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Let’s face it — you have
terrible taste in wine. Or
maybe you don’t, but you
simply don’t have the time
to scour the local wine
bins for the choicest picks.
The solution? Let someone
else do the picking for
you. Gourmet gurus Dean
& Deluca are offering an
array of Wine Clubs, geared
toward everyone from the
shameless dabbler to the die-hard connoisseur. But whether you’re in the $50
per month Starters Club, or the über-luxe $1,000 Cult Wine Club, rest assured
you’ll be getting the best of the barrels; DeanDeluca.com.
Ready…set…shop! The Island Shop in
Key Biscayne, known
as “South Florida’s
Finest Gift & Home
is celebrating the
holiday season with
all the offerings you’ll
need to satisfy any
wishlist including this
Nambe Cheese Tray
with Magnetic Servers.
Even better, all purchases include free gift-wrapping! Special Sunday hours
throughout December from 12 p.m.-5 p.m.; 654 Crandon Blvd.; 305.361.1389;
IslandShopKB.com. Date Nightmares
First dates can be a harrowing experience. And when
those dates involve going out to dinner, every menu
represents a whole pile of potential pitfalls. After all,
what girl is going to want a second date after you
accidentally splatter her with lobster guts? Save your
sanity and your social life by avoiding these high-risk
• Avoid spaghetti, unless you’re wearing that
perfect shade of ragù red. If you’ve got to have
pasta, opt for shapes like penne or fusilli that can be
easily stabbed with a fork and are less likely to make
you or your date look like you’ve been on a horror
• Skip the wings. There’s no tidy way to eat a
buffalo wing. Yes, they’re delicious. Yes, I wish I
was eating a basket of them right now. But if I was,
my face and most of the table would be covered in
splotches of orange spicy sauce. Go for the chicken
tenders. They’re just as tasty, if less fun.
• Broccoli is your enemy. You think spinach leaves
bits on your teeth? Broccoli is like Lex Luther of
unwelcome mouth foliage.
• Whatever you do, don’t order a salad. Sure, it’s
neat and tidy, and probably won’t get stuck in your
shirt, mouth or hair. But it will also make you the
least fun person at the restaurant. Instead, order
that steak you’ve been craving and love every bite!
Jacquelyn Benson dices
vegetables for fun. An avid home
cook and gardener, she believes
dinner is best made with the help
of a good Ray Charles album and a
stiff martini; JacquelynBenson.com.
The rarer a food is, the more it
seems sought-after by chefs and
deep-pocketed gastronomes the
world over. Here are 3 ultra-
exclusive picks that will get your
mouth watering — or maybe
turn your stomach a little.
34 Choice Sprinkle
Everybody’s got salt in their
kitchen. But they probably don’t
have Amabito No Moshio, or
Japanese ancient sea salt. Collected
by evaporating water from an
unpolluted sea, seaweed particles
give it its unique color and flavor.
Chinese Bird Nest Soup is made from
the nest of a cave swift, which are
painstakingly constructed by the
birds using their saliva as glue. We’re
guessing it’s the rumored aphrodisiac
qualities and not the taste that
commands the high pricetag.
Ranking in as the 5th most
expensive food in the world is
French potato La Bonnotte. This
unassuming-looking spud is hand-
harvested from the fields of the Isle
of Noirmoutier and fetches about
$300 a pound.