Unique vinegars, these are produced in northern Spain’s region of Catalunya. The substrate for both vinegars are the basic wines: muscat of Alexandria (called Moscatel Romano) wine grown in the region and vermouth made from wine and herbs and spices. Both are then acetified to produce vinegar and a bit of the original base is added back for aroma and flavor. They are very special and once you taste them, almost addicting. The elegant sweetness of muscat in the Moscatel vinegar works wonders on salads with rich fruity flavors (tropical fruits, avocado, and the like.) Vermouth vinegar is wonderful with melon salads, especially as an appetizer. But just having them around, will liven up any salad, adding a new sparkle.
Sacramento Cookie Factory Wafer Cookies
Also Known as Oblaten
The original Sacramento Cookie is a round wafer cookie made in Sacramento. It is a 7 inch diameter, thin, filled wafer which originated in the Czech Republic’s famed spa town of Carlsbad or Karlóvy Váry. First created in 1856 as a spa souvenir, these wafer cookies or “oplatky” became famous throughout Europe as Karlsbader Oblaten. Even Montecatini, the famous Italian spa town produces its own version.
In 1996, Jiri Knedlik, a Czech refugee in Sacramento began producing “oplatky” as the Sacramento Cookie. Now, 13 years later, the line has grown to include five other versions, the most recent the Tea Wafer and Java Wafer. All of these wafer cookies are made with the same traditional technique of first baking the wafer part on a wafer iron, letting the wafer rest for about 12 days, filling it with the various fillings, then pressing it in another iron which embosses the mountain range design with vine leaf border on the wafer.
Crisp, crunchy and not overly sweet, the range of wafers includes: