Monday, February 14, 2011

Hello, Hot Stuff

Lei ChicA third set of roses just paraded past your desk.

You survived a four-minute serenade of "I Love You Truly" from a barbershop quartet to your co-worker on the left.

You're feeling not so sweet, and just a little salty as you steathily watch anti-Valentine's Day e-cards in your cubicle. So even though your stomach's growling, you snarl at the 10-pound box of Godivas wrapped in the arms of an obnoxiously pink teddy bear that's making its way around the office.

Fortunately, there's a fresh way to spice up your snack life; a new salsa with a saucy name.


Marjie Beaton developed her specialty homemade salsa  20 years ago when she couldn't find any in Hawaii that satisfied her Hispanic taste. Now since both of her kids will soon be in college, the former Liberty House designer has turned her hobby into a business.

It takes 20-plus ingredients to make her "Salsa Mama" salsa, including tomatillos and fire-roasted green chiles. Six different peppers go into a picante version that has a little heat, but not enough to make your mascara run.

Beaton makes the salsa  each week out of ingredients picked fresh from farmer's markets and some local distributors. It's available at a few stores, and Beaton just got a deal to sell at Hawaii's commissaries.

Making it easier for you to dip, even with a chip on your shoulder.

Salsa Mama is available at Kale's Natural Foods, the Kailua Racquet Club, and select locations of Down to Earth and Tamura's Fine Wines. It's slated to be in commissaries by the end of February. Click here for more details.

Posted on Monday, February 14, 2011 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.


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