Sally's Place eNewsletter
Mother's Day
May 2012

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 Artisan Chocolate Truffles, And The Spices That Love Them: Cardamom  

Chef Eric Cayton says cardamom is indigenous to India and is used frequently in South Asian as well as Middle Eastern cuisine. Cardamom seed pods can be found in two basic colors; green and black. 


 Artisan Chocolate Truffles, And The Spices That Love Them: Cayenne Pepper
Chef Eric Cayton says that adding too much of this potent chili to a dish will quickly overpower all other ingredients and render it inedible. 




Best Restaurants in Vancouver

Pam Williams updates this article that showcases night life, restaurants and day tripping in this vital and dynamic city.

Passover: Your Turn to Host the Seder

Jayne Cohen says with good planning and some streamlining, you can serve a seder that would make any grandmother kvell.




Première Bordeaux - Semaine Prochaine - Mardi Après-midi

Jon Rusciano visits Chateau Montrose, Chateau Cos d'Estournel and Chateau Pontet-Canet. Part of Jon's My Bordeaux Adventures series.



If you are looking for Ethnic recipes, look no further than our Sally's Place Ethnic Recipe Section.

Ethnic Recipes

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May Is...

Asparagus Month, National Bar-B-Que Month, National Egg Month, National Duckling Month, National Hamburger Month, National Salad Month, National Strawberry Month, National Salsa Month, National Vinegar Month, National Chocolate Custard Month, National Beef Month, and Sweet Vidalia Onions Month.


May  1

National Chocolate Parfait Day


May  2 

National Truffles  Day

May  3 

National Raspberry Tart Day

May  4

National Orange Juice Day

National Homebrew Day

National Candied Orange Peel Day

May  5 

Cinco de Mayo

National Chocolate Custard Day

Totally Chipotle Day

National Hoagie Day

May  6

National Crepes Suzette Day

International No Diet Day

National Beverage Day


May  7
National Roast Leg of Lamb Day

May  8
National Coconut Cream Pie Day
National Empanada Day
Have A Coke Day

May  9
National Butterscotch Brownie Day

May 10  
National Shrimp Day

May 11
National Mocha Torte Day
Eat What You Want Day

May 12
National Nutty Fudge Day

May 13
Mother's Day
National Apple Pie Day
National Fruit Cocktail Day

May 14  
National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

May 15
National Chocolate Chip Day

May 16
National Coquilles St. Jacques Day

May 17
National Cherry Cobbler Day

May 18

National Cheese Soufflé Day


May 19 

National Devil's Food Cake Day 


May 20 

National Quiche Lorraine Day

Pick Strawberries Day 


May 21

National Strawberries & Cream Day


May 22
National Vanilla Pudding Day

May 23 

National Taffy Day

May 24

National Escargot Day

May 25 

National Wine Day

National Brown Bag it Day

May 26

National Blueberry Cheesecake Day

National Cherry Dessert Day

May 27

National Grape Popsicle Day

May 28 

Memorial Day

National Brisket Day

National Hamburger Day

May 29

National Coq Au Vin Day

May 30 

National Mint Julep Day

National Macaroon Day



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Dianas_Coconut-Cake We are excited to bring you a bevy of new ideas to help you make your Mother (or any maternal figure in your life) feel extra special this Mother's Day.  We have some fun gift ideas below.  But if you want to honor your Mom with a home cooked meal - brunch, lunch or dinner - let us help you with the menu.  Check out our list to the left for some fresh recipes to add to your repertoire.  And be sure and see the wine coupon from Concannon Vineyard at the very bottom of this eNewsletter.   
All the best in food, wine, and travel.  


Happy May,


Sally Bernstein



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Fun Food Trips:


Pasta & Wine Lover's Culinary Tour

making_pasta October 3rd to 13th join Aliza Green, Italian food expert and author of 12 culinary books including the highly successful Making Artisan Pasta, for a 10-day exploration of autumn culinary delights starting in the Maremma, heartland of Italy's ancient Etruscan culture, and moving on to Orvieto in Umbria. For more information, click here






Secrets of Tuscany with Food N' Wine Vacations

samadar Experience the best of Tuscany, where you will feel as if you are staying in a home of good friends, touring local food shops and a cheese farm, tasting at Tuscany vineyards and an olive oil farm, sightseeing medieval towns, going with family member Giada to the market and making pizza in the wood oven with family members. The tour of Tuscany is an unforgettable experience of REAL Tuscany. For more information, click here.


Mother's Day is May 13th.  Give so
meone a truly fine day -- send them this gorgeous spring mix of roses, tulips and fresh blossoms in a range of cool hues including pink, lavender, yellow and chartreuse, nestled in a modern glass cube vase. Pink spray roses and tulips, lavender Matsumoto asters and cushion spray chrysanthemums, yellow roses and carnations and green button spray chrysanthemums are delivered in a clear glass cube vase. Approximately 8" wide x 9" high; $59.99 includes delivery.  Click here to order.




Food-Related Products: 



Dave's Gourmet   

daves_logo Mother's Day is right around the corner, do you have plans for your mom yet? How about making dinner for mom using one of Dave's gloriously flavorful all-natural, award-winning pasta sauces?  We promise, Mom will love it!



Joseph Joseph created this attractive five-in-one set that takes up minimal space, even when it's permanently propped on your counter. The unique silicone set is held together by a magnet at the top of each handle, allowing the ladle, pasta strainer and both solid and slotted spoons to be stacked together so that all five occupy the absolute minimum amount of space while staying within an arm's reach. 3.5" L x 13" H and dishwasher safe. $25 For information, click here. 




Le Petit Dej' Breakfast Tray

Le Petit Dej is a high-gloss acrylic tray with a vase that fluidly shoots up from the surface thanks to a cleverly and carefully designed injection molding process--produced entirely in the U.S.A. It's the first in what hopefully will be a long series from Peter White's new ByWhiteDesign. The Melbourne native designed graphics for Samsung, Starbucks, Coca Cola and Hershey's. The tray is 22" x 15.5" and comes in white and yellow. $92 For information, click here.




Molecule-R Gastronomy and Mixology Kits

molecule_gastronomy Kits to make your own molecular gastronomy dishes and drinks at home. Includes key tools, DVD with 50 recipes, and 50 sachets of food additives.  All of the additives, except the Gelatin, are natural. They are all found in nature, primarily in red algae plants; in addition, the additives can be found in most food that we consume on a daily basis.  For information, click here. 


International Pop Artist Romero Britto

britto Romero Britto is a Brazilian Neo-pop artist, painter, serigrapher, and sculptor.  He combines elements of cubism, pop art and graffiti painting in his work. It is his Home Edition that is of interest, especially his colorful teapots, mugs, cake plate, water bottles, bottle stoppers, lunch totes, teabag holder, salt & pepper shakers and spoon rests. For information, click here.




 Wine, Beer & Tea:


Hess Select Sauvignon Blanc
Hess_sau_blanc That Mother's Day falls in the spring month of May is a happy circumstance, as beautiful spring flowers bloom and bring a welcomed perfume to the air.  For such celebrations, the 2011 Hess Select Sauvignon Blanc is a good choice for spring salads and appetizers such as fresh basil and tomatoes or prosciutto-wrapped grilled peaches.  This is a tropical themed Sauvignon Blanc from select sustainably farmed vineyards in California's rugged North Coast, with aromas of gooseberry, guava and lemongrass alongside flavors of grapefruit, kiwi and key lime.  Note the new look for Mom: a beautiful new blue label with an easy to use screw-cap.
 For more information, click here. 



New Wine Pairing App Launches
natalie_maclean A new free mobile application will change the way that parents feel appreciated this May for Mother's Day. Adult offspring eager to please their parents can find the perfect wine matches for Mother's Day events on the Wine Picks & Pairings: Natalie MacLean app. Under the Pairings tab of the wine app, you'll find, for example, Natalie's top 5 wine and food matches for a Mother's Day Brunch. The app is also available for Android and BlackBerry. Other smartphones can access the mobile site. For more information, click here. 


Pocas Riserva Red 2007

Pocas_Riserva_Red This Mother's Day shower mom with an exquisite wine she'll enjoy all day long. If mom is more into red look no further for an inspired gift than the rich wines of Portugal. Poças Riserva Red 2007 ($28.00) from the Douro wine region of Portugal is just like mom--elegant and sophisticated. With sumptuous notes of licorice, dark cherries and white pepper, this medium bodied red will truly make mom feel celebrated. For information, click here. 







Beer of the Month Club 

beer_of_the_month The Beer of the Month Club is the perfect gift for any beer lover! Each month they deliver 12 full-sized bottles of hard-to-find, specialty microbrews from award-winning, regional breweries across the country. Each shipment will include four different varieties of premium, hand-crafted beer carefully selected by their experts and brewed in limited quantities by master brewers nationwide. They sample hundreds of microbrewed beers every year and only the best-of-the-best become selections of the Beer of the Month Club. They offer 3, 6, and 12-month clubs and a Beer of the Season Club with new selections each spring, summer, fall and winter.  For information, click here.




Adagio Farm-Fresh Artisan Tea of the Month Club
adagio_darjeeling Twelve months of healthy living through tea is surprisingly affordable so treat yourself without any guilt. Fresh loose teas will arrive at your doorstep like clockwork, inviting you on a journey of discovery with each shipment. These are made every other month, and contain two installments each, enough for about 80 cups of tea. If you're not satisfied, cancel anytime. A year of healthy living through tea is about to begin. Please select a variety of your choice. Your first shipment of teas will arrive within days. For information, click here.




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A founding family of California wine with a rich history, Concannon Vineyard devotes itself to family leadership, tradition, environmental conservation, and top-quality wine.concannon  Located at the center stage of the winegrowing renaissance in the Livermore Valley Wine Country, Concannon Vineyard boasts a beautiful backdrop with lush vines and historic architecture.  Come taste our award-winning wines, stroll our estate grounds and picnic on the lawn with family and friends.  To receive 15% off of your online purchase, visit  and enter promo code SALLY at checkout.


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