It’s February, which means the brief window in which the seasonal aisles of Walgreens and CVS appear quietly neutral is over. (If I’m being honest, they actually made the switch weeks ago.) But now, Valentine’s Day is just over a week away, and the push to shop for the occasion is in full swing.
February 14 of course doesn’t reach the same gifting intensity as the other winter holidays. And many opt not to observe the date at all. Still, this time of year does bring about some sweet (pun very much intended) limited-edition offerings. My recommendation, as always: bonbons. Even better if they’re heart-shaped. But other holiday-themed specials abound. Gohar World has a Valentine’s Day edition of one of those food-shaped Italian candles. Linens designers Atelier Saucier partnered with chocolate shop Spring & Mulberry on a set of dessert napkins and chocolate bars they’re calling their “date night collection.” And Olivieri 1882 is once again selling its heart-shaped panettone with candied strawberries and chocolate. Happy shopping.
Fishwife's new anchovies, Marianna Fierro's mortadella beach towel, D.S. & Durga's Pasta Water candle, and Diaspora Co.'s Salt Tiger.
Sfoglini and Sporkful, the duo that brought you cascatelli, has two brand new pasta shapes. Quottrotini is a tubular pasta with Sicilian origins, and Vesuvio is a swirly little number inspired by the volcano of the same name.
Fishwife, one of those staple shoppy shop brands, has olive oil-packed anchovies now. Buy them and the pasta and make yourself a nice puttanesca.
Marianna Fierro is an illustrator known for her work with Fishwife, among other food companies, is the latest subject of Eater’s How I Got My Job column. And it’s worth noting here, she sells her own merch, including this mortadella-patterned beach towel.
Diaspora Co.’s Salt Tiger is here... kind of. The spice company dropped a limited number of the highly anticipated ceramic salt cellars yesterday. They’re expected to sell out immediately, but you can preorder one for the next drop in August. Maybe you’re in need of a quirky wedding gift then?
Cookbook author and Italian food expert Katie Parla is marking the release of her newest book with a small collection of Murano glass. She partnered with Wave Murano Glass on three cups and a plate in blues and yellows meant to evoke the coast, in keeping with the theme of new book Food of the Italian Islands. Both book and glassware are avaIlable to preorder on Parla’s website.
Lucy & Yak is selling this extremely cheery pair of overalls with the food-themed “Happy Hamper” print.
Homiah, which makes Malaysian spice blends, is also selling some adorable tiny food charms for the new year. Miniature laksa and itty bitty molcajetes come either as individual charms or a pair of earrings.
The new rose trivet from accessories designer Susan Alexandra is quite pretty. (The rose motif also makes it a nice option for Valentine’s Day.)
And to close out with another bit of essential pasta news: D.S. & Durga, the perfumer behind both the pistachio perfume and Bistro Waters candle, is making a pasta water candle. It’s in partnership with Jupiter, the new Rockefeller Center pasta spot from the folks behind stylish New York City restaurant King. Top notes of saline water, heart notes of semolina wheat, and, the base note: “chef’s secret.”
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