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It was 2011. Late in the year, maybe November. We were mooching through The Grove in LA, doing some shopping, enjoying the autumn warmth. I'd had a few trips to Los Angeles that year so I knew my way around the markets. The Apple Store beckoned – those guys understand experiential retail. But across the tiled courtyard, a well-known kitchen shop caught my eye. We wandered in and methodically worked our way through the store. A guy was chopping vegetables in a professional manner. He knew what he was doing alright. As we watched, we caught his eye and he asked in that...

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Salt. It's a big deal being one of the six tastes. We're not taking it with a grain of, well, you know what. So we're pretty pleased with our choice to only stock Gamekeeper Flakes of Sea Salt. Made from New Zealand's pure southern ocean, the flaking process come from careful and clever evaporation, creating pure flakes of sea salt (over 99.9% pure in fact), but with just enough moisture retention to deliver a superior saline sensation. Make sure to season well and season often with Gamekeeper Flakes of Sea Salt. You can buy it here. Best of all, every purchaser...

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We are New Zealand stockists of Japanese Oak charcoal, otherwise known as White Binchotan. This ultra-premium clean burning charcoal is mainly used in Japan to fire Shichirin charcoal barbeques and Konro grills, often made from diatomite to insulate the heat within a small BBQ box to cook Yakatori and other grilled meats and vegetables. The open flame and cooking conditions that these grills provide creates the aromatic and delicious blend of barbecue flavors in grilled meat that is celebrated in Japanese Yakitori cooking. We bring in the finest Kamitosa (Tosa) Binchotan, which hails from Kochi prefecture on the island of Shikoku, and is...

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