4 Unusual Condiments That'll Give Your Next Sandwich a Flavor Boost

Sandwiches have been enjoyed for so long and by so many different cultures that it's wild to think that most people still go for the classic flavors instead of trying something new. Whether you're packing lunches for work or wanting to try something new at home, it's a good idea to swap out what
Why Change Things Up?

If you're used to the same classic sandwiches, you may feel reluctant to give up what you know in turn for something far less familiar. The important thing to remember is that trying new things is the only way to determine if what you love can be improved upon!

This may mean adding a little kimchi to a fried chicken sandwich or spreading some mango pepper jelly on your next PB&J, but whatever you do- let yourself try something new! Not only does it broaden your world experiences, but it also gives you the chance to be excited and intrigued by something that's usually so normal, like a sandwich.
Kewpie Mayonnaise

Kewpie mayo has been in a kind of renaissance recently, in the same way the sriracha became a common household staple in the mid-2010s. If you like mayo on your sandwiches, you're going to be blown away by the sweet and delicious flavor that Kewpie offers without overpowering any meal.

With a very different flavor from classic American mayonnaise, it adds a tangy-sweet flavor that will leave you excited to go back for another bite!
Mango Pepper Jelly

Why allow your sandwiches to be one-note anymore? Mango pepper jelly is a great ingredient that will elevate your sandwich making into art. From the complex mixture of sweet and spicy, this jelly plays well against almost any kind of sandwich.

Instantly making a classic turkey sandwich into something almost candied and hot at the same time, you'll want to try new sandwich flavor combinations you've never considered before today.
Spunky Kimchi

Kimchi, much like sauerkraut, is popular because of its spunky fermented cabbage: but kimchi takes it further! Adding heat and an assortment of delicious spices and greens ensure that this is a sandwich condiment that adds a nice crisp texture and a variety of complex flavors you couldn't get otherwise.

Best with sandwiches like fried chicken or pork chop sandwiches, it adds a delicious kick that will leave your mouth watering just thinking about it after you've had it on your first sandwich. There's nothing quite like kimchi to make a sandwich into something incredible.

Harissa is a tomato-based sauce made with red pepper, caraway seeds, chiles, and peppers. When toasted together and cooked down into a sauce, it's a delicious paste you can spread on nearly any sandwich.

Going best with veggie-dense sandwiches adds a bit of heat and excitement while also deepening the flavors with a sweet-savory combination between the peppers and the tomatoes. It's something amazing you won't want to ignore!
Try New Things and Up Your Sandwich Game

Your sandwiches don't have to be the same that they've always been! Give yourself the chance to try something new, and surprise your taste buds with fresh additions to a classic favorite.


Make Your Refreshing Cocktails with Reed's Ginger Ale

Thanks to Reed's Real Ginger Ale for providing samples to us.  This is my favorite brand.   Now, check out the drink recipes below.

Reed’s REAL Ginger Ale is made with 2,000 mg of real ginger and nothing artificial. Available for purchase on Amazon in two crisp, clean, varieties – Original & Zero-Sugar – Reed’s Real Ginger Ale is perfect for enjoying on its own or to incorporate into a refreshing cocktail!

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Reed’s Berry Ginger Sangria

  • Sliced Lemons, oranges, strawberries and blueberries to taste
  • 1 Bottle white wine of choice
  • 2-4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Shots white rum
  • 2 Cups Reed’s Real Ginger Ale
  • Start with the freshly sliced lemons and oranges in a large pitcher
  • Pour the bottle of wine into the pitcher
  • Add in two to four tablespoons sugar, depending on how sweet you like your sangria
  • Add two shots of white rum
  • Muddle the fruit, rum, and wine with a big spoon
  • Add two cups of Reed’s Real Ginger Ale
  • Pour into a glass with ice, add in strawberries and blueberries and enjoy!

Reed’s Watermelon Ginger Frozen Margarita
  • 4 cups of cubed watermelon, frozen
  • 3 ounces lime juice
  • 3 ounces tequila
  • 1 Can of Reed’s Real Zero Sugar Ginger Ale
  • Lime slices, for garnish
  • Ice (optional)
  • In a blender, add watermelon, lime juice, tequila and half a can of ginger ale
  • Blend until watermelon is incorporated
  • Add remaining ginger beer and blend until smooth
  • Pour and serve!
  • Optional: garnish with a watermelon wedge

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Reed’s Strawberry Ginger Spritzer
  • 24 oz. Soda Water
  • 1 Can Reed’s Real Ginger Ale
  • 2 cups of Dry White Wine
  • 1/4 cup of roughly chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 5 whole strawberries halved
  • In a pitcher, combine the soda water, ginger ale and (if used) white wine and stir
  • Add in the strawberries and fresh basil
  • Chill for 30 minutes to infuse the strawberry and basil flavor
Recipe Notes:
If wanting to drink right away, you can muddle a few of the strawberries and basil at the bottom of the pitcher before adding the liquid to infuse the flavor quicker

Cheers From Mionetto Wines

Mionettto Wines was kind enough to ship some wines!  I am so grateful for WINE during this pandemic!  Check out the wines below and get them from your favorite grocer or package shop.

This season impress your sweetheart  or even just yourself, with a bottle of bubbles from Mionetto,the perfect sparkling wine to sip over a candlelit dinner or serve up during this pandemic.. Mionetto has you covered from start to finish no matter what your relationship status.

MionettoPrestige Brut ($14 750ml / $4 Mini 187ml) 
Madefrom 100% Glera grapes from the province of Treviso, an area renowned for highquality Prosecco, this sparkling wine offers a luminous straw yellow hue andstylish mousse. The palate is marked by aromatic notes of honey and whitepeach. For the ever-lasting couple, you can’t beat this bottle ofclassic brut. And don’t forget this bottle of bubbly comes in all formats,including mini! Easy to transport for any charming one on one picnic or quiet dinner.

Mionetto PrestigeRosé Extra Dry ($14 750ml / $4 Mini 187ml) 
This deeply luscioussparkling rosè is the result of soft pressing of red grapes. The wine offers apeach blossom luminosity, accompanied by a fine, lively perlage. This wine isknown for its intense fragrances, like holding an edible bouquet of violets,raspberries, strawberries, and wildflowers. 

This elegant Cartizzeboasts luminous golden tones and delicate beads of tiny bubbles. A majestic,multi-faceted bouquet releases seductive impressions of apple and pearalongside notes of citrus and glazed almond. On the palate it is crisp,well-balanced, and elegant. 


Why You Need To Buy the Breville Combi Wave 3-in-1 Microwave

This is a sponsored post on behalf on Best Buy.

When you are constantly entertaining in your home, you need to have the best and smartest appliances in your kitchen.  I would like to tell you more about the Breville Combi Wave 3-in1 Microwave available at Best Buy.

With a brand name like Breville, you know you have the very best brand.  And this 3-in1 Combi Wave Microwave lets you air fry (crunchy fries, brussel sprouts, chicken wings), bake or roast (whole chickens, lasagna, chocolate brownies) or simply microwave with even heat distribution. Who knew you could cook all this goodness in small kitchen appliance?  This will definitely save a LOT of time when it comes to cooking for large crowds.

Do your kids slam the door on the microwave? The Combi has a 80% quieter soft close door – so no more microwave slams!  It’s also 50% quieter while in operation. This is a feature I could definitely get used to!  Clever touches like child lock & mute buttons mean less beeps/bumps/clangs and more pops, bites and crunches! Intuitively easy presets at your fingertips: Smart Cook, Smart Reheat & Smart Defrost. You have to have the Combi NOW! 

The “Fast Combi” function of the Combi Wave 2-in-1 is designed to cook your favorite dishes faster. Using Microwave, Convection Oven and Grilling to achieve the desired temperature and perfect results in less time. This is an amazing feature. The Combi is powered by the Element iQ system, smart algorithms steer power to where and when it’s needed to create the ideal cooking environment. The Power Smoothing™ Inverter gives you precise & even heat distribution, reheating & cooking dishes evenly for more delicious results

I love having smart appliances in my home.  This Breville Combi Wave 3-in1 Microwave is compact, but as you can see from reading above, it has tons of smart features. It has a powerful 1400 watts, is only a little over 12 inches tall, a tad over 20 inches wide, and 21 inches deep.  So, it does not take up a lot of counter space.  It has a huge 12.4 inch turntable. The brushed stainless steel finish screams luxury.

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3 Epic Tacos and Cocktail Pairings

In celebration of National Taco Day and every Taco Tuesday, we have paired these delicious tacos with these cocktails made with our fave tequilas.

The Taco: Baja Fish with pickled cabbage, spicy escabeche and roasted poblano mayo
The Cocktail: El Diablo

The iconic El Diablo, made with crème de cassis and ginger beer, is given an added kick with Tequila Chamucos Diablo Blanco, bottled at 110 proof. The heat from the tequila is more pronounced when paired with beer battered fish while its zesty, tangy flavors will give the spicy escabeche the wake up we all need.


El Diablo
1.75 oz. Partida Blanco
.5 oz. crème de cassis
.75 oz. fresh lime juice
3 oz. ginger beer
Garnish: lime wedge 

Combine all ingredients, except ginger beer, and shake. Fine-strain into an ice-filled Collins glass, top with ginger beer and garnish.

The Taco: Al Pastor with thinly sliced, marinated pork, cilantro, onions and roasted pineapple
The Cocktail: Ponche Caballero

Pork and Tequila Partida Reposado are a match made in heaven. The buttery and vanilla aromas pair perfectly with the classic taco's smoky and sweet flavor combo. The Ponche Caballero calls for Pineapple juice, elevating the sweet and salty notes of its taco counterpart.

Ponche Caballero
2 oz. Partida Reposado
1.5 oz. Jumex Tamarind Nectar
1.5 oz. pineapple juice
.5 oz. agave nectar
.5 oz. fresh lime juice
2 dashes angostura bitters

Combine all ingredients and shake. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a fresh pineapple wedge and pineapple leaves.

The Taco: Avocado Tostada with sliced avocado, pickled red onion, queso fresco, cilantro and spicy dried chile salsa over black bean spread
The Cocktail: Paloma Spritz

The muted taste of avocado lets the Tequila Partida Añejo shine. The spicy chile salsa kicks it up a notch while the grapefruit soda balances the tequila and herbaceous cilantro.

Paloma Spritz
1.5 oz. Partida Anejo
.5 oz. Aperol
1 oz. Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
.5 oz. fresh lime juice
.5 oz. agave nectar
1.5 oz. grapefruit soda

Combine all ingredients and shake. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with fresh lime and a ruby red grapefruit wedge.

Celebrate National Rum Punch Day

National Rum Punch Day is September 20th. Round out the week with a punch party featuring Diplomático Rum as the base for your libations. Diplomático is a super premium rum hailing from Venezuela and a favorite spirit of bartenders around the globe. If you are looking to please the palates of your guests, try a few delicious recipes courtesy of notorious bars in the US: 

Tropic Thunder:
1 cup Diplomatico Planas
½ cup Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva
½ cup coconut cream
½ cup orgeat 
½ cup lime juice
2 cups pineapple juice
¼ cup orange juice
½ oz Bittercube Jamaican No.2 Bitters
Top with soda water - Created by Ryan Gullet, Beverage Manager of Bluebeard in Indianapolis, IN

Fenway Rum Punch:
2 oz Diplomatico Planas
1 oz orange juice
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz cranberry juice
.5oz finest call single pressed lime juice
.5oz grenadine
Ginger beer float
Garnish with orange or lime - Featured cocktail @ Fenway Park- Boston, MA



8 Dixie Peach Vodka Recipes

If you are going to give the gift of Vodka, I highly recommend Dixie Peach Vodka.   Made from peaches sourced from Georgia, you know you have a true blend.

Dixie Peach Vodka Recipes

Peach Mule
2 oz. Dixie Peach Vodka
Ginger beer
1 lime wedge
1 fresh peach slice
Fill a copper mule mug with ice. Add Dixie Peach Vodka and ginger beer. Squeeze lime into mug, and garnish with a fresh peach slice.

Dixie Peach Bellini
1 oz. Dixie Peach Vodka
Sparkling wine or Champagne
1 fresh peach slice
In a Champagne glass our coupe, add Dixie Peach Vodka and top with sparkling wine or Champagne. Garnish with a fresh peach slice.

Frozen Peach Bellini
2 oz. Dixie Peach Vodka
1 lemon wedge (squeezed and discarded)
0.5 oz. (or 1 bar spoon) agave nectar
1 c. ice
Sparkling wine or Champagne
1 fresh peach slice
1 sprig of mint
Add Dixie Peach Vodka, juice from lemon wedge, agave nectar, and ice into a blender, and blend until smooth. Serve in an old fashioned glass, top with sparkling wine or Champagne, and garnish with a fresh peach slice and sprig of mint.

Dixie Peach Tea
2 oz. Dixie Peach Vodka
6 oz. sweet tea
1 fresh peach slice
1 lemon wheel
Fill a mason jar with ice, and add Dixie Peach Vodka and sweet tea. Garnish with peach slice and lemon wheel.

Practice What You Peach
2 oz. Dixie Peach Vodka
2 oz. lemonade (pro tip: use Chick-fil-A lemonade — there’s nothing better!)
2 oz. sweet tea
1 fresh peach slice
1 sprig of mint
Fill a mason jar with ice, and add Dixie Peach Vodka, lemonade, and sweet tea. Garnish with peach slice and sprig of mint.

Peach on the Beach
2 oz. Dixie Peach Vodka
2 oz. orange juice
2 oz. pineapple juice
1 lemon wedge
0.25 oz. PAMA (or grenadine)
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add all ingredients except PAMA or grenadine. Shake vigorously. In a Champagne glass or coupe, pour PAMA or grenadine, and strain cocktail on top (pineapple juice will make foam on top of the cocktail, with grenadine on bottom, the cocktail will be layered).

Southern Sangria
1 c. Dixie Peach Vodka
1 bottle dry white wine
Various fresh fruit/herbs (peaches slices, lemon wheels, lime wheels, orange wheels, blackberries, mint leaves)
Combine all ingredients in pitcher. Allow to sit for at least one hour before serving. Serve over ice with fruit from pitcher.

Peach Collins
1.5 oz. Dixie Peach Vodka
0.5 oz. lemon juice*
0.5 oz. simple syrup*
Soda water
1 peach slice
1 lemon wheel
In a Collins glass with ice, combine Dixie Peach Vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup, and top with soda water. Garnish with peach slice and lemon wheel.
*Can substitute sour mix for lemon juice and simple syrup.

Please drink responsibly and DO NOT drink and drive.

Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin

This is a sponsored conversation between Reviewz & Newz and our friends at Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin.

Gin season is here and with it comes a wide variety of cocktails to try. Instead of using your typical London dry gin, try a unique and flavorful gin from India -- Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin, which was just released in the United States earlier this year.
Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin (SRP $50) is triple-distilled and handcrafted in a traditional copper pot at one of India’s oldest distilleries, Rampur Distillery, located in the foothills of the Himalayas. It also incorporates botanicals from the four corners of India, with strong flavorful notes of darjeeling tea

The Jaisalmer Negroni
  • 1 part Jaisalmer Gin
  • 1 part Martini Rosso
  • 1 part Campari
  • Ice

Combine all ingredients over ice in a rocks glass and stir.
The Independent G&T

  • 2 ounces Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin
  • 4 ounces Fever-Tree tonic water
  • 2-3 frozen cranberries (garnish)
  • 1 Popsicle (garnish)
  • Ice

Pour Jaisalmer Gin and tonic water over ice in a tall glass. Stir and garnish with a Popsicle and cranberries.
The Maharaja Mojito
  • 50ml Jaisalmer Gin
  • 20ml Organic Agave Syrup
  • 15ml Lime Juice
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 50ml Bitter Lemon 

Fill up glass with ice, pour Jaisalmer Gin, clap 6 mint leaves and add to the glass. Add fresh lemon juice, bitter lemon and agave syrup. Stir gently and garnish with a mint sprig.

Please drink responsibly.


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Watermelon Waffles

What's better in the summer than a big slice of watermelon?  Growing up I loved that bright pink fruit that tasted so good and the spitting the seeds at my brother after every bite.  I still do.  If you love watermelon as much as I do, you will love this recipe for Watermelon Waffles.  The recipe will make 4 full waffles.

  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 3/4 C Milk
  • 1 TBS Sugar
  • 1 TBS Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 C Oil
  • 2 C Flour
  • 1 Handful Chocolate Chips
  • Red and Green Food Dye
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk.

  • Add in the sugar, baking powder, salt and oil.  Mix until well combined and there are no lumps.

  • Whisk in the flour until just combined, DO NOT OVERMIX!

  • Take 1 1/2 cups of the waffle batter and place into a separate bowl.

  • Add several drops of green food coloring to the small bowl of batter.
  • In the large bowl, add several drops of red food coloring, and a handful of chocolate chips.

  • Grease a hot waffle iron (if yours requires it), and add a large scoop of the red waffle mix to the center.
  • Use a small spoon to ladle a thin layer of green batter around the edge.

  • Sprinkle a few more chocolate chips, if desired, and cook to your preference.
  • Serve warm with syrup, whipped cream, or just by themselves.
  • Enjoy!


Castello del Poggio’s Sweet Rosé

Life is about to get a little sweeter and that’s not just because Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Whether you are celebrating with your beau, gal or your damn self, open up a bottle of Castello del Poggio Sweet Rosé to help celebrate the special night. 

Seductive, fruity and crisp, Castello del Poggio’s Sweet Rosé is great before and after dinner. So whether the plan is to open a bottle to impress your girlfriend, sweeten up an anti-Valentine’s day party or pour one out for the swipe lefts and then a generous pour for yourself as you get into the tub -  you’ll never want this wine to stop flowing.  

Sweet Rosé, SRP $12.99: Perfect for a romantic dinner. Cheerful violet hues with fruity notes of cantaloupe, white peach, and pomegranate; fresh and smooth. Pair it with fresh pasta, savory rice, delicious fish, and a carefree disposition.

Kick it up a notch with these sweet cocktail recipe featuring Sweet Rosé: 
Raspberry Kiss for the girls night  

3 to 4 Raspberries
2 oz Chilled Castello del Poggio Sweet Rosé 
1 oz Tonic Water

Put the raspberries in the bottom of a chilled cocktail glass. Fill halfway with sweet rosé. Top with tonic water. Garnish with more raspberries

Drink To The Oscars

With the Oscar’s quickly approaching, that means it’s time to start planning your Oscars viewing party! There have been some pretty epic film releases this past year and whether you’ve seen every movie nominated or don’t know a single one, you know you'll be watching and what better way to do so than with delicious cocktails in the comfort of your own home. 

So shake, stir and sip your way through the Oscars with these cocktails inspired by this years nominated movies. 


A Star is Born- Gin Fizz ft. Benham’s Gin

1.5 oz Benham’s gin
3/4 oz Fresh lemon juice 
0.5 oz Simple syrup
1 oz Chilled Zonin Prosecco
Lemon twist, for garnish

Fill cocktail shaker with ice; add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds; strain into glass and top with Prosecco. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Bohemian Rhapsody- Harvey Wallbanger ft. Ravo Vodka 

1.5 oz Ravo Vodka
4 oz Fresh orange juice
0.5 oz Galliano L'Autentico
Orange slice and cherry, for garnish

Pour vodka and orange juice into a collins glass with ice. Layer the Galliano on top by pouring it slowly over the back of a bar spoon. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

Roma- Añejo Old Fashioned ft. Tequila Partida Añejo 

3 oz Partida Añejo Tequila
¼ oz Agave nectar 
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 Orange peel
1 Brandied cherry 

In an Old Fashioned glass, lightly muddle the agave nectar, bitters and orange peel. Fill with ice and add the tequila. Stir and garnish with a brandied cherry.

Black Panther- The Famous Smoky and Cola ft. The Famous Grouse Smoky Black 

1 oz Famous Grouse Smoky Black 
.05 oz Cola 
Orange wedge 

Take a clean, highball glass and fill with fresh, solid ice cubes. Squeeze in a wedge of orange and drop into the glass. Add Famous Grouse Smoky Black. Top up with cola, stir and serve. 

Vice- Diplomatico Vice ft. Diplomatico Planas Rum 

2 oz Daiquiri concentrate (frozen)
2 oz Piña Colada mix (frozen)
2.5 oz Diplomatico Planas Rum 

Blend daiquiri concentrate with rum and ice. Blend Piña Colada mix. Pour both blends together in a coup glass.
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