Happy Fourth of July weekend! I hope you’re getting to enjoy some time off, some time outside, some time behind a grill. And I hope that whatever it is you plan to eat, you have some hot sauce to go with it because, in case you haven’t already heard, there is a shortage looming.
Huy Fong Foods, the company behind the bottle that springs to mind when people hear the word “sriracha,” is having some issues with its spring crop of peppers. Accordingly, the brand has significantly scaled back production, leading to empty grocery store shelves and, at least in one instance, calls for Huy Fong sriracha donations.
Of course, for most of us, the absence of this one brand of hot sauce won’t be so dire. There are, in fact, myriad ways to get through it. The obvious answer, as Amy McCarthy points out, is to just buy a different brand of sriracha, which is defined by its thicker texture and ingredients that include red jalapenos and garlic, not by a green cap and rooster logo. Her chief recommendation: Yellowbird Sriracha, the Austin-based brand that also makes other hot sauces (any of which could be an equally valid replacement for Huy Fong sriracha). My suggestion: Take this unfortunate and hopefully temporary situation as an opportunity to expand your hot sauce horizons.
A glass tile coaster from Subtle Art, Diego Faivre glass straw, potato pool float from Smoko, and Yellowbird sriracha.
If you find yourself with some additional leisure time this weekend, consider spending it with one of the many, many romance novels that put kitchen drama at the center of their plots. Bettina Makalintal outlined the growing trend seen in books like Chef’s Kiss by TJ Alexander, Donut Fall in Love by Jackie Lau, the upcoming For Butter or Worse by Erin La Rosa, and more.
Pool floats shaped like doughnuts and pizza are old hat, but a potato pool float? Now that’s something special.
The Goods Mart has partnered with LA wine shop Helen’s on a snack box that supports the Women's Reproduction Rights Assistance Project.
Olive oil brand Kosterina is selling a new trio of crushed fruit vinegars. The three flavors — tangerine, blueberry, and strawberry — might make a nice host gift for the salad enthusiast or non-alcoholic cocktail lover.
Punch’s guide to the best bar accessories includes absolutely everything you could want if you make cocktails at home. And even if you don’t, their recommendations for straws and napkins are good for anyone who drinks any kind of beverage at home. I’m particularly into these super cute glass straws and these pretty tile coasters.
In case you missed it, Eater published a massive package all about fried chicken. It’s sure to inspire you to get to the nearest fried chicken restaurant ASAP, ideally one of these 27 fried chicken restaurants. But if you’re looking for one more thing to add to your cart, please direct your attention to this survey of chicken nugget shapes that asks children their preferences. The best nuggets to buy are, unquestionably, dinosaur-shaped. Why? Jaya, a three-year-old from LA put it best: “Because they are marching into my belly, and I eat their heads.”
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