Yes. You read that right. In my old Harlem neighborhood (old as of last week), I used to visit a sidewalk food stand (now known as a "pop-up store") selling gourmet items. Riley-Land is run by gracious, enthusiastic people who seriously love unusual flavor combinations, as do I. They're building up their audience so they can open a bricks-and-mortar store. It is a rare pleasure to find such high quality, distinctive treats.
What first caught my eye were some beautiful wood cutting boards and bamboo linen napkins. But I don't need any more of those. Not yet. On closer inspection, a jar of Chai Peanut Butter proved irresistible--handmade in Durham, North Carolina. Absolutely delicious. I happen to love peanut butter on graham crackers. (Nabisco being the only graham that doesn't have a cardboard aftertaste--at least so far, until Riley-Land finds someone to reinvent that staple of my so-called diet.)
It is snowing out today in New York City. Riley-Land company delivers by Fed Ex anywhere. You won't be disappointed, I promise. Check out their blog, too, for instant gratification, featuring a terrific recipe for Roasted Almond Thumbprint Cookies. If only my own bricks-and-mortar kitchen were finished.