Holiday 2012 Sale


Thanksgiving Parade

The Stamford, Connecticut Thanksgiving Parade is considered the second biggest parade of balloon characters after Macy’s famous Thanksgiving Parade in New York City. It is sponsored by the bank UBS with North American headquarters in Stamford. Coming several weeks after the devastating Hurricane Sandy had swept through the area, the UBS Stamford Thanksgiving took the streets of Stamford by storm in a very positive, uplifting way. The estimated crowd of over 200,000 thoroughly enjoyed the festive atmosphere and celebration, including several new balloon characters (Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax), bands (March Forth traveled all the way from Portland, Oregon), floats and other performers.

Café Kultur Espresso Tampers

Café Kultur in Germany handcrafts the TORR espresso tampers using only premium raw materials for an absolutely food-safe and eco-friendly product. Each tamper is handcrafted with attention to detail in numerous manual steps that results in a first-class fit and finish.

We’re proud to introduce 3 new handcrafted espresso tampers from Café Kultur.

  • Bianco Metal Tamper shown with Titanium Base
    ($86 with stainless steel base, $118 with titanium base)
  • Burled Walnut Tamper shown with Titanium Base
    ($100 with stainless steel base, $130 with titanium base)
  • Palisander Tamper shown with Stainless Steel Base
    ($95 with stainless steel base, $128 with titanium base)

Because these tampers are handcrafted, we only have limited quantities available and these generally sell out quickly. Please visit Artazza for more information about these and other TORR tampers from Café Kultur. The Bianco Metal Tamper is not listed on our website, please contact customer service if you’re interested.

Bianco Titanium Tamper

Burled Walnut Titanium Tamper
Palidander Stainless Steel Tamper

Fresh Mint Chocolate Fondue

We have posted a new recipe “Fresh Mint Chocolate Fondue”, which was especially created for us by Ashley Rodriguez, chef, food author and teacher to demonstrate how to prepare a gourmet dessert fondue using our Swiss handcrafted, professional quality fondue set.

Ashley writes: “There is very little that can cause the same excitement as a large bowl filled with warm chocolate. Especially if said bowl is accompanied with pillowy soft marshmallows and sweet, crispy cookies to use as a vehicle to enjoy the chocolate. Add to that the fresh hint of mint that cools the deep, dark chocolate and you are in for a new Holiday tradition.”

Fresh Mint Chocolate Fondue

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Fresh Mint Chocolate Fondue

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 5 sprigs fresh mint
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 vanilla bean (optional)
  • 2 cups chopped bittersweet chocolate

For the full mouth-watering recipe, accompanied by beautiful photographs, visit And you may be interested in Ashley’s “Cider and Gruyère Fondue Recipe” as well.

We recommend that you check out Ashley’s award-winning food blog Not Without Salt for additional wonderful recipes and stunning food photography.

Caffeine & Carburetors

Caffeine & Carburetors. What we did last Sunday, May 22. Our family visited Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee in New Canaan, Connecticut to enjoy a cup of fresh brewed coffee and drool over foreign and American late model and classic sports cars lined up on both sides of Pine Street. Morreti 750 Sport. Austin-Healy 3000. Ferrari 458 Italia. Porsche 356 Carrera Speedster. Jaguar Type E. Ford Model A. You name the car, it was there.

Doug Zumbach started Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee 18 years ago and today roasts about 250 pounds of coffee daily in his Diedrich roaster in the front of the store. Zumbach’s offers more than 30 types of single origin beans. Caffeine & Carburetors is Doug’s way of sharing his other passion (he owns several classic sports cars) with his coffee customers and fellow car fanatics. He organizes the event monthly during the warmer months, about 6 times a year.

On this Sunday, we strolled down Pine Street and had the opportunity to talk shop with many of the car owners while sipping our coffee. Around mid-morning, the cars started pulling out of their spaces, lined up and headed down the road on a car rally around town. It was an awesome way to spend our Sunday morning.

Ford GT

Ford GT

Jaguar Type E

Austin-Healy 3000

Cockpit of Austin-Healy 3000

Austin-Healy driving down Pine Street

Morgan Plus 4

Moretti 750 Sport

Jaguar XK 140

Jaguar wins LeMans 3 consecutive years

Austin-Healy 3000 MK III

Ford 55 Truck with Gar Wood Body

Chrysler 300 B

Carbon chassis of Radical SR8 RX Racecar

Radical SR8 RX Racecar

Volvo P1800 (driven by Roger Moore in The Saint TV series)

Famous emblem of Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari 458 Italia

Porsche 356 Carrera Speedster (reproduction – less than 100 originals exist)

Porsche 356C

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Porsche 911 GT3

Lotus Elise

Bentley Continental GT

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Chevrolet Special Deluxe

Chevrolet Special Deluxe

Ford Model A

Verve Coffee Roasters, Santa Cruz, California

We visited Verve Coffee Roasters in Santa Cruz, California, one of the best specialty coffee roasters and cafes, and home to 2010 US Barista Championship finalists Chris Baca and Sarah Peterson and semi-finalist Jared Truby.

We arrived on a weekend morning, and the line of customers was long but the wait was worth it and more. Jared was behind the bar and treated us to Verve’s awesome and sweet Streetlevel Espresso and recommended a few single origin coffees to buy and take home.

Verve Coffee Roasters in Santa Cruz, California

Enjoy a Verve espresso at a sidewalk table a few blocks from the beach

Long bar and tall ceilings give the cafe an open feeling

Retail bags of Verve coffee roasted on premises

Battery of grinders

Jared Truby grinding beans

Plenty of space to socialize

Verve retail shelf with quality coffee gear

Jared Truby finishing a customer’s drink

Selection of whole bean coffees behind Jared

Menu with single origin coffees, espresso, tea, chocolate

Four baristi working behind the bar on a weekend morning

Pulling a shot…

…Steaming the milk…

…Ready to pour the latte art

Assortment of loose leaf teas in foreground, coffee beans on shelf

Pavlova for Valentine’s Day

Ashley Rodriguez, chef, award-winning food author and teacher writes:

“Consider Pavlova. With its crispy outer shell, interior that is reminiscent of marshmallows and limitless serving options, the Pavlova should be near the top of your list for dessert options this Valentine’s Day.”



  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon rose water or orange blossom water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup egg whites (from 3 to 4 large eggs), room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

To serve:

  • Unsweetened whipped cream
  • 2 blood oranges, rind and pith removed, sliced


In the bowl of a heavy-duty mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites starting on low and increasing the speed slowly to medium. When frothy add the cream of tartar. Beat until the mixture holds soft peaks and the egg white bubbles are very small and uniform, about 2 to 3 minutes.

For the full mouth-watering recipe, accompanied by beautiful photographs, visit You can buy the full range of eco-friendly Terra Keramik tableware at

We recommend that you check out Ashley’s award-winning food blog Not Without Salt for additional wonderful recipes and stunning food photography.