Saucy X-Mas With Fuego Box

'Tis the season for a little sweetness, and even some spicy holiday fun! I've teamed up with Fuego Box again to bring you more global flavours for pretty much every style of culinary palette. Just in case you haven't been in the loop from my "haute" intro here, or our fiery summer gathering (Yes, I do suggest you go read them, now), I wanted to give you a glimpse of six more hot sauces that are entirely different from all the rest. 

This would also make a great holiday subscription. These particular boxes included bottles from mild to moderate heat, and certainly was the favourite for some of our not-so-spicy enthusiasts. Don't fret, there was still plenty of heat in other flavours with a good kick in both quality in flavour and uniqueness to make you want more by the spoonful if you love epicurean heat.  





Details:  Box #1 
Butterly Bakery: Cilantro Onion - Vermont-grown peppers are used for this cilantro based hot sauce, which tastes a cross between your favourite tamales and a punchy salsa. It's also not as hot as one would think. I loved the taste and could see using this in a variety of dishes. 
Delicious Pairing: We loved this on Tacos, enchiladas, mainly use this on all of your favourite Mexican dishes and it would be fine. I also liked it in fish, namely Tilapia with mango salsa. I baked it on top of the fish, and it was glorious. 

Volcanic Peppers: Aleppo Pepper Sauce - This was the only one of the six hot sauces that weren't my favourite. However, others liked it on hamburger options, and I used it on sautéed mushrooms which were okay. Suggested use is also on gyros, steak or salmon. 
Delicious Pairing: I may take the suggestion to mix it with mayo or use on salmon if I make something. It is bold in flavour but probably best suited for meat (hamburgers). It was just far too peppery for me, full of peppered flavour, so the name is spot on, obviously. 

Bravado Spice: Crimson Hot Sauce - This award-winning hot sauce is a daring blend of red jalapeno peppers, garlic, and Chile de árbolDelicious Pairing: I liked it on spaghetti, soba noodles, scrambled eggs, and homemade cocktails. It is suggested to be used on pho, and fried chicken as well. For cooking: think about spicing up your one pot chilli, late night curry, Bloody Mary, breakfast sandwich or Shakshouka.  
 
Details: Box #2 
Horsetooth: "Smokestack Lightning" - Crafted and bottled from a family-owned company in Fort Collins, Colorado. The taste has a good kick with deep rich flavours. 
Delicious Pairing: Likely best on grilled or meat options, steak, pork, bbq, etc. I will use it in a pot of chilli for both vegetarians and meat lovers. This full-bodied fiery sauce made from garlic, chipotle peppers and cayenne has a soft kick of heat with a smoky pungency that sneaks up on you with a warmth of flavour.  

Red Robot: "Corn to be Wild" - It's all in the name! This was one of our favourites—I had no idea that a hot sauce made from corn would be so delicious! This was great on any Mexican dish as many of these in this batch were. The guys loved them on wings, so I imagine a game night with spicy wings, pizza, and roasted veggies would be the perfect pairing for this hot sauce. This specific sauce was mild enough for someone that just wants a hint of spice, yet it's very flavourful with the creaminess of whole kernel corn. It's both unique and brilliantly blended. 

Seafire Gourmet (SG): "La Diosa Verde" - SG's brand of hot sauce was founded by Seattle-based father-stepson duo with a fervent love for great tasting fiery foods. La Diosa Verde is made from fresh lime juice, serrano and poblano chiles, cilantro, and shallots, and tastes like a green salsa kicked up a notch, and more robust in taste than your typical restaurants.  Delicious Pairing: SG tastes great scrambled eggs, avocado toast, nachos, and baked fish.   

Who would you gift this box to for the holidays?


What is your favourite food or dish that you add spice/heat to?  

The goods: Fuego Box Hot Sauces-c/o Fuego Box. All opinions are my own and honestly expressed.

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WozNow: A Digital Path To Sales

WozNow is a new online destination for savvy shoppers looking to gain the best pricing for quality products. It's essentially a one-stop shop to soothe your holiday shopping needs if you're looking for items that are on sale. The website carries top UK brands, including SelfridgesDebenhams, Boden, Argos, John Lewis, House of Fraser, and much more!  

It's actually similar to Octer, except this platform is merely for sales. If you are waiting to see if certain designer coats are going on sale or if your favourite kitchen cookware has been discounted from top kitchen brands, then this would be the website for you. There is also multiple ways to save on products for the entire family from the high-street fashionistas to children's clothing and accessories. 

WozNow promises to only add items that are actually on sale, as opposed to one-time items that are temporarily discounted from retailers. It's quite simple to navigate on the website, to start you can shop from your preferred store or simply search and shop by department category, by typing in the search box.  

After a good perusing session, I've put together a few personal favourites for what I am currently looking for: winter coats and decorative trays for home interiors. One item that I don't have in my wardrobe is a long red coat so this Biba style (seen below) really spoke to me. What are you looking to buy this season? 

 
Above(1) Oak Table with Walnut Tray-Amara Living, (2) Linea Ceramic  "Ooh LLa" Tray, (4) Shabby Filigree Tray, (5) Casa Couture Copper Bowls on Tray, and (6) Biba Red Belted Detachable Faux Fur Coat-All from House of Fraser, (3Laura Ashley Brass and Mirror Tray, (7) Rebecca Minkoff Trench, (8) Classic Coat in Hounds Tooth-Even & Odd, (9) Highland Wool & Faux Fur Coat-French Connection, (10) Light Grey Pallenberg Cotton Jacket-J Brand 

You may shop the site or view more winter coat stylehere. *This post is brought to you by woznow.co.uk, a Fashion Tales sponsor. All opinions are my own and honestly expressed 


What do you think of WozNow? Have you used the site before? 
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Holiday Cases

I typically have a good number of tech cases to choose from; however, last month I upgraded my personal Smartphone to an iPhone 7, which makes my work mobile feel so ... archaic. Of course, I'm joking, it's not old but that's how it feels with every new upgrade right? So far, I have loved most of the new features that it provides.  

This time I decided to use a few of my blog images for my mobile case design, namely from my Alice in Wonderland themed shoot. 
With that being said, I did need new cases, so I designed one playful case and the other I just modified from the roster of pre-made options from Caseapp. I've mentioned before that I was impressed with their prompt customer service.  

was also thinking about how great it would be to gift guests with custom holiday cases at an intimate Christmas gathering. This obviously works if you already know the style of phones that your friends may have (which I do). 

Why not create a themed bag chock-full of fun tech-savvy gifts and stylish treats inside? (Think, ugly-sweater mobile cases for a party, inspiring foodie cases for gastronomes, or something jewelled and pretty in pastels or rose gold for fashionistas). I have conjured a great deal of different takeaway-style swag bags for dinner guests, and I think versions of these in some form would be a fun way to change things up. 

What style of mobile case(s) do you have? Do you stick to the same style? 

The goods: Custom mobile cases-c/o Caseapp.de *All opinions are my own and honestly expressed.
Here's a Caseapp holiday discount to save 20% off your order use code: "FASHIONTALES20CHRISTMAS"  *The code is valid until the 25 December 2016.  


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