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June 14, 2021
The Best Things We’ve Tried Recently, From Lavender Coffee To Spicy Ketchup
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Between all the time we spend in restaurants and the hours we devote to obsessing over things like plates and glassware, we tend to come across a lot of great products. And we often feel a need to tell other people about them. So here are all the attention-worthy food and drink-related things we’ve tried lately, from a magical egg cooker to a latte mix for when you want to spend your morning sipping on adaptogens.



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Maya Kaimal Spicy Ketchup

“This ketchup is a little spicy, a little sweet, and adds a little complexity to whatever I’m eating with it. I’ve been using this instead of the standard Heinz for my burgers, and it’s also great in a greasy egg sammie.”

- Anne Cruz

Get Maya Kaimal Spicy Ketchup ($10) →

Le Creuset Spoon Rest

“Spoon rests are a necessary thing to have in my kitchen because where else can I put my tomato-sauce-laden wooden spoon while cooking pasta? I thought I’d be annoyed that this one is the exact shape of a spoon, but I’m warming up to it because it reminds me why it’s called spooning.”

- Carlo Mantuano

Get a Le Creuset Spoon Rest ($35) →

Jot Coffee Concentrate

“After a week of 90-degree heat, it’s officially iced coffee season. I’m too poor of a planner to attempt cold brew, and frankly, also too lazy, which is why concentrates are my new best friend. All you need is a tablespoon of this stuff, an iced cube, a bit of water, and some oat milk for a strong but never sour morning drink. It’s low acid, which is also nice, as I’ve noticed my stomach doesn’t always love coffee as much as I do.”

- Diana Tsui

Get Jot Ultra Coffee ($24) →

Dash Rapid Egg Cooker

“Turns out, you don’t need a stove to cook eggs. With this thing, all you have to do is fill up a little cup with water, hit a button, then enjoy some hard-boiled eggs that required the least amount of effort possible.”

- Emily Ng

Get a Dash Rapid Egg Cooker ($20) →

Agua Magica Mezcal

“I think to think that I’m not susceptible to such things as packaging and design, but I have to say: Agua Magica comes in a very nice bottle. It’s thick, heavy, and wrapped in gold wire. Also, the booze inside is delicious. This mezcal is bright and lemony, with some subtle smoke on the back end, and it’s so good (and smooth) neat that I’m hesitant to use it in cocktails.”

- Bryan Kim

Get Agua Magica (from $68) →

Lavender Latte Pourover Set

“I’m starting to dip my toes into the make-your-coffee-at-home realm, and this little kit has everything you need. Handheld pour-over filters, pre-ground coffee beans, and little condensed milk packets. Plus, the lavender is a nice touch.”

- Kat Hong

Get a Lavender Latte 5-Pack ($17) →

Foco Guava Nectar

“Guava is my favorite juice. It’s pulpy, thick, and has a tangy sweetness to it that gently lingers on the back of your tongue after you gulp it down. I had one that hit all those marks on a recent visit to Portland’s Eem. Foco’s guava nectar was the perfect complement to a takeout meal of white curry with BBQ brisket ends and smoked pork belly. Cold, refreshing - grab-and-go guava juice in a can done right.”

- Lani Conway

Get Foco Guava Nectar ($25 for 6) →

Truff Black Truffle Arrabbiata

“It’s hard to go wrong with truffle, in my opinion, but this sauce really leveled up my pasta. The truffle isn’t overpowering, and the little kick at the end gives it the perfect balance of heat.”

- Alexandra Flowers

Get Truff Black Truffle Arrabbiata Sauce ($29 for 2) →

JT Copper Vanilla Bean Syrup

“I don’t usually drink sweet coffee but I’ve been putting a little of this in my afternoon iced coffee, and now it’s my favorite part of the day”

- Alicia Camden

Get J.T. Copper Vanilla Bean Syrup ($14) →

Clevr Golden SuperLatte

“I’m a huge fan of Diaspora’s turmeric with its rich color and spicy flavor so when I heard they teamed up with Clevr on a line of turmeric lattes, I was excited to try it. The other week, when New York decided it’d return to winter temps, was the perfect moment for a hot drink. I used their hand frother to whip it up with some oat milk and hot water. The resulting mix was fluffy, with that signature turmeric burn. It was the soothing pick-me-up I really needed after being caught in the freezing rain.”

- Diana Tsui

Get Clevr Golden SuperLatte ($28) →

The Coated Pan From Material Kitchen

“I got this non-stick pan from Material a little while back, and I’ve used it almost every day for the past month. I love its heft and sleek design, and I appreciate the fact that I can be super lazy when it comes to cleanup. (Honestly, the best thing about non-stick.)”

- Bryan Kim

Get The Coated Pan ($95) →

Golden State Turmeric Duo

“This spice set from Oaktown Spice Shop in Oakland comes with a turmeric tea blend and a Golden Milk blend. Having a little cup of the warm, earthy Golden Milk before bedtime is the perfect way to wind down.”

- Julia Chen

Get a Golden State Turmeric Duo ($25) →

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