8 things we're obsessed with right now
1. A’ Siciliana Limonata
The A’ Siciliana Limonata, a wonderfully tart Italian soda made with fresh Sicilian lemons, is the perfect beverage … to pour a bunch of vermouth into and drink on the rocks. If you’re not into aperitif hour, this drink is also delicious on its own.
11.5-ounce can: $4. Pastaria, 7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.862.6603, eatpastaria.com
You no longer have to stop by the local juice bar for your fresh-pressed fix, because the new, St. Charles-based Beauti-Juice ships to all 50 states. Order anywhere from a single bottle to a multi-day program of flavors like Hey Gorgeous, which includes beet, green apple, orange and ginger juices.
Prices vary. 314.478.8222, beauti-juice.com
3. Bold Spoon Creamery
Launched in May, this ice cream made with local Rolling Lawns Farm cream has made these uncertain times decidedly more cheerful. We loved the lemon curd ice cream, which was dense and smooth with a kiss of citrus. The fact that you can get it delivered makes it taste even better.
1 pint: $10. boldspooncreamery.com
4. Passion Fruit & Citra Hops Urban Seltzer
With its tart, fruity-floral notes, Urban Chestnut’s take on this hottest of canned beverages is the first we’ve tried that doesn’t make us sad we’re not just drinking either beer or carbonated water.
Four-pack: $7. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., 4465 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314.222.0143, urbanchestnut.com
5. Oo’mämē chile infusions
We’ve been loving the Oo’mämē Chinese chile crisp on everything from roasted sweet potatoes to salads to stir fry. With ingredients like fermented black bean, crystallized ginger and Sichuan peppercorns, this spicy condiment brings a broad, deep flavor to anything you put it on.
$16.50. AO&Co. Market & Cafe, 1641 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, 314.899.0991, AO&Co. Market & Cafe; oomame.net
6. Kobal “Bajta” Pet Nat
We’re declaring the Kobal Bajta Pet Nat our favorite bottle from quarantine. The lively sparkler tastes like one part champagne and one part lemonade and pairs beautifully with everything from pizza to grilled fish and fresh fruits.
$20. Union Loafers Cafe and Bread Bakery, 1629 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, 314.833.6111, unionloafers.com
7. YoBul! Plain Whole Milk Bulgarian Yogurt
This locally produced, Bulgarian-style yogurt is absolutely creamy with just a hint of tang. Its fabulous texture and subtle flavor are sure to give your breakfast parfait routine a new lease on life.
24 ounces: $4.50. Local Harvest Grocery, 3108 Morgan Ford Road, St. Louis, 314.865.5260, localharvestgrocery.com
8. Datu Puti White Vinegar Spiced Sukang Maasim
This Filipino pantry staple has infiltrated our home cooking in a serious way, adding an incredible kick to our marinades, salad dressings and stir frys. Infused with onion, hot pepper and garlic, this spiced vinegar is a surefire way to brighten a dish while adding funky depth.
$3. Jay International Food Co., 3172 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314.772.2552, Facebook: Jay International Foods
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