Xan Confections, in California, makes chocolates that are delicious, beautiful and even healthful, according to this article. Offerings include a Saintly Sins line with treats that are vegan, contain no gluten, are fine for diabetics and have low glycemic counts.
Fountain Valley, Calif.-based Bodega Chocolates placed second on a National Geographic Traveler list for best chocolate in the world. The company sells chocolate from its retail shop in Fountain Valley and to wholesalers.
The general public has developed a sweet tooth for Mexican and South American desserts -- from churros to dulce de leche ice cream and rum caramel sauce. Chefs say diners' growing interest and better understanding of these regional cuisines have contributed to the popularity.
Having trouble pairing your favorite Chinese dish with the perfect wine? You might find your answer in pinot noir, known to go well with Chinese food ingredients such as oyster sauce, soy sauce and fermented black beans. A pork potsticker recipe also claims to be a perfect match for this red wine variety.
Dumplings, uncut noodles, lettuce and tea are always served as part of a Chinese New Year's meal, but younger Chinese cooks are revamping traditional recipes. Instead of plain tea, try a green tea angel-food cake made from an egg white, cake flour, salt, lime juice, sugar, concentrated green tea powder, strawberries and whipping cream. Create a crispy lettuce dish from simmered romaine topped with fried garlic and oyster sauce.