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Archive for March 26, 2010

TIP OF THE DAY: Wines For Easter

What wines are you serving with Easter dinner?

Forget the same old, same old. Pour something special to talk about over Easter dinner.

Think of Lachryma Christi (“Tears of Christ”). Or Saint Joseph “Offerus” from Jean Louis Chave: It comes from France’s great Rhone appellation named after Joseph of Arimathea, who donated his own prepared tomb for the burial of Jesus after the crucifixion.

Both wines are delicious and can precipitate a dinner table discussion about the meaning of Easter. Read more about them.

Find more information about wine in our Wine Section.

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Serve a real Easter wine this year. Photo
courtesy Australian Lamb Council.

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EASTER: Chocolate Bunnies

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Please hop our way this Easter. Photo
courtesy Vosges Haut Chocolate.

At Vosges Haut Chocolat, the Easter bunnies are of a more flavorful species.

Four exotic, solid chocolate bunnies are ready to hop your way:

  • Amalfi Bunny (white chocolate, lemon zest and pink peppercorns)
  • Barcelona Bunny (hickory-smoked almonds and grey sea salt)
  • Orchid Vanilla Bunny (62% dark chocolate with Tahitian vanilla)
  • Toffee Bunny (43% dark milk chocolate with toffee chunks and pink Himalayan salt).They’re tasty but petite—2.5 ounces each—so you don’t have to feel guilty about finishing the last bite.

    Find more information on these and our other favorite Easter chocolates.

    Read our full review of Vosges Haut-Chocolat.

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Top Pick Of The Week: Built Burger ~ The Best Burger You Can Find

Notice to all restaurants that proclaim “The World’s Best Burger”: You’re wrong! The world’s best burger comes from Built Burger in Seattle. And they’ll ship to your door.

It was just last year that two burger lovers in Seattle pondered how to take our beloved national dish to a new level.

Yes, there are gourmet breads and condiments and organic beef, but at the end of the day, it’s still a beef patty (and more recently, a chicken, lamb, pork or turkey patty).

One day, the two intrepid burger explorers decided to incorporate popular ingredients—cheese, other meats, veggies and herbs—into the beef. This has often been done in meat loaf recipes, but the concept tastes oh, so much different in a pure, all-natural, top-quality patty made of free-range beef from the Pacific Northwest.

The first Built Burger was created with a mixture of chorizo, roasted red bell peppers, caramelized Walla Walla onions, Worcestershire sauce and French sea salt. It was so good that people passed on the bun and toppings and ate it with a fork. It was called the Magnificent Chorizo Burger, and that’s not hyperbole.

 

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The best burgers we’ve ever had. Photo © BuiltBurger.com.

Now, there’s a family of beef, chicken, lamb, pork and turkey burgers. We’re adopting each and every one into our family. We think that the short ribs burger is better than Daniel Boulud’s; and most of the others are without peer.

  • Discover more about these brilliantly-built burgers in the full review, and be sure to order a bunch.
  • Check out our better burger tips.

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