Move over macarons —there’s a new sweet in town. Gourmet marshmallows are experiencing a boom right now and they ain’t your typical supermarket variety. Handcrafted, small-batch and available in strange new flavours, this campfire snack is upping its artisanal ante as more bakeries craft versions with all-natural ingredients. For morsels of pure pillowy goodness, check out New York City’s Three Tarts Bakery for strawberry-basil, or try the passion fruit variety at Manhattan’s Épicerie Boulud. In Canada, you can find gin-and-tonic marshmallows at Toronto’s Nadège Patisserie and peanut butter ripple at The Pink Spatula in Vancouver, B.C.
Photo by Jennifer Kirk Photography.
Inside the cheese cave at Toca
The sharp, pungent smell of artisanal cheese hits you the moment you walk into the Cheese Cave in Toca by Tom Brodi at Toronto’s Ritz-Carlton hotel. The $250,000, temperature-controlled, glassed-in room showcases a rotating selection of more than 200 different cheeses, about half of which are Canadian.
Take a bite out of Lucky Peach
Call it what you will—radical Korean-American chef David Chang’s vanity project, a foodie’s magazine in the purest sense of the word, art or even “deliciously hip,” as Time did—Lucky Peach is all that, and more. Published by McSweeney’s, this is a new quarterly food magazine and iPad app by the chef/owner of Momofuku and ex-New York Times food writer Peter Meehan. Last summer, Lucky Peach devoted its entire first issue to all things ramen.
Gear review: Icebreaker Cruise Cardigan
New Zealand’s Icebreaker line of apparel is known for its base layers, but less so for its casual travel clothes. The beauty of all-natural merino wool is that it’s great for changeable weather. Icebreaker’s women’s Cruise Cardigan is a smart, stylish cover-up that is thin enough to wear in more humid climes as it cools you down, but it also keeps you warm in cooler temperatures. It was easy to double-duty the trendy cardigan as my base layer on a brisk morning hike in Mexico and as my only outer layer to yoga classes.