Giveaway :: RossLab

Thursday, August 9, 2012

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Do you want to know a foolproof way to travel without having to take time off of work or find a babysitter for your pets or pay for a plane, train, or automobile? It’s simple. Pick a destination, research the local cuisine online, head off to the grocery store, and get to work in your kitchen. It’s possible to satiate the wanderlust pulsing through your veins with an authentic meal. And you’ll feel even more accomplished knowing you did it yourself. (Hello, chicken tikka masala, I’m looking at you.) Part of the joy comes straight from the process. Using tools that make you feel good is a surefire way to enjoy your time spent traveling in the kitchen.

Rossella Manzini is an artist. Her ceramics are what dreams wishlists are made of and they make gift giving simple. From fabulous birdhouses to gorgeous planters, RossLab is chock full of the pieces you treasure. This berry colander is the epitome of simple luxury and gorgeous design. True to form, Manzini has created the absolute perfect vessels to get you cooking. The salt, pepper, and sugar cellars take seasoning to the gourmet level. Engage your wanderlust by creating a piece of the world with your very own fingertips. (Just be sure to pass along the recipes!)

RossLab is giving away two pepper cellars (pictured above) to two lucky winners (one each)! To enter to win, please answer the following question by Thursday, August 16th. Comments now closed…good luck!
What is the most exotic meal you have ever eaten?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, August 20th, to see if you’ve won.
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  1. 1
    heather f says:

    we were served guinea pig in Peru. Exotic yes, re-order it? NO!!!!!

  2. 2
    Stacy says:

    Sweet bread. Not bread, and not sweet. Gross.

  3. 3
    Tabetha says:

    Alligator…which I suppose is on the tamer side of exotic!  


  4. 4
    Emma says:

    Roasted ants.

    I am now a vegetarian.

  5. 5
    Ella P. says:

    I’d say “Dinuguan”, aka  “Pork Blood Stew”.

  6. 6
    Juliet Farmer says:

    escargot. never again.

  7. 7
    Theresa says:

    Um… I have eaten alligator… tasted like tuna.

  8. 8
    Jessica says:

    Pickled Pigs Feet and Poke. Poke is actually poisonous so after my grandfather picked it, he would use a special cooking method to make it safe to eat.
    It was my grandmother’s (who grew up in rural Appalachia) favorite meal.

  9. 9
    Peyton says:

    Once in Korea I had the Sannakji (octopus… live). They brought me a bowl, inside was a very small live octopus (or something of that sort). They waiter told be to grab it, pull its legs, and bit the head, to kill it, then swallow. However, the suction cups would stick to my lips and throat. Yuk… I am a vegetarian now, and regret that so much.

  10. 10
    Renee Richardson says:

    I would say shark. I know that is not very exotic but it is honestly the most exotic I have had. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway 🙂

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  11. 11
    Melelina says:

    Pig tongue 🙁

  12. 12
    Courtney says:

    When I visited Australia last year, the family I was staying with cooked kangaroo. It looked like steak but definitely tastes gamey.

  13. 13
    Jennifer says:

    Bastilla – one of my favorite Moroccan dishes is traditionally made with pigeon (see http://www.theworldwidegourmet.com/recipes/pastilla-moroccan-pigeon-pie/). I like to think that the ones I’ve eaten have all used chicken, but . . .

  14. 14
    Katherine W says:

    I accidentally ate ‘blood sausage’ in Spain, not knowing what it really was. Another time I was served tiny dried grasshoppers and cactus. I definitely prefer more mainstream dishes! 

  15. 15
    Lauren G says:

    Probably alligator.

  16. 16
    Trisha says:

    Vietnamese fish soup. With fish eyes in it.

  17. 17
    Amy Grace says:


  18. 18
    Luisa says:

    Before i was a pescatarian i ate unknowingly cow bone marrow. Surprisingly it did not taste like chicken!

  19. 19
    Jennifer says:

    I had Peking duck in Beijing (formerly Peking). It was great, except you had to pick the (live) duck you wanted to eat. 🙁

  20. 20
    hanna says:

    Nothing really. I’ve had sweetbreads, I guess. Or tacos de cabeza…

  21. 21
    Amy M says:

    In a restaurant in Banff, AB of all places, I had crocodile.  It tasted an awful lot like chicken, I can’t lie.

  22. 22
    Lindsay says:

    Durian – purchased much to the glee of Native onlookers in an Asian market. A fruit that smells and also tastes like slimy garbage. 

  23. 23
    Jessica Weipert says:

    Bravery is an area in wich I struggle! Especially when it comes to food, I have a really sensitive gag reflex and I look so ugly when I am dry heaving!!!! But, I did eat a chicken heart once, it wasn’t discusting! I know, not very exotic, but still! 

  24. 24
    M says:

    Beaver stew. It’s a part of my native American culture. It was surprisingly good.

  25. 25
    Jac says:

    I just got back from Mexico where I ate some delicious enchiladas con Huitlacoche, which is a black mold that grows on corn. Looks gross, sounds gross, tastes great.

  26. 26
    Kristy W says:

    Eating Conch while in the Bahama’s so amazing and different!

  27. 27
    Heather says:

    In Alice Springs, Australia, I had a sampler platter of kangaroo, emu and crocodile, among less memorable items. I also ate camel sausages… right after riding a camel (eek!). What a fantastic, memorable trip!

  28. 28
    Lubaska says:

    ordinary seafood in Croatia – since there is no sea in Slovakia – it is always exotic for me.:-)

  29. 29
    Tiffany says:

    My best friend took me to her favorite french restaurant and insisted i try escargot. It was a beautiful place, and beautifully presented food, but I wasn’t a big fan of escargot.

  30. 30
    Alexis S. says:

    My grandma took me to an authentic Ethiopian restaurant after getting my (her) wedding dress fitted to me.  We had about six different dishes and it was all so delicious!

  31. 31
    Antler says:

    In Mexico I once had a dish called Escamole. It looked almost like rice and veggies, but what I really ate was… gulp… ant larvae. Apparently, they are considered a… ‘delicacy’ in Mexico, but not in my stomach!

  32. 32
    Randy says:

    Mountain Oysters. Not even real oysters, they were actually bull testicles –  deep fried.

  33. 33
    Patty says:

    In Japan at the supermarkets, they sold Tuna eye… Not the tuna… The whole eye on a little plate, wrapped up in plastic – like hamburger, twas huge! It was a dare to buy it (crazy friends), and a suicide risk to eat it. It wasn’t really that bad tasting, but they whole time you know what you are eating, and the texture… Ugh!

  34. 34
    Beverly says:

    In Taiwan I ate stinky tofu. It was a big, stinky bite of fermented tofu, which I doused in hot sauce to stauch the scent. In fact, I ended up liking it a lot, once you get over the smell! I would line up in the longest, stinkiest line my nose could find in the market!

  35. 35
    Rebekah says:

    i am not so adventurous when it comes to trying new foods but once i ate ethiopian food with an ethiopian acquaintance – suffice it to say i had lots of difficulty getting through the meal in a gracious way

  36. 36
    Brittany says:

    probably dining hall food in college!

  37. 37
    Dee says:

    Ostrich burger. It’s an Australian delicacy apparently so to eat their local animals. Yes. There is kangaroo burgers too. Slupp! 

  38. 38
    Christina P says:

    Alligator (loved it), escargot (not so much), oysters (yum!), octopus- love it fried! The weirdest thing was in France I was staying with this family and they had a party in celebration of my last night there, in front of the whole family, they served me salad aka lettuce, with baby octopus (thankfully dead!), on top! I think I ate parts of the suction cups, but couldn’t stomach what it looked like! Years later, I eat almost anything!

  39. 39
    Alexis H says:

    Alligator on a stick in Seattle, or gooey duck in Napa!!! Both were amazing!!! 

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    megdwyer says:

    I ate some spiced grasshoppers that tasted like fish sticks. I have also eaten mountain lion which was disappointingly chewy.

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    Madeline says:

    exotic- good?  or exotic- gross?  on the good end, i would say the most exotic food i ever ate that surprised me in how good & rich it was would be a goat platter they served in uganda.  it was delicious and unexpected.  on the gross end, i would have to say a duck egg on the streets of vietnam.  literally a baby duck fetus boiled in an egg.  you could taste the feathers.