The granola of the Exodus
Where once there was Manischewitz, Streit's and a handful of other Passover-appropriate eats, today there are a staggering 125,000 kosher products available in this country, according to the reps at Kosherfest, a trade convention so large, it fills New Jersey's Meadowlands exhibition center. But our attention is riveted on just one of them today -- because who could resist a product that bills itself as "the trail mix of the Exodus"? The whole wheat-maple version of Matzolah -- which the New York Times dubbed "the observant granola" -- includes crumbly bits of Streit's matzo, coconut, almonds, walnuts and pecans. There's a gluten-free cranberry-orange version, too. Tasty, whether or not your day's labors include desert crossings or Red Sea-partings. Find it at Whole Foods and foodmannosh.com.
A caffeinated St. George
Speaking of irresistible things, St. George Spirits, Alameda's award-winning distillery, has turned its attention to caffeine. Coffee in alcoholic form, that is. Their newest release is St. George NOLA Coffee Liqueur, inspired, we're told, by distiller Dave Smith's love for New Orleans and NOLA-style coffee. (Smith met his wife Jules there, so this liqueur is a love note in every sense.) We had a sip recently, and it's divine -- deeply, darkly coffee-infused with no cloying kahlualike overtones. It's particularly naughty poured over an affogato, the Italian ice cream and espresso dessert. Now we can't wait to try some of their cleverly named cocktail suggestions, including the Up All Night (with Campari) and The City That Never Sleeps (made with Breaking & Entering Bourbon). Find the recipes at www.stgeorgespirits.com.
Bigfoot in Felton?
Who knew there was a Bigfoot Museum in the Santa Cruz Mountains? Mystery Spot, yes, but a gallery devoted to all things yeti? Apparently, it's a favorite with the team at Campbell's Pycho Donuts, which ran a museum fundraiser this weekend that included a Bigfoot art show with 21 artists, music by Kepi and the Ghoulies, and, of course, a special doughnut homage: a Bigfoot Toe Jam' Donut that looks like a giant, jelly-filled foot. Um, yum?
If you missed the doughnutty festivities, don't fret. The Felton museum includes a nocturnal diorama, exhibits on local Bigfoot sightings, plaster foot and hand prints, and Bigfoot documentary screenings. It's open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays. Find details at bigfootdiscoveryproject.com. Tell 'em Sasquatch sent you.
-- Jackie Burrell, Staff