Check out some of the newest specialty products on the market, available now at Straub’s!
Unlike the standard “red” hot sauces that make any food they are added to taste like, well, the flavor of the hot sauce, Floyd & Fred’s HotLime has a tart, crisp but surprisingly understated zip that brings out the best in the existing flavor of foods. Try just a few drops on raw bar oysters, in place of butter as a dipping sauce for lobster, with crab, in guacamole or virtually any Mexican food, in Bloody Marys, with olives, as a marinade or in salad dressings.
In the early 1980s, a West Houston couple was making a name for themselves making fresh gourmet lard-free tamales and fresh salsa in their home kitchen. As word spread of the great taste of these fresh and healthy tamales, the demand for a lard-free tamale grew. Enough interest was generated so that the couple began selling from a street-side cart on the far west side of Houston.
It did not take long to outgrow their home kitchen and Texas Tamale Company, “The Mexican Deli” was opened in Houston’s prestigious Galleria area. Commitment to quality and customer service soon made them a well-known Houston tradition serving some of the tastiest tamales in town. So now you don’t need to ask where to buy tamales or “What is a tamale?” Just head over to Straub’s. As Shirley Bailey explains, “A tamale is simply corn masa with a filling of meats, vegetables or even sweets at times. A tamale is composed of three parts: the corn husk which is the outer wrapping, the corn masa, then the filling. What is masa you ask? Masa is ground corn made into a powder like wheat that is made into flour.”
The original American coffee revolution began on the day Alfred Peet opened his first coffee store in Berkeley, CA on April 1, 1966. His style of coffee was very different from other major brands available at the time, emphasizing smaller batches, freshness, superior quality beans, and a darker roasting style that produced coffee with richness and complexity. Alfred Peet further catalyzed the specialty coffee movement when he mentored and inspired a generation of coffee entrepreneurs, including the founders of Starbucks, whom he supplied with Peet’s roasted beans during their first years of operation.
Over the past four decades, Peet’s growth has been fueled by ever-increasing numbers of coffee lovers in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the nation. Their purpose has not changed since 1966 – to seek out opportunities to raise the expectations of American coffee drinkers by attracting and serving those who truly love the taste of coffee, for whom a cup of coffee could only mean a cup of Peet’s.
Open the gate and follow the path to a local favorite. Sisters Garden Gate Recipes Sweet & Sour Dressing is a signature that has been in their family for years. It originated from the family’s previous fried chicken business, called Chicken King, in northern St. Louis back in 1984 to 2000. When customers would come to get their chicken dinner, there was always a cup of coleslaw alongside. The family recipe wasn’t only in a dinner box, but also in gallons for gatherings within the St. Louis communities.
This unique new product combines the healthy qualities of extra virgin olive oil with lycopene extracted directly from tomato flesh without the use of solvents. Oil is extracted from 2 varieties of olives, Cornezuelo and Arbequina for a balanced fruity taste that is very delicious. Lycopene is a very potent natural antioxidant that belongs to the family of carotenoids that gives that characteristic red color to tomatoes, watermelons and, in lesser quantities, to other fruits and vegetables. It provides very beneficial properties to our health as it acts by protecting the body cells from oxidative stress. The healthy product obtained is the combination of the two basic components in the Mediterranean diet. By eating raw and rich vegetables human bodies could only absorb 5% of lycopene, yet when associated with oil, 90% can be digested. The aroma is reminiscent of ripe tomato and dried fruits like walnut and pistachio. It is very smooth and delicate in the mouth with hints of tomato but without the characteristic acidity of some tomatoes. Use the way you would use any other olive oil, in pasta salads, risotto, or base for a bread dip. The lycopene imparts a wonderful orange coloring that is beautiful when plating cheese, steaks, seafood or vegetables.
In 1910, a woman named Ines Rosales began making olive oil tortas (tortas de aceite) by hand and selling them at the train station in Seville, Spain. Soon, she could not keep up with the demand, so she employed the women of the local village to assist her in producing these delicate and crisp treats. She used local ingredients, including extra virgin olive oil and unbleached wheat flour. In a short period of time, this Andalusian specialty became known and enjoyed throughout Spain. Today, the tradition continues. Ines Rosales Tortas are still made by hand with the same recipe Ines Rosales created over one hundred years ago. Women from the local village are still employed to hand-form and hand-wrap the tortas that are made in small batches. We carry four delicious varieties to satisfy any craving. Sweet flavors include Original, Seville Orange and Cinnamon. The sweet varieties make a tasty treat paired with soft cheeses, ice cream or alongside fresh fruit. On the savory side we offer Sesame & Sea Salt, perfect for dipping or topping with cheese.
Lucky Layla is a drinkable yogurt handcrafted by artisans in Garland, Texas for superior taste and quality. This creamy yogurt is all natural, with real fruit pulp, no additives, no preservatives and has active probiotic cultures. It is very low in sugar, sodium and cholesterol compared to other products. America’s Best Yogurt award by the American Cheese Society 2007, 2008 & 2009!
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