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8 things we’re obsessed with right now

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

From a vegan schmear to a summery shrub, here’s what’s at the top of our shopping list right now.




1. Heirloom Bottling Co. Shrubs
We love vinegary shrubs, especially those made in St. Louis with just a handful of ingredients. Try the Blackberry Lemon Mint with soda water and remember summer exists.
$21. Larder & Cupboard, 7310 Manchester Road, Maplewood, 314.300.8995, larderandcupboard.com

2. Antonio Mattei Biscotti
These almond biscuits and chocolate biscotti bring us back to charming London teatimes. Bonus: They come in elegant bright blue and red tins we love to reuse.
$14 to $25. Parker’s Table, 7118 Oakland Ave., Richmond Heights, 314.645.2050, parkerstable.com




3. Duralex Picardie tumblers
This tempered glassware is heat- and freezer-safe, shatterproof when you’ve had one too many – did we mention it’s great for table wine? – and doesn’t slouch on style, either. It is French, after all.
Set of 6: $14 to $32. Sur La Table, 295 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac, 314.993.0566, surlatable.com

4. Evolúció Blaufränkisch
Drop that pinot. This light-bodied, berry-tart Austrian red goes with everything and nothing – and that’s how we’re drinking it.
$11. Fields Foods, 1500 Lafayette Ave., St. Louis, 314.241.3276, fieldsfoods.com




5. Sea Salt Caramel Collection
Prevent abandoned bonbons with bitten corners. These straightforward caramels are what we want when picking through a box. Just get the good stuff.
$10. Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Co., multiple locations, chocolatechocolate.com

6. Cocktail Kingdom Mixtin
This vacuum-insulated, stainless-steel pitcher ensures consistent temperatures while stirring cocktails. Plus, unlike our old mixing glass, we can’t break it.
$50. Intoxicology, 4321 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314.858.8664, intoxicologystl.com




7. Kite Hill Chive Cream Cheese-Style Spread
Rich, tangy and oh-so-smooth, this almond-based vegan spread will woo even the most ardent turophile.
$6. Whole Foods, multiple locations, wholefoodsmarket.com

8. Made in India by Meera Sodha
Meera Sodha balances heady Indian flavors to pinpoint perfection. Try her chile paneer recipe, and you’ll appear to be an expert yourself.
$35. Left Bank Books, left-bank.com




The Scoop: Lake Forest Chocolates storefront to close in March

Monday, February 27th, 2017




Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Co. is closing its Lake Forest Chocolates storefront at 7801 Clayton Road in Clayton. Co-owner and second-generation chocolatier Dan Abel, Jr. said the tentative closing date will be Saturday, March 11.

Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate bought the Lake Forest brand in 2009. At that time, production took up approximately 80 percent of the Clayton space, with the retail shop occupying the rest of the space. In 2012, the company moved production of Lake Forest confections to its newer facility on The Hill at 5025 Pattison Ave., and Abel said it has become cost-prohibitive to keep the storefront open.

“We’ve been looking at what to do for a few years, but since then we haven’t found a reason to have that extra space in the back,” Abel said. “It’s been sitting empty for five years, and with the lease coming up, we decided not to renew.”

Lake Forest products will still be available at all current retail locations.

The Scoop: Here Today will be here tomorrow

Friday, November 8th, 2013



On Nov. 9, North County will be home to the first location of Here Today, a new discount retail store. Here Today is the brainchild of a group of St. Louis-based retail veterans (hailing from Grandpa’s, DEALS: Nothing Over a Dollar, and Save-A-Lot) who are hoping to launch the next generation of extreme value retailing.

Although Here Today, located in Florissant Meadows Shopping Center at 770 N. Highway 67, is quite large (more than 15,000 square feet), its founders’ goal is to offer a unique, boutique-like shopping experience without the crowded aisles and piles of unorganized merchandise as often prevalent in discount superstores. The store will carry home decor, pet products, electronics, small appliances, storage items, and health and beauty items among other offerings.  Additionally, the store will have groceries – both fresh and frozen – and will feature local products, such as Goshen Coffee and Kaldi’s Coffee (Cups of complimentary Kaldi’s coffee will be available for shoppers.), Companion products, Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate items, Zia’s and Tony’s pasta sauces, local craft beer and more.



Come on Down!

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

060110_chocAlthough we weren’t old enough to watch The Price Is Right when it first hit the airwaves in black-and-white in 1956, we do admit to wasting many an afternoon in the ’70s with Bob Barker and the TPIR models (mostly the models). We also got pretty good at guessing the prices of everything from dish soap to new cars, a talent that has come in handy ever since. We’ve never watched the show since Drew Carey took over a few years back. Nothing against Drew, but, well, we’ve moved on. But next Monday, June 7, will be different because St. Louis’ own Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Co.’s I Love Chocolate gift basket will be one of the prizes crazed contestants will bid on. The lucky bidder will take home (if he or she can resist that long) a chocolate lover’s dream collection of caramel popcorn drizzled with milk chocolate, chocolate-dipped licorice, premium truffles, nonpareils, milk- and dark chocolate-covered graham crackers, gourmet double-dipped malted milk balls, and milk and white chocolate mini pretzels. Want the I Love Chocolate basket for yourself without all the haggling and stress of the show (which airs at 11 a.m. on CBS, KMOV, Channel 4 locally)? Order one through Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate’s Web site or pick one up at any of the confectionery’s eight area stores. And at $49.95, the price is always right for this treat.

– Michael Renner

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