Faith Blakeney's 5 Favorite International Edible Souvenirs

Faith Blakeney's 5 Favorite International Edible Souvenirs

Leela Cyd
Jun 11, 2014
(Image credit: Leela Cyd)

Who cooks and eats here: Faith Blakeney and daughter Noa
Where: Los Angeles, California
Rent or Own? Rent

Faith Blakeney travels a lot designing homes and spaces. (We admired her lovely, light kitchen yesterday!) While sourcing beautiful furniture and vintage details for clients, she often meanders the local food halls and groceries. The goodies she brings back to her art-filled Los Angeles kitchen infuse flavor and fun to the family meals she creates. Here are the 5 international ingredients she's currently loving:

Faith says it best: "I travel a lot. As souvenirs I love to bring back culinary treats. Every time I travel I discover new amazing foods and beverages. So, our kitchen is full of new and different culinary delights from all over. When my daughter's friends come over to play, they know they can always expect to try some funky new foods!"

Faith's 5 Favorite International Edible Souvenirs

1. Candied fennel seeds. "I got these at an Indian market after tasting them at an Indian restaurant. They are delicious, come it fun candy colors, and most importantly they are great for digestion. Serve after a meal, or sprinkle over your favorite ice cream. Yum."

2. Mate. "I don't drink coffee, and am a huge fan of tea. Mate is an Argentine tea, which is more energizing than most teas but with not quite the jolt of coffee."

3. Fruit butter. "I just picked up some passion fruit butter in Kauai the other day. Have yet to try it, but it looks promising!"

4. Açai. "I put these antioxidant filled frozen berries in my morning smoothie with a banana, chia and flax seeds and I'm good to go. They also sell them in powders and pills, but this is one of the least processed forms, and very delicious, too."

5. Pasta d'acciughe. "Otherwise known (or, not-so-known) as anchovy paste. First of all, I adore the packaging. Secondly, anchovies are a secret Italian ingredient for salting pasta. I don't even like anchovies, but in a good pasta al pomodoro, it's the best!"

Thanks for sharing, Faith!
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