Friday’s Favorites comes to you a little early this week since it is July 4th weekend! Assuming y’all will be barbecuing and watching fireworks with friends and/or family, I hope you all have a lot of fun eating, drinking, partying, chilling. This July 4th long weekend I’ll be visiting Montreal (restaurant recommendations welcome), but I’ll be celebrating July 4th in the US. Have a happy and safe 4th of July everyone! God bless this amazing and beautiful country of ours that keeps shining from sea to shining sea.
1. Victoria Tomato Basil Sauce & Victoria Fradiavolo Sauce
Ever since I did a post on Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce, many commenters mentioned Victoria sauce as being their favorite. When I spotted the 25 ounce jars of Victoria sauce on sale, I picked up a few bottles to try. So far I’ve tried…
Tomato Basil Sauce – quite salty and quite sweet too, very flavorful and oily, it was tasty, but too sweet for my liking.
Fradiavolo Sauce – very light and flavorful, has a kick to it that hits you in the throat, absolutely delicious and would purchase again.
I can’t compare the above sauces to Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce since none of them are Marinara sauces, but I’ll soon try the Victoria Marinara and let you know which one I think is better. ~ $5 each (25 ounce) jar @ major grocery stores
2. Tuscan White Bean Hummus @ Trader Joe’s
You all know how much I love Trader Joe’s. Every single time I visit I end up spending at least an hour shopping around looking for the next best thing. This time I came across TJ’s Tuscan White Bean Hummus which is essentially white bean hummus topped off with sun dried tomatoes, herbs, and extra virgin olive oil. I love eating hummus with Stacy’s Pita Chips, veggies, and on toast. Fantastic! ~ $4 @ Trader Joe’s
3. Butter Lane Cupcakes
I recently took a cupcake class at Butter Lane. Although I totally *think* I know how to bake like a pro, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to learn some professional skills. I had so much fun in the class and I went home with 9 freshly baked cupcakes that I frosted myself, apparently I suck at frosting. My cupcakes were shared with my husband, Marian – my friend, my co-workers, and Ben – my building’s security guy who was the very first cupcake taster. I’ll share all the skills I learned in another post, coming soon! ~ typically $3.25 a cupcake @ Butter Lane, New York City (East Village)
What are you doing this July 4 weekend? And for those of you non-US residents, what are you doing this weekend?
What’s your all time favorite pasta sauce, flavor and all?
Do you have any eating/nightlife recommendations for Montreal?
FYI: Next post – Monday! Have a fabulous 4th!