Blog posts tagged with 'online gourmet food'

Gourmet Fare for Your Summer Picnic

Summer is the perfect time of year to display your hosting flair with a memorable picnic or other outdoor fete complete with gourmet and wine. It's an easy way to add polish and panache to any meal. Whether you’re in the great outdoors or in the back yard, your picnic can exude the elegance of gourmet food.

gourmet food and wineFor those who are new to the gourmet game, planning a picnic or other outdoor feast may seem daunting. If you’re not quite at the aficionado stage, why not try browsing the selections in our online gourmet food store? This will give you some great ideas and open your mind to dishes that are easy to prepare without sacrificing an ounce of flair.

For an appetizer, you can serve some Matiz Gallego Spanish Sardines in Olive Oil or Adro Latvian Smoked Sprats Sardines on gourmet crackers. An imported cheese or charcuterie plate adds a conventional twist, and summer produce is always a no-brainer. You can’t go wrong with the amazing selection of summer produce available in our store. You can also serve something more exotic, such as Saaq’s Pistachio Liver Pate or Billot French Helix Escargot Snails.

If you plan on grilling, take it up a notch from typical hamburgers and hot dogs by serving more exotic fare such as Saaq’s Bavarian Bratwurst, Swiss Bockwurst or Evergoods Fine Foods Polish Sausage. Another unique item that is always a favorite is Saaq’s German Salami.

When it comes to gourmet wine and other beverages, your options are endless. If you’re local, come in to our store to browse our incredible selection of wines. For dessert, why not give a selection of cookies a more unique spin with choices such as Forno Bonomi Italian Amaretti Cookies or Cookies Con Amore handmade Italian cookies.

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Delicious Spring Produce From Our Gourmet Market

Spring is in full effect! That means that there is an even wider range of delicious produce available in both our gourmet food market and our online gourmet food shop. While winter veggies like kale, turnips and potatoes are still in delicious form, the spring fare will brighten up your meals and bring even more variety to your meals.

Here are a few delicious produce items to be on the lookout for in our gourmet food market:


The omega-3 fatty acid-packed babies are healthy and filling, making them a perfect choice for those striving for a healthy diet and weight loss. They are at peak ripeness this time a year and are delicious whether you toss them in salads, whip them into guacamole or eat them whole.


Crunchy and full of texture, these cruciferous veggies are fresh and tasty during springtime. Plus, radishes are loaded with vitamin C, fiber and glucosinolates. Eat them raw, sauté them with other veggies or slice them into slivers and toss them into a salad.


This is the time that strawberries turn sweet, so take advantage and turn them into an antioxidant-rich dessert or snack.


If only this healthy veggie was in season for a much longer time! One of the healthiest vegetables around, asparagus boasts a bevy of anti-inflammatory nutrients and phytonutrients, including vitamins C and E, beta-carotene and minerals such as manganese, zinc and selenium. Grill them with steak, salmon or tuna, or boil them and drizzle with lemon and butter or olive oil.

Spring Garlic

Toss it into soup, risotto and pasta, cook it with your favorite lean protein, and season all your favorite dishes with seasonal garlic, which is as its most subtle flavor this time of year.

Whether you buy your produce in our Sacramento store or our online gourmet food market, you can always count on the freshest, most delicious spring produce.

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Balsamic Vinegar—the Ultimate in Gourmet Food and Wine

Balsamic vinegar can make the most out of so many gourmet food and wine specialties. The delicious flavor enhancements it offers, coupled with the many health benefits it brings to the table makes it an absolute staple of any gourmet grocery pantry. What other food item is a natural disinfectant that is rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, and phosphorus? It’s good for the cardiovascular system and is low in sodium, fat and cholesterol.

Whether you’re an online cuisine aficionado or simply like to dabble, it takes some knowledge to use balsamic to its fullest, most delicious potential. While it can be paired with a wide variety of items and prepared many ways, there are some standard guidelines that can help make it easy to use balsamic with an array of gourmet food and wine.

Making the Most of Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic should never be boiled, in order to preserve its unique aroma, and should be added to gourmet grocery items in small quantities. It’s best served cold, and is typically drizzled over foods in small amounts. For serving at the table, it’s best to have a small decanter.

There is a variety of specialty grocery items that balsamic can be paired with. It’s amazing with duck breast or pate, Carpaccio, fish, meat, beef, parma ham, Parmigiano Reggiano and pumpkin soup. It’s even great as a dessert when drizzled over ice cream or ripe fruit. There are also quite a few cocktails that can be made with balsamic—martinis are a great example.

Where to Buy the Best Balsamic Vinegar

Choosing balsamic from an online gourmet food store is just as safe as buying it in a store. Most brands of balsamic have an infinite shelf life, even once opened. It should be stored at room temperature—not in the refrigerator.

Visit this link to brose our online selection of gourmet food and wine to find the best balsamic vinegar.

Tailgating with Gourmet Food and Wine

Tailgating with Gourmet Food and WineFootball season is here—that means tailgating, BBQs and lazy Sundays. While these affairs are usually pretty casual and laid back, with some gourmet food and wine, the whole experience can be taken to entirely new levels.  Enjoying the company of friends, family and your favorite team, combined with excellent food and drinks, makes game day one that everyone looks forward to.

At a visit to one of your favorite gourmet grocery stores or our online gourmet food store, upgrade your tailgate party with some upscale munchies. Let the imported beer flow alongside some popcorn, chips and dips, but also break out some gourmet food and wine and team-color cocktails. Give the chip tray a different spin by adding some black bean, white bean, seven-layer, three cheese or blue cheese dip.

Up the ante on the appetizer platter—add some hummus and pita, sliced veggies, shrimp cocktail and devilled eggs. You can also serve water table crackers with some scrumptious cheese balls. Another favorite appetizer is spinach dip, which can be served with chips as well as bread.
For a wide selection of goodies for the grill, visit one of your favorite gourmet grocery stores for your traditional burgers, steaks, hot dogs and chicken. You can also change it up as with some bratwurst, pork ribs, ahi and salmon.

Grill up some fresh vegetables like corn on the cob, bell peppers and asparagus. If there are any vegetarians in attendance at your shindig, you can grill up a veggie burger or some larger Portabello mushrooms to make faux burgers with.

For dessert, try something fun like sports-themed sugar cookies frosted in team colors or traditional favorites like chocolate chip cookies. Other no-brainers are team spirit cupcakes, peanut brittle and some specialty brownies—there are plenty of choices you can find in our selection of online gourmet food.

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