Yesterday in the mail, this enormous box arrived in the spotless nerve center of Mr. Pink Enterprises. Imagine my surprise when I looked at the label and saw that this monster had come from none other than Boscoli Foods of Kenner, La. I don't know what possessed the makers of the finest olive salad I've ever tasted to send Bites a haybale-sized box of goodies, but they did.
And oh my stars. As flapping vultures, er, colleagues came idly wandering from all corners of the edit department, I managed to fend them off with a box cutter while I looked inside. When the last bubble-wrapped bulge and styrofoam peanut hit the trash can, this is the bonanza that remained:
First to go were the spicy pickled asparagus spears: briny wonders with a hard carroty crunch and a fiery backbite of pepper. Then we cracked open the almond-stuffed olives—plump little beasties, though the almond taste was mostly obliterated by the pickling. Going over much better were the jalapeno-stuffed olives: not as scalding as you might expect, but with a nice cumulative burn that proved addictive. Elizabeth Ulrich absconded with the jar before I could alert the front desk.
We'll share reports on more of this bounty, jar by freakin' jar. Thanks, Boscoli! In the meantime, have I ever mentioned how much I'd love to try the combined wares of Ben & Jerry's, Emerald, See's Candies and Jack Daniel's?