Smokra from Rick's Picks
Bacon from Tamarack Hollow Farms
While wandering around the Union Square Greenmarket, I noticed a sign saying they had the best bacon in the world. A bold statement. And as a self-proclaimed bacon addict, I had to give it a try. Even after eating the bacon this weekend at Peter Lugar, I still think Tamarack Hollow Farms has the best I've ever tried. (photo from www.cheesebyhand.com)
CigarZin from Cosentino Winery
Spicy, big, rich cherry and raspberry fruits, a little bit of tobacco. Great with food, but can also hold it's own during the conversation before a meal.
My friends call this the stick wine because we can't ever remember the name but the bottle does have a small "stick" that is a piece of vine tied to the front. The varietal is montepulciano--and it is not to be confused with Vino Noble di Montepulciano--which is actually made with nebbiolo. This wine is round in the mouth, velvety, and a little jammy. It is probably my all time favorite wine for it's price.