Heavy Table Hot Five: Dec. 5-11


Each Friday afternoon, this list will track five of the best things Heavy Table’s writers, editors, and photographers have recently bitten or sipped. Have a suggestion for the Hot Five? Email editor@heavytable.com.

Joshua Page / Heavy Table
Joshua Page / Heavy Table

1-newTriple Flavored Squid at Grand Szechuan

Super flavorful, expertly fried, and spicy, with hints of mouth-tingling citrus from Szechuan peppercorns. It’s dynamite! [Debuting on the Hot Five]


Tweeted by Joshua Page

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table
Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

2-newChocolate Bird Bars by St. Croix Chocolate Company

St. Croix Chocolate Company’s chocolate bird bars are among the most beautiful chocolates we’ve laid eyes on. They’re made from a mold created by St. Croix Valley tile artist Laura McCaul. The chocolate is delicious, too. We love the “dark milk” 53 percent cacao flavor. [Debuting on the Hot Five]

Contributed by James Norton from Heavy Table’s 2014 Local Food Gift Guide

Broders' Dolci Pensieri figs from Calabria
Jane Rosemarin / Heavy Table

3-newDolci Pensieri Fig Balls at Broders’ Cucina Italiana

These Calabrian figs are baked for 12 hours at a low temperature and become caramel-sweet and tender. They taste of honey and even some elusive liqueur. Wrapped in fig leaves and tied with raffia, the figs cost $16 this year, an unusually low price. [Debuting on the Hot Five]

Contributed by Jane Rosemarin

Fulton growlers
Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

4-newPatience Lost at Fulton Brewing

Fulton’s small beer, called Patience Lost, is incredible. Super unique style, true to the Parti-Gyle tradition, nice and dry — and only 2.8%! [Debuting on the Hot Five]


Contributed by Paige Latham

James Norton / Heavy Table
James Norton / Heavy Table

L’etoile Vodka by Du Nord Craft Spirits

On Dec. 15, we’ll be revealing a slate of cocktail recipes cooked up from local craft spirits after a crazy evening of mixing and shaking. Du Nord’s vodka struck all of our tasters as having a remarkably full body and strong point of view — no mere colorless, tasteless liquid, L’etoile brings a mellow, almost floral richness to your glass. [Debuting on the Hot Five]

Contributed by James Norton