Category Archives: Gourmet Shops

The Jungle Stand: Italian biscuit edition

“Boxes” are all the rage these days: pay a few dollars a month and people will send you boxes of all sorts of things. Jess is a fan of Birch Box, a monthly grab-bag of sample-size fancy toiletries, but although … Continue reading

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Hillcrest Artisan Meats wins prize; shares with city

Right before the July 4 holiday this year, our friends at Hillcrest Artisan Meats announced that they were participating in a “Ham Independence” contest sponsored by one of the world’s best producers of quality pork, La Quercia. I’ve enjoyed La … Continue reading

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Reverse-seared Freckle Face pork chop

Some days, it feels like Hillcrest Artisan Meats invented pork. I know some of you out-of-town readers might not understand that, which means you need to get to Little Rock quickly and have lunch at the place so that all … Continue reading

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Jamón Ibérico at Hillcrest Artisan Meats

It all started as a bit of a joke on Twitter — a bunch of local food bloggers talking about how much we love Hillcrest Artisan Meats, and how much we’d all like to try one of the more expensive … Continue reading

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Review: Hillcrest Artisan Meats

I don’t think there’s anything I don’t love about Hillcrest Artisan Meats — a.k.a. H.A.M.  I love the selection of cured meats, from imported mortadella that fries up to a crisp, delicious brown to a house-made pork-lung pastrami that I … Continue reading

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Sweet Treats at the Savory Pantry

Good cooking starts with good ingredients, and while we may not have a large quantity of gourmet stores here in Arkansas, there are still some excellent places around to get quality products.  The challenge that most gourmet stores have here … Continue reading

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