Front Burner: Looking for Sichuan Ingredients? A Nashville Company Delivers

Sichuan peppercorns, the dried seed pods of the prickly ash, are actually not a kind of pepper, but a spice that delivers tongue-tingling heat with a citrus accent. They have become quite widely available. The ones sold by the Mala Market, a new company based in Nashville, are high-quality. Taylor Holliday, the owner, imports the…

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Front Burner: New Shop Boasts Three Walls of Free-Flowing Chocolate

Turin, a Northern Italian city known for chocolate confections, is home to Venchi, a 140-year-old company that has opened a shop in New York. (The chocolate maker has a store in the Woodbury Common outlet mall upstate and a franchise in Miami.) The Manhattan store offers an immersive experience: A wall of chocolate bars and…

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Front Burner: A Cheese Slate in a New York State of Mind

A new line of slate and wood boards puts urban chauvinism on display. The skyline of one of eight American cities adorns each of these new boards and slates from JK Adams, a cutting-board company in Dorset, Vt. The boards are nifty serving pieces to use for charcuterie, hors d’oeuvres or cheese, or to give.…

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Front Burner: Slim Volumes With Scores of Cocktail Ideas

A collection of 100 cocktail recipes — grouped in booklets according to the dominant spirit (amaro, Champagne, gin, rum, sherry, tequila and mezcal, whiskey and vodka) then boxed together — makes for a cunning reference tool or gift. Around a dozen drinks, classics and others from bars around the country, are included in each tiny…

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Front Burner: All-You-Can-Slurp Canadian Oysters

Canada is the source of many lip-smacking, cold-water oysters, including the flat Malpeque and one of my favorites, BeauSoleil, from New Brunswick. Docks Oyster Bar is gathering these and more than a dozen others, from the East and West Coasts of Canada, to open and serve at an oyster festival on Saturday. The admission ticket…

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Front Burner: Send Home a Danny Meyer Pie for Thanksgiving

The question for Thanksgiving is not whether to have pie, it’s simply what kind. This year, for the first time, Goldbelly will ship nationwide fresh-baked holiday beauties from several Danny Meyer restaurants in New York. (Mr. Meyer’s Enlightened Hospitality Investments recently led a $20 million investment in Goldbelly.) Sweet potato pie ($49) from Blue Smoke,…

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30 Hostess Gifts That Are Better Than Booze

Rule number one for being the best house guest possible: Never show up empty handed. Gift unexpected coffee table books on topics that range from surfing to fine dining; be the world’s greatest friend with an Hermès punch bowl; or stock up on mini Diptyque candles to offer from now until the end of the…

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The Story of America, Told Through Mark Twain’s Favorite Foods

HARTFORD — Mark Twain was a well-traveled literary superstar, so famous that his editor once journeyed to Washington to ask President Theodore Roosevelt if he would move Thanksgiving because it coincided with Twain’s birthday plans. (Twain moved his party.) But in 1879, on a book tour through Europe, he craved the simplest foods from home,…

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Tales From the Warhol Factory

Concealed behind the pasty mask, the trademark fright wig and the impassive expression Andy Warhol showed to the world was a man of roiling complexities. Depending on who does the talking, Warhol was either an emotional vampire draining vital juices from the animated nut-jobs he gathered to him or a kindly, if slightly creepy, avuncular…

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