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February 2011













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MoltonChocolateCakesNow that the 2010 holidays are behind us and hopefully you have gotten some much needed rest, it is time to move ahead to the Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day, both of which take place in the month of February. The Chinese New Year, or the Year of the Rabbit, begins on February 3rd, and starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. The Chinese New Year is perhaps the most elaborate, important, and exciting holiday in the Chinese calendar.  Chinese people all over the world start the celebration on New Year's Eve. It is time for family gathering and feasting. We offer great menu suggestions from Dorothy Huang, cooking instructor & cookbook author of Chinese Cuisine Made Simple, available at They are sure to bring good fortune, prosperity, and longevity to you all.

And let's start thinking about buying that special someone a Valentine gift, making some dreamy goodies or booking a romantic trip for two. 

All the best in food, wine, and travel.

Happy February!
Sally Bernstein
Photo Credit: Diana's Desserts

Valentine Articles

Happy Valentine's Day! Sally's Place has MANY chocolate and dessert recipes, just perfect for Valentine's Day celebrations:

Be My Valentine
by Flo Braker showcases two delightful recipes: Double Kisses and Tiffany's Heart Cake with a Chocolate Glaze

Dessert Recipes from Sally's Place

A World of Chocolate by Pam Williams

Make Mine Chocolate by Stephanie Zonis

Occasional Baking by Flo Braker

sallySally's Recommendations

red rosesValentine Flowers Delivered to the Restaurant


Dining out this Valentine's Day? The ultimate romantic gesture is having flowers delivered to the restaurant. specializes in this restaurant service.





Brix Chocolate for Wine


brix_chocolateBrix offers Milk, Dark, and Extra Dark chocolate to pair with wines.  Dr. Nick Proia, an Ohio pulmonologist, developed Brix when it became obvious to him that no chocolate on the market paired well with wine. After a good deal of trial and error, Dr. Proia crafted the three blends of what would later be called Brix - the first chocolate specifically blended to compliment wine. At their root is single origin Ghanaian chocolate, known for its red fruit tones, mixed with the highest quality confectionary chocolate. The result is a blend so pure in flavor that it actually enhances those nuances found in great wines, without confusing the palate. Brix is available at retailers, wineries and online. $38.85 for a package of three.



sf_ggbridgeOne great stop on any vacation is a visit to a local cooking schoolSan Francisco culinary schools

have amazing local cuisine to add flavor to your next vacation.







Cupcake Vineyards 2009 Red Velvetcupcake_wine

This new release is a rich, juicy blend of Zinfandel, Merlot and Cab
ernet Sauvignon with a splash of Petite Sirah.  This is a great choice to serve or give with chocolates on Valentine's Day. Red Velvet shows an incredible nose of chocolate, deep rich blackberries, red fruits and a creamy mocha finish that is unmistakable in its intensity and length. It's reminiscent of a blackberry chocolate cupcake with a mocha coulis.

La Tienda:  


Cava Wine & Chocolate Bon Bon Gift Box

la_tienda_bt11Here is a sweet basket! Tender baby figs stuffed with chocolate liqueur and coated with dark chocolate - a delight! The crowning touch is an example of one of the world's great sparkling wines: Cava from Cataluna. It is a crisp dry sparkling wine that is perfect with artisan chocolates. $49.00


Chocolate Favorites & Mugs Gift Basket


la_tienda_bt12Share these La Tienda favorites with the special person in your life! Incredible brandy liqueur stuffed Rabitos bonbons, super thick hot chocolate and hand painted mugs, all in a beautiful hand-made box. From the moment we first tried them, Rabitos Royale Dark Chocolate Fig Bonbons blew us away. $49.00 



Dave's Gourmet

Nothing says "I Love You" like a delicious meal made from the finest ingredients.  Dave's Organic Red Heirloom Pasta Sauce is made from only the finest, organic ingredients.  You'll fall in love the moment you taste it. Order online here





dufflet_cinnamonDUFFLET Small Indulgences Pure & Sweet is a delightful line of Morsels, Crackle, Tumbles and other confections made in Toronto, Canada, by the legendary pastry chef Dufflet Rosenberg, also known as the Queen of Cake. Chocolate Tumbles include Almond & Anise Liqueur, Hazelnut & Coffee Liqueur and Pecan & Cherry Brandy.  Crackle includes both bittersweet and milk chocolate offerings and Morsels include seven choices including nuts and fruits.  Order online here.


sf_ferry_buildingVisiting San Francisco soon or lucky enough to be a local?  Don't miss the Ferry Building Marketplace -- a historic landmark on the Bay filled with local flavors and restaurants.






L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates


L.A. Burdick Chocolate uses only the best couverture from Switzerland, France, and Venezuela, made from primarily South American, Central burdick_rabbitAmerican, and Caribbean beans. They have grown into a thriving direct mail and web business located in Walpole, New Hampshire. They cook in small batches and cut and shape all their bonbons by hand. There are no molds. They also have a French-inspired restaurant, as well as three caf├ęs to showcase their chocolate, located in Walpole, NH, Cambridge, MA and New York City. Whether its Lunar New Year of the Rabbit or Valentine's Day, Burdick has it all.  Order online here.



gustiamo_molinaGianduja (Chocolate and Hazelnut) Spread by La Molina  

La Molina Gianduja Spread is sinfully rich and creamy. It is made of dark chocolate and the "Tonda Gentile" variety of hazelnuts, considered to be the best in the world. This is Nutella taken up a notch and without the guilt, since all of the ingredients are natural. We love it on toast, crackers, our lingue di gatto cookies, our panettone, a spoon or... just a finger. Order online here

Legal Sea Foods

legal_seafood_lobsterEnjoy live lobsters, delivered fresh and accompanied with step-by-step preparation instructions, tender Australian Lamb Rack, or even Roasted Duck Confit. No meal is complete, however, without decadent desserts, like their famous Boston Cream Pie, New York Cheesecake, or German Chocolate Cake. Or spice up Valentine's Day with Legal Sea Foods many flavorful sauces and spices that are sure to complement any meal. Order online here

Lillie Belle Farms

lilliebelle_bluecheese_trufflesChocolatier Jeff Shepherd of Lillie Belle Farms Handmade Chocolates is producing Smokey Blue Truffles.  These 12 generous truffles are made with the perfect combination of the Rogue Creamery's award winning Smokey Blue Cheese, organic milk chocolate and toasted almonds.  These are one of the best savory truffles ever created. Enjoy it as an appetizer or a dessert!  $25 for 12 truffles.


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New Articles


Artisan Chocolate Truffles, And The Spices That Love Them: Ginger Root by Chef Eric Cayton of Derry Church Artisan Chocolates in Pennsylvania.


Monty & Sara Preiser discuss...

The 2010 Harvest, Charter Oak, Biodynamic Wine Competition & St. Clement

Verite, Amateur Gastronomer, Cabs, Rutherford Facts, & The End of the Year 

Great Cabernet Sauvignon for $65 and Under - It Exists

Hartwell Estate and Beringer Vineyards

Kelleher Wine, Sonoma Auction Weekend, & Food Trucks: Could One Have a Better Summer? 

Monsieur Boisset is Here to Stay


2010 Harvest with Tallulah: A Journal



Jon Rusciano, in his series Exploring the Vineyards of California, shares Visiting Eden Canyon Vineyards in Paso Robles, California.




Sparkling & Still Wines for New Year's Eve 2010--Sally compares styles and prices of wines for New Year's Eve celebration.


New Coffee Makers for the New Year 2011!

Tara Alley suggests we step up our home coffee making capabilities.

February Is

Chocolate Lover's Month, Canned Food Month, Great American Pie Month, National Cherry Month, National Grapefruit Month, National Snack Food Month, Avocado and Banana Month, Bake for Family Fun Month, Beans (Dried and Fresh) Month, Exotic Vegetables and Star Fruit Month, Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month, Potato Lovers Month, and Candy Month.


February 2: Ground Hog Day; Bottle Cap Patented; Crepe Day
February 3: Chinese New Year
-Year of the Rabbit

February 4: Bubble Gum Day

February 5: World Nutella Day; Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

February 6: Super Bowl XLIV

February 9: Hershey's Chocolate founded in 1894

February 11: Don't Cry over Spilled Milk Day

February 12: Plum Pudding Day; Lincoln's Birthday

February 14: Saint Valentine's Day

February 15: National Gum Drop Day

February 19: National Chocolate Mint Day

February 20: Cherry Pie Day; Toothpick patented in 1872; Clam Chowder Day

February 21: President's Day Observed

February 22: Washington's Birthday

February 24: National Tortilla Chip Day; National Chili Day

February 27: Academy Awards
February 28: Purim

$5 off a $50 purchase or
$10 off a $75 or greater purchase  

Philadephia Candies Coupon
makes high-quality milk and dark chocolates with ingredients like almonds, brazils, cashews, filberts, pecans, dates, pineapple, cherries, and apricots. Unique seasonal offerings and corporate gifts are also available as well as a Chocolate of the Month Club.

Enter "Sally's Place" in the "Note to seller" box when ordering. Coupon will be applied as a refund to the customer's original method of payment within 24-48 hours.

Offer valid through February 28, 2011. 

One can also order via phone at 1-724-981-6341 and mention "Sally's Place."