Unique Holiday Gifts by Town Topics

Source: Town Topics

Le Bon Magot® takes clients on a culinary journey to a different part of the Spice Route, offering distinctive flavors created from unique spice blends, unusual ingredients and innovative treatments of traditional recipes. Try the season’s favorite, the puce colored White Pumpkin Murabba. Or, the Southern Indian inspired Tomato and White Sultana Chutney with ginger & garam masala. Also try Spiced Raisin Marmalata with ras al hanout & smoked cinnamon. Le Bon Magot’s food treasures are made in small batches and contain no additives, preservatives, or gluten because they use only the freshest produce and highest quality spices. Check out Le Bon Magot at lebonmagot.com and @lebonmagot. Bon appétit!

Bottom Line Best: Best New Gourmet Foods

Source: Bottom Line Personal, Linda Gassenheimer (Dinner in Minutes)

Le Bon Magot is a line of sauces and chutneys that won five 2017 sofi awards. Its chutneys are made from old family recipes. My favorite: Tomato and White Sultana Chutney featuring ginger and garam masala (a combination of Indian spices). Use it to spice up sandwiches or over burgers, fish or roasted vegetables. $13 for an eight-ounce jar. LeBonMagot.com

Stocking Kalustyan’s Shelves [...]

Source: Edible Manhattan

Abramson has brought in White Moustache yogurts, Persian style but fermented in Red Hook, and Queen Majesty Hot Sauce, Caribbean and Mexican style but bottled in Queens. She went all in on Le Bon Magot’s chutneys, conserved near Princeton. She added Spread-mms tapenade, Provençal quality but blended in Harlem. That harissa is from New York Shuk, founded by a couple in Bedford-Stuyvesant. And of course she carries David Chang’s line and Zahav’s Soom (sort of local) tahini.

Winner, The Gourmet Retailer 2017 Editor's Picks

Source: The Gourmet Retailer

This marmalade transports you down the Silk Road, thru musky, Oud-scented kasbahs and bustling markets with clouds of spices lingering in the air. The cinnamon gives it a bit of Christmas flair, and makes you feel warm, cozy and hankering for a fireplace. This Spiced Raisin Marmalata features ebony nuggets that hang in a sweet and spicy syrup, honoring Ras al Hanout, North Africa’s signature blend of rose petals, cinnamon, and cardamom. Use it to bake a spiced version of a traditional oatmeal raisin cookie, spoon it into a Linzer cookie or replace traditional mincemeat in holiday pies. While the peppery flavor pairs with game, pork, poultry and cheeses, riff on a PB&J with feta and pine nuts for an East meets West treat. Or, simply drizzle this smoky syrup on creamy porridge.

Whole Foods Market Metuchen Brings Fall [...]

Source: Metuchen Living

Downtown Metuchen Store Boasts ‘Comida Fresca’ Restaurant, Seasonal Tastes and Many Ways to Save

METUCHEN, N.J. (Oct. 3, 2017) – Whole Foods Market’s newest New Jersey location in Downtown Metuchen will celebrate its grand opening on Wednesday, October 11. This 45,000 square foot store, located at 645 Middlesex Avenue, will be the first Whole Foods Market in Middlesex County and the 18th location in the Garden State. Doors will open to the public at 8 a.m. and opening day will include giveaways, sales, product samples and more.

“We can’t wait to open our doors right in Downtown Metuchen and bring great deals on the best seasonal products to Middlesex County,” said Whole Foods Market Metuchen Store Team Leader Felicia Williams. “We love how Metuchen is such a close-knit community, and we’re really looking forward to strengthening our partnerships with local businesses, community organizations, and of course our customers in and around the Brainy Borough.”

Whole Foods Market carefully selects each product sold to ensure they all contain the highest quality ingredients, which means no hydrogenated fats, high-fructose corn syrup, or artificial flavors, colors and preservatives are allowed in any foods sold. Highlights throughout the Metuchen store include:

  • Comida Fresca Restaurant – This brand new restaurant and bar will feature a fresh modern Mexican menu boasting signature guacamoles, agua frescas and tacos. Both indoor and outdoor seating will be available, and customers can choose from a variety of hand-crafted margaritas made with fresh citrus as well as 12 draft beers.
  • Asian BBQ – A new concept where healthy, customizable stir-fry bowls are cooked to order, with paleo-friendly ingredients like zucchini noodles and cauliflower rice available.
  • More In-Store Dining Favorites – The Metuchen store will also serve a number of Whole Foods Market customers’ favorites, like freshly baked pizza, sushi rolled in-house daily, the hot food bar highlighting popular Fall tastes, and the salad bars offering healthy, vegan and seasonal salads.
  • Coffee & Juice Bar – Expert baristas will serve up coffee, tea juice and smoothies, including Fall-flavored favorites like pumpkin spice lattes and innovative drinks like turmeric lattes.
  • Produce – This location will feature the freshest natural and organic produce, including seasonal selections of local pumpkins and a variety of squashes. A large offering of convenient pre-cut produce will make weeknight Fall meals a breeze for busy families.
  • Bakery – There will be a wide selection of baked goods made from scratch every day at the store, including a new tortilla machine making fresh tortillas. Healthy options also abound, including delicious grainless and gluten-free options from Squirrel & The Bee grainless bake shop in Short Hills.
  • Grocery — The grocery aisles will have something for everyone, whether it’s 180 money-saving bulk bin staples and thousands of 365 Everyday Value store brand products, or special diet offerings like meatless proteins and paleo snacks. Shoppers will also find dozens of Jersey-made artisanal brands, such as Le Bon Magot chutneys and jams which are perfect for Holiday cheese plates.
  • Meat – Whole Foods Market meat and poultry is always raised with no antibiotics and no added hormones, and rated on the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-step animal welfare rating scale. The full-service butcher team has also created new ready-to-cook options that are distinctly Jersey for the Metuchen store, like convenient Sunday sauce dinner kits and six types of stuffed meatballs.
  • Seafood – The freshest seafood is rated by trusted third-party organizations to ensure it is sustainably caught or responsibly farmed, and customer orders can be deboned or fileted for free while they shop by the expert fishmongers.
  • Specialty – This department features cheese, charcuterie and antipasti, and the Metuchen store will boast a number of brand new Jersey-made artisanal cheeses. Cheesemongers at the store will also craft seasonal flavors of whipped ricotta and hand-pack Lioni Buffalo mozzarella for customers.
  • Whole Body – The comprehensive assortment of high-quality natural cosmetics and body care products include new soaps from LUX Naturals in Edison.

Customers looking to save are encouraged to take advantage of numerous weekly sales, digital coupons on the Whole Foods Market mobile app and economic options like the bulk-bin section and Buy Big Save Big value packs throughout the Metuchen store.

Whole Foods Market will also host a 5 percent community giving day on opening day, benefitting the Borough Improvement League of Metuchen’s efforts to preserve the historic Old Franklin Schoolhouse. Five percent of the day’s net sales will be donated to help upgrade the schoolhouse’s sustainability and energy efficiency capabilities.

Shoppers can register on the Whole Foods Market Metuchen Eventbrite page to win prizes on opening day, including a Healthy Pantry Makeover valued at $250. Follow @wholefoodsmetuchen on Instagram for more updates on Whole Foods Market Metuchen.