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Meet the First Bottled Hot Sauce of Italy

Hot sauce on pizza is always a great idea. But did you ever think to yourself if there’s ever been a hot sauce that’s as Italian as the slice you’re about to demolish.

Going back some time in Italian history, something called salsa al tornagusto — a Settecento-era hot sauce — was first mentioned in a cookbook by Vincenzo Corrado, a famous and innovative chef at the time, in 1781. It was a saucy mixture that consisted of chili, garlic, vinegar, herbs, spices. Yet surprisingly, no bottled hot sauce has ever hailed from Italy.

Enter Casa Firelli, an Italian hot sauce that’s handcrafted and features premium ingredients like Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI and Calabrian chili peppers. The best part is that it’s specifically made to be used on pizza.

It’s only right that your Italian pizza gets doused in a sauce made to be its perfect match.

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Oscar Mayer Launches Bologna Face Mask

I’m pretty sure that a good number of us have made bologna masks as kids by poking out holes in the lunchmeat for the eyes and mouth. Channeling that nostalgia, Oscar Mayer has just debuted a bologna-inspired sheet mask.

The Bologna Sheet Mask is spa-quality and made by premier Korean beauty and skincare company Seoul Mamas. This limited-time beauty mask features hydration and moisture retention and anti-inflammatory and skin protection benefits, all under the guise of tasty lunch meat.

Oscar Mayer’s Bologna Sheet Masks go on sale today on for $5.00.

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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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Americans Can Now Get a Taste of One of Italy’s Oldest Brands of Vinegar

Carandini, one of Modena, Italy’s oldest brands of vinegar, is now available at Whole Foods Markets nationwide. Hand-crafted using old-world methods and passed down through generations since 1941, Carandini’s selection of balsamic vinegars are as authentic as they come. 

Each signature offering is produced in Modena, Italy, a city located in a region where they invented the true traditional balsamic vinegar making way. They take authenticity seriously there, requiring approval from a regulatory body called the Consortium for the Protection of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. Guaranteed quality is an understatement.

In their first stateside showing, Carandini delivers all the zest and brings us three artisanal premium products to enjoy:

Emilio Silver Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI – $10.99 MSRP

  • A premier high-density Balsamic Vinegar of Modena that contains 60% grape must and strikes a balance between sweet and sour. Exuding a mahogany color and rich perfume, the versatile ingredient pairs well with both sweet and savory dishes. Emilio Silver is an excellent companion for vegetables, meat, cheese, fish, ice cream, fruit, and more.

●        Bianca Sweet White Vinegar – $10.99 MSRP

  • Delicate and floral, this sweet white vinegar contains 80% grape must and can be used in dishes that require the preservation of the food’s natural colors. The high-density Bianca can be used to dress a variety of meals, as a base for vinaigrettes added to beef and fish tartare, savoy cabbage, and an array of fruits and vegetables.

●        Italian Cheese Dressing with Sweet White Vinegar & Parmigiano Reggiano PDO  – $5.99 MSRP

  • An innovative product that pairs two of Italy’s most noted ingredients — Parmigiano Reggiano PDO and sweet white vinegar — to make the ultimate flavor profile and reinvent the rules within the kitchen. Endorsed by the prestigious Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium, this dressing is a Carandini-patented recipe that celebrates the excellence of the Emilia-Romagna region. It pairs well with salad, French fries, risotto, fish, and more.

The highlight of authentic balsamic vinegar begins in its roots. Choosing specific varieties of grapes, at peak ripeness. Crushing and then combining them with an exclusive wine vinegar recipe to set the tone. It’s then followed with a maturation process that uses wooden barrels in a controlled environment. The attention to detail makes all the difference, it also secures a prestigious Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) for the Carandini brand.

To learn more about the Carandini story, visit their website. To bring an authentic Modena, Italy experience home, visit your local Whole Foods Market.

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El Pollo Loco Is Selling This Wild Custom Lowrider Bike

If you’re really trying to cruise down the streets in major style, then this custom El Pollo Loco lowrider bike is just for you. Dubbed the La Flama Bike, this showstopper was custom made with El Pollo Loco by Manny Silver, The Godfather of Lowrider Bikes.

This bike has got all the stylish trimmings like custom flame detailing in the paint, handlebars, and seat. The rest of the custom details are just as dope:

  • Gold spoked rims
  • Old School white wall tires
  • Decorative mini-grill with working flames
  • Custom metallic flake paint with airbrushed flames
  • Flame detailed seat and handles
  • Detachable custom made cleaver and grill fork
  • Continental Kit style extra tire and rim

El Pollo Loco fans who need to ride around in style better head here to cop the La Flama Bike for $7,500 while supplies last!

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Del Taco is Selling a Holiday Stocking Filled With 100 Hot Sauce Packets

Heat seekers are going to love this gift from Del Taco: a holiday stocking filled with 100 packets of their favorite Del hot sauce.

For just $19.99 you can snag a stocking filled to the brim with 100 packets of either Mild, Del Scorcho, or Del Inferno hot sauces. Truly the perfect gift for the spice lovers in your life.

The Del Taco Stocking can be purchased here for the season while supplies last.

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Have Your House Smelling Like Lobster and Butter With This New Candle

The aroma of freshly cooked lobster and the accompanying melted butter is one that’s hard to resist. Now imagine having your own place smelling exactly like that sumptuous lobster dinner. Just picturing that scene is sure to have some of us drooling like one of Pavlov’s pups.

To make that enticing scenario happen, simply purchase the new Drawn Butter with Lobster Dust scented candle from Get Maine Lobster for $24.99.

This new scented soy wax candle was done in partnership with Seawick’s Candle Co, has a 65-hour burn time, and even comes with a QR code to access delicious lobster recipes.

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Wine and Cannabis Pairings That Go Perfect With Your Friendsgiving Dinner

Photo: Raw Garden

The holidays are fast approaching. Retailers already have their jingle playlists on repeat and temperatures have noticeably dipped. Whether you’ve been holed up at home or have returned to work, we could all use a break from our daily 1, 2 step. 

Since social gatherings are back in effect, no doubt you’ll see Friendsgiving invites popping up in your DMs. Friendsgiving is like an “adult” Thanksgiving. While regular Thanksgiving is like going back home to be a kid again, in adult form. Each serves its purpose, but back home there’s no passing of anything to the left other than plates of food, if you know what I mean. 

Photo: Raw Garden

In honor of Friendsgiving, I’ve put together three wine and cannabis pairings with the help of Khalid Al-Naser, Head of Product at Raw Garden Farm. Raw Garden is a 50 acre all organic cannabis farm with a focus on sustainable cultivation practices. Located in Santa Ynez Hills, they’re one of the largest cannabis growers in California. Beyond growing quality flowers, much like Friendsgiving, Raw Garden is about bringing people together.

These pairings were especially matched to compliment the full-bodied flavors of a Thanksgiving dinner. What better way to show thanks than over a delicious homemade meal, elevated by a tasty bottle of wine and a complementary strain of quality cannabis? 

Below, from appetizer to dessert, we’ve laid a roadmap that’ll take you and your friends to a whole new level of thankfulness:

Photo: Raw Garden

1. APPETIZERS: Mac & Cheese Bites, Cornbread Bites, Cheese & Veggie Platter

WINE: Columna, Albariño (Rias Baixas, Spain)
A crisp white wine with mild sweetness and a clean minerality that compliments more subtle meal pairings.

CANNABIS: Raw Garden, Peach Blossom Pen
Soft notes of sweet peaches and floral undertones that give a pleasant taste and uplifting high.

SUGGESTED ORDER: Smoke / Drink / Eat / Drink

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2. MAIN MEAL: Candied Yams, Mashed Potatoes, Collard Greens, Green Beans, Stuffing, Turkey

WINE: The Hilt, Pinot Noir 2014 (Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California)
A drinkable, medium-bodied red – savory, dark and perfumed wine. The Hilt Estate in the Santa Ynez Valley produces award-winning wines like this delicious Pinot Noir.

CANNABIS: Raw Garden, Paradise OG Pen
Fruit forward with a gassy, diesel-like boutique that finishes with soft notes of tropical funk.

SUGGESTED ORDER: Drink / Eat / Drink / Smoke

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3. DESSERT: Sweet Potato Pie

WINE: Royal Tokaji, 5 Puttonyos Azus (Mád, Hungary)
Hungarian dessert wine with a long history and a great story. Sweet, high in sugar, with excellent acidity that acts as a wonderful finish to any meal and a great palate cleanser.

CANNABIS: Raw Garden, Blackberry Cookies Pen
Big notes of ripe berries and cream, with a hint of classic cannabis “kushiness”.

SUGGESTED ORDER: Smoke / Drink / Eat / Drink / Smoke

Aside from being specially curated to compliment a Friendsgiving meal, there’s also a suggested order in which to enjoy the experience. Different orders prepare the palate for interesting twists.

Whichever side of the holiday pool you wish to dive in, one thing’s for sure, it will be lit. To try out these pairings, visit the links above. Hope you enjoy the Friendsgiving festivities as much as I plan to!