Food or drink subscription packages always make solid presents. I really can’t imagine there’s anyone out there who is bummed out to discover they’ve been gifted a wine or cheese of the month club. And if you’re looking for a tasty variation off the beaten path, then check out the Pickles-Every-Month Club that my wife Courtney found offered on the fantastic indie food site, New York Mouth.Before you think, “Pickles, you say! Only a pregnant lady would want a year long supply” you must understand that these aren’t just your garden variety wonder bread n’ butter cukes. We’re talking about any number of locally sourced crunchy vinegary veggies, from pickled beets to pickled fennel to pickled carrots to pickled cauliflower and on and on. Each and every month, you’ll get three surprise jars of pickles from New York’s finest and undoubtedly bearded local pickle artisans. With the Pickle-Every-Month Club you can help your loved ones revel in being sour not just for the holidays, but the whole year long.
I really love a good Bloody Mary! Rumored to have been invented as a hangover helper in 1921 at the famed Harry’s New York Bar (where Papa hung out), the Bloody Mary is a cocktail with robust personality. Everyone who makes them has their own spin. I do have my own involved recipe (shortlist: crudite and cornichon, Clamato and Old Bay rims) and I think it can take on most challengers. I scorn pre-made versions as hack imposters. It’s OK, you can call me what I am: a Bloody snob.So it was with tremendous surprise that I had one of the most incredible Bloody Marys last night (they aren’t just for brunch) and it happened to come… pre-made… in a jar. It’s created locally by the folks at McClure’s, who make some of the most crisp and delicious pickles ever, so I had a hunch it might be solid, but wow. They use their own spicy house pickle juice in the mix, along with fresh dill and cucumber juice and it is stone guaranteed to blow your mind. You can get it through FreshDirect, too, so I advise you do so immediately. My only complaint is that it doesn’t come in gallon jugs. Salut!