a Sorial Rubina Tote. This wonderful carryall is very durable and lightweight, did we mention the butter soft leather? That’s what Sorial Handbags is known for, wonderful handbags and small leather accessories made of the most supple and finest Italian lambskin leather that compliments everything in your wardrobe, which is why we love everything in their spring collection.

Created by husband and wife team, Alex and Vivianne Sorial Bannout, in 2006, Sorial fills a price void in retail leather without sacrificing the beauty and luxury of their leathers and hardware. For Spring 2014, we see lots of exotic snake embossed leather and embossed stingray leather in soft pastels, vegan leather bags in sophisticated shapes and classic hues, pops of bold color and beautiful textures.

We love the Oceana and Rubina Totes for their large interiors and classic silhouettes, the Gramercy Duffle and Gramercy Tote for their sleek, sophisticated and modern exterior, and the colorblocking of the Park Avenue Tote, a style seen on Reese Witherspoon which just so happens to be on sale for $49.00 when you use coupon code “CHANNEL7” at checkout (we suggest you take advantage).

NYC EVENT ALERT: Kiehl’s, Jeremy Piven, Nina Agdal & Flywheel “Ride for Charity”

Kiehl’s since 1851 has partnered with #PowerCouple Actor, Jeremy Piven and Nina Agdal, 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model, to ride Flywheel cycling bikes at the Kiehl’s Flagship store to raise donations for Food Bank for New York City – one of the country’s largest hunger-relief organizations working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. This amazing event is open to the public and you are invited to ride! Simply attend the event and take a turn to “Ride for Charity”!

**Kiehl’s will donate $150 for every 15 minutes of cycling to Food Bank of New York City on behalf of Nina and Jeremy, as well as any customers who ride.**

The event takes place this Thursday, April 17, 2014, from 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Everyone who attends will enjoy the following:

  • See Jeremy Piven, Nina Agdal and additional surprise guests riding Flywheel bikes inside the Kiehl’s store
  • Complimentary healthy skin checks for customers before and after rides
  • Deluxe samples of Kiehl’s #PowerCouple products: Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate & Midnight Recovery Concentrate for all customer riders
  • Complimentary Flywheel classes for all customer riders
  • Complimentary refreshments courtesy of Juice Press

To participate, just pop by the Kiehl’s Since 1851 located at 109 Third Avenue @ 13th Street where 15 minutes of your time will help raise money for this amazing charity organization. Share your flywheel experience via social media by tagging @Kiehls on Twitter and @KiehlsNYC on Instagram using #KiehlsCycles and #PowerCouple

Your Taxes are Done, Celebrate w/ this Refreshing Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon Cocktail

It’s officially here, April 15th aka Tax Day. After probably stressing out over getting your taxes done, wondering whether or not you owe or getting a refund, you may need a cocktail. This cocktail can be used to celebrate a refund, drown your sorrows if you owe the government or to just celebrate surviving yet another Tax Day. One great cocktail to turn to is the Basil Hayden’s® Refund Spice, created by Marie Zahn and made with Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon. The American-made, Basil Hayden’s® Refund Spice, is a modern twist on two classic bourbon cocktails that have been around longer than Tax Day itself. The cocktail combines the spicy, trademark finish of Basil Hayden’s Bourbon with sweet honey syrup, tangy raspberry vinegar and tart grapefruit juice to make the perfect cocktail to end the dreaded tax season.

Basil Hayden’s® Refund Spice,
created by Marie Zahn (Louisville, KY)

2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
1 tsp. Honey Syrup*
1 tsp. Raspberry Vinegar
Grapefruit Soda
Add Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, honey syrup and raspberry vinegar over ice in a Collins glass and stir. Top with grapefruit soda. Garnish with a grapefruit peel.


*Honey Syrup Preparation:
1 cup Honey
1 cup Water
In a small saucepan, heat the honey and water.
Stir until fully incorporated, then let cool and refrigerate.

So whether you get a refund or not, just celebrate the fact that this day is almost over. Cheers!

TYLT Introduces New Accessories for Samsung Galaxy S5

Gone are the days of painfully waiting for tech accessories for Android devices. As we welcomed the long awaited Samsung Galaxy S5, brands are quick to provide must-have accessories to pair with the device. One of our favorite tech accessories companies is TYLT, whose VÜ Wireless Charger, we recently covered and continue to swoon over, is one such tech accessory brand. To coincide with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5, TYLT announced its new ENERGI Sliding Power Case and ALIN Screen Protector for the GS5.

TYLT ENERGI Sliding Power Case – $79.99

Equipped with a removable 2,800mAh battery that doubles the GS5’s battery life, TYLT’s new ENERGI Sliding Power Case also features a protective TPE-lined inner case for enhanced drop protection. While TYLT’s Energi Sliding Power Case for the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S4 come with slim-line inner cases, the GS5 version has been redesigned to double as a standalone protective case. The ENERGI Sliding Power Case also features a cutout for easy access to the Galaxy S5’s heart rate sensor and an LED light that indicates remaining battery capacity. The ENERGI Sliding Power Case is also made to be compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S5’s new port cover, located on the bottom of the phone for protection from water and dust. The inner protective case comes in blue or gray, with pink and purple protective cases available separately.

TYLT ALIN Screen Protector – $24.99

Nothing makes a phone look older than it is than a smudged and cracked screen. As a GS5 user, you can further protect your new phone with TYLT’s award-winning ALIN screen protector. The first screen protector to come with a plastic snap-on alignment tool for installation, ALIN ensures a perfect, bubble-free application in seconds. Featuring HD clarity for ideal screen visibility, the four provided screen protectors each include two removable tabs to avoid fingerprints during the dry application process. Simply clean the Galaxy S5, snap it into the alignment tool, use the plastic guide edge to correctly position the screen protector, apply, and enjoy months of protection.

Both the TYLT ALIN Screen Protector and the ENERGI Sliding Power Case will be available in just a few weeks.