Just in time for all the great autumn get togethers – I have found the Charcuterie Sampler from the fine folks at Fortuna’s Sausage & Italian Market. The collection includes: Finocchiona, a fennel salami; Cacciatorini; Tartufo, Truffle salami; and Abruzesse.

About the Charcuterie Sampler from Fortuna’s Sausage & Italian Market:

“All natural, humanely raised pork salami made the true Old World way, naturally air dried, not cooked or heat treated, and best of all no nitrates or nitrite. This charcuterie samapler is gluten & dairy free. Now you can try each of our most popular dry cured salami.”

About the Charcuterie Sampler from Fortuna’s Sausage & Italian Market.

Visit Fortuna’s Sausage & Italian Market online here.

Good olive oils are like fine wines – they vary in flavor and texture from region to region. Sure, Italy has long been the epicenter of fine olive oils, but I love exploring oils from other countries. Like the Arbequina Olive Oil from Chile – I found from the fine folks at Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars.

About the Arbequina Olive Oil from Fiore:

“A blend of early harvested & ripe fruit, these characteristics make this EVOO quite bitter, pungent & very fruity with a dominant aroma & taste of ripe apple. Also enjoy green apple, artichoke, nettle & black pepper flavors.”

Find the Arbequina Olive Oil from Fiore here.

See all the fine Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars from Fiore here.

Believe it or not, today is our 9th birthday. Yes, nine years ago today we made our very first post. Who would have thought we would still be here bringing you (mostly) daily finds? Well, we hoped we would keep it going, and thanks to you, we have. Thanks for nine great years! And as we enter our tenth year, we look forward to bring you more amazing finds from near and far. So stay tuned!






FF: Devils River Whiskey

Don’t mess with Texas, the fine folks at Dallas-based Devils River Whiskey make a mighty fine bourbon. Kentucky who?

About Devils River Whiskey:

“Devils River Whiskey, a premium whiskey company based in Dallas, Texas, is committed to creating bold whiskey. Devils River Whiskey stands apart from the competition because of its use of the purest water in Texas at the heart of the production process. This whiskey captures the spirit of the water it draws its name from, with bold flavors at the heart of each sip.”

Learn more about Devils River Whiskey here.

FF: Stumpy’s Monroe Single Barrel Bourbon

Meanwhile over in Missouri, the fine folks at Stumpy’s Spirit Co. are producing a pretty good bourbon themselves, their very fine Old Monroe Single Barrel Bourbon.

About Stumpy’s Old Monroe Single Barrel Bourbon:

“Old Monroe Single Barrel Bourbon is crafted from our signature blend of corn, winter wheat, and barley malt and aged in charred Missouri oak barrels. We only use grain grown on our 8th generation family farm in Columbia, IL and fresh limestone well water to ensure we produce the highest quality spirit possible. Each barrel is individually tasted and selected for bottling to make sure only the best bourbon makes it into each bottle.”

Learn more about Stumpy’s Old Monroe Single Barrel Bourbon here.

At this point in time, America seems divided like no other time in our lifetimes. Every day there is another issue that exposes the divisions even more. Which makes this the perfect time to remember that America, of the American Experiment, is still unfolding and is only a couple of hundred years old. It is also perfect timing for an ambitious, concise, one volume history of America, like These Truths – A History of America by award-winning historian Jill LePore.

About These Truths – A History of America by Jill LePore: “Written in elegiac prose, Lepore’s groundbreaking investigation places truth itself—a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence—at the center of the nation’s history. The American experiment rests on three ideas – ‘these truths,’ Jefferson called them—political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. And it rests, too, on a fearless dedication to inquiry, Lepore argues, because self-government depends on it. But has the nation, and democracy itself, delivered on that promise? These Truths tells this uniquely American story, beginning in 1492, asking whether the course of events over more than five centuries has proven the nation’s truths, or belied them.”

As bad as thing may seem in the political realm of our nation right now, America and being an American is much more than these divides. These Truths reminds us what it means to be an American and even maybe why our divisiveness is part of who we are.

These Truths – A History of America by Jill LePore is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.


The fine folks at Philadelphia’s Di Bruno Bros. are well known for their awesome selection of cheeses, which is great for satiating part of our charcuterie obsession. Lucky for us, they also offer a great line of cured meats AND they ship nationwide.

About Di Bruno Bros. of Philadelphia:

“We provide extraordinary food experiences, inspired by our legacy. Also, we just really love cheese. We are a pioneering specialty food retailer and importer that began with a modest shop in the now-iconic South Philadelphia Italian Market in 1939; today, we employ more than 350 proud team members and have evolved into a community-driven enterprise with our five retail locations, catering, import and e-commerce divisions.”

Learn more about the cheeses from Di Bruno Bros. here.

Learn more about the cured meats from Di Bruno Bros. here.

Visit Di Bruno Bros. online here.

The fine folks at Green Dirt Farm in Weston, MO – just northwest of Kansas City – make a great line of delicious cheeses. They offer so many great options, it may be best to start with a sampler pack. Lucky for all of us, they ship nationwide.

About the cheese sampler from Green Dirt Farm:

“A wonderful way to sample our award winning cheeses. This collection includes a tub of our spreadable Fresh Plain cheese (3.5oz tub); a round of Dirt Lover, our our award winning bloomy rind cheese made with 100% sheep milk (6.0 oz); and a wedge of our buttery and nutty, blended cow and sheep milk, aged cheese Aux Arcs (4oz).  This delicious assortment comes with an adorable Green Dirt Farm cooler pack to hold it all. Eat it yourself or give it as a delightfully unique thank you gift. Makes the best ever host/hostess gift!”

Learn more about the cheese sampler from Green Dirt Farm here.

Visit Green Dirt Farm online here.

FF: The Taco Cat Onesie from Fred Flare

I am pretty sure that there is nothing in the world I want more than the Taco Cat Onesie I found from the fine folks at from Fred Flare – seriously the coolest thing I have ever found.

About the Taco Cat Onesie from Fred Flare:

“Check out the all-over print Taco Cat Onesie from our Classics brand! This fully sublimated design features a cute cat with blue eyes eating tacos and pizza in space! Get this vibrant jumpsuit for your closet now.”

Find the Taco Cat Onesie from Fred Flare here.

See all the fun offerings from Fred Flare here.

FF: The Pumpkin Pajama Set from Target

Meanwhile, just in time for Halloween I have found the Pumpkin Pajama Set from the fine folks at Target.

About the Pumpkin Pajama Set from Target:

“You’ll look like the pum-king of the house when you’re in this Pumpkin Pajama Set from Snooze Button. This two-piece pajama set is part of the Halloween pumpkin family pajama set, perfect for the whole family to get together in matching PJs. You’ll love the cheery pumpkin graphic pictured on the front of the long-sleeve tee, and the orange and green striped pants pair perfectly with it as the finishing touch. After a day of trick-or-treating and festive fun with the fam, you’ll be ready to kick back on the couch marathoning Halloween movies and munching on treats until it’s bedtime.”

Find the Pumpkin Pajama Set from Target here.

I have a lot of travel coming up before the end of the year (London, Chicago, France, Boston, Wichita) and I need a way to make sure all my health and beauty products stay organized better than the series of plastic zip lock bags I currently use. Which is why I am seriously eyeing the Hanging Travel Kit I found from the fine folks at Levenger.

About the Hanging Travel Kit from Levenger: “Transport and utilize your personal items a little more easily with the Hanging Travel Kit, sturdily constructed in silky, textured au naturel full-grain leather and lined in water-resistant nylon. In addition to its convenient, space-saving hanger that tucks away, this hanging grooming kit offers a wealth of smart pocketing.”

Find the Hanging Travel Kit from Levenger here.

Find all the quality products from Levenger here.

When my sister and niece invited me to join them in Paris for a little vacation next month, I declined as I had already planned a trip to London at the same time and made an investment in theatre tickets and such. However, I thought how I always wanted to take the Eurostar from London through the Chunnel and thought maybe they would be interested in meeting me in the charming city of Lille, France – about an hour north of Paris by train. They agreed. So, in a couple of weeks I will be on my way to London, via Boston, and will eventually make it to Lille for a side trip – so watch for all the reports right here.

In the meantime, I am studying up on Lille by doing all manner of research, but the single best source of information is the fabulous Lille – Bradt Travel Guide by Laurence Phillips.

About the Lille – Bradt Travel Guide by Laurence Phillips:

“Whether you decide on a Sunday-night tango with stranger in a Renaissance cloister, or order a bowl of onion soup at dawn, should you explore France’s best art collection outside Paris or head for the discount designer stores of the legendary flea-markets, if you share a sandwich with artists in an old post office building or discover the Michelin-starred chefs of tomorrow, a decade since Lille was first chosen as European Capital of Culture the city has not stopped partying since. Just as the city continues to re-invent itself with ever more exciting places to eat, to explore to relax and to stay, so the latest edition of the award-winning Bradt Guide keeps up with the changes and continues to share the secrets of the past, present and future of a capital of Culture, of Flanders and of Life.”

The Lille – Bradt Travel Guide by Laurence Phillips is available from Amazon and other find booksellers.

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