Suggestions from our staff and contributors
A founding member and lead singer of the Grammy-winning folk, blues and old-time music group Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens is a kind of Swiss Army Knife of musicians: she plays violin, banjo and several other instruments, and the girl can flat foot (that’s country clogging). She recently released her first solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, but you can hear a sample of those magnificent pipes on YouTube—either the Inside Llewyn Davis Concert (where she received the night’s only standing ovation), or her appearance on Letterman, where she sang “Waterboy.” As Dave said (three times): “Oh, my God!”
—Bob Yearick, Contributing Editor
Kona Mocha Frappe
As its name implies, this ice-blended drink at PureBread is a balanced fusion of two delights: coffee and chocolate. Of course, most coffee shops tout similar frappuccino blends, but none that I’ve tried are quite so delicious. It’s thick, well-blended, thoughtfully made, and entirely addicting. The perfect spring and summer treat.
—Krista Connor, Associate Editor
Fossils Fuel Our Children’s Learning
Looking for an educational option to keep the kids entertained? Give the Delaware Museum of Natural History a try. We’ve taken advantage of a family membership and have certainly gotten our money’s worth. What the museum lacks in size it makes up for in convenience. It’s close to home and an hour-long visit is perfect for our rambunctious 5-year-old son. And each visit produces a new learning experience. Super cool!
More info at delmnh.org.
—Matt Loeb, Creative Director, Production Manager
Desert Pepper Tequila Salsa
For much of my life, I have searched for the best store-bought salsa. The Desert Pepper Trading Company, out of El Paso, Texas, recently has released a creation that may complete my quest. Its Tequila Salsa features chunks of roasted tomatoes masterfully mixed with smoky flavors of chipotle and mesquite, the zesty tang of lime and cilantro, and, as the label promises, the bite of tequila at the end. It’s got everything required of a salsa—flavor, heat, a hint of sweetness, and salt—plus something more, something memorable.
A family-owned business, Desert Pepper has been making salsas since the ’80s. They have always been innovative, but this one tops them all.
—Jim Miller, Director of Publications