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New Instacart Report Reveals The Most Popular Hot Sauces in America

Ahead of National Hot Sauce Day on January 22, Instacart has just shared an extensive new report highlighting America’s spicy behavior, revealing the country’s favorite hot sauces.

Beyond just the top 10 list of popular hot sauces, the Instacart survey, entitled “Hot Take on America’s Favorite Hot Sauces,” also dishes on the most popular hot sauce in each state and which states purchase and consume the most hot sauce (spoiler: North Dakota leads the pack).

If you’re looking to dive right into the spicy findings, make sure to check out Instacart’s “Hot Take on America’s Favorite Hot Sauces.”

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Corzetti: The Prettiest Pasta You’ve Never Seen

Liguria, the Italian Riviera, that slice of glorious coastline stretching from Tuscany to France, is home to some of Italy’s most famous recipes (think pesto and focaccia), but also some of its best-kept secrets. Liguria, the Cookbook, which recently hit bookstores, introduces the reader to many of these unknown culinary treasures.

Meet corzetti (also known as croxetti), a medallion-shaped pasta that is embossed using an intricate, hand-carved wooden stamp, part of an ancient Ligurian tradition dating back to the Middle Ages.

Genoa, Liguria’s capital city, was once a powerful maritime empire and an important center of commerce and trade throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The city’s aristocratic families, made rich on trade and war, developed a taste for luxurious, ornate dishes. What could be more decadent than intricately decorated, personalized pasta?

It is presumed corzetti were originally embossed using a medieval coin called a corzetto, but during the Renaissance noble families would have their coat of arms stamped into the pasta for special occasions. Visiting royalty, weddings, and affairs of state were all excellent excuses to serve this memorable dish. It is said that corzetti were even served to the King of Morocco, during a feast in his honor in Genoa in the 1700s. This tradition has survived today, and, in some parts of Liguria, the stamped pasta is still prepared for weddings, artfully embossed with the newlyweds’ initials.

The two-part wooden mold used to emboss the pasta is a work of art itself, comprised of a concave cutter and an elaborately engraved stamp. The molds are made by hand by the few local intagliatori (woodcarvers) that still meticulously engrave the custom stamps to order.

In the town of Varese Ligure, where the tradition of corzetti is still alive and well, you’ll find the sawdust-carpeted workshop of the renowned woodcarver, Paolo Picetti. Unfortunately, Paolo passed away in 2020, but his workshop lives on in care of his daughters, who proudly continue to make the stamps in his memory today. If you can’t make it to Italy but still want to try your hand at corzetti, you can buy the stamps on Etsy or eBay or at specialty kitchen and Italian import stores.

The recipe, which you’ll find in Liguria, The Cookbook, is straightforward: a simple egg and flour dough with a splash of white wine, is gently rolled out and then cut into disks with the concave part of the wooden tool before being embossed with the desired design. The disks are then cooked in boiling, salted water for 5 to 7 minutes and dressed with the sauce of choice.

Corzetti are typically served three ways: au tuccu (with a meat sauce), in giancu (in a pine nut sauce with marjoram) or au pestu (with the region’s world-famous basil pesto).

No matter how you dress your corzetti, or where you buy your stamps, you are certain to have fun making them. And when you sit down in front of a beautiful dish of this historic pasta, you can’t help but feel a little bit like royalty yourself.

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It’s Ceviche Paradise at This Puerto Vallarta Gem

Ceviche lovers, welcome to paradise. When you’re at a spot that serves up 12 different kinds of ceviches, trust it’s gonna be hard to choose your favorites. But I happily took it upon myself to try out every one that Ceviche & Tequila Bar at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, has to offer.

The Ceviche & Tequila Bar located at the Marriott Resort in Puerto Vallarta is perfect for ceviche lovers, with executive chef Kelvin Valenzuela serving as the mastermind behind the uniqueness of some of the menu offerings.

Even though there are plenty of amazing ceviches to choose from at Ceviche & Tequila Bar at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta, the video above highlights my top three must-haves.

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Marvel’s Official Wakanda Cookbook Will Have You Feasting Like the Black Panther

Marvel now makes it possible for fans to feast like the Black Panther himself with The Official Wakanda Cookbook. This cookbook gives a taste of what African continent has to offer.

Based off of the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda, ruled by King T’Challa the Black Panther, the cookbook shares 70 recipes from all across Africa. Such recipes by Nyanyika Banda include Roasted Lake Trout, Village-Style Curried Chicken, Savory Plantain Custard, Glazed Roadrunner Wings, and Vegetable Samosas.

Fans can dig into these delicious recipes here and purchase the cookbook for $29.99.

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This Infographic Reveals Which US Cities Have the Cheapest & Most Expensive Cup of Coffee

If you’re one of the folks that relies on coffee as fuel to get you through the day, then the cost of a cup of it would matter greatly in your daily expenses. And as the following infographic from SavingSpot reveals, where you live can affect that cost dramatically.

The infographic above is a part of a larger study done by SavingSpot called, The US Coffee Index, and unveils insightful data, like the average price of a cup of coffee in every state, which states have the most and least coffee shops, and which state has the most expensive and cheapest coffee. Check out the full study here.

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Rumba Kitchen’s Whole Fried Red Snapper Is One of Many Highlights on its Thrilling Puerto Rican Menu

The way my jaw dropped when Rumba Kitchen’s Chef Omayra Dakis delivered their whole fried red snapper to my table surely touched earth. Dubbed the Chillo Frito, this imposing and remarkable fish dish is then treated to a luscious sofrito beurre blanc sauce that fills every crispy crevice with buttery delight.

Such an exciting dish is but one highlight in a menu of many at Rumba Kitchen, Dakis’ newest venture outside of their triumphant Triple Threat Truck, which was Los Angeles’ first Puerto Rican food truck. At Rumba Kitchen, diners are transported back to Old San Juan via familiar Puerto Rican flavors that are regaled in modern finesse.

The video above highlights a few top choices, but in reality, Rumba Kitchen’s menu is an exciting task to explore, widening the possibilities of what Puerto Rican food can be here in Los Angeles.

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For Los Angeles’ Kinn, Korean Classics Are Reimagined With Modern Finesse

In Los Angeles’ Koreatown, it’s not often you find a restaurant with a fine dining menu that has a grasp on classic Korean flavors yet reconfigures the cuisine’s matrix to the point where it’s all at once the same, but different. Enter Kinn, a new restaurant from Chef Ki Kim and Dustin Donghyuk Lee of In Hospitality group that sees Korean food through the lens of Kim’s fine dining sensibilities and nuance.

Hailing from such prestigious kitchens the likes of Matsuhisa in Aspen, Benu in San Francisco, and Michelin-starred Jungsik in New York City, Chef Kim now takes the helm at Kinn to extend and apply his acquired techniques and present Korean food with his unique, modern flair and charisma.

The dining experience you’re met with at Kinn is a calculated and deliberate menu that incorporates lush ingredients like hen of the wood mushrooms, black truffle, and sea urchin.

Chef Kim’s meticulous and thoughtful palate results in astounding dishes like perfectly supple Norwegian mackerel with fermented cucumbers, turnips with dongchimi (a radish-forward style of kimchi) and an addictive gaejang dressing made from fermented crab, tender octopus with gochujang aioli, and an opulent black truffle bibimbap that commands an air of sophistication while still serving comfort and familiarity.

Kinn is without a doubt a welcome addition to Los Angeles’ thriving Koreatown food scene, providing diners with a carefully crafted meal that aims to infuse a modern energy to Korean flavors.

Was I astonished? Easily. The food at Kinn is just as much a revelation as it is a revival.

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Meet the Japanese Vending Machine that Sells Wagyu Beef

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If you’ve ever had the sudden urge to indulge in some pricy Japanese Wagyu steak, then there’s a vending machine out in Japan that can take care of you on the spot.

As reported by SoraNews24, there is a vending machine out in the Japanese countryside in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture that dispenses high quality Wagyu beef steaks around the clock. So if that hankering ever does come for some perfectly marbled Wagyu beef and you happen to find yourself in the area, then the vending machine from Yutakaushi has you covered.

The vending machine is stocked with fresh meat daily and was created as a means for customers to purchase the top-tier beef at any time of the day or night.

SoraNews24 further revealed that the machine has options like “hamburger steaks (1,500 yen [US$13.04]), shoulder roast (1,800 yen), thinly sliced shoulder roast for yakiniku (1,700 yen), as well as offal (1,000 yen), and sirloin steak (1,600 yen).”

After purchasing, the Wagyu beef cuts come in vacuum sealed packaging to ensure premium freshness. Japan certainly has earned a reputation for having some of the most unique vending machines in the world, but having Wagyu beef on deck 24/7 has to be up there in terms of epic food dispensers.