Best of Web: Lizano sauce, hot chocolate, orange pound cake, tagine, dessert risotto, Cafe Paradiso, hamburgers, cookbooks

The foodie web is buzzing this week, from a tribute to Lizano sauce to a review of breakfast at Cafe Paradiso in Ireland.

  • * Meg Weaver from Intelligent Travel on Lizano sauce, the Tico condiment of choice. What ketchup is to Americans and HP sauce to Brits, Lizano sauce is to Costa Ricans.
  • * Jessica from Ripe London on the joys of hot chocolate to go from Laudurée in Piccadilly.
  • * I would make it with fresh spinach (or silverbeet / chard) but I like the sound of this tomato, spinach and egg tagine from Kathryn at Limes & Lycopenes.
  • * Turn away now if you have a queasy stomach – The Best of Mother Earth has a McDonald’s hamburger from 1996 that looks almost as good as new. I think this is what Michael Pollan was talking about when he referred to “edible food-like substances”.
  • * Speaking of meat, a UN climate change body is recommending rationing meat to four times per week, according to this news report in The Guardian. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Time to treat meat as a luxury. I’m not saying don’t eat it, I’m saying I believe we should treat it with respect.
  • * The Guardian also writes about chef Sophie Wright who has released her first book Easy Peasy: Laidback Recipes for Lazy Days.
  • * Finally, I’m looking for more contributors to the Global Breakfast Tournament so if you are interested in representing your country, please let me know. Readers will vote on the best breakfast and the prize is a £10 Amazon voucher.

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  1. Thank you for the link!

  2. Great to see all the buzz about Lizano Salsa! It really is on just about every table in Costa Rica — like ketchup is to Americans, but it is so much more delicious than ketchup!

    We like Lizano so much we decided to import it. To buy Lizano Salsa from our US-based online store and have it at your door within just 2 to 3 days, go to:

    Lizano Sauce tastes great on everything and also makes an excellent marinade for grilled meats and veggies.

    Sorry for the delay in posting the comment. I don’t really encourage commercial comments on my blog because it can come across a bit spammy. However, since this is relevant and probably a fairly unusual offering, I’ve decided to allow it. I’ve been to Costa Rica myself and can definitely recommend the sauce. Thanks for your interest. – Caitlin.

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  4. Lizano sauce is truly awesome. I wish I could actually understand the ingredients list on the back of the bottle, but I guess it doesn’t really matter. It’s very flavorful, but not hot. Great on eggs. I was only in Costa Rica for 8 days and developed a serious Lizano habit. Now,the big bottle I carried home is nearly gone.

  5. Hahaha! it’s funny to see how popular is our sauce in other countries! I’m glad because this sauce is really special for every tico (for each of us), enjoy! I love it too!!

  6. I been looking for a web site that sale Lizano sauce at the best price and I came across I know times are hard and everyone is looking to save money. One Lizano sauce bottle at $6.99

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    I’ve been buying my Lizano sauce from for 6 months now and couldn’t be happier. I wish I would of found them sooner. This web site was very useful to me.

    -Kayla M.