Thank you for dropping by, I'm delighted to share these wonderful gourmet finds. Along with some delightful wines, coffee, teas and more. If you have a favorite, let me know and I'll feature it or if you would like me to feature your product on The Choosy Epicurean please contact me. Thanks and enjoy!

You may also purchase many of the gourmet items that I feature here at the new Choosy Epicurean Gourmet Amazon Store.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Oregon Mushrooms, LLC. - Fresh Chanterelles - 1 lbs

Oregon Mushrooms, LLC. - Fresh Chanterelles - 1 lbs:
"The Golden or Yellow Chanterelle is a very popular mushroom and versatile. The Chanterelle has a faint fragrance of apricots and an exquisite woodsy flavor. This is a perishable item and it must be refrigerated upon arrival. It is suggested to put them into a strainer in the product compartment in your refrigerator. Do not store in plastic, they need air circulation. The Cantharellus is Oregon's State Mushroom. These Chanterelles are from Oregon and imported from Europe."

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  • Wednesday, September 23, 2009

    Viva Italia Gift Basket | Gourmet Gift Baskets from Flying Noodle

    Viva Italia Gift Basket | Gourmet Gift Baskets from Flying Noodle:
    HOW COOL IS THIS???  I love the idea of a Gourmet Italian dinner for two in a basket.  What a great gift idea!

    This mini-feast includes:
    • 1 Gourmet pasta
    • 1 Gourmet sauce
    • 1 Classic bruschetta
    • 1 Specialty crackers
    • 1 Delicious biscotti

    Flying Noodle gourmet gift baskets have been the gift of choice for thousands of customers since 1995. Experience the difference of a truly gourmet experience when you order any of our gift baskets, gourmet combos, or monthly gift clubs. And remember, every item we sell is backed by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you're looking for the best of the best, you've found it!

    Wednesday, September 16, 2009

    Gourmet Foie Gras & Pate: Slices Of Fresh Duck Foie Gras - Flash Frozen

    Gourmet Food Store - Buy Gourmet Foie Gras & Pate: Slices Of Fresh Duck Foie Gras - Flash Frozen
    Now I know there is a lot of controversy over Foie Gras, but I can't help but feature it on here. Frankly it's delicious! This is absolutely amazing to be able to order this online.

    Slices Of Fresh Duck Foie Gras - Flash Frozen
    The liver, which is immediately removed from the animal, is allowed to cool by a steady reduction in its surrounding temperature. One hour later, the liver is flash-frozen, a process which takes an hour to complete. The duck foie gras is maximally two hours old and thus its freshness is preserved. This product is comes to you having already been sliced. Use as fresh. Once thawed, use within 2 days. Do not refreeze.

    Sunday, September 6, 2009

    Gabriel Coulet Roquefort Cheese - Dean & DeLuca

    Gabriel Coulet Roquefort Cheese

    This is a stunning roquefort, I truly don't know if you can find better. If you are a fan of this wonderful cheese this is one to try...I don't know if you will ever want another. Absolutely fantastic.

    Produced by fifth-generation cheese makers in the heart of Roquefort, France, this rare cheese has a very creamy texture and is nicely veined. This Coulet won Gold medals at the Concours General Agricole of Paris for the past three years. According to Dean and Deluca it is the best they have ever tasted.

    Friday, August 28, 2009

    ** L'EPICERIE ** - Chestnut Paste - Spread - Clement Faugier

    ** L'EPICERIE ** - Chestnut Paste - Spread - Clement Faugier:
     Simply scrumptious, you will love this chestnut spread so much that you'll find something to make just so you can use it.  It is simply the best chestnut spread available. You will use it for mousses, cakes and confections or simply mixed with plain yogurt for a very refreshing Fall/Winter dessert while kids in Europe spread it on buttered bread for snack. Yum!

    Spread contains: Chestnut puree, sugar, glucose, syrup candied chestnut pieces, water, and natural vanilla."

    Monday, August 24, 2009

    Oregon White Truffle Oil

    "... intoxicating aroma... a magical experience..."
    Vitaly Paley, Paley's Place - Portland, OR 
    Yes, that's right truffle oil from Oregon!! Introducing the first American made truffle oil.  Now in Dayton, Oregon they are producing the first all-natural truffle oil ever produced in the United States. Made entirely from wild Oregon white truffles, this unique white truffle oil - has a  rich, sumptuous flavor and aroma, it is  truly a unique culinary treasure.
    Handcrafted in small batches from real Oregon truffles, it has been awarded several awards and is featured in Saveur magazine.

    Caviar. Absinthe. Truffles. These are the aristocrats of the world of sensuous delight and mystery. Steeped in legend and timeless allure, truffles connect us in a unique way to the earthy forests from which they spring. Consuming their essences brings us closer to divine elixers hidden from everyday existence.

    Oregon truffles are cousins of European truffles. They grow under the plentiful and welcoming folds of Douglas fir where their season lasts from late October to late spring.

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  • Sunday, August 23, 2009

    Lindor Truffles by Lindt: Do you dream in chocolate?

    Lindor Truffles by Lindt: Do you dream in chocolate?:

    TRUFFLES, I said it, TRUFFLES and again...it feels like a 4 letter word when you say it.  Makes you feel naughty to think of Truffles.  Who doesn't love the decadence of a gorgeous, creamy, melt in your mouth truffle?

    "Discover the ultimate chocolate masterpiece with Lindor Truffles. Created by Lindt's Swiss Master Chocolatiers, this secret recipe combines a decadent chocolate shell with an irresistibly smooth filling. Indulge in the signature taste and unrivalled smooth melting sensation."

    Saturday, August 8, 2009

    Gruyere - Pound Cut: Buy Gruyere - Pound Cut Online at igourmet.com

    Gruyere - Pound Cut: Buy Gruyere - Pound Cut Online at igourmet.com
    After spending a Summer in Switzerland I became very fond of gruyere cheese and fondue. When I discovered I could order it in big bricks online for home delivery I was in Swiss heaven. This cave aged Swiss Gruyere is a Swiss man's delight. Give it a try

    Curious about Gruyere?
    Gruyere is named after a Swiss village. It is traditional, creamery, unpasteurized, semi-soft cheese. The natural, rusty brown rind is hard, dry and pitted with tiny holes. The cheese is darker yellow than Emmental but the texture is more dense and compact. Slightly grainy, the cheese has a wonderful complexity of flavors - at first fruity, later becomes more earthy and nutty.

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  • Friday, July 31, 2009

    Tom and Sally's Handmade Chocolates

    Tom and Sally's Handmade Chocolates
    I love chocolate! Well, uh who doesn't. Featured here are some New Englands finest chocolates, Tom and Sally's of Vermont. They are to die for...this is an example of one of their gift boxes. They even have vegan chocolates. If you're a chocolate lover you won't be disappointed in these! Give them a try.

    Twenty-four handcrafted luxury chocolates come in gold boxes, tied with satin ribbons. Please let us know if you prefer Belgian milk or French dark chocolate. We use real liquors to flavor some of our centers. If you prefer a liquor-free selection, also let us know.

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  • Thursday, July 30, 2009

    Faugères, Les Amandiers, Château de la Liquière, Rosé, 2008 : Rose Wine : Buy Wine : The Wine Society

    Faugères, Les Amandiers, Château de la Liquière, Rosé, 2008 : Rose Wine : Buy Wine : The Wine Society
    I had the distinct pleasure of sampling this wine with some dear friends and I am not a Rose fan at all, but this one has turned my head and twisted my tongue. I fell in love with my very first Rose. I highly recommend it.

    Buyer Marcel Orford-Williams was not even sure he would buy this wine until it won more votes, from all tasters, than any other in our rosé tasting. A delicately flavoured wine to delight in over the summer, with or without food.

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  • Monday, July 27, 2009

    Gourmet Food Store - Buy Gourmet Cheese: Sarvecchio Parmesan

    Gourmet Food Store - Buy Gourmet Cheese: Sarvecchio Parmesan

    Ok, I know what you're thinking....Parmesan cheese from Wisconsin?? Well this one will surprise you!!

    SarVecchio Parmesan is a specialty artisan cheese, extra aged and hand selected and cured for maximum flavor. It features light, fruit and caramel notes with a slight roasted nut undertone in a traditional, savory and robust Parmesan composition. The light gold interior is enrobed in a slightly darker cream colored rind with a traditional hard, aged Italian cheese texture. Made using only local milk from Wisconsin!

    Even more surprising is you can actually order it online!! Enjoy...it's delicious!

    Saturday, July 25, 2009

    2008 Sauvignon, Woodthorpe, Te Mata, Hawke's Bay

    2008 Sauvignon, Woodthorpe, Te Mata, Hawke's Bay

    In recent history there was probably no greater impact by a common grape on the American palate than Sauvignon Blanc. This grape certainly put New Zealand on people's wine consciousness for the first time. In the late 80's when these wines really hit, many of us probably never had a Sauvignon Blanc from another place. Kiwi producers realized how much the Yanks loved all the inherent gooseberry and grass flavors and prices on good Sauvignon have crept up slowly during the years. Located on the eastern shores of the North Island, Te Mata (a mythical giant) is a family-owned and operated sustainable winery which produces lovely wines exclusively from their own single vineyard fruit. It is unusual to get this much quality and flavor for $12. Grab some while you can.

    Saturday, July 4, 2009

    BEX Riesling

    The new BEX is one of the few dry German Rieslings we carry. It's interesting to note that Germany used to export much more dry wine. In fact, their wines categorized as Trocken were some of the most bracingly dry & puckering one could find. Ironically, they began making many more sweet wines because of consumer demand. Remember the wine Blue Nun from the 1970's? That was a huge international hit for many years because of its sweetness, but when connoisseurs decided that sweet white wine was poor quality, most people became turned off to sugar. In recent years the pendulum has swung back & forth and now people are much more open-minded about different types of Riesling - from very dry to very sweet. So, try the BEX. It's an excellent example of dry Riesling from the premier region of Mosel-Saar Ruwer.

    Wednesday, June 24, 2009

    Absolutely beautiful Perfumes at Annick Goutal

    High quality beautiful perfume.  It's hard to find such quality any where else when it comes to the perfume industry.
    The French know how to make perfume and wine better than anyone.  Must be something in the genes of their olfactory senses :)

    Visit their website at the link below, you won't be disappointed in anything you order from them!  Makes a beautiful and special gift for any woman in your life.
    Women's Fragrances - Annick Goutal

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    Tuesday, June 23, 2009

    Che Bella Cheese

    Seriously some of the best cheese I've ever tasted. On a recent trip to Florida I had the pleasure of meeting Ben and Blair Kersenbrock who sell this amazing cheese. They sell quite an assortment, but my absolute favorites are the aged gouda and the feta cheese. Both are to die for. I'm waiting for the day they will be able to ship, but until then I just have to recommend if you are in the Orlando area do yourself a favor and stop by the local farmers markets and pick up some of their cheese!

    Monday, February 16, 2009

    Absolutely Delectable Chocolates

    HANDCRAFTED IN SMALL BATCHES, ABSOLUTELY PRESERVATIVE FREE. These chocolates are top notch and they have a wonderful assortment of gift packaging that suits everybody's budget. Give a little luxury for a little price. Melt in your mouth! They also have special needs chocolate assortments, like no nuts assortments and no alcohol assortments.

    Saturday, January 24, 2009

    Welcome to the Choosy Epicurean!

    This blog is to share the finer things in life. I hope for it to be interactive in which people will share their favorite wine, cheese, chocolate, port, coffee and more. Please join in :) I've opened the blog by posting one of my favorite new finds, a sparkling Shiraz in which a good friend recently introduced me to. If you want to surprise somebody with something new this is a good bet, the 2004 Paringa Sparkling Shiraz! It's quite delicious and a fun experience.