Online warehouse sale at Cube Marketplace
On the Cube Marketplace website, now is the time for their second annual online warehouse sale with most items 40% off. That means a quirky Biv Hisey picnic blanket embroidered with ants (the back has spaces to zip in three cushions). Originally $300, it's now $180. But also aged balsamic vinegars at a steep discount, wood cutting boards, hand-printed tea towels, special salts (applewood-smoked sea salt, pink Peruvian ancient ocean salt, whole spices, ceramics, Pantelleria capers, and more.
I'm partial to the FUZ grey felt egg flat or their "winepocket." Ah, but here's some of that terrificly fragrant dried oregano from Sicily reduced to $8.40 from $14. And if you're in dire need of asparagus vinegar or beer vinegar from Lower Austria, they've got it. Good for stumping pretentious self-described gourmets. Who would guess what went into your vinaigrette?
A line of spices from Le Sanctuaire, which had a posh Santa Monica store before the owners moved the business to San Francisco, are on sale, too, including saffron from Iran. A set of six Maarten Baptist espresso spoons from the Netherlands is now $20.40, marked down from $34.
And get this, Rancho Gordo beans are on sale, too. Never seen that. Borlotti, limas, cattle beans, pebble beans, quinoa, etc. for $3.30 instead of $5.50. Time to stock up.
I could use everything and anything. But what do I really need? Carnaroli rice. They've got that, too. And some of Robert Lambert's white ginger or yuzu syrup.
-- S. Irene Virbila
Photos: picnic blanket and espresso spoons. Courtesy of Cube Marketplace.