Like a Chanel or LV shopping bag this one seems to stop foot traffic when it's in plain view in my cubicle!
So what's inside?
Guanciale from Boccalone makes the best Carbonara sauce. What is guanciale? It's pork jowl - this one is not only salt cured but has also been cured with fresh rosemary and thyme, which adds earthy goodness! I love using this instead of bacon or pancetta in my carbonara because it is more dense and flavorful than pancetta (pork belly). My carbonara recipe is from the Boccalone site and I will say it's the easiest and best tasting one I've come across thus far.
I also bought cheese from Cowgirl Creamery - parmigiano-reggiano (for my carbonara) from Italy and a Manchego from Spain.
And lastly, some random French candy from the Miette Bakery. I believe the salted caramel chew (the big boy on the end) is made here in SF. The hard candy in the front is some type of Bergamont candy. I thought it was going to be super potent like some violet candies I have come across in the past. This one was surprisingly mellow. The one in that looks like a tube is some type of nougat encased in caramel - how is that bad? And the other is salt water taffy, lemon flavored. Yummy! I really don't know why I bought this candy because there's a bag full waiting for me and (Mr. Lex) at home.
I was going to buy a baguette or ciabatta from Acme Bread but there was a super long line and I didn't want to look like I spent all my weekends watching The Cooking Channel...which I do sometimes!
I wanted to snap a pic of my fancy beef noodle soup but I just couldn't wait to dive in, plus lukewarm noodle soup isn't good for anyone!